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Tick season 2021: How not to remove dog ticks, and the problems you can cause doing so
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19th April 2021
If your dog gets a tick on them, you should remove it as soon as possible as ticks can spread diseases, and the risk of this increases the longer the tick is in place. However, you need to go about removing ticks the right way, as otherwise you can cause more problems than you solve.This article will tell you the most common sug....Read Full Article

Tick season 2021: How to use a tick twister on a dog
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19th April 2021
Tick twisters are more or less universally considered to be the best way to remove ticks from dogs as they’re very easy to use, difficult to get wrong (as long as you use them according to the instructions) and give you the best chance of removing the tick quickly and cleanly without risking breaking its body from its head.All....Read Full Article

Tick season 2021: Can you keep ticks out of your own garden?
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19th April 2021
If you live in an area where there’s a large tick population, tick season each year can be a challenge for dog owners. While it is often possible to avoid to an extent walking your dog in areas that you know host a lot of ticks, this is not always viable, such as if your own home itself is bang in the middle of “tick territory.”....Read Full Article

Six types of mites dogs can catch (and whether or not people can catch them too)
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19th April 2021
Much like fleas, the idea of dog mites can generate an instinctive desire to itch; and many types of dog mites are highly contagious. That said, we don’t tend to see a huge prevalence of mite infestations in dogs in the UK, and there are actually several more different types of dog mites than most people know about. Some ....Read Full Article

Five important things dog owners need to know about the new Countryside Code 2021
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12th April 2021
The Countryside Code is a document containing guidance and advice that people are expected to follow when in the countryside, in order to keep themselves, other people, and animals safe and to reduce damage, littering, and potential problems. Following this will ensure that we can keep the countryside available for all of us to enjoy i....Read Full Article

Five frequently asked questions from dog owners about the newly updated Countryside Code
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12th April 2021
The Countryside Code is something most of us have heard of at least peripherally, even if we live in an urban area; and if you’re planning to take your dog for a day out to the countryside, you should read it and be sure you understand the parts of it that apply to you! The Countryside Code was updated in the early part of 2021 too, ....Read Full Article

Crufts 2021: Kennel Club announces cancellation
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2nd April 2021
Despite announcing in November 2020 that Crufts 2021 would go ahead albeit at a later than normal date, the Kennel Club have been forced to reverse this decision and announce the cancellation of Crufts 2021. This is due to the ongoing impact of the Covdi-19 pandemic, and the associated risks and restrictions that are still ....Read Full Article

The five most common causes of poisoning in dogs
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2nd April 2021
Dogs are not always hugely discerning about the things they eat, and also, dog owners often feed their dogs things without really thinking it through, which can all result in poisoning in dogs. Some substances dogs might eat or be fed are more dangerous than others, and are more likely to result in acute illness and treatme....Read Full Article

How to support pet foods banks in the UK
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2nd April 2021
If you’re looking for ways to help local pet owners who might be struggling to take care of their pets as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, why not support a local pet food bank? This article will tell you more about pet food banks, and the types of goods they need. Read on to learn more.What is a pet food bank?A pet....Read Full Article

What can my dog have on their Easter dinner?
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2nd April 2021
If you’re spending hours making a huge roast dinner for your family for Easter, your dog will probably be very keen to let you know that they’d like a portion of this too. There is no reason why you should share your roast with your dog any more than you should any other meal, and giving dogs scraps or human food isn’t a good ide....Read Full Article

Common misconceptions about cats and the need for a collar
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22nd March 2021
Many first-time cat owners think cats need collars, that it is the law, that there is a need to ensure others know the cat is owned, or they just get one without really considering it, thinking that it is just what you do. However, there are far more bad reasons to put a collar on a cat than good ones in most cases, all relating to saf....Read Full Article

Can my dog have Easter eggs?
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22nd March 2021
If you’re stocking up on Easter eggs for yourself or your children, you might be wondering if your dog can have an Easter egg too; but unless you buy an Easter egg designed for dogs and made of ingredients that are both safe for dogs and that dogs like, the answer to this is no.Dogs can’t have Easter eggs – at least, not t....Read Full Article

How to ensure your dog doesn’t eat chocolate this Easter
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22nd March 2021
Easter time is one of the riskier times of year for dogs when it comes to potential chocolate poisoning, and three of five general veterinary clinics working normal hours treat at least one dog for chocolate poisoning at this time of year.Save yourself a costly trip to the vet by ensuring your dog doesn’t eat chocolate at East....Read Full Article

Five things to avoid when it comes to cats, collars and safety
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22nd March 2021
Whether or not cats should wear collars is something of a contentious issue; they’re not required to by law, and collars are quite a hazard to cats that roam freely. However, if your cat is forever trying to move in with other people and you need to ensure that others know he has a home, putting a collar on them is one of the easiest....Read Full Article

How to stop your cat destroying your curtains
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22nd March 2021
A lot of kittens play around the bottoms of curtains and some cats climb them; all of which can be a problem if they damage the curtains or start to pull them down. If your cat is destroying your curtains, there are a few things you might be able to do to prevent this. Read on to get some tips on how to stop cats from destroying curtai....Read Full Article

What are your rights if you accidentally buy a puppy that turns out to have been stolen?
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17th March 2021
Dog theft in the UK is at an unprecedented high at the moment, as demand for puppies for sale is far greater than supply. This mean that puppy theft and resale is a lucrative business at the moment too, and a great many criminals have thrown their hats into the ring in this respect.As a prospective puppy buyer, it is hugely impo....Read Full Article

Does buying a pedigree puppy without papers increase the risk of inadvertently buying a stolen puppy
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15th March 2021
Puppy theft in the UK is at its highest ever rate at the moment, and this means that any prospective puppy buyer has a responsibility to do everything they can to ensure that a litter they might be considering is above board and legally for sale.Knowing how to do this involves some critical thinking and being alert to warning si....Read Full Article

Tricks and techniques used by both puppy thieves and puppy farmers
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9th March 2021
Puppy farmers and puppy thieves alike are unscrupulous and immoral individuals who operate with the sole intention of making a profit; they don’t care about you, and they certainly don’t care about dogs. However, if you know what to look for when trying to buy a puppy, you can usually pick up on the warning signs that something is ....Read Full Article

Eight ways to reduce the chances of dog thieves targeting you on walks
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9th March 2021
Dog theft from people out on walks is risky for thieves and so not as common as other types of dog theft; but this also means that thieves that do perpetrate thefts from dog walkers usually mean business and will often be very determined.This article will tell you eight ways to reduce the chances of dog thieves targeting you and....Read Full Article

Are the legal penalties for dog theft in England and Wales really any deterrent?
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9th March 2021
Do you know what the legal penalties for dog theft in England and Wales are? There’s a good chance they’re far lower than you think. This article will provide a basic explanation of the penalties that apply to dog theft in England and Wales. Read on to learn more.What is the status of dogs in law?Something that come....Read Full Article



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