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Getting A New Cat Or Kitten At Christmas
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2nd December 2020
Every Christmas, a number of people buy a kitten as a Christmas present, perhaps for a child or some other cat loving family member.  After all, kittens are so cute, aren't they?  Surely the person you are thinking of will love it, won't they?  However, this is most definitely NOT a good idea, for reasons which will be m....Read Full Article

Will Crufts go ahead in 2021 given the Covid-19 pandemic?
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2nd December 2020
“Is Crufts 2021 cancelled?” might seem like something of a premature question given that we haven’t even seen out 2020 yet, but the question is quite a reasonable one as dog show competitors need to plan ahead and actually qualify to compete in Crufts many months in advance.So, is Crufts 20201 cancelled, or will the world....Read Full Article

Five big and completely avoidable problems that can be caused by feeding table scraps to your dog
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28th November 2020
Dogs need to be treated like dogs and not like children in every respect; this isn’t being mean, it is simply a case of understanding the differences between us and providing the appropriate care and lifestyle for your dog, acknowledging their needs as a different species.Never is this more important than when it comes to food....Read Full Article

What determines a dog’s ideal weight?
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24th November 2020
The ideal weight for any given dog is an individual thing, and of course dogs range in size from toy, at just a few pounds on average, to giant, with some breeds weighing as much as most people!However, even when you think you identify a uniting factor that should result in a specific weight norm or ideal for the dogs that share....Read Full Article

Pandemic Pets: How Covid-19 affected pet sales and pricing in 2020
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23rd November 2020
To say that 2020 has been a weird year would be a little like saying that puppies are a bit cute; and the Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant and often unpredictable impact on all of our lives.The pet trade and the supply and demand of popular pets have all been affected by the pandemic, just like most industries; but in som....Read Full Article

Covid-19 and your finances: What to do if you are struggling to fund your pet’s care
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20th November 2020
The Covid-19 pandemic and related restrictions have placed a great many people into financial uncertainty and difficulty, and caused many of us to lose sleep worrying about how we’ll make ends meet or manage as things progress further.If you’re at, or are getting to the point where you’re concerned about your ability to be....Read Full Article

Why won’t my dog eat?
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16th November 2020
Most dog owners have far greater problems trying to stop their dogs from eating everything in sight than they do trying to encourage them to eat, and so asking the question of “why won’t my dog eat?” Is something that doesn’t tend to come up for pet owners very often!However, this does tend to mean that when a dog goes o....Read Full Article

Six questions and answers about horses, ponies and riding during lockdown 2
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10th November 2020
If you own a horse or a pony, what you’re allowed to do in terms of riding, caring for them, and meeting their needs during lockdown 2 can be a bit confusing.Added to this, there has been a fair amount of backtracking in terms of guidance on what is and is not permitted for equestrian-related businesses during this time too, p....Read Full Article

Five FAQ about buying a puppy during lockdown 2
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10th November 2020
There are a great many pros to bringing home a puppy in lockdown 2, as you’ll probably be able to stay home with them ad settle them in properly. There are just as many cons though, and all of this doesn’t even take into account the logistics and legalities of buying a puppy in lockdown; or even if this can be achieved legally at a....Read Full Article

Five challenges and complications you’re likely to face if you buy a puppy during lockdown 2
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10th November 2020
Lockdown 2 might seem like the ideal time to buy a puppy because you can spend lots of time with them, but actually going through the buying process itself in lockdown while remaining both within the remit of the law and avoiding unnecessary contact with other people is more or less impossible for starters.Even if you get that f....Read Full Article

Can you rehome or adopt a dog in Lockdown 2?
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8th November 2020
The UK’s first Covid-19 lockdown was unprecedented and confusing for most of us, but while it was also more restrictive than the current lockdown we’re just beginning, lockdown 1 was also somewhat clearer in terms of what we could and couldn’t do.Lockdown 2 is causing a reasonable amount of confusion for many pet-related b....Read Full Article

Five frequently asked questions about walking dogs in lockdown 2
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8th November 2020
Lockdown 2 might be somewhat less restrictive than lockdown 1 in the UK, but this also has the effect of making it somewhat more confusing. The government’s guidance on what type of businesses can trade, how they can trade, what we can buy and what we can do in general are a bit vaguer this time around, which has perhaps introduced s....Read Full Article

Five seasonal implications autumn can have on your cat’s health and wellness
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8th November 2020
The cooler autumn weather and shorter days tends to have an impact on all of us to an extent, and the changing of the seasons also causes changes in our cats. Coupled with the natural behavioural changes that the cooler weather brings, autumn and the lead-in to winter has other implications for cat health and wellness, and brings some ....Read Full Article

UK Lockdown #2: Initial guide for pet owners
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4th November 2020
The UK’s new lockdown, “lockdown 2” is generating a reasonable level of confusion for pet owners – and even the businesses that serve them – in terms of what is and is not permitted and available when the new restrictions come in.Whilst many businesses are still waiting on clarity from the government or local councils ....Read Full Article

Dog insurance and dental care: What is and is not covered?
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3rd November 2020
Veterinary dental care for dogs is necessary just as much as it is for us humans to see the dentist, both for preventative care and if something goes awry. There is a lot of confusion among dog owners regarding what dog insurance covers in terms of dental care for dogs, and many dog owners are surprised to hear that their insurers won....Read Full Article

Keep you and your dog safe when walking in the dark
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2nd November 2020
Walking a dog safely in the dark means factoring in a number of different potential risks and hazards. There are the obvious ones like ensuring you don’t trip over something, and ensuring other road users can see and so, avoid you; and more obtuse risks too, like getting lost because you can’t orient yourself in the dark, and becom....Read Full Article

Should I stay home with my dog on bonfire night?
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27th October 2020
Dogs and bonfire night or any other evening that involves fireworks don’t really mix, and many dogs find the whole event very stressful. How badly your dog reacts to fireworks can vary, and can change from year to year too.Most dogs owners would automatically plan to ensure they’re home on the night itself (or make arrangeme....Read Full Article

Are Beagles hard to train?
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27th October 2020
The Beagle is the 21st most popular dog breed in the UK, which is quite a surprise given that up until very recently in their history, this was a breed that was kept more or less exclusively as a working dog rather than a pet. Beagles are small hounds that were o....Read Full Article

Are Chihuahuas at higher risk of theft than other dog breeds?
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27th October 2020
The Chihuahua is a tiny, cute and popular dog breed, and one that many people aspire to own. If you’re a member of any Chihuahua forums or online groups, or follow social media feeds about the breed, you’ve probably spotted occasional appeals for help after a dog of t....Read Full Article

Can acorns poison dogs?
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27th October 2020
As autumn and winter approach and the leaves fall off the trees, we (and our dogs, in some cases) begin to notice acorns on the ground once more.If your dog pays more attention to acorns than most or if they’re the type that picks up and chews anything they come across regardless of the consequences, you are probably wondering....Read Full Article



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