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Ten things you need to know about the Shih Tzu before you buy one
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20th May 2019
The Shih Tzu reliably turns up within the top ten list of the most popular dog breeds in the UK, and these small and very elegant-looking little dogs make for excellent pets and companions for many different types of o....Read Full Article

The rules for formally naming a pedigree puppy for Kennel Club registration
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20th May 2019
One of the most exciting things about getting a new puppy is deciding on what you’re going to call the pup, and sometimes the right name will become self-evident as soon as you get to know the puppy better, whilst sometimes making a decision can be quite tricky and take a long tim....Read Full Article

Ten things you need to know about the Siberian husky before you buy one
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19th May 2019
The Siberian husky is a large, wolf-like looking dog breed from the Kennel Club’s working dog group, and one that most of us find very memorable and distinctive looking and as such, that appeals t....Read Full Article

Ten things you need to know about the German shepherd before you buy one
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18th May 2019
The German shepherd is the 8th most popular dog breed in the UK overall, and the second most popular large breed after the Labrador retriever. Every year, thousands of people choose a German s....Read Full Article

What are the health implications of a dog having a brachycephalic face?
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17th May 2019
Brachycephalic dogs are hugely popular in the UK, and some of the most popular dog breeds of all are brachycephalic, like the ....Read Full Article

Ten things you need to know about the Yorkshire terrier before you buy one
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16th May 2019
The Yorkshire terrier is one of the most enduringly popular dog breeds in the UK overall, and they’re currently ranked as the 16th most commonly owned dog breed in the UK. So popular in fact is this native f....Read Full Article

Ten things you need to know about the Staffordshire bull terrier before you buy one
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15th May 2019
The Staffordshire bull terrier is a hugely popular dog breed in the UK, and one that is a common choice of pet for both individuals and families seeking a medium-sized dog breed with a very kind and l....Read Full Article

Did you know that dogs can see ultraviolet light?
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14th May 2019
All dog owners know that dogs have a much more acute sense of smell than we humans do, and that their other senses are rather different from ours as well.When it comes to the dog’s vision and hearing, how they match up compared to us isn’t as simple as it is with smell, because there are some things that humans can see and h....Read Full Article

What tone of voice should you use with your dog?
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12th May 2019
When it comes to human conversation and interactions between people, we often talk about the fact that it is not always what someone says but rather how they say it that indicates the speaker’s true meaning, regardless of the words they are using. Because humans are so verbal in nature, this is something that we often ove....Read Full Article

How dangerous are MRSA infections to dogs?
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12th May 2019
So-called “superbugs” are something that a lot of us have read about on the internet or seen mentioned on the news or on documentaries, and the term “superbug” is usually reserved to describe several different types of bacterial infections that are resistant to antibiotics, and that can make the affected party very sick, even i....Read Full Article

Can a dog’s microchip fail?
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11th May 2019
Microchipping your dog is one of the best ways to ensure that you as their owner can be traced if the dog wanders off or gets lost, and it is also the law in the UK as of 2016 that all dogs over the age of eight weeks old be microchipped as standard.Because microchipping is widely promoted in veterinary clinics and by animal wel....Read Full Article

Urban dogs versus rural dogs: What type of health challenges are the most common?
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7th May 2019
The UK is often said to be a nation of dog lovers, and people from all walks of life and living in all types of different homes and environments manage to successfully incorporate dog ownership into their day to day lives. Whether you live in a city apartment, a rural farming community or something in between, the type of car....Read Full Article

What are the most popular medium-sized dog breeds in the UK as of 2019?
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4th May 2019
Small dog breeds are perhaps the most versatile in terms of the number of owners and homes that are a good fit for them, and large and giant br....Read Full Article

The lurker on the lawn – how can a grass seed cause trouble?
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4th May 2019
Most articles about problems with lawns are concerned with slugs and snails as these can cause serious health problems with lungworm (it can be fatal). Articles can also mention picking up dog faeces, as leaving them can lead to other health issues for the next dog (or human!) This Pets4....Read Full Article

Five ways to help keep your rabbit healthy
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3rd May 2019
After dogs and cats, rabbits are the third most popular pet in the United Kingdom. It’s not really difficult to see why - they are generally an amiable pet that many parents will buy as the first animal for their children. As long as the adults have done their homework befo....Read Full Article

Canine communication: How dogs invite other dogs to play
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3rd May 2019
Dogs are at their hearts pack animals, and the canine species as a whole is a very social one. Dogs actively enjoy and benefit from the company of other dogs, and unless a dog has never really spent time around others or has had a bad experience with strange dogs, they will proactively look for playmates and other dogs to spend time wi....Read Full Article

Why are non-pedigree Border collies more common than pedigrees?
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2nd May 2019
The Border collie is perhaps the best-known and most highly skilled working herding dog breed of them all, and one that is still widely used in working roles as well as making for an excellent pet for active owners.The Border collie is also one of the most popular dog breeds in ....Read Full Article

Miniature Schnauzers and Pancreatitis
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2nd May 2019
Miniature Schnauzers are small breed dogs, usually weighing in at around 10kg. They’re smart, friendly, and relatively healthy, and they need an average amount of exercise and groomin....Read Full Article

Why are some adult dogs really intolerant of puppies?
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30th April 2019
All dog lovers love puppies, and most of us are delighted to meet a pup out and about on our own walks to say hello to. Adult dogs are also generally very good with puppies, even if they’re not always hugely tolerant of other adult dogs, and they recognise the youth and small ....Read Full Article

Five subtle signs that can let you know that your older dog is suffering from dementia
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30th April 2019
Dementia is a complex illness that is usually very distressing for the people suffering from it and the friends and family that love them, and it can be confusing, upsetting and very challenging to live with. However, knowing that a loved one has a diagnosis of dementia and understanding what this means for their life and how they mana....Read Full Article



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