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Summer Safety Tips For Pets
23rd May 2012
Despite what you might think even the UK summertime can potentially be hazardous to pets, and horror stories of animal's dying in hot cars make the news nearly every year. The truth is that the issues that come with the summer month's are entirely avoidable with responsible pet ownership. Once you are aware and informed on t....Read Full Article

Which cat litter?
20th May 2012
There is a very wide selection of cat litter available on the market these days, each with its own advantages and disadvantages, and it is important to consider which type will best suit your arrangements and the needs of your cat. Commercial cat litter has only been available in Britain since the late 1940s - before then, most cats us....Read Full Article

Essential ear cleaning - a dog owners guide
19th May 2012
If you are familiar with dogs, you will know that ears come in all shapes and sizes depending on the breed of the dog. But whether you have a Spaniel with long, lobular, pendent ears, a terrier type with small prick ears, they are one of the most prolific areas on your dogs' body for breeding areas of all sorts of nasties...... ....Read Full Article

Canine Flyball for beginners
19th May 2012
Flyball is a relatively new canine sport to the UK and is a fast, fun, furious and addictive team sport which both you and your dog will enjoy. After its UK debut at Crufts in 1990, Flyball clubs quickly sprang up over the UK and a regular following ensued, making it one of the most popular canine sports in the UK today. Ess....Read Full Article

Trimming your dogs claws - a step by step guide
17th May 2012
Dogs nails naturally wear down under most circumstances such as daily walks on tarmac roads or hard surfaces. If this is not the case and your dog mainly gets walked on softer surfaces such as sand or grass, then they will need a hand from you to keep their nails in check. You will know when the nails are excessively long as you may ....Read Full Article

Guidelines to Feeding Your Puppy
16th May 2012
Feeding an adult dog is a fairly straight-forward matter, however getting a puppy's diet right is a far more complicated issue, especially with all the conflicting advice on the internet. If you are buying a puppy from a breeder ensure that the puppy is at least 8 weeks old. Puppies any younger than this are not ready to leave their mo....Read Full Article

Moving House with your Cat
15th May 2012
Moving home is a stressful enough occasion for humans, but can be even worse for the feline members of the family who tend to relate to familiar surroundings, and of course can't understand what is going on. Once you know you will be moving house, you need to decide if it might be better if your cats should stay in a boardin....Read Full Article

Tail Docking in Dogs
14th May 2012
There are many breeds of dog which traditionally had their tails docked such as some Spaniels, Doberman Pinchers, most Terrier types and Rottweilers. However, in 2007 this was effectively banned in the UK, with some permitted exceptions*. This ban also extended to the showing of some dogs with docked tails, with the exception of dogs....Read Full Article

Babies and dogs... Introducing your Dog to your new Baby
12th May 2012
If you are expecting to hear the pitter patter of tiny feet very soon or planning to, first of all congratulations! This is a very exciting time for all the family - a time of joy, adventure and a new journey for everyone. However, if you have already heard the pitter patter of tiny paws around the house, you may have some questions ....Read Full Article

Renting With A Pet
10th May 2012
While searching for a new property to rent, you'll often find somewhere in the listing "no pets allowed" and will have to immediately discount it. This can be particularly frustrating when you think you've found the perfect property with the only exception being the owners policy on pets holding you back. Thankfully in 2001 a set of gu....Read Full Article

How To Get The Best Pet Insurance Deal
9th May 2012
Whether to insure your pet is a game of chance as much as anything; you might insure your pet for the maximum coverage only to have a healthy animal that never even needs to the visit the vet or you may decide not to get any insurance and find yourself paying off the vet bills for years to come. Unfortunately we are not able to predict....Read Full Article

The Importance of Vaccinating Your Cat
8th May 2012
Modern vaccinations can protect your cat against a number of potentially fatal diseases, and are a small cost to bear in order to help keep your feline companion fit and healthy for many years to come. It is estimated that only about one third of the UK cat population is currently vaccinated, but as responsible cat owners, we can help ....Read Full Article

7th May 2012
There are two major types of internal worms that can often affect cats - the roundworm and the tapeworm. However, it's possible (but less likely) that your cat could also attract some of the other less common varieties of internal parasite such as Toxoplasma gondii, lungworm or hookworm. You may not realise at first that your cat has g....Read Full Article

Grooming Your Cat
3rd May 2012
All cats need regular grooming, although the coats of longhaired varieties will need far more attention than those of their shorter coated friends. Cats are naturally very clean animals and seem to enjoy having a good wash, but the build-up of loose hair can lead to fur balls, even with shorthaired cats, which in the worst instance can....Read Full Article

Keeping Poultry - A Beginners Guide
3rd May 2012
Keeping your own poultry in your garden has always been a relatively popular pastime, but in recent years it has enjoyed something of a revival. It is a fun activity in itself as chickens, amongst other poultry, are animals which are full of character and personality. Numerous factors have contributed to this resurgence. Wi....Read Full Article

The Best Poultry Beginner's Breeds - Laying Chickens
3rd May 2012
There are so many breeds of chicken available, well into the hundreds! For the beginner or novice chicken keeper, it can be hard to know what may be the best breed to keep, but read on for a few tips about what breed may be right for you. This guide is aimed at keepers wanting to keep laying chickens. As a beginner, the bre....Read Full Article

Dental care for dogs
2nd May 2012
You might not think it, but your best friend needs his teeth caring for just as much as you do! Canine dental care, is often overlooked and while many people just seem to expect that dogs just have bad breath, this need not be the case. Digestion of food starts with the teeth and the mouth so a good set of gnashers is essent....Read Full Article

Flea Treatment for Your Cat
28th April 2012
Fleas can be a common problem for cats that go outside, and once your pet has brought them in, it can be very hard work to get rid of them again. The most common variety of flea found on cats (and also on dogs) is actually known as the 'cat flea' (Ctenocephalides felis) although it is not the only variety, and, depending on the local w....Read Full Article

Tips for Finding a Lost Pet
27th April 2012
For most pet owners losing a pet is one of their biggest nightmares. No matter how many precautions you take, accidents can, and often do, happen through no fault of your own. Common causes include visitors such as postmen or children leaving the gate open or your pet being stolen. Animals getting stolen has become an all too common oc....Read Full Article

Integrating your new kitten
26th April 2012
If you already have at least one other cat when you bring your new kitten home, they probably won't welcome the new arrival with open paws! Cats are very much creatures of habit and tend to hate any change to their daily routine, and, in particular, to having a kitten pouncing on them, stealing their food and trying to share their fav....Read Full Article

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