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Persistent Mullerian duct syndrome DNA testing for the miniature schnauzer
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21st December 2018
The miniature schnauzer is a small, plucky and very lively little dog from the Kennel Club’s utility grouping, which reflects the origins of the breed as a versatile working dog. ....Read Full Article

Which pythons make the best pets?
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20th December 2018
The first step to owning a python as a pet, is to ensure that you are buying them for the right reasons. Pythons as part of the snake world can be good pets, but not bought just for aesthetic reasons, and certainly not used as a showstopper for visitors to your home (yes, it does happen). Pythons need care and attention, not just left ....Read Full Article

Lundehund syndrome or lymphagetasia DNA health testing for the Norwegian lundehund dog breed
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20th December 2018
The Norwegian lundehund is a small spitz-type dog, which as you might expect, originates from Norway. The Norwegian lundehund isn’t a very common dog breed in the UK and in fact these dogs aren’t recognised by the Kennel Club for formal breed registration in the UK, but lundehunds are a lot more popular in their home nation....Read Full Article

Ivermectin sensitivity or MDR1 gene defect DNA testing for the Border collie dog breed
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20th December 2018
The Border collie is the world’s most intelligent working dog breed, and these incredibly smart and very lively dogs are still widely used for working herding roles in the UK today, as well as being widely used in all manner of canine sports too. ....Read Full Article

Muscular dystrophy (MD) DNA testing for the Cavalier King Charles spaniel dog breed
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20th December 2018
The Cavalier King Charles spaniel is a small dog breed from the Kennel Club’s toy grouping, and it is also one of the most popular small dog breeds in the UK, as well as the 19th most popular overall. Cavalier King Charles spaniels have a lot to ....Read Full Article

Is there anything you can do if your dog keeps waking you up in the early morning?
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20th December 2018
Having a set routine is important for dogs, because this helps to make them feel secure and lets them know what to expect at different times of the day. A dog that is used to being fed, walked, and put to bed at around the same times every day will be happier and generally easier to manage than a dog that doesn’t know when they w....Read Full Article

How are best in show classes judged at dog shows?
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18th December 2018
Most formal dog shows held in the UK for pedigree dogs are designed to assess the quality of individual competitors against their respective breed standards, to find the best representative of each breed within each individual class. Often, even classes for a specific breed will be broken down further into categories reflecti....Read Full Article

How come cats spend so much time asleep?
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18th December 2018
One trait that even people that don’t really know cats well tend to be aware of is that cats spend large portions of their time asleep, and most of us who know cats have been shocked and somewhat impressed at times by just how long our cats can sleep for at a stretch. Your cat probably sleeps for far longer in total eac....Read Full Article

Help the homeless and their pets at Christmas
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17th December 2018
Throughout the country, there will be many homeless people and their pets during the festive period, when warmth and loving families are not part of their lives. No town or city is exempt from this heart-breaking situation, so spare a thought for those less fortunate than yourselves. Homeless people often form a strong attach....Read Full Article

RSPCA again raise concerns over exotic pets in the home
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17th December 2018
Time and time again, our national treasure, the RSPCA, have reiterated their concerns about both the trade and the ownership of exotic pets in the home, some of which are also potentially dangerous. Concerns are raised not only for potential problems within the home, but....Read Full Article

Do dogs naturally keep to a certain routine?
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17th December 2018
Most of us have at least a vague routine to our day to day lives, which may well be partially or largely dictated by our working hours or the needs of managing a busy lifestyle whilst raising a family. This tends to involve following a sleep schedule, eating meals at around the same times each day, and coming and going from work at rou....Read Full Article

How come there are so many different variants of dog fur types and textures?
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17th December 2018
Different breeds of dog often look vastly different from each other, and when you compare two very different breeds side by side – like the French bulldog and the ....Read Full Article

How to care for your pet chinchilla’s coat
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14th December 2018
You will love them, and your children will love them! Chinchillas are wonderful pets with lots of personality and a sense of fun, and of course, they are comforting to cuddle and make a fuss of. They do prefer to live in pairs for fun and companionship! Origi....Read Full Article

Finding the right vet for you and your pet
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14th December 2018
Have you moved to a new area and struggled to find a vet that you like? Or perhaps you’ve just got your first puppy and don’t know what to look for in a good vet? It can always be tricky finding somebody that you trust with your best friend, but there are some general things to look out for when making the decision. ....Read Full Article

Why you should make sure your child never pulls your dog’s tail
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14th December 2018
Enabling your children to grow up with dogs around offers a huge range of benefits, and can help to foster a lifelong love of and respect for animals that will stay with the child for the remainder of their life. Dogs and children generally get on very well together, and often form very strong bonds with each other. Many dogs....Read Full Article

How much time do you need to care for a puppy?
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14th December 2018
Most people who are considering buying their first puppy understand that the first few weeks when your puppy comes home require a large commitment of time and energy to help the puppy to settle in, bond with you, and begin their training and socialisation. However, few of us have th....Read Full Article

Why does my dog stop and refuse to move on walks?
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13th December 2018
Dogs are usually very keen to go out walking, and often start making a big fuss as soon as you get your coat out or pick up their lead. However, every dog has different needs when it comes to exercise; some dogs are much more lively than others and need longer walks, while others wi....Read Full Article

The importance of teeth in your dog
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13th December 2018
Teeth play a very important role in a dog’s life, right from puppyhood through to their senior years. They all have a part to play in keeping a dog healthy and a lot of care and attention is needed to keep them well through their entire body. The importance of teeth started when dogs were in the wild and much more like ....Read Full Article

Do dogs have the menopause?
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13th December 2018
As such, unlike humans, there is no such thing as ‘menopause’ purely because of the definition of the word. The menopause occurs when the human monthly cycle ceases to happen, usually in later life. Those of you that keep bitches, will know that a female dog goes into oestrus, which is the technical name for ‘heat&rsq....Read Full Article

The Hush Basset - Basset Hound Cocker Spaniel Mix
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13th December 2018
The Hush Bassett is an adorable cross between the Bassett Hound and the Cocker Spaniel and is also known as a Cocker Bassett. It is a relatively new hybrid breed that only emerged this century and kn....Read Full Article



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