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Emergency first aid kits for pets

Ten things that should be in your pet first aid kit

Whether you keep it in a traditional green first aid box, a Tupperware container or even in a plastic bag in the cupboard, having all your first aid equipment well organised and knowing the right equipment is to hand if you need it can be a great help in handling everything from minor injuries to…

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Chicken and farm pets for children

Farm pets for children

‘Mini-pigs’ and pygmy goats These ‘farm pets’ have phases of popularity – they will obviously only be suitable if you have plenty of outdoor space for them to exercise and graze or browse if appropriate. Most species will need to be registered with DEFRA and your home will need to be recorded as an agricultural…

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Fish and Exotics as childrens pets

Fish and Exotic pets for children

Goldfish Plastic bags of goldfish from the fair are, thankfully, less common than they once were. But goldfish still have a reputation for being quick, cheap, low-maintenance, almost ‘disposable’ pets. If kept poorly, it’s unfortunately true that their life-span is likely to be very short indeed. Fish sourced from fairs or non-specialist pet-shops are sadly…

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Guinea Pig and Small Rodents as child pets

Guinea Pigs and Small Rodents as pets

Guinea pigs Guinea pigs are smaller than rabbits and somewhat less energetic, and consequently can prove easier to keep well. They still require appropriate clean, spacious and secure housing and room to exercise, and have many of the same dietary and care needs as rabbits, but they are often less nervous and their smaller size…

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Dogs and Cats as pets for children

Getting dogs and cats as a pet for your child

Thankfully, the fashion for buying puppies and kittens as presents for children is now mostly behind us – responsible breeders will even often try to avoid having litters ready to go to homes around Christmas! While dogs and cats for the most part make great family pets, they really are that – children should of…

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Getting a pet rabbit for your child

Getting a rabbit as a pet for your child

Perhaps the stereotypical child’s pet is the rabbit in the hutch at the end of the garden. Unfortunately, this cheap, easy, low-maintenance image couldn’t be far further from the truth! Just like dogs and cats, to stay in the best of health rabbits require annual vaccinations and health checks from the vet, should be spayed…

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Pets and children

Choosing a pet for your child

The main thing to consider when choosing a pet for a child is that, whatever responsibility you hope or expect the child to take for it, in the end it will be a family pet and the ultimate responsibility for its health and welfare rests with the grown-ups! Even with the most responsible mature child,…

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Bird and Reptile Enrichment

Birds and reptiles – an exotic challenge

The exotic pets are sadly often some of the worst kept, in terms of enrichment. Part of the problem is that our natural sense, as mammals, of what an animal may ‘need’ can to be completely wrong when it comes to animals as different to us as we are to birds and reptiles. The key…

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Boredom busting for dogs

Boredom busting for dogs

Most dogs are highly motivated by food and will go to great lengths to get it. Puzzle-feeders and toys that feature hidden food items can make a great contribution to entertaining them while they are home alone. Making them work for their food, rather than providing it in a bowl once or twice a day,…

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Using environment enrichment to reduce stress in cats

How enrichment can reduce stress in our pet cats

Stress – usually as a result of interaction with other cats, be they in the same household, or outside the home – is a big problem for our domestic cats. Many of the behavioural and even some of them medical problems that we see in the pet cat population can be traced back to this….

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