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Top tips for surviving Fireworks Night with your pet

Fear of fireworks will affect almost all our pets to some degree – loud noises and flashes of light are inherently fearful things! While some pets are extremely distressed and may well require medication prescribed by their vet to keep them safe and prevent them from harming themselves or others in panic, most pets will…

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Thinking of animals during Fireworks Night

Ff you must let off fireworks yourself check out these tips to help local animals… (Why not share these last two tips with your non-pet-owning friends & colleagues?) Let your neighbours know in advance Give some consideration to your immediate neighbours, since they (and their pets) will be most severely affected by the proximity of…

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Enrichment and our pets

How does environmental enrichment relate to our pets?

We all love our pets. It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that, living in our nice warm dry homes with all the food they need (let’s be honest, sometimes a little more than that!), and lavished with our love and a sometimes astonishing array collection of toys and treats, that our pets…

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Top tips for keeping pets safe at Christmas

Top 4 Tips for keeping your pet healthy over Christmas

1.     Allow your pet some respite! Some dogs appreciate extra company, but lots of people coming in and out, objects like Christmas trees and decorations appearing, noise of parties and the like can upset some dogs and especially, cats. Allow them somewhere to hide away – perhaps a den in a quiet spare bedroom upstairs….

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A pet is not for Christmas

Why the gift of a pet at Christmas is a bad idea

As I said earlier, the message of “A dog is for live, not just for Christmas” has been around for a long time now. This message really applies to any pet, but gifting of pets at Christmas still goes on. So why is it such a bad idea?   I think this breaks down into…

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Flystrike in Rabbits

Fly Strike in Rabbits

If you’re eating your dinner as you read this, perhaps come back later! If you’re not aware, fly strike is a horrible condition whereby flies lay their eggs in a rabbit’s coat, only for maggots to emerge and eat away at your rabbit’s flesh. It occurs occasionally in other pets, but is far more common…

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Keeping rabbits cool in the heat

Keeping bunnies cool in the heat

A couple of weeks ago I talked about keeping cats and dogs cool in the sun, but what about rabbits? Sadly (for us!) the best of the hot weather seems to be over now, but I thought I’d run over some tips on keeping your bunny cool. You can read more about this topic from…

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Why should I get my dog neutered?

Should dogs and cats be neutered?

Most vets and veterinary nurses would say a simple yes! There are too many stray pets and rescue centres are overcrowded, so the fewer the number of puppies and kittens born the better! I’m going to agree with this advice for cats. If you don’t want to breed from your cat, I’d get it neutered!…

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Pets and Hot Weather

Helping pets cope with hot weather

I hope you’ll excuse the pun, but it’s quite literally a hot topic this week: How to help pets in the hot weather. Most of what I’ll say is common sense, but pets die every year and many suffer with people forgetting that their pets need special attention in the hot weather. First thing to…

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Obesity in pets

Obesity in pets

We all know about the obesity epidemic in people, with over a quarter of the human population in the UK now being clinically obese, and an estimate that this may rise to 50% by the middle of the Century. But did you know that our pets are in a similar crisis too, with around 33%…

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