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Unexplained weight loss in pets

Five signs of illness in pets which we shouldn’t ignore, Part 5

Today is the last sign of illness in pets that every owner should be aware off. We hope that this week has been useful to you, and if you have not seen them yet check out the earlier signs of illness in pets blogs covering our pets appetite, pets thirst, pets eating habits, pets activity…

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Tiredness and change of activity in pets

Five signs of illness in pets which we shouldn’t ignore, Part 4

The week is nearly over, and so far we have discussed appetite, thirst, eating habits and today we will talk a little about our pets activity levels. Reduced activity or tiring easily As our pets grow older, they will often be less keen to exercise, and spend more of the day sleeping – while these…

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Changes in pet eating habits

Five signs of illness in pets which we shouldn’t ignore, Part 3

So we have already discussed change of appetite and changes in thirst this week, now today we will look at… Changes in eating habits It’s not just failure to eat – as we discussed above – which can be a cause of concern. Changes in food preference and in eating patterns and appetite can all…

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Signs of illness in pets - rabbits and cats

Five signs of illness in pets which we shouldn’t ignore, Part 1

Some problems and symptoms in our pets are obviously serious and no responsible pet owner would delay seeking veterinary attention – collapse, bleeding, or signs of pain or distress, for example. But there are also ‘lower-grade’ signs and symptoms which, while they might not seem so serious or urgent, also merit prompt investigation. This week,…

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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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Moving house with pets

Moving house with pets?

Although moving doesn’t involve introducing a new pet to the household, it does involve introducing all your existing pets to a new home, with new smells and outdoor spaces. Make sure you plan ahead of time what will happen to your pets on moving day. Unfortunately, the combination of strange happenings and people around the…

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Puppy settling-in and toilet-training

Puppy settling-in and toilet-training

Puppies are inquisitive, playful creatures and will get into all sorts of mischief. The use of a puppy crate can be a very useful tool to help with house-training, and also to ensure the safety of your new puppy while you don’t have them under total minute-by-minute supervision! House training a new puppy can be…

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Giving tablets to dogs

Giving Tablets to Dogs

Dogs are probably the easiest animals to give tablets to. Some will eat even flavourless tablets out of the palm of your hand. Obviously do not do this with any dogs you don’t trust not to snap! Failing that, ask your vet if it’s ok to give the tablet with a bit of food. If…

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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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Vomiting and diarrhoea in pets

Vomiting and diarrhoea

Vomiting and diarrhoea isn’t a disease, but they are symptoms (caused by a variety of different diseases) that are extremely common in dogs and cats. So what should you do about it? The first thing is to decide when to see your vet. I would always get your pet checked out if they are very…

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