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Do You Believe These Commonly-Heard ‘Facts’ About Dogs?
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Be a Responsible Pet Owner
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What Are the Most Popular Cat Breeds in the UK?
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Is Your Home Safe for Your Puppy or Kitten?
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Do You Have a Pet Allergy?
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Can You Keep Other Cats Out of Your Garden?
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Pets and drug-resistant infections
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Moving Home? How to Make the Experience as Easy as Possible for Your Cat or Dog
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Plan Ahead to Prepare for Firework Night
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The Advantages of Owning a Dog
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Essential Equipment for Dogs
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How to Choose a Dog Breed
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Make Sure Your Dog Avoids Eating These Things This Autumn
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Should Your Cat Wear a Cat Collar?
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Welcoming Your New Puppy into Your Home

Do You Believe These Commonly-Heard ‘Facts’ About Dogs?

Have you ever believed a shaggy dog story about dogs and come unstuck because of it? There are plenty of things you sometimes hear people say that have no basis in fact. We’ve highlighted some of the main ones below. “It’s fine to let my dog eat scraps from the table.” You buy dog food for your dog for a reason. Dogs aren’t meant to eat human food. While some things we would eat are fine to give to a dog – such as plain chicken, for example – this shouldn’t be done regularly. If your dog has his regular[…]

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Be a Responsible Pet Owner

Owning a pet is not something that should be done lightly. You have a responsibility towards that pet to ensure it is always safe and well-cared for. While you can never fully prepare for welcoming a pet into your home, our pointers will help you make sure you know what you are in for. Which pet will be right for you and your lifestyle? Needless to say, someone living alone in a small flat might benefit from a very different pet to someone who has several children and lives with their other half in a large house with a big[…]

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What Are the Most Popular Cat Breeds in the UK?

If you are thinking of getting a cat or a kitten, you might be wondering which breed to get. There are plenty of different breeds out there, and you may have your eye on one in particular already. If not, our list might help you make that all-important choice. 1: The mixed breed Bit of a cheat, this one, as it isn’t a specific breed at all, yet it accounts for a whopping 89% of all the cats in the UK today! Most cat owners have a mixed breed cat. Would this be the one to catch your eye and[…]

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Is Your Home Safe for Your Puppy or Kitten?

When you are ready to welcome a new kitten or puppy into your home, it’s easy to forget they’ll be into everything if you give them half a chance. The more you can do before your new member of the family comes home, the safer they will be. Watch out for cables Virtually every room will have cabling in it of some kind. It could be the telephone wire, the TV cable or simply an extension lead. Make sure everything is tucked well out of the way of inquisitive paws and noses – and of course teeth! Protect your pet[…]

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Do You Have a Pet Allergy?

Do you find yourself sneezing and getting an itchy nose and throat when you come into close contact with a cat or dog? If you do, the chances are you have a pet allergy. Some people never find out they have an allergy until they get a pet – by which time it is a matter of managing the symptoms. However, many people know in advance they have an allergy, simply because they splutter and sneeze whenever they are near a friend or relative’s cat or dog. Are you really allergic to their fur? Actually no. While this is a[…]

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Can You Keep Other Cats Out of Your Garden?

Cats are free spirits to a certain extent. If you own a cat you’ll be aware they disappear off once they go out into your garden, and you may have no idea where they go to until they come strutting back for dinner! Even though you have a cat, it doesn’t mean you want every other neighbourhood cat in your garden as well. Your cat will likely see off some of them as it will mark and own its territory, but this isn’t always the case. Here are some tips to cat-proof your garden – and make it safe as[…]

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Pets and drug-resistant infections

Public Health England (PHE) has recently urged animal owners to be aware that they might be at risk of potentially acquiring antibiotic resistant bacteria such as MRSA, salmonella and E.Coli from their pets and then passing these back to the animals concerned. 40% of dogs that are healthy can be found with some drug-resistant bacteria forms. Bacteria which is resistant to antibiotics is not just an issue that affects people, it also puts our pets at risk too. Use antibiotics carefully The advice being given to pet owners is not to request antibiotics for their pets without due cause. When[…]

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Moving Home? How to Make the Experience as Easy as Possible for Your Cat or Dog

Moving home is exciting but it can also be stressful and overwhelming. Imagine then how your cat or dog might feel. The home they have known, possibly for years, suddenly has lots of strange people in it removing all the contents. What’s going on? Our handy guide will help you make the move as easy as possible for your pet, so they adjust to the experience with confidence. Is your pet microchipped? If not, now is the time to do it. Your dog should have a collar and tag anyway, but if you have a cat that doesn’t usually wear[…]

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Plan Ahead to Prepare for Firework Night

It’s perhaps no big surprise to learn that some dogs, cats and even rabbits hate the sound of fireworks. While some of them may not be at all bothered by loud noises, others find this time of year (and indeed New Year’s Eve) very stressful indeed. If your pet is scared of fireworks, don’t wait until Bonfire Night to do something about it. Start with a desensitisation programme instead, to help them get used to the loud noises and flashes that are a part of this time of year. Keep your pet indoors This holds true whatever pet you have.[…]

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The Advantages of Owning a Dog

How many people do you know that own a dog? Chances are you can name a few people, and some might even own more than one. There are all kinds of advantages to having a dog if you’re thinking of getting one. We’ve highlighted some of the main ones below. Even if you already have a dog, you may not have thought of some of these benefits. Increased exercise Compare your pre-dog life to the one you have when you get a dog and you’ll undoubtedly notice a difference in the amount of exercise you’re getting. According to the Kennel[…]

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Essential Equipment for Dogs

Are you thinking of getting a dog? Maybe you’ve just brought your new pooch home and you’re wondering whether you have got everything they will need. To this end, we’ve provided a list of the essential equipment you’ll need to keep your dog happy and content. A good-quality bed Are there more dog beds out there than dogs? It seems like it! Make sure you choose a washable one (a fast-drying bed is a great idea). If you have a puppy, buy a bed that’s slightly bigger so they can grow into it, otherwise you’ll be running out for a[…]

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How to Choose a Dog Breed

Deciding to get a dog is arguably a lot easier than choosing an actual breed. Are you suited to a small or a large dog? One that needs plenty of exercise? One that doesn’t mind being on its own during the day? One that is known to be great with kids? As you can see, it can be really hard to choose a breed. However, it will pay dividends to spend some time researching various breeds before you get a dog. Choose the wrong breed for you and your family and you could have untold problems you wouldn’t have had[…]

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Make Sure Your Dog Avoids Eating These Things This Autumn

We all know dogs have a habit of eating things they shouldn’t. While they can get away with eating certain things, other items can make them very ill. Autumn brings with it a change in the weather and several items appearing in our streets that weren’t there previously. While you may be tempted to stay indoors more as the nights draw in, the exercise is essential for making sure your pampered pooch doesn’t start putting on weight. Of course, when you are out and about your dog might come across things they wouldn’t normally see at other times of the[…]

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Should Your Cat Wear a Cat Collar?

When you have a dog in the family, the chances are they’ll wear a collar. Own a cat though, and the question of whether or not to have a collar becomes a lot more difficult to answer. Is it safe for them to wear a collar? This is the main issue to consider. While dogs are very agile and will bound around quite happily when out and about, they don’t climb trees or scale fences like cats do (at least, most of them don’t!). If a cat decides to climb a tree, the collar it has on could easily get[…]

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Welcoming Your New Puppy into Your Home

When you have a new puppy to bring home, it is well worth spending some time making sure you are ready for this momentous day. It’s a big moment for you as well as for your puppy, so it makes sense to ensure you are prepared and make the first day or two as easy as possible. Begin toilet training immediately Where are you going to let your puppy go to the toilet? Designate a spot in your garden and make sure your first task when you arrive home is to take your puppy there. Use the same command all[…]

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