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Animal Welfare / Keeping your pets safe in the garden this summer

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It’s summer! This probably means you might be spending more time in the garden, cat and dog in tow and, of course, you want to keep them safe in it which means pet-proofing your garden! You might have already done this and it just needs a few extra touches, or you’ve welcomed a new member … Continued

Animal Welfare / The Importance of Pet Insurance – Beth and Max

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Here at Animal Friends 9/10 of us own a pet, but we are all animal lovers. We’ve been raised beside dogs, adopted cats, ridden horses and even rescued budgies. So, when a member of staff loses a pet dear to them there are plenty of shoulders available, we are all listening ears because we’ve all … Continued

Animal Welfare / World Oceans Day 2018 and How You Can Help

World Oceans Day 2018

Today is World Oceans Day 2018! The focus this year is to prevent further plastic pollution and encourage solutions. The ocean connects us all. Some of us swim and sail the vast seas of the world while others enjoy its tranquillity from the sands of the beaches we’re lucky enough to visit. Others, however, are … Continued

Animal Welfare / Tips, tricks and lists for a pet-friendly summer garden

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With the RHS Flower Show starting next week you might tune in to find some inspiration for your summer garden. There are a few things to consider when picking your favourite flowers, bulbs and seeds when you have pets. The main thing is to make sure you don’t pick any toxic plants. Dogs and cats … Continued

Animal Welfare / We’ve donated £5000 to Central German Shepherd Rescue

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Central German Shepherd Rescue based in Spalding, Lincolnshire has just received a large financial boost due to a donation of £5000 made by pet insurance provider, Animal Friends. Animal Friends Managing Director, Mr Westley Pearson said, “Animal Friends Pet Insurance is extremely pleased to be able to donate to such a worthwhile cause as Central … Continued

Animal Welfare / Animal Friends visit Four Paws UK

Animal Friends visit Four Paws UK

Four Paws UK is a charity which was established in order to combat animal cruelty worldwide. From orchestrating a campaign to vaccinate 50,000 dogs in Myanmar, ceaseless advocacy to end the puppy trade to working to save bears who are being exploited in Vietnam Four Paws carry out extremely valuable work to combat the neglect … Continued

Animal Friends / Our visit to Oak and Furrows Wildlife Rescue Centre

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Charity visit This week we popped into Oak and Furrows – a wildlife rescue centre based in the Blakehill Farm nature reserve near Cricklade – to give them a donation of £11,000. The charity was founded in 2006 with a true passion for helping animals. The centre has relocated and expanded along the way and … Continued

Animal Welfare / Microbeads have been banned in the UK

Microbeads have been banned in the UK

On the 9th January 2018, the use of microbeads in cosmetics and skincare was banned in the UK. The new law means that these products can no longer be manufactured, and they will be barred from sale form July this year. But what are microbeads, and why are they being banned? You might have seen these tiny … Continued

Animal Welfare / How are you protecting your pet this bonfire night?

How are you protecting your pet this bonfire night?

As the night of gunpowder, treason and plot approaches it seems that pet owners may not be quite as excited about the nights festivities as you may think. Our survey found that over two thirds of pet owners want to see fireworks banned unless it is in a controlled environment. Which is not a surprising … Continued

Animal Welfare / Could you be feeding your pet poisonous food without realising it?

When it comes to taking care of our furry friends, it seems their diets are not as healthy as they could be. According to our new survey, a massive two thirds of pet owners were wrong about what their beloved pets could eat safely. When shown a list of common household items, respondents deemed chocolate, … Continued

Animal Welfare / Tips and Tricks for Travelling with Dogs

Travelling with dogs doesn’t have to be stressful, it can be fun for everyone. You might just be heading around the corner or you might have a road-trip planned this summer for all of the family to enjoy. It might have been something you’ve been planning for a while but packing always seems rushed on … Continued

Animal Welfare / Guide to Summer Dog Walk Safety

Enjoying a summer dog walk can be fun and rewarding for the two of you, but they can also host hidden risks and dangers. You want to be able to enjoy the summer months with your pooch, and taking the right precautions can mean just that. We have a few tips below for all the … Continued

Animal Welfare / Grooming your Pet in Summer

Groom, groom, groom! With summer here, somewhere behind the grey skies, you might have thought to start grooming your pets, if you don’t already. Grooming your pet is plentiful in benefits, for the two of you, and can be done in the comfort of your home, or by a professional. Everything is down to your … Continued

Animal Welfare / Toxic Treats lead to Porky Pets

It seems we’re being a little bit over-generous with our pets as more than half (57%) of British pet owners let their cats and dogs pig out on junk food. Shocking new findings from our latest survey show that UK pet owners regularly feed their pets chips, popcorn, cheese, pizza, cake and curry. Others admit … Continued

Animal Welfare / Top 10 Most Poisonous Foods For Dogs

Poisonous Foods For Dogs

We all like to treat our pets every now and again, but sometimes our good deed can put our dog’s health in danger. In this blog post we’ll outline the top 10 foods you should never feed your dog, and why they’re harmful to your pet’s health. Avocado Although they are known as a super … Continued

Animal Welfare / A Dog Owners’ Summer Survival Guide

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Over winter many dog owners find themselves choosing shorter, more sheltered walking routes to protect themselves, and their dogs, from the less pleasant weather. It’s little wonder that spring and summer signals a renewed interest in outdoor exploring and fresh places to walk. However, with new territory comes the risk of hidden dangers. Use this … Continued

Animal Welfare / Waterborne Hazards for Dogs

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As the weather gets warmer many dogs (and some cats) will enjoy taking a swim to cool off. While a paddle in a pond might seem harmless, there are many hidden dangers that your pet could encounter. Here we discuss some of the waterborne hazards for dogs and how to spot whether your pet has … Continued

Animal Welfare / Jasper the Greyhound: Too Lazy to Find a Forever Home?

Jasper the Greyhound: Too Lazy to Find a Forever Home Dogs can be stubborn at the best of times, but lazy a Greyhound named Jasper is pushing those boundaries. The ex-Irish racer has always been too busy snoozing when people come to visit and with just 3 short years behind him, prospective families and homes … Continued