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Animal Welfare / Will Mandatory Microchipping Make a Difference?


In April, mandatory microchipping for dogs will come into law in England. Breeders will become responsible for having puppies microchipped before they are sold and documenting the names and details of the buyers. Owners of dogs who don’t have microchips already will be expected to do so. It is hoped that this will promote responsible dog … Continued

Animal Friends / Vet Fees: How Much is Too Much?

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Evan Davis and Justin Webb took to Radio 4 in early February to ask a difficult question: When it comes to life-saving veterinary treatment, how much is too much? This question is always an uncomfortable one to answer, but it is an important one. Unless you’ve got unlimited funds at your disposal, the limit might … Continued

Animal Welfare / How Can a Pet Get Parasites?

There are many parasites that your pet may be susceptible to, which can be caught and spread through various means. Here is a list of some of the most common types of parasite that may afflict your pet. Hookworms These live in the gut and are distinguishable by their teeth and cutting plates, with the ability … Continued

Animal Welfare / What to Do If Your Pet Has Parasites

Pets are usually susceptible to parasites at some time or another during their lives. They can be contracted in a multitude of places and are present in many different forms. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean they’re impossible to treat. Caring for your pet in the best way possible will help to ensure they don’t catch and … Continued

Animal Welfare / Introducing a Baby to a Senior Pet

Introducing a baby into your life is an exciting and, sometimes daunting, time for everyone. There are new experiences around every corner and people often say that you’re never entirely prepared for the way your life will change when your family grows. For your pets it can be a confusing, or even frightening, time. The … Continued

Animal Welfare / Four Feats of Animal Heroism

Feats of animal heroism are enough to melt the heart of even the hardest cynic. Many creatures have saved many lives with their quick thinking or instinctive behaviour. Here are some of the most notable examples. Moko the dolphin Many tales of heroism come from the animal being in the right place at the right … Continued

Animal Friends / Smokie’s Story

Now and again our policyholders get in touch to tell us about their experience with our pet insurance, and some of the scrapes their pets get into. Smokie’s owner emailed in to tell us the remarkable story of their cat, who has definitely used up one of his nine lives! Please be advised, parts of … Continued

Animal Welfare / Adopting a Senior Pet

When people talk about getting a new pet you might think of a kitten or a puppy, but a pet doesn’t have to be young when they join your family. Thousands of older dogs and cats are waiting to be rehomed for one reason or another. Unfortunately people tend to assume that they need to … Continued

Animal Welfare / How to Keep Senior Pets Stimulated

As your pet gets older you may find that they are less interested in things than they once were. Exercise may seem less appealing to them and they might stop playing with toys that were once their favourite things in the world. Age needn’t prevent your pet from having a fulfilling, stimulating life; it might … Continued