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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 / 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

Care / Product Review: Pawbo+ Interactive Pet Camera

Here at Animal Friends, we are always searching for great pet products to review so when we received the Pawbo we couldn’t wait to try it! The camera was beautifully packed and even Marvel came over to have a nosey as to what we were unpacking. So, let’s see how the Pawbo+ Interactive Pet Camera … Continued

Care / WildWash Pro Pet Shampoos Review

Choosing the right shampoo for your pet is important for their skin, coat, and health. A clean dog is a happy dog! So, when we received some WildWash shampoos we couldn’t wait to get a dog in the bath to try them. Henry drew the short straw so let’s see what he thought of his … Continued

Care / Are you living with a banned pet in a rented property?

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If you’re living with a dog or cat in a rented property that clearly stated that no pets allowed, you’re not the only one. In fact, our latest survey found that a massive 27% of renters in the UK didn’t let their landlord know about their pets, despite over half of the people we asked … 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

Care / PawTection Product Review

  We love a good product review here at Animal Friends. We recently received a package from the Natural Dog Company, ready for us to try out and we couldn’t wait to try it! Natural Dog Company provides natural and effective healing solutions while keeping organic and natural. We were given the PawTection Challenge to try, … 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

Care / Should workers be allowed time off to take care of their poorly pets?

Have you ever taken time off work to care for your ill pet? Well it turns out that a third of UK workers have dodged work to care for their furry companions! We surveyed 2,000 British workers and found that just over two fifths (42%) of employees have not been too truthful when discussing their absence … 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

Care / Seasonal Adaptations for Senior Pets

As much as we might love the onset of winter, the seasonal changes can make life a little trickier for animals, especially senior pets. The key is to be prepared so that, whatever the weather, you can provide a nurturing home environment for your cat or dog. Temperature Older pets find it harder to regulate their … 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

Care / Why Does My Cat Snore?

We all know that our feline friends love to sleep. They’ll drop off whenever and wherever they can. Sometimes, you may be able to hear your cat snoring while they doze, but is this normal in cats? When snoring in cats is a normal behaviour (usually) Just like their human owners, cats have sleep cycles. … 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

Care / Exercising your Cat

Obesity in Cat is on the rise, studies shown by vets conclude that at least 1 in 4 cats in the UK are over weight or obese, this can have severe health implications for your pet including an increased risk in heart disease, arteritis, diabetes and a general loss in quality of life. There are however organised exercises you … Continued

Animal Friends / How to Help Your Dog Lose Weight

How to help your dog lose weight Millions of dogs’ lives are cut short every year from obesity. An overweight dog is much more likely to suffer from illnesses such as diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and high blood pressure. While it is a good idea to consult your vet for a diet plan or a … 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

Animal Welfare / Is My Dog in Pain? Five Signs to Look For

Is my dog in pain? Five signs to look for It can be difficult to find out exactly how your dog is feeling, unless your pet is jumping for joy or howling in pain. Sometimes, when an illness or an injury starts off there may not be any obvious symptoms, this can mean it goes … Continued