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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

Dog / Livestock Worrying and Keeping Safe in #theGreatOutPaws

Livestock Worrying and Taking Extra Precautions 1

It’s finally Spring so you might find yourself going on longer walks and making the most of lighter evenings. This might mean following public footpaths through a field being used by livestock, especially as it’s now lambing season and they’ll be running around and enjoying their first few months. Livestock worrying We all know about … Continued

Guide / Do Office Pets Bring Benefits?

Most people love to greet dogs with a friendly smile and a good pat on the head. But how do you feel about having pets in the office? Well, we asked 2,000 office workers that very thing and their responses were interesting. In fact, we found that a third of UK businesses – that’s 1.7 … Continued

Be Cool / Dog Friendly Picnic

With schools all finished and some partially warm weather, you might have rummaged to find the picnic basket. The best thing about picnics is that all the family can join in. So, we’ve written some top tips for the perfect dog-friendly picnic. No one needs to miss out this summer! Dog-Friendly Picnic Checklist Poop bags … 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 / 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

Dog / Trick or Treat Recipe: Peanut and Pumpkin Dog Balls

This Halloween after being inspired by our recent  review of Little Barker Bakery Bark Me Dog Treats, we decided to look into other easy treats that you can make at home using simple healthy ingredients. Of course we always advise that you talk to your vet before introducing any new food groups into your dogs diet. … Continued

Dog / Trick or Treat Recipe: Frozen Apple Treats

This Halloween after being inspired by our recent  review of Little Barker Bakery Bark Me Dog Treats, we decided to look into other easy treats that you can make at home using simple healthy ingredients. Of course we always advise that you talk to your vet before introducing any new food groups into your dogs diet. … Continued

Cat / Mowing the Lawn: Hidden Dangers for Animals

It’s that time of year again when those of us with gardens are dusting off our lawnmowers and strimmers to get our grass looking tip-top, ready for barbecues. However, before you get going with your gardening, it’s important to run a few checks of the lawn to make sure you and the local wildlife escape … 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 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

Guide / Cataracts

Cataracts are caused by a clouding of the lenses and usually occur in older cats or dogs as a normal part of the aging process. They are more often than not easy to spot as they present themselves as a sort of milky glaze in a cat or dog’s eyes. As they develop they can … Continued

Care / How to Decorate Safely at Christmas

Christmas time is almost upon us and, for us, one of the best parts of festive prep is “decking the halls” and making our homes cosy, glittery and ambient. Unfortunately, with pets around, it’s not as simple. There are a number of hazards that standard Christmas decorations can pose, but don’t worry; with our handy … Continued

Guide / Caring for Wildlife in Summer

We’ve been focusing on keeping your pets safe this summer, but you might not realise that our wildlife can find heatwaves a struggle too. Not to worry though, there are things we can do to make life a little easier for wild animals. Birds Throughout protracted hot weather, birds can suffer from a lack of … Continued

Guide / Horse Senses

Just like you or me, the horse has five senses which they use in conjunction with each other to interpret their surroundings. These are touch (tactile), smell (olfactory), hearing (auditory), taste (gustatory) and sight (vision). The horse is by nature a prey animal, which requires it to be acutely perceptive and aware of its environment … Continued

Animal Welfare / Protecting Paws in Summer

Most people would agree that it’s nicer to go for walks when the weather is on the sunny side, especially following some very changeable weather throughout spring. Your dogs will certainly appreciate the opportunity to have a good run around in the sun. However, one thing many people don’t take into account is how much this … Continued

Care / Pets and Barbecues

pets and barbecues

Barbecues are a traditional part of the British summer, and some of you may already be planning one of your own. Spending time cooking with your family in the garden and exploring new flavours is great fun. However, if you’re a pet owner you need to keep a few safety tips in mind while you’re … Continued