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Animal Welfare / Stray and Feral Cats: How to Spot the Difference

On the surface, stray and feral cats appear to be the same in that they are both animals without a home with humans, and each are descendants of domestic cats. However, there are various obvious and subtle signs based on appearance and behaviour that can help you to distinguish the difference between them. Stray cat A stray … Continued

Animal Welfare / How to Look After a Kitten

Deciding to get a kitten is a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly, as it could affect the next twenty or so years of your life. It is a massive commitment, but owning a cat can provide the right person with a lot of happiness. Careful preparation needs to be undertaken before you bring home your … Continued

Animal Welfare / Walking Your Dog in Hot Weather

Summer is nearly here, and the hot weather invites everyone to spend more time outside. However, walking your dog at this time of year can be quite dangerous in certain circumstances. As an owner you need to be vigilant to ensure your dog is always protected. Sunstroke, overheating and sunburn Dogs are susceptible to sunburn, … Continued

Animal Welfare / How to Socialise Your Pet

Socialising your pet develops their character and confidence, and enables them to live a happier and healthier life. By showing them there is nothing to fear from other animals or people, they will learn how to pleasantly interact with others. They need to get used to the everyday sights and sounds they may encounter inside and … Continued

Animal Welfare / Which Rehoming Centre Should You Choose?

Deciding which rehoming centre you should choose to adopt your pet from can be a difficult and daunting task. There are a lot of factors you need to consider such as the type of animal you are looking for and which shelters are nearest to your home. You also need to bear in mind how … Continued

Animal Welfare / Choosing the Right Vet

Choosing the Right Vet

When choosing the right vet, you need to take into account what would be best not only for yourself, but for your pet. You need to consider the location, whether staff appear knowledgeable and informative, and how they behave with the animals. There are a lot of different vets to choose from so don’t settle … Continued

Animal Welfare / The Dangers of Grass Seeds

Although you wouldn’t necessarily think so, grass seeds are one of the most common problems encountered by pets, especially dogs. They are notorious for their easy penetration of the skin and the way they manage to burrow into the body. An unsuspecting owner may not realise the extent to which their pet has been affected, … Continued

Animal Welfare / Insect Bites and Stings

Summer is fast approaching and it is inevitable your pet will encounter more insects, some of which can bite or sting. This may be when out for a walk in the countryside, passing a neighbour’s flowerbed, or even whilst in the home. Although we do what we can to protect our pets it can be … Continued

Animal Welfare / What Effects Can Parasites Have on Pets?

Different types of parasite can have varying effects on the host they feed off. Here are some of the most common types and how they impact pets. Hookworm Animals infested with hookworm suffer from blood loss, because the parasite sucks the blood of its host. This can be critical for young puppies unless a transfusion … Continued