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Cat / Summer safety tips to keep your pets safe this summer

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Summer is full of both excitement and dangers for our pets. Here is the Animal Friends guide to some of the dangers to look out this summer to ensure your pet stays safe. These include: Grass seeds Our data has revealed that grass seeds embedded in dogs’ flesh is the most common seasonal illness for … 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

Health / Summer Skin Cancer Dangers For Pets

Summer Skin Cancer Dangers For Pets

We all know the dangers of prolonged exposure to the sun to ourselves but did you know your pets are at risk as well? With Sun Awareness Week coming up from 14th – 20th May, we wanted to warn pet owners to take precautions this summer, to ensure the safety of their furry friends. Many … 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 / 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

Dog / Top tips for caring for older dogs

Top tips for caring for older dogs When your pet ages, caring for them can seem like a difficult task. On average, dogs live around twelve years, and when they reach old age, their needs change. Here are some top tips for making your pet as comfortable as possible in their later years. Provide the … Continued

Cat / 312% Increase in Cases of Arthritis in Dogs Since 2012

Our latest research has highlighted a worrying statistic about UK canines. Cases of arthritis in dogs has risen by 312% between 2012 and 2015. As we looked into this data more closely, we found that the number of cases is expected to rise even further to around 369% by the end of 2016. Arthritis is … Continued

Dog / How Do Dogs Get Fleas?

As a pet owner, it is important to understand what happens if your dog catches fleas and how you can prevent this from happening in the first place. Unfortunately, it’s a situation that many dog owners have been in and it’s not uncommon for your dog to pick up the pests when they’re on their … Continued

Cat / Is It Bad to Move a Cat While It Is Asleep?

You get home from a long day at work and your beloved cat has missed you dearly. Longing for the warmth of a cosy snuggle spot, they pad up onto the sofa and curl up in ball on your lap. But then you are stuck… and need the loo. Should you move your cat whilst they … 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

waterborne hazards for dogs

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

Dog / Is My Dog Deaf?

Is My Dog Deaf? Hearing is an invaluable sense for any animal, with dogs being no exception. Although deafness is more likely in certain breeds of dog, there isn’t a single breed that is completely exempt from developing and suffering from a lack of hearing. It can often be hard to tell if your dog … 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 / Pet Safe Festive Foods

Christmas treats for your pet

The Christmas season is finally upon us which can be a busy and chaotic time for everyone, including your pets. Many things that make Christmas Christmas can pose as a threat to the health of your furry family. To help you avoid an unnecessary trip to the vet this holiday season we have compiled our … 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