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Uncategorized / What should I do if my dog is attacked?

A dangerous dog is one that has already attacked, or makes a person fear for their safety. If your pet is attacked, it can be a frightening experience for both you and your dog. So, we’ve pulled together a guide on what to do if the worst should happen: Why do dogs attack? A dog … Continued

Horse / Colic in horses – all you need to know

As a horse owner, it’s important to be aware of the symptoms of colic – a term for abdominal pain experienced by humans and animals alike. It’s caused by an infection in the gastrointestinal tract, and if not properly treated, is one of the most common causes of mortality in horses. Here is a run-down … Continued

Dog / Product Review: iFetch automatic ball launcher

Here at Animal Friends, we were very excited when we received the iFetch an automatic ball launcher for review. We couldn’t honestly tell you who was more excited to do the review, Dave the Golden Retriever or us the AFI staff. We did however, after much debate, decide that maybe we would let Dave have … Continued

Dog / The Best Dog Breeds for Kids and Families

The Best Dog Breeds for Kids and Families If your family is looking to adopt a new dog, it can be a tough choice deciding which breed to choose. Based on your family’s lifestyle, you might prefer a smaller dog or one that will get along with any current pets living in your home. Here … Continued

Uncategorized / How to Bathe Your Dog

How to bathe a dog Giving your dog a bath can be a messy and sometimes frustrating experience for both pet and owner. Most dogs love to play in water, but they don’t tend to enjoy bath time. We’ve collated some tips and tricks on how to get your dog clean, without dirtying your house. … Continued

Uncategorized / Dog Owners Warned about Deadly Tick-borne Disease

Dog owners warned about deadly tick-borne disease In the past few weeks, UK dog owners have been advised that their pets could be at risk of contracting an extremely serious tick-borne disease which has been found in Britain for the first time. As of this time, one dog has already sadly passed away and four … Continued

Uncategorized / Brachycephalic Dogs in Hot Cars

Literally translated, ‘brachy’ means ‘shortened’ and ‘cephalic’ means head. Short noses and flat faces are synonymous with breeds such as Pugs, Boxers, Shih Tzus and Pekingeses, making them easily identifiable. What many people may be unaware of is how susceptible to heat-related dangers brachycephalic dogs can be. Their inability to release heat is the reason … Continued

Uncategorized / How and Why Are Short Haired Dogs Affected When Left in a Car?

You may not think a short haired dog would be at much risk if left alone in a hot car, yet this is not the case at all. All dogs regardless of age, size, breed and coat length can die in these circumstances, and it doesn’t take very long for their condition to deteriorate. If … Continued

Uncategorized / How and Why Are Puppies Affected When Left in a Car?

There are so many terrible stories about dogs being left in hot cars, only to die before the return of their unsuspecting owners. Tragically, there have been numerous cases where the victims were puppies. No dog should be left in a car alone regardless of age, but puppies are one high risk category that is … Continued

Uncategorized / How and Why are Long Haired Dogs are Affected in Hot Cars?

Any dog is at risk when left alone in a hot car, but factors such as coat length can exacerbate the danger. Some length on a coat is fine, as it helps to keep the dog cool by trapping air. However, a coat that is too long can inhibit this vital process. Some dogs may … Continued

Uncategorized / How and Why Are Brachycephalic Dogs Affected When Left Alone in a Car?

Literally translated, ‘brachy’ means ‘shortened’ and ‘cephalic’ means head. Short noses and flat faces are synonymous with breeds such as Pugs, Boxers, Shih Tzus and Pekingeses, making them easily identifiable. What many people may be unaware of is how susceptible to heat-related dangers brachycephalic dogs can be. Their inability to release heat is the reason … Continued

Uncategorized / How and Why Are Senior Dogs Affected When Left in a Car?

Although no dog should be left alone in a car, senior dogs are particularly susceptible to heat-related conditions because of their inability to regulate body temperature as well as they could earlier in life. Also, members of this age group are more likely to develop illnesses as the effectiveness of their immune system decreases, which … Continued

Uncategorized / Animal Welfare Issue: The Dangerous Dogs Act

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The Dangerous Dogs Act was drafted in 1991 in what many at the time called a reactionary move following a spate of dog attacks, particularly on children. The act dealt largely in breed-specific legislation which initially criminalised the ownership, sale, exchange and breeding of certain “dangerous dogs”, and called for their mandatory destruction. If a … Continued

Uncategorized / Animal Welfare Issues: Pet Abandonment

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The Animal Welfare Act 2006 absorbed the Abandonment of Animals Act 1960. The Act effectively means that abandonment constitutes a criminal offence because the owner will no longer be meeting the animal’s needs, as required by law. Despite this, there are stories in the news on an almost weekly basis about yet another pet who … Continued

Uncategorized / Animal Welfare Issue: The Hunting Act

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The Hunting Act 2004 was brought in by the last Labour government, and prohibited hare coursing and the hunting of wild mammals with dogs (with some exceptions). It was controversial, with strong, loud voices on both sides of the debate. In fact, pro-hunt protesters stormed the House of Commons on the day of the vote. … Continued

Uncategorized / Animal Welfare Issue: Circus Animals

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Around the world, the issue of animals being used for entertainment is facing scrutiny. Whether it’s captive cetaceans at SeaWorld or cruelty allegations at Crufts, there is a spotlight on these “working” creatures. This is especially true of circus animals. When it comes to this issue, there has been a lot of toing and froing … Continued

Uncategorized / Animal Welfare Issue: Microchip Scanning

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Since their introduction in the early 1990s, ID microchips have enjoyed a certain amount of notoriety. The chips are around the same size as a grain of rice and are implanted under the skin of a pet. When scanned, they will identify the pet with a unique number which is linked to a database. On … Continued

Uncategorized / Including Pets at Funerals

Yesterday BBC South Today featured an organisation called Canine Carers. This charity encourages owners of gentle, friendly, affectionate dogs to volunteer, and visit people whose lives are enhanced by regular interaction with dogs. Canine Carers often visit the elderly in their care homes, and both children and adults in hospices, and it is sometimes people’s … Continued