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It's Weight and Nutrition Month

During January we're talking about how it important it is for your pet to maintain a healthy weight. We often hear about how we need to keep our own weight in check - how many times have you wondered if you're doing enough exercise or eating the right things. It's exactly the same for our pets as they benefit from staying active and having a balanced diet.

  • Firework fears and noise phobias...

    Our pets can’t understand what fireworks are about. To them, the loud noises and bright flashes are scary and unexpected and our pets often want to escape from what is a high-stress situation for them.

  • Senior Pet Health

    This month we’re talking about the health of older pets. Here are a few things to think about if you have an older pet. Vets tend to consider that cats and dogs become senior around the age of 8, but of course our pets are likely to age at different rates and may be affected differently by the ageing process.

  • Doggy Paddling

    Does every dog know how to swim? Some dogs seem to have a natural aptitude for swimming whilst others will do anything they can to stay away from the water. There’s not much to say whether your dog will end up being a good swimmer, but taller dogs tend to have a natural advantage when it comes to gliding through the water. Heavier set dogs probably won’t sink but they might struggle to build up…

  • Hot weather tips!

    Most of us will finally have seen some sun over the last few days! We know it can’t last forever so we hope you and your pets are able to make the most of it! But don’t forget that hotter weather can pose problems for our pets…

  • Lumps and Bumps

    Most pet owners will worry if they see a lump or bump on their pet. Not all lumps will be sinister, but it’s always important to get any lump, however small, checked out…

  • Itchy and Scratchy!

    Do you have itchy pets? Maybe a dog with dandruff or a cat with a skin rash? Skin conditions can get our pets down and can often need careful management. Read about some of the causes of itching and scratching in our pets…

  • Don't get ticked off!

    There is a concern that national tick numbers have been increasing and that there are more exotic species of ticks arriving from the continent. The Big Tick Project has found that one in three dogs were affected by ticks when checked. Ticks can carry infectious diseases such as Lymes disease and Babesiosis.

  • Mobility Tips!

    It's Mobility Month during May and we’ll be helping to keep your pets on the move! Pets of all ages can benefit from a mobility check to make sure they keep on moving, and the right diet and exercise program can make all the difference.

  • Spring has sprung!

    With the early May bank holiday weather still fresh in our minds, it’s safe to say that Spring has sprung! We’re all hoping that there’ll be plenty more nice weather over the next few weeks and months, but what do our pets think of the warmer weather?

  • Easter Hazards

    If you’re a chocolate lover then you’ll love Easter! As a pet owner you’ll more than likely know the dangers of chocolate for our pets.

  • Would you know what to do in an emergency?

    You know we’re here for you and your pets whether you have a routine query or a blue light emergency. Whilst we all hope that our pets will never be taken seriously ill, or involved in an accident, it’s worth being prepared in case the worst should happen.

  • Check-a-chip!

    Don’t forget that since April 2016 it has been a legal requirement for all dogs over 8 weeks old to be microchipped and registered on a national database with up to date contact details. The aim is to encourage responsible dog ownership and to improve the chance of lost or stolen pets being reunited with their owners.

  • Below the gumline

    Many pet dental diseases occur below the gum line, where you can't see without a close inspection. That means it's not always easy to spot problems without regular dental checks. A sore mouth or gums can really get our pets down and there are a few signs you can watch out for...

  • What are pet health plans all about...

    Even healthy pets need plenty of care and attention from their vet! That’s why a pet health plan is a great investment for your pet. Pet health plans are not pet insurance. They include the regular things like vaccinations, flea, worm and other parasite treatments, health checks and advice in a monthly payment plan - things that pet insurance generally doesn't cover.

  • New Year Resolutions

    Have you made any resolutions this new year? Do any of them involve your pets? If you’re still on the look out for a good new year resolution, how about resolving to teach your pets a new skill or giving them some extra special attention.

  • The diet starts next week…

    At least that’s what a lot of people say to themselves! But what about your pets? Do they feel the same as us about diet and exercise?

  • Watch out for Christmas hazards!

    Christmas is a time for celebration… not a time when you want an unexpected trip to the vets! It’s important to remember that Christmas can create additional hazards for our pets. So here’s some top tips to stay safe this Christmas.

  • Driving home for Christmas

    Christmas is a time for family. For some of us, that means travelling away from home to visit friends and relatives. Sometimes our pets can come along for the ride, but sometimes they need to have a little holiday of their own. As we’re getting close to the holiday season, we thought we’d share a couple of tips about choosing and using a kennels or cattery.

  • Pet Travel - Brexit update

    Do you travel to Europe with your pet? Keep up to date with possible changes to Pet Travel in the event of a "No-Deal" Brexit. Follow the link to find out more and we'll keep you up to date as things progress...

  • Have you ever tried to clean your pet’s teeth?

    Well, It’s not exactly easy is it! It doesn’t matter whether you’ve got cats, dogs, rabbits or any other type of pet - routing around in their mouth is likely to put your fingers at risk! Maybe that’s why regular pet dental care is sometimes overlooked by owners.

  • Be safe, be seen

    The clocks have just gone back an hour, and with them the last of the lighter evenings. The shorter days mean our pets will often be out and about in the dark. Whether you’re walking the dogs after work or letting the cats out after dinner, chances are it’s going to be that little bit darker outside. We’ve put together a few tips for keeping you and your pets safe and happy after sunset.

  • It’s a dog’s life…

    It’s senior dog month, so we thought we’d share with you some tips and advice to help you care for your older dog.

  • Cat napping!

    On average, cats spend two thirds of every day sleeping. That means a nine-year-old cat has been awake for only three years of its life! And cats tend to sleep more as they get older…

  • How to have a Stress-free Summer!

    The Summer holidays are here at last! They can often bring with them a change in routine for us and our pets. Holidays are booked, children are off school and more time spent is usually spent around the home. It’s a time for fun and relaxation, but for some pets it can cause extra stress and worry.

  • Top tips for washing pet bedding!

    We’ve all got our fingers crossed for some more good weather over the next few months! If the skies are kind to us, why not take the opportunity to give your pets’ bedding a spring clean!

  • Say no to parasites!

    No one really likes to think about the parasites which can feed on our pets. The thought of worms crawling around inside our pets’ bodies and fleas and ticks sucking their blood isn’t an appealing thought. But problems with parasites are common in cats, dogs and rabbits in particular, so it’s worth understanding how to keep things under control.

  • The diet starts next week…

    Isn’t that what people always say?! But what would your pets say if they were told it’s time to review how much they’re eating and how much they’re exercising? Getting the right balance of food and exercise for our pets isn’t always easy. That can be especially true if you have pets who constantly tell you how hungry they are!

  • What to take when travelling with your pets…

    The weather has been a little tricky recently if you’ve been trying to get anywhere. Plenty of people have been stranded on the roads and railways, and some will have been with their pets.

  • A dog walk a day keeps the doctor away!

    Research has shown that pet owners are healthier than those without an animal companion!Dog owners in particular tend to lead active lifestyles with plenty of miles covered on those daily walks. But it’s not just dog walkers who stay healthy. Our other furry friends help us to look after ourselves too.

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