Get Out and About With Your Dog!

Now that summer has arrived, and we can finally head outside without four jumpers and a raincoat, it’s the perfect time for you and Man’s best friend to get out and about! Today, we will give you some different ideas to keep your dog entertained and exercised during summer, as well as advice on looking after them in the hot sun. For those of you who love the great outdoors, summer is the perfect time to introduce your dog to new routes and environments. The countryside has miles and miles of walking routes which are great to explore. Most dogs [...]

Protect that pooch! Taking control of ticks and fleas!

The last thing you want is for your dog to be plagued by fleas or ticks; they’re bad for your dog, bad for your home, and bad for you! Let’s review ways to prevent these nasty critters from annoying your pet. Fleas Who’s at risk? Interestingly, the cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis) is the most common flea on dogs AND cats. All dogs and cats without regular flea treatment are at risk; as is your home! These long-named unwanted friends can infect humans. Why are they bad? Fleas love your dog, but not the way that you do! The adults will [...]

Will my puppy grow properly if I neuter?

We get a lot of questions about neutering… and that makes sense, because there are a lot of factors to consider! However, in this blog, I’m going to try and clear up any confusion you might have! What is neutering? Neutering is a surgical procedure whereby the dog is rendered permanently sterile (unable to bear or father puppies), and no longer produces significant amounts of sex hormones (mainly testosterone in dogs, oestrogen and progesterone in bitches). This is achieved by removing the part of the reproductive tract - the ovaries and (usually) womb in the bitch (a procedure called a [...]

Cat Flu – a complex condition

While we humans are in the midst of an Influenza Epidemic, we regularly see cats showing very similar symptoms - sneezing, runny noses, sore and runny eyes, a fever and unwillingness to eat. This condition has been called “Cat Flu” and in recent years we’ve seen people worrying about whether they’ll infect their cats - and there have even been reports of people rehoming or, tragically, abandoning their cats to try and protect themselves and their families. So the time seemed right to do a short blog explaining what Cat Flu actually is and how it can be managed! Do [...]

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