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Tips for exercising your horse in warm weather

Jun 21st, 2017 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

In this exceptionally hot weather, it can be difficult knowing when and how to exercise your horse. Obviously, it is important to keep fitness up, especially in summer when your horse is likely to gain a few extra pounds enjoying lusher grazing and conserving its energy, but it is important to know when enough is enough and how to cool your horse e...

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Wet or dry food? What's best for my dog?

Jun 12th, 2017 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Discussion

It’s a question that many dog owners ask when deciding on the right diet for their pooch: is wet or dry food better? Does one have more nutritional benefits? Should I be feeding a bit of both? Unlike cats who have very specific dietary requirements and can be incredibly finicky eaters, canine appetites are more easily satisfied with either we...

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The Pet Manifesto

Jun 9th, 2017 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Discussion

Given the choice, would you rather dogs or cats ran the country? In this lighthearted blog we’re predicting the top paw-licies of both parties – the Catservatives and the Labouradors. Pick a side by commenting below! The Catservatives: 1. Unrestricted access to all surfaces around the home 2. More sleeping rights 3. Free rein on bringin...

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Managing a dog with a chronic illness

May 12th, 2017 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

No matter how hard we try to protect our beloved pets, sometimes they get ill and their condition doesn’t improve. The only solution is long-term medication that promises to set us back a small fortune each month and brings with it a whole host of questions and concerns. Below is a breakdown of the things to consider when your dog receives a...

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Equine Digestive Supplements

May 3rd, 2017 - By Sophie Wilkinson in Pet Care

Good digestive health is essential to your horse's overall wellness and performance. The horse's gut is populated by billions of beneficial or "good" bacteria and protozoa - particularly in the colon and caecum of the hindgut. These organisms ferment the fibre (grass, hay etc) that horses eat. A key product of fermentation in the hindgut is volatil...

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Stomach problems in cats

May 2nd, 2017 - By Sophie Wilkinson in Pet Care

As with dogs, mild stomach upsets in cats are not uncommon. Typically a sudden change in diet, over-eating or an intolerance to a food not usually consumed can cause stomach upsets in cats. Starving for a period of time and giving a bland diet for 7 days before transitioning back onto their normal food is recommended. However cats should not be sta...

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Stomach upsets in dogs

Apr 27th, 2017 - By Sophie Wilkinson in Pet Care

Most mild stomach upsets in dogs are caused by a recent change in diet or a dietary indiscretion such as raiding the bin! With a mild stomach upset your dog may have vomiting, diarrhoea, inappetance, salivation and may also eat grass. Often no veterinary intervention is required in these cases. Ideally you should withhold food for 12-24hrs then aft...

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A guide to good grass management

Apr 20th, 2017 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

Grazing is the healthiest, most nutrient-rich (and cheapest) food you can provide your horse, which is why it’s so important to manage it well. This can be a difficult balancing act as in winter all you want is grass cover, and in the spring and summer months the aim is to restrict grazing. Basic facts about grass management: - Grass grows fi...

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Understanding Kissing Spines

Apr 12th, 2017 - By Sophie Wilkinson in Pet Care

Kissing Spines is the laymans term for overriding or impinging dorsal spinous processes in the horse. The dorsal spinous processes (DSPs) protrude vertically from the vertebrae and run from the withers to the pelvis. In a normal spine the DPS's are regularly spaced with a sufficient gap in between them. In a horse with kissing spines the gaps are r...

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Common skin complaints in cats

Apr 10th, 2017 - By Sophie Wilkinson in Pet Care

Skin diseases, or dermatopathies, are relatively common in cats. The skin is the largest organ in a cat’s body, comprising up to ¼ of its body weight. This amazing organ provides a protective barrier to the environment and regulates body temperature, among other important functions. Your cats skin or coat can be a good indicator of the...

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