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Caring for an older horse

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

Like any living being, when horses age they fall prey to a number of age-related conditions. These can’t be avoided but they can be managed, and caring for an older horse needn’t be a struggle. So, what do we class as a geriatric horse? Typically, we consider a horse to be ‘old’ when it is 19 years and over. But as horses ar...

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Wisdom Panel DNA Test - we ask the experts!

Sep 6th, 2017 - By Visitor in Pet Discussion

What’s your name and role in the business? My name is Oliver Forman, and I am the Genetics Research Manager in the UK. My role is to coordinate research to enable continued development of our products and services. I joined Mars Veterinary in 2016 after spending 13 years researching inherited diseases in dogs, discovering disease causing muta...

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What should I be feeding my senior dog?

Sep 5th, 2017 - By Visitor in Pet Care

Dog owners are becoming more and more aware nowadays that senior dog’s need a different diet to their younger counterparts to help them get the most out of life – but as to how this differs and what they actually need is something they are less sure about. Hopefully by the end of this though you’ll be happier with what to look for...

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Purina® Fortiflora® and Probiotics – truly effective or just the latest fad?

Sep 5th, 2017 - By Visitor in Pet Care

Most people have heard about probiotics in humans – live bacteria which are believed to have a beneficial effect on the ‘good bug bad bug’ balance in the intestinal tract and help digestive health…and probiotics are also commonly used in dogs and cats too! PURINA® Fortiflora® is a probiotic in the form of a simple t...

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A guide to de-fleaing your pet

Sep 4th, 2017 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

The battle with fleas is ongoing if you own a dog or cat. When you think the problem’s treated, your pet is suddenly scratching again, you’re waking up with bites, and there’s black specks all over the furniture. Unfortunately, fleas don’t take a holiday and need to be treated against on a regular basis. This goes for your h...

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New tech for your pets

Aug 28th, 2017 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

There are over 11 million pet owners in the UK alone, and bearing in mind we’re now living in a technological age where everything is advancing at a rate of knots, it makes perfect sense that this extends to the pet industry too - one of the biggest in the world. So if technology is intended to make lives easier, how are today’s pet own...

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Orscana

Aug 24th, 2017 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

Ever worried your horse is getting a bit hot under the collar while you’re at work? Or feared you under rugged and the evening has suddenly turned chilly? Or maybe you’re travelling with your horse and sense he’s becoming uncomfortable? With unpredictable British weather making it next to impossible to know whether or not to rug,...

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Equilibrium Massage & Magnetic Therapies

Aug 17th, 2017 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

What is massage therapy and when is it needed? Did you know that muscle tension is one of the most common causes of poor performance in horses? This can be caused by a number of different things, including high levels of work, periods of box rest, travelling, and following bouts of injury or back complaint. By reducing tension and improving the fle...

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Raw, commercial kibble or something in between?

Aug 15th, 2017 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Discussion

Feeding raw is something many pet owners prefer to do, while others are extremely satisfied with the standard of commercial diets on the market. But is there a mid-way food that caters to both sets of owners? Natures Menu complete foods make raw feeding easy, convenient, and often slightly cheaper, without compromising on the natural goodness of tr...

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Renal care for pets & horses

Aug 8th, 2017 - By Sophie Wilkinson in Pet Care

Healthy kidneys are responsible for many different tasks most importantly filtering the blood of toxins and excreting them in urine. If the kidneys are not functioning properly then this can result in a variety of problems. Any condition which stops the kidneys performing properly is referred to as kidney or renal disease. It means some damage has...

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