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  • Getting your horse's weight right Image

    Seeing your horse every day can sometimes make it hard to notice when their weight fluctuates. Whether they’re gaining weight or losing it, it is important to work with your vet to establish the reason why and work out the best course of action. Maintaining a healthy body weight comes down to the right diet, regular (but suitable) exercise, a...

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  • What are the benefits of a grain-free diet? Image

    Nowadays, speciality foods that are ‘free from grain/gluten/dairy’ etc are increasingly popular in supermarkets, and unsurprisingly the trend has started appearing in the pet food aisle too. But what are the benefits of feeding a grain-free kibble to your pet? Grain allergies affect roughly 1% of dogs, which is probably fewer than you i...

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  • What is Leishmaniasis? Image

    What is Leishmaniasis?

    29 July 2019 - By in Dogs

    Holiday season is finally here, which is a source of great excitement for many! But for those of us planning on taking our dogs abroad, diseases like Leishmaniasis can well and truly spoil the fun, as well as putting our dog’s lives at risk. What is it? Leishmaniasis is a parasitic disease transmitted by small biting sand flies. The disease t...

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  • What is natural horsemanship? Image

    Natural horsemanship is something you’ve probably heard many times and may well have mixed feelings about. As with anything, there will be those that swear by it as an effective means of training, and those that are cynical of its powers. For those that are less familiar with it as a training approach, here we’ve given a basic overview....

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  • Changes to Purina Pro Plan Cat Range Image

    You may be aware that there have been some recent changes to the Pro Plan Cat Range. These are outlined below so, if you're unsure about anything, please see our useful tool. The changes include product renaming, more flavour variety within the STERILISED range, and a new OPTISENSES (ADULT 1+) food. The full Pro Plan Cat range includes: ORIGINAL KI...

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  • Pros & cons of neutering your kitten Image

    Having a kitten is a fun and rewarding experience. But it does come with a lot of responsibility and decision-making. What will you feed them? Will they be allowed out when they’re old enough, or be an indoor-only cat? Will you get them neutered/spayed? The question of getting your cat ‘fixed’ is a big one and one that can’t...

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  • Choosing the right pet for you Image

    Nearly half of all UK households have at least one pet, which, as we’re an animal-loving nation, is no real surprise. But when it comes to choosing the right pet to own, what do you need to consider? Owning a pet is expensive, but some pets more so than others. A dog, for example, will cost considerably more in its lifetime than a hamster. It...

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  • What is an SQP? Image

    What is an SQP?

    2 July 2019 - By in Pet Care

    What is an SQP? SQP stands for 'Suitably Qualified Person', and it is a type of veterinary qualification. There are many types of SQP, and each specialises in one or more different animal groups. For example, a C-SQP has in-depth knowledge of companion animals (cats, dogs and small animals), while a J-SQP specialises in equines. An E-SQP does both!...

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  • Keeping horses more naturally Image

    When you picture the modern-day domestic horse, what do you see? I imagine it’s a comfortable-looking horse eating grass in a small paddock, maybe with a rug on. But how much does this differ from the wild horses of old that existed much more naturally? Looking back, it’s clear how much has changed for the horse, but how much for the be...

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  • Top 10 UK Bridleways Image

    Top 10 UK Bridleways

    25 April 2019 - By in Pet Care

    When it comes to scenic bridleways, the UK has countless to offer, whatever your ability and trail preference. From laid-back rides to more challenging terrain, forest tracks to coastal paths, popular stretches to more secluded spots, our list of top UK bridleways gives you a mixed bag of routes to explore or revisit this summer. You can read our r...

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