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  • How to keep your pet calm (& entertained) during lockdown Image

    How to keep your pet calm (& entertained) during lockdown

    6 April 2020 Last updated: 6 April 2020 - By in Pet Care

    During these unprecedented times when everyone is at home and normality is out the window, it can be difficult knowing how to keep our pets entertained throughout the day. While most cats and dogs will just be happy to have us home, the sudden change to their normal routines can be unsettling and even lead to stress-related behaviours. With this in...

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  • How to cope with cancelled shows & events Image

    How to cope with cancelled shows & events

    17 March 2020 Last updated: 18 March 2020 - By in Horses

    Competition season is upon us and for many it’s a time of great anticipation and excitement, with much preparation having gone into readying your horse (and yourself) for the demands of competitions. However, with Covid-19 forcing many competitions and events into cancellation, with no clear indication as to when the current situation will ea...

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    Understanding Cognitive Dysfunction

    28 February 2020 Last updated: 2 March 2020 - By in Dogs

    “Ageing brain disorders, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s, are really hard to diagnose in dogs and cats. In veterinary we group all these conditions under the term 'cognitive dysfunction'. In simple terms, this is where the brain ages and doesn't function as well as it used to. We aren't exactly sure what causes this, but it is possibly...

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    Raw feeding & dental health

    17 February 2020 Last updated: 17 February 2020 - By in Dogs

    Dental disease in dogs is a growing problem. In fact, it is estimated that 70% of dogs (and cats) will have the beginnings of dental disease before they are even two years old. This is a worrying statistic and one that needs to be taken seriously. “Plaque is a build-up of bacteria on the teeth and gums, and these bacteria can easily enter the...

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  • Keeping your cat safe & warm this winter Image

    In spite of their thick, fluffy coats, winter weather can leave cats really feeling the cold. This might strike you as unlikely as most cats will venture outside in all weathers, but sometimes they do need special attention paying at this time of year. You could say this is more of a problem for outdoor cats and, when it comes to experiencing wind...

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  • Advice for wet & windy walks Image

    Advice for wet & windy walks

    15 January 2020 Last updated: 15 January 2020 - By in Dogs

    The UK has seen a lot of rain recently. Along with Storm Brendan nearly blowing us away last week, it’s been a turbulent time weather-wise. To be expected for winter, I suppose, but it has made for some very soggy dog walks! Rain is rain and will affect your dog no matter what breed you have, although some breeds will be affected more than ot...

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  • Everything you need to know about Canicross Image

    Everything you need to know about Canicross

    13 January 2020 Last updated: 13 January 2020 - By in Dogs

    Put simply, Canicross is cross-country running, but with humans and dogs. With a harness attaching your dog to your middle, you run together as part of a team. With voice commands given from behind, it is your job to guide your dog in the right direction. Is it suitable for all dogs? As long as your dog is fit, healthy and willing to take part, you...

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  • Major change to whip rules at British Showjumping Image

    Major change to whip rules at British Showjumping

    6 January 2020 Last updated: 6 January 2020 - By in Horses

    As of the 1st January this year, only one type of whip will now be permitted at British Showjumping. After calls for tightened welfare standards across the sport, it would appear that measures are now being taken to address the use of whips and spurs and penalise incidences where both are used excessively. The new rules address the type, length, ma...

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  • The Most Popular Breeds of 2019 Image

    The Most Popular Breeds of 2019

    9 December 2019 Last updated: 10 December 2019 - By in Dogs

    As a nation, we love dogs. Whatever their shape, size, colour or personality, they have been popular since records began and will continue to be loved by all far, far into the future. That said, there are some breeds that we just can’t get enough of, and the Kennel Club keeps track of these popularity trends year on year, based on the number...

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  • Does my cat need a supplement? Image

    Does my cat need a supplement?

    12 November 2019 Last updated: 12 November 2019 - By in Cats

    There’s a good chance that you or someone you know takes a daily supplement or multivitamin. But what about our cats? If we’re already feeding them a ‘balanced and complete’ diet, are supplements a necessary addition? In short, they can be! If your cat has a health condition that your vet believes may benefit from additional...

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