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Dental care made easy with OraFresh

Feb 16th, 2018 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

When did you last check your pet’s teeth? Unfortunately, dental hygiene in pets is often overlooked, either because it’s too stressful, too time-consuming or because we’re not entirely sure what we’re looking for when we open their mouths. But ignoring your pet’s oral health can lead to a number of problems, ultimately...

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6 things we LOVE about our pets

Feb 14th, 2018 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Discussion

We’re a nation of animal lovers and over 12 million of us share our homes with pets - that’s a whopping 44% of UK households! Whether it’s dogs, cats, rabbits or goldfish, they’re all part of the family. But what is it about pets we all love so much? Maybe we should be asking what it is we don’t love so much! Of course...

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Prepare for Sweet Itch in 6 simple steps

Feb 14th, 2018 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

Sweet Itch, otherwise known as ‘Seasonal Recurrent Dermatitis’ is a nasty, self-perpetuating condition affecting horses during the warmer months of spring and summer. Like human hay fever, the condition affects some horses more than others and is exacerbated by itching, which is, unfortunately, the only natural response to the irritatio...

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Urinary health in dogs

Feb 12th, 2018 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

Urinary problems are something we tend to associate more with cats than dogs, but a great many dogs suffer with urinary tract disease, and often the problem is recurring. Stress is often to blame for inducing urinary disease in cats, but in dogs the cause is sometimes harder to pinpoint. Multiple components can be at play – some, such as diet...

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9 things horse owners love about spring

Feb 8th, 2018 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Discussion

The weather might be cold, wet and miserable, but with spring just around the corner, it’s not all doom and gloom! The light at the end of the tunnel is visible at long last as we power through February and start enjoying longer days with lighter mornings and evenings. For those of us with horses, there’s surely nothing better than the...

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Canine feeding: Getting it right

Feb 5th, 2018 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

There’s no denying the difficulty in not over-feeding a beloved dog, especially when they gaze up at you with those big puppy dog eyes and ask for ‘just one more treat.’ According to a recent study which looked at knowledge of nutrition amongst UK dog owners, roughly 90% admitted to not knowing how many calories their dog needed...

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Feline Feeding: Getting it right

Feb 2nd, 2018 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

When it comes to our pets, with their wide adoring eyes and cute little head tilt, it can be tempting to over-feed them when they come to us asking for food. And while sometimes the extra treat given here and there is a conscious decision we make, more often than not we are totally unaware when we are over-feeding them. It is common for cats to be...

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Depression in horses

Feb 1st, 2018 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

Sensitive to a number of stressors, horses get depressed just as easily as cats and dogs. Prolonged stress can lead to gradual withdrawal and decline in horses, whether caused by environmental triggers or chronic pain. But how do you know if your horse is depressed? Spotting depression: Identifying a depressed horse is usually very easy, as is iden...

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Alabama Rot: What you need to know

Jan 29th, 2018 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Discussion

Having said goodbye to 2017 – the UK’s worst year for cases of the deadly disease, Alabama Rot – we are faced with two new incidences in North Devon and North Yorkshire this January. Sometimes referred to as ‘Black Death’ disease, the official name is Cutaneous and Renal Vasculopathy (CRGV). Last year, Alabama Rot was...

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Is your horse underweight?

Jan 25th, 2018 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

Weight is something that can both indicate, and impact, the health of your horse, whether they’re carrying excess pounds they need to shed, or are underweight. While we often think of obesity as being particularly unhealthy, weighing too little can also have major health implications if not managed, or may even be the first sign of an existin...

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