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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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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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Tips on training your horse

Aug 1st, 2017 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Discussion

When it comes to training your horse, sometimes it can be difficult to stay motivated throughout the season. Often all it takes is a small setback for negativity to creep in. Below we’ve compiled a list of tips for surviving the season and getting the most out of your training. Believe in yourself. Never say you can’t do something or it...

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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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Missing Cats Day

Mar 20th, 2017 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Discussion

Having a cat go missing can be devastating, especially as they are often so much harder to trace than dogs and livestock. In the UK, it is generally accepted that cats have a ‘right to roam’ as the laws governing the control of dogs and livestock by their owners do not apply to cats. This means they are free to come and go as they pleas...

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Choosing the right bit: Snaffle bits

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

When it comes to choosing the right bit for your horse, the abundance of choice can make it difficult to decide. With various classes of bit, each with their own subcategories, and then different mouthpieces and cheeks on top of that, it’s easy to lose sight of what you really need. The best thing to do is keep it simple and consider what you...

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Tips on improving top line + rider testimonials

Dec 15th, 2016 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Discussion

Improving and maintaining top line is an important consideration for many horse owners and riders, especially at this time of year. We've asked some of equestrian sport's leading figures to give us their top tips on improving top line, plus a great video from Lynn Russel in which she highlights the fundamental things to remember. Scott Brash (Show...

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Top 7 reasons why pets are good for children

Nov 23rd, 2016 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Discussion

If you’re on the fence about whether to give in and get your child a pet, you might want to read our ‘top 7 reasons why owning a pet is good for children’ to help you make up your mind. In fact, there are many, many benefits – 7 doesn’t really cover it! Whether they want a dog, cat, hamster or goldfish, having a pet is...

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What is your cat trying to tell you?

Nov 22nd, 2016 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Discussion

Do you ever wonder what your cat is thinking? Or ask yourself why he behaves a certain way? Understanding feline behaviour is an art form, and often there’s no rhyme or reason for their extraordinary antics! But there are certain things you can look out for to determine how your cat is feeling and what he is trying to communicate. They may se...

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