VioVet Blog - Pet Care

  • Helping your dog through the heatwave Image

    Coping in a heatwave can be a struggle for us, let alone our dogs. With their thick coats and inability to sweat anywhere but through their paws, it’s not surprising that the heat makes them vulnerable. By now, most of us understand the dangers of leaving dogs unattended in cars because of how quickly they heat up, but there are other less ob...

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  • How to recognise dog boredom Image

    Leaving your dog home alone for some of the day is something many of us do. Work commitments often make this unavoidable, but when your absence from home is introduced gradually, problems like separation anxiety are less of a problem. That said, boredom affects a number of dogs that are routinely left alone, which can pose a huge problem for owners...

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  • How to get the most out of horse or pony camp Image

    Going to summer camp with your horse is one of the most exciting things on the calendar and every horse lover’s dream. A week of nothing but horse-related activities – what could be better? You’re in the great outdoors with your best friend, spending the day in the saddle and the evenings under the stars. Whether it’s your f...

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  • Tips on loading your horse Image

    Travelling with your horse can open up a lot of opportunities, from discovering new hacking routes, to attending clinics, competing or that dreaded vet visit. Ensuring that your horse loads and travels confidently will enable you to do more together and take a bit of the stress out of going somewhere. Horses are prey animals and therefore entering...

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  • Tips for recall training Image

    Many people assume that getting their dog to come back to them is easy, but in reality, even without distractions, it’s much harder than you might think. Like most behaviours, recall is something you need to teach. A dog won’t return to you if doing something else is more appealing, if he is afraid of the consequences of doing so, or if...

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  • A guide to toilet training your dog Image

    Once you bring your new puppy home, you’ll need to dedicate a lot of time to training them, including training them to go outside to use the toilet. In time, this should become part of your daily routine and your dog will do it without thinking about it. The key is consistency, commitment and positive reinforcement. Puppies are still developi...

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  • Understanding your cat's personality: part 3 Image

    For the last two weeks we’ve been delving into the curious behaviours and personalities of one of the UK’s favourite pets. The cat is an explorer, a hunter, a napper and a trooper all simultaneously, as well as many other things, and today we look at how a cat communicates with you. Is yours the strong and silent type, or a complete cha...

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  • Could you spot colic in your horse? Image

    The word ‘colic’ brings feelings of dread to most horse owners, being one of the most prevalent and potentially deadly clinical complaints out there. More horses die of colic-related illness than just about any other, which goes to show how common it really is. But could you notice the signs if colic suddenly struck? Although the term e...

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  • First Aid for Dogs Image

    No one wants to plan for their dog getting hurt, but chances are they will at some point in their lives. Having a first aid kit to hand is essential, even if it just contains antiseptic cream and bandages. It is important to take this with you when you travel, as you never know when an accident will happen. Of course, if your dog’s injuries a...

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  • Understanding your cat's personality: part 2 Image

    Getting to grips with the quirky behaviours and personality traits of your cat can take time, especially if you’re new to cat ownership. Last week we discussed three feline personalities – the explorer, the trooper and the intruder – and explained why your cat might fall into these categories. Today we’re looking at three mo...

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