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  • Should cats be kept inside at night? Image

    Not so long ago, it was common for cats to be allowed out at night to roam freely and fulfil their natural instinct to hunt. These days, many owners are preferring to have their cats inside at night, where they feel they are safer. With one in four cats killed on the road – usually at night – it isn’t surprising. At night, car hea...

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  • Calming tips for reducing firework fear Image

    Firework season is just around the corner, which is an anxiety-inducing time for many pets across the UK, including their owners. The loud bangs, shrieks and bright lights can be upsetting for animals who have no understanding of what they are or why they are happening, and naturally assume they pose a real danger. Cats and dogs can show signs of s...

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  • Identifying thorns in the paw pad Image

    It is very common for dogs to get thorns or other sharp objects stuck in their paw when out on a walk or in the garden. If you notice your dog go acutely lame, not bear any weight at all on one leg or start chewing at his paw, then this is the most likely cause. A thorn in your dog's pad can be very painful and he may be upset, so approach him calm...

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  • Why should I microchip my cat? Image

    Microchipping dogs is now the law, but microchipping cats is optional. That said, there are many reasons why microchipping a cat is so important and why all cat owners, regardless of whether their cat ventures outside or not, should consider it. What does it involve? A microchip is a small computer chip that acts as an internal identification tag c...

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  • Top reasons you should try our VioBrands! Image

    As Christmas approaches and you start to think about tightening the belt, you may be considering opting for an own brand product to save on the cost of your pet’s supplies. Shoppers are savvier than ever in this market, with it no longer being acceptable for an own brand product to simply be more affordable in comparison to bigger brands, but...

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  • Why worm counting is important Image

    Worming is not what it used to be and, nowadays, blanket treating is a thing of the past due the development of resistance. Worming equines is a subject that the equine community is rarely educated on, which is why the job of equine SQP’s is so important. Some organisations are trying to get the word out about this as the incorrect use of wor...

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  • 10 things you didn't know about hip dysplasia Image

    Hip dysplasia has always been a concern for dog owners, and lots of research has been done to try and identify a cause and develop preventative measures. But while the cause and treatment continue to evade us, lets look at what we do know and find out how some simple steps can help reduce your dog's chances of being affected. All puppies are born w...

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  • Best-selling horse and rider essentials Image

    Do you hate missing out? See what our other customers are buying by having a read of our top 8 best-selling horse and rider essentials for autumn. Mark Todd Auckland Breeches – these are easily one of our most popular pairs of men’s breeches, loved for their durability and comfort. Combining breathable cotton, micro-fibre and Spandex, t...

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  • To shoe, or not to shoe Image

    A few years ago, the argument for not shoeing a horse would probably have had a smaller backing than it does today. But with our current knowledge and understanding of horse anatomy – in particular, the hoof – an increasing number of people are choosing the barefoot approach when it comes to how they keep their horses. But which is bett...

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  • Do cats need bathing? Image

    Cats and water don’t usually mix, so giving a cat a bath can be incredibly stressful for them. Unless your cat is one of the few that actually likes water or is at least used to it from being bathed since an early age, the likelihood is your cat will resist it at all costs. Generally speaking, cats don’t need baths, but there are circum...

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