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Is your cat active enough?

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

Cats by their very nature, are independent creatures with a will of their own. But gone are the days when cats spent their whole lives roaming outside and were hardly seen by their owners. Nowadays, having a house cat is fairly common, and something an increasing number of people are choosing to do. Most free-roaming cats will be getting more than...

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Is your horse getting enough exercise?

Jan 11th, 2018 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

Horses are active animals that need regular exercise to thrive. They have evolved to graze acres of land a day, which necessitates constant movement and stamina. Ideally, your horse should be getting exercised every day, even if this takes the form of being turned out with other horses rather than being ridden, but the daily workout will depend ent...

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Helping your cat cope this Christmas

Dec 14th, 2017 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also one of the most stressful. While your cat might not have any presents to buy or food to prepare, there are still factors that can contribute to an altogether stressful time. Whether your cat lives exclusively indoors or comes and goes as he pleases, it’s likely that the Chr...

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Is your horse cold-backed?

Nov 21st, 2017 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

You may have heard the term ‘cold back’ used when talking about horses that exhibit soreness and sensitivity in the back muscles, usually when tacked up or exercised. In response to the sight of a saddle or rider, ‘cold-backed’ horses may dip away or put up their backs in readiness of the sudden pressure being placed there -...

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A buyer's guide to dog coats

Oct 23rd, 2017 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

As the weather starts turning chilly, out come the coats and scarves to protect us from the elements. Fortunately, our dogs are much better equipped to cope with cold conditions than we are, as their thick coats trap a layer of heat close to the skin. That said, sometimes even these defences aren’t enough and dogs can become quite cold. Hairl...

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Helping your pet recover after surgery

Oct 16th, 2017 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

When it comes to caring for a sick pet and making the right decisions for a speedy recovery, common sense is usually the only guide you need. Like humans, convalescence usually calls for lots of rest and TLC. The length of time your pet is in recovery will depend on factors such as the severity of the illness, injury or surgery and, as every pet is...

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Helping horses cope during fireworks

Oct 4th, 2017 - By Danielle Cousins in Pet Care

One of the strongest instincts in an animal is the will to survive. As a prey animal, horses have a very strong fight-or-flight response and are naturally easily startled. The impulse to outrun whatever has troubled them is usually the first response but, if a horse is trapped, they will endeavour to defend themselves by biting, kicking and rearing...

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Caring for an older horse

Sep 21st, 2017 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

Like any living being, when horses age they fall prey to a number of age-related conditions. These can’t be avoided but they can be managed, and caring for an older horse needn’t be a struggle. So, what do we class as a geriatric horse? Typically, we consider a horse to be ‘old’ when it is 19 years and over. But as horses ar...

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What should I be feeding my senior dog?

Sep 5th, 2017 - By Visitor in Pet Care

Dog owners are becoming more and more aware nowadays that senior dog’s need a different diet to their younger counterparts to help them get the most out of life – but as to how this differs and what they actually need is something they are less sure about. Hopefully by the end of this though you’ll be happier with what to look for...

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Purina® Fortiflora® and Probiotics – truly effective or just the latest fad? Image

Purina® Fortiflora® and Probiotics – truly effective or just the latest fad?

Sep 5th, 2017 - By Visitor in Pet Care

Most people have heard about probiotics in humans – live bacteria which are believed to have a beneficial effect on the ‘good bug bad bug’ balance in the intestinal tract and help digestive health…and probiotics are also commonly used in dogs and cats too! PURINA® Fortiflora® is a probiotic in the form of a simple t...

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