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Must-haves for mess-free homes

Jul 20th, 2017 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

Having pets is lovely and we wouldn’t change them for the world, but there are times when they produce a lot of mess and we have a job on our hands clearing up after them. Whether you’re scrubbing it off the floors, picking it up on a walk, brushing it off your clothes, or collecting it out the litter tray, there is ample mess to be dea...

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Tips for keeping your cat cool

Jul 7th, 2017 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

Keeping your cat cool in summer is just as important as keeping your dog or yourself cool but often owners don’t think of it. Our feline friends are just as susceptible to heat stroke and dehydration (more so than dogs in fact as they are already poor drinkers), and need to be considered on hot, humid days. Make sure that fresh, cool drinking...

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Choosing the right hoof supplement

Jul 5th, 2017 - By Sophie Wilkinson in Pet Care

Hoof supplements are widely used within the equine community- we've all heard the saying "No Hoof, No Horse". Weak hoof structure leads to hoof wall problems such as quarter cracks, toe cracks, sand cracks, brittle hoof walls and hoof wall separation. These hoof wall defects often create an environment ideal for bacteria associated with white line...

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Worming - caring for breeding stock

Jun 28th, 2017 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

Caring for your foal begins at conception and the correct worming approach is an important part of looking after the health of the pregnant mare. A mare’s natural resistance to worms may be lower during pregnancy therefore it is vital that they are monitored closely throughout the gestational period and wormed when necessary according to faec...

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Summer Worming

Jun 28th, 2017 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

It is important to determine whether or not a horse needs worming in the summer months. Many horses will not require treatment and unnecessary treatment could contribute to the development of worm resistance. Equally if a horse that requires worming is not treated, this could lead to intestinal damage, colic and infect the pasture of the other hors...

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Tips for exercising your horse in warm weather

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

In this exceptionally hot weather, it can be difficult knowing when and how to exercise your horse. Obviously, it is important to keep fitness up, especially in summer when your horse is likely to gain a few extra pounds enjoying lusher grazing and conserving its energy, but it is important to know when enough is enough and how to cool your horse e...

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Managing a dog with a chronic illness

May 12th, 2017 - By Hannah Dyball in Pet Care

No matter how hard we try to protect our beloved pets, sometimes they get ill and their condition doesn’t improve. The only solution is long-term medication that promises to set us back a small fortune each month and brings with it a whole host of questions and concerns. Below is a breakdown of the things to consider when your dog receives a...

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Equine Digestive Supplements

May 3rd, 2017 - By Sophie Wilkinson in Pet Care

Good digestive health is essential to your horse's overall wellness and performance. The horse's gut is populated by billions of beneficial or "good" bacteria and protozoa - particularly in the colon and caecum of the hindgut. These organisms ferment the fibre (grass, hay etc) that horses eat. A key product of fermentation in the hindgut is volatil...

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Stomach problems in cats

May 2nd, 2017 - By Sophie Wilkinson in Pet Care

As with dogs, mild stomach upsets in cats are not uncommon. Typically a sudden change in diet, over-eating or an intolerance to a food not usually consumed can cause stomach upsets in cats. Starving for a period of time and giving a bland diet for 7 days before transitioning back onto their normal food is recommended. However cats should not be sta...

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Stomach upsets in dogs

Apr 27th, 2017 - By Sophie Wilkinson in Pet Care

Most mild stomach upsets in dogs are caused by a recent change in diet or a dietary indiscretion such as raiding the bin! With a mild stomach upset your dog may have vomiting, diarrhoea, inappetance, salivation and may also eat grass. Often no veterinary intervention is required in these cases. Ideally you should withhold food for 12-24hrs then aft...

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