VioVet Blog - Pet Care

  • Dandruff in dogs - how to treat a scurfy coat Image

    Dandruff is an uncomfortable and unsightly condition that affects as many dogs as it does humans. Like humans, some dogs are more prone to dandruff and dermatitis-related problems than others, but often there is an underlying cause that is triggering the dryness and scurfy coat. Essentially, dandruff is just the surface layer of skin that has flake...

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    Bathing your horse

    18 April 2018 - By in Pet Care

    The weather has finally turned and so a lot of you will be out bathing your horses. For the best results, follow our top tips and help transform your muddy monsters into gleaming show-ready horses. What you will need: Sponge Bucket Horse shampoo Sweat scraper Coat shine spray Mane and tail conditioner If your horse is particularly muddy when you st...

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    Preventing pulling

    16 April 2018 - By in Pet Care

    Teaching your dog good leash manners is vital if you want to avoid a game of tug-of-war every time you go out for a stroll. Dogs are naturally inclined to go on ahead and explore with their noses, but if their will to sniff everything in sight is wrenching your arm out of its socket on the daily, it’s time to take back control of the lead. It...

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  • Dealing with lazy horses Image

    People often talk about over-excitable, ill-mannered horses, but what can you do with lazy or stubborn horses that can’t, or won’t, do as you want them to? Why are some horses ‘lazy’? There are several reasons why a horse might be sluggish and unresponsive, aside from just having a laid-back personality, and it is important...

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  • Tips for safe travel with your horse Image

    Horse ownership often necessitates travelling, which can be stressful at the best of times, and traumatic and even dangerous at the worst. To help ensure you are always travelling safely with your horses, here are our top tips for keeping journeys stress-free: Get your horse used to being loaded, as this is often the most stressful part of the jour...

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  • Stress-free travel with your cat Image

    Travelling isn’t something many cats enjoy. In fact, being away from their home territory can be very unsettling, as cats feel particularly vulnerable away from everything they know. Cats, by nature, love routine and hate change, so the process of being moved is going to be stressful. Unfortunately travelling can’t always be avoided, su...

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  • 6 things dog owners love about spring Image

    There’s no denying what a long, cold winter it’s been, with the ‘Beast from the East’ delivering a final blast of bitterly cold conditions across much of the UK. But thankfully all that seems to be behind us, with spring arriving finally, and the sun emerging blissfully through the clouds. For dog owners, this will come as a...

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  • A guide to managing your fields this spring Image

    Spring is a crucial time to be thinking about grass management, as it lays the foundations for the year. But there is more to grass management than just letting your horses graze or restricting their grazing. If done properly, grass is the most high value, low-cost feed you can provide your horse. First and foremost, ensuring good grass management...

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  • Bringing a new dog home Image

    Dog ownership is a fulfilling and enjoyable experience, but it is also a big commitment and responsibility. With so much to think about and prepare for in the lead up to bringing a new dog home, it can be easy to get carried away in the excitement and forget things. So, whether you’re bringing home a new puppy or a rescue dog, here are some i...

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    Kitten Care

    16 March 2018 - By in Pet Care

    Welcoming a kitten into your home is a lovely experience, but the decision to become a pet parent is not one to be taken lightly. Even the smallest, cutest kitten will be life-changing, so it is important that you’ve thought long and hard about the decision. Before bringing your kitten home: Before the 8-week stage when you bring your kitten...

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