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  • Equine Influenza - what you need to know Image

    What is it? Equine flu is a highly contagious virus that affects the respiratory tract of horses, donkeys and mules. It is very similar to the human flu virus, but not identical, so one cannot be passed to the other. How is the virus spread? As with human flu, it is spread through the atmosphere by infected animals coughing, and is then acquired by...

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  • Strange pet laws around the world Image

    We’re all aware of certain laws designed to protect our pets, including the Compulsory Microchipping Law and the Dangerous Dogs Act, but there are, surprisingly, a whole host of other, more questionable laws that exist to keep our pets in line. Today we’re taking a look of some of the more unusual laws around the world, from illegal bar...

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  • Helping your dog cope with Christmas Image

    It’s everyone’s favourite time of year, with excitement, food and gifts aplenty, but are our dogs looking forward to it as much as we are? From noisy, overcrowded houses filled with relatives and friends, to disturbed routines and irregular feeding times, Christmas can be an upsetting and stressful time for our pets. Naturally they don&...

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  • Christmas Gift Guide for Cats Image

    Giving gifts is a big part of the Christmas tradition, and no one should be exempt from receiving them, our cats included. So, if you haven’t already thought about what you’re giving your feline friend this festive season, here are our top picks for great Christmas gifts! Felix FunSauces Cat Food (Grilled Turkey) – excite your cat...

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  • Christmas Gift Guide for Horses Image

    With Christmas in our sights, I’m sure buying and wrapping presents is top of your priority list at the moment, but have you considered getting anything for your horse? Even though they won’t understand what it’s for, it’s fun to include all the family in the festivities. Whether you just want a little something for them, or...

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  • Christmas Gift Guide for Dogs Image

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year for all the family, including our dogs. So, it’s important that everyone is treated with a special gift or two. Our Christmas gift guide is packed full of exciting toys and treats your dogs are guaranteed to love, whether you’re looking for small stocking fillers or bigger buys. VioPet Beds...

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  • Treating Minor Horse Wounds Image

    Treating Minor Horse Wounds

    30 November 2018 - by in Pet Care

    Dealing with minor cuts and abrasions is a common occurence for most horse owners. The first step is assessing the wound. It can be useful to clip or trim the hair from around the wound in order to better see the extent of the injury. It will also prevent contamination of the wound and reduce the risk of infection. If the wound is near/over a joint...

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  • Hay or haylage for a horse with ulcers? Getting forage feeding right. Image

    Forage is without doubt the most crucial part of any horse’s diet. It is more important than any other feed type, or supplement, and is often overlooked when planning a feeding programme or addressing digestive disorders. It’s all too easy to be swayed by the latest marketing for the vast number of specialist products on the market and...

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  • How to spot muscle atrophy in dogs Image

    Muscle atrophy, or muscle loss, is the wasting away of your dog’s muscles. It can present in a number of ways and can be caused by ageing, illness or simply by reduced activity. Larger breeds can be more likely to suffer as they can age faster than small breeds, and are more prone to conditions like arthritis, but muscle atrophy can affect an...

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  • Interesting facts about cats Image

    The independent, ever so slightly secretive nature of cats is what we love about them as a species, so there’s nothing more fascinating than learning more about their unique personalities and behaviours! Here are some fun facts about cats that you might not know: A group of kittens is called a kindle, and a group of adult cats is a clowder. C...

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