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Pet diabetes

Though most of us will have heard of diabetes, not all are aware that it can affect our pets too. Diabetes occurs when there are abnormally high sugar levels in the blood, caused by a problem with insulin. Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas that works to move sugar out of the bloodstream…

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Advice on dealing with the loss of a pet

Embracing the twilight years of our pets can be a wonderful time. Just spending time together, pottering about and enjoying the less active individual can be very rewarding in itself. However, as time goes on, it is inevitable that serious health problems occur in our ageing pets. It is important to discuss any changes you…

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Taking care of your senior rabbit

Rabbits come in many shapes and sizes and age differently, so when a rabbit is said to be “senior” isn’t set in stone. Some rabbits may show signs of ageing sooner than others, and therefore individual rabbits should be assessed rather than categorising on age alone. The smaller breeds such as the Netherlands Dwarf or…

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Taking care of your older cat

Cats are said to have nine lives – many a moggy will go on to live to a ripe old age of 20 years plus or minus a few! What specific needs does my elderly cat have? If your cat has always been allowed to come and go as they please, you cannot change things…

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Looking after your older dog

Sadly, a dog’s lifespan is relatively short compared to our own, and dogs are often referred to as “senior” after the tender age of seven! In very large breeds, such as Great Danes, it is even earlier. Many dogs will however still be perfectly sprightly until much later than this, even into their teens. The…

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What to do if a loose dog approaches you on a walk

Dogs are unpredictable creatures. If you come across an unfamiliar dog on a walk, it is not always going to be a friendly meeting. If worse still you see a dog approaching which is not on a lead, it can cause a lot of anxiety both for dog and owner. Here are some tips of…

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Preparing your rabbit for autumn

As the nights draw in and the leaves start to change colour, it is a reminder to all rabbit owners to prepare for the winter months ahead. Autumn can be a beautiful season, but it can also be very damp, windy and cold. Even though extreme, snowy weather usually doesn’t hit us until after Christmas,…

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Stress in cats

What is stress? Is it always bad? Stress is just another word for anxiety and worry. Being worried that something might attack you is a necessary part of being able to avoid it. If you didn’t care at all about situations where your life is at risk, you probably wouldn’t last long enough to pass…

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Noise Phobia in dogs

What is noise phobia? A phobia is the irrational fear of something. The word phobia suggests that the fear response is out of proportion to the source of the fear. This certainly can be the case for dogs who are frightened by noises – noise phobia. How and why does noise phobia develop? Fear of…

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