How to exercise your rabbit during winter

Rabbits in the wild lead very active lives. They are constantly nibbling grass, hopping, running about, jumping and of course burrowing! Anyone keeping a pet rabbit should give their bunny a suitable space and environment to exercise so they can do all of these things in captivity. Top tips on how to exercise your rabbit …

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Body condition scoring your rabbit

Why is it important to keep your rabbit in good shape and a healthy weight? At least a quarter of all pet rabbits are thought to be obese. Overweight rabbits suffer from a variety of serious health risks, including not being able to clean themselves or reach their bottoms to eat their caecotrophs. This in…

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Train your dog to walk perfectly on a lead

You don't have to be very observant to realise that the most common problem owners experience outside the home, is their dog’s tendency to pull on the lead. Even many dogs that learn not to pull at a training class, tend to drag their owners from pillar to post once they escape the confines of…

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Body condition score your dog

Over 50% of dogs in the UK are overweight. Being overweight can lead to the following problems: Reduced life expectancy Chronic inflammation Cancer Metabolic and endocrine disorders Orthopaedic and joint diseases Skin diseases Respiratory disorders. Obesity is just a term given to individuals that are extremely overweight. But how do you know if your dog…

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Keeping your cat at a healthy weight

What is a healthy weight for a cat? A difficult question to answer, as just like humans, there is a lot of variation in the size of individuals. 5kg may be perfect for a large male cat, but in a petite female, this would be overweight. Just like the BMI scheme in humans tries to…

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Body condition score your cat

In the UK 40-50% of cats are estimated to be overweight or obese. Cats are overweight if they are between 10-19% heavier than their ideal weight.  Once they are over 20% heavier, he or she is said to be obese. There is a method of working out what your cat should weigh called a Body…

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What to do if someone pets your dog without permission

For some owners, it can be worrying and stressful if their dog is approached and/ or touched by other people or children. Not all dogs are the sort of dogs that want to say “Hi“ to everyone. It doesn't mean they are aggressive. However, dogs that do not like their personal space invaded can behave…

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Top Christmas present ideas for your pet

We humans are very good at anthropomorphising; that is we often treat our pets as though they are children. Invariably well intentioned, but it can mean that our pets don't always get what they would want if they could write a wish list for Santa! Here are some of the things they would ask for.…

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Keep your pet safe and happy this Christmas

Christmas is such a fun and busy time for families. Whilst many pet dogs are excited by all the fun and games, some with more anxious personalities can find it all a bit trying. Cats are often also happier when they are away from all the hustle and bustle of the festive season. Here are…

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