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Grass seeds

You would not believe what damage a tiny little grass seed can do to your pet! Most varieties of meadow grass flower in the mid to late summer and this is when we see the most problems. The problem being that dogs love to run around in the grass and the grass seeds or awns…

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Taking your dog to the beach

The summer holiday season is upon us once again and lots of us are looking forward to getting out and about at the seaside with our dogs. There are however a few things to bear in mind when planning your day out at the beach, or organising your dream holiday by the sea. Not all…

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BBQ pet safety

It is a fact that there are more hazards for pets over the summer and the holiday period in general, especially if the weather is warm. All vets see an increase in injuries and poisonings during this time and some of these are associated with BBQ's. We’ve put together some tips on how to avoid…

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What to do if someone else is feeding your cat

Do’s Make sure your cat is micro-chipped when you first get it. This way there cannot be any arguments about who owns the cat. You can get your cat micro-chipped at your local veterinary practice > If you know who is feeding your cat, go around and have an adult discussion. Explain kindly why you…

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How to introduce rabbits successfully

Every rabbit needs a friend. Rabbits evolved to live in groups, never alone. Keeping a single rabbit deprives your pet of one of their most fundamental requirements; the company of its own kind. Once you have witnessed a bonded pair of rabbits grooming each other, lying down together and eating together, it’s unlikely you will…

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Letting your kitten outside for the first time

Advice on letting your cat/ kitten out for the first time Indoors or outdoors? Many people are somewhat risk averse when it comes to letting their kitten outside into the big wide world. Keeping a cat indoors will ultimately be safer. However, like their wild counterparts, cats love freedom and outdoor activity, behaviours which are…

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Puppy socialisation – everything you need to know

The importance of socialisation in dogs What is socialisation? All animals, puppies included, have a special sensitive period at the start of their lives where socialisation takes place. This is the time when they learn to accept things and situations around them, so they are not afraid of them in later life. In dogs, this…

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What to do if you find a stray cat, dog or rabbit

Dogs If you have found a healthy looking dog and there is no owner in sight, here are a few tips about what you can do next: Report the stray dog to the council. They will alert the dog warden whose responsibility it is to fetch the dog. If it is safe and the dog…

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How to bond with your rabbits

Do you have a rabbit or are you thinking about getting one or two? If so, here are a few pointers about how to go about improving or developing your relationship with your bunny. Rabbits are beautiful, curious animals that deserve to live full and enriched lives. Here are some basic bunny requirements that will…

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