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National Pet Month: Top 10 Tips For Responsible Pet Ownership

Family camping with a Golden Retriever pet dog

National Pet Month promotes healthy, happy pets and helps fundraise for the nation’s pets. You can help… visit the National Pet Month website and become a supporter, follow them on Twitter and Facebook. There are many events set up by pet lovers for pet lovers so why not find your nearest one and help support this good cause?

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Guest Blog: How To Choose Your Dog Walker

Black Labrador on a dog walk in a field of long grass

Derek Chambers, Finchley Dog Walker, provides expert advice below on how to choose your dog walker.

Anyone can set themselves up as a dog walker, but it’s up to you, as a responsible pet owner, to choose a qualified, competent person. The best way to tackle this is to begin by asking lots of questions. As Finchley Dog Walker, I’ve been in the dog walking business for many years and thought it an idea to share some of my hints to help your search. (more…)

Blog: 5 key questions to ask before taking out pet insurance

Nose of sleeping Irish Setter dog.

Pet insurance is always a hot-topic when clients come into the consulting room with their pets. As a small animal veterinary surgeon, I’ve certainly noticed more and more pet owners struggling to know whether their selected policy gives adequate cover once they’ve purchased it over the past few years. As pet insurance is a financial product, it comes under the regulation of the Financial Conduct Authority. This, unfortunately, limits what advice and recommendations can legally be given by vets unless they undergo training and checks by the FCA. (more…)

Blog: 4 key questions to ask yourself before buying a new puppy or kitten

Red new puppy, kitten and bunny on a white background.

So you’ve made that life-changing, momentous decision. You’ve had the epiphany moment and a new puppy or kitten is what’s currently missing from your life. So where do you start looking for a new puppy or kitten? (more…)

Blog: Top 10 common hazardous festive foods and decorations that can poison dogs and cats

Festive foods - chocolate with ingredients

Our habit of overindulging over the festive season can leave waistlines bulging and heads pounding, but Christmas and New Year can leave a gauntlet of tasty but potentially toxic festive foods within reach of the nation’s pets. (more…)

Blog: Cat behaviours explained. Just what is your cat trying to tell you?

Obese cat clearly displaying the results of cat behaviours such as laziness on abdominal fat.

Your cat can be a strange pet at times. Have you ever wondered why they love hiding in boxes? Why do they always knead soft objects? Cat behaviours can just seem so perplexing.

What exactly is your cat thinking?
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Blog: How to Hibernate Your Tortoise Safely

Giant tortoise on a beach. This species does not hibernate.

In temperate climates, as the day-length shortens in autumn, certain species of tortoise will instinctively reduce or halt their food intake in preparation for hibernation. In years gone by, to hibernate a tortoise was relatively risky with large numbers dying, mainly due to freezing temperatures or dehydration. There are many simple steps a tortoise owner can take to improve the chance of their pet hibernating safely. (more…)

Blog: Celebrating National Black Cat Day

National Black Cat Day, taking place on 27 October 2017, is a time to recognise and reflect on the beautiful black cats brightening our lives and raise awareness of those awaiting a loving home. In the UK, black cats are considered to be lucky, whilst in Scotland seeing a black cat appear on your doorstep is a symbol of prosperity. 

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Blog: Top 5 tips for preparing your pet for Bonfire Night

FIrework display lighting up the night sky on

Bonfire Night in the UK is a dreaded time of year for the nation’s pets and their owners. It is estimated that 45 percent of dogs in the UK show signs of fear when they hear fireworks. These signs can range from seemingly mild and inoffensive behavioural changes to more severe or destructive behavioural evidence of fear. (more…)

Blog: Remember remember, pets fear the 5th November

FIrework display lighting up the night sky on

As autumn draws in, it’s nearly that dreaded time of year again for the animals of the United Kingdom, Bonfire Night. To you and me, the 5th November celebrates the failure of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 to blow up the Houses of Parliament. To many pets and pet owners, it is an extremely challenging, panic-inducing time. (more…)