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Statement regarding the Small Animal Show

Thu 4th February, 2016

Through many years of sponsorship of the Premier Small Animal Show in Harrogate, we have continually taken a positive approach to improving welfare standards with emphasis on diet and nutrition.  However, there remain some welfare related concerns arising from this particular event.  It would be wrong for us to ignore these concerns as they contradict…

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Rehoming roulette

Mon 18th January, 2016

Why some cats aren’t striking lucky when it comes to finding a home More than 1,000 cats are in need of rehoming at any one time in the UK, according to RSPCA figures – so why are some more cat-tivating than others? Middle-aged moggies Older cats can often be overlooked as people scramble to get…

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How to keep your pets trim

Mon 18th January, 2016

We all know how easy it is to pile on the pounds over the festive season, but the battle of the bulge is also a big problem for our furries. Here Burgess vet Suzanne Moyes gives her tips on tackling the weighty issue of pet obesity… Regular weigh-ins, portion control and calorie counting. While these…

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Climate change = soaring rabbit numbers

Mon 18th January, 2016

While the recent high rainfall might be dampening our spirits, it seems the El Niños weather pattern is a boon for bunnies. Recent research has proved for the first time how animals react to climate change – and over the last 1,000 years, during periods when El Ninos patterns were prevalent, research has shown that…

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What price would you put on your pet?

Mon 18th January, 2016

While you might consider putting aside a nest egg for your children, new figures suggest you’ll need a hefty reserve for your pets too – with the majority of pet owners underestimating the true cost of pet ownership… A pet is for life and not just for Christmas – but it seems most pet owners…

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Help the yelp: how to stop your dog barking

Mon 18th January, 2016

Is your dog barking you mad? Follow our six tips for a howl-free house… Work out why There are lots of reasons why dogs bark – as a warning, for attention, through excitement or through boredom and anxiety – however, most dogs tend to bark because they receive reward or encouragement for the behaviour in…

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Cardboard Castle Challenge

Mon 18th January, 2016

Give your small furry friends a royal reward for their companionship by making them a majestic mansion to play in.   Small pets love cardboard (and fortresses). Boxes give them a place to hide and feel safe, a place to forage or dig and they can become a treasure trove of treats if you fill them…

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Purr-fect Presents for Pets

Wed 9th December, 2015

Show your pets they are part of the family with their own stocking-full of gorgeous gifts on December 25… Hottie heat pad Turn a dog or cat bed from shivery to snug with these special ‘Hottie’ heated pads for pets, which can fit under blankets or cushions. The tough outer ‘skin’ means claws, paws and…

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Armed to the teeth: dental care for cats

Wed 9th December, 2015

By three years of age, 70 percent of cats will develop dental disease, and if left untreated it can lead to serious complications such as periodontal disease, gingivitis and stomatitis. Fight it tooth and nail with these three home-care techniques… Get brushing Plaque, a bacterial film that develops on the surface of the teeth, is…

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Winter Walk Wellbeing

Wed 9th December, 2015

Unless your canine companion is a Siberian husky, chances are you’ll need to take extra care when the mercury dips. Keep trips outdoors brisk (to encourage warmth) and short, and follow these tips for tail wagging fun… Be prepared Like any good boy scout it pays to plan ahead, so trim your dog’s nails (and…

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