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10 top tips for fending off firework frights

10 top tips for fending off firework frights

Pets can have a real fear of fireworks – all those sudden, unpredictable flashes and bangs are very frightening for our furry friends – so it’s up to us to help our dogs and cats keep calm and ensure our small pets feel safe

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10 top tips to keep your pets cool this summer

10 top tips to keep your pets cool this summer

Hot weather can be quite uncomfortable for our pets in their fur coats and they will appreciate some extra care and attention to stop them from getting overheated. Our top 10 tips will help… 1. REVIEW YOUR ROUTINE In the height of summer, your dog won’t appreciate walkies during the hottest part of the day […]

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10 ways to keep your small pets snug and warm this winter

10 ways to keep your small pets snug and warm this winter

Did you know that while rabbits cope with cold weather quite well, guinea pigs don’t like it all and should be brought indoors and, in winter, ferrets can be prone to getting flu? To ensure your small pets keep cosy in the cold, we’ve lots of practical ideas and must-read advice…

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12 fun facts about gorgeous guinea pigs

12 fun facts about gorgeous guinea pigs

They don’t come from Guinea. In fact, guinea pigs originate from the Andes region of South America. The ‘guinea’ in their name is a bit of a mystery. One theory is that they were first brought to Europe by Spanish explorers in the 1500s via Guinea in Africa, so people thought they came from there, […]

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5 ways to help your pets when the heat is on

5 ways to help your pets when the heat is on

Long sunny days are loved by humans and pets alike – it’s just the best time of year to enjoy time outdoors together. However, very hot weather can be challenging for our furry friends. Unlike us humans who have sweat glands all over our bodies to help us regulate our temperature, animals lack the ability […]

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7 great ideas for parents at home with pets and small humans

7 great ideas for parents at home with pets and small humans

Having all the family under one roof – both the two-leggeds and four-leggeds – can be a bit of a challenge, particularly if you have bored, fidgety children, looking for things to do. We’ve a few animal-themed ideas to help you keep your small humans happily occupied. 1. Train up young pet keepers  If your kids […]

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A quick quiz all about our small pets

A quick quiz all about our small pets

Of these 9 statements, 6 are TRUE and 3 are FALSE – but can you work out which is which? Keep scrolling down to find out the answers and to discover how well you’ve done… 1. Rats laugh when you tickle them.  2. Guinea pigs have an odd number of toes.  3. Mice enjoy being around noise and […]

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A suggested Assisted Feeding Handout

A suggested Assisted Feeding Handout

Here is an example of an assisted feeding handout your could use in your practice. Please feel free to download and personalise as you wish. Assisted feeding for your pet rabbit It’s really important that rabbits and guinea pigs eat and digest food regularly throughout the day and night. Unfortunately if your pet is unwell, […]

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Add some degus to your day

Add some degus to your day

The degu is a small rodent that is native to Chile. In the wild, these supremely social animals live in groups of up to 100, where they dig complex burrows to hide from predators, complete with nests and food stores. Unlike many small furries, degus are diurnal, which means they are active during the day. […]

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All I want for Christmas is...

All I want for Christmas is…

For your canine chum Plubber Stick Dogs love to chase and carry sticks – but this is not something to be encouraged as shards of splintery wood can cause all sorts of nasty injuries. A much better alternative is the Plubber Stick – a durable toss and fetch toy with a plush outer and rubber […]

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Are you a pet expert?

Are you a pet expert?

Q1: How intelligent is your dog? Scientists estimate that the average dog has the same brain aptitude level as a toddler. How many words do most dogs understand? a) 65 b) 135 c) 165 Q2: Cats spent almost a third of their waking hours cleaning themselves. Why? a) To distribute natural oils around their coat […]

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Autumn in colour – but what does the world look like through our pets’ eyes?

Autumn in colour – but what does the world look like through our pets’ eyes?

What would it be like to see the world through our pets’ eyes? Do they see the colours in a similar way to how we do? Would we understand them better if we could see what they see? In fact, different animals see different kinds of hues – some see very little colour, while some, […]

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Big ideas for small pets

Big ideas for small pets

As well as providing the right nutrition, suitable accommodation and company of their own kind (apart from Syrian/Golden hamsters who prefer to go solo – for other pets, same sex or neutered pairs or small groups are recommended) enrichment is just as important for our small pets. But what exactly is it? Animal charity Wildwelfare.org […]

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Bonding new bunny buddies

Bonding new bunny buddies

Rabbits are highly social creatures who, in the wild, live in large groups or colonies in underground tunnels, known as warrens. Their social groups are territorial and complex, with a dominance hierarchy – a trait that remains deeply embedded in pet rabbits. This is why introductions need to be made slowly and carefully. To help […]

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