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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 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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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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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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Are you ready for a dog?

Are you ready for a dog?

Any dog lover will tell you that they’d never be without a four-legged companion. That loyal, affectionate friend who wakes up full of joy for the day ahead, is always pleased to see you and will never spill your secrets. Of course, there’s also the small matter of muddy paw prints on your kitchen tiles, […]

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Gerbils

Astonishing gerbil facts

Find out everything you’ve ever wanted to know about these friendly, curious tunnelling experts who, despite their small size, are simply bursting with character… Gerbils have been popular pets for more than 50 years and watching these small rodents – who are larger than mice but smaller than rats and have long furry tails – in […]

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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 with your small pets

Bonding with your small pets

There are cat people and there are dog people – but there are also some who believe that small pets are where it’s at. Whether you cherish your chinchillas, have a passion for bunnies, adore guinea pigs, or have a soft spot for rats, hamsters, gerbils or degus, as a committed and responsible owner you […]

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Brighten up the festive season with these cute and colourful pet Christmas gifts

What’s going to be in your pet’s Christmas stocking this year? As well as treating your furry friends to extra special pet Christmas presents, why not spread some much-needed seasonal cheer by buying them from animal charities and small businesses… All your devoted dog wants for Christmas Your best waggy-tailed friend will be ready to […]

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Call me by my name

Call me by my (pet) name

How do you decide on the perfect dog name that suits your canine chum’s personality to a tee? Or what about a sweet and sassy cat name that’s just right for your favourite feline? Not forgetting choosing exactly the right names for your small pets. What are the most important things to think about when […]

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Chinchilla food that fits the bill

Chinchilla food that fits the bill

Chinchilla treats can be handy to encourage your pets to take food from your hand. But what food can chinchillas eat? And what else can you do to keep things fun and interesting for them?

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Two chinchillas

Chinchilla Q&A

With their beautiful soft fur and gentle ways, chinchillas are exceptionally appealing pets. But before you consider taking on these long-lived rodents, it’s vital you find out as much as possible about these active, agile and fragile animals so you can provide them with all the things they need to live their best chin lives. […]

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Could portion control be the answer to preventing our pets getting tubby?

Could portion control be the answer to preventing our pets getting tubby?

When it comes to maintaining a healthy weight, portion control is a simple and effective way to ensure we don’t eat too much. Indeed, celebrities including US actress Angelina Jolie and chef Gordon Ramsey cite portion control as the secret to staying in shape. The same can be true for our pets. Right now, gaining […]

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Three degus

Degu Q&A

Where do degus come from? When did they first become pets? What do degus eat? How sociable are degus? What do degus like to do? We’ve all the degu details you need to help you become the perfect pet parent to these intelligent, curious, and endearingly entertaining members of your family. Here’s what’s covered in […]

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Essential checks for your small pets this winter

Essential checks for your small pets this winter

From checking that outdoor accommodation is weatherproof and providing extra bedding, to scheduling suitable exercise time (small pets still need to keep active) and regularly checking water supplies, our handy checklist outlines what to do to help your pets cope with chilly, wintry weather. CHECK #1 How well do your pets cope with cold weather? […]

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Game Plan

Short of ideas for fun things to do in the winter? The short, chilly days can take their toll on our pets, which is why it’s important that, as responsible pet guardians, we go all out to boost the feelgood factor for our four-legged friends. From ‘treat-seeking missions’ to indoor circuits, getting creative with cardboard […]

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Hamster behaviour explained

Did you know that hamsters use all sorts of ways to communicate how they’re feeling – from body language and scent messages to various sounds – some of which are too high pitched for humans to hear. Understanding if your hamster is feeling happy, scared, curious or cross can help you provide them with all […]

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Hamster Health

Hamster health checks

These small, special animals rely on us to ensure they’re healthy and happy. As well as providing nutritious hamster food and creating a suitable hamster habitat for them to thrive in, there are some important health checks that you should carry our regularly to ensure your hamster is in the pink. Getting to know your […]

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Hamster Q&A

Hamster Q&A

Are hamsters good pets? Why do hamsters carry food in their pouches? Should hamsters be kept as only pets? What do hamsters need to be healthy and happy? What’s involved in looking after a hamster? What do hamsters eat? Are hamsters friendly? Will my hamster bite me? We answer some popular hamster queries… They may […]

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Dog in summer garden

Having a barbecue? Make sure it’s a sizzling success without any pet mishaps

Planning a few post-lockdown get-togethers in the garden with friends and family around the barbecue this summer? While it’s great fun for humans, it can be a risky affair if you have pets. Veterinary charity PDSA warns: “All those tempting treats and glowing grills can be a danger for our much-loved pets. Heatstroke and burns. […]

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