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Obesity in Pets - Pete the Vet

Obesity is shockingly common in pets: all species, including dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters and budgies can be affected. Surveys1 have demonstrated that around one-third of all pets are too fat. It's a complex subject: owners don't set out to deliberately overindulge their beloved pets.

Potential Problems

Obesity causes many problems in pets, just as it does in humans. A vicious circle of weight gain can easily develop. The heavier a pet becomes, the less they want to exercise, and so the less energy they burn up. Instead of enjoying play and exercise, the most enjoyable part of their life becomes eating, so they eat mor...

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Choose a Cross-Bred Rescue Dog

We asked practicing small animal vet and well known journalist Pete Wedderburn for his view on the best breed of dogs. Here’s what he had to say:

Pedigree breeds can be an excellent choice of pet, but as a vet, when I'm asked to recommend a breed of dog, I usually take a different view: my advice is often: "Choose a cross-bred rescue dog". By all means, look through the list of breeds to get some sense of the type of animal you'd like, but don't feel bound to choose a pedigree animal.

Ireland produces far too many dogs: every year, thousands of dogs are euthanased in local authority dog pounds because they're not wanted...

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Pet Trends for Ireland in 2015

Here at Allianz Ireland we insure lots of pets, from German Shepherds to miniature Yorkshire Terriers, from Rag Dolls to Tabbies and many more. We wanted to understand who insures their pets?  Are  they neutered? Microchipped? And what are the most common breeds and names for dogs and cats in Ireland!

We have some really interesting findings, for example: Of our pet insurance policies sold last year, a huge 90% where for dogs! So it seems, we really are dog people. Interestingly the German Shepherd is the most commonly insured dog in Ireland, and oddly in Kilkenny the most commonly insured dog is the Hungarian Vizsla!

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Looking After Your Pet This Halloween

This article has been written by Pete Wedderburn - one of Ireland's best known Veterinary Surgeon, Broadcaster, Author and Columnist.

Halloween may be fun for humans, but it’s genuinely terrifying for many pets. It’s up to us, as caring owners, to do our best to keep our pets safe, relaxed and comfortable.

Every year, at the end of October, peaceful autumn evenings across Ireland are disrupted by the sound of fireworks. Bangs, squeals and whines can be heard on the streets and in many back gardens. Fireworks may be part of traditional Halloween celebrations, but they are enough to drive many pets to distraction with fea...

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Compulsory Microchipping - What You Need to Know!

On the 1st September 2015 the Microchipping of Dogs Regulation 2015 came into effect making it compulsory for all new pups to have a registered microchip implanted.  On the 31st March 2016 the regulation was expanded to include all dogs.

The introduction of compulsory microchipping for dogs is a massive step forward for dog welfare in Ireland. It will allow for the speedy return of stray and lost dogs to their owners and will act as a deterrent to those who abandon dogs.

Here are all the key points you need to know:

From March 31st, 2016 all dogs MUST be microchipped with their details registered on an approved database....

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The Importance of Cat Vaccinations

Why you should vaccinate your cat

Here at Allianz, Ireland’s leading provider of pet healthcare insurance, we believe in and promote responsible pet ownership. This includes having your pet micro-chipped, neutering your pet and most importantly vaccinating your pet, be it a dog, cat or horse.

The focus of this article is vaccinating your cat, the various vaccinations your cat should have and the illnesses these vaccinations protect your cat against.  Under the terms and conditions of the Allianz Pet Insurance policy, we require cats to be vaccinated against Cat flu; Feline Infectious Enteritis and Feline Leukaemia Virus...

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