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Choosing Boarding Kennels for Your Pet

Holiday time is here again and it’s important to plan who will take care of your pet as you head away on your holidays! There are a couple of options to consider.

A Lending Hand

You may have a friend, neighbour, or family member who is willing to take care of your pet. Check that they realise the commitment they are taking on and that you feel satisfied that all of your pet’s needs will be met. Another option is a professional pet sitter who will stay in or visit your home, or mind your pets in their own home. Look for recommendations and references from other happy customers.

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Training Your New Dog

The stress of a new home can potentially reduce your dog’s capacity to learn new behaviours. Creating a calm environment and following these tips can help to ease the transition into their new home.


Make a Den

Create a cosy ‘den,’ maybe using a crate with soft bedding, food, and water bowls and a chewy toy stuffed with treats. Bring something from their previous home to add in if possible. It will become their place of refuge to rest and feel safe and relaxed on their own. Limit access to the rest of the house until they are well settled in to the den and the room it occupies. This also helps prevent furniture being che...

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Introducing a New Dog Into Your Home

Introducing a new dog into your home is best when you are free to focus on your new companion and their needs. It’s a big change in their life and they may become easily stressed and overwhelmed. Create a quiet, relaxed mood and consistent routines for your new dog, and when possible get advice about the behaviour and temperament of an older dog from the previous owner or shelter.


Other Family Members


Your new dog will need some training to get used to its new family and learn basic obedience and acceptable behaviour. Get everyone on board, and remember being consistent is very important. Use reward-based training to re...

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Keeping Your Pet Healthy: Neutering

One of the most important acts of responsible pet care is to avoid unwanted litters of puppies and kittens by neutering your pet.

Neutering Prevents Unwanted Puppies and Kittens

Over 3,000 dogs were given up by their owners to dog pounds in 2018, and nearly 400 puppies were handed in to the charity Dog’s Trust in the month after Christmas this year. Many more were euthanized by vets or handed in to other animal charities around the country, who struggle to pay for their care. Puppy and kitten vaccination time is the perfect opportunity to discuss neutering with your vet.

Neuter Early in Life

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Caring for Middle Aged and Elderly Pets

The average lifespan of our pets is unfortunately much shorter than our own. It is therefore important to look out for signs of ageing to provide the best care possible for our middle aged and elderly dogs and cats.


Large Breeds of Dogs Age Faster

Average lifespans for larger dog breeds tend to range from 6-10 years, while smaller breeds can often live to 16-17 years on average, with a higher likelihood of reaching even their 20s. Because of their shorter life span, larger dogs could be described as ‘middle aged’ at 3 to 5 years old! Crossbreed dogs  frequently live longer than purebred dogs because of less genetic illn...

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Recognising and Preventing Stress in Your Cat

Stress related illnesses occur quite often in cats, so it’s important to be aware of their basic needs to make sure they are being met. It's also useful to be able to recognise behavioural changes in your cat that indicate that they are stressed.

Your Cat’s Basic Needs

  1. Space – Cats feel safer if they can climb to a high vantage point to survey the scene below! Provide shelves at different heights and clear the tops of cupboards so your cat can gain access.

Sufficient Resources – Cats need separate places in the home for food, water, toileting, and rest, especially if there is more than one cat sharing these resources. A ...

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