While it’s not a job most dog owners love to do, one good thing about following them around with a poop bag and picking up after them is that you have no choice but to look at it and therefore will know if something looks odd. Your pooch’s poop can reveal a great deal about their health, But how do you know when it is odd and when you should be concerned?
Should I brush my cat's fur? Is this something you’ve been asking yourself for a while? Does your cat look a bit scruffy or are you just unsure whether this is something that needs doing, it’s not like it’s common to send them to a cat groomer like you would with a dog? So, should you be brushing your cat’s fur or not?
Some people can’t imagine anything worse than sharing a bed with a dog, yet for others, it’s the perfect way to spend the night. When it comes to deciding where your dog should sleep and if you should allow your dog to sleep with you then it can be a tricky decision.
We've already told you how important brain training is for dogs, but did you know the same applies to cats too? Again, you need to forget buying your cat a jigsaw or a puzzle book because while cats are clever animals, that just isn't the right way to stimulate them, so what is?
Pooches have busy little lives; walking, sniffing, playing, and barking can really take it out of them, so it's important that they have somewhere they can lay down and rest their tired little bodies after a long day. While many dogs will sleep anywhere and are extremely good at stretching out and taking up all the room on your sofa or in your bed, it is also important that they have their own space, somewhere that is just for them where they can be comfortable and have a good snooze.
No Jacket Required?! Was Phil Collins right? You can just about get anything for your dog now, from jumpers to ballet tutus, and while they do look really cute, are they necessary? The ballet tutus, definitely not (unless you have enrolled your pup into a ballet class, in which case, yes and get them some ballet shoes too), but when it comes to coats and jackets, are they just silly and for over-indulged pets? Or does your dog need one?
While this year, fireworks night may be a different one, but COVID won't stop people setting off fireworks in their gardens, so there will still be loud bangs for our beloved pets to deal with in the coming weeks. Our poor pets find fireworks particularly distressing as, unlike us, they don't know what the noise and bright lights are. This creates a high-stress situation and leads to a range of negative behaviours.
When it comes to training and exercise for your doggo, most people think about teaching them to sit and stay, taking them for walks, and playing with them. But, do you ever think about what’s going on inside their little head?
We all need a treat to wind down after a long day, and it’s no different for your cat. While you might choose a cold beer, a glass of wine or a bar of chocolate, after your cat has been busy looking after your house all day, it deserves a little treat too. So, as your cat isn't into beer, wine, or chocolate, it might be pestering you for catnip?
Some of the signs are actually really obvious when you think about them and are very similar to humans; for example, they may sleep a lot more than usual, stop grooming themselves, become clingy, lose their appetite, lose interest in activities they used to enjoy.
Yes, you can! It depends on the breed of your dog, their size, age and general health. This can be very personalised and it's best to talk to an expert about your pet.
Just like us, it's important to look after your dog’s teeth by brushing them. This is the best way to prevent tartar build-up and subsequent dental disease in your pet. Of course, your pet may be reluctant to have their teeth brushed at first. It normally takes about 2 weeks for them to get used to brushing, sometimes a little longer, but it’s worth it. If you’re at all unsure about your pets dental health, jump on a video call with one of our vets for some advice.