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What Are the Differences between the Golden Retriever and the Labrador?

Build There are noticeable differences between each breed’s build. The Golden Retriever’s average adult height is slightly higher than the Labrador due to their slightly varying bone structure – resulting in a taller and leaner build. Labrador Retrievers tend to have a stockier build and are more prone to obesity than Golden Retrievers, this is…
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What Does “Brachycephalic” Mean?

Brachycephalic means to have a short, broad head with a flat face. This is a common anatomical feature in many dogs, and is a characteristic of many breeds including bulldogs, boxers, shih tzus, chihuahuas and pugs. The brachycephalic head shape inevitably affects the anatomy of the upper airway. This means that an extreme brachycephalic morphology…
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How to Train a Beagle

Renowned for being bold and cheerful, Beagles were principally bred for tracking hares by scent. The Beagle breed is well-tempered, smart and amiable – all of these traits making it easy and enjoyable to live with. However, it’s also important to be aware of how active Beagles are. They will need plenty of exercise in…
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How to Groom a Cocker Spaniel

Different breeds have different levels of grooming needs. Some breeds only need to be professionally groomed twice a year and others need grooming frequently. The Cocker Spaniel breed of dog is of the latter requirements. With its famously long and silky fur, distinguished drooping ears, and pre-inclined tendencies to roam parks and fields freely, the…
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How Long Is a Chihuahua Pregnant for?

From the date of mating, a Chihuahua’s pregnancy could be anywhere between 58 and 72 days. This is because fertilisation can potentially take place many days after a successful mating. However, the actual length of the pregnancy will be very consistently 62-64 days from the day of ovulation. So if your Chihuahua had veterinary monitoring…
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How Much Exercise Does a Labrador Need?

Initially bred for very physically demanding tasks that included hiking, running and swimming, Labradors are a highly active breed of dog. Though they are often seen as the ideal family pet due to their good-temperament and strong will to please, they are still full of energy due to possessing the same genetics that they were…
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Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD)

FLUTD in cats stands for “Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease”. This painful syndrome encompasses several conditions affecting the urinary system in cats and may affect any part of their bladder or urethra. (The urethra is the tube that removes the urine from the bladder). Whilst there are many causes of FLUTD, the vast majority of…
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How to Give a Cat a Pill

Giving medicine to your cat can be extremely difficult – many owners have struggled with giving pills and other medicine to their feline companions. In this article we’ll look at some hints and tips that can make giving pills to your cat an easier task. Bring an assistant Perhaps the most useful thing to have…
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Cat Holiday Care – Where to Leave Your Cat When You Go on Holiday

Choosing where to leave your cat can be one of the more stressful decisions you’ll have to make before you go on holiday. At ROYAL CANIN®, we understand that your priority is doing the right thing for your feline companion. The three main options to consider when it comes to your cat’s care are: Cattery…
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Cat Allergies – What Are Cats Allergic To?

It turns out you may not be the only member of the household to suffer with seasonal allergies. Your cat can also be affected by many irritating allergic reactions. Some feline allergies are seasonal, (similar to hay-fever in humans, which is mainly only seen in spring and summer months), whereas others could affect your cat…
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What Age to Neuter a Cat

If you’ve recently added a kitten to a family, you may be wondering when to get it neutered. Equally, if you’ve just got a new cat – particularly in the case of some rescues – you may also be looking into neutering. In this article we’ll answer questions around age and neutering. At what age…
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Why Do Cats Lick Their Coats?

You may have seen your cat licking his or her fur – perhaps on the belly or the legs. In this article we’ll look at why cats do this. Part of the grooming process Cats are equipped with all the tools they need to keep themselves clean. Your cat’s tongue is part of this equipment.…
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