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Everything we do is for the cat and dog. Our research centre and extensive network of pet health professionals means we understand cats and dogs, and we want you and your pets to benefit from our knowledge. Read these articles to find out more.


Week by Week From Birth to Weaning

The first few weeks of a puppy’s life are crucial to their development, and are an exciting time for you to watch and be involved in. This guide takes you through the first 8 weeks, showing you what to expect as your puppies grow. [timeline units="week"] 1 Day 1 Four primitive reflexes At birth, your…
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Your Dog’s Pregnancy Week by Week

  Female dogs (bitches) generally give birth around 63 days after conception, with a few variations between 56 and 70 days depending on the exact time of fertilisation in relation to mating. This step by step guide tells you what to expect during your dog’s pregnancy and gives you practical advice and important information to…
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How Sterilisation Affects Your Cat

Routine sterilisation, usually referred to as neutering, is widely recommended for pet cats for a number of reasons. Left to their own devices, cats are surprisingly efficient at reproducing but, with rescue centres full of unwanted cats and kittens, neutering for population control is important. The Cat Group, consisting of a number of feline welfare…
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Microchipping Your Cat

Why microchip? The prospect of your kitten getting lost – and maybe losing visible identification – is painful to fathom. Cat theft is on the increase today as well, so security and pet locating is becoming an issue for all cat owners. Should your cat be involved in an accident, microchipping can mean your cat…
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Cat Exercise and Going Outside

The decision whether or not to let your cat out into your garden – and possibly beyond – is one only you can make, based on where you live, access and so on. Certainly, keeping cats indoors is becoming more common throughout Europe, and cats adapt very well to this type of life. The most…
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Preventing Excess Weight in Cats

The cat is often praised for its ability to regulate food intake according to its needs. However, between 25 and 40% of cats observed by vets show signs of excess weight, so owners need to be careful of the potential for weight gain. It is therefore a good idea to feed diets (such as Health…
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Everyday Care & Hygiene for Your Cat

Brushing the coat, tooth-brushing, keeping an eye on claw length, eye discharges, and possibly ear cleaning are simple gestures which contribute to your cat’s overall physical wellbeing. If well trained as a kitten, an adult cat should be used to these few gestures of basic care. If you’re having trouble with your cat accepting these practices,…
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Feeding Your Cat

The cat is a carnivore Unlike man who is an omnivore, the cat is a strict carnivore with a body perfectly adapted to this type of diet. Feeding cats with a Health Nutrition food suited to their age, their size, their lifestyle, specific sensitivities and even to their breed means supporting their health and wellbeing.…
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Kittens – The First 4 Weeks

A time of high dependence...   As soon as the umbilical cord has been cut, the kitten, cleaned up by its mother, then crawls to one of her teats, guided by the warmth and smell. The kittens’ first feeds do not give milk at first, but colostrum. This liquid whose aspect and composition differ from…
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Fleas and Worming for Cats

Your kitten may arrive with some little ‘passengers’ which aren’t good for your health, so regular worming and flea control are essential. Fleas She could have dog or cat fleas – fleas aren’t picky, they’ll feast off either species quite happily, and as well as causing itching, they also transmit worms, and will bite humans…
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Body Condition Score

[bodycondition] Drag the slider so that it roughly matches your pet's weight, and check the accompanying descriptions to assess your pet's body condition. This tool should only be used as a guide to recognise that different breeds have different body characteristics. If you have any concerns, you are strongly advised to consult your vet for…
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Injections and Vaccinations for Cats

Your kitten’s initial vaccinations Kitten vaccinations take place in two stages. The first vaccinations take place at the age of 9 weeks. If you wish to take your kitten abroad, ask your vet about rabies vaccination. Boosters in adulthood When your kitten is fifteen months old, your vet should carry out a second booster against flu,…
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