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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.


Bringing Your New Kitten Home

A safe journey Choose the date you pick up your new cat carefully. The ideal time is a quiet weekend when there are not too many people around. For the journey, a cat box is essential – travelling with your kitten loose in the car can be dangerous. Choose a cat box that will accommodate…
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Kittens – From Pre-Weaning to Weaning

As growth and development continues the kittens requirements will change After the colostrum received during the first hours of his life, the kitten suckles maternal milk. In the event of a large litter, or the queens ability to provide milk is insufficient or in the case of orphaned kittens, you may be directed to use…
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Kittens – From Birth to Weaning

A period of amazing development During this short period a few weeks long, which goes from birth through weaning, the frail kitten weighing about one hundred grams, completely dependent upon its mother, is going to acquire most of his/her adult skills as well as determine certain dietary preferences. Giving birth After covering, the female cat’s…
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How to Choose Your Kitten

A kitten will cheer up the home... but will grow up! Once the decision has been made to choose a companion, this becomes a commitment for several years – and perhaps even decades! Choosing a kitten is therefore a matter for the brain as much as for the heart. Once you have decided that an…
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How to Choose Your Puppy

The decision to have a dog as a pet has long term consequences and should not be taken lightly. A dog lives more than ten years on average and therefore you should aim to choose a dog whose specific requirements and needs (e.g. exercise, training, grooming etc), you will be able to meet, but you…
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Dog Body Condition Check

Please note that some breeds and different lifestages may have different ideal body condition scores. Always consult your vet if you are unsure. Click here to check your dog’s body condition.
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Preventing Excess Weight in Dogs

Keeping your dog in shape Excess weight corresponds to an imbalance between energy intakes and energy outputs. Excess food consumption (greater than an animal’s requirements) is usually central to this problem. If the trend continues, weight gain will lead to obesity: a recognised disease. A weight-loss plan which includes a specifically adapted diet will best…
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Dog Care & Maintenance

Looking after your dog This includes dedicating time daily to outings and activities. It also includes a couple of regular practices in hygiene and observation which will ensure good health and identify any possible problems. Outings Social outings and providing physical activity is one of the first considerations when caring for a dog. As a…
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Microchipping Your Dog

The prospect of your pup getting lost – and maybe slipping out of his collar or losing his name tag – is unbearable. Dog theft is on the increase today as well, so security is becoming an issue for all dog owners. How microchipping works Microchipping, which is the painless insertion of a microchip under…
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Feeding Your Dog

  To each dog, their own diet The nutritional requirements of a dog vary greatly from that of man; you shouldn’t be tempted to feed your pets as you feed yourself! Your dog’s daily intake should include not only the energy they require but a balance of all of the nutrients essential to health. The…
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Injections and Vaccinations for Dogs

Vaccinations Canine distemper, parvovirus, leptospirosis,contagious hepatitis, rabies… potentially deadly diseases can lie in wait, and puppies are particularly at risk when protective maternal antibodies wane. It is therefore essential to keep to a vaccination schedule as directed by your veterinarian and follow-up with regular boosters throughout your dog’s life. The health checks and advice you’ll…
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Fleas and Worming for Dogs

The little ‘passengers’ your puppy could carry aren’t good for his health… so regular worming and flea control is essential. Fleas Your puppy could have dog or cat fleas – fleas aren’t picky, and as well as causing itching in your dog will bite humans too. You need to treat your puppy, his bed and…
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