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Dog
Caroline Clark

Common Canine Conditions

A recent study carried out by the Royal Veterinary College, revealed the most common canine conditions seen by vets. The most common canine conditions: Overweight/obesity Osteoarthritis Otitis externa (Ear problems) Anal sac disorder Conjunctivitis (Eye disease) Dental disease Lipoma (fatty lumps) Dermatitis (skin disorders) The study was conducted by analysing data from 455,557 dogs presented at veterinary practices. Of these common canine conditions, the three disorders that had the highest

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Cat
Caroline Clark

Pet Anxiety

According to the 2018 PAW report, 80 % of pet owners say that their dog or cat is scared of something.  This short article is designed to raise awareness about pet anxiety and to highlight that there is something you can do to help your pet. What is Anxiety? The terms Fear and anxiety are often discussed inter-changeably. However there are differences. Fear is a normal adaptive emotional response to

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Cat
Caroline Clark

Reducing Stress in Domestic Cats

Although cats have been domesticated for thousands of years, they still retain many of the same characteristics from their ancestors. Their emotional and physical requirements have not changed much.  So being able to cater for these needs is an important way of reducing stress in domestic cats. So what Does a Cat Need? In the wild cats are solitary hunters and spend a large proportion of their time hunting for

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Dog training using treats
Cat
Caroline Clark

Teaching Animals Using Reward-Based Training

Animals need to be motivated to learn and most modern-day trainers know that using some kind of reward helps drive that motivation. However, there are some owners who feel that their pet should obey them without using reward-based training techniques and then find it hard to understand why they aren’t responding to commands.  

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Courses
Caroline Clark

Hazards for our Dogs in January!

After consuming all those goodies at Christmas, many of us are thinking about starting the New Year with a weight reduction and keep fit campaign but there are many potential hazards for our pets in January! Xylitol For dieters, lots of low calorie foods swap sugars for Xylitol which is an artificial sweetener. This is important to know because it is toxic to dogs.  In food, it can sometimes go

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Two cats fighting
Cat
Caroline Clark

Help! My Cats Don’t Get On

“Help! my cats don’t get on” is a frequent call I get from cat owners. It usually follows after another cat is introduced to keep an existing cat company. But do cats need a friend? The short answer is generally NO! Cats are solitary animals. Unlike the dog, who is a very social animal, they hunt alone and feed alone. Some cats do get along really well and can have

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Two parrots in the wild
Parrot
Caroline Clark

The Overly Bonded Parrot

A common problem that arises for parrot owners’ is the bird that becomes overly bonded to one particular member of the household. Aggression can be shown to other members of the family, especially when they are in close proximity of their favourite person. The problem can intensify resulting in swooping and attacking in an attempt to drive them from their territory. This article helps explain why this happens and gives

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A blind cat sitting on a wall
Cat
Caroline Clark

Living with a Blind Cat – Top Tips

Cats and other animals always amaze me at the way they adapt to disabilities. This is certainly the case when caring for one that loses their sight. Cats that go blind suddenly often need more time to adapt but, although it’s easier if they gradually lose their sight, we can still help with the transition when living with a blind cat. Jane, first came in to my life when I

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Puppy looking cute
Dog
Caroline Clark

Study highlights the importance of puppy socialisation and dog training

A new study, undertaken in the UK on behavioural reasons for deaths in dogs under three years of age, has found that a staggering 33.7% of deaths was linked to undesirable behaviour problems. It highlights the importance of puppy socialisation and dog training in preventing early euthanasia. The study, conducted by the VetCompass Programme at the Royal Veterinary College, found behaviours responsible for early deaths included aggression, over-excitability and barking.

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Black cat laid on window sill
Cat
Caroline Clark

Cats Suffer From High Blood Pressure Too

At 7 years of age and above, most cats are still playful and may appear youthful but there is an increasing risk of feline age-related problems developing. Hypertension (often referred to as high blood pressure) is a medical condition that most humans have heard of.  But did you know that cats over 7 years of age are at a higher risk than many other pets?  In fact one in eight

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