Pheromones are released from various glands of an animal's body to communicate with members of the same species throughout the animal kingdom. Synthetic pheromones are now being used as a non-invasive solution to manage stress-related problems in pets.
Pyometra refers to infection of the uterus; therefore it cannot occur in speyed (desexed) bitches. It is most often seen around 8 weeks after heat in the non-pregnant bitch.
Rat and mouse numbers tend to rise as cooler weather forces them to search for food closer to our homes, sheds and garages. Be aware that rat baits might be out on neighbouring properties and contact your vet if your pet appears off-colour.
While chocolate is a much-loved treat for humans, it contains a substance that is poisonous to animals. Toxicity is most common in dogs because of their habit of rapid consumption, but it can also affect cats and other pets.
Is your dog a bundle of seemingly endless energy? Do you find it difficult to take them for walks, to training classes, or let them inside because they’re constantly excited and jumping up? Here is some advice to help restore the joy of living with your high-energy hound.
Shedding hair is a natural process for most dogs that occurs throughout the year, but it may be more pronounced in spring and summer or during periods of illness, stress, pregnancy or nursing.
Many dogs are tragically fearful of storms, especially those that incorporate thunder and lightning. Fears can also develop in response to other noises such as fireworks, cap guns, whips and gun shots.
Before you travel, ask yourself: will my cat or dog be comfortable and happy? Some animals simply prefer to stay at home, so pet sitting or boarding may be the best option. If you do decide to take your pet along, you must take as much care with the preparation of your pet’s trip as your own.
Holiday plans can be more complicated when you have pets. Will you take your pets with you or leave them behind? How will you travel? Where will they stay? You should get organised well before it's time to go on your break.
Ticks are nasty, sneaky venomous little parasites. They are a lethal danger to your dogs and cats, too. What can you do to protect your pet against ticks?
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