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  • Podcast #12: Doggy diets: fulfilling your pup’s nutritional needs
    Podcast #12: Doggy diets: fulfilling your pup’s nutritional needs
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  • Can dogs eat blackberries?
    Can dogs eat blackberries?
    Autumn means the hedgerows are going to be bursting with blackberries. And while you might be tempted to pick a few to share with your dog, it’s important to check if dogs can eat blackberries first.
    Luckily, they can. Blackberries are safe for dogs to eat and contain lots of vitamins. Just remember to pick them from higher up the bush and wash them before you or your dog eat them.
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  • 7 calming tips to help when your dog is alone at home
    7 calming tips to help when your dog is alone at home
    No one likes leaving the dog alone at home, but sometimes we have to do things without our furry best friends. 
    It is possible to bring up a dog that's quite happy to have some time apart. 
    Doing things like shutting the curtains, leaving some music on, and keeping your pup occupied with a long-lasting chew can help to make being alone less stressful for you and your pup.
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  • Understanding separation anxiety in dogs
    Understanding separation anxiety in dogs
    Separation anxiety and separation-related issues in dogs are surprisingly common. However, it is possible to teach your dog to deal with being alone without worry. 
    Gradually and slowly introduce time alone into your dog’s routine. Be patient and consistent and always reward calm behaviour. If you need help overcoming existing separation-related issues, get in touch with a clinical animal behaviourist.
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  • Everything you need to know about Dachshunds
    Everything you need to know about Dachshunds
    Quirky in personality and looks, Dachshunds or “sausage dogs” have become popular pets for their unique appearance and big personality.
    Breed guide
  • Podcast #11: Separation anxiety: how to prevent and resolve hyper-attachment
    Podcast #11: Separation anxiety: how to prevent and resolve hyper-attachment
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  • What is blue green algae? How to protect your pet from this hidden danger
    What is blue green algae? How to protect your pet from this hidden danger
    Blue green algae is a group of bacteria that live in slow water, and “bloom” in hot summer weather. These bacteria release toxins into the water which can poison your dog, and cause potentially fatal illness.
    Never let your dog drink from or swim in water that may contain blue green algae. If you think your dog has come into contact with it, rinse them with clean water and call your vet immediately.
    This blog was updated on 17th April 2023
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  • What's in a name: How Napo came to be because of one little dog
    What's in a name: How Napo came to be because of one little dog
    Every owner loves their pet, and some of us show that love in different ways. In the case of JP,  he decided he had to found a company in his dog's name. 
    To celebrate International Dog Day, we're celebrating the original Napo and how a scruffy dog in a wheelbarrow led to the creation of a company of pet lovers.
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  • What to pack and what to do: How to plan the perfect dog holiday
    What to pack and what to do: How to plan the perfect dog holiday
    As well as all the essentials like food, poo bags, and leads, you’ll need to remember a few extras for a holiday with your pup, like their bed, vet details, and insurance. If you’re heading abroad, you’ll need a wad of paperwork on their vaccinations and health too.
    While you’re away, there are loads of activities you and your dog can enjoy together. As well as exploring new surroundings on walkies, try visiting local landmarks, beaches, and castles too.
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  • Podcast #10: Pets on tour: what to know before taking your pet on holiday
    Podcast #10: Pets on tour: what to know before taking your pet on holiday
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  • Everything you need to know about British Shorthair Cats
    Everything you need to know about British Shorthair Cats
    The traditional British domestic cat. The British Shorthair is well known for its sweet rounded face and characteristic “Cheshire Cat smile”. They might not be the cuddliest cat, but they love to stay near their humans and are very loving, loyal companions.
    Breed guide
  • Dr Sarah Ellis on: why do cats arch their backs?
    Dr Sarah Ellis on: why do cats arch their backs?
    You might already know that cats arch their backs when they’re scared. But don’t be fooled, because cats also arch their backs when they’re playing, greeting loved ones, and stretching. 
    As Dr Sarah Ellis, your cat’s bendy back can be a fascinating bit of body language. By learning to recognise what it means, you could better understand your cat and be able to meet more of their welfare needs.
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  • Podcast #9: Feline instincts: why the indoor cat doesn’t exist
    Podcast #9: Feline instincts: why the indoor cat doesn’t exist
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  • Everything you need to know about Yorkshire Terriers
    Everything you need to know about Yorkshire Terriers
    Yorkshire Terriers are small and elegant, but that pretty package hides a big personality and a feisty, playful pup that seems bigger than they are.
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  • Louisa the vet on: ear cropping on dogs and why it's so bad
    Louisa the vet on: ear cropping on dogs and why it's so bad
    Dr Louisa Lane explains that ear cropping on dogs is a painful procedure that should never be performed. It’s an illegal procedure here in the UK, and in many European countries. No dog should ever have its ears cropped.
    Ear cropping is considered mutilation, purely to make a dog look a certain way. It has no benefit to dogs and causes them nothing but pain and trauma. It also robs the dog of the ability to use their ears in communication, and can negatively impact their hearing.
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  • Podcast #8: Debunking dog training myths: how to safely train your dog
    Podcast #8: Debunking dog training myths: how to safely train your dog
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  • Everything you need to know about Bloodhounds
    Everything you need to know about Bloodhounds
    The Bloodhound is a historical British breed that has sadly become endangered. These docile and droopy dogs make great detectives, thanks to their incredible noses.
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  • Louisa the vet on: why grass seeds in dogs are a problem
    Louisa the vet on: why grass seeds in dogs are a problem
    Grass seeds are small and sharp, and can easily get stuck in your dog’s skin. They not only cause wounds and potential infection, they can get under the skin and travel around the body.
    Many dogs get grass seeds stuck in-between their toes, causing painful cysts. But they can also get into their ears, eyes, even their lungs.
    Check your dog after walks and brush them to get rid of any seeds. If you see a seed stuck in your dog, call your vet for advice.
    This article was updated 28th July 2023.
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  • Why do cats eat grass, and is it good for them?
    Why do cats eat grass, and is it good for them?
    Not all cats eat grass, but it's considered a normal and common behaviour. There's a few theories why they do it.
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  • Podcast #7: Luxury dog hotels: making sure yout pet gets the 5* treatment
    Podcast #7: Luxury dog hotels: making sure yout pet gets the 5* treatment
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  • Why is chocolate bad for dogs? And how much chocolate is poisonous to dogs?
    Why is chocolate bad for dogs? And how much chocolate is poisonous to dogs?
    Most of us know that chocolate is toxic to dogs. That's because it contains the chemical “theobromine”. Theobromine is toxic and causes problems including increased heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure.
    Never give your dog chocolate or any food or drink that contains chocolate or cocoa. Avoid using cocoa mulch in your garden.
    If your dog eats any chocolate, contact your vet. Try to tell the vet what type of chocolate your dog ate, how much they ate, and when they ate it.
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  • Is chocolate toxic to cats? Is it as bad for cats as it is for dogs?
    Is chocolate toxic to cats? Is it as bad for cats as it is for dogs?
    Chocolate is toxic to most pets, including cats. This is because it contains a chemical called "theobromine", which is similar to caffeine and is toxic to cats.
    You should never feed your cat any food or drink that contains chocolate or cocoa. And keep all chocolatey treats out of paws' reach.
    If your cat eats any chocolate, call your vet right away and follow their advice. If you can, tell them the type of chocolate and how much your cat ate, and when they ate it.
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  • Everything you need to know about Labrador Retrievers
    Everything you need to know about Labrador Retrievers
    Bouncy and bubbly Labrador Retrievers were bred to retrieve prey for hunters. Nowadays, they’re famous family pets and the most popular dog breed here in the UK.
    Breed guide
  • Travel with a dog in the car: How to keep your pooch safe and happy on road trips
    Travel with a dog in the car: How to keep your pooch safe and happy on road trips
    Whether you’re driving to the vet or on an exciting staycation with your pets, it’s important to know how to keep your dog happy and safe on car journeys.
    Keeping your dog secure in the car is a legal requirement. That means they should be in a crate, behind a dog guard, or strapped in with a dog seatbelt. These will also help to keep you and your dog safe if you ever have an accident.
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  • 14 of the best dog-friendly beaches in the UK
    14 of the best dog-friendly beaches in the UK
    Britain is a nation of dog-lovers, and many owners will even pick their staycation and day trip destinations depending on whether their pooch can come! 
    If you want to head to the seaside this summer with your dog, try one of these dog-friendly beaches in the UK. Many of which welcome dogs all year without any restrictions!
    This article was updated on 17th April 2023
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  • Podcast #6: The dog sitting solution: connecting a million owners and borrowers
    Podcast #6: The dog sitting solution: connecting a million owners and borrowers
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  • Summer pet safety tips
    Summer pet safety tips
    The hot weather can play havoc with your dog or cat’s health if you’re not careful. 
    Make sure your pet always has plenty of fresh water to drink and cool shaded areas they can sit in, to prevent dehydration and heatstroke.
    Consider keeping your pets indoors between 11am and 3pm when the sun is at its strongest. Apply pet-safe suncream to furless areas to prevent sunburn.
    Finally, always supervise your dog when swimming and avoid unsafe waters.
    This article was updated 17th April 2023
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  • Everything you need to know about Shih Tzus
    Everything you need to know about Shih Tzus
    The Shih Tzu is a loving and lively little dog bred to be a watchful companion. Their long fur looks beautiful but requires a lot of care, and this brachycephalic (flat-faced) breed is prone to several health problems due to their conformation.
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  • Heatstroke in cats: What are the dangers and why should you keep a cool cat
    Heatstroke in cats: What are the dangers and why should you keep a cool cat
    Most cats love warmth, but you have to be careful they don’t overheat. Cats can suffer from heat stroke too!
    If you think your cat might have heat stroke, call your vet and try to cool your cat down. Move them to a cool area, like in front of a fan, and wipe them with a damp cloth. 
    To prevent your pet from suffering from heat stroke, make sure your cat has access to drinking water, and has cool places to sleep.
    This article was updated 14th April 2023
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  • Heat stroke in dogs: The dangers of a hot dog and how to cool them down
    Heat stroke in dogs: The dangers of a hot dog and how to cool them down
    We all know dogs die in hot cars, but exercising in hot weather is actually the biggest cause of heat stroke in dogs.
    1 in 7 cases of heat stroke are fatal, so prevention is vital to keep your dog safe. Make sure your dog always has access to drinking water, stays in the shade, and only exercises in the cooler morning and evening hours.
    If you think your dog is suffering from heat stroke, you must try to cool them down and call your vet for advice.
    This article was updated 14th April 2023
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