A Natural Diet for Cats

 Fish would not be a natural food source for cats – do you know a cat that likes to swim? The Cat family has closely evolved alongside their canine equivalent – dogs, but unlike dogs that can stay alive on a vegetation diet, cats must have meat in their nutritional regime to survive. Their unique dietary requirements means cats need …

Cushing’s Disease

Cushing’s disease develops slowly and the early signs are not always noticed. Cushing’s disease is one disease that is far more common in pets than it is in humans. While six in 100,000 people suffer from this condition, it is 200 times more common in dogs, with one in 1,000 dogs suffering from this deadly disease. The Causes – Cushing’s …

Pets Home Alone

Possibly the best option is to be able to leave your pet in their own environment. If taking your pet on holiday with you is not an option, then here’s a few things to consider when choosing where your pet will stay. Could someone house-sit whilst your away, looking after both your pets & your home Can your pet be …

Raw Food Diet

If your dog is not as active, bright or happy as it should be – change their diet! Cats and dogs have been evolving on this planet for 40 million years, eating raw food. Their mouths, teeth, stomach, intestines, organs and enzymes are all evolved to masticate process, digest and absorb the breakdown products of raw food. A simple understanding …

Intestinal Worms

Worms are internal parasites that live within the intestines. There are several types of worms – Hookworm, Tapeworm, Whipworm and the most common, Roundworm. Possible signs that your dog has worms include: weight loss, always hungry, bloated abdomen, dull coat, pale gums, diarrhea or vomiting. Roundworm often infest young puppies. They are similar looking to spaghetti, but wiggle, are off-white …

Lawn Burning

Hint: Replant your yard with more urine-resistant grasses like perennial ryegrasses and fescues. Lawn burn is a common problem which relates to those annoying brown patches left behind in the places where a dog urinates on the grass. The burning is a result of high nitrogen levels present in the dogs urine.  A little nitrogen on a lawn is a …

Ear Infections

An Ear Infection Can Cause Pain, Itchiness and Discomfort for a Dog. Infections of the external ear canal (outer ear) by bacteria or yeast, are one of the most common types of infections seen in dogs. Breeds such as Cocker Spaniels with heavy pendulous ears and Border Collies with lots of hair inside the ears are most susceptible, although any …

Anal Gland Disease

A subject not for the faint hearted! Anal Gland disease is a common and distressing condition in pets and is one of the common causes of ‘scooting’ behaviour – where a dog or cat drags its bottom along the carpet, Anal glands are two small glands located on either side of the dogs (and cats) rectal opening at roughly the …