Does your pet have the Summer itch?

With the warmer weather, our pet’s coats are changing.  They may be shedding an incredible amount of hair, leaving their trail through the home and on the furniture. 

How would you like a Vax Blade Pet Pro Cordless Handstick Vacuum to make cleaning easier.

Clients that purchase anything from the Hills Prescription Skin food range, will go in the draw to win the Vax Handstick.

This range includes Hills Z/D, D/D and Derm Defence for dogs or cats in wet or dry foods.

This competition will run until Christmas Eve, with the winner announced on our Facebook page in January.

1 - The tallest dogs are Great Danes and Irish Wolfhounds.

2 - The smallest dogs are the Chihuahua, Yorkshire Terrier and Toy Poodle.

3 -  A dog’s hearing is very acute. They can register sounds of 35,000 vibrations a second compared to our 20,000.

4 -  Dogs have a wonderful sense of smell. A Fox Terrier has 147 million ‘smelling cells’ and a German Shepherd has 220 million compared to our 5 million.

5 - The oldest reliable recorded age for a dog is 29 years and 5 months-an Australian Cattle Dog called Bluey.

6 - All dogs, regardless of breed are direct descendants of wolves. Technically they are the same species, which means they can breed together and produce fertile offspring.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many changes to our lives.  One of these is the increase in people wearing facemasks to protect themselves and others.  For our pets this can be scary, as it makes us look different and removes one of the main ways, they communicate with us and read our emotions – through facial expressions.

When we are trying to help our pets become used to something new, it needs to be paired with something good, e.g. a treat or praise, so that the pet forms positive associations from the experience. 

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Why is my rabbit eating its own faeces?

When it comes to rabbit food, things like lettuce and carrots typically come to mind.  So, you might be confused when you catch your bunny eating its own faeces.  When in fact it’s not…. it’s eating something called ‘cecotropes’.

Cecotropes are soft nutrient rich pellets which are expelled from the rabbit’s bottom and later re-ingested by the rabbit to ensure they get the nutrients they need.  Cecotropes have more protein, less fibre and higher levels of vitamins than the actual hard pellet faeces.

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 What are coronaviruses?

Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that can cause a range of symptoms, including a runny nose, cough, sore throat and fever. Some are mild, such as the common cold, while others are more likely to lead to pneumonia. They're usually spread through direct contact with an infected person.

The coronavirus gets its name from the crown-like spikes on its surface (“corona” in Latin translates to “crown”). The genus coronavirus is composed of at least three groups that cause mild to severe enteric, respiratory, or systemic disease. Other well-known coronaviruses are SARS and MERS.

Are there coronaviruses in animals?

Coronaviruses are common in several species of domestic and wild animals, including cattle, horses, dogs, cats, ferrets, camels, bats, and others.

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