31 May 2017

Microchips: A legal requirement?

The Law? As of the 6th of April 2016 all dogs in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be legally required to be microchipped and their details registered on one of the authorised databases such as Petlog. Puppies must be chipped at the age of 8 weeks old. The idea behind this law...
13 May 2017

Dog and Cat Vaccines: Why, What, and When?

Why? Vaccination is an integral part of a preventative healthcare programme. Over the past few years, particularly in the field of human healthcare, the need to vaccinate has been the subject of a huge worldwide debate. Within the veterinary world, a large amount of research goes into creating guidelines regarding which vaccines are necessary...
01 May 2017

Pros and Cons: Collars vs Harnesses

Collar Pros: Identification! A less well known fact is that the Control of Dogs Order from 1992 states that all dogs must wear a collar and identity tag in a public place. This tag must show the owner’s name and address. Dog wardens can enforce this law and fines of up to £5000 can...
13 Apr 2017

The dangers of throwing sticks for your dog

Stick injuries are one of the most common and easily avoidable severe injuries in dogs. Most surprisingly though, the majority of owners of dogs which have suffered a severe stick injury, were completely unaware of the dangers of playing fetch with sticks. It is well known that dogs love to find, carry, catch and...
13 Jul 2016

Neutering

One of the first things people think about after getting a new puppy or kitten is whether or not they will have their new addition neutered. For females, this is called spaying, and it means that the womb and the ovaries are removed. For males, this is called castration and this means the testicles...
13 Jul 2016

Choosing the right breed of dog for your lifestyle

There are a staggering 340 different breeds of dogs recognised across the world. So when it comes to choosing the right breed for your family, you have a pretty tricky task on your hands. Often the first thing that comes to peoples mind are the more emotive qualities in a breed. The most commonly...