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Dog Social Etiquette – Do and Don’ts for a Doggy Pack

Doggy social situations are more and more common now, especially with the rise in social media, allowing us to meet more like minded people. Doggy Day Cares and even Doggy Parties are more commonplace too, as well as a host of events targeted at dogs specifically, such as Dog Fest. Is there a social etiquette for these events though? I don't mean which butt your dog should sniff first, but iss...

Hydrotherapy and Your Dog

Hydrotherapy allows dogs to exercise, whilst letting them play too. It's a great way to safely get young dogs used to water, and is also ideal for weight loss, as it doesn't put any extra stress on the joints that is often an issue for overweight dogs. By getting your dog moving around, it helps with circulation and fitness, just as it does for humans. This is especially helpful for joint movem...

Pets and Music.. can they really enjoy it?

We've all done it. Left the TV or radio on to calm the cat or dog whilst we're out. And it usually works, which is why we think of our pets enjoying the same noises we do. But can they? I got thinking about this when listening to an old album, that I used to play regularly 3 - 4 years ago, but (as my husband dislikes it) is rarely on now. When sat listening to it, my four cats reacted, stretched, ...

Ticks’ the season to be careful…

As we all know, ticks can carry parasites, which is partly why they are so dangerous. Not only are they literally sucking the life blood from your pet, but they're potentially giving it an awful disease too. The risk of anaemia from blood loss is low unless your pet has a lot of ticks on them, or if they are particularly small, such as puppies and kittens, otherwise, the main concern will be what ...

Stay Safe in the Sun this Summer!

Hot summer days are great, but there are lots to bear in mind for your pets. Whilst most of them won't sit in the sun if they get too hot if you're out on a walk your dog might not have a choice if you're not aware of how hot they're getting. Cats will often find the sunniest spot when inside, the one patch of sun rays coming through the window, but outside you'll often find they will stick more t...

Animals with jobs – A trend for the future?

We all love our furry companions and wish we didn't have to leave them at home in the mornings, watching their sad little faces looking out at us as we walk out of the door can be heart breaking. Well apparently there is a new trend emerging, in which companies from museums to sports teams are hiring cats and dogs to come and work for them. If the trend continues then going all day without seeing ...

Research says older adults can see health benefits from dog ownership

Research conducted by the University of Missouri in the United States of America has determined that owning a dog can lead to health improvements for older adults. The study found that older adults who are also dog owners benefit from the bond that they form with their companion. Not only this, dog walking is associated with more frequent exercise, lower body mass index, fewer visits to the d...

Microchipping your dog will be compulsory from next week

It's a sad fact that many thousands of dogs go missing in the UK each and every year. In fact, the Kennel Club has stated that over "100,000 dogs either, stray, are lost or stolen each year with many having to be kept in kennels before being re-homed." A missing dog of course results in a great deal of distress for owners as well as their pet. Microchipping is a way of creating a link between a ...

Key considerations when choosing your next cat or kitten

Deciding to add a new cat or kitten to your family is a very exciting time for all involved and of course, there is just so much to consider! For example, are you going to get an adult cat or kitten? Should you opt for a pure breed, mixed breed or even rescue cat? The most important thing to remember is that temperament and personality can differ significantly from one cat to another. Consequently...

​Alabama Rot: What you need to know to keep your dog safe

While facts are still scarce on the exact nature of Alabama rot, its presence in the UK has caused many a worried rumour to surface over the past few months, prompting a fair number of concerned calls to the team here at Swell Pets. While the situation with Alabama Rot seems to be still developing, here's what we all should know and suspect so far: The Facts More scientifically known as CRGV,...

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