All posts by Jenni Hill

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Crufts 2014

The world's largest dog show, Crufts, is over a week away and everyone in the Swell office is starting to get a little excited about it. Pet advisor, Karren, has qualified to compete with her dog Skye, who is taking part in Flyball. 22,000 dogs compete in the competition in the hope of winning the world class title of Crufts Best In Show. Crufts is a celebration of all dogs no matter what bree...

Two canine best friends become internet sensations

Two canine best buds have become internet sensations after their owner posted a series of photos of them on Instagram. The pooches pose in various outfits while their mysterious owner takes photos of their wacky adventures. The dogs are fans of Harry Potter and Meryl Streep and this is regularly depicted in their gorgeous photography.    ...

Why Premium Dog Food?

It may be tempting to feed your dog the cheapest wet food available, but these foods are not great for your dog and are often packed with water. The best diet for any dog is a tasty premium dry food and you should of course give constant supplies of fresh drinking water. Among the leading brands of premium dog food we stock at Swell are Arden Grange, Eukanuba and Royal Canin. Another excellent ne...

RSPCA warning after antifreeze deaths

The RSPCA has warned people to be more vigilant about the danger of antifreeze poisoning in cats. The animal charity has issued an appeal to pet owners following a number of incidents of cats falling ill with suspected antifreeze poisoning in the Boston area of Lincolnshire. Many cats have had to be put down due to the severity of the poisoning. Cat owners and their neighbours are being w...

Dog Blood Donors Needed

Vets and medical experts are urging pet owners to sign their dogs up to the donor register in a pledge to solve an ongoing shortage. Parts of Wales are particularly at risk from a UK-wide shortage of donor dog blood. Pets Blood Bank UK (PBBUK) is holding donor recruitment sessions in July to encourage owners of potential donors to come forward. It is believed that a lack of awareness is part of...

Police will rescue dogs from hot cars

Dog owners are risking their dogs’ lives by leaving them in hot cars, say police. And cops say that if they see a dog suffering in a hot car, they will force entry and hand the dog over to the RSPCA. A police spokesperson said: "We are reminding dog owners that pets can very rapidly dehydrate and die when left in cars in hot weather, even if the windows are lowered and the car parked in the sh...

App created to detect early stages of illness in dogs

A new app has been created to track the health of pets to indicate illness in its early stages. The app, Whistle, records your dog’s movements and flags up any unusual behaviour which could indicate illness. Heartbroken pet owner, Ben Jacobs, set up the app after his beloved dog, Bear, died at the age of five. "It is one of those things that as a dog owner, it really stays with you." he said....

Cats are at risk of sunburn just as much as you!

Vets are warning of the dangers of exposing pets to too much sun, after a cat had to have its ears amputated due to sunburn. Snow white cat, Luna, had blistered and painful ears and was at high risk of developing skin cancer. The eight-year-old cat has been living as a stray, and has now made a full recovery and is looking for a loving home. ‘Every cat is different and she has had a rough tim...

Could you catch TB from your cat?

Cats could pass on a deadly virus to their owners, vets have warned. Experts have revealed that as many as one in every thousand cats carry tuberculosis, a disease which could easily be picked up by humans. Felines are catching the disease when coming into contact with badger sets, rodents or even infected milk from cattle. Carl Padgett, from the British Veterinary Association warned: “The r...

Funny dog and cat clip alert!

A cat punching above its weight has become an internet hit as he tries his luck with a much bigger dog who is just trying to enjoy his bone. Since Youtube user, Kev G uploaded the clip it has gone viral. He said: "My cat is very sweet but ornery as hell." Watch and giggle! ...

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