Advice & Guides

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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...

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 ...

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,...

Keeping a puppy for the first time?

If you're just starting to keep a puppy for the first time, then, first of all, you have the congratulations from the whole team here at Swell Pets. We all remember our first puppy with joy and sometimes a teary eye, and we know there's a good chance you're currently swelling with happiness! But with all these emotions it is easy to forget that puppies are very much in the important stages ...

Looking after your dog’s joints and mobility

For your dog to maintain an active and happy lifestyle, looking after your dog's joints and mobility is essential. Without a good degree of comfortable movement in each of their working joints, exercise quickly becomes laborious and painful, leading to a range of problems including arthritis. It's something we hear about at Swell Pets every so often, and something we love to help with as keepin...

How to look after a Beagle

Thinking about getting a Beagle? Like with all pets, it's best to read up and learn about how to care for a beagle before you go searching for breeders, giving you a better indication of how best to look after your new chum, what problems to look out for, and what behaviour you can expect to make sure you make the right decision. A bit of Beagle A firm member of the hound group of dog breeds, Be...

What and what not to feed your kitten

During the important development months and years of your kitten, their diet is incredibly important and therefore knowing what and what not to feed your kitten is vital knowledge for every cat owner, ensuring your pet gets the level of nutrition they need to grow up strong, healthy and full of vitality. Being the pet lovers we are at Swell Pets, we make a habit of helping customers with this kno...

What to feed your dog if they are getting an upset stomach

Something we at Swell Pets often get asked about when speaking to newer customers is what to do about a dog's upset stomach? If their current food doesn't agree with them, what would be better? Of course, these dog owners are looking in just the right place: their dog's diet. Providing your dog or puppy is wormed regularly, has been weaned successfully and has no diagnosable gastric problem your ...

Getting Ready for Bonfire Night

Hands up if you own a dog that hates bonfire night? I think there are many dog owners out there that dread the time of year when the dark nights come and the fireworks start. Keeping your dog settled during bonfire night and even New Year's Eve is key to helping them through the night. Being prepared before the event will set your household in good stead to being relaxed. There are many things yo...

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