Rescue & Animal Care - December 2021 - Issue 170

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5th December 2021 - 29th January 2022 - Issue 170

ISSN 2050-0572

FREE TO READ Promoting Responsible Pet Ownership and Animal Welfare

What to do if you find a stray cat

Big boy Basher seeks home for Christmas

Dogmatic Wins ‘Product I can’t live without’ Award for a record NINTH time!

15 Tips to keep animals safe in the cold Introducing Puppies to Young Children and Dogs Cover Image

Natural raw food

Neglected Lurcher pups thrown from car in London

Albion meat products

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Leave a Legacy A Legacy to International Cat Care will help make that difference.


f, like us, you care deeply about cats, then you know there is a great deal to be done to improve the way they are treated around the world. There is too much cruelty, suffering and neglect, but you can make a huge difference – not just to the lives of a handful of cats today, but to millions of cats now and in the future.

How we help cats

International Cat Care is a different kind of cat charity. Everything we do is founded on the belief that the more we understand about cats, the better we can help them. As one of the most respected cat charities in the world, we’re using our knowledge and expertise to build a brighter future for millions of owned and unowned cats globally. Here are just some examples of the positive change we’ve already created: • our team has trained thousands of vets, vet nurses, welfare volunteers and others to deliver higher quality cat care • we’ve accredited over 1000 Cat Friendly Clinics around the world and they are setting new standards for feline veterinary care 2

• we’ve helped millions of owners to understand and give better care to their cats through our website advice, events, education and publications

How your Legacy will help cats

Your Legacy will support activities that are saving lives, reducing suffering and improving the quality of life for more cats. For example: • Campaigns – we’re tackling ignorance and cruelty by taking on issues such as ‘designer cat’ health, cat safety risks and the plight of street cats around the world • Innovations – working with international partners to find effective, humane contraception products with the potential to transform population management and the lives of street cats • Training – creating top quality distance learning, webinars, online forum, journal and conferences for the veterinary sector, owners and others working with cats • Advice – delivering accurate, up to date information via our website, webinars, magazine, press packs and publications


• Standards – setting standards for boarding catteries, accrediting Cat Friendly Clinics, generating guidelines and promoting the adoption of good cat care around the world • Knowledge – sharing information on new areas of feline health, safety, behaviour and nutrition to increase our understanding of cats • Collaboration – many of our projects collaborate with other organisations or groups. Our International Declaration of Responsibilities to Cats emphasises this need because better care for cats often relies on more than one provider Our expertise helps you to build stronger relationships with your own cat too. That’s why we know that iCatCare is a charity your cat would want you to support! n For more information on how your Legacy will help us help cats download our Legacy Leaflet

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One of my New Year’s Resolutions will be not to attack the hoover! Hello you gorgeous Furry and Feathered Friends!

I am so excited as it is nearly Christmas and I can’t wait to open all my presents. Although, having said that I am a bit worried at the moment because usually by now I have found the stash of gifts that Mistress hides in places she thinks I will never discover. Last year I found a new ball hidden up her jumper sleeve, a bag of treats in her Cornflakes box and a new squeaky Piggy Toy in one of her welly boots. I have even looked in the toilet cistern but nothing! Of course, this is very naughty of me but Little Mistress does the same as me and I just follow her lead. I think Mistress has got wise to us searching for our presents and found somewhere super clever to hide them this year! A big thank you to the lovely Peta at CI Dog Food ( for yet another delivery of my grain free food from the Tickety Boo Range but especially for my STOCKING!!!!! Mistress has given me strict instructions not to open it until Christmas Morning. To help me contain myself from having a peep, Peta has included this adorable toy to keep me amused in the meantime. See me here having fun with it. It is a Hoot! One of my New Year’s Resolutions will be not to attack the hoover! The other day I got particularly aggressive with it while Mistress was hoovering and I bashed my nose on it. Now it is sore and red and hurts a bit. I am hoping it will feel better soon otherwise it will be a trip to the vets. In 2022 I am going to try and be kinder to everyone but especially to the wee sausage dog I growl at in the park and to do my poos all in one spot instead of spreading them about. I think if I stand still to do my

My new toy! toilet instead of continuing to walk on the job this should do the trick. Other than that I will be kinder and more thoughtful to Mistress and when she is weary lick her big toes more often. I hope you all have a Wonderful Christmas Time.

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Dear Readers It’s nearly Christmas and I can’t wait to see my family and friends and have a break after working so hard this year. The lights are up in our village and it looks so pretty! All I want is snow now but I know that isn’t everyone’s dream. But wherever you are over the festive season and whatever your wishes I hope that they come true. A huge thank you to all of you who read Rescue and Animal Care and I hope that you enjoy our Winter issue! Thanks also to our lovely advertisers, our designer Vicki, editorial contributors and our website and social media team. We will be back in 2022 and wish you and your pets a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year!


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Former stray Caffrey looking for best birthday present a rescue dog could wish for – a new home to call his own Dogs Trust West London is appealing for a new home for a former stray dog who’d love a family to call his own in time for his birthday.


affrey was found in March and transferred to Dogs Trust from another animal welfare organisation, where he’s being cared for by the centre’s Canine Carers. Dogs Trust West London Rehoming Centre Manager Richard Moore said: “Thanks to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery whose support helps to fund our wonderful Canine Carers, Caffrey has everything he needs whilst he’s with us. “However, he’s coming up to his second birthday and we’d love to get him the best birthday present a rescue


dog could wish for – a home to call his own. “The gentle boy – who'll be two in December - loves nothing more than sitting on your knee, despite his size! He’s an Old English Mastiff so he’s a big boy. “He adores people and would love a home where he can be the centre of attention, due to which he would like to be the only dog in the home. “Caffrey needs a home where he is able to stay downstairs, or where the home is all on the ground floor, as he can't climb stairs due to his hips. He will need his own private and secure


garden too. He could live with children aged 16 and over. “Caffrey has been working really hard recently on making new dog friends and a home where he can have some calm walking buddies after successful introductions would be perfect for him.” n If you think you could give Caffrey what he is looking for, or would like to help Dogs Trust change the tale for any of the dogs waiting for their forever homes, you can find out more at

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15 tips to keep animals safe in the cold As temperatures plummet and with snow forecast, the RSPCA issues its top tips to keep pets, livestock and wildlife happy and healthy this winter


t’s not clear whether we’ll get a white Christmas but with temperatures plummeting, now is the time to take simple steps to keep our pets and wildlife safe this winter. With temperatures dropping below freezing and winter’s first frosts and snows forecast across the country, the RSPCA is urging people to do their bit to help animals. RSPCA pet welfare specialist Dr Sam Gaines said: “It’s really important we help our animal friends get through the chilly weather and we’ve got lots of helpful advice and tips available for people to make sure their own pets, and local wildlife, are kept safe.” Adam Grogan, head of wildlife at the RSPCA, said: “As the weather turns colder it is important to think about how we can ‘join the winter rescue’ and help our animal friends. A few little changes to your everyday routine can really make a difference to animals. For example, a little bit of extra food left out for a hungry bird may be the help it needs to last through a spate of frosty weather.”



Here are our top tips: 1. Keep a close eye on outdoor pets like rabbits and guinea pigs; if the temperature starts to drop below freezing, you may wish to move your bunny inside. We recommend guinea pigs are housed indoors when temperatures are below 15OC. If you do bring your pets indoors, they still need plenty of time and room to exercise safely. If you have to leave them outside, provide them with lots of extra bedding and make sure their home is protected from adverse weather with insulating but ventilating covers. Hutches should be in a sheltered position, with a sloped roof and should be raised off the ground at least 4ins. 2. Ensure cats have constant access to the house or to a warm, indoor area such as an outbuilding or barn. You should also ensure the cat’s bedding or sleeping area is warm, dry and away from any draughts.

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With temperatures dropping below freezing and winter’s first frosts and snows forecast across the country, the RSPCA is urging people to do their bit to help animals.

10. If you have a fish pond, check it every day to make sure the surface is not entirely frozen as poisonous gases can build up under the ice. Don’t break the ice as this can harm the fish, but carefully place a saucepan of hot water on the surface to gently melt a hole in the ice. Never tip boiling water straight onto the pond either, as this can also harm or kill any fish living there. And never try to use antifreeze or salt to thaw frozen ponds or birdbaths. 11. Horses and livestock need extra care in the winter, such as adequate shelter to escape bad weather, extra feed as grass can be sparse, and regular checks on water troughs to keep them clear of ice. Give added protection with a waterproof rug, ensure they have access to dry standing areas, and check hooves regularly for loose shoes or signs of problems such as mud fever. Farmers and smallholders should give extra consideration to young animals and whether they need extra protection from the cold weather. 3. Antifreeze and rock salt can be poisonous to pets so keep any stored products out of their reach. If you’re concerned your pet may have ingested anything they shouldn’t, please speak to your vet immediately. 4. If you have a pet who gets wet or cold, rub them dry with a towel and make sure they have plenty of warm bedding. 5. If you have an elderly or sickly dog, you can buy a special coat or jumper to keep them warm when you’re out walking. Make sure your dog can still behave normally, for example, go to the toilet easily and that it is a good and comfortable fit. 6. When walking your dog in the dark or riding your horse, wear reflective clothing and think about reflective protection for your pet too! 7. Keep your pet dog away from frozen ponds, lakes or rivers which can pose a danger, and make sure their paws don’t get impacted with snow. 8. If you keep pet birds in aviaries, coops, or runs, then you should also protect them from the cold weather. Provide plenty of additional dry, warm bedding such as straw and cover enclosures to keep the wind and rain out. Birds will eat more to keep warm in cold conditions so ensure the birds always have access to plenty of food and fresh water, ensuring water does not freeze over. 9. Never house animals, including birds, in greenhouses and take caution if housing them in conservatories.

12. Wildlife may need an extra helping hand during tough, winter conditions. Birds can struggle to find food during the winter months so, to help them stay strong over this period, householders can leave out extra food for them (like suitable seeds and grains such as oats and sunflower seeds; cooked pasta or rice; boiled potatoes, cheese, or uncooked unsalted bacon rind; raisins and sultanas; net-free fat or suet balls; apples, pears and soft fruits; insects such as mealworms or waxworms). 13. Keep bird baths free of ice, leave out bowls of clean water, and keep feeders clean. 14. Carefully check any wood or leaf piles for wild animals such as hedgehogs, frogs and mice before lighting any fires or bonfires. If you find wild animals in hibernation, be sure to leave them be. 15. We don’t advise keeping dogs outside in any weather. Meeting the needs of dogs when they’re kept outside is very hard - and more so in very low temperatures. Owners should make sure their dogs have a clean, comfortable and dry sleeping area with a safe heat source so the temperature does not drop below 10OC.” If you see an animal outside in the cold that looks like it is suffering, take a note of the location, the time and date, and call our emergency line 0300 1234 999. n To Join the Christmas Rescue and help our rescuers be there for the animals in need this winter, please visit RESCUE AND ANIMAL CARE 5 DECEMBER 2021 – 29 JANUARY 2022


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Dogmatic Wins ‘Product I can’t live without’ Award for a record NINTH time!!! A huge THANK YOU to all our Dogmatic Customers who voted for us!


ogmatic are extremely proud to announce that they are Winners of the ‘Product I can’t live without’ category of the Your Dog Magazine Product Awards 2022. This is a wonderful achievement for Dogmatic to become the first Company to win such an amazing accolade for the ninth time in a category that spans the pet product market. Thank you so much to all of you


for taking the time to vote for us and for this wonderful win!! It really does mean a great deal to us. We are delighted to hear how much the Dogmatic Headcollar has helped owners and their dogs and it is their ‘must have’ product. Telephone: 01952 245330


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Molly before

Molly now

Neglected elderly dog abandoned days before Christmas makes incredible transformation Ten-year-old Molly-Moo has finally found happiness with her new best friend An elderly dog had almost given up on life when she was abandoned on the cold streets of Birmingham just days before Christmas.


en-year-old German Shepherd cross mastiff was in a pitiful state when she was found wandering in Harborne on 20 December last year. West Midlands Police found her and managed to catch her and take her to the RSPCA. Inspector Stephen Lee, who launched an investigation, said: “Poor Molly-Moo was in such a sorry state and looked so sad; when you looked in her eyes she seemed broken, like she’d given up hope. It was devastating. “Molly was wandering along a busy, dangerous road and I believe she’d been dumped there by someone like rubbish. She was incredibly emaciated with bones protruding and had a bad, untreated skin condition.” Molly was chipped and officers


managed to trace her original owners but it turned out she’d been stolen from their garden six years earlier and they were now unable to take her back. She was taken into the RSPCA’s Birmingham Animal Hospital for treatment and TLC. She was put on a special diet to help her put on weight and vets started to treat her skin condition. She spent six months with the staff rehabilitating and recovering until staff felt she was ready to find a loving new home. It didn’t take long for fabricator welder John Bebbington (55) from Leicester and his wife, Joanne, and 15-year-old stepson, Harry, to spot her photo online and fall in love. John said: “We lost our Staffie after 13


years together and we weren’t really looking for another dog but, one day, we came across Molly-Moo’s photo online and we were all smitten. Her face just looked so sad and her story was heartbreaking. I’m glad she can’t talk because I don’t think I could face hearing what she’s been through. Our previous dog had 13 years of bliss and we felt we wanted to give Molly a good end of life.” The family adopted Molly-Moo in June and said she was initially quite nervous and confused. John said: “There was a lot of anxiety initially; she’d cry and manically look everywhere when we were out and about. I could tell she was anxious and frightened. Her skin was tough and rough like elephant skin, she stank and

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Molly and John

feels like to have a full tummy, a soft healthy coat, and a loving family around her excitedly opening presents together. n To Join the Christmas Rescue and help our rescuers be there for the animals in need this winter, please visit

Molly now


there were chunks of fur coming off all over the house. “It was a hell of an undertaking; we had to bathe her everyday and keep on top of her medication. We had to shampoo her, clean her ears and clean up after her as all of her scabs fell off and her fur came out. There were times when we thought: ‘What have we done?’ But then we remember what someone had done to her and how she deserved a happy and healthy life. “Now, she’s like a totally different dog. Her fur has grown back and her ears have healed; her skin is soft. She’s also much happier in herself. We can let her off the lead and she toddles around the park socialising with other dogs. She’s really turned a corner and is very happy, sweet-natured and well-behaved. “She’s an older girl but it doesn’t stop her bounding around through the grass; it’s an absolute joy to see. She never goes far though; she won’t leave my side. I’ve definitely found a best friend for life; and she has too!” This Christmas will be a far cry from how the old pooch spent her last Christmas, in RSPCA care surrounded by love but still skinny, itchy, frightened and confused. This year, she’ll know what it


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A garden will be required so Tilly can stretch her paws and have have adventures on her own. Available to rehome from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home


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Rex enjoys playing with his toys and will need a regular brush due to his long hair.


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Allergic to Christmas!! After the restrictions associated with Coronavirus, I have no doubt we are all looking forward to celebrating Christmas with family and friends this year. However, if your visitors are allergic to your pets, the visits can turn into a nightmare! Mary Lloyd Incidence of Pet Allergies

It is estimated that around 26% of the population are allergic to pets. Allergic reactions to cats are the most common but the reactions to dogs can be more severe. Contrary to popular opinion, the reactions are not caused by dander but the particles that come from the saliva when the pets clean themselves. These tiny, microscopic particles rapidly become airborne and travel throughout the house. Birds and small furry pets can equally generate the response. 18

The Symptoms & the Solutions

The symptoms include wheezing, sneezing, asthma, eczema and hives. In severe cases, allergic patients may even end up in A&E with severe asthma. Bio-Life developed a pet cleanser called PetalCleanse over 20 years ago. The then revolutionary product has since been proven to be over 97% effective and is Allergy UK approved. PetalCleanse is a negatively charged lotion that encapsulates the positively charged allergens on the coat before they become airborne. To complete the package, Bio-Life also manufacture AirCleanse which removes the allergen particles


from the air and HomeCleanse which is sprayed on beds and soft furnishings. AirCleanse is especially useful if your guests are simply coming for drinks or dinner. The products have the additional advantage that they also remove dustmite allergen particles and other pollutants in the air. Hopefully, these products will help you have a wonderfully festive Christmas and New Year. Meanwhile, the very best wishes from everyone at Bio-Life!!! n For further help or advice, visit Photo image: ©Adobe Stock

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Neglected Lurcher pups thrown from car in London Playful three-month-olds Wendy and Wilson being cared for by Dogs Trust Two Lurcher puppies who are visually and hearing impaired are being cared for by Dogs Trust after being neglected and reportedly thrown from the window of a car.


endy (above) and Wilson (above) were brought into Dogs Trust West London Rehoming Centre by a witness to the incident close to the centre last month. The pair, who are believed to be siblings, were both severely dehydrated and underweight when they were found. They are now being looked after by the centre’s ‘Home from Home’ foster carers who are giving them all the TLC they need. Dogs Trust West London Rehoming Centre Manager Richard Moore said: “This is one of those incidents so shocking you can barely believe anyone would do such a thing to two defenseless pups, who in addition to being extremely small and poorly also have reduced sight and hearing. “These puppies were reportedly 20

thrown from a car window and rescued by a witness who saw what happened. “They brought them straight to us here at the centre where we had them immediately checked over by a vet who found that, luckily, they weren’t seriously injured. However, they were in very poor condition from being dehydrated and severely underweight. They were taken to the overnight vets for rehydration and further veterinary care. It was also discovered that the puppies had been born with a congenital abnormality leading to each of them having a hearing or visual impairment.” The puppies are thought to be three months old. Fortunately, their visual and hearing impairments haven’t stopped them having a zest for life and developing into very playful puppies who are now looking for understanding and dedicated forever homes, suitable to their needs.


They are looking for homes with family members aged 10 and over. Enclosed gardens of their own are essential, and they ideally need to live with another calm dog who could show them the way. If you think you might be a match for Wendy or Wilson please check out their profiles on the Dogs Trust West London website and click on the ‘Rehoming Me Starts Here’ button. n If you are struggling to cope with looking after your dog, for whatever reason, contact Dogs Trust on 0300 303 2188. Alternatively, please give what you can to help Dogs Trust change the tale for dogs like Wendy and Wilson who haven’t yet found their forever home by visiting

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Cats and children Cats are a great addition to the family. Find out more about what you can do to ensure cats and children get along.


ats are wonderful companions for children young and old. Not only are they a great influence, teaching empathy, compassion and responsibility, but also some cats will strike a particular bond with a child. Deciding to welcome a new pet into your home is a big decision, which is why we’ve created this article to helping kids and cats get along. Whether you’re thinking about adopting a cat or you want to teach your child to care for animals, we’ve covered topics such as choosing the right cats for children, selecting the best cats for toddlers, or what to do if a cat is scared of a child.

The benefits of adopting a cat when you have children

Growing up with a pet is a hugely rewarding experience for many children. Quite often, children prefer to talk to their pets rather than other humans and kids and cats can quickly become best friends. If you’re considering adopting a cat, you need to think about choosing the right kind of cat for the child’s age, your lifestyle, and the cat’s own needs. You should bear in mind that every cat is unique and has their own likes, dislikes and personality. For example, a timid cat might not be happy in a loud, busy environment. It could make them feel stressed, upset and appear aggressive if they feel threatened, or even start to hide more. 22


Adopting a cat with young children

It’s definitely possible to adopt a cat with young children at home, although it will require extra consideration as balancing the needs of a new pet and small children can be a challenge. As well as selecting the right cat for your home and lifestyle, you should also consider the age of the cat you’re interested in adopting. It can be tempting to pick a kitten, but kittens and children aren’t always the best mix. Kittens need training, lots of care, and are still learning how to use their claws which makes them more likely to play rough. They’re also not the best cats for toddlers. Young children can be loud and unpredictable, and they don’t yet understand that fluffy little kittens are not soft toys. Instead, you might prefer to choose a slightly older, calmer cat who can better tolerate young children at home. Watch our helpful video to see some important dos and don’ts when adopting a cat with young children. You can also read heart-warming success stories of kids and cats living together, from real owners, here

How to settle your cat into your home

First impressions count, so take your time when welcoming a

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new cat into your home. Here’s a few things you can do to make the transition go smoothly and help your kids and cats get along. Cats and kittens need predictability, consistency and choice. • Bring home something familiar – If you can, take some of your new cat’s bedding home, as a familiar scent can help them feel more secure • Create a sanctuary in your home – Start slow by keeping your new cat in a separate room with the door closed, with everything they need in one place to allow them to adjust slowly at their own pace • Consider using pheromones – A Feliway diffuser can be helpful in creating a secure environment for cats so it’s useful to have one in the sanctuary room such as FELIWAY® Optimum or FELIWAY® Classic • Share your smell – Give them a piece of your clothing to help them get used to your smell • Give them space – One of the best things you can do is give your cat time and space, let them explore in their own time and approach you when they feel comfortable. Cats need to get used to their sanctuary room first before meeting any family members It is normal for new cats to feel stressed by the change of being in a new home and it may take some time for them to settle. Refusing to interact, eating less, scratching and spraying are all signs of stress. Be patient with your new pet and if you’re struggling, get in touch with your vet or the Cats Protection team.

Creating a safe space for your cat

No matter how confident and energetic your cat may be, all cats need peaceful spaces to eat, sleep and get some much-needed rest. Your cat should have a safe space, ideally in a quiet part of your home, to go to when they need some time alone. Your cat’s bed and food should be placed away from the busy communal areas of your home, such as the living room or the hallway. If you have very young children who don’t yet understand how important it is for your cat to rest, you could install a baby gate to create a ‘child-free’ space and prevent children wandering in. It’s a good idea to keep your cat’s litterbox somewhere out of the way. This provides a safe space for your cat to use the bathroom, preventing accidents, as well as stopping children from messing with the contents of the tray, which could make them ill. Cats love having access to high areas, as it allows them to observe family life but create much-needed space. Adding furniture such as tall cat trees, or even cat shelves, is not just a great place to rest, it also provides your cat a place to sleep far away from grabby hands. Cat shelves in particular can be used effectively to create little cat highways on the wall. This could help them to get from one room to another for example, without having to walk on the floor, and is especially useful in busy areas. Ensure that any high places are easy for your cat to get down from as cats are better at climbing up than they are at getting down! n For more information visit Photo image: ©Adobe Stock

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Cats Protection welcomes debates on pet travel to make sure cats are not left behind The UK’s largest cat charity has welcomed two parliamentary debates which will raise concerns that cats are being left behind in changes to laws around pet travel.


ats Protection says proposals in a Government consultation on the movement of pets into Great Britain would fail to protect cats and kittens in the same way as puppies and dogs. The Government consultation, which closed in October, contained important proposed changes to dog travel – including increasing the minimum age they can travel and banning the movement of heavily pregnant dogs – but fails to extend the same protections to cats. Cats Protection is now calling on the Government to increase the minimum age that cats can travel into Great Britain from 15 weeks to six months, ban the movement into the UK of pregnant cats in their last 42 days of gestation and ban the importation of cats which have been de-clawed. With Cats Protection’s Cats and Their Stats (CATS) report 2021 estimating that 70,000 cats acquired between March 2020 and March 2021 were


from an overseas source, the charity says action is needed to prevent kittens and cats being exploited by unscrupulous international traders. Cats Protection’s Head of Advocacy & Government Relations Jacqui Cuff said: “While the Government is looking at changes to improve the welfare of puppies and dogs being brought into the UK, it is not considering the same improvements for cats, which is a huge concern. “We know there has been an increase in the numbers of people looking to buy a kitten, and prices have also gone up. The current laws on importing kittens and cats are far too relaxed and urgently need to be tightened up to prevent a surge in unscrupulous traders importing kittens into Great Britain for onward sale.” Lord Black of Brentwood, who will be raising the issue in an oral question in the House of Lords said: “Over the years I have been an advocate for the welfare of our companion animals. We are a


nation of animal lovers and pets are so important to the lives of many, an important part of the family, and providers of joy and companionship. “There are risks in buying pets online, particularly from sellers based abroad, and the Government’s review of the pet travel provisions presents a real opportunity to clamp down on unscrupulous sellers smuggling pets into Great Britain. While the horrors of puppy smuggling are well publicised, we must not open the door to sellers turning their attention to bringing in kittens to meet the UK market. New pet travel provisions must apply to kittens as well as puppies, both of whom need legal protection.” n Pet travel is due to be discussed in the House of Commons during a general debate on pet travel led by Sheryll Murray MP on Thursday 2 December and during oral questions in the House of Lords on Tuesday 7 December led by Lord Black of Brentwood. Photo image: ©Adobe Stock

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Champion Penthouse

Walk-in Chalet The standard unit you will need for your licenced cattery, also used and approved by leading rescue groups throughout the UK. The fully lined and insulated walk-in sleeping quarter measures 4ft wide x 4ft deep x 6ft high and has a vinyl floor for easy cleaning. Two removable UPVC shelves, a fully adjustable air vent, lockable cat flap and a fully opening window leading to a sunning shelf and ladder, make this a firm favourite with customers and cats alike! A 6ft long exercise area gives your cats plenty of space to explore and relax. A second sunning shelf provides another area to watch the world go by as it is near the front of the pen.

With a fully lined and insulated raised sleeping area, our Penthouses have extra run space underneath. There is a large viewing window in the front door of the sleeping compartment, a white, removable uPVC internal shelf and a fully adjustable air vent. A cat flap leads to sunning shelf one which has a detachable ladder leading down to the exercise run and a second sunning shelf is at the safety porch end. Lift out shutters are fitted to the top half of all exterior walls which, when removed leave just the galvanised mesh allowing your cats to enjoy a truly outdoor experience. If you are having more than one pen, full height sneeze barriers will be fitted between each pen and you will have the choice of solid white or clear acrylic for these. Our Champion range of cat pens come in standard 3ft and 4ft widths

Premier Champion Penthouse Our Premier Champion range of cat pens come in a 3ft or 4ft width and, to the naked eye, look exactly like our standard Champion range. These though, are fitted with a seamless fibreglass module, exclusive to Lindee Lu, in the sleeping compartment offering ultimate hygiene and durability. These pens are perfect for breeders, private cat owners and charity fostering pens, being an absolute necessity if you have elderly or unwell cats or kittens who cannot manage a ladder. The Premier range is also available with an additional downstairs module, so each pen has two sleeping areas, both of which are able to accommodate a panel heater.

CLASSIC HOUSE CAT PENS FOR BREEDERS Our hand made Catteries are manufactured in the UK 4ft Classic House Our Classic House has a full-height walk in sleeping quarter – much the same as our standard 4ft Chalets but these are manufactured for those wanting a single pen which will be installed up against a fence, hedge or boundary wall. The Classic benefits from a full, solid insulated roof and a solid timber back wall providing ultimate protection and ‘classic’ good looks! The sleeping area of the Classic House has an additional opening window to the 4ft Chalet, for added ventilation, which is secured using galvanised mesh when open. Two sunning shelves in the exercise area and two, removable uPVC shelves in the sleeping area give your cat plenty of choice on where to hang out. Our Classic House also benefits from a raised floor throughout, fully covered with vinyl which not only looks very smart but it’s warm underfoot and very easy to clean.

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Helen Jones and Basher

Big boy Basher seeks home for Christmas Gentle giant Basher measures in at almost 6ft tall when he stands up on his back legs and weighs a hefty 60kg!


gentle giant is facing his second Christmas in RSPCA kennels as potential adopters are put off by his size. Two-year-old mastiff Basher weighs 60kg and measures in at almost 6ft tall when he stands up on his hind legs making him taller than lots of the staff looking after him! Basher arrived at The William & Patricia Venton Animal Centre, in Cornwall, in July having spent a number of months at a number of other RSPCA centres looking, but failing, to find a home. Helen Jones, animal centre manager at RSPCA Cornwall, said: “Basher was rescued in January 2020 so has spent almost two years waiting to find his forever home. Now, this lovely lad is facing his second Christmas in kennels and we’re desperate to make all of his Christmas wishes come true and find him the paw-fect home. “He is a big boy but is a true gentle giant. He is a lovely, soppy boy who absolutely adores cuddles and doesn’t always remember his size; especially 26

when he’s trying to sit in your lap! He is such a sweet lad with the most wonderful temperament so we think possible adopters are being put off by his sheer size. “We’re looking for an owner who has experience with large, mastiff types and knows that these dogs can be rather clumsy and messy around the house, and won’t be bothered by all of the slobber! “He has a history of chewing sofas so will need someone who can be around for most of the time, initially, to help him settle in and learn that it’s okay being home alone after spending so long in kennels.” Basher walks nicely on the lead but can be strong and gets over-excited when he sees birds! The centre’s behaviourist is willing to help new owners with Basher as he settles into his new home to ensure he doesn’t end up back in our care. He would be best-suited to an adult-only home where there are no cats and he’ll be the only dog. “Basher is such a wonderful lad who


will be such a fabulous addition to the right family,” Helen added. “It is important that any potential adopters consider what sort of dog - including their size - will suit their lifestyle. “While all dogs are individuals, there are some specific considerations that come with owning dogs that are particularly large. It’s important to do your research before taking on any dog, as well as thinking of the day-to-day care that dog will need. For example, if you’re considering adopting a large dog then you’ll need to think about whether you can afford to feed them and whether your car is big enough to transport them to different places.” You can find out more about Basher online or contact RSPCA Cornwall on To support the work of the RSPCA Cornwall branch, visit the JustGiving page n To Join the Christmas Rescue and help our rescuers be there for the animals in need this winter, please visit

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Dog Grooming Scissors Abbfabb Grooming Scissors Ltd Left Handed 5" Detailing Dog Grooming Scissor This wonderfully light dog grooming shear is great for all small trimmed areas such as feet, ears, small breed faces and around the eyes. £55.00

Abbfabb Grooming Scissors Ltd 7” Rainbow Kissed 40 Herringbone Tooth Blending Scissor With its unique new features of wider thumb rests and herringbone teeth with additional serrated edges, this shear helps the dog groomer to create a wonderfully soft and silky finish on a correctly prepared coat. £95.00

Abbfabb Grooming Scissors Ltd 6.5” Reversible Curved Dog Grooming Scissors This dog grooming shear has been uniquely designed for Asian Fusion style dog grooming with the ultimate benefit this beautiful scissor is flippable. £95.00

Abbfabb Grooming Scissors Ltd Rose Gold 7" Classic Straight Dog Grooming Scissor A great dog grooming scissor for dog groomers at any level of experience. £95.00

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Abbfabb Grooming Scissors Ltd 7” 60 Teeth Reversible Curved Blending Dog Grooming Scissor This curved blending scissor is designed to be used with the curve facing upwards and downwards to help create a soft and silky finish on areas such as the face, feet and over the body where the trim requires a soft finish. £130.00

Calming Pet Pad Luxury padded fur fleece cover. Includes the Pet Remedy 15ml refillable Calming Spray Size: 40cm x 47cm (16″ x 18″) Can also be used with the Pet Remedy Low Voltage Heat Pad. £27.00

Mini Pet Calming Spray Ideal for pets including dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, rodents and birds. Helps calm pet without sedating. Handy to keep in pocket, handbag, or glove compartment. 15ml. £6.50

Luxury bandana with 15ml Pet Remedy Calming Spray In stressful situations, simply spray Pet Remedy a couple of times on bandana. The calming effect will start to help instantly. Lasts up to 4 hours. Sizes available XS, S, M or large. £12.00 Party Season Survival Kit All you need to help keep your pet calm & relaxed during party season! Kit Contains: 1x 15ml Calming Spray Use for localised and immediate effect 1x 60 Day Plug Diffuser Suitable for all pets including birds and reptiles 3x Calming Wipes. Wipe on hands before handling an anxious animal. Wipe around pet’s muzzle, ears, under chin and on chest Carry with you when out and about. £25.00

Battery operated atomiser with 250ml bottle The special Pet Remedy blend of essentials oils works alongside these natural relaxation pathways to help calm the nerves of anxious or stressed pets. £48.00

Pet Remedy Shampoo Naturally derived cleansing and detangling agents in all the right proportions for a deep cleaning, yet gentle wash. £12.00 for 300ml

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Great products for you and your pet


Beanie Hat With Light

This warm and comfortable acrylic beanie hat features a removable LED front light for superior visibility in low light conditions. The rechargeable LED can be charged in a USB port. Available in Black, Navy, Yellow and Orange. £13.50

Hang on the tree Wooden Christmas Decoration. £3.99


d Square Border Collie 2022 Calendar Square Border Collie 2022 Calendar. £9.99


Perfect for the tree Border Collie bauble. £4.15

Perfect for Christmas Day

Leslie Gerry Border Collie Oven Apron. £18.99

Christmas Cards and Gift Wrap

Slimline Diary Slimline Border Collie 2022 Diary. £5.49

Christmas By The Fire

Looking For Santa

Everydog's Got a Bad Sweater

BCT Single Christmas Card. £1.75

BCT Single Christmas Card. £1.75

6 Christmas Cards. £3.60

Hark the Border Collies Sing 6 Christmas Cards. £3.60


Sunrise On The Farm

Sheps Tractor

Comprising of 10 Christmas Cards and Comprising of 10 Christmas Cards and envelopes. £3.99 envelopes. £3.99

Fun in the Snow Comprising of 10 Christmas Cards and envelopes. £3.99

Gift wrap


Xmas Gift Wrapping Paper, 5 sheets and tags. £2.99

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Padded Leather Collars A striking and contemporary twist on the classic leather collar Modern Groove

Towelling coats Originally designed as drying coats for our own hard-working Labradors, these coats dry your dog quickly eliminating the hassle of dealing with a wet dog and help to protect your car/home from your dog! l Choice of 2 shape designs - square or hound l Machine washable at 30 degrees (Dry naturally) l Double velcro chest fastening

From £22.00 Binding Edge Colour

Working Dog Coats Working dogs are tough old cookies but even they need a little TLC! Keep your dog warm between drives/jobs or dry them off and keep them cosy at the end of the day. Our working dog coats are 100% waterproof, wonderfully warm and are made to order with a choice of shape, size and colours. l Towelling lining l Machine washable at 30 degrees (Dry naturally) l Choice of 2 shape designs - square or hound

From £34.00 Binding Edge Colour

Soft Leather Set Our Modern Groove collection of handmade leather dog collars offers a range of stylish colour combos. Vibrant top leathers paired with elegant paddings - giving you functionality but with flair!Each collar is handmade to order with a choice of width, neck size, colours and even fitting type.

From £28.00

Squirrel Proof Peanut Feeder The latest edition to our squirrel proof range. a large, strong and stylish squirrel proof peanut feeder that can hold 300g of Peanuts. The feeder features a robust and easy lift lid, alongside bird friendly perches and an angled based to support the easy flow of seed. From £23.50 Visit

NGS Colloidal Silver for Pets Powerspray This potent 20ppm trigger spray covers large areas quickly and easily. It assists in neutralising a wide range of bacterial, fungal and microbial issues. 250 ml £17.95 Visit

Groovy Fish Droll Yankee Ring Pull Niger Feeder The Droll Yankee ring pull niger feeder is specifically designed to dispense Niger seed. Perfect for feeding Gold Finches and Green Finches. From £19.45 Visit

Motion-activated dancing fish. Thanks to its highly sensitive motion sensor, the Catit Groovy Fish will spring to life when pushed by your cat’s paw. The toy will automatically enter standby mode when playtime is over. Cute and cuddly fish toy to entertain your cat. High-quality fabric cover with refillable catnip pocket. Rechargeable battery. Includes USB cable and 2 catnip bags. £16.99 Visit

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We are dedicated to the welfare and rescue of Greyhounds Santa Christmas Collar

Christmas Martingale collar with a cute Santa design in Beige made from canvas fabric. 2″ wide collar, fully adjustable to fit greyhounds with neck sizes 13″ to 18″. £12.00 plus p&p

Choose from Black, White, Fawn and Grey

Christmas Design Mug A lovely Christmas design mug that comes in its own gift box. Dishwasher and microwave safe. Size approx. 10 x 7 cms. £9.00 plus p&p

Greyhound Christmas Stocking Greyhound Christmas Stockings made exclusively for GIN by Judy Zatonski. Cute design, perfect for all those pressies. Each one is unique, made from felt with a button eye, hanging loop, ribbon trim and a Christmas charm. Designs vary. Length approx. 60cms. £12.00 plus p&p

GIN Christmas Card 2021 Greyhounds in Need Calendar 2022 Each month has a picture of one of our rescue dogs. Size approx. 12″ x 8½”. £8.00 plus p&p

Greyhound Black Nylon Mac with hooded neckline – Tartan Lining

Christmas Bookmark Greyhounds in Need Christmas Bookmark produced from a portrait kindly donated to GIN by Kay Sparkes. £1.00 plus p&p

Greyhounds in Need Christmas cards 2021 Published exclusively for GIN. Each pack contains 8 cards with envelopes. Size approx. 8″ x 5″. The greeting inside each card reads: ” With Best Wishes for Christmas and the New Year “ £5.00 plus p&p

Nylon Mac (hooded neckline only) made exclusively for GIN. Tartan viscose lining and neck. Tie fastening. Available in black. Tartan lining and trim may vary. Available in sizes 26″ and 30”. £15.00 plus p&p

Coloured Paws design Fleece coat Keep your greyhound or galgo warm with this lovely handmade fleece coat, complete with a snood collar and Velcro fastenings. Ideal for those dry chilly mornings. £17.00 plus p&p

Cartoon Christmas Card Christmas Card featuring our cartoon galgos. Greeting inside card reads ” Merry Christmas” Size approx. 8″ x 6″. £1.00 plus p&p

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It costs less than half a cup of coffee to feed your Dog Salters Pet Food every day

'Early Bird' Stocking Offer our too-good-to miss 'early bird' Christmas Doggy Stockings! As usual they're packed with over £30 of goodies to make your dog's Christmas extra special. Only orders over £30, received before 15th December are eligible for this fab deal & it's limited to two stockings per order at the deal price. Stocking for small dogs £13.99 Stocking for medium dogs £14.99 Stocking for large dogs £15.99 Addtional stockings can be bought for 19.99. Visit

FabricCleanse Natural anti-allergen laundry and carpet cleaning additive that removes the dustmite, pet, pollen allergens and mould from your clothes and floor coverings to prevent irritations of the eye, nose, throat, chest and skin. £14.50

AirCleanse® Anti-allergen room spray that removes pollen, dustmite and pet allergens as well as mould spores that cause hayfever, sneezing, wheezing, asthma, eczema and hives. £12.95

MediCleanse® Dog Shampoo Medicated shampoo for dogs. Antimicrobial and chemical friendly shampoo for the treatment and prevention of problem skin conditions. £12.20

MediCleanse® Paw and Patch Gel Antimicrobial and chemical friendly gel for the treatment of sore paws and sore spots. £12.00

TO SUIT ALL YOUR DOGS’ NEEDS Customisable Whelping boxes. Any colour, Lightweight, Robust, Come pre-assembled, Easy to clean and maintain. Visit

Vitabiotics SuperDog Health & Vitality Contains a complex blend of 25 essential nutrients to promote the overall health and wellbeing of your dog, whatever their size or breed. Available in delicious, braised beef flavour that your dog will love. RRP £12.95

Vitabiotics SuperDog Joints & Bones Pet supplements contain a unique all-in-one combination of joint health ingredients as well as 22 essential nutrients to promote overall wellbeing, help maintain flexibility and keep your dog active. Available in delicious, braised beef flavour that your dog will love. RRP £18.95

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Hay Expert

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Small Animal Milk Beaphar Small Animal Milk is a complete milk replacement feed for newborn and orphaned rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, mice, rats, gerbils, hamsters, degus, and hedgehogs weighing more than 50g. It has been specially formulated to ensure low lactose levels of just 1.1% and a high fat content to closely resemble their mother’s natural milk. The recipe contains high-quality, easily digestible proteins, and added vitamins, minerals and trace elements, including Vitamin C, iron, zinc and calcium, to support optimum growth and development. £13.49

DualCare This Burgess Excel DualCare is a complementary feed for recuperating rabbits and guinea pigs and it can be fed as a pellet/nugget alongside hay, or fed as a syringe feed in times of inappetence or illness. DualCare contains all the necessary vitamins and minerals needed to meet the nutritional requirements of rabbits and guinea pigs, including protected vitamin C. Available per sachet or by box of 10 sachets. £2.39

The Hay Experts Special 1st Cut Timothy Hay The Hay Experts Special 1st cut timothy hay is rapid dried to lock in nutrition and aroma, and is a lovely mix of leaf and stem for all-round yumminess. A great source of fibre for both digestion and dental wear - and just perfect for those who like a bit of everything! £12.99

Versele Laga Sensitive Rabbit Complete Food This is an easily digestible all-in-one pellet for sensitive rabbits. Grain-free with naturally long fibres to help prevent hairballs and obesity. The optimal calcium content and cranberry extract helps to maintain a healthy urinary tract too. Developed by veterinarians. £2.29

The Hay Experts Green Wheat Forage Hay Green Wheat Forage hay is a wonderfully tasty and chunky mix of thick stalk, broad leaves and lovely seed heads. In addition, our drying process ensures all the goodness, aroma and deep rich green colour is locked in to give your little ones the very best. This hay is great for all-round variety, for adding in with other hays for additional foraging fun, or added as a tasty topper to pellets or vegetables. Or just fed 'solo' as a yummy bowl of natural goodness! £12.49

Feast of Forage for Guinea Pigs The Hay Experts Feast of Forage for Guinea Pigs is a wonderful blend of the tastiest and yummiest herbs, flowers, leaves and gnaws all in a bumper 1kg bag for your little ones to enjoy, and at great value for you too! This Guinea Pig Feast of Forage has been blended to be especially enjoyed by guinea pigs, though rabbits and others will be sure to enjoy it too. It includes piggie favourites such as plantain and dandelion, as well as strawberry leaf, coneflower, flat leaf parsley, beetroot and jerusalem artichoke amongst lots of other tasty leaves and nibbles. £23.99

Linden Leaf (The Hay Experts) Linden Leaf is enjoyed by rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas and other small animals. It is just perfect for feeding as part of a natural diet, as a treat or added as extra tastiness to hay for added foraging fun! Linden Leaf is excellent at helping to support normal digestive function, and is reputed to be calming, and have anti-inflammatory properties too. It is rich in antioxidants, and is also high in fibre! £3.49

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Labrador Retriever Dog rescue charity UK Everyday Labrador Bag Would make a great gift for any dog lover or Black Labrador owner. £20.00

gift tags 4 10 Gift tags. Pack contains 5 of each design. Ideal for that extra special present at Christmas. £3.00

Donation £10 If you would like to make a donation to help us in our work we would be very grateful and so would our dogs. £10.00

LED poCKEt torCh

3 of the Best Xmas Card 10 cards with envelopes. Has our logo and details printed inside cover. Taken from the painting by John Trickett. £6.50

These little torches emit a very bright led light. £3.50

2022 Friends of LLt Desk Calendar Square photo desk calendar, 20cm x 20cm depicting friends rescue dogs, taken from the Group page on Facebook. £6.50

Mixed dog Christmas stickers Pack of assorted Christmas Stickers Just the thing to finish that gift off and make it special. £2.00

SiLiCon CoLLar Light

The nights will be drawing in soon and you need to be safe and be seen with your dog. These tags are ideal and give a bright light which can be seen for up to half a mile. £3.75

First Flush Xmas Card 10 cards with envelopes bearing our logo and details on inside cover. £6.50

Xmas Card – Christmas Dinner

Exclusive to Labrador Lifeline Trust the latest in the series by Alison Lingley of Alison’s’ Animals, Pack of 10 cards with envelopes. A5 size. £6.50

Kong Wild Knots Bird Hours of fun with this toy which has rope inside to make it tougher. Four designs available. £10.00

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For All Horse Lovers! HorseWorld Eco Jute Bag

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This is our HorseWorld Branded, Eco Jute Bag. These sturdy shopping bags come in either blue or purple and are very helpful when you need to do a big shop. From £5.00. Visit

Ideal s a Christm gift! Pom Pom Hat & Gloves Set Heather

Hillside ‘Winter Wonderland’ Christmas cards

This beautiful set is made up of a matching cable knit Pom Pom hat and fingerless gloves. Acrylic outer, polyester lining. £18.00. Visit

A bumper box of 30 assorted Hillside Christmas Cards. Five each of six designs, with envelopes Greeting inside cards reads 'Christmas Wishes' Cards 5.5" square. £11.95. Visit

Horse In A Handbag These fun plush handbags contain a 25cm soft horse toy. £10.00. Visit

Diangelo mug Enjoy a cup of your favourite drink in our Diangelo mug. This mug is plastic free and fully recyclable at the end of its life. £5.99. Visit

Little Donkey 1,000 piece puzzle

Christmas Cards 10 pack of cards featuring two designs for just £3.95. Inside message reads: With Best Wishes for Christmas and the New Year. Each pack sold contributes to the care of over 100 horses, ponies and donkeys onsite. Visit

This beautiful puzzle makes for the perfect festive gift this Christmas. £13.00. Visit

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Natural Health products for Animals Fresh Frog Use as part of your daily routine to help keep your horses’ hooves and frogs in great condition. Tea tree is known for its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties making Fresh Frog a great choice for you and your horse. From £8.30

Odor-Kill Wet weather means damp dog walks which means damp dogs and damp dog beds. Use our very popular OdorKill to spray on the beds, mop floors, spray car boots, use indoors and outdoors to freshen areas and leave a pleasant aroma in its place. Dilute 20ml in 1 lt of water, so great value for money. Used by professionals and pet owners or over 30 years. From £6.00

SupaClean Keep your floors, dog bowls, crates, patios, Astro turf clean this winter. This low foaming heavy duty steriliser makes short work of dirt. It’s even safe to use on wild bird feeders, which is even more important to clean in the light of the avian bird flu in the UK. Dilutes 1 in 400 water so very economical. From £10.85

Tranquil Tranquil is a particularly valuable as a dog calming product, especially for hyperactive dogs, as it does not make the animal 'drugged', but rather calms them down without dulling them. From £6.30

StableZone Antibacterial powder With the shorter, colder days, our horses and ponies spend more time stabled, meaning wetter bedding. This antibacterial powder is highly absorbent, sprinkle over or under the bedding, all over or just in areas they tend to urinate in. It helps to keep the bedding drier and fresher for longer. Available in 5kg tubs or 25kg bags. From £25.00

NoBute – The original A liquid Devils claw infusion for your ponies and horses. Joint care the natural way. We make over 400 lt a week of this product, which shows its popularity and the trust in our brand by our customers. Available in 1lt, 2.5lt, 5lt and 20 lt containers to suit all yard sizes. From £16.50

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Hypercoat prime With the heating and fires on in our houses and less time spent outdoors, our pets coats can go drier and become itchy over the winter months. Try our Hyper Coat prime a supplement boasting 87% Omega Oils (Omega 3, 6 & 9) it helps to achieve and maintain a healthy coat.

Defence 7 I think we all know now more than ever the importance of keeping things clean. Defence 7 is a disinfectant for your yard, and animal housing. Defence 7 is on DEFRA list of approved disinfectants. Use to help keep all you yard and bird feeding equipment clean and safe. From £15.05

Wash & Show Wash & Show – a hand sprayable NON rinse shampoo. Perfect in the muddier conditions to clean your dogs without the need to fully bath or soak them after every walk. From £8.65

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Collars & Leads All these products are available from

Leather Dogmatic Headcollar

From £28.99 Cushioned webbing Headcollar

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Now available top quality, buckle collars in a combination of rein web with rubber insert and quality leather. These collars are beautifully made and also have the bonus of matching our Gripper Training Leads. Available in Black/Brass and Brown/Brass.

The soft padded lined webbing is fully wipe-able, therefore, easy to clean. Adjustable with strong clasp fastening. Small: 15 mm x 260-400 mm £15.99 Medium: 20 mm x 350-500 mm £16.99 Large: 25 mm x 480-700 mm £17.99

Padded, Cushioned Webbing Matching range of Training Leads Ideal for training, obedience and general walking. The Training Leads can be used at different lengths, for general walking, lengthened for use in Training (practising recalls etc...), for giving your dog more room to stretch out on a walk, for tethering your dog to a bench etc... or for walking two dogs together. A quality Lead offering multiple uses. Can be wiped clean and very comfortable to hold. Medium: 20 mm x 2000 mm £27.99 Large: 25 mm x 2000 mm £29.99

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End of life, we know it will happen As much as we would prefer to ignore the trauma of an end-of-life situation, we know it will be something we will go through. I wouldn’t recommend that this becomes a regular subject of conversation but some thought and some planning is always a sensible and strangely comforting thing to do.


aybe you will discuss whether to let your pet die naturally at home or taking them to the vet’s clinic for a planned euthanasia? The decisions you make will be personal and based on the health of your pet and their quality of life. My German Shepherd does not like visiting the vet, (luckily she has not had to do it often) but when she does, the anxiety is obvious and distressing, she looses hair becomes nervous and generally stressed. In an on-line survey arranged by Cloud 9 Vets over 90% of respondents would prefer to organise a home euthanasia. This means avoiding potential pain and risk for clinic anxiety, in other words a peaceful, controlled and stressless passing in the safe environment of your own home.

Do’s and don’ts

When this discussion becomes unavoidable, do:

• Talk to your vet practice in good time: there is no 40


advantage pushing things to the last minute. Sadly we have too often seen a situation that the owner appears to be in control of, suddenly turn into a crises, when the situation controls you, it may turn into an emergency, when the peaceful and gentle goodbye becomes a rush to avoid pain and distress. • Discuss pet euthanasia with family or friends: this is a major decision, get everyone on the same page before making that final decision. • Run through a quality of life assessment, do it several times if necessary. • Consider the environment, being at home will reduce stress.


• Don’t be scared of making that call or booking that appointment, when you are facing the inevitable it is comforting to talk to experienced, knowledgeable and compassionate people, who can help and support you.

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• Don’t push things too far, in an end of life situation remember the sentiment that “a week too early is so much better than a day too late”. • Don’t blame yourself, considering euthanasia is something you do as an act of love for your pet, to save them from pain and distress. • Don’t let other people make the decision for you, you know your pet best. • Don’t forget about aftercare, do you want to bury at home? Or perhaps organise an individual cremation with the ashes returned in an urn?

Time is always a factor

When it is time, you will likely know as an owner, after all you know your pet better than anyone else. They often send us subtle signals, maybe they are hiding away, maybe they just look at you in ”that” way, asking for some help if their quality of life is not what they or you would want it to be. Don’t feel guilty, those who contemplate putting their elderly or sick pet to sleep do it through love, nothing else. Make sure you say a proper goodbye before the vet’s appointment, there will also be time after you meet the vet, but you may want those few private moments, before the vet arrives. A gentle-euthanasia needs time, do not be rushed, make sure you can go through the process carefully and calmly, without being hurried or too focused on the clock. Be clear with the vet, how much, or little do you

want to know about the process? Make sure you get the closeness and compassion you and your pet need. Even in times of Corona this should still be possible, ask before, because it is too late afterwards. All of these decisions are personal. Should I order an individual or communal cremation, a burial at home? There is not a “right” decision, just a decision, that is right for you and your family. We don’t talk about end-of-life do we? Well we just did! And planning what to do, in good time, makes the process, gentle and dignified, making sure that you celebrate the wonderful life of your pet rather than just mourn their passing. One of our vets, Charlotte recently said to me, “putting a pet to sleep is such an emotional and sad time but if you plan that process with respect and dignity, their passing can actually be something very special and very loving”. n Amber Synnott, Amber is co-founder, Director and Practice Manager at Cloud 9 Vets visit Photo image: ©Adobe Stock



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Found a stray cat and not sure what to do? Here's a guide what to do with a found cat What do I do if I've found a cat?

Most cats are, by nature, inclined to roam the area surrounding their home. You're likely to come across a stray cat on your travels, although it might be tricky to find out whether it is a stray cat, a feral or is in fact an owned cat with a sense of adventure. So what should you do if you've found a cat?

Five things to do with a found cat

1. Avoid feeding it unless it is particularly underweight - this will only encourage the cat to come back, even if it has an owner! 2. Call your local animal shelter or organisation - find your local Cats Protection 3. List the cat on your local community Facebook page or put up posters 4. Report abandoned or pets to the RSPCA 5. If the cat doesn't have an owner, contact your local Cats Protection and we'll find the cat a home

How do I know if the cat is feral, stray or an owned cat?

Before you do anything, it is important to think about whether the cat you've found is a stray, a feral or an owned cat. If they appear well-groomed and is a healthy weight, they may have an owner nearby. Ferals behave like wild animals and won't come close, even 42


with encouragement. Stray cats might look lost and disorientated, but may be friendly if given time. Check out our visual guide for more tips on how to identify the cat you have found.

What to do if you find a pregnant cat

Think you’ve found a pregnant cat or a cat with kittens and wondering what to do next? Follow our step-by-step guide. • Check the cat’s tummy, carefully and without startling them (or touching their tummy) – if the mammary glands appear more prominent, the cat may be still nursing her young • Take the cat to the vet by safely wrapping them in a blanket or putting them in a cardboard box. The vet will be able to scan for a microchip, which is vital in locating an owner and may also lead to finding the location of any kittens • If safe to do so, go back to the area where the cat was found and have a look around the area for any signs of kittens. Check under bushes and shrubs, and listen out for their cries • If you’re unsuccessful in locating an owner and kittens, you might want to put up posters locally and post on social media letting people know that there may be a litter of kittens somewhere. In the post, remind people to check their gardens and any outbuildings, as well as asking the owner to get in contact

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Keeping the cat safe

If the found cat is friendly, you might be able to check for an identification tag - if it belongs to someone, give them a call and let them know. You can take the cat to your nearest vet to scan for a microchip, or call your local Cats Protection branch for help. It is also a good idea to advertise the cat you've found using flyers or social media sites, or use our paper collars. If you have no luck in finding the owner, contact Cats Protection's National Information Line on 03000 12 12 12 for more advice. Every year, we reunite many lost cats with their loving families. Would you like to help us continue to do this? Would you consider sponsoring a cat or making a donation?

Printable paper collars for cats

If you've found a cat and you're unsure as to whether it has an owner, use our handy paper collars. Here's what to do: • Print out the template here found_collar_print_out_aw.pdf • Write your contact telephone number in the space provided and cut out one collar • Ensure the fitted collar allows for two fingers to be placed between the collar and cat's neck, to make sure the cat isn't harmed • If you get no response from the owner, call your local Cats Protection branch. You can find your local branch by typing in your postcode in our Find us page RESCUE AND ANIMAL CARE 5 DECEMBER 2021 – 29 JANUARY 2022


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National Robin Day 2021: Celebrate and support Britain’s favourite songbird through the cold winter! • A celebration of robins - Britain’s beloved species - from 1st - 21st Dec • Campaign mascot, Ruby Robin, champions her species and other small birds • Learn about the issues birds face to survive the winter, and how to help, especially in small gardens or urban spaces “Everyone loves the Robin for its symbolic connections with the festive season, but these birds are not just for Christmas - many songbird species need our help. With their habitats lost to humans, we must support them through the cruellest months.” -


Susan Morgan, CEO, SongBird Survival

st December 2021 [LONDON] Amid plummeting temperatures nationwide, the #NationalRobinDay Campaign launches to raise awareness of the challenges our birds and wildlife face each winter, culminating on National Robin Day: 21st December. The campaign informs the public how to help, regardless of their age, or how big their outdoor space is. With habitats being lost to urbanisation, and other threats at play, songbirds increasingly depend on humans to make the harsh winter months easier by providing food, water and shelter. Smaller birds are particularly prone to physical stresses: a robin can lose up to 10% of its body fat in one cold night. 44

While the British public spots robins on balconies, gardens, and local parks, they should know how tough the winter months are for nature. Indeed, songbird populations have declined by 50% in 50 years*, a fact that is underlined by the independent charity behind the campaign - SongBird Survival - which raises funds for top quality scientific research into this alarming decline, and how to mitigate it. *The 50% decline refers to all songbird species: some have declined by up to 90%, whilst others have increased. HOW TO HELP OUR BELOVED ROBINS SURVIVE AND THRIVE THIS WINTER The SongBird Survival website lists out how to help, and the campaign will teach the public how to keep Ruby


Robin and her friends in tip-top condition, so they have the best possible start to the breeding season. For instance by providing:1. Natural food sources that are clean, and sited in safe locations 2. Shelter 3. Clean water 4. High-quality supplementary food 5. Nesting sites 6. Protection from cats and other predators 7. Good hygiene of feeders, bird baths and nest boxes 8. Vertical growing climbers eg. Clematis montana 9. Plant insect attracting plants 10. Ice and snow-free space Visit

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All donkeys had painful overgrown hooves. Photo credit: The Donkey Sanctuary Puzzle, Wizard and Quiz at the time of rescue Photo credit: The Donkey Sanctuary

Yorkshire donkey with overgrown and twisted hooves is rescued A donkey, whose hooves were so overgrown they had twisted, is now on his journey to recovery, thanks to international animal welfare charity, The Donkey Sanctuary.


ollowing a call from a concerned member of the public in March 2021, Donkey Welfare Adviser Adele Crompton arrived at an address near Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, where she discovered the nine-year-old donkey called Puzzle, suffering with extremely overgrown hooves. Puzzle lived with two other donkeys named Quiz and Wizard, who were also suffering from long overgrown hooves. They were living in a muddy paddock, surrounded by broken fencing and barbed wire. The neglected donkeys were cold and wet due to the lack of adequate shelter, and the Donkey Welfare Adviser could see that they all need urgent veterinary and farriery care. Adele Crompton said: “The first thing I noticed was the state of Puzzle’s feet. I could not believe how he was moving around with such overgrown and twisted hooves. “They had grown so long, especially his hind feet. I noticed when he was moving, he was walking on the backs of his heels. “Quiz and Wizard’s hooves were also in poor condition. Wizard had a big chunk of her hoof missing and the hoof looked deformed. “Quiz’s front feet were starting to twist inwards, and he appeared to be in discomfort when standing. “I knew we needed to intervene quickly to get the donkeys the pain relief and treatment they so desperately needed.”



It was clear that the donkeys, had been suffering for some time for their feet to be so overgrown and that all three needed urgent veterinary and farriery treatment. Donkeys require regular farrier care to ensure their hooves are kept in good condition. They also need access to adequate shelter to protect them from the elements, as their coats are not water resistant, like those of horses. Once Adele had assessed the health and welfare of each donkey from outside their paddock, she enlisted the help of the RSPCA to make contact with their owner. The Covid-19 pandemic had affected the owner’s circumstances, and other priorities meant they had only been able to only provide the donkeys with food and water. It was agreed that it was in the best interest of the animals to relinquish them into the care of The Donkey Sanctuary. The donkeys were transported to one of the charity’s holding bases, where they were provided with a warm, dry shelter, nutritious food and much-needed veterinary and farriery attention. Adele Crompton said: “Despite all they had been through, two-year-olds Quiz and Wizard were still so trusting and friendly, whereas Puzzle was a little nervous.” “This case underlines the importance of seeking help as early as possible. This would have prevented the donkeys’ suffering and helped us be there to provide advice, promote

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Wizard, Quiz and Puzzle on road to recovery. Puzzle (skewbald), Wizard (white) and Quiz (brown). Photo credit: The Donkey Sanctuary

the importance of good welfare and look into potential solutions.” The charity has a team of Donkey Welfare Advisers across the country, who are on hand to provide free guidance to donkey owners and to support donkeys in critical need of help. The donkeys’ condition has since improved, but it will be a long journey until they are fully recovered. A spokesperson for the holding base said: “Puzzle, Quiz and Wizard are doing very well and have become interested in their surroundings and are keen to interact with people. “Since their feet have undergone farriery treatment, their characters are really shining through. Quiz has a heart of gold and is very gentle and patient with the grooms. “All three donkeys certainly seem happier in themselves, and their feet are looking in much better shape. “However, they still have a long way to go. Puzzle’s and Quiz’s hooves were very deformed, so it will take time for them to fully recover. “They are still building confidence around humans, but with a lot of love and care, we are hopeful they will start to trust us more and begin to enjoy life to the fullest.” The three donkeys now have a safe home for life in the care of The Donkey Sanctuary, either in one of its sanctuaries or a private home through its Rehoming Scheme. n The Donkey Sanctuary is a global leader for equine welfare, research and veterinary care. The charity operates programmes worldwide for animals working in agriculture, industry and transportation. Visit

The Pit Pony Sanctuary STAMP APPEAL- Please help us! We would like to appeal for “used postage stamps” Cut/torn off the envelope with ¼” or 1cm of paper showing all around. Also any old stamp albums/ collections. Also used jewellery! Please send to us at the Centre: Fforest Uchaf Horse & Pony Centre & The Pit Pony Sanctuary Penycoedcae, Pontypridd, Mid Glamorgan, Wales CF37 1PS Thank you Visit RESCUE AND ANIMAL CARE 5 DECEMBER 2021 – 29 JANUARY 2022


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Sampson with Redwings vet Nic de Brauwere when he was rescued in 2004

Sampson today

New Redwings animation urges support for rescued ponies this Christmas Redwings Horse Sanctuary has launched its latest fundraising animation, voiced once again by Stephen Fry.

Wiggins (left) now has the friendship of best pal Wacko


ast year, the charity released a short animation narrated by the popular broadcaster telling the story of a long-term Sanctuary resident, blind Clydesdale horse Boo, which went on to be viewed by over 225,000 people online. This year’s animation takes supporters back to the beginnings of Redwings in 1984 and how it has transformed into a national charity caring for more than 1,500 rescued horses and donkeys at its sites every day. Along the way, viewers will meet some of Redwings’ adorable residents who the Sanctuary has rescued and given a loving home to over the years.

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Stars of the animation include Shetland pony Sampson who was rescued in 2004 when he was just one year old, and lonely Wiggins the donkey who was sadly abandoned by his owner on a livery yard leaving the landowner to care for him. All the rescued horses and donkeys featured in the animation are available to sponsor from as little as £2 per month, with every penny going towards their care and that of their fellow fourlegged friends living at the Sanctuary. Lynn Cutress, Redwings’ Chief Executive, said: “For the last 37 years we’ve worked tirelessly to help horses and donkeys in desperate need and, as a charity 100% funded by donations, we’ve only been able to do this thanks to the kind generosity of our supporters.


“We’re delighted that through this new animation we can show just what a difference their support has made to animals, like Sampson and Wiggins, whose lives would otherwise have been very bleak. We’re also thrilled that the wonderful Stephen Fry has once again helped us to tell these important stories. “Sponsoring one of our rescued residents for yourself or as a gift for a loved one is a fantastic way to help us continue to look after the horses and donkeys in our care, ensuring they can enjoy safe and healthy lives this Christmas and into the future.” n To sponsor a Redwings rescued horse or donkey, call 01508 505246 or visit

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Komet with Nicky one of the training team

Owners of needle-shy horses will soon have access to expert advice from the Mare and Foal Sanctuary The Mare and Foal Sanctuary will be launching another of its successful Confident Horse webinars on 8th December. This time the expert team will be looking at how to help a horse or pony with needle shyness.


hen a horse or pony is needle shy it is usually because they are worried about having an injection. Their fear response may be shown through avoidance behaviours such as pulling away, pushing handlers out of the way, rearing or trying to escape. When a horse is needle shy this can be a very stressful and frightening experience for them. The problem often escalates when injections are attempted while they are feeling afraid. The Mare and Foal Sanctuary’s behaviour experts have put together their guide to helping horses who are worried about having injections. Using a real-life example, the team will show you tried and tested methods that will take the fear out of vet visits. The guide is packed with useful and practical tips to

help you work with your horse towards a permanent solution. Anna Haines, Equine Behavioural Lead at the Mare and Foal Sanctuary, explains: “There are many situations where owners simply hope for the best when the time arrives for a veterinary intervention. We have lots of experience of handling unwanted behaviour like this. We’re keen to share our Confident Horse series with as many people as possible so they can benefit from our knowledge. Time and time again we have seen our methods make a real difference. “This training doesn't need to take up lots of your time but can instead just become part of your normal daily routine with your horses. Ensuring that our horses remain calm and relaxed during our training sessions with a focus on

them having a positive, enjoyable experience can help us to create horses who are confident in a variety of different situations.” The Confident Horse series of videos and webinars was launched earlier this year as a way for horse owners around the country to tap into the sanctuary’s wealth of experience and knowledge. To register for the Confident Horse webinar on needle shyness, visit our Eventbrite page. For more information about the Confident Horse series, visit The Confident Horse - Mare and Foal Sanctuary n For more information about the charity or to support the work of the Mare and Foal Sanctuary please visit



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Cavapoo: The perfect addition to families with children

Labrador Retrievers

Find out which dog breed suits you best based on your lifestyle The quiz includes questions about your lifestyle, such as the size of your home, who you live with and how much daily exercise you are able to provide your dog.


hese are all important questions to consider, since some breeds might require more space than others. You will find examples of breeds that could suit your lifestyle below.

1. Cavapoo: The perfect addition to families with children

Cavapoos are social dogs and form strong bonds with their owners and the people around them. They thrive on attention and interaction, tend to be good with children and love being part of a busy household - all of which make them a great family dog. As a smaller breed, the Cavapoos need around an hour a day of exercise, which can be good when you’re busy with children. The quiz gives you this breed if, for example, you have a small space with children and little experience with dogs previously. 50


2. Labrador Retrievers: When you have the time, energy and space to take care of a bigger dog

Labrador Retrievers were bred as working dogs, so they are energetic and very active both in body and mind. So remember that adult Labradors will need at least two hours of exercise per day, including lots of mental stimulation. This loyal breed thrives in the company of its owner and is best suited to households where someone will be around most of the time. You will be advised to choose this breed if you have plenty of space indoor and outdoor, have a lively household and have time for at least 2 hours of walk every day.

3. Dachshund: If you work from an office, this might be the breed for you

The Dachshund is known for being independent and playful,

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Dachshund: If you work from an office, this might be the breed for you.

move about a large home or garden. Knowing where your dog is and what it’s doing is an essential and basic part of caring for a dog throughout its life.

Q: What are the typical things to consider before getting a dog?

but also very loyal. This breed only needs an hour of exercise every day and therefore can be suitable for someone who is often on the go. As a loyal breed, your Dachshund will relish time spent in your company, even in the office and they can be great work companions! They also rarely shed and the short-haired Dachshund requires little brushing. If you have selected that you live in a small space, have time to go out on at least an hour's walk and have time for training a few times a week, then this is the breed for you.

Q&A with Nick Jones and Brian Faulkner We asked two experts, Dr Brian Faulkner, veterinary surgeon and Nick Jones, dog behaviourist and dog expert witness, for some additional information on how to choose the right dog. Q: Why is it important to think about the type of dog to get depending on what type of home you have?

Nick Jones: Even some of the larger breeds can cope in a smaller home, but this will place a greater emphasis upon getting out of the home each day and into open green spaces for exercise and social interaction with other dogs, people and locations within your living area. Practically speaking, a large dog in a small home can have various impacts on simple things like manoeuvring around the dog in tight spaces, through to other practical considerations such as rest locations for the dog as it’s not ideal for a dog bed or dog crate to occupy half a living room. Another example that comes to mind (regardless of its size) is keeping a dog in a flat, with multiple stairs to navigate on each toilet break and indeed where you are going to take the dog to the toilet every hour or more. Larger homes present their own unique set of problems, such as being able to keep an eye on a dog that is able to

Brian Faulkner: When people are considering getting a dog it is important to do some homework. The three main considerations are space, time and finances. Most dog breeds are naturally energetic and need space in order to maintain both their physical and mental health. Obviously, the larger and more energetic the breed, the more space they require. Dogs are social animals and therefore require company and stimulation in order to thrive and be happy. Leaving a dog alone for long periods often leads to compromised wellbeing due to anxiety and boredom. What’s more,dog ownership isn’t cheap. Even the healthiest dog requires investment in good nutrition, preventative healthcare, including vaccinations and parasite control. Unfortunately, few dogs go through their entire lives without requiring at least some veterinary care. Sudden and prolonged illnesses can often result in vet bills that reach thousands of pounds.

Q: Does your living situation (city vs rural areas) affect what kind of breed you should get?

Brian Faulkner: There are many variables that affect which breeds of dogs are best suited to urban or rural environments. Although most breeds of dogs can ultimately adapt to both city and country life, the most obvious consideration is the space required to exercise larger, more energetic breeds. Whilst exercise facilities do exist in built-up areas, rural environments generally benefit from having a wider range of woodland walks in which dogs can run freely. Urban environments are associated with greater levels of air pollution. This can potentially impact breeds that are more prone to respiratory issues such as the short-faced breeds, or breeds with a greater incidence of cardiac issues.

Q: How can you tackle separation anxiety when you start going to the office more frequently?

Nick Jones: Ideally the owner will start some preparation before the date of returning to work so that the desired time for being left alone is worked towards over a few weeks to help ensure that the dog can cope as the owner progresses with gradually extending departures whereby the dog is left home alone. Consider taking a traditional approach to separation issues by leaving your dog with a stuffed Kong or similar food-based toy for 5 minutes as you leave the home, and then make a note of the dog’s responses in your absence and return. Calm, almost non-interactive human-dog returns can help manage the dog’s emotional state when you re-enter the home. Once the dog is genuinely calm and relaxed, a greeting can then take place. n Take this quiz to find the best breed suited to your lifestyle:



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Introducing Puppies to Young Children and Dogs, Expert Answers In November and December 2020 Google searches for the term ‘sponsor a puppy’ were up 250% according to Google Trends, indicating our renewed interest in puppies during the festive season. But for those wanting to take it a step further and bring one home, what are the most common questions?


nterested in revealing the most popular questions (popular puppy questions and some strange dog-related questions), analysed average monthly search volumes in the UK on and provided expert guidance, alongside tips on introducing puppies to older dogs and young children.

These are the most popular puppy questions and expert tips provided by 1. How to stop a puppy from biting? - 14,800 monthly searches To help train your puppy to stop biting you can ignore the puppy or walk away as the more you respond (even by telling them off) the more they'll think it's a game. When they do back off, reward them. 52


2. How to toilet train a puppy? - 5,400 monthly searches Agree on a command within your household so that your puppy associates the command term with going to the toilet and try to take them to the same place every time. Adding newspapers they’ve already soiled to their toilet area can also help navigate them to their next toilet break adventure. 3. How to train a puppy? - 5,400 monthly searches Training a puppy has never been easier with the vast amount of information on the internet. You can browse YouTube videos or buy a puppy training book for specific training. Likewise, check your local area for any puppy training classes as this will also encourage the dog to socialise.

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4. When can puppies go outside? - 5,400 monthly searches Many vets recommend not taking your puppy to public places, such as dog parks, until two weeks after your puppy has had their second vaccination. If you’re unsure on timings, speak with your vet. 5. When do puppies open their eyes? - 4,400 monthly searches Puppies are born with their eyes closed and gradually open their eyes between 10 and 14 days old.

Salman Haqqi, pet insurance expert at, provided his top tips on bringing puppies home:

“The sheer number of average online searches every month indicates that we want what’s best for our furry friends, as well as ensuring an easier transition into their new home. “Many people forget the importance of taking the correct precautions, especially with older dogs and younger children at home, so it’s best to introduce everybody slowly and in a safe manner. How to introduce puppies into the home and getting familiar with older dogs: • Ensure both dogs are up to date with their vaccinations as younger puppies are more susceptible to infections

• To reduce territorial aggression, permit your older dog and puppy to meet in a neutral place and allow them to sniff each other. Keep the first introduction brief • Once your puppy has arrived, separate both dogs’ food bowls and beds and buy the new puppy their own chew toys which will minimise the chance of possessive aggression from your older dog • Follow your older dog’s routines and start establishing one for your puppy as well, while monitoring both dogs carefully. “How to introduce puppies to babies and children: • Similarly to introducing puppies to older dogs, monitor them very carefully and allow short meets at first • Give your puppy treats when they act in a calm manner near the child. This includes when feeding babies and children so the puppy associates this time positively • Once your child starts moving about, make sure they understand the pet’s boundaries, such as not going near them when they are eating or understanding what a growl means. Never leave a puppy alone with a baby or child at any point, no matter how good their relationship is with each other.” Photo images: ©Adobe Stock

Some of the strangest questions asked for Dog and Puppy include: Questions

Average monthly search volumes (UK)

Why does my dog stare at me?


Why does my dog eat poop?


Why does my dog smell like fish?


Why does my dog lick my feet?



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Davies donates pulse oximeter to WVS Davies Veterinary Specialists (Davies) has donated a pulse oximeter to the Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS) to help the charity continue to save lives around the world.


pulse oximeter is a vital tool to measure blood oxygenation during anaesthesia and surgery in animals and humans. The unit was given to Davies by their equipment supplier PROACT Medical for the referral practice to donate to a worthy organisation of their choice. “PROACT Medial is very generous with its support for veterinary anaesthesia in the developing world,” said Louise Clark, who is Head of Anaesthesia at Davies “This pulse oximeter is one of several essential pieces of kit that they have donated over recent years. They asked us to find a suitable recipient for it and we chose the WVS for the amazing work they do for animals in need, wherever they are around the globe.”

A pulse oximeter is a potentially lifesaving tool for the early recognition of problems associated with anaesthesia. Within human healthcare it is included by the World Health Organisation on their surgical safety checklist. The Worldwide Veterinary Service provides free expert care to animals in need all over the world, by sending vets where they are needed most. The Service trains vets at their International Training Centres in India and Thailand together with running bespoke courses throughout Asia and Africa. Luke Gamble BVSc DVM&S FRCVS, CEO at WVS said: “Thank you to Davies and to PROACT Medical for this exceptionally kind gift. Your generosity is especially welcomed after the challenging past 18 months of operation

during the pandemic. "We are sending this really great gift out to our new centre in the Galapagos, where we are championing the control of street dogs to protect the wildlife conservation on the island and support training of vets in South America who attend our surgical training programmes." Karl Kolodziejczyk UK Business Manager for PROACT Medical said: “We are delighted to hear that WVS will benefit from the donated equipment, it is very much the intention to support such great people whenever possible.” n To find out more about Davies visit their website

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