Rabbits need environmental enrichment just as much as cats and dogs, perhaps more so. They spend much of their life cooped up in a cage without anywhere near as much social time with their owners, and (most!) aren’t taken on lovely long walks in the countryside to render them suitably sleepy to crave serious snooze time for the remainder of the day. In these wonderful summer months, we must also spare a thought for safe exercise and enrichment in the heat, avoiding heatstroke which bunnies can easily succumb to. So, to avoid hot, cross, (bored), bunnies this summer, lay on a few of these boredom breakers.
Pet remedy is a calming product aimed at our pet population. It comes as a spray, diffuser and even grooming products!
Pet Remedy claims to work with the pet’s own natural calming mechanisms by mimicking GABA (gamma amino butyric acid) which is a natural calming agent present in all mammals, reptiles, and birds. This means that it has the potential to be useful in the stress and behavior management of a number of species. But what’s the evidence for it? Is it a critically useful product, or a fad, or somewhere in between?
The Purina Institute is holding a one-hour webinar about helping clients identify credible sources of information that address their questions and concerns about petfoods on 14th July at 6pm BST. Aimed at all members of the veterinary team across Europe, the webinar is moderated by veterinary nutrition expert Dottie Laflamme. The webinar, which will also … Read more
When you adopt a dog, you know part of responsible pet parenting is taking your pup to the veterinarian for yearly checkups. You also understand minor illnesses and injuries can happen too. But nobody wants to think about a medical disaster. No one wants to believe something major can devastate their family, but sadly, the … Read more
Rabbits are a popular pet in the UK – the PDSA Paws Report estimated there are around 900 000 pet rabbits! Despite them being so popular their needs are sometimes not well met, and issues with diet and husbandry are seen. Something we are seeing more often now is indoor rabbits. Rabbits can live, in the correct conditions, both indoors and outdoors.
For those wanting to have indoor rabbits there are a couple of considerations. Once you have decided that an indoor bunny is for you then another important question to ask; can rabbits even be house trained?
Kibble is the most common type of food found in the cupboards of homes with cats and dogs. It’s easy to see why it’s a favorite in pet-owning households; it is relatively inexpensive, easy to serve, and it has a long shelf life. Despite its popularity, how can we be sure that the kibble we are feeding is safe? Are alternative types of diets safer to feed instead?
Pet insurance can be extremely useful should your pet need urgent, thorough medical treatment. Pet insurance works by the client paying a small, monthly fee and in return your insurance company pays out for larger, sudden bills. This helps as it is often much more affordable to pay a set, monthly fee compared to paying large, unpredictable bills. For this reason, we strongly advise you to insure your pet. But unfortunately, your monthly fee does not mean that you will receive all veterinary care for free. Below, I am going to discuss exclusions to insurance policies and what you should still expect to pay for.