You may have heard all about the latest craze in feeding our cats and dogs – the raw food diet. But what is it, why are people going nuts for it, and is it worth the hype? Let’s take a look.
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It’s officially the New Year, and if you’re anything like us, you’re probably ringing it in with a resolution or two! If getting fit and healthy is on your list for 2022, why not make your pet an accountability partner?
What is 2021’s Top Dog?
For the last 10 years, if not longer, Labrador Retrievers have held the top spot as the most common pet dog in the UK. Since 2011, over 30,000 new Labradors have been registered every single year in the country, according to The Kennel Club. If we go back to that same year, only 2,771 French Bulldogs were registered. Jump to 2020 however, and they are rivalling Labradors for popularity, both sitting in the 39,000 range. If this trend continues, they could snatch the top spot when the end of 2021 rolls around. Just how did they do it?
Affectionately called Frenchies, these debatably so-ugly-they’re-cute pooches (though I disagree, I think they’re just cute!) have a lot of pros for a modern lifestyle:
Christmas is that magical time of the year when most of us get in the holiday spirit by indulging in seasonal food, enjoying time with friends & family, and decorating the house with festive accessories - usually with the Christmas tree as the star of the show!
But as we enjoy the holidays, it’s also important to keep our pets in mind. Check out our tips for keeping your pets safe, healthy, and happy throughout the Christmas season.
Family traditions are part of what make the holiday season so special, from Christmas caroling and baking cookies, to decking the halls and binge-watching classic films, we all have our own unique way of celebrating! And since our pets are an important part of the family, what better way to get into the holiday spirit than to include them in the fun.
The UK government will be going ahead with new rules to ensure cat owners have their cat’s microchipped before they turn 20 weeks old or face a £500 fine.
Under these new rules set by the UK government, cat owners must have their cat’s microchipped before they reach 20 weeks old and their contact details must be stored and kept up to date in a microchip database company. If owners do not have their cat microchipped, they will have 21 days to get it done or face a fine of up to £500.
Did you know: there are more cats than dogs in the UK?
There’s over a million more pet cats than pet dogs in the UK, with 24% of adults owning a cat in 2021. If you’re considering adopting one for yourself, take a look at our brief guide to the temperaments and needs of each of the UK’s most popular cats.
While which breed actually has the top spot is widely disputed, the following breeds are always near the top of the list:
Autumn is well and truly here!
As the days get shorter and colder (and we get a little grumpier) heading into winter, there are plenty of new dangers to watch out for in keeping our pets safe when we’re out and about. Whether you let your dog, cat, or another pet outdoors, take note of these warnings.
Veterinary care is advancing quickly with many vets holding certificates in specialist areas that just would not have been the case 10-15 years ago. With this increased knowledge in medical and surgical techniques, pets can be successfully treated for a wide variety of conditions that enable our pets to live longer, healthier lives.
Along with the advancement in specialist vets, come specialist referral centres that are now numerous across the country. As there is no animal NHS service, as pet owners we are responsible for funding their 'private' healthcare which incorporates preventative care, emergency care and ongoing treatment.