We Love Pets News

Oct 23, '2020

Why it's important to get your dog walked while working from home

With many of us now working from home, our dogs are enjoying the extra companionship throughout the day. However, whilst most people are busy working at their dining table, less and less of the UK's dogs are getting enough exercise. Especially now the nights are drawing in and we’re heading into winter.

 

The PDSA reported that, even though 81% of dog owners do walk their dog every day, 44% of owners walk their dog for less than 30 minutes at a time and 13% of dogs aren’t walked every day. That’s 1.3 million dogs who aren’t getting walked every day!

 

Dogs need daily outdoor exercise to ensure good physical and mental health. It provides them with mental stimulation and keeps them active, which can help prolong their lives and reduce the risk of obesity,

 

We Love Pets Veterinary Nurse, Chelsey Wheeler explains: "Walks for you dog are about so much more than just a toilet break. They provide physical exercise, mental stimulation and enrichment with opportunities to socialise and build relationships, supporting both their overall physical and mental health. We have recently seen how being confined to our homes has detrimental effects on our own wellbeing, so why should it be any different for our dogs?"

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Oct 12, '2020

Do indoor cats get depressed?

Although cats have the reputation of being rather aloof and preferring their own company they do actually have social needs. If they are on their own as an indoor cat with no access to the outside world this need must be met by their owner. In fact an indoor cat is completely reliant on their owner for all of their needs - food ,water, toileting provision, company, entertainment and mental stimulation.

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Oct 7, '2020

What's really going on at doggy daycare centres?

If you've taken your dog to a doggy daycare centre before, then you probably dropped them off happy believing that they get to play with friends all day which is much more fun for them than being at home by themselves. All dogs love being in the company of other dogs right? It's just what they naturally do. WRONG! Dogs, like children, are not all the same and they're not all suited to the daycare centre set up. In fact, for many it's really damaging to their behavioural health. We look at the common myths dog owners hold about daycare centres and why you should think twice about whether this is the best pet care solution for your dog.

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Sep 30, '2020

Ideal first pets for children

Vet nurse Laura runs through the considerations parents and carers should make before deciding who their next family member should be and makes some suggestions for the best first pets for kids.

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Sep 21, '2020

23 questions you need to ask a dog walker

Finding the right dog walker is not always easy, particularly if you want to maintain the same routine and training. Then there's the question of trust - who will you be happy with to enter your home, secure it and take a member of your family out for a walk without you being there. Professionalism is important too - what happens if something goes wrong or your personal data is compromised? Last but no means least, are you getting what you pay for? Is your dog getting the very best from their walk or are they being thrown into a stressful situations spending far too much time in a car and less out in the park having fun?

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Sep 14, '2020

Autumn hazards for dogs

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Sep 7, '2020

Why a professional dog groom is important

 

Cara Mumford, Senior Stylist at our Trowbridge Dog Grooming salon and Jo Mumford, Branch Owner discuss how any breed and type of coat can benefit from a professional grooming service. They talk us through the reasons why grooming is important for keeping your dog's coat maintained and in tip top condition.

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Aug 17, '2020

Is it safe to walk a dog in season?

When your dog is in season, it can be a stressful time for both you and your dog. Here are our top tips for tackling walks with confidence during those weeks of raging hormones.

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Aug 12, '2020

Back to work puppy care

If it's back to school for the kids in September and back to work for you after lockdown then things will feel strange at home with a new, but vaguely familiar routine to follow. Throw a new puppy into the mix and things could get even more hectic! If you bought a puppy recently or are thinking about it, having puppy care to rely on when you go back to work could be a lifesaver.

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