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Keeping your pets cool

Hot… and not bothered

Well, it’s been a good week so far finding ingenious ways to keep cool in this heatwave. My dogparents regularly point out that I’m supposed to be a working breed and other family members are out charging around the Brecon beacons in all weathers, instead of lying around expecting bowls of iced water or frozen treats to be brought for me the minute the sun comes out.
My answer to that is, I’d be perfectly happy to herd livestock in the summer, as long as I can do so in a nice air-conditioned barn – not unreasonable […]

June 26th, 2017||Comments Off on Keeping your pets cool

Hydrotherapy – rehabilitation, fitness and fun

We’re very excited that Bucks Canine Hydrotherapy will soon be opening in store offering rehabilitation, fitness and fun! So that you know what it’s all about, we’ve interviewed its founder, Helen James, ahead of the launch on 1 July 2017.
What is Hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy offers a non weight-bearing form of exercise which can be beneficial for many different reasons. It can be useful in treating a variety of conditions, including muscle and ligament damage, orthopedic conditions, arthritis, recovery from surgery, long term mobility problems and neurological disorders. If your dog is injured, muscle deterioration can start within a few days of the […]

June 21st, 2017||Comments Off on Hydrotherapy – rehabilitation, fitness and fun

Why do humans love to photograph their pets?

Humans, eh? We love them dearly, we couldn’t imagine life without them, but sometimes they make us shake our heads and think ‘I wonder why my human does that?’… I’m talking about taking a photograph. Never a day goes by without mine taking photographs of me out on walks, swimming, catching a frisbee, sleeping. To find out why they love taking pictures so much, I interviewed Unique Pets photographer and expert Puparazzi, Robin Hall.

So Robin, why do humans like having photographs of us animals?
Well, it’s all about making lasting memories, see? Humans often choose special occasions to get photographs so, […]

June 20th, 2017||Comments Off on Why do humans love to photograph their pets?

Treat Fleas Naturally

A bit like ticks, these cheeky parasites move into our coats, bite us and feed off our blood, causing great irritation and nasty bites. Worst of all, they can spread out onto our bedding or in carpets / furnishings and it’s easy to pass them onto your friends.

Fleas live anything between a couple of weeks and an entire year, with a female flea laying up to 50 eggs every day. Their larvae can be infested with tapeworm eggs so if you are unlucky enough to get fleas, your humans might need to check you haven’t got worms too.

Fleas can […]

June 6th, 2017||Comments Off on Treat Fleas Naturally

Ticks and Fleas

With the weather warming up, as well as keeping us cool and hydrated, there are a couple of other things you’ll need to train your humans to do – namely check for any fleas or ticks who have rudely taken up residence in our coats whenever we have been out and about.
This blog has got me scratching my head though… despite me running around in the countryside and woodland most days, fleas or ticks just seem to avoid me. In fact, they run away – possibly worried about being herded!
A tick was seen crawling on my leg once – […]

May 24th, 2017||Comments Off on Ticks and Fleas

Worm Count – a natural way to combat worms

No matter how much you work on their ongoing training, humans have some disgusting habits sometimes. One of the most disturbing is their ongoing obsession with our poo! They like to stop and examine it, discuss it, pick it up in little bags and carry it around (ugh!), then deposit it in special bins which have been helpfully provided for humans who suffer from the same bizarre fixation.
I have tried to discourage them by leaving my poo in big piles of nettles or running off ahead to do one quickly so they won’t notice. I’ve even tried distraction techniques […]

May 16th, 2017||Comments Off on Worm Count – a natural way to combat worms

No more nasties – natural prevention and cures for fleas

Now that spring has sprung and we are enjoying outdoor activities in the warmer weather, we need to remember that hotter temperatures also increase the risk of fleas and ticks who thrive in balmy conditions. So how can we protect our pets, and homes, from these airborne bugs?
Prevent Fleas First
Taking steps to prevent a flea infestation is much less hassle than trying to get rid of them once they take hold. Keep your lawn short, regularly remove litter and debris, and use herbs such as sage, rosemary, catnip, basil and mint around the back door, as the natural oils […]

May 10th, 2017||Comments Off on No more nasties – natural prevention and cures for fleas

Dog foods for travelling

Hello! Spring is well underway and I’ve been supervising Mum at her allotment -I’ve helped with some impromptu digging which she now understands are my planting suggestions. I’ve also been enjoying little trips away with Dad on the boat. I’ve overheard humans saying that collies are inquisitive, sensitive and often in tents, but I don’t know where they get that idea from, I’ve never even been camping!
Perhaps you’ve been on a holiday already, had some nice days out, or even taken your humans abroad? If so, your parents have probably faced the dilemma of which food to take for you, especially […]

May 8th, 2017||Comments Off on Dog foods for travelling

Cool ideas

When the temperature rises, we’ve got lots of great ideas to help keep your pets chilled – cool coats, cool mats, cool bandannas, freezable toys and travel water bottles, not to mention frozen iced treats!

April 27th, 2017||Comments Off on Cool ideas

Travel accessories

With bank holidays, half term and school holidays on the horizon, come in store to see our selection of accessories to allow your pet to travel in style. From car seat covers and boot mats, to harnesses, seat belts and water bottles. 

April 27th, 2017||Comments Off on Travel accessories