Unique Pets Blog

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

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

Beat the wet weather blues

As the wet weather is set to continue for the rest of the week, remember there are many ways in which you can beat the downpour.
Indoor fun
Plenty of dogs take one look at the rain and decide that they don’t need a walk after all. If you’ve got a fair weather dog, then you can hire our training room out at £5 for half an hour or £9 for an hour to exercise your dog. Why not bring a friend or two and let them have a run around together, or you can use some of the agility equipment if […]

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Being a responsible dog owner

Our current schedule of training classes and workshops are inundated with new dog owners, all hoping to teach their puppies or adult rescues some obedience and manners. With many pets joining families over the holidays, we thought it was an opportune time to remind everyone how to be a responsible dog owner.
Doggie Dos

Do pick up after your dog – your dog’s stool should be solid and easy to pick up, if it’s loose and smelly, then come and see one of our advisors to discuss the optimum diet for your dog. 
Do take your dog to training classes – […]

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Happy Christmas For Your Pets

Christmas is nearly upon us and it’s very easy to get caught up in the excitement, so grab a mug of something warming and take a moment to remind yourself of things you need to bear in mind to give your pets a good holiday.
Safety First
While you’re enjoying a slap up turkey meal with all the trimmings, don’t let your dog or cat polish off any leftovers. Human food can be very rich for pets, causing nasty upset stomachs, while cooked bones can splinter and be extremely dangerous. If you want to give your dog a treat, why not […]

December 13th, 2016||Comments Off on Happy Christmas For Your Pets

Treat a Rescue Dog Along With Your Pet This Christmas

While you’re having fun opening presents and serving a feast this Christmas, spare a thought for rescue centres as they are inundated with unwanted pets during the worst weather. 

While there are many good animal rescue centres locally, Unique Pets has a special relationship with Chiltern Dog Rescue Society: we are a collection point for donations and hold a number of events throughout the year with proceeds going to this excellent charity. You can read more about their recent expansion and great work here.
How Can You Help Chiltern Dog Rescue Society?

Donate Treats & Toys Half Price
We are also sponsoring a […]

November 22nd, 2016||Comments Off on Treat a Rescue Dog Along With Your Pet This Christmas

Half Term Ideas for Kids and Animals

If you’re stuck for ideas on what to do with the kids this half term (once you’ve carved the obligatory pumpkin), check out our wildlife and pet suggestions to keep your children entertained over the holidays.
Go Nuts For Birds
Birds are starting to stock up on fuel for winter, so now is the ideal time to fill up a feeder or two. We have a wide variety of seed holders, but why not build your own simple bird feeder from an old plastic bottle and a couple of pencils – for instructions click here.

Hanging feeders are ideally positioned on a sheltered easterly or southeasterly facing wall, preferably near a […]

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Not all dry dog food is made the same

We recommend raw feeding as the optimal diet for your pets, however we also respect that it doesn’t suit all our customers and so we offer high quality wet and dry dog food as a healthy alternate. With so many different types available it can be quite confusing, so we have explained the various dry dog food options to help you make the right choice for you and your four-legged friend.
Extruded kibble
Kibble is still the most popular form of dry dog food as it is economical and convenient. Most of this type of food is extruded, which means the ingredients have been ground […]

October 17th, 2016|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Not all dry dog food is made the same

Raw feeding – to veg or not?

Love them or loathe them, most people have an opinion on feeding your dog vegetables. As it is something we are often asked about, we have brought together the facts about dogs and veg so that you can make up your own mind.
Carnivore or Omnivore?

The physical makeup of a dog suggests that they are carnivores:

Can dogs eat veg?
As man’s best friend, over the years dogs have adapted to eat scraps off the table rather than hunting their own food, but the fact that dogs can eat vegetables and grains does not make them omnivores. Dogs are still not designed to digest starchy material, as […]

September 27th, 2016||Comments Off on Raw feeding – to veg or not?

Beginner’s Guide to Bones

Feeding your dog or cat raw bones is not only essential for the health of their teeth and gums, but is also a great way of keeping them occupied and content as the natural chewing action releases calming endorphins. Whether you’re new to raw altogether, or just want to give your pet a treat, read our beginner’s guide to feeding raw bones to ease any worries you may have and keep your pet healthy and happy.
Raw, Not Cooked
The first, most important, thing to remember is that all bones you feed must be raw, not cooked. Raw bones are naturally moist, flexible and easily […]

September 15th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Beginner’s Guide to Bones