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Category: Pet care

Owning a pet is highly rewarding and the benefits of the companionship offered by a small pet in the home should not be underestimated. However along with the fun of owning the pet comes a lot of responsibility. Before acquiring a pet it is important to think carefully about the type of pet that will meet your needs and fit in with your lifestyle.

There are a whole raft of routine healthcare that is important for any pet. Cats should be treated regularly for fleas and worms – preferably with products from your veterinary surgery. Although it is now possible to buy similar products elsewhere, the products from your vet will be specially formulated for pets and your vet can provide the best advice for your individual animal. In addition dogs and cats need vaccinations on a regular basis (at least once a year) to protect them against some of the serious diseases they can be exposed to outside of the home.

It would be rare for even the best cared for pet to go through the whole of its life without any health problems. To protect against unforeseen bills it might be worth considering health care insurance for your pet.

Worm control

All pets will be affected by worms at some stage in their life and many will be re-infected unless they are given regular, routine worming treatment. Getting rid of worms is relatively simple and inexpensive so regular treatment is strongly recommended, particularly

Vaccinating your cat

There are a number of highly infectious and potentially fatal diseases which can affect your cat. However, for many of these conditions there is a simple protection in the form of vaccinations. Ensuring that your cat completes an initial course

Senior pet care

A kitten is endearing to everyone but kittens grow up all too fast. By a year of age cats of all breeds will be mature. Although individual cats age at different rates, most 10 year old cats can be considered

Scratching in the house

Claw scratching is a normal feline behaviour. However, the occurrence of this behaviour indoors can be very unpleasant for the owner as it can cause expensive damage. Scratching indoors may indicate that the cat does not feel completely secure in

Samples – how they help your vet

Laboratory tests are used by vets to help them diagnose disease in sick pets. Increasingly they are also used as part of a routine health check to detect hidden disease before the development of obvious symptoms. This allows your cat to be

Routine health care

We are all familiar with the phrase "A healthy pet is a happy pet" - but there is probably also something to be said for keeping your pet happy in order to maintain its health. Most owners know their pet

Permanent identification of your pet

Stray dogs and cats are a big problem in many countries. In the UK alone it is estimated that more than £250 million a year is spent by local authorities, police forces and animal welfare charities rounding up and looking

Multi-cat households

The number of cats in the U.K. is currently on the increase and so is the number of cats per household. Cats had previously been thought to be solitary animals but more recently, it has become accepted that ome cats

Moving house with your cat

Moving to a new home can be stressful for both you and your pets. Cats are highly territorial animals and are often as closely attached to their surroundings as they are to their owners. So not surprisingly many cats try

Managing pain in pets

Long term (chronic) pain is as debilitating in animals as it is in people. Constant pain significantly reduces pleasure in life and can lead to sleeplessness and a poor appetite. Simple measures to control even mild pain can result in