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Painting animals: fun or cruelty?

For years, a minority of pet owners have courted controversy by electing to dye their pet’s fur, paint their nails, or dress them in outfits or accessories. Now there’s a new craze sweeping the country, the pony painting party, bringing fresh controversy. These parties allow children to paint doodles or handprints on a pony, or decorate or colour their mane or hooves. A petition set up to ban this activity has attracted nearly 350,000 signatures. There are many that object, but there are those who defend these parties. This highlights the benefits for both animal and child. 

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Why did the vet prescribe steroids?

If your dog or cat has been prescribed steroids you might be wondering what they are and what they do. Steroids are one of the most commonly used medications in veterinary medicine, and they have a large range of uses. 

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How much does it cost to keep a dog?

Bringing a dog into your family is a big commitment; it is important to consider whether they will fit into your lifestyle and how they will impact your finances. The cost of dog ownership is dependent on the size of the dog, the breed, their life expectancy. Also whether they develop any health problems. It is important to take into account the costs involved to ensure you can afford to care for a dog throughout their life. 

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Is it unethical to call the animals in our lives ‘Pets’?

If you’ve been watching a lot of TV lately (and let’s face it, who isn’t?), you may have caught an interview a few months back on Good Morning Britain where a spokesperson from the animal rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) argued that we should be encouraged to move away from the use of the word ‘pet’ to refer to companion animals (dogs, cats, etc.) and use kinder terms: “A lot of people at home who have dogs and cats refer to them as pets and they refer to themselves as owners, and this implies that the animals are a possession.” Terms such as ‘companion’, ‘guardian’ and ‘human carer’ are suggested as more friendly alternatives.

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Cats and Coronavirus – Indoors or Out?

There’s been a lot of worry recently about cats and coronavirus, and this has culminated today in some very panicky reports from otherwise reputable news services. In this blog, we’re going to quickly explore the ins and outs, and look at what the real risks are.

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Caring for pet chickens in the time of coronavirus

The current COVID-19 pandemic is fuelling an upturn in the uptake of new hobbies by the UK population, with many of us turning to novel interests as a distraction from the worry of the coronavirus outbreak and as a way of filling the time during this period of isolation. It seems that one such hobby is the keeping of backyard chickens, which comes with the added advantage of producing freshly laid eggs without the need to brave the supermarket.

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