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Can Pets Cure Depression

Can Pets Cure Depression?

Can Pets Cure Depression?

Article by Lauren Bate (

Disclaimer: If you are in a dark place, we urge you to seek medical assistance, and urgently. This is not a sign of weakness, nor a sign of defeat. It’s a sign of strength and new beginnings. Reach out, you are not alone.

Depression and mental illness is a widespread issue across the UK, affecting 1 in 4 people, each year. It’s time we broke down the stigma, talked about it and addressed how much our pets do for us, not only in day to day life but maintaining our mental health.

The world can be a dark and lonely place once you find yourself in the spiral of depression. Every little thing that was once joyful, is sucked and the point and direction is lost. Every day felt pointless. Lost in the direction of my own cascading mind. Thoughts would pile up and up. I left work, I couldn’t face it anymore. A job I loved. Every day was a battle and I was the one losing. Continue reading

Dog Beaches for First Timers

Dog Beaches for First Timers

A practical guide to taking your dog to the beach

Article by Lauren Bate (

As the summer sun starts to appear, most of us will start  thinking about packing a deckchair and having a relaxing trip to the beach. If you’re a dog owner, like me, you’re more than likely considering packing your towel and taking your dog for a fun trip out to the beach too.

If you’re lucky enough to live near the sea, or have the capacity to travel to one with your dog, you’ll find great pleasure in taking your four-legged friend to the beach. It can be such an enriching and fun experience, but the wonderful days at the beach very rarely come without an incident or two. Continue reading

Travelling abroad with your pet

Travelling at Home and Abroad with Your Pet

Last updated: December 6th, 2018

Are you one of the 1/3 of all pet owners in the UK who takes their pet with them on holiday?

If you are, then as summer approaches and thoughts move to going on holiday at home or abroad, now is a good time to think about travelling with your pet. In this blog article, read our advice for travelling abroad or within the UK with your pet by road, rail, sea or air; which will hopefully help make your journey safer and more enjoyable for you and your pet. Continue reading

Take Better Pet Photos

10 Tips for Taking Great Photos of Your Pet

Last updated: December 6th, 2018

Most of us love to take photos of our pets – whether it’s a quick snap of them doing something cute or crazy to post on social media, or something more like a portrait which will give you a lasting memory of a beloved friend for many years to come. However sometimes these photos don’t always turn out quite as we’d hope – maybe they are blurry, or they look too bright or too dark.

In this article I’ll give you some tips based on years of experience of photography, to try and help you take better photos for you to keep and treasure for years to come. These tips aren’t just for cats and dogs – they are just as valid for other types of pet such as rabbits, lizards and birds.

Do Your Photos Look Like This?

Do Your Photos Look Like This?

With the advance of smartphone technology, most people these days have access to good quality cameras built-in to their phones so almost everyone has a camera with them virtually all of the time. Although you can spend a lot more on more advanced pocket-sized Point & Shoot cameras, or even Digital SLR cameras, the advice here is valid whichever camera you have. Continue reading

How to Keep Your Pet Cool on Hot Days

Last updated: December 6th, 2018

Keeping Your Pet CoolKeeping Your Pet Cool

Aren’t summer days great? It’s so nice to be able to enjoy the hot and sunny weather, but while we enjoy basking in the warmth of the sun, it’s important to prevent our pets from becoming overheated. Cats and dogs can’t cool themselves in the same way that humans can, and a pet that becomes overheated can suffer from dehydration, and in severe cases, die. Continue reading

Pet Insurance

Pet Insurance Buying Guide

Last updated: December 6th, 2018

While you are not obliged to have pet insurance, it can be very useful to cover unexpected vets’ bills if your pet was to become ill or injured. This is even more important if you don’t have enough savings or disposable income to pay for treatment yourself.

Most pet insurance policies offer cover for cats and dogs, and usually rabbits too. Insurance for horses and more exotic pets such as reptiles is also available, but not as common as cat and dog insurance.

It is worth taking the time to compare pet insurance policies to make sure you pick the best one from the start, as it can be difficult to switch policies later on. In this article, we highlight the different types of pet insurance available, and what to look out for when deciding which policy to buy. Continue reading

Keep Pets Safe Fireworks

Fireworks & Pets – Keeping Pets Safe on Fireworks Night

Last updated: December 6th, 2018

As the days become shorter, and Summer turns to Autumn, it won’t be long until Bonfire Night is here. And with other celebrations such as Diwali, Christmas and New Year coming up soon as well, there will be plenty of fireworks going off, which are great for us to watch and enjoy, but can be very scary for animals. In fact, a survey by the Dogs Trust showed that 66% of dogs, and 57% of cats suffer from firework fear.

If you are worried about how your pet will cope during fireworks displays, we have got lots of advice to help keep your pets calm and safe. Continue reading

10 Household Items That Could Harm Your Cat

10 Items That Can Harm Your CatAs we all know, cats can be very fussy eaters so it’s sometimes said that they are less likely to be poisoned than dogs, who tend to be less picky about what they eat. However, due to their curious nature, and their grooming habits, it is not uncommon for cats to eat something bad for them – sometimes with deadly consequences. Here is a list of 10 things that are commonly found at home that can be dangerous to cats.
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