What is the Popular Sire Effect in Dog Breeding?
The popular sire effect is becoming one of the most common problems amongst breeders and for new litters of pups. Some sought-after breeds have been burdened with this syndrome which leads to quite serious health problems. So what is it and how to we stop it from happening?
What is the sire effect in dog breeding?
The popular sire effect is where a male dog is bred repeatedly, which can lead to any undesirable genetic traits of the stud
The Importance Of Temperament In Dog Breeding
When we think about breeding a health dog, we often think about the physical traits of the animal. Ensuring they are free from genetic disorders, have a strong immune system and show all the right physical characteristics of their breed. Responsible dog breeders will know the importance of ensuring their animals are physically healthy, but the best dog breeders go one step further to ensure the pups also display healthy temperament.
Allergies in Cats: Symptoms and Causes
When it comes to allergies cats are quite similar to people, they can contract different allergies quite easily and it is a really common occurrence. So, if your cat starts sneezing don’t panic! Allergies are a result of their immune systems becoming sensitive to allergens in their surroundings (i.e. pollen). It’s important to be able to diagnose the symptoms that your furry friends may have and to know how to treat them.
What are the most
The UKs Most Popular Dog Breed – The French Bulldog
The French Bulldog is the new pet craze that has hit the UK over the past couple of years. Before ten years ago this breed were scarcely heard of, but now you will see them everywhere you go! The French Bulldog is one of the most expensive breeds of dog to buy, and despite their price they have claimed the title of the most in-demand dog breed in the UK.
Why Are They So Popular?
Small dogs are fast becoming a
Tips to Get Your Dog Ready for Spring:
With Spring fast approaching and Summer on the horizon, there are lots of things that you have to consider before their arrival. Getting your dog ready for the warmer months may not be on your to-do list, but it’s really important that they are included in your preparation. Your dogs need to be kept healthy in mind, body and spirit, so here are a few things to consider to get your dog ready for Spring…
Can I Keep A Dog In An Apartment?
With more and more people choosing to downsize their living arrangements and move into apartments, the result is that a lot of people are asking if it’s ok to keep a dog in the city. There are some people who believe that dogs should only be kept in rural and suburban areas where they will have plenty of open space to run around. However, if you are prepared for the commitment and choose the right breed, there is no reason you can’t keep a
Taking Pets Abroad: From Microchipping to Pet Insurance
The January blues have passed and springtime is fast approaching. What better way to celebrate this than to book a holiday! You no longer have to leave your beloved pets at home when you go abroad, but there are steps you have to take, such as microchipping and shopping around for the best pet insurance, to ensure their safety and protection if you decide to do so.
How do I make sure that my pet is safe abroad?
Taking your pet to an unfamiliar
How to Care For Your Rottweiler
Rottweilers are large and muscly breed and are often used as police and security dogs. Although they are often stereotyped as being unfriendly and unsuitable to keep as a pet, in reality, they are friendly and loving. Their large and fearsome exterior couldn’t be further from their kind and gentle natures, these dogs make excellent companions and are fantastic with children.
Like any pet, Rottweilers require special attention, dietary
Spotting The Signs Of Neuromuscular Disease in Dogs
Your dog’s nervous system is made up of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and muscles. Between the nerves and muscles there are neuromuscular junctions which send signals to the muscles to contact. These junctions aid in everything from walking and running to breathing and swallowing. Neuromuscular disease is a term that applies to any disease that affects these junctions.
Spotting the signs of neuromuscular disease in dogs
There are a
Caring For Your Cat After He Has Been Neutered
Any responsible cat owner will tell you that if you aren’t planning to breed your pet, the best thing you can do for their health is to have them neutered or spayed. If you plan to let your cat outside, it’s also essential to make sure they can’t get pregnant or impregnate another cat in the neighbourhood. Stray cat populations are a growing problem, made worse by owners letting unneutered cats roam outside.
Although it may seem like a
Advice For Dog Breeders: How To Hand Rear Puppies
If you find yourself caring for orphaned puppies, or if the dam is unable to care for her puppies, you may have to hand rear the puppies. Hand rearing involves feeding the litter every two to four hours, day and night, so it is a significant time commitment. Rearing puppies by hand will also mean taking care of the puppies sanitation, keeping them warm and ensuring they are protected from disease. Hand rearing puppies is a significant
What To Look For In A Potential Sire For Your Litter
If you’ve made the decision to breed your pedigree dog, the next step is to find a suitable sire. Before choosing a suitable male dog, there are a few things you need to consider. These questions are also useful for anyone looking to purchase a puppy from a new litter. While many people will focus on the dam of the litter, the sire is just as important in ensuring the litter is healthy and of a good temperament. The sire provides half of the
Common Dog Paw Health Problems And How To Treat Them
You may be well-versed in what it takes to keep your dog’s coat healthy, but not many people know how to spot a healthy or unhealthy paw. When it comes to grooming, many people stop at clipping their dog’s nails, and some people will only leave this for the vet. Like humans, dogs rely on their paws, claws and pads to get them around every day, so making sure they are healthy is essential for keeping your pet happy. Spotting the warning signs
How to Keep Unwelcome Cats Out Of Your Home
If your cat likes to roam outdoors, chances are you have a cat flap that will let him come and go as he pleases. And even if you don’t have a cat flap, an open window can be an equally adequate entrance for a curious cat. Cat owners and non-cat owners alike will be familiar with this situation: you leave a window ajar and come home to discover a cat that isn’t your own curled up on your bed. The presence of another cat might make your
Know Your Cat Coats: From Long To Hairless
Historically, cats only had two kinds of coats, either long or short hair. However, in the last 50 years or so, designer breeding has exploded and resulted in a range of cat coats with a number of different qualities. Depending on the type of coat your cat has, it might require a different grooming routine in order to keep it in tip-top shape. There are also things around your house that you will need to consider, like making sure that your
FAQ: I Don’t Know My Dog’s Microchip Number
If you think back to the time before mobile phones, most people could remember a few essential phone numbers without the help of a digital device. Nowadays, most people can only just manage to remember their own phone number, so we completely understand if you find yourself saying: “I don’t know my dog’s microchip number”.
Your dog’s microchip number should usually be between 9 and 15 digits long and it might contain a combination of
How To Care For Your Pets In Winter
We all have to be a little more alert during the winter months as there are more hazards than usual to content with. From freezing weather to hidden hazards, the young and old need to be extra careful during winter. Pets also need a little extra care during the winter months to make sure they are safe from hazards and dangers that might not be present year round.
Horses are hardy animals and they grow an extra layer of hair during the
4 Reasons to Hire a Professional Puppy Trainer
As we mentioned earlier in the week, January is National Train Your Dog Month. If you’re planning to spend some time training your pet this month, you might be wondering the best way to go about the task. When you first bring a new puppy home, it can be difficult to know what to do first, and all you really want to do is play with your new pet. Unfortunately, this can mean that young dogs get into some bad habits, including going to the toilet
January is National Train Your Dog Month
In the spirit of the New Year, January is quite fittingly National Train Your Dog Month. This means humans aren’t the only ones who can jump aboard the “New Year, New You” bandwagon. If you’ve recently adopted a pet over the holidays, January could be the perfect time to help your four-legged friend learn a few new tricks. Training your dog doesn't have to mean teaching him to walk on his hind legs or play dead, often it can be as simple
5 New Year’s Resolutions for You and Your Pet
With the new year approaching, there has never been a better time to change your pet’s daily routine and make a positive change to its health and lifestyle. With a large number of domestic pets in the UK significantly overweight, never has it been such a good time to start a new diet or exercise plan – so let’s get the best possible start to this new year!
Routine Visit to the Vet
Routine visits are key to providing and maintaining good