How to keep your child safe around dogs

October 15th, 2014

dog bit twoDog attacks on children are never far from the headlines and sadly the number of hospital admissions keeps on rising. Every year more than 200,000 people are bitten in the UK costing the NHS an estimated £3 million in treatment. We look at what steps can be taken to make sure children are safe around dogs, and hopefully prevent every parent’s worst nightmare. Read the rest of this entry »

Looking After Your Dog in Warm Weather

August 1st, 2014

hot-dog-cool-summerThe warm summer months provide plenty of opportunities to spend time outdoors with your four legged friends. However, just like human beings pets can suffer in the heat; and the consequences can be serious. Injury claims for dogs peak at the height of summer and the cost of medical treatment is getting increasingly expensive. Pet insurance provides a sensible financial safeguard, but there are a number of practical steps you can take to make sure that your pet stays fit and healthy: Read the rest of this entry »

More Dogs Are Being Stolen Every Year

May 31st, 2014

dog theftEvery year thousands of dogs are stolen from their owners and sadly it’s becoming increasingly common. Animal theft is no longer just an opportunist crime; professionals are now stealing animals to order, and there’s even been a rise in the number of ‘dog-napping’ incidents. Read the rest of this entry »

Choosing a boarding kennel or cattery

February 26th, 2014

cat-and-dog-Finding somewhere for Fido and Felix to stay while you are away can be a complicated business. Our guide is designed to walk you through the process, so you can enjoy your holiday and peace of mind that your four legged friends are being well looked-after. Read the rest of this entry »

Christmas Presents for your Dog

December 18th, 2013

dog presentsChristmas is the season of goodwill to all mankind and there’s no reason why your four legged friend shouldn’t join the celebrations. And the best bit is that you won’t have to wrack your brains dreaming up the perfect present as we have done all the legwork for you. Here are some our favourite Christmas gifts for dogs: Read the rest of this entry »

Caring for your Dog during the Winter Months

November 20th, 2013

warm dogAs the nights get longer and the temperature drops it’s time to think about ways of keeping your four legged friends healthy, safe and warm throughout the winter period.

Keeping Fit

It isn’t always possible to walk your dog in daylight hours so if you’re going out after dark make sure that you’re clearly visible. Dog walkers should wear a bright jacket and carry a torch and dogs should be kept on a lead with a reflective collar. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Pet Insurance is Becoming Increasing Essential

October 11th, 2013

pet insuranceAs a nation of animal lovers we spend a great deal of time and money on our pets, and thanks to a leading supermarket we now know exactly how much. Research has revealed that we spend a jaw-dropping£5.43 billion a year on our pets and a large part is due to increasing veterinary fees.

Veterinary science has moved forward in leaps and bounds in recent years, and along with advances in diagnosis and treatment comes steeper veterinary bills. In fact, vet’s bills have increased by 10% in the last year and doubled over the past decade. The average payout for a veterinary treatment is now £650 and 96% of vets expect their fees to continue to rise in the coming years. Read the rest of this entry »

New Pet Insurance Product from Quoteline Direct

September 12th, 2013

pet insuranceManchester based Quoteline Direct is expanding its range of family friendly insurance products by offering competitively priced pet insurance.

“We have been providing affordable family insurance policies for more than 40 years” begins Quoteline Direct’s Group Director “and because pets are a big part of family life it makes sense to offer pet insurance” Read the rest of this entry »

How to Stop your Cat from getting Fat: Massive Moggies, Paunchy Pusses & Tubby Toms

July 18th, 2013

cat insuranceEver since the financial crisis hit in 2007 it’s been open season on corporate fat cats, but they aren’t the only ones grabbing the headlines. A recent survey by Cats Protection found that a quarter of UK cats are overweight… and it looks like a growing problem. The following tips are designed to make sure that your feline friend stays fit and healthy.

Assessing whether a cat is overweight can be a tricky business and should ideally be left up to your vet. However, as a rule of thumb you should be able to clearly see your cat’s waistline, just behind the ribs, when viewed from above. Read the rest of this entry »

Can your dog invalidate your car insurance?

May 24th, 2013

dog carAs a nation of animal lovers we are potty about our pets and are often guilty of over-indulgence. Take driving as an example where the majority of dog owners give their pooch the run of the car. Surely there’s nothing wrong with Rover riding shotgun or Fido curled-up on the back seat? The law sees things very differently and if you are involved in an accident your pet could become a very expensive passenger. Read the rest of this entry »