Vaccinations:Protecting Your Dog

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Dear easipetcare Friends,

There are many nasty, horrible and deadly diseases out there that can harm your precious pet and the best way make sure you pet is protected from some for the worst is by getting them vaccinated. This is important even if you pet is mainly kept indoors. This week we will be looking at the importance of vaccinations – starting with dogs.

Dogs:

With easipetcare the earliest your pup can get its 1st vaccination is at 6 weeks with the 2nd at 10 weeks. We advise that you keep your pet in for another extra week to allow the vaccine to take effect before they can go out and explore the world. Up until then, we advise you keep them inside so they don’t mix with other dogs that might not be vaccinated or have a disease already. After the primary course, we would recommend you keep up to date yearly with a booster vaccination.

The primary course and booster vaccinations cover:

  • Distemper which is passed from canine to canine. The symptoms of Distemper are a runny nose and eyes with coughing and sickness, unusual tiredness and nervous signs including twitching or as well fits.
  • Infectious canine hepatitis can be caught from another infected dog and it affects the liver. A dog with infectious canine hepatitis will have a pale gums, sickness, diarrhoea and a very high temperature.
  • Leptospirosis can also be spread to humans so vaccinations are vital here to protect your dog as well as your family who could catch the disease from your dog should they become infected. Lepto affects the organs in the body and signs include a high temperature, severe thirst, tiredness, sickness, bloody diarrhoea and jaundice.
  • Parvo is extremely contagious and causes either severe sickness and diarrhoea or problems with breathing and the heart. Unfortunately, most dogs who get Parvo don’t survive it even with veterinary attention.

You can also get a Kennel Cough vaccination separately. Kennel Cough is a persistent cough that can last several weeks and can be passed from dog to dog contact such as training classes, parks etc. Most boarding kennels will not accept your dog if they haven’t had this vaccination beforehand so please check with your local kennels what requirements they need.
Another vaccine you can also get is the rabies vaccine. Rabies is a viral illness spread via the saliva of an infected animal. This occurs usually through biting a human or another animal. Symptoms include hypersensitivity to noise or light, increased aggression, eyes taking on a staring expression, drooping lower jaw and more saliva than normal produced. You will need to get a rabies vaccination and Pet Passport if travelling abroad with your pet so please leave plenty of time to get this done and for up to date rules and regulations of travelling with your pet please visit this website.

Remember you can take your pet in for vaccinations no matter how old they are, it is better to have them protected than open for exposure so visit the easipetcare website for low cost vaccination prices. Alternatively  you can get the 365 pet Care Plan which will allow you to spread the cost  over the year and includes your yearly booster vaccinations as well as other veterinary treatments such as flea and worming treatment and  10% off dental treatment.

Have a great day,

Judy xxx

Loving Your Pet All Year Round

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Dear easipetcare Friends,

Happy Valentines to all our lovely easipetcare pets!

Valentines is a day when we really show our love, and the greatest way to express our love for our pet is by providing them with first-class veterinary healthcare and treatment all year round.

One of the best ways to ensure the care of your precious pet 365 days a year is with the easipetcare 365 Pet Care Plan. Saving you up to 40% on your pet’s essential healthcare from vaccinations to flea and worming treatment.

As February is also National Pet Dental Month, you will be able to benefit from the free dental check included in the plan and 10% off any dental treatments.

For complete peace of mind 365 days a year, click here to find out how you can join.

It’s World Spay Day!

After celebrating Valentines, an important date in the veterinary calendar is World Spay Day on Tuesday 24th February.

Making sure your pet is neutered or spayed is one of the most important procedures to ensure the long term health and well being of your cuddly cat or precious pup.

For every dog that is neutered or spayed on the 24th we will credit £5 if it’s a dog and £2.50 if it’s a cat to charities & rescues nominated by each practice. easipetcare offer neutering procedures at amazing low cost prices – click here for prices.

Valentines Photo Competition

To celebrate our pets this Valentine Day we’re holding a competition to find the most Hug-able Hound, Cuddly Cat or Fabulous Furry. Just post an image of your most loved pet on our Facebook page and tell us how you pet lets you know they love you! The winner will receive £50 of easipetcare vouchers. (Closing date 28th Feb 2015 – terms and conditions apply).

Have a super day,

Judy xxx

The easipetcare team

Stay Motivated: Fitness Pics

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Dear easipetcare,

One month down and one month into our New Year’s Resolutions – we hope you have been keeping up with them.  If you one of your goals (and your pet’s) is to get fit this year, here is some inspiration from these fitness furry friends.

Have a lovely day,

Judy xx

Pooch Profile: Jack Russell Terrier

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Dear easipetcare Friends,

Three words: feisty,lively and tenacious. It is easy to see why the Jack Russell Terrier (JRT) is the second most popular dog in the country.Despite them  being pint size, the breed is fearless,curious, adventurous and very active. The endless energy can mean they  can get mischievous if bored so they will need someone that can keep up with them.

  • Jack Russells were first bred in the 1800s
  • They  arose from the selective breeding of Fox Terriers
  • JTRs were bred to be hunting dogs
  • The gene that gives Jack Russell their predominantly white color is linked to the gene that makes JRTs prone to deafness
  • Jack Russells are one of only a few dog breeds to be named after the person who bred them
  • Real purebred Jack Russells have ears that bend down toward the front of their heads
  • They were bred for fox hunting
  • Purebred Jack Russells are more prone to some diseases, particularly knee and hip joint problems
  • Many JRTs have flamboyant, comical personalities, and an inquisitive curiosity, which often designates them as the family clown.
  • It is highly recommended that Jacks be on a leash when they are not in an area that is completely enclosed.
  • Many Jack Russell Terriers have separation anxiety. If you are away from home often and are unable to take your Jack with you, you might consider a different breed. Jacks thrive on spending time with their humans.

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Pooch Profile: Staffordshire Bull Terrier

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Dear easipetcare Friends,

Staffordshire bull terriers, also known as Staffies and Stafs, can be wonderful dogs who have made loving family pets through many decades. The Staffie is the third most popular breed in the country with 356,000 registred in the last ten years with  Pet log and Animalcare. Affectionate, intelligent and with a kind, gentle nature, they are ‘people pleasers’. This makes them fairly easy to train but they are clever but sometimes can come off as stubborn. Staffies need enough exercise as they are powerful and boisterously competitive. Although they get a negative portrayal in the media and by misinformed people, with correct breeding, handling and training these loving dogs can be the perfect pet for you.

Few Fun Facts:

  • Staffordshire bull terriers were bred in 19th Century Britain as fighting dogs
  • The breed shares common ancestors with the bulldog, the American Staffordshire terrier, the American pit bull terrier, and the bull terrier
  • It was probably developed by crossing the bulldog with an ancestor of the Manchester terrier
  • The Staffordshire bull terrier was recognised as a breed in 1935
  • The average cost of a pure-bred puppy registered with the Kennel Club is £500 to £600
  • The Stafford needs early socialization, especially if you want him to be friendly toward other animals.
  • The SBT is not recommended for a timid or first-time owner. This breed needs a confident trainer who is consistent and firm but also loving.
  • If properly socialized and raised with them, Staffordshire Bull Terriers can do well with other dogs and animals. It is important to understand that some Staffordshire Bull Terriers will never do well with other animals and may need to live in single animal homes.
  • Staffordshire Bull Terriers are extremely mouthy as puppies and can be destructive if not closely supervised.
  • Never buy a Stafford from a puppy mill, a pet store, or a breeder who doesn’t provide health clearances or guarantees. Look for a reputable breeder who tests her breeding dogs to make sure they’re free of genetic diseases that they might pass onto the puppies and who breeds for sound temperaments.

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The Purrrfect Starter Pack For Your Pet

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Dear easipetcare Friends,

Welcoming a new kitten or puppy into your home is an exciting time and you’ll want to make sure they receive all of their essential healthcare at the best value for money.

We have the most amazing money-saving offer at all our main centres to give your perfect puppy or cute kitten the very best start in life.

Our puppy and kitten pack cover their full vaccination course, a microchip, a course of deworming and defleaing treatment (with the UKs leading products), 10% off neutering and 4 weeks free insurance- all for ONLY £55. This is available at KetteringReadingChatham and on-sale at Burton  and Derby for an amazing £40 (our sale has been extended) !

Enjoy the benefits today - take a look at you local easipetcare main centre opening times to visit and buy your gorgeous new pets’ vaccination and all the extra health benefits and  protection your puppy and kitten pack provides.

Have great day,

Judy xxx

Postcode Pooches:The Most Popular Breed In Your Area

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Britain is undeniably a nation of dog lovers and now we have some data that shows the most popular pooches in your postcode.Ten years of microchip data by Petlog and Animalcare has revealed that the nation’s most tagged dog in the past decade has been the Labrador with over 509,000 registrations of the breed.In second place came the Jack Russell terrier with more than 376,000 animals tagged, while the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was third, with 356,000.

The Labrador might top the list in almost every county but there are some areas which favour other breeds such as Llandrindod Wells in Wales where Border Collies are a popular choice and Liverpudlian favour the fashionable Shih Tzu. The data, which included five million dogs also showed that the Jack Russell is the top breed for those living in the West of the UK and unsurprisingly Londoners were more likely to have smaller dogs such Daschshunds probably due to their compact size.

To see an interactive map and to check which breed is popular in your area click here.

Each month I will be giving you two  ‘Pooch Profile’ of the most popular breeds in Britain so be sure to visit the blog again.

Breeds tagged most frequently by Petlog and Animalcare across whole of the UK in past decade

Labrador Retriever 509,500
Jack Russell Terrier 376,300
Staffordshire Bull Terrier 356,000
Border Collie 233,700
Cocker Spaniel 224,400
English Springer Spaniel 194,700
German Shepherd 158,900
Yorkshire Terrier 144,800
Shih Tzu 117,900
Cavalier King Charles 116,400
West Highland White 112,000
Golden Retriever 91,400
Cavalier King Charles 116,400
West Highland White 112,000
Golden Retriever 91,400
Boxer 84,600

Have a super day,

Judy xxx

Getting Cold Feet:How To Keep Your Pet’s Paws Warm

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Dear easipetcare Friends,

As the cold begins to really *bite* it is important to remember that pets can be affected by this weather too.  Arthritis is exacerbated in winter particularly in chilly, damp conditions and cold air can irritate linings of the airways and make coughs worse-might even trigger asthma attacks.

Skin reactions with itchy spots can be generated by extreme weather and beware of fleas as the warmth of your heated home can trigger skin problems – make sure you keep up with parasite control.

The Blue Cross put together some tips to ensure you keep your pet well and safe during the winter season.

Have a lovely day,

Judy xxx

Still Struggling For Some Resolutions?

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Dear easipetcare Friends,

The new year is in full swing, and last week we gave you some suggestions for changes and improvements that you might want to make for your dog. Well Pet Pyjamas put together their own which can benefit both you and your pet.

Have a fab day,

Judy xxx

Pet Resolutions:Goals For Your Pet This Year

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Dear easipetcare Friends,

January is a time to make plans and set out goals for the year so don’t forget to include your pet too. Here are some top tips that can help towards your #petresolution. 

1) Exercise

Regular exercise has the obvious health benefits, but it also is a great time to bond with our pets. A simple daily walk helps a dog learn proper manners, provides some good quality time. Keeping pets at the proper body weight reduces the risk of heart and joint problems, diabetes, and a host of other poor health conditions.

2) Health Check Up

A regular visit to your veterinarian is the best way to stay ahead of potential problems. Annual examinations of teeth, heart/lungs, and body condition overall will be less costly than waiting for a problem to develop and your pet suffering needlessly from complications of preventable problems.

3) Good Nutrition

Like humans, pets who eat poor quality food just don’t have the health reserves than those that a good balanced diet. Poor skin, hair coat, muscle tone, and obesity problems can be a result of a poor diet. Also, pets are not humans — a diet rich in table scraps is not a healthy one, and can lead to problems such as obesity and pancreatitis.

4) Good Grooming

Regular grooming — bathing, toe nail clips, brushing teeth and hair coat, parasite control — not only make the pet more pleasing to be around, it is much healthier for the pet!

5) 2 Update Pet Microchip Info

Over the course of a year, a lot can change — people move, get new phone numbers, and forget to update their pet’s information. Often they only remember once the pet is lost. If any of your contact information has changed this past year, don’t wait — update their tags and microchip information today! It’s the best way to ensure a lost pet makes their way safely home.

Enjoy your day,

Judy xxx

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