Did you know over 50% of dogs stolen are stolen from garden? This week is Pet Awareness Week.The purpose is to create awareness and give support and advice to owners about the best ways to keep their pet safe and what to do should their pet be lost or stolen. Your best chances of getting your pet back safely and quickly is with a microchip. , which easipetcare offer from an a amazing cost of £10.
When you think of a family pet, many will think of dogs, cats, rabbits, and guinea pigs maybe even goldfish. But how many can say that they have a magpie as a pet? Well a family from Australia rescued a magpie three years ago and Penguin is now world famous thanks to the social media platform, Instagram. “Penguin loves to cuddle in bed, give kisses and play catch with a sock” says the Bloom family. And her own Instagram account, Penguin provides regular updates on her life as a family pet. It just goes to show a well-loved family pet doesn’t always have four legs and fur.
It is the climax of the biggest dog show in the world and the Best in Show prize went to Knopa, the Scottish Terrier. Five year old Knop was the first of his breed to win the prestigious category, although this is not his first time winning at Crufts. In 2013, he won Best in Breed and this year returned to scoop the biggest prize of the competition.
The biggest dog show in the world, Crufts, opened its doors yesterday and had almost 5,000 dogs on day one. Many of the pooches were dressed to the nines in their patterned onesies and sparkly outfits. The competition runs through till Sunday and will see up to 22,000 dogs showing off their silky coats, pristine appearance and exemplary behaviour. Yesterday was the turn of the gundog group, popular family breeds such as Labradors filled the arena. You will have to wait until Sunday for the hotly anticipated Best in Show.
Easter is just around the corner and while we are all looking forward to celebrating with family, friends and furries,here are some tips to ensure that your precious pet remains safe.
Keep Those Paws Off The Sweet Stuff
Easter brings an abundance of sweets and chocolate into the house and it is important to keep these out of reach of Fido or Fluffy.
Chocolate contains a chemical that can elevate the heart rate of dogs and cause vomiting, diarrhoea and potentially fatal seizures so be extra vigilant.
Other foods that you should keep away from your pet include onions, grapes, garlic and raisins.
The Dangers of Decorations
Easter is also a time when colourful plants and flowers are brought into the house but do be aware as some of these can be harmful to your pet. Easter lilies and daffodils are poisonous if consumed and may lead to organ damage. Artificial grass that is often found in Easter baskets or decorative displays can be damaging to your pet too.
Pet Theft Awareness Week
On average four dogs and three cats are stolen every day in the UK. This year’s Pet Theft Awareness Week runs between 14th and 21st of March with the purpose to create awareness and give support and advice to owners about the best ways to keep their pet safe and what to do should their pet be lost or stolen.
Your best chance of getting your pet back safely and quickly in this situation is with a microchip and by 2016 all dog owners will be required by law to have their dog microchipped. If you are still to get your pooch or feline friend protected in this way, then at easipetcare we offer microchips at a low cost - visit our website for details.
Pet of the Month: Crufts Special
You might not be able to attend Crufts this year but don’t worry because we have a competition that can still make your pet a winner!
easipetcare presents their Crufts Pet of the Month competition which has 3 categories: Best Hairdo, Best Selfie and the main winner – Best Poser. Just post a picture of your pet on our Facebook stating which category you are entering your pet. Prizes will include £20 easipetcare voucher and in addition to this the main winner will get vouchers for Jollyes Pet Store and Just for Pets. Competition ends on Tuesday 31st of March – Term & Conditions apply.
Sending our best wishes to you all for an egg-citing Easter time and a very hoppy Easter to all our bunny owners!
With easipetcare, we offer two different types of vaccinations for kittens; RCP (flu & enteritis) and Leucofeligen (flu, enteritis & leukaemia). With the RCP vaccine, the earliest a kitten can be vaccinate is 9 weeks and 8 weeks if they are having the Leucofeligen with the second vaccine administered 3-4 weeks after. Again just like with pups, we advise that the kittens stay in for an extra week after the 2nd vaccination. Similarly we would recommend that every year your cat has a yearly booster to keep them protected.
So what do the different vaccines cover?
RCP- a must for all
This vaccine fights against cat flu and enteritis. Cat flu is common in the UK and can be serious especially for kittens and older cats. It is spread by direct contact between cats or through sneezing. Symptoms include runny nose and eyes, high temperature and extreme lethargy. Enteritis is very unpleasant and often fatal. Also known as feline parvo, it attacks the digestive system and symptoms include vomiting and diarrhoea and if a cat is infected can die in less than 24 hours. As it is infectious, if there are other pets in the house they can be affected too.
Leucofeligen – a must for outdoor cats
Protects against the above as well as leukaemia. It very contagious and is passed on through feline bodily fluids such as blood, saliva and urine. It can take months to develop an infection but it will begin to affect the cats immune system, causing secondary infections, tumour and eventually death –normally within 3 years. This is the most common vaccine for cats as it covers them against all three of the main feline infections.
Feline chlamydia- depends on your circumstances
You may also choice to vaccinate your cat against bacterial cat flu chlamydias that can cause a recurrent conjunctivitis . Also another vaccination is for rabies if planning on travelling abroad 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.
The importance of neutering or spaying your pet is greater now than ever – not only for health reasons but also for the thousands of pets in the UK, and millions around around the world, that are abandoned every day through lack of responsible pet ownership. To support World Spay Day on the 24 February, easipetcare main centres will be donating £5 for each dog and £2.50 for each cat that we neuter on that day to a nominated animal charity. Cost shouldn’t be a barrier for essential pet care such as neutering so take a look at our amazing low cost prices.
Happy Valentines Day ! Don’t forget to treat your precious pet too – tell us how you pet lets you know they love and post a picture too on our Facebook wall and you could win £50 worth of easipetcare vouchers to show them how much you love them! Have a day and here are some of our favourite ‘love- filled’ pet memes to get you going!