Why You Should Neuter Your Cat

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Dear easipetcare Friends,

With our neutering offer on at the easipetcare main centres during Christmas Eve and New Year Eve, you might also want to know what the benefits are to neutering your cat:

  • Control of nuisance: Un-neutered male cats are likely to stray over a large area, will mark their territory with a very pungent spray and are much more likely to fight – with attendant noise nuisance.
  • Health issues: Fighting males are much more likely to spread diseases such as FIV and FeLV to other cats. They are also likely to suffer from fight injuries such as abscesses. Because they wander over a large area they are also at greater risk of suffering road traffic accidents.
  • Pet issues: Un-neutered male cats will wander from home and may not return. They may also spray inside the home and may be aggressive to their owners. Therefore it is desirable to neuter kittens early enough to ensure that the above problems are prevented. Most people do not want to live with an unneutered male cat.
  • Population control: Obviously male cats do not have kittens themselves and it only takes one male in an area to make lots of female cats pregnant, so neutering a female cat makes a great deal more difference to limiting numbers, but it all helps!

Should you need us we’re here right up until Christmas Eve, click here for the opening times of your nearest Main Veterinary Centre over the festive season . With vets in all our Main Veterinary Centres we’ve an amazing Christmas Eve offer of £15 on Cat Castrations and half price on dog microchips.

Have a lovely day,

Judy xx

*tips courtesy of international cat care

Making Christmas Merry for your Pets

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Dear easipetcare Friends,

At easipetcare we love Christmas; decorating the tree, buying presents, planning our festive menus and travelling to see friends and family.

We’re here to help you look after your pet all year, but at Christmas time it’s important that your precious pet is included in your festive planning so here’s some tips to ensure that Fido and Fluffy will have a very merry time too.

Tree’s are a dogs best friend!

While our doggies love nothing better than a tree when out on their walk, a decorated Christmas Tree can be dangerous for pets.  The decorations may look like a toy to your pet but if they break or are swallowed, it won’t be a very happy Christmas
• Choose decorations that aren’t made of glass and don’t hang them on the lower branches where your pets could reach them
• Some real trees carry moulds that can cause allergic reactions in dogs, so keep an eye out for any respiratory problems as this could be the cause
• Some dogs will try and drink the water in the base of a real tree which could make them ill so best to keep it covered up
• The same applies to tinsel, garlands and lights which are attractive to dogs so please keep them out of reach.  The extra wires you’ll have for the Christmas lights need to be safely covered too as an inquisitive dog could give them a nibble
• Festive plants such as holly, poinsettias and mistletoe are toxic to pets too

Should you find your pet has any unexplained symptoms then please do call a vet for advice.

Celebrate with a cuddle..and present!

Having lots of family and friends means your pets will be getting extra cuddles but to make them feel really special buying them a gift will ensure they can join in the excitement on Christmas morning.

There are so many presents to choose from and our friends at The Pet Hut have some fabulous festive gifts at affordable prices.  You’ll find The Pet Hut stores throughout the UK and you can click here to find your nearest one.

Look out for Part 2 of our Christmas Tips for your pets.

Enjoy your day,

Judy xxx

Planning Ahead For The Holidays

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Dear easipetcare Friends,

As we approach the festive season many of us will be travelling to visit family and  friends and sometimes that means leaving behind our furry friends. To ensure that you have a peace of mind while you are away careful planning for your pet’s care is needed. Here are some tips courtesy of Pets Adviser to help to reduce the stress and worry of leaving your pets.

Have  a lovely day,

Judy xxx

Freestyle Project : Flying Dogs

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Dear easipetcare Friends,

Dog lover, German photographer Julia Christie, has put together a collection of her favourite canine furry friends captured mid-air for project called Freestyle. After being asked to shoot for  an animal pharmaceutical product the images feature more than 100 dogs posing mid -air for the camera before landing safely on a mattress. See some of their best ‘vogue’ mid-air poses here.

Have a lovely day,

Judy xxx

The Dogs Are ‘Happy’ Too

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Dear easipetcare Friends,

The most downloaded song in the UK charts this year has also made some furry friends very ‘Happy’. This puppy and dog version of the hit will definitely bring a smile to your face….and your pet’s too!

Have super day,

Judy xxx

Pet Obesity On the Rise

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Dear easipetcare Friends

A recent study by Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association  (PFMA) suggests a substantial increase in number of overweight animals in the last five years.

Although pet owners’ awareness of pet obesity has increased by 30% since 2009, this is not leading to actions to prevent prevent pet obesity. Most vets believe that pet obesity is still on the rise and they estimate that up to 45% of all pets they treat are overweight or obese*

Obese or over-weight pets can suffer from numerous related health problems such as diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and respiratory diseases.

Remember easipetcare main centres offer FREE Health Checks with one of our lovely veterinary nurses who will be able to advise you on things such as weight management and nutritional suggestions for your pet.

* Source: Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association.

Have a lovely day,

Judy xxx

Who Has the Best Moustache?

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Dear easipetcare Friends,

In honour of  Men’s Health Awareness Month, Movember, Pet Pyjamas have put together a collection of  the best tash-tastic pets out there- there some very interesting participants too.

Have a lovely day,

Judy xxx

How To Reduce Firework Fear For Your Pet

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Dear easipetcare Friends,

Fireworks season is under way with Bonfire Night round the corner, and as a responsible pet owner it is important to make sure that your pet doesn’t get unsettled by the loud bangs and whistles associated with fireworks.
There are positive ways to help limit the distress to your pets and to protect and reassure them.

What can you do?

• Create a safe, comfortable and quiet den/indoor retreat and move hutches inside. Also leave food, water and a litter tray nearby.
• Close curtains, shut doors and windows and put on the TV or radio (not too loud) to mask the noise of the fireworks.
• Leave your pet to settle and don’t fuss over them. Holding or stroking them when they are anxious may cause them to make sudden movements.
• Be vigilant of closing front and back doors. Some pets might run away to escape the noise so please ensure they are wearing an ID collar and microchipped in case this happens. Remember at easipetcare  microchipping costs are from £10.
You can also buy calming plug-in diffusers like Adaptil for dogs or Feliway for cats which release natural scents to relax and calm your pet - just give your nearest easipetcare Main Centre  call and one of our friendly staff will be able to help.

Keep your pet safe and sound this firework season!

Have a super day,

Judy xxx

Keeping Your Pets Safe This Halloween

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Dear easipetcare Friends,

Halloween can be a fun, festive time for families and their pets. However it is important to remember to keep your pet safe during this time of the year. Here are some tips to get your cuddly four legged friend out of harm’s way:

• Keep treats off the floor and out of reach of your pet. At this time of the year chocolate is a popular treat and you must ensure your pet isn’t eating any as it can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, rapid breathing and seizures. If you notice any of these symptoms please take them to your local vets immediately.

• Pumpkins add to the spirit of Halloween but please ensure your pet, particularly if you have a cat, isn’t close to any candles to swipe them off or knock over any lanterns.

• Even the friendliest dogs can become distresses from the constant knocking at the door at trick or treat peak hours. Provide a safe, quiet place  to avoid them getting stressed by the constant noise.

• Halloween isn’t the ideal time for your pet to wander unattended. Make sure your pet is microchipped – should they escape or not return for any reason. Easipetcare offer great prices on their microchipping so please visit the website.

Now that you and your pet  are safely prepared for Halloween, here are some costume ideas should you decide to dress up your pet this year. pet-halloween-costume-291__605 pet-halloween-costume-351__605 pet-halloween-costume-112__880 pet-halloween-costume-312__605 pet-halloween-costume-74__605 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA pet-halloween-costume-371__605 pet-halloween-costume-76__605 pet-halloween-costume-69__605 pet-halloween-costume-72__605

Feline Friends From All Over World

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Dear easipetcare Friends,

The biggest cat show, was this weekend and played host to around 1,600 various species of cats from all over the world. The World Cat Show took place in Prague and  here are some amazing pictures of some of the feline visitors.

Have a lovely day,

Judy xxx

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