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  • Rockster’s Legacy
    The post Rockster’s Legacy by Kellie B. Gormly appeared first on Dogster. Copying over entire articles infringes on copyright laws. You may not be aware of it, but all of these articles were assigned, contracted and paid for, so they aren't considered public domain. However, we appreciate that you like the article and would love it if you continued sharing just the first paragraph of an article, then linking out to the rest of the piece on Dogster.com. Our time with our furry buddies is never quite long enough, given their short life spans and how important they are to us. Thankfully, though, The Rockster — a legendary rescued mutt who inspired a line of premium dog food — blessed the world with 21 years before he died in June surrounded by his family in London. Rockster, thought to be one of the oldest dogs in the world, found British newlyweds Zoe and Sven Ley while they were on their honeymoon in the Naples region in May of 2004. The couple found this emaciated dog on the steps of La Conca del Sogno restaurant. They were so moved with instant love for the sweet pooch that they canceled the ... read more
    Source: DogsterPublished on 2020-09-08
  • New Hotel Goes To The Dogs
    The post New Hotel Goes To The Dogs by Annie Butler Shirreffs appeared first on Dogster. Copying over entire articles infringes on copyright laws. You may not be aware of it, but all of these articles were assigned, contracted and paid for, so they aren't considered public domain. However, we appreciate that you like the article and would love it if you continued sharing just the first paragraph of an article, then linking out to the rest of the piece on Dogster.com. Best Friends Animal Society has introduced the next level in pet-centric lodging with the opening of its Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile. Not only does the Roadhouse and Mercantile cater to the traveling public in search of pet-friendly accommodations, it fully supports the lifesaving work of Best Friends Animal Society. pet friendly hotelPhoto: Molly Wald/Best Friends Animal Society The Roadhouse was designed by Salt Lake City architects Wow Atelier and interior designer Jillian Kliewer, and is located among the famous red rocks of Kanab, Utah. The Roadhouse offers travelers and their pets 30 regular rooms and 10 suites, including two two-level suites, all with pet-thoughtful amenities like ... read more
    Source: DogsterPublished on 2020-09-08
  • The life of an Animal Care Assistant key worker during Coronavirus
    We recently caught up with Ashley Stevens, who has been working at NAWT since June 2019, to ask her about the impact that Covid-19 has had on her role as an Animal Care Assistant at our Hertfordshire centre. How has the Coronavirus changed your working life? "Unfortunately, our centre has struggled. We’ve had to cancel our main fundraisers such as our open days and whilst we are closed to the public, we have no income from our cafe or reception/gift shop areas. ... read more
    Source: NAWTPublished on 2020-09-07
  • Why Your Dog Needs to be on a Leash in Public Places
    The post Why Your Dog Needs to be on a Leash in Public Places by Annie Burdick appeared first on Dogster. Copying over entire articles infringes on copyright laws. You may not be aware of it, but all of these articles were assigned, contracted and paid for, so they aren't considered public domain. However, we appreciate that you like the article and would love it if you continued sharing just the first paragraph of an article, then linking out to the rest of the piece on Dogster.com. Your dog is well behaved; he never runs off or gets aggressive with other dogs. And that’s wonderful. But that also doesn’t mean your dog should be let off-leash in public spaces. There are so many variables when it comes to taking your dog in public, and you never know what can happen. Keeping your dog —and the people around you — safe starts with keeping him on a leash. Why you should keep even well-trained dogs on a leash Even if you’re convinced that your dog is so well-trained that he would absolutely never run off or misbehave, don’t underestimate the temptations and distractions of the outside world. Even the most ... read more
    Source: DogsterPublished on 2020-09-07
  • The Tragedy of the Impulse-bought ‘Pandemic Pups’
    New statistics provide a state-of-the-nation picture of life in lockdown, as thousands sought canine companionship to get through the isolation and anxiety caused by the coronavirus pandemic.   The research, released this week by the Kennel Club as part of its #BePuppywise campaign, shows 41 per cent of those who bought a pandemic puppy said the main reason was to have a lockdown companion, 38 per cent said it was because they were at home more, and 27 per cent got their puppy to help them or their family through the difficult lockdown period.   Almost two thirds (63 per cent) of those who bought a puppy during the pandemic believed lockdown was the perfect time to get a puppy – with three quarters also stating their dog was the best thing about lockdown – yet thousands missed red flags in the process: 27 per cent paid money before actually seeing their puppy 42 per cent didn’t see the puppy’s breeding environment, in real-life or via video call An overwhelming 83 per cent weren’t asked any questions by the breeder about their suitability as owners Shockingly, almost a quarter (24 per cent) of pandemic puppy buyers ... read more
    Source: PetsmagPublished on 2020-08-17
  • How can humans overcome separation anxiety from their pets?
    School re-openings are just a few weeks away. Furlough schemes are changing, and lockdown restrictions are loosening. What will it be like for the nation’s pets and their owners as home life changes? There has been a lot of advice about preparing your pets for your return to work, but National Animal Welfare Trust recognises that after a long period at home, owners may well experience symptoms of separation anxiety as they spend more time away from home. ... read more
    Source: NAWTPublished on 2020-08-13
  • Keeping NAWT animals cool during hot weather
    We have all enjoyed some glorious weather recently, sun cream has been needed and the BBQ has been very busy!  However the hot weather can be sometimes be dangerous for our animal friends, which is why the staff at NAWT have been taking extra steps to make sure they are happy, comfortable and healthy.   ... read more
    Source: NAWTPublished on 2020-08-13
  • Rabbits Endure Lifetime of Lockdown Warning
    While many of us may have struggled with isolation during lockdown, sadly hundreds of thousands of rabbits face a lifetime of endless isolation and loneliness says leading veterinary charity PDSA. The charity is raising awareness of the plight our cotton-tailed companions suffer during Rabbit Awareness Week (which started on 10 August) when animal charities and organisations come together in a bid to address the rabbit welfare crisis. Despite being incredibly social animals, PDSA’s Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report found that shockingly half (49%) of all UK rabbits live alone (equating to around 440,000 rabbits) and a quarter (25%, around 230,000 rabbits) are kept in inadequate housing conditions, such as cramped hutches. PDSA Vet Lynne James said:  “Worryingly, PDSA’s Report also found that over a 24-hour period, rabbits spend an average of 11 hours inside their hutch. Sadly, one-in-ten (10%) rabbits don’t have a run, living their lives in a hutch, and a further one-in-ten (11%) rabbits don’t even have enough room in their runs to hop. “During lockdown, many of us will have experienced feelings of isolation, boredom and loneliness. But while we can begin to ease out of lockdown into a new kind of normality, our PAW Report findings show ... read more
    Source: PetsmagPublished on 2020-08-12
  • Marley’s Mission – accomplished thanks to NAWT supporters!
    Poor Marley arrived at the NAWT Clacton centre in a very bad way and in need of urgent medical attention.This shy, senior dog had large masses on his head and neck. His ears were also in need of treatment and he had painfully matted fur, making his daily life very uncomfortable. It was clear to see that this sweet natured boy was affected by his ailments. He spent a lot of time just laying still on his bed, but with patience and the help of some tasty treats, the team made friends with Marley. ... read more
    Source: NAWTPublished on 2020-08-07
  • Adorable felines hoping to meet you this CLAWgust
    Meet some of our furry feline residents below, who are hoping to find themselves a loving new home this Clawgust.Mo:Say hello to handsome and confident Mo from the Berkshire centre. This young boy has a playful side to him, but also enjoys his peace and quiet with plenty of naps.He is also a bit of a wanderer, so access to the great outdoors with lots of room to explore is very important.Tabitha: ... read more
    Source: NAWTPublished on 2020-08-07
  • Launch of UK’s First Cat-only Eye Clinic By The London Cat Clinic
    The London Cat Clinic (www.thelondoncatclinic.co.uk) is set to launch the UK’s first, and only, dedicated ophthalmology (eye) clinic for cats. The exciting new facility will be headed up by renowned veterinary ophthalmologist Dr Ursula Dietrich. Ursula has decades of high-profile international experience in the field and is shortly to step down as senior lecturer in veterinary ophthalmology at The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) to take up her new post. Ursula has contributed to books and international research papers within the specialism and has held other prestigious positions including Chair of the Scientific Committee of European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists from 2007-2012 and was member of the Examination Committee of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists from 2002-2006 and Associate Editor (Ophthalmology) of the Journal of Small Animal Practice since 2012-18. In addition, Ursula holds Diplomas from the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Opthalmologists. She said: “I am thrilled to take on this new role, heading up The London Cat Clinic’s new opthalmology centre. The clinic is doing wonderful things in feline veterinary care as the largest specialist practice devoted solely to cats in the UK. The ophthalmology service is the next exciting development in achieving our goal ... read more
    Source: PetsmagPublished on 2020-08-05
  • Happy endings – a roundup of rehomings during lockdown
    The lockdown has certainly been an unpleasant experience for everyone to some extent, but thankfully there have been many lovely rehoming stories to help us look on the bright side and focus on something more positive during these strange times.Rufus: ... read more
    Source: NAWTPublished on 2020-08-04
  • Say hello to some of our residents still waiting to be rehomed after lockdown
    Although we have managed to rehome plenty of animals during the lockdown, some are still waiting for their loving new owners. Click on the links below for more details on rehoming.Oscar – CornwallOscar is a very sweet old boy that loves a lap to sleep on, a sunny spot to sunbathe in or a comfortable bed. He can be a quiet boy...until it comes to meal times, then he will make himself known! ... read more
    Source: NAWTPublished on 2020-08-04
  • Can Our Dogs Eat Vegan and Vegetarian Meals?
    Everybody wants the best for our furry friends, whether we’re buying them natural cooked dog food or a new collar that matches their personality. The topic of vegan and vegetarian meals for dogs has garnered attention lately, attracting Google search interest scores of up to 100 over the last year, as you can see in the graph below. This increase in interest in vegetarianism for pets is likely due to the growing number of vegans and vegetarians across the UK — statistics report there were 600,000 vegans in the UK in 2019, so it isn’t surprising to learn that we’re considering this diet shift for our furry friends too. After all, if we want the best for them, we must find out if what is good for us is good for them too. So, lets address the all-important question — can dogs eat vegan and vegetarian meals? It’s important to research around what is best to give our pets considering they can’t tell us how their food is making them feel…unless if you’re Dr Dolittle. Carnivores or omnivores? A fun fact: Dogs evolved from wolves. From this, it’s reasonable to assume that our beloved furry friends have the ... read more
    Source: PetsmagPublished on 2020-07-28
  • Spotlight: The London Cat Clinic on Main Cat Eye Problems
    The London Cat Clinic ( www.thelondoncatclinic.co.uk), which is set to open the UK’s first UK centre dedicated to treating eye conditions in cats in September, is highlighting the main eye conditions affecting felines in a bid to keep our pets’ eyes healthy.  Leading feline eye specialist, Dr Ursula Dietrich, who will run the clinic’s ophthalmology service, revealed: “Cats’ eyes have great visual acuity, as they are predators first and foremost. There are a number of eye conditions affecting cats, some of which are caused by the Feline Herpes Virus, which affects around 80% of all cats, some conditions specific to the brachycephalic or flat-faced breeds such as Persian or Burmese cats and injuries caused by other cats, or while roaming.” Here, Ursula highlights the main problems affecting cats’ eyes, and how to recognise the signs and symptoms of these conditions. A variety of eye conditions in the cat are linked to an infection with Feline Herpes Virus (FHV). The virus is very common and easily transmitted among large cat groups, such as catteries, multiple cat households and boarding facilities. Most cats get infected at a very early age after maternal antibodies have waned around 8-12 weeks. After an initial ... read more
    Source: PetsmagPublished on 2020-07-21
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