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Cats are very particular animals that enjoy the stability of their routines and can be pretty picky with the people they interact with.
As a parent or someone who frequently has kids visiting, you might be worried that your feline friend will not be too keen on having small, often loud and energetic humans in th... Read more >
Published 21 Jun 2022
Summer provides lots of opportunities to enjoy the warm weather with your horse, but it can also bring some health issues.
Here are some of the most common problems that horse owners might encounter this season and what to do when faced with them.
Dehydration can happen when a horse loses more wate... Read more >
Published 09 Jun 2022
As the sunny days of high summer are getting closer, we would like to take some time to talk about the damage the sun can do to our dogs.
Sunburn and skin cancer are just as significant in our pets as in people! Even if you and your dogs arent often out on lengthy outdoors adventures, its vital to protect th... Read more >
Published 03 Jun 2022
Do you know about Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease? Also called FLUTD for short, this set of conditions is a common challenge for cat owners, and many of us have had direct experience with the problem.
The most important thing about FLUTD is that you should never ignore signs of urinary distress in your pets! ... Read more >
Published 12 May 2022
Strangles is a highly infectious equine disease caused by a bacteria called Streptococcus equi equi that causes severe abscesses in the neck area, high fever and nasal discharges.
This illness can quickly spread throughout your herd, and proper sanitary measures are required to make sure that it is contained and... Read more >
Published 25 Apr 2022
Did you know that there are over 3 million new pets in UK homes since the beginning of the Covid pandemic?
If you were one of the new pet owners, you might have struggled with proper socialisation. As we were spending more time at home and observing social distancing to help fight the spread of Coronavirus, some... Read more >
Published 13 Apr 2022
The number of cats that are kept indoors permanently has boomed in recent years as more and more people live in apartments or because owners choose to keep them away from dangerous traffic and potential altercations with stray animals.
Fortunately, cats can be terrific indoor-only pets, and they take to their sp... Read more >
Published 31 Mar 2022
Dangerous airborne viruses that can cause respiratory and neurological diseases are not just for humans. Equine herpes virus (EHV-1 and EHV-4) is a virus that has a worldwide distribution and is highly contagious, which means that your horses are at risk of being affected, especially if they travel extensively.
... Read more >
Published 25 Mar 2022
With the end of winter fast approaching, this is the perfect opportunity to plan some fun outdoor activities for spring!
Around this time of the year, youre also likely to see more dog hair around the house as your dogs shed their warm winter coat, so weve put together our top three tips to make sure that yo... Read more >
Published 09 Mar 2022
The most common question cat owners have is "Should I groom my cat?", especially if they are first time owners!
We all know that cats are pretty much self-sufficient when it comes to cleaning their fur and skin, but there are many situations where you'll need to intervene.
Keep reading to learn when and how t... Read more >
Published 16 Feb 2022
Winter is a difficult time for all of us, horses included! Keeping up with exercise when the weather is dreadful can be a chore, but it's vital for our equine friends' health.
With reduced exercise and increased confinement to smaller spaces, your horses have a risk of weight increase and even obesity. Due to gene... Read more >
Published 26 Jan 2022
Understanding our dog's behaviour can be challenging at times.
While a wagging tail greeting us when we get home is usually easy to interpret, there are subtle signs in canine communication that we may have difficulty reading.
In this article, we will go over some interesting facts on dog behaviour that ca... Read more >
Published 12 Jan 2022
With 2021 coming to an end, we would like to invite you to take a moment to reflect on how important your pets have been in your life this year.
They can really be our lifeline sometimes, providing us with moments of comfort, greeting us with contagious joy and making sure that we are never alone.
We are sure tha... Read more >
Published 28 Dec 2021
Digestion is a vital physiologic process, as it allows the nutrients in food to become available and be absorbed into the bloodstream, thus fuelling a horse's body.
As large, herbivorous animals, horses have a complex yet delicate digestive system, and any disturbances to their digestion can lead to health compl... Read more >
Published 15 Dec 2021
Halloween and Bonfire night are behind us, and we are all looking forward to the jolliest season of the year. As November settles in, we'd like to take a little time to remind you of the most common winter hazards that you may face with your dog!
Dogs are especially vulnerable to toxic substances like antifree... Read more >
Published 22 Nov 2021
With the weather getting colder, snuggling comfortably with our pets at home feels like the perfect weekend plan.
But even pets equipped with the best fur coat can feel the cold, so we should ensure that they remain comfortable as winter approaches.
That said, we've put together three tips to help your pets d... Read more >
Published 04 Nov 2021
Mud fever can be a challenging problem for horse owners during the wetter months of autumn and winter, requiring careful management of both the horses affected as well as their paddocks and fields.
This illness is caused by a bacterial infection affecting the lower portion of the leg due to muddy and wet conditi... Read more >
Published 20 Oct 2021
Food toys are some of the best toys for dogs, and its easy to understand why! They combine all the advantages of treat-motivated training sessions with stimulating physical and mental exercises that will keep your pet thoroughly entertained.
Puzzle feeders can be given to any dog, but they are also excellent a... Read more >
Published 13 Oct 2021
Dogs are intelligent animals, and mental stimulation is essential for them to lead a happy, and healthy life.
With the kids being back at school and the family spending less time at home, why not invest some time in teaching your dog a new trick?
Learning is a great way to stimulate your dog's cognitive abili... Read more >
Published 20 Sep 2021
As our pets grow older, they go through a significant number of changes. They may not enjoy moving as much, they may lose some sharpness to their senses, and they may suffer from chronic conditions such as kidney disease, osteoarthritis or diabetes.
Keeping an eye out for these changes is very important as our p... Read more >
Published 01 Sep 2021
Last Sunday was International Cat Day, a day created to celebrate our feline friends.
At The Pet Professionals, we believe all days should be 'cat days', so we're keeping the celebration going, and we're going to share with you our three top tips to help you enrich your cat's life.
#1 - Meeting basi... Read more >
Published 09 Aug 2021
Summer's here! For most of us, this means that it's time for a break and we can enjoy a few days of relaxing with the family.
If you're planning to stay local this year, this is the perfect opportunity to organise activities that include your four-legged friends.
With this in mind, keep reading our advice to ... Read more >
Published 13 Jul 2021
Has your dog ever growled at you for picking up their favourite toy?
Several situations and even medical conditions can cause a dog to be aggressive. Today, we'll be going over one of them, called resource guarding.
What sort of things may trigger resource guarding?
Some of the most common ... Read more >
Published 07 Jul 2021
Sun, relaxation and plenty of adventures are the biggest draws of the season!
But with all the nice experiences we can enjoy during the warmer weather, there are some concerns that pet owners need to keep in mind.
One of the most important ones is heatstroke and how it can be dangerous, even deadly, to your p... Read more >
Published 14 Jun 2021
Like any other animal, including ourselves, horses can suffer from a multitude of injuries that may result in open wounds.
Today, we're covering three important aspects to consider when facing wounds in horses that can help you be prepared for an unexpected situation.
#1 - Vet contact information
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Published 02 Jun 2021
Throughout the years, there have been several developments in veterinary medicine, and with these, specialisation in different areas of clinical practice.
Just like human medical doctors, veterinary surgeons can choose an area of expertise that theyre keen on and pursue further education and training on the subj... Read more >
Published 19 May 2021
Have you noticed that your dog has been gaining weight despite eating the same amount of food, is less energetic, and his or her hair is thinning?
These are common signs of hypothyroidism, an endocrine disease of the thyroid gland that can affect dogs, especially after a certain age.
The thyroid gla... Read more >
Published 04 May 2021
Fun fact about horses' anatomy and respiratory system:
Did you know that whilst most other mammals, such as cats and dogs, have 13 pairs of ribs, horses usually have 18?
This means that their chest is longer, allowing it to accommodate a large set of lungs that have a capacity of around 55 litres, which is ni... Read more >
Published 19 Apr 2021
Spring brings us some of the best experiences of the year! The days start getting longer and warmer, and the dreary weather of winter slowly makes way for springtime bloom.
Even though there are still plenty of movement restrictions, the spring green and extra light make everyone a little more cheerful, even tho... Read more >
Published 07 Apr 2021
If there's one good thing that came out of this pandemic, it would have to be a strengthened relationship between ourselves and our pets.
Pets have provided us with an unparalleled source of company and support in these challenging times, which we believe to be related to the increased demand for pets that we've... Read more >
Published 26 Mar 2021
Equine grass sickness (EGS) has caused significant losses in the horse, pony and donkey population, especially in the UK, which is the country with the highest incidence of this terrible disease. As it has a 95% mortality rate and no known cause, this condition is of great concern to owners in affected areas.
... Read more >
Published 04 Mar 2021
What is so great about a cat?
There is no right answer to this question as there are so many facets of this species that fascinate us their independent nature, yet the strong bond that unites us, their elegant grace, yet their clumsy antics, their ruthlessness as predators, yet their gentle affection towards ... Read more >
Published 02 Mar 2021
Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic and associated government restrictions, our routines seem to be constantly changing. If we are finding this difficult to manage, imagine how confused our pets may be feeling!
Domestic animals rely on stable routines to thrive, which means that disruptions can cause them ... Read more >
Published 05 Feb 2021
January 2021, it's the beginning of a New Year, and if you're like most people who set New Year's resolutions, you're likely to have written down 'eat better', 'start exercising' or 'lose 2 kgs' on your list.
If you find these goals relatable, so do we, as it is well known that proper nutrition, an active lifest... Read more >
Published 25 Jan 2021
We can't help but have high hopes for 2021, and we wish this new year is kinder to us all than 2020!
Whether you are the type of person that likes to take a moment to reflect on the year that has passed and set resolutions and goals for the new one or not, we have a suggestion for you.
This year, why not make... Read more >
Published 05 Jan 2021
Finally, it is the week of Christmas, and we cant help but feel excited! It is true that this is not going to be the Christmas that we wished for, but we hope you still get to enjoy the holidays as best you can, and the warmth that characterises this season.
There are things that do not change, however, which ... Read more >
Published 23 Dec 2020
Recent surveys indicate that the demand for pets during the current Coronavirus pandemic has increased significantly.
Pets are, indeed, a great source of company and comfort during these unprecedented times, and pet ownership is one of the most wonderful experiences life has to offer us!
But as good as it is ... Read more >
Published 07 Dec 2020
November is Pet Diabetes Month!
Diabetes is a metabolic disease that can affect both ourselves and our pets.
The disease is caused by insufficient production of insulin, the hormone responsible for keeping blood sugar (glucose) levels under control, or due to cells becoming resistant to its action.
Accordi... Read more >
Published 20 Nov 2020
As winter is fast approaching, we would like to take some time to talk about our cats' relationship with the cold and the different ways that it can affect their comfort.
If we had to point out some of the most common features of our beloved domestic felines, we'd probably have "love warm spots to sleep on!" quite... Read more >
Published 05 Nov 2020
When we think of digestion, the first organ that usually comes to mind tends to be the stomach. However, all of the digestive organs are equally important to guarantee your horse's nutrition, and the digestive process starts in the mouth.
So, what should we keep in mind regarding our horses' oral health care?
... Read more >
Published 22 Oct 2020
Every season has its grace, and autumn has arrived bringing us shorter days, beautiful colours and a longing for cosiness and evenings by the fire.
Bringing some joy to this unprecedented year, autumn celebrations are fast approaching, so this is the perfect opportunity to go over some important pet safety preca... Read more >
Published 08 Oct 2020
Preventive medicine is the best way for us to keep our pets healthy, but, unfortunately, health is not something that we can always predict and control. Accidents can happen, and there are a number of illnesses that cannot be easily avoided, such as cancer and heart disease, for example.
But theres something w... Read more >
Published 28 Sep 2020
The summer sun brings serious summer fun! Our countryside walks are back in full swing, with all due distancing and safety precautions of course, and there is nothing better than taking our doggy friends for a day out near the lake or jog around the forest ponds.
However, before all of this awesome fun can start... Read more >
Published 28 Aug 2020
We are what we eat, and the same is true for our four-legged friends.
We can't stress enough how much a balanced diet is important for your pet's health, so we've prepared a Q&A for you with common questions dog owners have regarding their pet's nutritional needs!
#1: What should I feed my dog?
... Read more >
Published 13 Aug 2020
The heat is back on, summer is in full swing and horse owners are faced with a difficult challenge.
How do you keep up with exercise and work needs in this hot weather?
During this time, heat stress is a significant concern for all owners, and it's vital to keep monitoring your horse's hydration status and w... Read more >
Published 05 Aug 2020
For most people, when they bring a new pet home, one of the first thoughts that cross their mind is to take him or her to the vet to make sure that they are healthy.
If this is the first time you have owned a pet, even after you've done lots of preparation and research, that first appointment can be overwhelming... Read more >
Published 15 Jul 2020
Particular as they may be, cats have wonderful personalities and make great companion animals and furry friends.
However, sometimes cats can show aggression towards their owners and other pets, which can be very detrimental to the bond between them and the home environment, and even dangerous in extreme situatio... Read more >
Published 22 Jun 2020
With the beautiful weather weve been having lately, we feel this is the perfect opportunity to share with you our top three tips to help you enjoy Summer with your four-legged companions.
#1: Keep your pets protected from heatstroke
As usual, prevention always comes first!
Heatstroke occurs when your pet... Read more >
Published 10 Jun 2020
One of the most beautiful landscapes that spring has to offer us is a vast, luscious green pasture, with the sun shining up in the blue sky and the opportunity for our horses to graze freely and enjoy nature.
However, as horse owners are well aware, fresh spring grass is very sugary and, if you have ro... Read more >
Published 20 May 2020
April showers bring not only May flowers, but they also bring a lot of parasite concerns. Warmer weather invites all sorts of creepy crawlies into your garden and straight onto your pets (and family!).
Keeping your dog's flea and worm treatment up to date is essential all year-round, but during Spring, there is ... Read more >
Published 12 May 2020
Cats may seem to be whimsical pets who enjoy doing all sorts of random things (usually involving pushing fragile objects off the shelves!) but, the truth is, they are animals that rely on stable routines to feel confident and safe.
They like to know who will be home (and when), at what hours they can expect ... Read more >
Published 28 Apr 2020
With the UK in lockdown, it's essential that you, as a horse owner, know what to do to ensure your horse is properly cared for whilst keeping yourself safe and complying with the government's recommendations.
Attending to your horse's basic needs is considered essential and, therefore, allowed. However, this means... Read more >
Published 09 Apr 2020
After COVID-19 was characterised as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation on 11 March, it is now more important than ever that we protect ourselves and help everyone else at the same time.
Basic preventive measures against the virus include:
Washing your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds;
Avoidi... Read more >
Published 23 Mar 2020
There have been several reports from vets across the country of an increase in cases of prolific vomiting in dogs.
As you're aware, there are many diseases that can cause vomiting and other gastrointestinal signs in dogs, including parvovirus enteritis, parasites, intoxications and dietary indiscretions, to name s... Read more >
Published 02 Mar 2020
Strangles, also known as Equine Distemper, is an infectious disease that all horse owners should be aware of. It's caused by a highly contagious bacteria from the Streptococcus equi equi species that can be found all over the UK.
This disease can be easily transmitted through contact with infected animals or conta... Read more >
Published 05 Feb 2020
Have you had a look at your cat's teeth lately?
It may sound like a weird question, but given that oral disease affects up to 80% of cats from only two years of age and as it can be easily overlooked, it is a really good idea to keep a close eye on your cat's mouth!
February is pet dental health month, so we ... Read more >
Published 31 Jan 2020
With 2019 behind us, many of us have probably taken a moment to reflect on what we've accomplished and to set new goals for 2020. Every new year comes with the promise of a fresh start, and if you don't usually include your pets in your resolutions, why not ring the changes and give it a go for 2020?
#1: Protec... Read more >
Published 06 Jan 2020
Owning a pet is a wonderful, gratifying experience but also a big commitment. Once you adopt or buy an animal, you become responsible for their health and well-being, which goes far beyond taking care of their basic needs.
Preventative veterinary care, such as proper nutrition, vaccination and regular worming an... Read more >
Published 19 Dec 2019
With the cold weather settling in, we tend to see our pets enjoying longer naps and not seeming as interested in going outside for their exercise as usual. Even though the poor weather can be a significant contributor to this change in their disposition, it is important to make sure that your cats are happy and hea... Read more >
Published 27 Nov 2019
Bad weather can be a real nuisance for horses as it usually means less time spent grazing, galloping and just simply enjoying being out in the field with their friends.
As a result, they can become bored and stressed, which can lead to negative repercussions in their behaviour and health.
The good news is the... Read more >
Published 07 Nov 2019
Autumn has arrived in earnest and with it comes the fireworks season. As much as we love the festivities, some of our pets might not feel the same way!
Halloween, Diwali, Bonfire night, Christmas and New Year all come at us in quick succession and many of these holidays feature fireworks of some kind, which are ... Read more >
Published 14 Oct 2019
Autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year, with the trees changing colour and the leaves falling, that lovely earthy scent that lingers in the air after rain, and that characteristic early morning and late afternoon chill that starts making its presence, inviting us to stay home snuggled with our pets... Read more >
Published 03 Oct 2019
Equine Metabolic Syndrome
Equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) is a major metabolic disorder in horses, and it is characterised by the deregulation of several metabolic processes, chiefly the proper use of insulin. This situation might cause severe laminitis, and it is one of the main weight-related issues in... Read more >
Published 19 Sep 2019
Pain is an unpleasant sensation that is common across species.
When we feel pain, we can easily tell where and how much it hurts, but it is not the same for our feline companions.
Cats are well known for their stoic nature and will go out of their way to make sure everything is normal. Even more so in cases o... Read more >
Published 02 Sep 2019
Now that the holiday fun is over, it's time to get back on track. School is about to start, we are hopefully enthusiastic to get back to work, and it's easy to forget our pets that will be left behind when the children and adults leave the house empty once again.
If you are starting to notice your pet is sleepin... Read more >
Published 29 Aug 2019
Given the recent outbreaks that have been reported throughout the UK and Europe, we feel like this is a good time to talk about equine influenza.
This disease, also known as equine flu, is highly contagious and affects horses' respiratory tract. Most cases will show signs of lethargy, decreased appetite, fever, ... Read more >
Published 08 Aug 2019
Now that summer is finally here and the weather is getting nice and warm, there are some extra precautions we need to take in order to make sure our friendly felines can enjoy it as much as we do.
If your cats are eager for a stroll outdoors, make sure their regular worming, flea and tick treatments are up to da... Read more >
Published 10 Jul 2019
As the principal constituent of a horse's body, accounting for 70% of its composition, water is a fundamental part of life, participating in every physiological process from temperature regulation to digestion.
This is why water consumption is so important and why we should keep an eye on our horses' drinking be... Read more >
Published 21 Jun 2019
Everybody has an itch to scratch every once in a while, and this includes our feline friends!
Now that the weather is getting warmer, you may notice them doing so more frequently as Spring is usually the time when parasites start to become a real annoyance. External parasites like fleas or ticks thrive when the ... Read more >
Published 31 May 2019
Now that the weather is getting warmer, the days longer, and the spring flowers are starting to bloom, we look at our canine friends and can't help the feeling of wanting to go on an outdoor adventure.
However, if you're planning to take your 4-legged friend on a hike or a long walk by the beach, there are some th... Read more >
Published 15 May 2019
Now that the weather is starting to get warmer and the days are longer many horse owners will begin taking their horses out for much anticipated extended walks.
However, before you start spending more time in the saddle, and to assure a safe transition for your horses, here are some things you should keep in mind:... Read more >
Published 23 Apr 2019
Many people might not like thinking about what happens in the confines of their cats litterbox but knowing what goes on in there (unpleasant as this may be!) is crucial in the early detection of some important health problems.
There is a lot of valuable information that you can gather from just a cursory glanc... Read more >
Published 02 Apr 2019
Intervertebral discs are tiny, cushion-like structures located between the vertebrae that connect the the vertebrae bones to each other to form the vertebral column, also functioning as a shock absorber and allowing movement of the spine.
Sometimes, these discs can suffer alterations and become herniated which m... Read more >
Published 18 Mar 2019
People's lifestyle and eating habits have dramatically changed over the years, and so have their pets'. As a result, excess weight and obesity have become a growing concern in human and veterinary medicine, as these have been proven to be associated with a number of diseases in all species. Overweight horses, i... Read more >
Published 26 Feb 2019
The advancements made in veterinary medicine as well as owners being more actively invested in making sure their cats' needs are met have made it possible for cats to live longer lives. As a result, a growing number of cats are reaching their golden years, and it is up to us to make sure they spend them happy and h... Read more >
Published 12 Feb 2019
Being a dog parent is more than a fantastic and rewarding experience, it's also about embracing the responsibility of caring for another life. Even though some things fall beyond our control, we need to make sure our dogs have the best chance to thrive and have a happy, healthy life.
To make sure your dog is prote... Read more >
Published 28 Jan 2019
For many of us, when we think of relaxation, the first thing that comes to mind is a day spent at the spa, enjoying a lovely massage and lots of pampering. But it turns out that were not the only ones who are keen on massages, horses appreciate them too!
Besides the fantastic feeling of comfort and warmness that... Read more >
Published 16 Jan 2019
If you have children, we are sure Santa's letter has been written, posted and already at the North Pole ready for the elves to process, and many of those letters will have the wish for a puppy this Christmas.
You may also be planning to gift a puppy to a friend, as pet ownership is such an amazing and rewarding ... Read more >
Published 21 Dec 2018
Getting a kitten is a time of joy and excitement, but it also comes with great responsibility! With that in mind, we have put together some information to help you prepare for the new arrival!
Choosing a kitten
Kittens have different characters: some are quiet and enjoy napping on your lap, others are more ex... Read more >
Published 31 Oct 2018
With the firework season fast approaching were getting excited about the festivities; however, many dogs are terrified of the zips, whizzes, bangs and other loud noises.
Noise phobia can manifest in different ways, and the signs usually progress over time unless action is taken. But how can you tell if your dog is... Read more >
Published 17 Oct 2018
Horses are herbivorous animals that have a very complex and sensitive digestive system. As with all animals, proper nutrition is vital for their wellness and health.
Let's do a simple overview of the horses' digestive process!
There are some things in common between horses' and our digestion: it will start in t... Read more >
Published 28 Sep 2018
We wish all our members and pets a very Happy Easter and we hope it is a very joyful time for you all!
But please don't forget:
Chocolate is best out of reach of any pets as it contains theobromine which is toxic, particularly to dogs;
Sweets and cakes with raisins, sultanas, currants like ho... Read more >
Published 22 Mar 2018
We bring you the curious case of the stomach botfly in horses which is caused by several species of the Gasterophilus genus.
This disease is called a myiasis, which is the medical term for issues caused by the larvae of several species of flies. These flies lay eggs on the horse's coat and as they hatch into lar... Read more >
Published 31 Jul 2017
An increase in pet ownership combined with longer working hours, means more and more people are relying on pet care professionals to help look after their beloved four legged friends. And when leaving your pet in the care of another you want to be sure they are trustworthy, reliable and ultimately covered should an... Read more >
Published 24 May 2016
Whether its working alongside a resident pet or bringing in your own, a furry creature can be a welcome addition to an office. In Britain we love our pets and over half of us have said wed happily take them into work if we could.
To find out what having an office pet entails, Lilli Hender from OfficeGenie.co... Read more >
Published 28 Apr 2016
"Do you want to know more about your pet?
A new website, thepetprofessionals.co.uk, has been launched for owners who want to learn more about pet health care." - An advice by Pete the Vet!
Pete is an experienced veterinary surgeon with an incredible passion for communication, who also has had pets for most o... Read more >
Published 24 Jul 2014
The Pet Professionals are proud to support the Blue Cross. 10% of your club membership fee will be donated to the Blue Cross an animal charity with animal hospitals and animal adoption services to find homes for unwanted dogs, horses, cats and small animals across the UK.
Join the Club and be part of the UK's fas... Read more >
Published 21 Jan 2014