COVID-19 Update - Deliveries Remain in Place

Covid19 update we are openWe're pleased to confirm we are open and taking orders as usual. However, some deliveries are still taking slightly longer than usual - please therefore allow more time for your order to arrive. Our team are happy to continue with our usual service with safety measures in place and we are doing whatever we can to minimise any disruption to you during the restrictions.
August 07, 2020

Looking after your horse’s muscles

Dressage horseWhether you are gearing up for competition season or you have an ex-performance horse enjoying its retirement, issues like tying up or muscle loss can be common and frustrating. And because all horses use their muscles extensively during every ride, giving them the proper care is essential. Follow these top tips to keep your horse’s muscles in tip top condition including providing the right kind of work and nutrition. 

 

July 16, 2020

Keeping your animals safe in the hot weather

Dog drinking water on a hot sunny dayThe sunny weather at this time of year can be glorious, but extreme temperatures can also pose a danger to us and to our animals. The most obvious one and the subject of many awareness campaigns and reports – never leave your dog in a hot car. The dangers have been well documented and dogs can die in as little as 20 minutes even with windows left open. Here are some simple tips to help you make sure your cats, dogs and horses stay safe in this week’s soaring temperatures:

June 24, 2020

Caring for your senior cat

Senior cat with ownerCats are considered officially senior once they reach around 10 years of age and while they still need just as much care and attention their needs will be different to that of a younger cat. Make sure the food you are providing is appropriate for your cat’s needs. Older cats may need less calories if they are less active than they used to be. Cats also need certain nutrients that are only found in animal sources and their bodies need more protein weight for weight than dogs. 

June 24, 2020
Tags: Cats

How to estimate your horse's weight

How to weigh and measure your horseHow much you should feed your horse depends on the weight of your animal and working this out is not always easy. If you don't have access to a horse weighbridge, this calculation gives a handy way to estimate your horse or pony's weight with a few simple measurements. It is also more accurate than weight tapes, so it's ideal for calculating feeds and worming treatments. However, if an accurate weight is required for any reason, scales should still be used.

June 24, 2020

Hay or haylage for a horse with ulcers? Getting forage feeding right.

Forage is the most important part of a horse's dietForage is without doubt the most crucial part of any horse’s diet. It is more important than any other feed type, or supplement, and is often overlooked when planning a feeding programme or addressing digestive disorders. It’s all too easy to be swayed by the latest marketing for the vast number of specialist products on the market and to forget the basic and most essential aspect of feeding our horses. So which forage should you feed your horse?

 

June 23, 2020

Arthritis in dogs - the symptoms, causes and treatment

Sad older dog lying down on floorArthritis in dogs is surprisingly common, with as many as one in five dogs reportedly suffering from the condition. And although it is one of the most common ailments seen in middle-aged and older dogs, it can also affect younger animals too.  As a pet owner you will often be best placed to notice subtle changes in your pet but the symptoms of arthritis and stiff joints can sometimes be difficult to spot – here are 7 of the most common signs to look out for.

June 23, 2020
Tags: Dogs

Diarrhea in dogs: causes, symptoms and treatment



Your dog’s digestive tract is home to hundreds of different bacteria and other microbes, known as the gut microbiome. These play a vital role in your dog’s overall health as well as the digestion, and can affect mental health, the immune system and the metabolism. So what can you do to make sure you are taking care of your dog’s gut health?

Food – make sure the food you are giving is appropriate for your dog. Like us, pets need a balanced diet based on whole foods but whether you choose a raw diet or prepared dog food will depend on what suits you. Speak to your vet to make sure they are getting the balance of nutrients that they need. There are certain foods that are great for keeping the microbiome balanced, including green beans, carrots and asaparagus.

Routine – don’t make sudden changes to your dog’s diet. Introduce any new foods gradually.

Supplements – nutritional supplements like Digestive Aid for Dogs contain probiotics and prebiotics to keep your dog’s microbiome in balance, as well as antioxidants like curcumin to support the natural anti-inflammatory actions of the body.

Hygiene – regular grooming and bathing can help to prevent infection. Brushing your dog’s teeth can also keep harmful bacteria under control.

Keeping active – regular exercise, fresh air and socialisation are good not only for your dog’s physical health but also their mental wellbeing and stress levels, all of which can affect gut health. You will probably know how much exercise your dog needs but it varies depending on age and mobility – if you aren’t sure speak to your vet.

 

Nutritional advice for your dog

If you’d like any advice on feeding your dog or looking after their digestive health, please get in touch with our Nutrition Advice Line on 01225 708482.



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June 23, 2020
Tags: Dogs

Colic in horses - how to spot the warning signs and what to do next

Horse with colic lying downThere are a number of causes of colic in horses, from indigestion to twisted intestines or blockages from feed, and the word "colic" itself simply means abdominal pain. Although equine colic is relatively common and can often be easily treated, it can also be extremely dangerous for your horse and should always be treated as an emergency. Catching colic early will likely mean a better outcome for your horse, so make sure you are familiar with the signs.

June 23, 2020

Laminitis in horses: the signs and how to prevent it

Horses grazing the grassWith laminitis reportedly affecting 1 in 10 horses in Britain these days, it’s important to make sure you understand what can cause the condition and recognise the signs. Laminitis in horses can affect any type of horse, pony or donkey any time of the year, and not just the fat native pony. However, although this serious and very painful condition is becoming more common, it is estimated that 80% of cases could be prevented with correct management.

June 23, 2020