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Pets important for childhood development

In an increasingly screen-obsessed and personal interaction-poor society, owning a pet could provide a counter-balance for young children, not just for mental health, but also by increasing physical activity. A recent study published in The Journal of Pediatrics showed having a pet improves emotional and social development in children. The study looked at the relationship between pet ownership and children’s social-emotional development at ages five and seven years of age. Owning any type of p...

June 30, 2020

COVID-19 and keeping your pets safe

Last month in Hong Kong a 17 year old Pomeranian belonging to a woman who had coronavirus herself was considered to be the first known case of human-to-animal transmission of the virus. The dog was quarantined and officials used nasal, oral and blood samples to repeatedly test the pup for the virus while in quarantine.  While blood tests came back negative, meaning no coronavirus-related antibodies were found in the dog’s system, Hong Kong officials believed its owner had passed along ...

March 26, 2020

Getting the jump on fleas

The warmer weather is here and for cat and dog owners, this can mean flea infestations. Prevention is better than cure. Food is medicine Fleas are attracted to pets with low immunity - they are much less likely to infest a healthy animal. Ensure you are providing an optimum diet of plenty of fresh meat and organs from a variety of protein sources and add in oily fish like sardines and mackerel which are high in Omega 3 fatty acids. These help maintain a healthy coat and skin.As cats are obligate...

December 6, 2019

What we can learn from dogs

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them. Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride. Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy. Take naps. Stretch before rising. Run, romp and play daily. Thrive on attention and let people touch you. Avoid biting when a simple growl will do. On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass. On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree. When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire ...

August 12, 2019

Making old age easier

Over the winter months you may have noticed your dog moving more slowly and not being quite so keen to go for walks or not wanting to walk so far. There’s nothing like the cold weather to emphasise achy joints or a spot of arthritis. Giving your pet turmeric could make all the difference. Curcumin has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, wound healing and anticancer activities. Studies have shown Turmeric can help reduce inflammation and the pain of aching, swo...

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