1. Heatstroke, what to look out for

    With the temperature rising it is vital to keep our pets sheltered from the sun. Animals have either fur or feathers which are a good insulator in the winter months but can trap the heat in the warmer months. Animals can control their body temperature by panting and seeking out the shade. But with the warmer weather they may struggle to maintain a stable body temperature.
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  2. Roundworms – What do you need to know?

    The term ’roundworm’ refers to all nematodes (internal worms) but also can be used to refer specifically to the ascarid group of nematodes (Toxocara canis, Toxocara cati, Toxascaris leonina). They are parasites of the small intestine and can be found throughout the world. Toxocara canis infection in dogs and Toxocara cati infection in cats are amongst the most commonly diagnosed parasitic infections in small animal practice. Infecting both dogs and cats, Toxascaris leonina is much less frequently encountered.

    What do they look like and where do they live?

    Roundworms are large white worms, with cylindrical bodies. The adult roundworm lives in the small intestine and feeds on the gu

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  3. Water parameters in Ponds

    If you want to know how healthy your pond is, you need to keep a close eye on its water parameters. These depend on a number of different factors. Discover everything you need to know about water parameters in ponds and what these mean for your pond care measures.

    Water parameters in ponds

    For garden pond life to thrive, it requires good water quality and environmental conditions. As ponds are not natural water bodies, they need extra special care.

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  4. Feeding your pond

    There is a large selection of foods available for pond fish, and the change in seasons determines how and what your pond fish should fed. If you live in an area where the water temperature dips below 50°F during the winter then it is advised to change your fish’s diet.

    Fish should be fed one to three times a day during the feeding months, when water temperatures are 39°F and above. It is advised to feed only the amount your fish can consume within five minutes.

    Changing the diet based on water temperature:

    • In the autumn when water temperatures fall below 50°F, switch your fish food to a quality 
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  5. The importance of play for your cat

    It’s not just humans that get down in the dumps. Like us, cats feel a whole host of complex emotions and whilst they may be more reserved than other pets, they are known to suffer from depression more than most.
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  6. How to set up an Aquarium

    Step 1 – Research, Research, Research!

    Think carefully about what sort of fish you would like to have? Is there a particular species in mind, would you like an attractive moving ornament, are you really into aquatic plants or perhaps this is your children’s first pet? All of these choices will affect the sort of aquarium you will need to purchase and equipment needed. For example, while clown fish may have surged in popularity and may seem like an attractive option, are you ready for the challenges a marine aquarium brings? Specialist heating, lighting, how to feed an anemone, what levels of salt you need in your water, large filter etc
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  7. Several of my fish have died. Whats killed them?

    There are many reasons why some of your fish have died. You need to review everything that may have occurred in your aquarium in the last 3 weeks or so.

    There are some basic questions that you can ask yourself that will help you to understand what has happened.
    • Check the water quality – are there any unusual results? Are the ammonia and nitrite at a safe level?
    • Check the dead fish and your remaining fish for any signs of infection or disease. Are there any unusual marks, wounds, spots or growths on them?
    • Have you recently used a water treatment or medicine? If so, how much did you put in?
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  8. A guide for toys for your pooch

    Excitement is building and the day is finally here for you to bring your tiny bundle of fur home. There have been weeks of preparation and your home is ready and waiting for your new arrival, but have you bought the right toys?
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  9. Caring for your Siamese Fighter

    The Siamese Fighting Fish (Scientific Name: Betta splendens) is a popular species to have in the home tropical aquarium. Growing to a size of approx 7cm long and available in various colours. The male has long extended and colourful fins. The female (pictured) has a much smaller size and shorter fins.
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  10. Controlling Blanket Weed in your pond

    This time of year is the time when your pristine pond start changing, yes blanket weed that fine filamentous algae that clogs your pond up and it close relative green water appears.
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