The summer holidays are upon us, and you may be busy planning or looking forward to some time away from home, but in all the excitement of booking and arranging your holiday, have you considered what your pet will be doing while you’re away?
We’ve provided an insight into several options for either taking your pet with you on your holiday, or providing them with their own vacation:
Pets on tour
If you’re holidaying in the UK, this can often be a great opportunity for your pet to come along with you and enjoy all the fun to be found across the country.
Whether it’s a beach holiday in Cornwall, a walking holiday in the Lake District, or a sight-seeing city break, your dog will love taking in the new places, sounds and smells on these exciting new walkies.
The Ragdoll is a large semi-longhaired breed of cat, known for its distinctive coat and blue eyes. To find out more about the breed, and if it is a good fit for your family, read on below.
The Ragdoll is a large breed of cat. Females should weigh between 4.5 – 7kg and males between 7 – 9kg. This size results in a typically sturdy cat which is proportionally similar to a normal domestic cat. As mentioned above, the breed is recognisable for its distinctive coat and piercing blue eyes. We typically see the coat in three main patterns, colourpoint, mitted and bi-colour, with red, seal, chocolate, blue, lilac, or cream colourings. It is also possible to find Lynx and Tortoishell variations. Continue reading… “Ragdoll – Breed Profile”
Is your dog worried about fireworks? Does he drool, refuse to eat, shake, dig or hide? Lots of dogs find firework displays incredibly stressful, but don’t worry. There are several steps you can take to help minimise his distress. It is best to start preparations at least two weeks prior to the event.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a medium breed that first appeared in 19th Century England. They are the second most common dog breed here at Yorkshire Vets, after the Labrador Retriever. To find out more about the breed, and if it is a good fit for your family, read on below.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier (Staffie) is a stocky and muscular breed. They are medium sized, with females expected to weigh between 11 and 15kg and males between 13 and 17kg. Their head is broad, with a short muzzle. Atop this wide head, they have small, half-pricked ears. They are short and smooth coated, with a huge variety of colour variations including blue, brindle, fawn and white. It is quite common to see many colour varieties with white areas. Continue reading… “Staffordshire Bull Terrier – Breed Profile”
The Samoyed is a medium to large breed of Spitz dog that originates from Siberia. To find out more about the breed, and if it is a good fit for your family, read on below.
Samoyed’s are most recognisable for their thick, fluffy coat. This is a double layered coat, with a long, coarse top coat and a short, soft undercoat. This undercoat will shed heavily twice a year, but the breed will typically shed smaller amounts throughout the year. Coat colours are either white or biscuit. They are a compact and muscular medium to large breed, with an expected adult weight of 16 – 20kg for females and 20 – 30kg for males. Samoyeds have a particularly expressive tail. When alert, this curls over the back and lies against it. When relaxed, the tail will often hang. It is not uncommon for the breed to sleep with its tail covering its nose, which would provide extra warmth in their natural environment. They will usually have black or brown almond shaped eyes that stand in beautiful contrast to their light coat colour. Continue reading… “Samoyed – Breed Profile”
Here at Yorkshire Vets, we are delighted to offer a free puppy party as part of our puppy vaccination package. But what is a puppy party, and how can you and your puppy benefit from coming along?
The most important part of a puppy party is the socialisation. When attending one of our parties, your puppy will have the chance to play and interact with a number of other dogs of a similar age. This is great for allowing your dog to practice interacting with unfamiliar dogs and people in a safe environment. Dogs that learn these skills at a young age are far less likely to become scared or aggressive in unfamiliar situations as adults. Although this is a great start for your pup, we always advise that you continue socialising your puppy at home and out on walks. Continue reading… “Puppy Party”
The Shiba Inu is a small to medium sized breed of dog. They are the smallest of the spitz breeds to originate from Japan. To find out more about the breed, and if it is a good fit for your family, read on below.
Shiba Inus are known for their fox-like face and short, thick coat. They have a double layered coat, with a stiff outer layer over a thick and soft under layer. Coat colourings are usually red/orange, white/cream, black and tan, or sesame, while the undercoat is typically cream, buff or grey. The expected adult weight for the breed is 7-9kg for females and 8-11kg for males. Despite their soft and cuddly appearance, they are a well muscled and agile dog. Prick ears and a tail that curls over the back are the other key breed characteristics. Continue reading… “Shiba Inu – Breed Profile”
The Coton de Tuléar is a small breed of dog. Their most distinctive feature is their soft coat, which is considered to be hair, rather than fur. To find out more about the breed, and if it is a good fit for your family, read on below.
Coton de Tuléar
The Coton de Tuléar is a small breed, with males weighing between 4 – 6 kg and females between 3.5 – 5 kg. The coat of soft, cotton-like hair, rather than typical dog fur means that the breed does not have a normal dog smell. This also means that they can be a good breed for those allergic to normal dog fur. This hair does, however, require daily brushing to prevent matting. The coat comes in three colours, white, black and white and tricolour. Many multi coloured examples do later lose their colour as their adult coat grows in. A black nose and large, dark eyes beautifully contrast this light colouring. The tail is usually of medium length and curls over the back.
When choosing a vet, there are a number factors that influence a pet owner’s decision. Location, facilities and more are all considered. But the most common one that we receive questions about is cost. While we all want the best for our pets, the price of veterinary treatment can be a limiting factor for some people. With this in mind, it’s hardly surprising that the term ‘cheap vet’ is such a frequently used search term on Google. But why is vet care so expensive? How can you really know if a vet is offering a good value service? And is there really such a thing as a cheap vet?