Pets

Whatever the reason – holidays, a weekend away, or moving home – it’s essential to consider your dog’s well-being and ensure that they too are able enjoy this “change of scenery” Before you travel, whether by car, bus or plane, ideally you should seek the advice of your local vet, so as to limit the chances of your dog getting sick. During car journeys dogs of up to 10kg are allowed to sit in their own seats, with a seat belt strapped to their collar. Another option is to use a transport container. It is important to make regular pit…

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The pet universe goes way beyond cats and dogs Most people prefer cats and dogs, but there are those who prefer unusual pets that are somewhat different, or at least out of the ordinary. Rabbits, hamsters and chinchillas – a kind of little squirrel – are some of the cuddly favourites amongst mammal lovers. When it comes to birds, some of the top picks are the papagaio parrot- very common in Brazil – the cockatiel – a great companion – and other birds like the canary. Then there are the aquarium pets, which besides being good company bring life to…

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Pet owners are used to a heavy heart when they see their pet’s look of realisation that you are going out and that they will be staying behind.  Having an animal for companionship is a wonderful thing and those who have a loyal companion always try to keep them close. And many places are becoming, thankfully, ‘pet friendly’. The expression came to be as certain hotels and B&Bs needed to advertise that they accepted and offered amenities for domesticated animals. Over time, the concept has spread to other areas and hence the concept has evolved. Some examples of this are…

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Many think that castration is simply a means of avoiding unwanted breeding, but this is only half the story The benefits of castration go far beyond avoidable breeding. To castrate a pet is to prolong its life by safeguarding against illness and disease, such as breast tumours and pyometra in females and testicular cancer in males. With castration, the transformation in terms of aggression and territorial behaviour is significant, leading to a much more convivial and understanding coexistence with us humans. Of course, avoiding unplanned breeding and reducing the number of abandoned animals on the streets is also a huge…

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Pets play an ever-present role in people’s lives and those who share a home with a pet always want the best for the animal. More often than not, however, busy lives and demanding work schedules, leave pet owners feeling guilty about leaving their pets alone at home or when it’s necessary to be away for a few days, without knowing where best to leave them. One possible solution to the problem is opting for an animal crèche or hotel that specialises in caring for domestic animals, a growing market in Brazil thanks to an upturn in demand over the last…

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Cats are the sweetest and most mysterious creatures in the animal kingdom. They display incredible characteristics and are adored all over the world Cats are really sweet pets. It is believed that they were domesticated naturally, and that it was the animals themselves that took it upon themselves to get closer to humans. As agriculture was developing, the appearance of rats searching for food led to cats coming into the human fold. Humans were happy to allow the presence of cats, as long as they kept away the rats. Cats have kept their self-sufficient hunter instincts and independence thanks to…

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The love for animals, in particular when it comes to the care and rescue of lost or homeless animals, has no boundaries. Both in Brazil and London several NGOs stand out for their efforts, will and dedication to animals Founded in 1860 by Mary Tealby, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home is an organization dedicated to the rescue, housing and medical care of strays or lost animals from the street. The animal can stay the time needed to recover and then, when 100% healthy, the search for a family to adopt begins. There are three sites spread across London, the main…

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There are many pets that long for a place to call home. A real home, where they can be respected, cared for and loved We, as people, are a mixture of many breeds, just like our domestic pets. So why would you buy a pet that has just one breed, if you can have a mongrel that has various? Mongrels are stronger, tougher. When cared for and looked after responsibly they very rarely get sick. And the affection that a mongrel gives you in return is worth far more than the money you could spend on a pure breed! What’s…

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