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We love our pets and we know you do too. In fact our research has shown that more than one in five of us regard our pets as our best friend. Our I Heart My Pet campaign is all about celebrating this and making sure owners have all the expert advice and information needed to help keep their pets healthy all year round...
This calendar provides independent, expert tips and advice to keep your best friend healthy and happy all whatever the time of year. It is illustrated by our competition winners whose animals are truly a ‘Picture of Health’. And because we know you want to show how much you care, you’ll even find ideas for making a range of gorgeous seasonal gifts for your pet, developed by a range of craft experts.
Don’t forget pets feel the cold just like we do. Small animals are especially vulnerable so if you’ve got pets like guinea pigs or rabbits, make sure their cages are in a sheltered location, weather-proof and warm. If the mercury dips below freezing bring them indoors and think about covering their cage with a blanket to keep them safe and toasty.
It’s tempting to treat your pet to extra festive treats, but try not to over-feed them and avoid giving them chocolate or fruit such as raisins which can be poisonous to animals. Stick to your pet’s normal routine as far as possible to keep stress to a minimum
Over half of us celebrate Christmas with our pets according to our research! Include your pet in the festive fun by making a personalised food dish they can use all year round. It’s simple and easy and is a gift for any pet; from cats and dogs to rabbits and small animals like hamsters and gerbils.
Put a spring in your pet’s step and by making a seasonal healthcare checklist. Dig out their vaccination card and mark on your calendar when booster vaccinations, worming and de-fleaing treatments are due.
It’s a great time to spring-clean your finances too. Set a budget at the start of the financial year so you can plan for your pet. Budget for check-ups, regular treatments and everyday expenses like food. Don’t forget pet insurance too as it can cover you for unexpected costs.
Did you know, seven per cent of owners celebrate Easter with their pets? Try your hand at making our playful Easter egg-shaped toy for your cat with our downloadable pattern, a papier maché Easter toy for a rabbit or our knotted dog toy so all your pets can join in the fun.
It’s holiday time! Talk to your vet in advance about the correct vaccines, treatments and paperwork needed for kennels or catteries. If you’re going overseas don’t forget your pet will need a passport too, so leave plenty of time to make arrangements with your vet.
Keep your pet in great shape and prevent diseases with a new exercise regime. Talk to a vet or expert about what is a healthy weight for your pet’s breed or species and weigh them monthly to keep a check.
Tickets – check. Wallet – check. Passport – check. Get your pet ready to travel in style this summer with our personalised passport holder! Need snacks for the journey? Try making our healthy dog treats.
Older pets and those with health conditions such as joint stiffness may need to prepare for cold weather take advice from your vet. And don’t forget to keep up your pet’s exercise regime during the autumn months to maintain the activity they enjoyed over summer. Autumn is also firework season – follow our website tips to ensure your pet is not stressed.
It’s time for the kids to go back to school and perhaps for your pet to do the same! Get them started on some basic training to stimulate their minds and keep them in line after a playful summer. Talk to vet or expert about suitable activities and make sure they’re top of the class.
Back to school means a new uniform for the kids, so why not give your dog or cat a smart new look with our beautiful handmade collar. Or try your hand at our chic canine bandana.