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Everything you ever needed to know about rabbits... from A to Z

Everything you ever needed to know about rabbits... from A to Z
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Thinking of adding a bunny to your menagerie this Easter? Clare Pemberley offers 26 expert tips to help you keep them happy. From the PetPeople magazine archiveA is for aggressionYour bunny will be much less likely to bite or scratch if neutered or spayed, provided with plenty of space and picked up correctly.

How to treat mange in your dog

How to treat mange in your dog
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This article contains: dog infections mange hair loss itching scabies
Our second post from vet Marc Abraham looks at mange: what causes this unpleasant infection, how it affects dogs and what can be done about itSome common pet diseases can prove notoriously stubborn and expensive to fix, taking weeks or even months to see any improvement. A classic example is mange - infestation of your pet's skin

Does your pet smell? Here's what to do

Does your pet smell? Here's what to do
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If your pet smells bad, you need to identify the source of the odour – for everyone's sake. It may be something simple that you can sort out yourself, or it may need your veterinary surgeon's help. We've asked PetPeople magazine vet Alison Logan for her top tips Is something offensive stuck to your cat's fur somewhere? Has your dog rolled in something unpleasant? Groom it out first if possible (easier when dry) then use an odour-eliminating pet shampoo - remember that cats do not naturally like being washed, and rabbits will need careful drying afterwards. Tomato ketchup is said to be very effective at counteracting the smell of fox muck, which

The quick checks that could save your pet's life

The quick checks that could save your pet's life
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This article contains: cat dog rabbit pets health
Examining your pet regularly can help you to nip common ailments in the bud before they become more serious. Brian Faulkner, Petplan's Vet of the Year 2008, outlines the essentials steps of a quick checkupCaring for your pet doesn't stop with feeding and exercise. Noticing that something is unusual in your pet and seeking early veterinary attention can often be the difference between curing a condition or not. Follow this five-minute routine at least once a month with your dog, cat or rabbit and you will not only become familiar with what is normal in your own pet, but you'll be able to help your vet detect subtle abnormalities much sooner.

Cat bite abscesses: what to do

Cat bite abscesses: what to do
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This article contains: cat biting cat bite abscess
In this, the first in series of guest blog posts by vet Marc Abraham, we take a look at the tricky subject of cat bite abscesses - and what to do if your cat falls ill with oneThe clocks going forward this weekend means that we humans can now look forward to enjoying longer daylight hours, but we're not the only ones planning to spend more of our precious time outside.
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