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How to help a child cope with pet bereavement

How to help a child cope with pet bereavement
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This article contains: cat dog pet bereavement loss grief death
Although distressing, saying goodbye to a childhood pet can be an important part of growing up. Vet and dad-of-two Mark Pinches says honesty with your child is the best policy when your family pet passes away…

More than half of all homes in the UK have a pet that is valued as a family member. As well as providing companionship and unconditional love, pets can teach children about responsibility, respect, empathy, care and consideration.

Leave your dog in safe hands while you travel

Leave your dog in safe hands while you travel
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This article contains: dog pet pet relationships pets barking health
Concern for your dog’s wellbeing when abroad can spoil a relaxing holiday or important business trip, and may prevent you from travelling altogether. So Barking Mad has come up with the answer: ‘Home From Home’ pet care.

Barking Mad understands how important peace of mind is for dog owners when they travel, especially when kennels or house-sitting are not appropriate. That’s why its unique ‘Home From Home’ service was set up 12 years ago.

The owner's essential guide to pet shows

The owner's essential guide to pet shows
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If you've ever wondered what it's like to show your pet, it's actually much easier than you may think - From the PetPeople magazine archive.

We all love our pets, and many of us would like to show them off to the world too. But how many pet-owner partnerships have what it takes to get to Crufts? But the good news is that it doesn't have to be scary, because there are lots of different events and levels of competition. For example, if you have a dog that's adorable but doesn't have a pedigree to rival Lady Victoria Hervey's, they can still take a turn at local Companion Shows. These are 'just for fun' events, but are judged.

How to stop your dog chewing

How to stop your dog chewing
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Q: My 10-month-old Lurcher bitch, Poppy, has chewed and destroyed my mobile and TV remote. Why is she doing this?

Owners often accept that very young puppies will chew, but teething can go on a lot longer than the early 'puppy' weeks.

Get The 'Straight From Salon' Look For Your Pet

Get The 'Straight From Salon' Look  For Your Pet
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Is your pet a little scruffy? Follow our eight-step plan to smarten them up. 1 MORE OR LESS?

Short-haired cats usually need to be brushed once or twice a week, but long-haired felines, exotic shorthairs and moulting moggies need daily grooming. Older cats or those that are unwell need more help, too. All dogs benefit from daily grooming. Use a wire 'slicker' brush every day on silky and long-haired breeds. Non-shedding, curly haired dogs need daily grooming and professional clipping every few months. Wiry types need regular brushing and occasional professional grooming or 'stripping', while smooth-coated dogs just need a daily once-over with a soft brush or 'hound glove'. Rabbits need weekly brushing, but make it daily if he's shedding or a long-haired breed such as an Angora.

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