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Keep your dog off the sofa - for good

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Q: My little terrier has started to get grumpy when I get her off the sofa at night for bedtime. What should I do?

A: Don't shout at her or tell her off, as this can be interpreted as confrontational and may make her grumpier. She's obviously

Which is better for your pet - wet or dry food?

Which is better for your pet - wet or dry food?
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Should you feed your pet wet or dry food? And what about mixing? We have the answers - plus the pros, cons, do's and don'ts - for you here. From the PetPeople magazine features archive.

PreparationMany owners regularly prepare specific food for their cat or dog, mix leftovers with commercial pet foods, or even serve up a portion of the family’s meal. But can they be sure that their pet is receiving the correctly balanced diet needed for optimum health? We have very different dietary requirements from dogs, and especially from cats, who are carnivores.

Water content and freshnessIt's often said of wet food that you're paying for water. This can, however, be an advantage for male cats,

Who are the best vets in the country?

Who are the best vets in the country?
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If you've received outstanding service from your vets, why not nominate them for the 2011 Petplan Veterinary Awards?Nominations for the 2011 Petplan Veterinary Awards are now open, so please get in touch if you would like to put your veterinary practice or a member of staff forward for recognition.There are four categories: Vet of the Year, Vet Nurse of the Year, Vet Support Staff of the Year and Veterinary Practice of the Year.Our panel of expert judges will consider all nominations, and then a shortlist for each category will be invited to a prestigious awards ceremony in Birmingham.

Cat retching white froth - is it serious?

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Q: Our cat retches repeatedly, bringing up white froth. He's a usually healthy outdoor cat, but has also stopped purring.A: It sounds like a grass blade is lodged in your cat's pharynx, the opening between the oral and nasal cavity. Eating grass is normal in cats, but it sometimes gets caught between the two cavities,

Escape-artist dogs: what to do about it

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Q: I have to be on constant guard when people come to my front door as when I open it, my two-year-old Westie bitch tries to get out. I'm worried she'll get out and get hurt. It's causing me great anxiety. How can I control her?


A: Most terriers are very quick and may 'nip' through open doorways, which can be a worry, particularly if you live near a busy road. Make sure your Westie is microchipped and is always wearing a collar with
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