News and Blogs

Read our blogs and current news from around the world relating to cats and dogs!

18/11/2019 12:00 AM

In support of Road Safety Week, we’ve put together a list of some useful gadgets and outerwear that will help keep you safer on the roads in the winter months....

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11/11/2019 12:00 AM

Adorable, fun and full of love, pets can be wonderful additions to the family. They form strong bonds with children, helping little ones learn empathy, responsibility and compassion, as well as boosting physical and mental wellbeing....

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11/11/2019 12:00 AM

There’s a reason large dog breeds are so popular: they’re big, adorable furballs who enjoy plenty of exercise and fun, making them the perfect companions for active pooch-lovers....

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05/11/2019 12:00 AM

Flat-faced breeds of dog such as Pugs and English Bulldogs are at increased risk from the effects of piling on the pounds, according to pet welfare experts....

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01/11/2019 12:00 AM

We’ve put our knowledge to good use and answered some of the most popular questions pet owners ask vets – take a look and deepen your understanding of your pooch or pussycat....

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01/11/2019 12:00 AM

Every dog owner has their favourite famous mutt or pedigree pooch. Here’s our Top 10, ranging from movie stars to literary legends to life-saving Labradors....

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29/10/2019 12:00 AM

With fireworks season just around the corner, vets are encouraging pet owners to think about how they can minimise distress to their pets during this year’s Bonfire Night, Diwali and New Year’s Eve festivities....

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24/10/2019 12:00 AM

The UK Government has launched a call for evidence on whether all pet cats should be microchipped....

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23/10/2019 12:00 AM

Just like people, pets sometimes struggle with anxiety issues. Owners may be bewildered by a four-legged friend’s new behaviours, or feel unsure about how they can help....

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23/10/2019 12:00 AM

If you want to get away for a break as a dog owner, you have two choices: look for a dog-sitter or bring your pooch with you. The trouble with the latter option is that not all hotels will accommodate man’s best friend....

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21/10/2019 12:00 AM

Admit it: this question must have crossed your mind at some point during your doggy ownership lifetime! Just why do dogs love a good sniff?...

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21/10/2019 12:00 AM

It’s the time of year that many pet owners dread: when their canine and feline friends are likely to be found cowering under a chair trying in vain to escape the bangs of fireworks....

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15/10/2019 12:00 AM

New research offers further evidence that sharing your home with a dog is good for your health, with a Swedish study revealing that dog owners who suffer a heart attack or a stroke tend to have better survival rates....

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11/10/2019 12:00 AM

If you’re buying a kitten from a breeder or a private seller, how can you make sure it’s happy and healthy?...

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08/10/2019 12:00 AM

They are cute and cuddly, and are known for being ideal for people with pet allergies — but the man who first came up with the idea of the labradoodle now worries that he created a monster....

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03/10/2019 12:00 AM

So you’ve made the decision to take on a rescue dog. That’s fantastic news. With so many canines stuck in rescue centres needing loving homes, choosing a rescue dog is an excellent thing to do....

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03/10/2019 12:00 AM

Kids love being spooked on Halloween, but the frightful festivities can be dangerous for pets. Read on for our top five tips on how to keep your pet happy and healthy over Halloween – and remember to buy pet insurance to make sure your moggy or pooch is covered for any mishaps....

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02/10/2019 12:00 AM

Do you share your home with a pet cat or dog? Have you noticed a change in their behaviour recently? Perhaps they seem confused, disoriented or lost in a usually familiar place? Or maybe they’ve started having little ‘accidents’ despite having been house trained for their whole life?...

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27/09/2019 12:00 AM

Does your dog cower at the sight of a stranger? Or become fearful when he’s around other dogs? If so, this could signal a lack of confidence in your canine, which can make life difficult for both you and your pup....

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24/09/2019 12:00 AM

Does your dog sleep in the bedroom, or do you worry it might disturb you in the night? Researchers in the US found that people who allow their dog to spend the night in their room actually sleep better....

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23/09/2019 12:00 AM

Here we’ll take a look at some of the common causes of anxiety in dogs, what to look out for, and how to help your four-legged friend overcome any stress....

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23/09/2019 12:00 AM

Do you share your home with a cat or dog? Perhaps you’re thinking of buying a pedigree puppy or kitten, or adopting a rescue cat or dog from the local shelter?...

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20/09/2019 12:00 AM

Anybody’s who’s owned a cat knows that they have a habit of finding the highest part of the house: on top of the refrigerator or door are both quite common, whilst some pet owners will purchase a cat tree to indulge their pet’s fondness for heights....

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19/09/2019 12:00 AM

Is your four-legged friend struggling to get down from the sofa? Perhaps they don’t run to greet you as you open the front door anymore? Your dog could be suffering from arthritis, which causes inflammation of the joints and limits their mobility....

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11/09/2019 12:00 AM

Over 7 million pets in the UK are at risk of suffering and disease through lack of vaccination, according to the latest PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report....

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09/09/2019 12:00 AM

As dog owners, we know it’s our responsibility to walk our pooches come rain or shine, but there are some days in winter when other forms of exercise come in handy....

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09/09/2019 12:00 AM

Are you being driven up the wall by your cat’s love for climbing your curtains? Puzzled about your pussycat’s perch on top of your wardrobe?...

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05/09/2019 12:00 AM

Are you a dog or a cat person? No points for guessing, this probably isn’t the first time you’ve been asked to ponder such a decision. With so many differences in their personalities, behaviour and individual requirements, dogs and cats come with quite a few differences....

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04/09/2019 12:00 AM

Tough week at work? Lying awake worrying at night? Stressed about upcoming exams? Then get a dog!...

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27/09/2019 12:00 AM

Cat owners are no more ‘crazy’ than anyone else and there is no evidence to support the ‘crazy cat lady’ stereotype, researchers have found....

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20/08/2019 12:00 AM

Vets are warning dog owners to be on the alert for potentially toxic blue-green algae when walking their dogs close to affected water bodies....

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20/08/2019 12:00 AM

If you’re a seasoned dog owner, you’ll understand just how much happiness a pooch can bring to your life. But if you’re new to pup ownership you might not understand just how many benefits there are to owning ‘man’s best friend’....

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20/08/2019 12:00 AM

Feline friends or canine chums? We could probably argue for months about why we prefer cats or dogs. But whether you favour Felix or Fido, it’s fair to say pets have been an important part of human lives for thousands of years....

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20/08/2019 12:00 AM

Whether you’re a new parent to your fur baby or you’ve had your kitty cat for a few years, you’ll know just how precious they are. One thing is for sure though, if you have a female cat and she’s yet to be spayed it’s important to be able to tell if she has become pregnant or not....

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19/08/2019 12:00 AM

Before becoming a dog owner, it’s important to know what you can expect from your chosen breed – not only in terms of temperament and needs but also how much it’s going to shed....

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07/08/2019 12:00 AM

When you welcome a new kitten into your home, you have hours of fun ahead of you. But in those first few days it’s also important to master some of the basic household rules – like where your kitty should go to toilet....

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06/08/2019 12:00 AM

You arrive home after a long day at work, and your dog greets you with a big, wet sloppy kiss. But is it really a sign of affection?...

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01/08/2019 12:00 AM

Dogs and cats are at risk of heat stroke in the summer months. Cats do like to sunbathe but tend to know when they have had enough heat and will move to a more shaded spot. Dogs are sometimes not quite so smart and may need to be moved from the sun to prevent overheating....

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29/07/2019 12:00 AM

Some people like dogs, while others can’t live without their cats. But what if you love both? If you want to welcome both canine and feline companions into your home at the same time, there are some important things to keep in mind....

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29/07/2019 12:00 AM

As our oldest animal companions, we’re still fascinated to find out how, why and when exactly dogs became our best friends. It’s hard to imagine how a Chihuahua or Yorkshire Terrier ended up curled at our feet when, at one point, they were mighty and fearsome predators....

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24/07/2019 12:00 AM

As the RSCPA tells us, good training can improve a pup’s quality of life. It can also keep you both active, beat boredom and give you greater control over your pet’s safety when you’re out and about on walkies....

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23/07/2019 12:00 AM

The debate still ensues over which animals are more affectionate – canines or felines? Dogs and cats have been living with humans for thousands of years, and yet still, a whole host of factors can affect the way that they behave with us....

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23/07/2019 12:00 AM

Ear infections, skin infections and obesity are just some of the health issues that the iconic British bulldog is particularly prone to, new research shows....

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16/07/2019 12:00 AM

If you’re taking your pet on holiday abroad this summer, what can you do to make sure they don’t pick up worms, ticks and other parasites?...

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09/07/2019 12:00 AM

If your furry friend has a tendency to catch rodents or birds and bring them home, you’ll admire the work of Amazon employee Ben Hamm, who has spent hours (and hours) training a machine-learning system to stop his ‘sweet, murderous’ cat Metric from coming in through the cat flap when carrying prey....

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09/07/2019 12:00 AM

We all love our cats but have you ever felt the feeling’s not mutual? Do our feline friends really love us as much as we love them?...

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05/07/2019 12:00 AM

Today’s pampered and much love pooches are a far cry from wild wolves. We treat our dogs like family, make sure they’ve covered by dog insurance and spoil them with plenty of treats! To many owners, their dog is literally their best friend....

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25/06/2019 12:00 AM

The Old English Sheepdog has fallen to historic low rates of puppy registrations and risks extinction if the trend continues, the Kennel Club has warned....

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02/07/2019 12:00 AM

If you're getting out and about this summer, why not take your dog with you?...

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20/06/2019 12:00 AM

Bring Your Dog To Work Day is this Friday (21st June) and we’re thrilled to be an official sponsor of the day!...

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11/06/2019 12:00 AM

There has been a lot of publicity over the health concerns associated with flat-faced dogs - such as breathing and heart problems - but did you know it's also an issue that concerns cats?...

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31/05/2019 12:00 AM

Thousands of dog owners across the UK may be suffering serious hand injuries caused by dog leads and collars, surgeons have warned....

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28/05/2019 12:00 AM

Arthritis is a common condition in dogs, causing inflammation in the joints and making movement painful and difficult....

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14/05/2019 12:00 AM

Nine in 10 people say they felt less lonely after welcoming a pet into their lives....

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07/05/2019 12:00 AM

New research could one day lead to improved treatments for osteoarthritis (OA) in both dogs and humans....

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01/04/2019 12:00 AM

WIN a drawing of your pet by professional artist Ros Ingram worth £185!*...

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20/02/2019 12:00 AM

For any new pet insurance policy purchased between February 2019 and February 2020...

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20/02/2019 12:00 AM

Presents for your favourite Pooch! Here at Purely Pets Insurance we’ve been looking at great presents to give our four-legged other half – and these are some of our current favourites!...

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