• Socialisation is the process by which the kitten learns about its own identity, the identity of its own species and the identity of the other species with which it will share its life. Appropriate socialisation enables the kitten to go on to develop relationships with other living beings in its environment.

  • There are many methods of restraining a dog on a lead; from collars to head halters and "one size (or type) does not fit all".

  • Other names include Acral lick dermatitis, and Acropruritic nodule etc. The problem starts with an area of hair loss and reddened skin due to licking.

  • Cats are very territorial animals and they may have problems accepting a new house as their home. If the old house is nearby cats may return to their old haunts and try to take up residence with the new people living there.

  • Cats were once considered to be solitary creatures but we now know many cats are in fact sociable to a greater or lesser degree and thus may benefit from interaction with their own and other species. As a result of this knowledge there has been a move to promote ownership of more than one cat and in particular to encourage owners to take on two cats at the same time.

  • If you know your dog has aggressive tendencies or is concerned in certain situations, then it is irresponsible to risk the health of others by not taking suitable precautions.

  • The arrival of a new child is associated with a great deal of excitement, anxiety and stress for not only the humans, but also your family pet.

  • Phenobarbital is used to help control seizures (fits) in dogs and cats. It may be used alone or with other medication.

  • Although often thought to be a teething behaviour, nipping, mouthing and biting in young dogs is often a form of social play. Teething on the other hand, is more likely to involve gnawing or chewing on household objects.

  • Owning a dog can be an extremely rewarding experience, but it also carries with it some responsibility. We hope these notes will give you some help.