Dog

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COVID-19: Caring for your pet

27/03/20

We give you some tips on how to care for your pet during COVID-19

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COVID-19: Supporting customers and employees

19/03/20

We are closely monitoring the development of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure we are ready to respond to the needs of our customers and employees.

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Pug Pooch Problems

24/07/18

Pugs are a very popular breed among pet owners, however, they do come with some predisposed health problems. Due to their head shape, many of these health problems are related to their breathing.

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Allergies in cats and dogs

29/06/18

We often see our pets scratch and itch themselves thinking that they are just getting at a little niggle.

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Excessive drinking in dogs

02/07/18

While it is normal for dogs to lap up water, you may notice that your pup is drinking more than what they normally do. This may be alarming to some while others dismiss it as thirst or over exercising.

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Cat

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COVID-19: Caring for your pet

27/03/20

We give you some tips on how to care for your pet during COVID-19

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COVID-19: Supporting customers and employees

19/03/20

We are closely monitoring the development of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure we are ready to respond to the needs of our customers and employees.

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Jumping Cats!!

24/07/18

​Does your cat keep jump up on counter tops? Strutting around dangerously close to knives? Cats are natural climbers, however not everything is safe to climb.

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Thunderstorms and your scaredy-cat

24/07/18

Thunderstorms and bad weather can leave your pets in a state of panic as the loud noises and bright flashes can scare your furry friend.

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Getting a new kitten: everything you need to know

02/07/18

Getting a new kitten can be an amazing experience. They’re adorable, fluffy and are yet to get to the stage where their claws can do some damage. These little bundles of joy can put a smile on even the grumpiest of faces.

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Horse

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COVID-19: Caring for your horse

01/05/20

Caring for you horse and pets during the coronavirus pandemic

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COVID-19: Supporting customers and employees

19/03/20

We are closely monitoring the development of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure we are ready to respond to the needs of our customers and employees.

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Head Shyness in Horses

27/02/20

There are many suggestions out there as to ways to help your horse overcome their head shyness, so we have listed a few ways that may help you with techniques to use to help your horse with their head shyness.

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First Time Horse Riding Mistakes

18/02/20

Here we run down through a few mistakes that you can avoid making before taking your first ride.

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Horseback riding tips

18/02/20

Once you’ve started on your journey to mastering the saddle it may be time to investigate some hints and tips of how you can really step up your riding technique.

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How much does it cost to keep a horse?

13/02/20

Whether you already own a horse, or are looking into purchasing one, it is important to know what the yearly and monthly costs of keeping a horse are.

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Winter Country Fashion

13/02/20

cheer yourself up with some retail therapy and kit yourself out with a brand new country wardrobe especially for the winter months to help you stay warm and dry.

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7 tips for older horses

07/02/20

Older horses will need a little more attention and care, read on to find out how to look after your older horse

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Facts About Foals​

28/01/20

For the first year of the horse’s life it is known as a foal. If you have a mare in foal read on to know more about them!

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20 Horse Facts

17/01/20

20 facts about horses!

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Breed Profile: Gypsy Vanner

17/01/20

Sometimes referred to as the ‘people-sized’ draft horse, this striking breed has been around for a long time but only recently registered as a breed.

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​Top Tips For Winter Horsebox Care

10/01/20

Here we look at a few ways you can make sure your horsebox is maintained during the winter months

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Winter horse rugs: expert tips for rugging safely

10/01/20

The arrival of winter means you may be thinking about ways to keep your horses safe in cold weather. In this article, Sean Whiting, Director of equestrian store Houghton Country, offers his insight into rugging and shares a few top tips for getting it right.

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Tips to Help Your Horse Cope with Fireworks

31/12/19

Most animals find fireworks to be extremely stressful and horses are no exception to this. Read on to find out how to help your horse cope.

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Winter survival guide for horse riders/owners

19/12/19

Here we look at a few ways to keep you warm and happy when the temperature begins to plummet.

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Last minute Christmas gift ideas for your horse

18/12/19

Here we look at some last-minute Christmas gifts you could buy for you horse to show how much you care for them this holiday season.

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Winter Entertainment for Horses

05/12/19

We give you tips and ideas on how to keep your horse entertained during the winter

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Horse Insurance Tips

04/12/19

We give you our tips when considering insurance for your horse

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Breed Profile: Paint Horse

03/12/19

What is the Paint Horse and what’s unique about this breed of horse?

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Mud Fever in Horses

03/12/19

it’s time to think about mud fever and your horse - what to do if the signs occur, recommended treatment and how to prevent it

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Sweet itch and how to prevent it

02/12/19

What is sweet itch on horses, and how to prevent/manage it

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Mastering the art of mucking out

28/11/19

Mucking out is something that must be done if your horse lives in a stable. We give you a step-by-step guide on how to master the muck-out!

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What bedding is right for you and your horse?

26/11/19

We give you helpful tips and ideas on what bedding is right for you and your horse

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Winter Health Problems For Horses

26/11/19

It is important to make sure your horse is comfortable and protected during the cold months. Here are some problems that can arise that you and your horse could face this winter.

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Coping with the loss of your horse

21/11/19

We give you some tips on how to cope with the loss of your horse, and the grieving stages.

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How to reduce flies around your horse

18/11/19

Having a horse in summer can be difficult, especially when the flies are out. There are multiple diseases that flies can give horses, so here are our top tips on how to prevent this.

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Horse care in winter

07/11/19

We look at some tips on how to keep your horse healthy and happy this winter.

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Popular horse names

23/08/19

Choosing a name for a horse can be a tricky task but we’re here to help - we have compiled a list of male, female and famous horse names!

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Heatstroke in horses

31/07/19

Heatstroke/heat exhaustion is very dangerous in animals, and in some severe cases can be fatal. We give you tips on how to keep your horse cool in the summer heat, and how to spot heatstroke.

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How to administer medication to your horse

26/07/19

Even the healthiest of horses are likely to require medication at some point in their lifetime. Here are our top tips for successfully administering medication to your horse!

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6 tips to finding the perfect horse

10/06/19

Buying your first horse is an exciting, but very daunting experience, there are many things to consider and the perfect horse will differ for every single rider.

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Is your horse dehydrated?

24/07/18

Even when the weather drops dramatically, horses still need an abundance of water to keep them hydrated. We try our best to comfort our horses during the cold with rugs, tweaking their diets, and winterize all our equipment.

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Horse hair whorls: Fact or Myth?

24/07/18

Most people will be familiar with a cowlick – the part in someone’s hair. Horses have very similar things to this that are called whorls or swirls.

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Hoof cracks – what you need to know

02/07/18

As a horse is constantly on their feet, developing hoof cracks at some point in their life is inevitable. Many of these will heal themselves over time with the right nutrition and hoof care; however, there is a wide range of hoof cracks with some needing a little more attention than others.

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Rabbit

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How to earn your bunny's trust

11/12/18

The first thing most new bunny owners are tempted to do is pick up and cuddle their adorable pet. However, handling a rabbit must be undertaken with great care and caution as rabbits are delicate animals who can become frightened when handled by humans.

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How to train your rabbit

02/07/18

Rabbits love interacting and being social with their owners. When spending one on one time with your rabbit it can be fun for you both to learn some tricks. Here’s our how to guide.

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Keeping your rabbit’s teeth healthy

02/07/18

Rabbits are prone to dental issues, but it’s often easy to miss the signs. Here are some helpful hints on how to maintain your rabbits teeth and spot some of the symptoms when there’s a problem.

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Flystrike in rabbits

02/07/18

Flystrike is a condition caused by flies laying eggs on the rabbit, which then hatch into maggots. This is very painful for the rabbit and be fatal if not caught and treated early.

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Exotic

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COVID-19: exotic pet Q&A

06/05/20

We answer some questions you may have regarding COVID-19 and your exotic pet

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COVID-19: Caring for your exotic pet

08/04/20

We give you some tips on how to care for your exotic pet during COVID-19

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COVID-19: Supporting customers and employees

19/03/20

We are closely monitoring the development of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure we are ready to respond to the needs of our customers and employees.

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Tortoise Behaviour - What does it mean?

18/02/20

Ever wondered why your tortoise bangs their head, squeaks or scratches? Read on to find out why!

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Breed Profile: Box Turtle

13/02/20

All about the box turtle!

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Breed Profile: Hermann's Tortoise

13/02/20

let’s look into what you will need to be researching if you’ve made the decision to look into buying and homing a Hermann’s tortoise.

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Breed Profile: Burmese Python

05/02/20

Everything you need to know about burmese python's!

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Breed Profile: African Pygmy Hedgehogs

05/02/20

Facts, advice and tips on African pygmy hedgehogs

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How much does it cost to keep a tortoise

28/01/20

Want to know how much a tortoise will cost to keep? Read on to find out!

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Breed Profile: The Canary

28/01/20

Canaries are widely available and come from lines bred for colour variations or for the song patterns and it said to be an excellent bird for beginners.

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Breed Profile: King Snakes & Milk Snakes

27/01/20

Here we have a look at what you need to look after them, or what you will need if you’re thinking of purchasing one.

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Microchipping Your Bird

17/01/20

Microchipping is on the rise as a preferred method of identifying pets. Read on to find out how and why you should microchip your bird

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Breed Profile: Green Snake

17/01/20

Here we have a look at the overview of the rough and smooth green snakes and what they are like as pets.

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Scams To Be Wary Of When Buying A Parrot Online

10/01/20

Here we look at some scams to be wary of when you make the decision to purchase your new feathery friend online.

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Post-hibernation problems in tortoises

08/01/20

During hibernation your tortoise is extremely vulnerable. Read on to find out how to care for your tortoise after hibernation

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Breed Profile: Yellow-Collard Macaw

06/01/20

Information on the Yellow-Collard Macaw

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How to Care for a Panther Chameleon

03/01/20

Have you just bought a panther chameleon? Unsure how to look after it? We give you some tips and tricks!

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Cost of owning a leopard gecko

20/12/19

How much will a leopard gecko cost me? How much will the set up cost? How much will it cost me monthly?

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How to keep exotic pets calm around fireworks

17/12/19

Loud noises and bright flashes can cause distress to your exotic pet. Read on to find out how to keep them safe and sound from fireworks.

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Birdline - Rescue and rehome a bird

10/12/19

British Pet Insurance are proud sponsors of Birdline and are honoured to support their work in rescuing and rehoming birds to give them a happy home.

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Breed Profile: African Grey Parrot

08/12/19

African grey parrots are one of the most popular exotic bird species kept as pets in the UK. They are incredible looking animals, with long lives, intelligence, the ability to mimic human speech and understand it.

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Bearded Dragons and Shedding

07/12/19

What Are the Do’s and Don’ts When My Bearded Dragon is Shedding?

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Christmas Time and Exotic Pets

06/12/19

Here we look at some of the things you need to think about if you are buying an exotic pet this Christmas.

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Cold weather and parrots

18/11/19

Can parrots tolerate cold weather? Keep reading to find out!

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Tortoise shell problems

28/10/19

Terrapin, turtle and tortoise shells vary hugely in terms of shapes, sizes and colours. In this article we outline the common shell problems that can occur.

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Sexing a tortoise

28/10/19

Not sure whether your tortoise is male or female? Read our 3 step guide on how to find out!

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What to feed your cockatiel

25/10/19

Not sure what to feed your cockatiel? We break it down for you!

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Bearded Dragon: Costs

25/10/19

Thinking of buying a bearded dragon? Don't know how much it's going to cost? We give you all the information below!

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What to look for when buying a bearded dragon

17/09/19

Before deciding to dive in and buy your new pet, read on to make sure you are clued up on everything they will need, what they eat, how much it is going to cost and more.

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African Grey Parrot Husbandry Guide

10/09/19

A beginners guide on African Grey Parrots

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Best Birds for Beginners

03/09/19

Are you looking for the perfect beginner pet bird? We give you our top best birds and what to consider before buying one.

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Can my reptile get fat?

09/08/19

Yes! Overfeeding and not enough exercise can make your reptile pile on the pounds. Here’s our tips for keeping your reptile fit and healthy!

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100 Popular Pet Bird Names

30/07/19

We've put together 100 popular pet bird names for you to choose from

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Heatstroke in small mammals

24/07/19

Heatstroke is one of the biggest pet killers in the summer, however, it can be avoided! We have some simple, yet effective, steps to keep your small mammals cool in the heat.

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Heatstroke in reptiles

24/07/19

We give you tips on how to keep your reptile cool in this summer heat, and how to spot the signs of heat stroke.

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D.I.Y Parrot food recipes

17/07/19

Enjoy 3 new and adventurous DIY bird food recipes for your parrot and outdoor birds.

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Why should you get an exotic pet?

05/07/19

We give you 3 quick reasons to get an exotic pet if you're sitting on the fence.

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What to look for when finding a vet

21/06/19

We go over some helpful hints on what to look for when checking out exotic vets.

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5 most common illnesses reptiles suffer from

13/06/19

We list some of the most common diseases, viruses and infections that you or your reptile can catch, as well as ways to prevent them.

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How much does it cost to keep a parrot?

31/05/19

So you’ve decided you want to buy a parrot, but you’re not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered.

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Micro Pigs: Sizing, feeding and caring guide

24/05/19

How big do micro pigs actually get? What do you feed a pig and can you house them indoors, or outdoors? We go over the basics of caring for a miniature pig.

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The laws around owning a bird of prey

10/05/19

Can you legally own a bird of prey as a pet in the UK? Do you need a license to keep a Bird of prey?

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Corn Snake Husbandry Guide

30/04/19

Corn snakes make good beginner pets because they are docile and they rarely present feeding difficulties or costly health problems.

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What to feed a Bearded Dragon

25/04/19

It’s important to know that a Bearded Dragon will have different dietary requirements as a hatchling to that of an adult Bearded Dragon. You must feed them a diet of crickets, meal worms and vegetables, as well as calcium supplements.

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Thinking of getting an unusual pet?

11/04/19

Deciding on a pet to get is tricky, let alone an unusual pet like a reptile or a bird. That’s why we want to help the UK’s community of exotic pet owners with our guide to choosing the perfect pet for you.

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Leopard Gecko housing tips

10/04/19

Leopard geckos are very popular as pets today, and with the right information, anyone can give a leopard gecko a good home.

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5 feathery facts about Macaws

04/04/19

Macaws are a popular choice in pets from the Parrot Family. They’re sociable personalities make for a colourful companion to keep you entertained.

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5 of the most popular snake breeds for beginners

25/03/19

Are you looking for a small easy to manage pet snake? A pet snake that doesn’t eat mice, or doesn’t require feeding all the time? Or just a friendly snake that won’t bite and doesn’t mind being handled?

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Exotic pet insurance for tortoises

19/03/19

Even though your tortoise is currently healthy, things can change, and vet bills can quickly add up in the event of an injury or illness. In the event of an injury or illness vet bills are often unexpected and an unpleasant surprise.

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Do rats make good pets? Dispelling myths

12/03/19

The bad rep that rats have been given is largely undeserved and due to a number of misconceptions.

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Vegetarian reptiles

06/03/19

Are you interested in buying a new scaly friend, but put off by feeding them live stock?

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Exotic celebrity pet influencers

25/02/19

We’ve scoured the internet to find the most impressive, exotic and unusual pets that have become the most popular social media influencers in the World.

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Caring for your Cockatoo's emotional needs

18/02/19

Keeping a cockatoo as a pet can be a truly rewarding experience as they often form strong bonds with their owner.

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Friendly Reptiles: Bearded Dragons

14/02/19

Their gentle nature and easy-going personality earn them a spot in the British Pet Insurance list of friendly reptiles.

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10 weird exotic pets you can keep in the UK - Part 2

05/02/19

We go over 10 exotic animals you can keep in the UK. Part 2 of 2.

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Shedding in snakes: Do's and Don'ts

22/01/19

One of the most important basics of snake husbandry is to know how to handle problematic sheds.

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Weird exotic pets: Part 1

14/01/19

We uncover some of the weird pets you can keep in the UK, totally legal and totally cool! Part 1 of 2.

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Why choose British Pet Insurance for reptiles?

07/01/19

Even though your reptile is currently healthy, things can change, and vet bills can quickly add up in the event of an injury or illness. In the event of an injury or illness vet bills are often unexpected and an unpleasant surprise.

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Friendly reptiles: Leopard Geckos

20/12/18

The first friendly reptile that features in our list is the Leopard Gecko and there are many compelling reasons to welcome this cute little lizard into your household.

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100 popular pet names for reptiles, snakes, geckos and lizards

13/12/18

We've come up with 100 names to choose from when naming your exotic pet, so you don't have to!

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How to look after your bird

07/12/18

Birds can be joyful companions to have in your home. They can brighten up your house as well as your day, with their colourful feathers and playful characters.

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Why choose us for exotic pet insurance?

03/12/18

Exotic pets can differ greatly in cost and even though your exotic pet may not have cost so much to buy – vet bills can quickly add up. In the event of an injury or illness it's best to have insurance cover.

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5 ways to bond with your bird

28/11/18

The biggest mistake owners can make is leaving their bird in it’s cage. Birds are not meant to be part of the furniture, left to sit in their cage for the rest of their lives.

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Birds: Beak care

22/11/18

The condition of your bird’s beak is a good indicator of their overall health. Learning to look out for abnormalities in the size, texture and colour of your bird’s beak will help you identify and resolve common health problems.

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4 things to consider before buying a turtle

15/11/18

For all the apartment-dwellers out there who dream of owning a pet but have heartless landlords who won’t allow them to keep a dog or cat, I have a solution for you: a turtle!

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Why do chameleons change colour?

12/11/18

So why do chameleons change colour? And how does it work? We give you the science behind this phenomenon.

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Bearded dragon vivarium set up

24/07/18

Do you need help building the perfect vivarium set up for your bearded dragon? We break down all the info you need to know.

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Feather plucking in birds

02/07/18

Feather plucking is when a bird starts to pick at, pull or mutilate its feathers and is caused by either an underlying health condition, environmental/lifestyle factors or nutrition. We outline signs, causes and treatments below.

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Tips on tortoise hibernation

02/07/18

Hibernating your tortoise is not as easy as just setting up a nice bed for your tortoise for winter. Here are some tips to help ensure a safe hibernation.

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Professional

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Professional - insurance for pet businesses

03/08/20

British Pet Insurance Services launches ‘Professional’ insurance for the ever-growing pet business market

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Protect your pet business today

28/05/20

Having insurance provides peace of mind of financial assistance should the worst happen. Pet owners want the best for their pets so it’s essential to safeguard your reputation and business.

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What insurance do I need as a small pet business?

27/05/20

We give you information on why insurance is so important for your small pet business.

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Why do I need a contract for my pet business?

27/05/20

Wondering why you need a contract for your pet business? We give you advice and tips on why you need one and what to include.

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Do I need a licence for my pet business?

27/05/20

If you're setting up a new pet business, read on to find out if you need a pet business licence.

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