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Four Paws Guides

Our guides offer numerous tips and useful information for everyday life with an animal.

Lamb in a field

Disasters and Farm Animals: Are You Ready?

This guide will help you and your livestock get prepared for when disaster strikes

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Woman and a horse in a barn

Disasters and Your Horse: Are You Ready?

This guide will help you and your horse or other equines get prepared for when disaster strikes

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Cat

The Harmful Consequences Caused by Pet Abandonment

Leaving dogs and cats behind harms the animals, their owners and shelters

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Dog Hexi as photo model for abandoned dogs

Do Not Abandon Your Pet!

Helpful tips for pet owners in a difficult situation

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Dog in a shelter

The Top 9 Reasons Why People Give Up Their Pets

Learn more about why pet owners abandon their animals

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Cat in Crate

Pet Abandonment – A Global Animal Welfare Issue

Every day around the globe, hundreds of thousands of animals are abandoned by their owners

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Found a hedgehog?

Found a Hedgehog – What now?

A guide for animal friends: what to do if you have just found a hedgehog

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Sneaking cat

Territorial Behaviour of Cats

Natural feline behaviour is a part of being a highly territorial creature

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Two Cats

Sexual Maturity of Cats

What every responsible cat owner should know

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Cat looking at the viewer

Cats and Their Hunting Behaviour

Understanding typical actions of your pet

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Two kittens playing

Kittens and Their Development

Cats are born blind and deaf, but develop strong senses right after birth

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Cats drinking

Milk Is Not Good for Cats

Adult cats are lactose intolerant and develop gastro-intestinal problems after drinking milk

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Two cats

Social Behaviour of Cats

Are cats loners? Interesting facts every cat holder should know

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Cats eating

Feeding Your Cat

How does a healthy nutrition look like? 

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Cat with green eyes

Living With a Cat Means Responsibility

Dogs have owners, cats have staff – a common saying, that has some truth to it

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Cat with green eyes

A Cat's Personality

All cats possess certain traits, but different levels make up their character

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Dog

Checklist – What to Consider before Adopting a Pet

There are a few things you should be aware of before giving an animal a forever home

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Deer Kalle at TIERART

Avoiding Wildlife Accidents

Guide for animal lovers: How to avoid wildlife accidents – and how to behave correctly in case of an emergency

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Pig in pig farm

Emergencies and Abuse in Animal Husbandry – What to Do

FOUR PAWS gives tips on what to do as a witness of farm animal suffering

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Cat in a home

How Cats Communicate

More than just meowing, cats have various ways of interacting with other cats, animals and humans

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Dogs in the Autumn

Dogs in Autumn

A guide for pet owners: essentials to keep your four-legged friends happy and healthy during the fall season

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Dog looking at a donut

Countermeasures to Pet Obesity

Weight loss tips for your cat or dog to bring them to a normal size

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Dog and a car ramp

How Can You Help Overweight Pets

What every pet owner can do to make life a bit easier during the diet process 

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Cat with a measuring tape

Is Your Pet Overweight?

Some tips to help you determine if your pet is in the normal weight range or a bit chubby

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Dog at the vet

Dangers of Pet Obesity

Being overweight reduces both quality of life and life expectancy

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Dog at Home

Q&As: Pets and Coronavirus

Information for Pet Owners

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Enrichment for Big Cats

Enrichment for Big Cats

An important part of animal management in human care allowing them to act out natural species behaviour 

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Two dogs in the office

The Benefits of Dogs in the Office

Dog-friendly workspaces can be great for both people and the animals

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Dog laying in bed

What Needs to Be Considered When Returning to Work

Guide for dog owners: how to adapt and prepare your dog to be left for longer periods on their own

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Mole

The Mole: An Underground Guest

Guide for animal lovers: So humans and moles can live together peacefully

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Dog tied outside of shop

Keep Your Pets Safe from Theft

Stolen dogs are becoming a significant problem in many countries

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Rabbit at the vet

Flystrike in Rabbits

How do you prevent and treat the dangerous disease in rabbits?

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Cat at home

Car Accidents Involving Cats

What to do when a cat is involved in a car accident 

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Travelling with your dog by car

Travelling With Your Dog by Car

Guide for Dog Owners: How to drive your dog relaxed in the car

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What to Do if Your Dog Goes Missing

What to Do if Your Dog Goes Missing

Guide for dog lovers: What you can do if your dog has run away

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Dog in a car on a sunny day

Could Your Car Become a Heat Trap?

Why you should never leave  your dog in the car in warm weather

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Bears kissing

Tips for a Loving Mother's Day

9 animal-friendly Mothers Day ideas that come from the heart

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Positive dog training

Dogs learn best with positive reinforcement 

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Cat in a big pet bed

A Baby Is On the Way

Preparing your cat for the arrival of a new family member 

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Cat on balcony

Cat-proof Balcony

What you need to consider to keep your cat safe

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Dog

How to find a good dog training school

Dog/puppy training schools – what to look out for

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Tips For An Animal-friendly Easter

Some Easter traditions and treats may have cruelty behind them

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Hedgehog in the undergrowth

Easter fires can be a deadly fate for wild animals

FOUR PAWS advises: Only pile up firing piles shortly before lighting

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Fruit and vegetables

Nutrition Guide

A FOUR PAWS nutrition guide

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Pidgeon

Animal-Friendly Pigeon Repellent

Guide on wild animals: How to deal with them properly?

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Cat in Germany

Spring is here – and it’s mating time for cats

Unneutered cats can produce unwanted offspring during this period

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Dog panting in the heat

Fake Animal Rescue Videos

How to spot orchestrated animal rescues  

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Mouse looking out a small wood house

Small mammals as pets

Guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters, mice, and rats – only for committed families 

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Quinea pig

A small mammal moves in

Tipps to become good small mammals owners as a whole family

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Kitten in the garden

Preparing Your Garden for Spring and Your Pets

FOUR PAWS' free downloadable guides on how to make your garden safe for animals

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Dog behind a fence

How to Get Your Dog Healthily Through the Winter Season

Road salt, gravel and snow - get your dog through the cold season despite the cold temperatures

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Cat in the grass

Beware of Ticks!

Caution helps to protect dogs and cats

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Dogs on leash

Springtime: Keep your Dog on a Leash

Let wild animals raise their babies in peace

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Group of young hares

Do Not Disturb Young Hares

Guide for animal lovers: what you can do for young wild animals

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Young bird

'Branchling' - Hands off Please!

Guide for animal lovers: what you can do for young wild animals

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Baby red squirrel being held in hand

Squirrel in Need

Guide for animal lovers: tips for saving squirrel babies

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Fawns, young deer

Early Born Wildlife - What You Absolutely Have to Consider

FOUR PAWS asks walkers for increased attention for wild animals

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Dog during Carnival

Carnival: No Fun For Animals

FOUR PAWS gives tips on what pet owners should look out for

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Golden retriever puppy outdoors on a sunny day

10 Tips to Recognise a Responsible Puppy Seller

FOUR PAWS advice on what to look out for when you are buying a puppy 

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Gray stray-cat on little roof with snow

New Year's Eve: Minimising Your Pet's Stress

A Guide for owners of dogs, cats and small rodents

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Dog sitting under a Christmas tree

5 Animal-Friendly Ideas for Christmas

A Guide for Animal Lovers

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Christmas with Pets

A guide for pet owners: dangers under the Christmas tree

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Rabbit in snow

Rabbit Winter Care

A how-to guide to making your rabbit enclosure winter-proof

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Dog in the snow

Pets in Winter

A guide for pet owners

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Foster dog

How Fostering Helps to Save Lives

A win for the shelter, the animal and you!

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Dog and cat

Are You Ready to Become a Fosterer?

Foster parent’s guide

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Cat and her owner

How you can Become a Fosterer

Foster parent’s guide

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Foster dog

How to Welcome a Foster Pet into Your Home

Foster parent’s guide

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Cat at home

Emergency Plan for Pet Owners due COVID-19

What happens to my pet if I am ill or need to go into self-isolation?

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Dog and cat at home

Financial Aspects of Pet Ownership

Can you afford a pet?

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Guinea Pig

Quiz: What Pet Best Suits My Lifestyle?

Find out what pet might be perfect for you

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Puppy and its owner

The Responsible Way to Acquiring a Pet

Where should you purchase your pet from? 

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Cat at home

Does a Cat Fit My Lifestyle?

Test yourself with our '30-day cat challenge'

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Happy cat

Being a Responsible Pet Owner

How to become your pet’s best friend? 

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Dogs at home

Does a Dog Fit My Lifestyle?

Test yourself with our '30-day dog challenge'

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Kitten Hazel

Why Do You Want to Have a Pet?

Discover the motivations behind pet ownership

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Guinea pigs as pets

Does a Small Mammal Fit My Lifestyle?

Test yourself with our '30-day challenge'

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Dog in the snow

When Your Dog Has a Cold

A guide for dog owners: swift recovery for dogs with a cold

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Rescued bear in BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh

#SanctuarySaturdays

We are celebrating the amazing work our colleagues are doing in the FOUR PAWS Sanctuaries around the world

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Cat in the snow

Outdoor Cats in the Winter

Bringing your cat with outdoor access safe through the cold season

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Zoe was rescued from a fur farm

Shopping Guide for Animal-Friendly Fashion

From wool to down - have a heart for animals when shopping 

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Dog and a pumpkin

Halloween – Scary for Pets too

A guide for pet owners to survive the spooky season!

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Dogs in Speranta Shelter

A Pet is Not Just for Lockdown!

FOUR PAWS' Guide for Animal Lovers

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Cat

Cat Fun in Autumn

How to keep your pet busy and entertained during the cosy fall season

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Birds in your garden

How to Create a Cat-Proof Garden for Birds and Fish

A FOUR PAWS' Guide with tips for garden owners

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Cats and garden

How to Design a Garden for Your Cat

Words of advice for cat owners: Tips for a cat-friendly garden

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Cat at home

A cat-friendly Home

A Guide for Cat Owners: How to design your home in a lovely way for your furry friend

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Rats as pets

Rats as Pets

Intelligent, playful, curious – rats can make great pets if kept in the right conditions

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Cat-Friendly Water Bowl

Cat-Friendly Water Bowl

Guide for Cat Owners

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Pet Rats – their most common diseases

Signs that your rat needs to go to the vet

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Appropriate nutrition for pet rats

Appropriate Nutrition for Pet Rats

A balanced diet is a key factor to pet rats healthy

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Enclosure for rats

How to Design a Habitat for Rats

Enrichment and good design are vital for rats

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Prejudices against rats

Prejudices against Rats

What is true? Do we underestimate this little rodents?

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Pools are a danger to animals

Swimming Pools Pose a Danger to Pets and Wildlife!

Having a swimming pool is fun, but there are risks for animals that can be prevented

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White rabbit relaxing

Common Mistakes when Keeping Rabbits

Guide for Rabbit Owners: Seven of the typical Mistakes

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A first-aid kit for your dog

A First-Aid Kit for Your Dog

FOUR PAWS Guide for Dog Owners: What belongs in the pharmacy bag for the dog

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What do dogs enjoy doing on holiday?

What Do Dogs Enjoy Doing on Holiday?

FOUR PAWS Guide for Dog Owners

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Happy cat

The Purr-fect Vacation

A happy cat’s holiday guide

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Raccoon at TIERART

Furry Intruders – Animal-Friendly Removal of Raccoons

FOUR PAWS provides tips on how to keep raccoons at bay 

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A dog affected by severe flooding

Disasters and Your Pets: Are You Ready?

This guide will help you and your family get prepared for when disaster strikes

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Dog sitting in grassland

Danger from Oak Processionary Moth

Guide for Dog Owners: How to protect your dog from the poisonous caterpillar 

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Dog at home

Pet Technology Revolution

Gadgets that make life easier for pet owners and can be useful for their pet

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Small but mighty - Fancy Mice

Mice as Pets

A pet mouse is great animal for people who like to observe

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Healthy Nutrition for Your Pet Mice

A balanced diet is important for every animal

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Best design for a mice habitat

How to Design a Habitat for Mice

Mice are intelligent animals and need an engaging enclosure

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Most common illnesses in mice and how to prevent them

Health Checklist for Mice

Veterinary care for mice: Most common illnesses in mice and how to prevent them

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Scared dog

The Impact of Lockdown on Domestic Violence

FOUR PAWS' Guide for Animal Lovers

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Dog at home

After the lockdown: helping your pet to cope when normal life resumes

FOUR PAWS' Guide for Pet Owners

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Happy and healthy Dushi

The Transformation of a Rescued Wild Animal

After being rescued, many of our animals go through a mental and physical transformation

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Adopt, don't shop!

Fostering and Adopting during the Coronavirus Lockdown

FOUR PAWS' Guide for Animal Lovers

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LIONS at LIONSROCK

E-book: Londi learns about Lions at LIONSROCK

A special gift for your supports 

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Snuffle mat for dogs

Make a Snuffle Mat for Your Dog

Instructions: creative fun for both you and your dog!

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Raccoon at TIRART

Raccoons – also known as Procyon lotor

33 raccoons live at TIERART Wild Animal Sanctuary in Germany

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Pet cat sleeping

10 Things You Can Do for the Animals and Yourself Now

You can prove love for animals even in difficult times

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Cat at home

12 Tips for a Successful Home Office Day

#StayAtHome #WorkFromAtHome

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Enrichment in BEAR SANCTUARY

Enrichment for Bears

Search game for children – Dushi needs support!

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Cats like to play

How to keep your pets occupied during the coronavirus lockdown

Guide for Pet Owners

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and your pet

Guide for Pet Owners

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Lions kissing

Love for Animals this Valentine's Day

Five animal-friendly tips to make your heart beat faster this Valentine's Day

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Dog sniffing on another dog

Giardia – Invisible Guests

Guide for pet owners: the dangers for animals and humans

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Rabbit eating

A Balanced Diet for a Rabbit

As for every animal, an adequate diet is essential for rabbits to stay healthy, fit and satisfied.

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How the Rabbit was Domesticated

Rabbits represent the domesticated form of the game-rabbit and belong to the most popular domestic animals

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Sleeping rabbit

Health Checklist for Rabbits

A regular and thorough rabbit health check is very important. As flight-animals, rabbits are masters at hiding health problems

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Rabbit listening

The Proper Lifting and Lowering of a Rabbit

What a you should know about caring of a rabbit

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White rabbit

Rabbits as Pets

Guide for pet owners: Rabbits do not belong in cages - so keep the residence appropriate to the species

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Rabbit enclosure

How to Design a Rabbit Enclosure

Make rabbits feel at home

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dogs in the office

Dogs in the Office

Tips and tricks for a healthy working relationship with your canine colleague

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Happy Turkey

Have Yourself a Merry Cruelty-Free Christmas Dinner

FOUR PAWS recommends animal-friendly food alternatives 

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dog get petted by his owner

Clicker training for Pets

Encouraging positive behaviour through positive reinforcement

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Fruit and vegetables seasonal calendar

Animal-friendly food is always in season!

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Animal Welfare and Tourism

Animal Welfare and Tourism

Selfies taken with bears in chains, on the back of an elephant or petting lion cubs. Animal welfare should not stop on holiday

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Correctly remove ticks

Due to the mild weather, ticks are now active almost all year round. 

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Protect Guinea Pigs from Summer Heat

The importance of keeping guinea pigs cool in the summer

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A Balanced Diet for a Guinea Pig

Guide for guinea pig owners: They are exclusively plant-eaters (herbivores), feeding only on grass, hay, vegetables and fruit

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Common Mistakes when Keeping Guinea Pigs

Here are some of the most common errors made while keeping guinea pigs

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A Natural Life for a Guinea pig

Interesting background facts about these lovely rodents

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Clicker Training for Guinea Pigs

This method is mostly known from training with dogs

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Guinea Pigs – Their History

Where do they come from originally? How did they reach Europe? Where does their name come from?

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Health Checklist for Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs are susceptible to a range of diseases. Regular health checks can help you to recognise and deal with problems early on.

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Keeping Guinea Pigs in Outdoor Enclosures

The best way to keep guinea pigs is in a garden enclosure all year round, as this simulates their natural environment as closely as possible

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Guinea Pigs as Pets

Guide for pet owners: What to do to make the little rodents - guinea pigs - feel comfortable with you

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Putting Guinea Pigs Together

Guide for pet owners: How do you get a harmonic group?

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Guinea Pigs – Their Most Common Illnesses

Guide for guinea pig owners: Guinea pigs are generally robust animals. However, certain illnesses tend to affect them more often than others

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Keeping Guinea Pigs in an Apartment

Given the right living conditions, guinea pigs can be kept in an apartment

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Travelling with a Dog

Responsible pet ownership guide

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Dog on Hot Asphalt

Hot Asphalt – A Danger to your Dog’s Paws

A danger to your dog’s paws

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Moulting: Dogs & Cats

Advice for pet owners: expect a 'hairy' spring and autumn

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What to Do if Your Dog Eats Poisoned Bait

Advice for dog lovers: important facts about dogs and poisoning 

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Dogs and Their Needs

Guide for dog owners: What does my dog need?

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Living Together: Dogs & Humans

Guide for dog owners

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Pets in Hot Weather

Guide for pet owners

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Getting a Dog?

Things to consider before getting a dog

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Getting a Cat?

Things to consider before getting a cat

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Removing Cat Hair

Advice for cat owners: how to remove cat hair and prevent excessive shedding

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Checklist: Getting a Pet

A guide for future pet owners

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Living Together: Cats & Humans

Guide for Cat Owners

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