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Four Paws Guides

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

 
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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Guinea Pig

Quiz: What Pet Best Suits My Lifestyle?

Find out what pet might be perfect for you

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Kitten Hazel

Why Do You Want to Have a Pet?

Discover the motivations behind pet ownership

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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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Guinea pigs as pets

Does a Small Mammal Fit My Lifestyle?

Test yourself with our '30-day challenge'

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Cat and his owner

The Responsible Way to Acquiring a Pet

Where should you purchase your pet from? 

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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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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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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 the Autumn

Dogs in Autumn

A guide for dog owners: essentials to keep your four-legged friends happy and healthy during the 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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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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Prejudices against rats

Prejudices against Rats

What is true? Do we underestimate this little rodents?

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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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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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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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Rats as pets

Rats as Pets

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

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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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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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Travel-related illnesses in dogs

Travel-Related Illnesses in Dogs

Guide for Dog Owners: How to prevent parasites and diseases

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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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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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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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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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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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Tips for Mother's Day

Mothers Day ideas that come from the heart

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Scared dog

The Impact of Lockdown on Domestic Violence

FOUR PAWS' Guide for Animal Lovers

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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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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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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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Dogs on leash

Springtime: Keep your Dog on a Leash

Let wild animals raise their babies in peace

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Raccoon at TIRART

Raccoons – also known as Procyon lotor

33 raccoons live at TIERART 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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The Mole: An Underground Guest

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

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Dog at Home

Q&As: Pets and Coronavirus

Information for Pet Owner

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Enrichment in BEAR SANCTUARY

Enrichment for Bears

Search game for children – Dushi needs support!

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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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Baby red squirrel being held in hand

Squirrel in Need

Guide for animal lovers: tips for saving squirrel babies

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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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Lions kissing

Love for Animals this Valentine's Day

Paying attention to animal welfare on the day of love makes every heart beat faster. We have 5 tips for you and your loved ones for an animal-friendly Valentine's Day.

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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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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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Close up of a white rabbit

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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Rabbit listening

The Proper Lifting and Lowering of a Rabbit

What a you should know about caring of a rabbit

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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 enclosure

How to Design a Rabbit Enclosure

Make rabbits feel at home

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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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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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dogs in the office

Dogs in the Office

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

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Hunde sind keine Geschenke (c) Bogdan Baraghin | VIER PFOTEN

5 animal-friendly Ideas for Christmas

FOUR PAWS Guide for Animal Lovers

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Have yourself a Merry Cruelty-Free Christmas Dinner

FOUR PAWS recommends animal-friendly food alternatives 

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Pets in Winter

A guide for pet owners

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Christmas with Pets

A guide for pet owners: dangers under the Christmas tree 

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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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Nutrition Guide

A FOUR PAWS nutrition guide

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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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Protect Guinea Pigs from Summer Heat

The importance of keeping guinea pigs cool in the summer

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Correctly remove ticks

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

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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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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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Clicker Training for Guinea Pigs

This method is mostly known from training with dogs

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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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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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A Natural Life for a Guinea pig

Interesting background facts about these lovely rodents

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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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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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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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Putting Guinea Pigs Together

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

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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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Moulting: Dogs & Cats

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

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Beware of Ticks!

Caution helps to protect dogs and cats

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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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Happy dog

Dogs and their Needs

Guide for dog owners: What does my dog need?

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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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Found a hedgehog?

Found a Hedgehog – What now?

A guide for animal friends: how to effectively help hedgehogs in winter

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Dog with a ball

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