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Win £100 worth of dog accessory vouchers!

Win £100 worth of dog accessory vouchers!

Rover's Kit and Kaboodle stock some of the leading brands in dog food, nutrition, collars and leads. Now, the pet shop specialising in dogs is offering a woofing £100 Rover's Kit voucher to spend at their showroom in Semley or online shop. In addition, the lucky...

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Go behind the scenes at the vet

Go behind the scenes at the vet

Friars Moor's upcoming Open Day is at their new and improved Shaftesbury branch on Saturday, October 19. Between 12am and 5pm, visitors can have a look around the new facilities, chat to the vets, see some fun demos with the nurses and enter competitions to win...

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Campaign to encourage landlords to allow pets

Campaign to encourage landlords to allow pets

By Ali Theobald Cats Protection launched a major new campaign called Purrfect Landlords to help more people living in rented housing own a pet. The aim is to transform renting so that responsible cat ownership benefits landlords and tenants – therefore happy...

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Elderly dogs look for second chance

Elderly dogs look for second chance

Two elderly rescue dogs at Dogs Trust Salisbury are looking for a second chance at happiness in their twilight years. Chihuahua Thorn,10, lived in his previous home since he was a puppy, and 16-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier Bramble (pictured above) lived with...

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Fight the flea enemy

Fight the flea enemy

At this time of year, it is important to keep up with flea treatments for your cats. The ideal temperature for fleas is 70-85 F, 21-29 C, as they can breed faster in warm and humid weather. It is much harder to treat a flea infestation, which can take weeks or months...

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Summer time – cats get itchy!

Summer time – cats get itchy!

By Peter Coleshaw It's harvest mite time again. For those who have not come across these before they are salmon-pink beasties (pictured) that jump onto your cat en-mass, taking residence in very specific places such as ear folds, between toes and on the face. Cats...

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What does a solid money foundation look like

What does a solid money foundation look like

In order to build a skyscraper, you need to dig and set a good foundation. The same goes for financial freedom; you need a solid money foundation. It’s easy to fall into bad spending habits, but it’s never too late to go back to square one and rebuild. A solid...

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Missing cat found after 12 years of heartache

Missing cat found after 12 years of heartache

Finally a good news story. Valley News has heard from an owner who has been reunited with her cat which went missing 12 years ago. Dominique, from Stratford Tony, had a cat, Lily, who went missing when being given to a friend. “Sadly, we had to rehome Lily and her...

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Wild things in colonies

Wild things in colonies

We often get calls from farms and smallholdings asking if we have any feral cats to keep the rodent population down, and feedback is that they do a very good job. Cats learn what is normal at a very young age, during what is known as a ‘socialisation period’. Between...

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Tick time is here again

Tick time is here again

By Peter Coleshaw It’s that time of year again – as the weather warms, some of our cats come in with ticks attached. But why only some cats and not others, and why with the warmer weather? The first part is easy to answer – unlike fleas, which spread readily from cat...

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Barking mad doggy fun day

Barking mad doggy fun day

Dogs and their owners are invited to Dogs Trust Salisbury’s Fun Day on Sunday, June 2. The Rehoming Centre in Newton Tony is open from 11am to 3pm for fun and games, including the ever-popular Fun Dog Show. Classes include: Most Appealing Eyes, Waggiest Tail and Best...

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Dog walkers needed

Dog walkers needed

A Gillingham resident asked for dog walking support for their 12-year-old Beagle from the Cinnamon Trust. Now the charity is looking for volunteers. The national charity assists the elderly and terminally ill and their pets to keep them together for as long as...

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Stray cats need compassion

Stray cats need compassion

By Ali Theobald, Salisbury & District Cats Protection One of the worst things for a feline owner is if their cat goes missing and never returns. There is always the uncertainty whether they have chosen to move on to someone else or if they are lying injured or...

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Neutering the stress-free way

Neutering the stress-free way

By Peter Coleshaw Neutering is not a new topic – but every year those queens start coming in season and the circle of life continues. Un-neutered girls make this very evident, becoming very affectionate, tail in the air when cuddled, often ‘calling’ loudly. This often...

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Eywa’s all heart

Eywa’s all heart

Eywa is a beautiful, four-year-old female Husky, looking for her special forever home. She is playful and really enjoys a game of fetch with her tennis ball and loves a good sniff in her snuffle mat. Eywa is clever but needs to be the only dog in an adult-only home....

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Toileting problems

Toileting problems

By Peter Coleshaw Weeing or pooing in places other than the litter tray is a very common problem. But your cat is not being naughty or mean – this is a clear indication something is wrong from your cat’s perspective. However, the cause is not always easy to determine...

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Dog lovers dating night is launched

Dog lovers dating night is launched

As Valentines is one of the hardest days of the year for many singles, Monty and Mabel’s in Wilton are hosting an ingenious evening, putting a new twist on dating. Dog lovers are often kindred spirits, so what better way to meet than at a 'dogs are invited too' dating...

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Training goes to the dogs

Training goes to the dogs

An informative dog training demonstration with local dog trainer Stephen Harrison from ‘One Man & his Gundogs’, raised money & awareness for local animal charities in Wiltshire. Jo Davies and her staff at Petpals Salisbury, organised the evening on Friday,...

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Have your say on dogs

Have your say on dogs

Is it a  dog’s life? Residents, visitors and organisations in North Dorset are invited to give their opinions about rules concerning dogs. What do you think about dogs in public places - like parks - and also when they should be on a lead. After considering people’s...

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Lyme disease: take care with ticks on cats, dogs and humans

Lyme disease: take care with ticks on cats, dogs and humans

Currently hitting the news, Lyme disease is a particularly nasty illness we humans can catch from ticks. Currently hitting the news, Lyme disease is a particularly nasty illness we humans can catch from ticks. In people, the symptoms can be mistaken for all sorts of...

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Sheep may safely graze

Sheep may safely graze

The increasing number of attacks by dogs on sheep has led to a ban on dog walkers. Fields with livestock near Durrington Walls and  Stonehenge now have restricted access to create some dog free zones after National Trust discussions with tenant farmers concerned by...

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Perfect pooch pinches top prize

Perfect pooch pinches top prize

On June 25, Dogwise Training School, Mere, held its annual dog show to help raise funds for Battersea Dogs Home and Happy Landings animal shelter, based in Shepton Mallet. The owner of Dogwise Training School, Tina Hazzard, was delighted to announce that this year’s...

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