Autumn crocuses are also known as Colchium autumnale or meadow saffron. They are a perennial flowering plant found in permanent pasture and woodland, and are widely cultivated. The plant flowers from May to October before the leaves appear. The flowers are purple, occasionally white, and resemble a crocus flower. This plant is not related to the spring crocus.
Spicy foods are widely enjoyed by many people but we are often asked if they are harmful to pets. In this article we use gingerbread, which contains the frequently used spices cinnamon and nutmeg, as an example of food that may cause problems for cats and dogs.
The festive season is a wonderful time for celebration and fun! Here are some of the things to look out for to help you have a pet friendly Christmas with all the family.
Chocolate is poisonous to dogs, and can also affect cats, but why? And, if they eat it, how much is likely to make them ill? Chocolate is made from cocoa solids and caffeine. Cocoa solids come from roasting the seeds from the cocoa plant (Theobroma cacao). The seeds contain theobromine, which is toxic. Cocoa solids usually account for 20 to 70% of chocolate and is also present in cocoa powder, cocoa beans, cocoa shell mulches, amongst other things. We often speak to owners whose pet has eaten their way into wrapped presents or broken into a cupboard to reach the chocolate.
Veteran horses are generally categorised as those aged over 15 or 20 years old. Approximately 40% of the UK horse population is currently in this age bracket. As a consequence of ageing, certain health issues become more common. Careful management can help us to spot them early, which is essential for the well-being of these horses.
Many people look forward to the cooler weather and dark cosy nights, while others cannot wait for Spring again. Here are some ideas to help make Winter a breeze for you and your dog.