THE LOW-DOWN ON CYCLING’S 2017 GRAND TOURS

Few sports demand the stamina and endurance levels of professional road cycle racing. Riders are tested to their limits across mountain & hill climbs, flat stages and sprint finishes in arguably the most demanding adventures imaginable. No cycling events are more gruelling than the Grand Tours, of which there are three; Giro d’Italia, Tour de […]


THE HAPPIEST DAY OF OUR LIVES

So much to do, so much fun to be had and so many tears to be shed. Your wedding day should be the happiest day of your life but sometimes, with so much going on, things can unfortunately go wrong. That’s why taking out Wedding Insurance could save you a whole load of heartache should […]


SUNBURN AND PHOTOSENSITISATION IN HORSES

Already this summer, the UK has been basking in some unseasonably hot weather. With temperatures reaching up to 34.5C at Heathrow in June, the hottest on record since 1976. Brits responded in typical fashion wheeling out barbecues, flocking to the beaches and generally beginning to plan their hot weather adventures. Animals love the summer just […]


DON’T GET STUNG!

Protect your pet from bee or wasp stings We’ve all done it, sat on the patio or lawn, happily watching as our cats and dogs cavort around the garden, bounding in and out of flowerbeds and bushes. The hazy days of summer can conjure up some magical memories but they can also create problems for […]


HORSE HEADSHAKING

Generally, we associate the summer with good health. It’s easier to exercise, the sun feels good on our skin and we’re more inclined to get out to enjoy a fresh air adventure. The same applies to our horses and we love sharing our passion with them. Sadly, the summer also brings along equine health issues, […]


LIFE’S A BEACH – DOG SAFETY

 We’re an island of dog lovers. The fact that we’re an island means we’re also surrounded by sea, so we’re lucky that our fair isle is ringed by some amazing beaches. Now that the weather is warmer, it can be tempting to pack up the swimming trunks and towels and take our dogs on a […]


CRACKED HOOVES

Despite the heatwave we’ve already experienced this summer, none of us are under any illusion as to what constitutes a British summer. Mild weather, patchy clouds, intermittent rain showers and the odd, but glorious, hot and sunny spell. This variation in weather systems helps to give us a verdant and vibrant countryside and when the […]


DRY EYE AWARENESS MONTH

July 2017 is the first veterinary Dry Eye Awareness Month, launched by pharmaceutical company Bayer in order to draw attention to a troublesome and often-missed problem in pets. Dry eye (kerato-conjunctivitis sicca or KCS) is a painful condition that affects dogs and, less commonly, cats. The condition occurs when not enough tear film is produced, […]


WHERE TO TAKE YOUR CARAVAN ON THE CONTINENT

It’s almost summer! While our weather might be typically erratic, hop across the channel and you’ll find plenty of warmer destinations within reach. What’s more, if you’ve got a touring caravan, the possibilities are almost endless! Forget the stress, inflexibility and inevitable delays of tedious flights. Instead, link up your caravan, get behind the wheel […]


EQUINE GRASS SICKNESS

Equine grass sickness is a disease that has been known to affect horses, ponies and donkeys ever since it was first recognised in 1907. An outbreak at an army base housing military horses in Dundee heralded the beginning of a period in which hundreds of animals died across Scotland. Nowadays, the United Kingdom records the […]