Safe Walking Tips

Safe on four paws It’s difficult to been seen well in the dark. Even in October we no longer have ten hours of daylight. The days are getting shorter, which makes the roads more dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians. People who regularly go for walks with their dogs should take precautions. Maxi Zoo outlines some […]

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Maxi Zoo Christmas Gift Guide

The experts at Maxi Zoo Ireland have compiled a list of the top ten selling products for every animal this Christmas! Check out the fantastic gift ideas below, and don’t forget our friendly staff in store will be happy to help you pick the best present for your pet.     Call into your local […]

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Safety on darker days

Even when the days get shorter and it starts to get darker earlier, dogs don’t want to miss out on their evening walk. As a result you need to pay special attention to safety so that you are clearly visible to other road users. Ideally you should wear a safety vest or attach reflectors to […]

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Top tips for a relaxing holiday season

Christmas and New Year’s Eve are all about traditions, family, friends and gifts. An exciting time – also for our pets. To ensure that everyone enjoys the holidays, we have prepared a few important tips. The time surrounding Christmas and New Year’s Eve is genuinely challenging for owners and their pets. Visitors arrive, the normal […]

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Big adventures for four-legged friends

According to a survey, half of all dog owners now take their pet on holiday. Are you among them? Then we have a few important tips for you to make sure your journey together is as relaxed and comfortable as possible. Your dog is a part of the family, and that includes the best time […]

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First aid for dogs

Quick and certain action is needed for initial medical care. We’ll explain how to provide first aid for dogs. Safety first An animal in a great amount of pain or in shock may act unpredictably. Therefore, be especially careful when approaching an unfamiliar animal and keep your distance in case it reacts aggressively. Otherwise, it […]

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Dogs and Fireworks at Halloween

No tricks, just treats at Halloween when it comes to Fireworks Adults and children alike look forward to the fireworks on All Hallow’s Eve, when the night sky explodes with colour, but we sometimes forget that a lot of animals suffer terrible anxiety as a result of loud noise and flashing lights. Some animals are so traumatised that […]

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Understanding dogs body language

Canine language is unambiguous – at least when two or more dogs encounter each other, provided they have been sufficiently socialised with members of the same species.

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Therapy dogs helping people

Once a week, Nelly the therapy dog makes a visit to Barbara who suffers from dementia. When she strokes the dog or it nudges against her, distant memories flicker in the old lady of a shepherd dog which lived in her parents’ yard when she was small. The hour with Nelly in animal support therapy releases Barbara from the greyness of her everyday life and gives her a sense of being alive once more. Just how such therapy works is explained by the experts at Maxi Zoo.

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The seventh sense

Internet forums are full of stories about cats and dogs that appear to possess extraordinary talents. The animal lovers at Maxi Zoo are also familiar with tales of dogs who foresee danger ahead for their masters or mistresses – or of cats who come home as soon as someone is waiting there for them. Could this be the so-called seventh sense?

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Search dogs- Four-legged heroes

Wouldn’t it be handy to be able get your dog to find your Easter eggs for you with its keen nose? Trained search dogs can do much more. They sniff out drugs, hunt down criminals and save people trapped under snow and debris.

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Multiple benefits between pet and owner

In almost every third household in Ireland, pets are keeping people company. They are loyal, cuddly, alert and comical companions and they exert a positive influence on our wellbeing. Experts from Maxi Zoo explain how pets can have a positive influence on people of all ages.

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Dog sniffers

Do dogs have a sixth sense? Experts are still arguing the point, but one thing’s for sure; dogs are equipped with heightened senses almost beyond belief. Dogs can hear mice cough and discern a world of aromas completely unknown to us. Especially when it comes to sensing smells, dogs are way ahead of us.

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Transportation during holidays

The summer sun lures us out of the house and to faraway destinations. Dedicated pet owners often take their four-legged friends with them. To take your pet on holiday, you first need a good way to transport them. The experts from Maxi Zoo explain what to keep in mind.

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Pet Sitter

Even if we would most prefer to have them with us round the clock, we can’t always take our pets with us on holiday. Most cats and other small animals react to strange surroundings with stress and even the dog has to stay at home sometimes such as when a plane journey is on the itinerary. The alternative, a reliable pet sitter or a pet boarding kennel.

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Last minute holidays

If you want to travel on the spur of the moment, there are quite a few last minute opportunities available to enable you to do just that. And accommodation providers have even thought of dog lovers, last minute breaks are already on offer that allow you to take your dog with you. Experts from Maxi Zoo give some tips on what to watch out for with last minute trips.

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Holiday options for pets

A pet sitter, animal boarding house or bring your pet on the holiday? Every pet owner asks themselves this question coming up to holiday time.

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Holiday checklist

For most people, it’s the most wonderful time of the year – and they want to share it with their beloved four-legged friends. Many holidaymakers take their dog along when they go on a journey. They choose a dog-friendly hotel where Fido is welcome and opt for a destination where they can walk, relax or bathe together. So, time to get the bags packed! But Fido will need a few travel items, too, so you should proceed with caution in case you forget something.

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Dog creches

It sounds quite logical… children go to the kiddie crèche, dogs to the doggie crèche. Daycare centres for dogs, these have only been around for a few years. Dog owners in an increasing number of cities are taking up just such offers when the occasion arises that they’re unable to look after their canine companions.

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Choosing a pet boarder

Holidays should be fun and refreshing, that goes for people and animals alike. However, young masters and mistresses can’t always spend their holidays with their pets. If there’s no friend, family member or sitter available who can look after your furry friend, then an animal hotel is a good alternative.

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Photographing your pets

Photos of your pet are a lasting memory. However, sometimes the cat jumps out of the picture quicker than the photographer would like or the black dog can is hardly discernable from the background. The experts from Maxi Zoo know what it all depends on and have compiled the following, easy to implement tips for hobby photographers.

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Pets and Planes – Transport Tips

Every year thousands of pets, mostly dogs or cats, fly away on holiday with their owners. Unfortunately for our furry friends, this is anything but fun and actually rather stressful. This is just one of the reasons that flying with pets requires extensive planning, say the experts from Maxi Zoo.

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Going to the vet with dogs

A visit to the vet’s isn’t often something our four-legged friends are particularly fond of. Some dogs, cats and small animals even get a panic attack when they enter the surgery. It doesn’t have to be like this: with a few tips you will be able to arrange a visit to the “doctor” with as little stress as possible. You can make a start with this at home!

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Dogs and beer gardens

What’s better than enjoying a cool drink under the summer sky? According to many city dwellers, nothing is! Dog owners also enjoy stopping for a bite to eat at a dog-friendly beer garden. The experts from Maxi Zoo have six tips on how dog owners can enjoy the beer garden season with their four-legged friend.

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Living with dogs in the city

Line restrictions, dog waste disposal laws and dog-free areas accepted, living in the city with a dog can be lots of fun. The experts from Maxi Zoo offer some tips to make living with dogs in the city enjoyable for all involved.

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Happy Christmas tips for dogs

Even when we complain sometimes about the stress and rush surrounding Christmas and the New Year, at heart we all love the festivities and celebrations of this time of year. We have a few ideas to make sure that it is a happy festive season for both two and four-legged friends alike.

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Fireworks at New Year

When we’re looking forward to the fireworks at the turn of the year, when the night sky explodes with colour, we sometimes forget –- a lot of animals suffer terrible anxiety from them and curl up into the farthest corner when the bangers are let off. Some are so traumatised that they still don’t want to go out the next morning.

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Easter gifts for pets

Easter’s in sight and spring has sprung. The experts from Maxi Zoo have some suitable gift ideas which your pets will love and get them playing exciting “hide and seek” games.

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Christmas gifts for dogs

It’s the same dilemma every year, what do you give your nearest and dearest? If you have animal lovers in their family or circle of friends, this gives you the advantage of a wide range of gift ideas. The experts from Maxi Zoo offer some suggestions on what to put under the Christmas tree.

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When pet owners break up

It’s over: when partners break up, the house pet is suddenly without a family. What does that mean for the dog or cat? How can the owners contribute to the well-being of their animals? The experts from Maxi Zoo have the answers.

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