Nutrition, Health and Wellbeing

Does my pet have healthy teeth?

Many cat and dog owners believe that their four-legged friend doesn’t have dental or teeth problems. They think that as long as he eats well, everything will be fine. However, this usually turns out not to be the case. That’s because four out of five dogs over the age of three suffer from dental diseases. […]

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Bothersome bloodsuckers

High season for ticks Unfortunately, spring is not all fun and games. From this point on, animals and their owners need to be back on their guard against ticks. This is because some of the breeds found in the area can transmit dangerous diseases. Ticks are small but incredibly tough and they can sometimes be […]

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How to prepare your four-legged friend for spring

Time to go outside! It’s finally time – spring is just around the corner and both man and his best friend are looking forward to some outdoor activities. With our tips, you and your four-legged friend will quickly get fit for spring, ready to enjoy the new season. The sun is shining, green grass is […]

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The health benefits of nutrition

A balanced diet is the best basis for a long, happy and healthy life with plenty of energy. But what exactly does healthy nutrition mean for cats and dogs? We’ve put together the most important facts and tips for you. Anyone who decides to pay more attention to giving their pet a healthy, balanced diet […]

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What cats and dogs need now

Optimal care during the moulting season Over the next few weeks, cats and dogs will need some extra grooming to keep their skin healthy and their coats shiny. Cats and dogs shed their summer coats to allow their winter fur to grow. Pet owners know that it’s that time of year again when clumps of […]

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Mixing Wet and Dry food for dogs

Mixing wet and dry food When it comes to feeding dogs, owners get into heated discussions about whether dry or wet food is better. In fact, the best solution lies in the middle – with mixed feeding. 1. So what exactly is “mixed feeding”? Mixed feeding means that instead of giving dogs an exclusive diet […]

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Expert Tips

Perfect Grooming Brushing your pet dog, cat or rodent on a regular basis helps to reduce the amount of moulting hair on your carpet and sofa. It also benefits your pet as the act of brushing improves the flow of blood to the skin and stimulates circulation. You should groom your pet every day, particularly […]

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Which Minerals for my Dog?

“My dog should be lacking for nothing!” Dog owners love their dogs and sometimes give too much of a good thing, with the best of intentions, of course.

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Understanding bacteria’s role

Bacteria are small micro-organisms consisting of just one cell. They multiply by cell division and are responsible for various metabolic functions. As exciting as the life of these minute organisms might be, as pathogens they can also cause a lot of harm. But not all bacteria are harmful and bad:

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Table manners

The meal is scarcely on the table and Fido’s already at his post. Wearing his best faithful basset hound face, even if he isn’t one, and cocking his expectant head to the side. He’s hoping for a piece of roast beef, a potato or even a tomato to fall his way. Main thing is – he gets something! His people can seldom resist this whole begging act.

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Obesity in dogs

The Christmas season does not leave our four-legged friends unscathed either. A treat from the doggy advent calendar, another extra bone here and there – and of course a tasty Christmas stocking for pooch. We mean well and want to spoil our dog just a bit, but it is also a bit rash. Too many or unhealthy and toxic treats (including ordinary chocolate) put too many pounds on our dog and can seriously affect the dog’s health.

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Feeding tips for your dog

You should usually feed your dog twice a day. Whether you feed your dog one ‘main meal’ and a smaller meal, or two similar sized helpings will depend on your dog. Some animals are fussy eaters and they are best fed two similar sized meals. Dogs belonging to the “insatiable” class of dogs should be given a main meal and a smaller helping per day.

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Dog food types

Dogs are carnivores. However, this term is somewhat misleading as the dog not only eats the flesh of its prey but the entire animal, warts and all. In this way the dog gets all essential nutrients from the prey. This includes the minerals and vitamins contained in blood, bones and internal organs as well as any plant matter present in the prey’s stomach.

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Dog food for life stages

“What’s the best way to feed my dog?” – Every responsible dog owner will have asked this question. Nowadays it’s easy to give your four-legged friend the right food, as the range of complete foods is wide. They give Fido all of the nutrients he needs to lead an active life, but it makes sense to meet your animal’s individual needs when choosing their food. A puppy should get different food to an older dog and now “made-to-measure” food is now available for all different sizes of dog.

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Cut the fat

The one thing most people want to get rid of after Christmas is those extra pounds from over-indulging over the festive season. This is also the perfect opportunity to think about the (ideal) weight of your pet…

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Animal bones

Many people associate dogs and bones. Dogs have been fed scraps since times immemorial. This naturally includes bones. As tasty meat is left on the bone, dogs love gnawing bones and can spend hours until even the last bit of meat has disappeared.

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Tips for combating infestations

Parasites are not only a pest – they can make life hell for a cat or a dog. This is because they cause severe itching or even trigger an allergy, such as from flea bites. So it’s a good thing to protect your house pet from these pests – and yourself too, as some parasites migrate to humans.

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Pets and mites

Mites can infest any animal and cause horrible itching. These tiny arachnids are invisible to the naked eye but most are very contagious. This is why it is important to identify mites and prevent them from infesting other animals in your house or circle of friends.

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Guide to common parasites

Spring, summer – finally we can go outside. Dogs look forward to long walks. Ticks, fleas and worms also look forward to new victims that they can use as hosts. The vets from Maxi Zoo, tell you about the most common parasites. It is especially worth knowing that prevention helps!

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Moulting in dogs

Lots and lots and lots of hair flying here and lying there – dog owners could tell you a thing or two about coat changes in autumn or spring. The experts from Maxi Zoo have some tips on the best way to get through this hairy time.

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Healthy coats in dogs

A nice, shiny coat is taken as a sign of a healthy animal, an animal which is happy and content. Like humans, several factors are relevant when it comes to a cat’s or dog’s health and a shiny and full coat. To prevent hair loss in our pets, we have collated some information on coat condition and tips on how to achieve a nice shiny coat.

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Dog shearing in summer

Would a human feel comfortable in a thick winter coat when it’s 30 degrees in the shade? No way. But dogs have no choice. They can’t just take their fur coat off. That’s why ever more dog owners are giving their four-legged friends a smart, short haircut to ease “the dog days of summer”. The experts from Maxi Zoo explain what to bear in mind when doing this.

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Dog hygiene basics

Have a wash, clean your teeth, brush your hair – this is all obvious for us humans. But what’s the story for our four-legged friends? Vets from Maxi Zoo, have pinpointed the most important care tips so that dog owners know exactly what type of care and how much of it their dog needs.

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Coat care for dogs

A lovely silky coat usually means that your dog is happy, well fed and healthy. Read our tips on how to care for your animal’s coat particularly in winter …

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Bath time

Regular bathing is actually not necessary for any pet, means stress for many and is even unhealthy for some.

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Veterinary drugs

Usually you get veterinary drugs from your vet. Vets can not only prescribe medicines but their expertise also entitles them to dispense ready-made veterinary preparations and to prepare medicines at their surgery. This makes sense as special preparations are immediately available when needed.

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Senior dogs

Coat going grey, standing up becoming difficult, commands no longer heard? Yes, even our dogs get older! With some dogs, this process already kicks after the age of six. The experts at Maxi Zoo explain how and with what means owners can alleviate their senior dog’s everyday life.

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Physiotherapy for dogs

Physiotherapy aims to maintain or restore mobility when restricted as a result of an accident, illness or old age. There are a variety of different types and applications. And these are no longer limited to people, physiotherapy can be used very successfully with animals to reduce pain, re-establish joint mobility and strengthen muscles.

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Paw injuries

Both small and large wounds on the paws of cats or dogs should be attended to swiftly – that’s what the vets from Maxi Zoo recommend.

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Nervous and agitated dogs

Nervous and agitated, Rocky stares with fear at the hooded man coming towards him, he shrinks back in panic at a half-sagging balloon on the field. These are typical situations where your dog may appear not to recognise the actuality and panics, not knowing what to do in these situations. Some objects, people or sounds can give dogs such a fright that they tear off into the distance in fear. Owners are powerless to help.

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