Hello and welcome to the June/July edition of PetFocus magazine.

As we ease out of lockdown, our thoughts turn to summer and quality time outdoors with our pets. In this issue, poisons expert Jane Ellison shares tips for safe summer walks with dogs, from avoiding toxic plants to the hazards of discarded face masks. As Jane explains, ‘the outside world is a joyous place to be. However, there are some things we want to ensure our pets leave well alone!’

With many of us considering a staycation this year, national charity Blue Cross has put together some advice for camping with dogs. It may be the first time your dog has gone on such an adventure, but with a bit of planning, you and your four-legged friend can look forward to a safe and enjoyable trip. Just don’t forget to pack the (dog-safe) sunscreen!

Finally, summertime also brings pesky insects – none of which are perhaps more annoying than flies. In this issue, veterinary nurse Marie Rippingale shares tips on managing flies in horses and the prevention of sweet itch. You will also find expert advice on feline obesity, training your pet bird and health checking your rabbits.

Best wishes

The PetFocus team

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