Hello and welcome to the April/May edition of PetFocus magazine.

Puppy ownership has soared during the pandemic, and while our dogs are certainly helping us through COVID-19, studies suggest many were taken on with little or no research. Sadly, these rushed decisions are fuelling the illegal puppy trade and could lead to puppies being rehomed if their owners haven’t considered their return to ‘normal’ life.

Perhaps now more than ever, it’s never been more important to take your time finding the right dog and preparing for your new arrival. With this in mind, vet Jo De Klerk has put together a complete healthcare guide for new puppy owners. As Jo writes, “there’s nothing more exciting than welcoming a new puppy into your home, but your new addition will require more than just feeding and playing.”

Of course, doing your research is crucial before getting any new pet. In this issue, we’ve got practical advice for all kinds of pets, from caring for rats to our beginner’s guide to tortoises. Don’t miss Vanessa Howie’s guide to understanding your cat’s behaviour and discover the latest advice on horse vaccinations with Marie Rippingale.

Best wishes

The PetFocus team


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