Need help finding a lost cat?

Posted on October 3, 2014

When your cat goes missing it can be an extremely stressful time.  Petlog gives great advice on what to do if you’re unfortunately enough to be in this position.

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Here are some really useful tips:

Register your cat with CatAware and they will immediately alert your local community to look out for your cat.  What a great idea.

Contact Petlog’s customer care team to update their database that your cat is missing.  This way, when someone finds your cat and contacts them, you can be reunited much more quickly.  Petlog’s 24/7 line is 0844 4633 999.  Hopefully you have ‘Microchipped’ or ‘Scan me’ engraved on your cat’s ID tag to alert the finder to have your cat scanned at the local vet.  This has also proved to deter thieves.

Check with your neighbours to make sure your kitty isn’t out visiting them or lurking in their garden somewhere, and check anywhere your cat may have been locked in by accident.  Speak to locals, shopkeepers, postmen, etc.

Use social media by posting on Petlog’s facebook page, Pet-Tags’ facebook page.

Create posters and notices for local distribution.

Contact your local vets, your local Rehoming Centre and your local Animal Warden.

The sooner you get starter the better!  Keep your mobile on you so you can be contacted easily if someone finds your cat.

Although it is not a legal requirement for your cat to wear identification, an ID tag will make it so much easier for the person who finds your cat to contact you.  Include your mobile phone number and the word ‘Microchipped’ which does increase the chances of your cat being returned and deters thieves.  We have some great, lightweight tags in fantastic designs you’ll love and will engrave and post them to you within 24 hours from £8.49.  Order at Pet-Tags.

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Why you must microchip your dog

Posted on September 30, 2014

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Microchipping provides the security of knowing that should your dog stray, the chances of the two of you being reunited will significantly increase.  Microchipping will be compulsory for all dog owners in England from April ‘16, following an announcement made by the Westminster Government that has been welcomed by Dogs Trust. The Welsh Government has also announced that microchipping will be compulsory for all dogs in Wales by 1st March 2015.  But why wait until then?  Dog’s Trust points out that microchipping has a number of other welfare benefits, including:

  • All puppies are traceable to their breeder thereby helping reduce the problem of puppy farming and lessening the incidence of infectious disease and inherited defects from which many of these dogs suffer
  • Deterring dog theft
  • Allowing for rapid return
  • Providing easier identification and subsequent arrests of owners culpable of animal cruelty
  • Enabling veterinary surgeons to contact dog owners for emergency procedures
  • Allowing identification of dogs in properties in emergency situations so that dogs and owners can be moved and reunited more quickly

Everyone who owns a dog should be able to microchip their dog, regardless of cost. Dog’s Trust has put money aside to offer free microchipping at their Centres.

You can expect to pay £15-£30 to have your dog microchipped at the vets.  Dog’s Trust free microchipping is available throughout the year by appointment as well as at their free chipping roadshows and 1500 local vet practices across the country.  Find one close to you here.

Dog's Trust Microchipping

Remember, microchipping is a great way to identify your dog but you can only be reunited with a missing pet if your details are up to date. If you move house or change your telephone number please call PetLog on 0844 463 3999 as soon as possible to let them know.

Here are some FAQs about microchipping:

What is a microchip?

A microchip is a small electronic device, the size of a grain of rice. The microchip is coded with a unique number that can be read by a scanner and then entered onto the national database alongside the owner’s details.

How and where is the microchip implanted?

Using a specially designed implanting device, the microchip is injected through a sterile needle under the dog’s skin between the shoulder blades.

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Does it hurt?

No, it does not hurt the dog. No anaesthetic is required and the procedure should cause no more discomfort than a standard vaccination.

Who has a scanner?

These can be found at most veterinary practices, local authorities and animal welfare groups.

How are the owners traced?

If a stray dog is found to have a microchip, the local authority, vet practice or animal welfare organisation will contact the national 24 hour database to find the owner’s details.  The owner can then be contacted and reunited with their dog.

Where can I get my dog microchipped?

Most veterinary practices in the UK can microchip your dog (for a charge), along with a growing number of local authorities and animal welfare groups. All Dogs Trust Rehoming Centres can also microchip your dog.

How much will it cost?

Dogs Trust currently provides a microchipping service at our Rehoming Centres for free. Please contact them directly to book an appointment. To find your nearest centre please visit

As well as microchipping it is vitally important, and a legal requirement, that your dog wears an ID tag or collar.  You can learn more about the UK dog laws here.  Check out our fantastic range of tags at Pet-Tags.

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Luxury hotels for cats!

Posted on September 22, 2014

The late writer and veterinarian James Herriot (whose work inspired the TV series All Creatures Great and Small) once wrote “cats are connoisseurs of comfort”. So it’s no surprise that luxury boutique cat hotels are becoming more and more popular with higher expectations than every before.

We’ve found three worth looking at if your cat expects that little bit extra:

There are six Longcroft Luxury Cat Hotels throughout the UK, including in St Albans, Eastergate, Pamber Heath, Amersham, Royston and Welwyn Garden City. Here is Oscar Turner, enjoying his iron bed in the Hotel in St Albans. With an ‘afternoon entertainer’ and an ‘a la cat menu’ served on bone china, Oscar might not want to go back home (though they do offer a chauffeur service which I’m sure he would enjoy).

Oscar Turner at Longcroft Luxury Cat Hotel in St Albans

The Ings Luxury Cat Hotel promises giving their guests the 5 star service they deserve, and a truly relaxing, stimulating and enjoyable time. Boasting ‘stunning panoramic views’ we do wonder whether that might be a little frustrating for their guests, but flat screen TVs showing their favourite looped footage and menus including pan fried sea bass with organic butter and steamed prawns probably keep them well distracted from the view.  The Ings menu

The Balneath Wood boutique cat hotel in Lewes offers spa packages including the ‘Golden Years Package’, the ‘Wellness Spa Package’ and the ‘Recuperation Spa Package’ (following injury or surgery).  At only an additional £2 per day this seems like well worth adding to your booking!

Remember, to make sure your cat is easily identifiable and to help reunite you with your cat if he or she is lost, make sure they wear an ID tag from our special collection just for cats.  This aqua fish tag is one of the most popular.

Glitter Fish Cat Tag
Glitter Fish tag in Aqua perfect for cats!


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National Pet Show Opens this weekend

Posted on September 17, 2014

This weekend (20th & 21st September) sees the National Pet Show coming to Birmingham, following its success in London, this time it’s gone National. The event is for everyone who loves animals. If you want an awesome and entertaining day out, this is the show for you! It promises to be packed with hundreds of animals, excellent features, competitions, celebrities and shopping galore!

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Animals to see include, dog, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters , rats, gerbils, chinchillas, snakes, birds, birds of prey, duck, reptiles, tortoises, ponies, donkeys, alpacas and more.

With show jumping rabbits (yes rabbits), duck herding, doggy dancing, parrot displays, to experts talks on grooming and pet care, shopping and much, much more, it’s sure to be a great day out!

National Pet Show

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Fantastic dog-friendly cafe at Gorleston-on-Sea

Posted on September 15, 2014

Yesterday we visited Gorleston-on-Sea and discovered Jay Jay’s Beach Cafe.  What a lovely surprise it was.  Not only fantastic fresh food and delicious treats, and a stunning view of the sandy beach and long coastline, but there were at least 15 dogs joining their families for lunch, happily soaking up the sun.  And after lunch, an off-the-lead run on the beach finishes off what is probably a perfect day out for families and their pets.

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So sad about the Manchester Dog’s Home tragedy

Posted on September 13, 2014

How devastating for the Manchester Dog’s Home that a pointless act has led to the destruction of the home and the death of at least 53 dogs due to be re-homed shortly.  150 dogs were saved by brave staff under police and fire service escort.

More than 1000 people have visited Cheshire Dogs’ Home in Warrington, who are looking after the surviving dogs, to donate supplies.  The overwhelming response has lifted the spirits of devastated staff.  There have also been offers to adopt dogs and more than half a million pounds has been raised.  With this money a new dogs’ home will be built so please keep giving.

Pet-Tags will donate 10% of all tag and eZeClip sales for the rest of this month to the Manchester Dogs’ Home.  Order here now.

We will donate 10% of all sales for the rest of this month to the Manchester Dogs' Home
We will donate 10% of all our tag sales for the rest of this month to the Manchester Dogs’ Home
Our new eZeclips in silver, blue, red and gold have been selling like hotcakes! Make attaching and removing ID tags to and from the collar super eZy! This one looks great with our Fashion Paw tag
Makes attaching and removing tags easy! We will donate 10% of all eZeClip sales for the rest of this month to the Manchester Dogs' Home.
Makes attaching and removing tags easy! We will donate 10% of all eZeClip sales for the rest of this month to the Manchester Dogs’ Home.




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Are the proposed laws to be enforced at popular dog walking parks and reserves fair?

Posted on September 12, 2014

We love to take our dogs for walks.  Not only are walks in open spaces vital for dog health, there are well documented benefits for humans as well.  As well as improved fitness levels, walking one’s dog improves general wellbeing.  An important part of this is the opportunity to socialise with other dogs and walkers, and feeling part of this community.

There are millions of visits each year by dogs to parks and reserves across the UK. Walking dogs on the lead is necessary in most public places, so having somewhere to let your dog run freely and play openly with other dogs is why these parks and reserves are so popular.

An estimated 220,000 dog walkers visit Burnham Beeches each year, which explains the reaction to recent plans by The City of London Corporation to introduce new ‘Dog Control Orders’ at the popular reserve.  Worried dog owner fear that if successful, these plans could extend further across the Corporation’s other walking areas including Hampstead Heath, Epping Forest, Ashtead, Kenley and Coulsdon Commons.

Dogs do have an impact and this impact needs to be monitored by the authorities.  For example, the habitats and species in parks and reserves need to be considered, as well as other visitors without dogs (there are 585,000 visitors in total to the Beeches reserve each year).

Most dog walkers are responsible and it seems a shame that the small group who are not cause problems which result in an increase in enforcement.  Rangers apparently deal with socially unacceptable dog-related incidents each week.  The incidents range from dogs’ faeces being left to dogs rearing up against people and even the ‘savaging’ of wildlife, including deer.

Unfortunately it seems that these incidents are becoming more and more frequent which is why a more enforceable approach is being planned.

While the whole of Burnham Beeches will be open to dogs, the new proposal means that there will only be 220 acres of the reserve where dogs can be off lead while the rest (60%) of the reserve with the most fragile habitats will remain open for dogs only on leads, providing an area for wildlife and walkers who do not want to interact with dogs.

Dog owners will be required to:

  • pick up after their pet
  • keep their dog on a lead (5m or less) in designated areas
  • put their dog on a lead (5m or less) if requested by an authorised officer
  • observe the existing dog-free zone at the Beeches Café
  • Walk no more than four dogs at any one time

Failure to comply may result in a penalty fine.

Fair enough?  No dog owner should complain about laws to enforce cleaning up after their dog and most would also accept that a Café in a general public area is not necessarily an appropriate place for dogs to be off lead. Perhaps walking a maximum of four dogs at a time is also fair, to ensure the walker remains in control of the dogs. The issue for dog walkers seems to be that, while 220 acres sounds like a big enough area for dogs to run off lead, the designated area is apparently less manicured, more gloomy and secluded and therefore a safety concern for women walkers.

The Government’s own wildlife advisers, Natural England and The Kennel Club will always support action against irresponsible dog walkers, but the current off-lead ban proposals are deemed unjustified by both organisations.  The Kennel Club has branded the DCO’s ‘heavy-handed’.

The Dog Control Orders at Burnham Beeches is proposed to be introduced from this month.  To find out more go to

Remember that regardless of whether your dog is on or off lead, they will need to be wearing suitable identification, or you risk a fine of up to £2,000.  Pet-TagsUK partners with The Kennel Club, providing engraved pet tags that are compliant with The Control of Dogs Order.  See the fantastic range of designs at Pet-TagsUK and Kennel Club Tags.  Prices are from £8.00 and include full engraving and fast delivery.

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You’ll also find great coats and cable knit sweaters to keep your dog warm as the weather gets cooler while out and about.




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Why you shouldn’t risk losing your dog…

Posted on September 11, 2014

The Mirror recently reported that councils are putting down 21 stray dogs every day.  Most people don’t realise the laws regarding lost dogs.

The sad truth is that if a dog is not claimed within 7 days or if the fine is not paid the officer may dispose of the dog by selling it or giving it to a person he believes will care for the dog, or by giving it to a stray dog centre or the dog can be put down in a manner to cause as little pain as possible.’  For more information, see UK Dog Laws.

The first step to avoiding losing your dog for any length of time is to have them microchipped.  The next important step is to make sure your dog wears an ID tag.  This way, if lost, you can quickly be reunited with your beloved pet.

We like to think our ID tags help to keep your dog safe in the most stylish way!  Check out our great range at Pet-TagsUK.

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Hugely popular Fashion Bow Tie tag in pink
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A day out with your four-legged friend

Posted on September 9, 2014

Interested in taking your dog away on your foodie holiday this Autumn?  Waitrose recommends the perfect dog-friendly locations.  Now that the weather is starting to get cooler, remember to pack some warm clothes for your four-legged friend as well!  Check out our great coats, cable knit sweaters and snuggly blankets from The Kennel Club’s Canine Boutique range.  Enter discount code ‘autumnholidays’ for your 20% discount.

Kenworth House & The Brew House Café

If you need a little escape from the City but don’t wanKenworth houset to roam too far then why not try Kenworth House and Gardens. With 791 acres of woodland, playing fields, swimming pools and meadows it’s a great place to explore.

 The recently restored Kenworth House is a beautiful neo-classical villa set in stunning parkland, or if you’re after a little nourishment, why not try the Brew House Café, with its picturesque viethe brew house foodws that can be seen on the terrace whilst you enjoy a cake or sandwich

The Eltermere Inn, Cumbria

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Surrounded by the Langdale Pikes, The Eltermere Inn in Cumbria is a beautiful place to explore the Lake District from, Dogs are welcome in the bar until 7pm and are welcome to stay in the Stone Arthur Room. Take a walk around the Loughrigg Terrace or if you’re after something more challenging, try and head to the Old Man of Coniston and don’t forget to dine on local ingredients in the hotel restaurant or bar.

The Old Swan & Minster Mill, Oxfordshire

OldSwan_MinsterMillThis beautiful Hotel is located within more than 65 acres of garden and meadows, by the River Windrush in the heart of the Cotswolds. It offers numerous walks through England’s most bucolic landscape, close to historic, picturesque villages that await exploring.

The Swan & Minster Mill is a Dog friendly hotel that is the perfect place to stop for a hearty gastropub classic after a long walk. Food is reasonable priced and their ‘Dogs Dinner’ is available for a supplement of £5. If after your travels and food you’re feeling a little weary, then the Hotel welcomes dogs in selected rooms.

The Cary Arms, Devon

You’ll be hard pushed to find many places that welcome both you and your dog like this little hidden gem. Just metres from a year-round dog-friendlThe Cary Armsy beach and right on the Devonshire coastal path, its ideal for a spot of lunch, dinner, tea or an over night stay with your four legged friend. Their suppliers are chosen for their excellence, proximity and passion in addition,The Cary Arms also strongly believes a real pub should stock locally produced, real beer so any stop should be a real treat for the senses. Dogs can eat too for a small fee!

When you’ve had your fill, you can grab one of the inn’s walking books to help you explore the pretty coastal scenery and inland paths.

The Sloop Inn, Pembrokeshire.


With a staggering 58 beaches, 14 harbours, the smallest city – St Davids – and spectacular views along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail all within walking distance, the Sloop Inn in Porthgain is probably the most famous pub in Pembrokeshire! It is a public house and restaurant in the harbour village of Porthgain, which is situated in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. The Sloop Inn has a bar menu which is available lunch and evenings 7 days a week. Specials are also available alongside the bar menu and change regularly. There is nearly always fresh fish amongst the specials and in the season some of our home caught lobster available.

 The Sloop Inn welcomes dogs on the pretty terrace overlooking the pethe-sloop-innaceful port with its rustic fishermen’s sheds and charming artists’ cottages and there is also a large village green nearby which constantly has either cricket or football or rounders on the go on summer evenings and is completely free for all with all age groups – adults included and even the odd talented dog joining in!

The Inn at Whitewell, Lancashire

home-back-view whitewellThe Inn at Whitewell is an old fashioned rural Inn, welcoming to all, providing 23 bedrooms of some glamour, seriously good local ingredients cooked well and a noteworthy selection of drinks. The Inn has a relaxed and friendly service atmosphere, devoid of snobbery whilst providing an experience that is relevant, very enjoyable and not too expensive. The Inn is perfectly located for a whole host of activities and they can organise fishing, walking, tutored wine tastings and more. You could even unwind by borrowing one of their kites

The Inn is perfectly located for those who like to revel in the beauty of the fell and moorland, just pull on your boots and head out of the front door. This can be more passively enjoyed with a glass of wine by the fire or in the river side garden.

whitewell roomOutside, take dogs to swim in the river at the end of the garden and venture into seven miles of private fishing and countryside. Work up an appetite and tuck into dinner at the splendid restaurant before retiring to luxury bedrooms with gadgets galore. Canine companions can expect beds of their own and fall asleep to the sound of the river.


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Should dogs be bathed?

Posted on September 9, 2014

There is no particular reason to bathe your dog, unless he or she has ended up covered in dirt or mud.  However some dogs with oilier coats do tend to have more of an odour than others and you might prefer to be with your dog if she or she smells fresher.  Bathing can improve the appearance of a dogs’ coats by removing dead hair but keep in mind that frequent bathing can rob your dog’s coat of its natural sheen and make it harsh and dry.  For most dogs, regular brushing will keep the coat and skin in good condition, eliminating the need for frequent baths.

If your dog has special coat needs you may wish to consult a breeder or professional groomer for recommendations.

Most vets recommend dog shampoo no more than once a week if you want to lather up your pooch, although plain water from a hose on a warm day might be enough.  In cooler weather, baths should be indoors in a tub or basin, in lukewarm water.  Some recommend plugging the dog’s ears with cotton to keep water out of ear canals which are predisposed to infection.

A nice blow-dry to finish off is the quickest way to dry your dog, as long as the noise doesn’t bother them too much.  Otherwise a good rub with a towel will do the trick.

For some dogs, bathing comes with a good scrub and massage which they love – check out this spa session!  Spa Day!

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