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    Special Offers for pets and horses

    Those lovely folk at Viovet have some great offers this September and October, and some of them take into account the time of year.

    We are moving into darker evenings and mornings, as autumn draws in and winter approaches, and of course that brings with it Fireworks Night and Christmas.

    So Viovet have put these offers together for all us pet owners to help our pets and horses well in advance.

    Help your pets cope this fireworks season


    20% off SettleMe Calming Support for Cats and Dogs

    This offer applies to the whole SettleMe range, and ends on 31 October 2022 at 23:59 (Europe/London)

    15% off Plaque Off for Dogs and Cats
    The offer is applicable for Plaque Off for Dogs and Cats powder range and 60g, 180g and 420g tubs only.  It ends on 26 October 2022 at 23:59 (Europe/London)

    20% off Frontline Spot-On Flea and Tick Treatment, Dogs and Cats
    This is applicable for Frontline Spot-On pet sizes, 3 or 6 pipette packs only.  It ends on 24 October 2022 at 23:59 (Europe/London)

    £2 off Blue Chip Super Concentrated Calming Balancer for Horses
    This offer is applicable for the 3kg tub only. It ends on 29 November 2022 at 23:59 (Europe/London)

    Now, for those Seasonal Products…

    Fireworks season…..
    Viovet have a range of items in preparation for the fireworks season for dogs, cats, horses and small animals.  Offers end 31 October 2022 at 23:59 (Europe/London)

    The longer nights are arriving… so be safe, be seen with high visibility items
    Offers end on 31 December 2022 at 23:59 (Europe/London)

    Visit Viovet here!  

    We used them a lot for prescription medicines and they were great, really helpful.

    The terms are that Availability, offers, deals and prices may be changed or withdrawn at any time

     

    The terms are that Availability, offers, deals and prices may be changed or withdrawn at any time

     
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    Those fabulous people at Garden Wildlife Direct have some fly away fantastic offers on throughout the year, with everything you need for your garden birds and wildlife!

    And they always have lots of lovely offers on, perfect when we are all trying to help wildlife and yet make our money go further.

    There are seed mixes for spring, summer, autumn and winter, with different brands including Peckish (as seen on the TV) adverts), Wildlife World, Gardeman and Garden Wildlife Direct's own brand.   

    There are more special offers at Garden Wildlife Direct this weekend, until midnight on 2nd October 2022
    There are more special offers at Garden Wildlife Direct this weekend,
     available until midnight on 2nd October 2022
    The more you spend, the more great gifts you can claim!
    Visit Garden Wildlife Direct here

    There's all sorts of bird food, from seeds to sunflower hearts, suet balls to food for wildlife.   They've got sunflower heart/seeds, Millet seeds, bird food bundles and starter kits for those of you who want to start feeding the birds in your garden. 

     

    There's all sorts of bird food, from seeds to sunflower hearts, suet balls to food for wildlife

    They've got suet fat balls, suet blocks, suet coconut shells nad suet pallets, plus a range of feeders for mealworms, ground feeders, sunflowers and seeds.

    And of course you can get a full range of accessories such as window sticker alerts, bird tables, bird baths, nesting boxes, organments for your garden and things to store your bird goodies in.

    This All Seasons Complete Dining Station gives your birds a one-stop shop (or cafe!) to feed from - it doesn't come with bird food, that's extra

    This All Seasons Complete Dining Station gives your birds a one-stop shop (or cafe!) to feed from
    - it doesn't come with bird food, that's extra.


    If you have or want to encourage ducks, swans, hedgehogs, squirrels, chickcn and poultry, then they have food for those animals as well, plus bee houses and insect hotels. 

    If you have squirrels who keep pinching the food meant for the birds, try a squirrel proof bird feeder
    If you have squirrels who keep pinching the food meant for the birds,
    try a squirrel proof bird feeder

    This is a great chance to get stocked up with essentials for the wildlife in your garden, be they birds, or bats or hedgehogs. squirrels or bees, so fly off to Garden Wildlife Direct for more information .

     

     

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    Are you looking to be really organised for 2023?  How about getting yourself or the animal lovers in your life an animal-themed calendar or diary?

    The CalendarClub.co.uk have over 6,500 products in their range, with an ENORMOUS number of calendars and diaries covering all sorts of animals and landscapes.  

    There's the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Calendar 2023
    There's the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Calendar 2023

    This is the Cat Gallery Desk Calendar 2023, purrfect for cat lovers!a

    This is the Cat Gallery Desk Calendar 2023, purrfect for cat lovers!

    As well as calendars and diaries, they have planners (purrfect for you to put down all the important dates for you, the family and of course, your pets), jigsaws and gifts.  They even have pet accessories for Christmas including dog Christmas stockings and cat Christmas stockings and bowls.

    There's the Matthew Rice, A Year in the Country 2023 Calendar

    There's the Matthew Rice, A Year in the Country 2023 Calendar 

    SPECIAL OFFER 

    Between 1st and 18th September 2022, you can save 10% off on all orders with the CalendarClub.co.uk over £15.  You don't need a code, the discount is automatically applied at check-out.  

    This is the Thelwell Calendar 2023

    This is the Thelwell Calendar 2023

    Canter off to the CalendarClub now to make the most of this offer!  It covers a huge range of interests, everything from sport to travel, and entertainment to art, history and literature! 

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    Prevention is better than cure, so they say, and those lovely people at online pet store Viovet have come up with 4 simple steps to a healthy lifestyle for your pets.  Actually, reading them, they could equally apply to people as well.

    There are lots of ways you can help your beloved pets keep well and fit – feeding them the right food, for a start e.g. if you want to give your dog a chocolate treat, make sure the chocolate is made for dogs and not chocolate that you and I would eat.  Chocolate for humans can be lethal for dogs, and pet food makers have come up with chocolate treats for dogs. 

    Find out more about Viovet's  healthy lifestyle in 4 easy steps
    Find out more about Viovet's  healthy lifestyle in 4 easy steps

    Viovet’s four steps to a healthy lifestyle are as follows – you can get more information from their website, as they cover questions such as how much exercise does your dog need, what sort of diet is best, there’s information on raw feeding,

    Get active

    Regular walkies for you and your woof will help you both with your weight, getting out and about, and mental health as you meet fellow dog walkers and of course everyone wants to say hallo when you’ve got a pooch on the end of a lead.   Please respect the countryside and keep dogs on leads if around livestock and wildlife, however well behaved your dog is.  It’s also very helpful to continue your dog’s training when you’re out and about – we used to train ours in the middle of fields, in the woods – we were both exhausted when we got home!

    Diet

    As I type this, I’m tucking into my morning coffee and a gorgeous shortbread biscuit (shall I have another one? My jeans are suggesting it wouldn’t be a good idea… Everything in moderation…)

    Please make sure your pets, livestock and wildlife have plenty of fresh water available to them – this means cleaning out water bowls and baths regularly.  Vet advice is always helpful, but Viovet have plenty of pointers on their blog about decoding your dog’s diet, choosing the right commercial diet and looking at raw feeding.

    Race off to Viovet to fetch more advice on keeping your pets healthy

    Tackling anxiety and stress

    Some pets get more anxious than others, and lockdown hasn’t helped if your dog is staying at home and you are now back at the office.  Viovet has some tips on how to help with separation anxiety such as leaving the radio on. Start going out without them for short periods of time so that they get used to it. 

    Get regular check-ups

    At the moment with so many of us finding things really tight financially, vet visits may be the last thing you want to do, but please keep up to date with vaccinations and checks – a problem spotted and dealt with earlier can be far less costly to deal with than leaving it in the hope it will go away.  Grooming your pet regularly will help you get used to feeling for anything unusual that crops up e.g. any lumps and bumps that are new and will need you to keep an eye on them. 

    The Pet Food Manufacturers Association have a way you can check if pets are overweight – keeping their weight at the right amount will help keep your pet healthy.

    Viovet have lots of ways they can help you, and there’s plenty of advice on all sorts of pet related health issues.  Don’t forget the PDSA and Blue Cross have help for people who meet their criteria for free or subsidised vet care.

    By the way, Viovet is celebrating their 16th birthday - and there's 25% off on their website!!!  They have products for cats, dogs, horses, small pets and for you! 


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    The Canal and River Trust look after our canals and rivers (with lots of help from volunteers, in case you’re looking for something to do in your spare time, which makes a difference).

    And they have launched a #PlasticsChallenge.

    They say if everyone took their litter home with them and picked up even just ONE piece of plastic every time they visited, our canals and rivers could be free of litter within one year!

    The Trust does an amazing job looking after the canals and rivers – but nonetheless, these beautiful places are in danger from mindless pollution!

    Water birds make nests from pieces of plastics.   Aquatic invertebrates ingest plastic – and that means that small fish ingest them too, as they are higher up the food chain.

    So everyone needs to get involved and pick up litter.  Every year, about 14 million pieces of plastic end up in our canals and rivers.  We need to reduce the plastics in these places.

    The Canal and River Trust has advice on doing this safely and makes it very clear that you should NOT go into the water to collect plastic out.

    Don’t let litter mean it’s over for wildlife.  Please pick up litter or share the information about the campaign!   

    Please pledge your support for this #PlasticChallenge.

     

     


  6. Wow, if you're looking for a gift or a card for an animal lover, why don't you take a look at Cardology?  

    This is the Dressage Pop Up Card
    This is the Dressage Pop Up Card

    They produce 3D pop up cards, which are hand made, and quite amazing! 


    There's a Cat Tree Pop Up Card
    There's a Cat Tree Pop Up Card
    The cards are kind of half gift, half card!

     

    Got a friend who loves llamas?
    Got a friend who loves llamas?

    And they've got a great selection of animal cards, including cards for horse lovers, dog lovers, cats, farm animals, bears, labradors, owls, and even a dinosaur! 

    You could support Battersea Dogs and Cats Home with the purchase of a Battersea cardYou could support Battersea Dogs and Cats Home
    with the purchase of a Battersea card

     There's also a Highland cow!

    There's also a Highland cow!

    Visit Cardology here to see all their cards!

  7. Whoopee!  Those lovely folk at Red Letter Days are giving visitors from this website a 15% discount right across their website!

    A Bird of Prey Falconry Experience for Two

    A Bird of Prey Falconry Experience for Two

    You can get 15% off until 23:59 on the 31st December 2022 if you use the code RAHW2022.  

    What's more, this code applies to special offers, 2 for 1s - everything - right across their website, so days out, breaks away - the lot (apart from experiences which are non-discountable)!

    90 Minute Alpaca Walk with Charnwood Forest Alpacas for Two

    90 Minute Alpaca Walk with Charnwood Forest Alpacas for Two
    Use the code RAHW2022
    to get 15% off

    Valid until 23:59 on 31 December 2022

    So you can enjoy 15% off all the animal experiences as well - feed big cats, go horse riding, go for a walk with an alpaca, feed a penguin, meet a reptile, fly an owl - there are all sorts of animal experiences you can enjoy!

    Have an Animal Encounter at Knowsley Safari Park

    Have an Animal Encounter at Knowsley Safari Park
    Use the code RAHW2022 to get 15% off
    Valid until 31 December 2022


    Kick up your heels and canter off to Red Letter Days here.

    The code doesn't apply to these experience. 

     

  8. Kick up your heels!  There's 15% off at BuyaGift.co.uk until 31 December  2022 for visitors from this website!

    They've got all sorts of animal experiences with all sorts of animals.  Big cats, horses, meerkats, pigs, birds of prey, penguins, reptiles and monkeys.  There's also Zookeeper for the Day at a number of venues, plus simply visits to zoos such as ZSL and wildlife parks.

    Get 15% off this 2 for 1 Meet the Meerkats Experience

    This is a 2 for 1 Meet the Meerkats Exprience
    - get 15% off!

    As a visitor from this website, you can enjoy 15% off until 31 December 2022.  Just use the code AHW2022.  This code applies across the BuyaGift.co.uk website including special offers and 2 for 1s! Please note that the code does not apply to these gifts

    There are big cat experiences available tooThere are Big Cat Encounters!

    Frogleap off to BuyaGift.co.uk here - don't forget to use your code AHW2022 for your 15% off! 

     


  9. Did you know that
    Kind Clothing have some animal-related t-shirts and sweatshirts?   Their products are kind to the planet and to animals, being made of organic cotton and recycled materials.

    They've got t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, vests and joggers, so lots to choose from and also they have some with an animal theme!

    Big Cats (Tigers) Organic Cotton T-Shirt

    Big Cats (Tigers) Organic Cotton T-Shirt
    £19.00

    Save The Chubby Unicorns - Organic Cotton T-Shirt

    Save The Chubby Unicorns - Organic Cotton T-Shirt
    £19.00

    Bee Kind Organic Cotton T-Shirt

    Bee Kind Organic Cotton T-Shirt
    £19.00

    As well as being eco-friendly, each purchase plants a tree so it helps the planet even more! 

    Visit Kind Clothing's website here

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    If you love nature and wildlife, and want to discover more about wetlands in particular, please take a stroll around the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust’s website and especially their Discover Wetlands pages.

    The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) is the UK’s leading wetland conservation charity.  And they are working "to create a world where healthy wetland nature thrives and enriches lives."

    There’s lots to discover and learn about wetlands from their website and there are things to do, for all the family – and this is a great chance to boost your knowledge about vital wetlands and what they are and why they are so very important.  Sadly, they are often overlooked and seen as “wasteland” but they are critical for both wildlife and people and the good of us all.

    Amongst the  things to do, you’ll find a series of Make it videos.  They are all short in length and easy to follow, and they give you lots of ways to encourage wildlife to your garden so that you can help all garden wildlife. 

    Make it with help from the WWT
    Make it with help from the WWT - they have got some great videos to help you!

    The WWV videos show you how to make things such as...

    • A mini pond
    • A toad hall
    • A LEGO bird table
    • A bird feeder
    • Yoru own binoculars
    • A bird hide
    • A water cycle in a jar
    • Your own t-shirt bag
    • An upcycled bird feeder
    • A bug hotel
    • Eggy cress aniamls
    • A nature star

    They all come with an activity sheet in PDF format that you can download, too

    The Discovery Wetlands pages also have quizzes you can do plus for teachers and parents (or I presume anyone who would like to do it), there’s a 12 week home-learning programme with everything you need to teach key science and geography topics at home!

    Don’t forget that the WWT has a number of different wetland centres you can visit around the UK – you can find the one closest to you here.

    Help our wetlands!  They need your support

    Please, please may I urge you to respond to WWT's call to give the creations of wetlands our support? Wetlands Can is asking for all our support (signatures) for the creation of 100,000 hectares of healthy wetlands – including in urban areas – to help fight today’s wellbeing, climate and nature crises.

    Please pledge your support today for wetlands here

    Find out more about Wetlands Can here

    Pledge your support for Wetlands Can here

    Images on this blog entry ©WWT