Pets and Phobias

Crossbreed dog sitting, looking intimidated, isolated

If you’ve ever seen your pet act strangely or shy away from a non-threatening object you may have just passed it off as a funny five minutes. However, if you see them repeat this behaviour, or they seem fearful in the same situation, they may have a phobia. (more…)

The Perfect Pet for Children

Boy hugging his dog

For those of us with both pets and children in the same household, it can be utterly joyful to watch their interactions. Many people wonder what pet is most compatible with a family with children, and there are a number of factors to consider. (more…)

The Importance of Pet Insurance

importance of pet insurance

Britain has a long-standing reputation as a nation of animal lovers. There are around 13 million pet-owning households in the UK, with millions of dogs, cats, horses and more taking up places in our homes and our hearts. Most of us would do anything for our animal friends, but new figures from the ABI have revealed that many pet owners do not realise the vital importance of pet insurance. (more…)

General Election 2015


Here at Animal Friends we know that your pets mean the world to you. So much so, in fact, that 71% of you said that animal welfare issues will affect the way you vote in the election tomorrow. (more…)

Dog Breed Quiz: Do You Know Your Maltese from Your Bichon Frise?


Dogs are amazing. They are cute, loyal, intelligent companions that fully deserve the title of ‘man’s best friend’. It’s safe to say that at Animal Friends we are very passionate about dogs and we know you are too. We love and cherish our dogs and they keep us company through thick and thin. Though we have to admit, going for walks when it’s raining isn’t something we look forward to!

There are thousands of dog breeds out there, each with different personalities, looks and temperaments. But do you know your Alsatians from your Pomeranians? Our little quiz will find out…


CAN Your Dog Give You Salmonella?

pet-borne diseases

This week, a piece in the Daily Mail warned pet owners to be careful as their beloved companions could be carrying a whole host of diseases. With the headline “Beware of the dog… he may give you salmonella” the article refers to research claiming that pet-borne infections pose a risk to vulnerable people. The piece also reminds us of a case last year where four people contracted forms of TB from their cats. (more…)

National Pet Month 2015


April marks National Pet Month 2015 in the UK, and this year’s theme is ‘Pets and the elderly: enjoying later years together’. This aims to shine a light on the manifold benefits of pet ownership in our twilight years and the positive impact a furry friend can have on our mental and physical wellbeing. (more…)

Special Announcement!


Here at Animal Friends we are always keen to get behind the latest advances in pet care. We’re dedicated to keeping your pets safe and protecting them throughout their lives with our multi-award winning policies, but we wanted to do something more. So, without further ado, we’re delighted to announce our most recent collaborative innovation: the Furtection™ Jacket for dogs and cats! (more…)

National Puppy Day: Wendy and Hugo


To celebrate National Puppy Day, we asked staff member Wendy all about her brand new puppy Hugo, a beautiful Husky and Pointer cross. He was collected from Dogs Trust just over a week ago, and has been settling into his new home with Wendy and her family very well by amusing them with his mischievous antics, and demonstrating how loving he is. (more…)

National Puppy Day


Today is National Puppy Day so to celebrate, here are some interesting facts you may not know about puppies: (more…)