For many first time cat owners a major thinking point is whether to let their cat go outside once it is ready to. Whilst some owners can’t bring themselves to allow their beloved friend out of their sight, others will let their friend be an outdoor cat. Continue reading →
Animal Friends Pet Blog
We are absolutely delighted to have won ‘Pet Insurance Provider of the Year’ at this year’s Consumer MoneyFacts Awards. For the last two years we have been shortlisted but narrowly missed out on taking the top spot, coming ‘Highly Commended’ on both occasions. So it really is testament to all the hard work and commitment of the Animal Friends staff that we have won this award.
This award is particularly special as it is voted for by the people that matter most to our business; our customers. Consumers took part in a survey where they could rate their experiences with pet insurers with questions relating to customer service, value for money, quality of the products and much more. What an amazing feeling to know that we are considered to be the best pet insurer out there. Over 94,000 individuals responded to the Consumer Moneyfacts survey making it one of the largest and most influential surveys to date. Continue reading →
What is ringworm?
Although the name might suggest otherwise, ringworm is not caused by a worm but it is in fact caused by fungi called dermatophytes which feed on the dead cells of the skin, hair and nails, and then spread. Most ringworm cases in pets are caused by the dermatophyte known as Microsporum Canis (M Canis).
How is this skin disease caught?
Ringworm is extremely contagious and your pet will usually contract it by coming into contact with an object or other animal that holds the infectious spores; such objects can include grooming tools, bedding or clippers. The spores will attach themselves to the skin and then germinate to invade any already broken or grazed skin/hair, developing sore lesions. If there is another animal in your house that already has ringworm, then any other pet in your house will most likely have caught it from them. Kittens are usually quite susceptible to developing it, especially if they are allowed outside. Although there is no exact explanation for this, it is widely believed that should they catch it, then their immune systems are not fully developed or strong enough to fight of the infection. Continue reading →