EQUIPET BLOG

  • Jun 19Travelling with your Pet: A Simple Guide

    Posted By Aidan Carney

    Travelling with your pet means that you can explore the world together, but it's very important to make sure your pet is safe and secure in the car and that he is enjoying himself! An improperly restrained dog is a huge liability in a collision and can cause serious injury to both him and passengers. Irish Law states; "No person shall transport any animal in a way which causes, or is likely to cause injury or unnecessary suffering to that animal", and the Gardai have the right to pull over and fine a driver who does not have their dog appropriately secured. The other thing is travel sickness and anxiety; which can be a huge issue for dogs who are not used to the car! To this end, we have compiled a list of helpful products for keeping your best friend safe in the car and making sure he’s comfortable for the entire journey! Let’s crack on!   Car Restraints and Belts:   The COA Clix Car Harness: This product is made from the same materials as normal car seatbelts and is man ... Read More

  • May 31Equipet Coolock and Village Vets: Pet Fun Day June 9th 2018

    Posted By Aidan Carney

      Have you taken your pet to the Vets recently? Do you know exactly what your dog needs in his diet? Has your pet got what it takes to be the next Urban Pup model? If you answered no to any of those questions, now is the perfect excuse to finally say yes and come and visit Equipet Coolock and Village Vets on Saturday the 9th of June in the Coolock Retail Park! We will be hosting a Pet Fun Day, jam-packed with excitement!   Get your pet’s health checked for free in Village Vets, including the following: Nail trimmings, weight checking, teeth checking and ear cleaning! This free and easy check-up will ensure that your pet is in the best shape he or she could be in while also informing you of any potential needs or maladies that your pet may have. It is vital that your pet is checked regularly and the expertly qualified Vets and Nurses at Village Vets are the best people for the job. Now is the ideal time to begin a routine for your pet! If that wasn’t good enough, every pe ... Read More

  • Apr 27Supporting BETA Safety Week 2018

    Posted By Aidan Carney

    With more people taking up horse riding every day, it has become increasingly pertinent to inform people of the potential dangers of horse riding and how you can protect yourself from a fall. To better inform people, we have teamed up with the British Equestrian Trade Association this year and we announce our partnership in the BETA Safety Week! The BETA Safety Week is an event aimed to teach riders, both young and old, about the proactive steps they can take to protect themselves from the potential dangers of horse riding. Without further ado, let's get down to brass tacks.     The Importance of Buying New for your Child It is never a good idea to purchase, borrow or pass on a second-hand hat even if you know its full history. Used hats form to each individuals head shape and will not protect someone else to the best of its ability. Helmets lose their integrity through years of use and this means, by the time it is passed on to a younger member of the family, it may be no ... Read More

  • Apr 24Our Littlest Friends - The Gerbil

    Posted By Aidan Carney

      Aren’t they just adorable? The Gerbil is a small, furry, desert-dwelling mammal that is normally confused with mice or similar species of rodent. Gerbils are awfully curious and have a knack for forming great bonds with their human owners, even more so than rabbits or guinea pigs! Gerbils are a fairly inexpensive pet to care for too, but where do you start? What are a Gerbils needs? What do they eat? Do they prefer Metallica or Megadeth? These are the important questions that you need to ask yourself before you make the commitment to owning one! Without further delay, allow me to help you decide if a Gerbil is right for you!     What exactly does a Gerbil need? Like every animal on Earth, Gerbils require a food, a water source, appropriate bedding and a way to stimulate their mind. Unlike most animals on Earth, however, Gerbils require a home which caters to their prey animal needs. In the wild, Gerbils naturally dig tunnels in order to hide from predators, shield th ... Read More

  • Apr 09Suffering the Loss of a Beloved Pet

    Posted By Aidan Carney

    Normally our blog posts are quite jovial in nature. However there are two sides to owning and caring for a pet, and unfortunately one of them is loss, and loss can take a serious toll on us and our families. Whether it is a dog or cat, rabbit or hamster, parrot or horse or even a fish; suffering the loss of a pet is a process of grief and hardship, because they so easily become part of the family.   I remember my first ever pet, back when I was only a young man. Bagpuss (named after the haggard looking pink and white cat from children’s TV). Bagpuss was found by my Grandmother and me when I was very young and when he was only a kitten. I begged and begged and begged my Mother to let us keep him, though I always suspected there was a little bit of persuasion coming from my Grandmother in my favour. It wasn’t long before she gave up and relented; we were now the proud owners of a black and white cat who had more in common with a shag rug than an animal. After giving him a brief ... Read More

  • Feb 207 Ways to Show Your Pet You Love Them

    Posted By Aidan Carney

    Now that ‘Show Your Significant Other That You Love Them’ day is over, we can move on to the really important one! Love Your Pet Day is a celebration of all things furry, four-legged, or wet and slimy! Whatever pet you’ve chosen to be your animal companion, today is about showing them some love and appreciation. Here are the top seven ways to show some love to your animals today:   #7. Buy Them Their Favourite Treat:   More of a cop-out than anything else, there are so many better ways of showing your animal companion some love and appreciation, however, time is often a luxury for many of us working full-time. Buying your pet their favourite treat is still showing some love! Perhaps even a new toy too would sweeten the deal just that little bit more and (hopefully) prevent any drama between you and your friend… Of course, your pets probably won’t even know why they’re getting treated, but the main thing is that they’re happy! It’s the thought that counts after ... Read More

  • Feb 13How Deep is Your Love (For Your Pet)?

    Posted By Aidan Carney

    Human love knows no bounds! Be it our fellow human, our machine counterparts or even our faithful pets, we have a deep need to love and to feel loved! In celebration of Valentine's Day (and secondarily Pancake Tuesday, yum...) we are offering 14% off all products (except horse wormers) online only! To help you pick that perfect present for the big man in your life or even your pretty little princess, let's dive straight in to some of our latest products!   The Legend Returns:   The ancient texts speak of a dog toy, so interchangeable and diverse, that it could satisfy even the meanest of dog's incessant chewing. Never again will your couch or Grandmother's telephone table come under attack with the K9 Connectable! Available in a variety of colours and shapes, the K9 Connectable is the pinnacle of dog toy technology. Pick up The Dentist; a toy designed with one goal in mind: Clean. Those. Teeth. The Tech Bone; So advanced, that Elon Musk recently used one of these to aid him i ... Read More

  • Feb 01Pet Dental Care Month!

    Posted By Aidan Carney

    Whoosh! Where did January go? The first day of February is now upon us and while many kids across the country will be celebrating St. Brigid’s day, here at Equipet we will be celebrating the start of Pet Dental Care Awareness Month! Teeth are the most valuable part of an animal’s body, as it is the teeth that usually cause the most problems! Taking care of your pet’s teeth is vital to ensuring a happy and long companionship with your chosen friend; be they small and furry or large and lean. Without further delay, let’s begin with the small and furry!   Small Animal Dental Care:   Rabbits, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, Rats and Mice rely on their teeth for much of the labour of eating. All of these animals are herbivores to some extent (Except rabbits and rats, they’re everything-vores) so they rely on their teeth to mulch and grind food down before it reaches their stomachs. However, most of these animals mentioned have one very important dental care aspect; their teeth ne ... Read More

  • Jan 17House Breaking a New Puppy.

    Posted By Aidan Carney

    Happy belated New Year Pet-Pals! We’re already halfway through January and it only seems to be getting colder! With the New Year comes new opportunities, new choices and new friends! In regards to the latter, many of you may have received a new furry family member (with teeny-tiny paws!), either for Christmas or as a personal undertaking. Well fear not! We’ve been working hard with our dedicated dog expert to bring you a quick guide on how to ‘house break’ a new puppy! Without further ado, let’s jump right in!   Why Listen to us?   There are a million-and-one guides on the internet on how to house train a new puppy. Some of them are wrong, some of them are right and some of them are plain silly! Our dog expert Shona has been working in Equipet for nigh on 7 years and has been a loving dog owner for even longer. She has a veritable wealth of information on the subject; not only from her own experiences but from the many training sessions she has attended while workin ... Read More

  • Nov 15Winter Visibility and Safety: Walking Your Dog

    Posted By Aidan Carney

      It's Winter and I’m sure we’ve all noticed by now that the evenings are getting darker, especially those of us who work nine to five, are in college or in school. At 5:30 p.m it might as well be the middle of the night! This can make walking your dog even more of a challenge than it may already be, considering the low visibility conditions that the Winter can bring. With that in mind; we’ve consulted with our sales assistants to bring you 8 tips to make sure you’re safe and seen when walking your dog during these cold Winter evenings. Let’s jump right in!   Tip 1: Don’t stray off the beaten path.   While you may be thinking that the shorter evenings are no match for your dog walking prowess, it may be in your best interests to stick to a route you know, especially if it is well lit. If you live in the country this may be a problem but we have other tips that can help you keep safe! In any case, we advise that you don’t stray off your regular route, always ... Read More

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