• 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

  • Nov 01Cat Health: Caring for our Feline Friends

    Posted By Aidan Carney

    Cats are intriguing creatures to say the least. As independent as they are, sometimes they do genuinely need the assistance of a human. With that in mind, we're here once again to help you through the various Cat health products we stock in Equipet; what you need, what your cat needs and what is best for both owner and pet. Let's begin!   Fleas, Ticks and Worms:   Just like in dogs and other small animals, cats can also contract fleas, ticks and worms. cats can even contract worms from the fleas in their own coats, simply by eating them. In this regard, it is extremely important to protect your cat from fleas and ticks. Beaphar offer an excellent series of cat flea removers, tick removers and wormers. By taking care of your cat's fleas, ticks and worms, you are also protecting your home and family from them as well! We recommend that you check your cats coat regularly for any sign of fleas and ticks and, if possible, examine their stools to make sure there are no worms presen ... Read More

  • Oct 24Keep your pet safe this Halloween

    Posted By Anne Clarke

    Halloween season is once again upon us and with it, brings fireworks, trick or treaters and scary costumes. All the stuff us humans can’t get enough of, but unfortunately for our pet’s, these are the things of nightmares! Many pet owners report that their pet shows visible signs of anxiety around this time of year so let’s look at some ways to relieve this stress.   Prevention and Preparation There are some things you can do in the run-up to Halloween that will help alleviate the stress your pet experiences on Halloween night. Homeopet Anxiety TFLN is a 100% natural product that can be used in the lead up to Halloween and is suitable for all types of animals who are displaying symptoms of anxiety.   In the approach to Halloween, praise your pet for positive responses to fireworks and other loud noises. This will work as a reward for dogs with newly acquired sensitivities to firework noise or as a comfort to dogs with a more serious fear.   Keep your pets in at Hall ... Read More

  • Oct 18Dog Health: Fleas, Worms and Dog Shampoos

    Posted By Aidan Carney

    Over the course of your dog’s life, his body is going to be put under stress, become injured, be subjected to diseases and illnesses, and go through the same wear and tear that us humans go through. Though just like in us humans; supplements and vitamins exist to help your dog stay healthy, happy and strong! Here in Equipet, we stock a wide range of vitamins, supplements, wormers, minerals and dog hygiene tools that will help keep your canine companion in top form! Without further ado, let’s go through some of those Dog Health products now!   Dog Flea Removal:   Removing fleas is an important part of owning and caring for a dog and his health. With Winter approaching, many of you may be thinking that fleas and ticks will be dying off because of the cold weather, when in fact the opposite is true! While the fleas and ticks will die, the warmth of your home is the perfect nesting ground for their eggs and offspring, lying in wait until the heating turns on and then infestin ... Read More

  • Oct 11Experiences From Owning a Rabbit

    Posted By Aidan Carney

      Recently, one of our staff had purchased a rabbit from our Drogheda store. A little grey and white fluffy thing, no larger than the palm of your hand, left us and went off on an adventure with his new owner. This is their heartwarming (and hilarious) story so far:   "I remember driving up in the car and thinking to myself 'I really hope he's still there...', having picked him out from 4 potential candidates during the week. Eventually we did arrive at the M1 Retail Park (myself and my partner) and we entered the Drogheda store and headed straight for the rabbit pens. He was indeed still there; this tiny fluffy ball of white and grey. Even when he was that small he had a little grey mohawk that flopped between his ears when he hopped around. Aimee, the manager at Drogheda, came straight over to us and went through all of the necessary details about owning a rabbit; telling us about the cage, the food, the hay (rabbits primarily eat hay), the water and the treats he would n ... Read More

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