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Hedgehog Awareness Week 2nd-8th May 2021

Next week is #HedgehogAwarenessWeek and we give a few tips here regarding hedgehog care taken from the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. https://www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/

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1. Avoid  using  pesticides  and  slug  pellets  in  your  garden.  Not only can these harm hedgehogs but also damage their food chain. Use organic methods instead.

2. Make  sure  hedgehogs  have  easy  access  to  your  garden. Ensure boundary fences or walls have a 13cm x 13cm gap in the bottom to allow hedgehogs to pass through. Keep a corner  of your  garden wild  to  offer  shelter,  protection and natural food for hedgehogs and other wildlife. Encourage hedgehogs into your garden, but you should never just move one in from another area, as it may well have a nest of dependent young that you would be condemning to death.

3. Provide a shallow dish of fresh water for all wildlife, and food such as meaty hedgehog food, meaty cat or dog food or cat biscuits for hedgehogs, especially during long dry spells.

4. Make or buy a hedgehog home, this offers a hibernation site that is safer from predators in the winter. It may also be used as a nesting box for a mother and her hoglets in the warmer months. The British Hedgehog Preservation Society can provide a leaflet on building a hedgehog home (see www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk).

5. Check areas thoroughly for hedgehogs and other wildlife before strimming or mowing. Keep pea netting 22-30cms (9 – 12 inches) off the ground so that hedgehogs can pass safely under and plants will grow to the netting. 

6. Dispose of litter responsibly. Every year hedgehogs are injured by litter and starve to death by getting trapped in discarded rubbish.

7. Bonfires offer a tempting home for a hedgehog. Ideally, collected materials should be re-sited just before the fire is to be lit, if this is not possible, the base should be lifted up with poles or broom  handles  (not  a  fork!)  and  a  torch  shone  in  to  look  (and  listen)  for  any  wildlife  or  pets  in need of rescue before lighting. Once checked, light from one side only to allow an escape route for anything you may have missed.

8. Hedgehogs are good swimmers but can become trapped in ponds or pools with sheer sides. Keep water levels topped up, provide a gently sloping edge if possible or place half submerged rocks in the water as an escape for them.

9. Cattle  grids  can  be  a  problem,  hedgehogs  fall  in  and  become  trapped,  a simple  ramp  placed in the grid will save lives. The surface should be rough to enable the escapee to gain a foothold. Holes in the ground should be covered over or surrounded by a barrier that keeps hedgehogs out.

10. Take care on the roads, hedgehogs are nocturnal so are out at night. A hedgehog’s natural defence mechanism is to roll into a ball – this is no match for a vehicle.

AT Not Just Pets we sell quality foods like Brambles and Spike’s as well as dried and live mealworm. We also sell hedgehog hides and habitats. We offer FREE local delivery, too.

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Not Just Pets moves to No. 1 Market Place!

So we have done it! In just under a month, we have moved from our old premises at Irongates, to the wonderfully bright and central spot known as No. 1 Market Place, Frome. It was a mammoth task which involved some tricky downsizing in some areas and expansion in others, but we hope our customers like the new, open shop space and layout. We took our graphics from our logo with us and the fabulous folk at N3 Display Graphics helped us come up with some vibrant vinyl designs for our windows. We hope you like them!

Large bright front windows

The new shop only differs from our old one in that we no longer sell animals, fish and reptiles – something we had to stop doing during the first lockdown. None of our other services have changed though and the most important thing we will continue to offer is FREE local delivery to our customers. We take telephone orders on 01373 462068 and customers can pay over the ‘phone or online via BACS or by PayPal, whichever is easiest. We love to see our customers though, so if you can, do pop in and say hi, you’ll be so welcome, owners and pets alike!

Customers and their dogs love coming in to the new shop!

We also offer a tag engraving service on-site and weighscales for your dog, plus we are more than happy to help you with harness and coat fitting, just ask! If you can’t find what you need in store, do please ask us – we will be more than happy to order something in and this usually only takes a day or two.

We have all Covid procedures in place to make it a safe environment for everyone and we ask customers for now to please wear a mask in store, unless exempt for medical reasons. So do come along to No. 1 Market Place and visit with us – but if you cannot come to us for any reason just ring to place your order – or why not check out our fabulous website at www.notjustpets.co.uk

Our cartoon dog shows people where to find us and we get to look out on to the Market Place!

Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NotJustPetsFrome and Instagram and Twitter at @NotJustPets

Guest Post: The Importance of Keeping your Pet Active


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Keeping pets active is important for their general health, but it is very easy for some to become inactive. Like humans, pets have personalities, and some will be more susceptible to a little laziness. Unfortunately, one of the biggest problems that comes from inactivity is obesity, so all pet owners need to take steps to encourage their pets to stay more active. The following tips will help you do just that.

The problem with pet obesity Obesity in pets is certainly an issue in the UK. So much so, that figures released in 2016 showed that over 60% of vets said that obesity was the biggest welfare concern for pets. So making sure you keep your pet’s weight down is really important .


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One of the biggest causes of obesity in pets is overeating, but a lack of activity plays a major role too. Whilst awareness has improved, this is still a problem, and one that all pet owners need to be aware of.

Benefits of keeping your pet active

In addition to maintaining a healthy weight, there are plenty of other reasons to keep your pet active, including:

  • Reducing the ageing effect.
  • Maintaining healthy joints.
  • Teaching discipline.
  • Supporting good mental health and reducing anxiety.

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Activity is such a huge part of a pet’s life, but sometimes it can be difficult to do. With that in mind, here are some top tips to help keep your pet active:

  1. Encourage them to head outdoors

This one’s particularly aimed at dog and cat owners. Sometimes you’ll have a furry friend that flatly refuses to go outdoors and would rather just curl up on the sofa. So, you have to give them a reason to get out there. This is especially true with some cats, as they tend to do their own thing. Think about what you could put in your garden to make those first steps and encourage them to get out and explore.

  • Make the house a playground

Just like giving your pet a reason to go outside, you need to encourage them to exercise indoors too. With smaller pets like hamsters, it’s all about utilising tunnels, wheels, hoops and other DIY hamster toys. With cats it can be as simple as chasing some string around – even they won’t be able to resist that instinct! And for dogs, get yourself a rolled-up towel or piece of rope and have a good old game of tug of war.


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Setting up activities in the home is great for everyday exercise, but it’s also really good when you can’t get out to exercise the dog. Whether it’s appalling weather, an illness or anything else that stops you both leaving the house, you’ll always have something to fall back on.

  1. It’s ok to treat

Finally, let’s talk about treats. But we’re trying to lower obesity, aren’t we? Yes we are, so that means using treats for rewards. Animals are as susceptible to conditioning as humans, so once they see the link between them running around and getting a treat, they’ll be more inclined to do so. There are plenty of products that release treats as a result of your pet doing the work, so you don’t even have to worry about regulating it yourself.


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As you can see, it’s really important to keep your pet active, and you can play a big role. Whether it’s finding a way to get your cat to explore the great outdoors, playing tug of war with the dog, or making DIY hamster toys, try different things, and before you know it you’ll have a much livelier pet on your hands.

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Don’t forget too that here at @NotJustPets we stock high quality, nutritious foods such as grain-free foods like Canagan for dogs and cats, low-fat, good quality pet treats as well as chondroitin and glucosamine supplements and treats for healthy joints. We also stock a vast range of interactive and other toys for your pet, from hamster to hound. Why not pop in to our stores in Frome and Larkhall or take a look at our website at www.notjustpets.co.uk or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/notjustpetsFrome on Twitter at www.twitter.com/NotJustPets and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/notjustpets/

We are always happy to help with your pet queries. Get in touch via our website or email at [email protected] or telephone us on 01373 462068. Or simply pop in, you’ll be welcome!

Not Just Pets 10 year Anniversary Charity Open Day a Huge Success

We celebrated our 10th anniversary last month here in our Bath city centre store with a big party and a fun game challenge by the Abbey in Kingston Parade. We managed to raise over £250 for local animal charities. Greyhound rescue West of England and Swindon Reptile Rescue.

The theme of the day was fun, fun, fun with animal education thrown in as always and the staff all dressed in glad rags and local and tourist folk were invited to participate in various ways.

A big draw for the weekend was having celebrity dog listener Tony Knight give a very funny and informative talk to customers on the day. He also ran a three day dog behaviour course based at the store, and the feedback from the participants was fabulous. Not only did they learn so much about themselves and their dogs but they had lots of fun too.

Customers enjoyed cakes, coffee, animal handling, advice and more, and went away with a party bag each, various freebies and samples and probably a raffle ticket.

Janine Tozer owner of the store says “We couldn’t be happier with the outcome of the day. We would like to say huge thank you to all the fabulous local businesses and to our suppliers who gave prizes, samples, or who attended on the day to give nutrition and behaviour advice. A very big thank you indeed goes to Tony Knight, celebrity dog listener and Andy from Rolf Hagen for the Nerf challenge. Our team of staff were brilliant on the day and we would like to thank all our lovely customers who came in and took part. They seem to have a lot of fun too. We were delighted to be able to raise some valuable funds for Greyhound Rescue West of England.”

The raffle was a huge success raising a grand total of £132! The prizes were kindly donated by Society Cafe, Eric Snook’s toyshop, MacDonald Bath Spa Hotel , Shakeaway, Roman Bath and The Fashion Museum, Spirit Photography and also many suppliers including Happy Pet, Ancol and Trixie

We were able to treat all the customers who attended the open day to samples and offers due to the generosity of the companies that supplied free samples and products for prizes. A huge thank you to Applaws, Barking heads, Beapher, Burgess, Burns, Canagan, Wofytrade, Company of Animals, Ezydog, Johnsons, Rosewood, Supreme, Tetra, Kong, Pooch and Mutt, Nature’s Way, Green and Wild and Fish4dogs.

We would like to thank you all for the support. It is lovely to be a part of the Bath community.

 

We look forward to welcoming you in store soon; remember we are open in our Bath store 7 days a week!

Any ideas and suggestions you have will be welcomed. You can follow us in many ways:

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We run regular photo competitions, quizzes, offers and promotions on our Facebook and Twitter pages, so why not “like” or “follow” us today! 

Get in touch via any of the above, or via our website or email at [email protected] or telephone us on 01225 461461. Or simply pop in, you’ll be welcome!

 

 

 

Autumn and Winter Time at Not Just Pets

It seems like summer was over before it had began this year. We were very busy in Bath moving our store into next door! We are now at number 10. We love our new signs and animal head decorations.

We are all stocked up with autumn and winter products for all animals. Here are a selection of the best products.

We have dog coats from 10 inches up to 28 inches, in a range of fun colours including florescent yellow for night time walking. Washable and waterproof.

We have the popular LED light up bands in stock – they were very popular last year. They are rechargeable and can be cut to your pet’s size. We also recommend them for you to wear too! Make sure you and your pet are seen when out walking in the evenings.

Available in store and on our Website

Have the set to quick flash, slow flash or continuous light. We have all the different colours in stock and the staff favourite is the black band that lights up all different colours!

One of our best sellers at this time of year is the PAWZ Dog boots. We stock all the sizes available from tiny to Extra Large! They also come in black for the fashion concious dogs.

What are the uses at this time of year?

They protect against irritation caused by chemicals and salt put down to de ice the pavements and roads.

They also protect against untreated ice and snow.

They help with tractions and protect against allergies.

Available in store and on our website

 

Small animals can sometimes get a bit chilly this time of year. We stock the Snugglesafe microwavable heatpad. These give up to 10 hours of warmth and easy to use. Safe for small animals as they have no wires and are made from bite resistant plastic (unlike a hot water bottle) and they are filled with a non toxic gel that maintains heat that last up to 6 hours and starts cooling off over the remaining 4 hours.

These are available in store

If you have and top tips for keeping your pets safe and warm over the winter we would love to hear from you!