Grain Free Food – the facts.

Grain free foods are growing in popularity and the concept has captured the imagination of many pet owners across Ireland but is it a fad? Pet nutritionists agree that most dogs can live healthily on products made with some grain but many dogs can develop digestive, skin or coat issues which are attributed to diet, […]

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What Do I Need For My New Puppy?

So you’ve got a new Puppy, congratulations! You are about to embark on a great friendship.
But wait… What do I need for my new puppy I here you ask?
Well, here at Pet Essentials Pet shop Cork, this is one of the most common questions we get asked. So we’ve got you covered! We have everything […]

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How Do I Stop My Dog Eating Too Quickly?

This is a very common question and one we get asked every day of the week here at Pet Essentials. Dogs eating too quickly is a relatively easy problem to remedy but owners often underestimate the importance of tackling this problem.

Dogs who eat too quickly have an increased risk  of “Dog Bloat”, which is the […]

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How Do I Stop My Cat Scratching My Furniture?

This is one of the most common questions we get asked here at Pet Essentials, Carrigaline. Firstly it is very important to highlight that this behaviour is natural and important to your cat. You should not be punishing or scolding your cat for displaying this behaviour.

There are two main reasons that cats scratch items of […]

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How Can I Stop My Cat Fouling In My Flower Pots?

It’s that time of year again when flower beds are being rejuvenated and flower pots resurrected from garden sheds. How frustrating is it then, after all your hard work, to see your cat (or your neighbours cat) digging or fouling in your newly planted beds or pots. Of course this is not intentional sabotage and […]

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How Can I Stop My Dog From Barking And Driving The Neighbours Crazy?

In an ideal world dogs would not be left for long periods unattended but the reality for a lot of people is that they have to work and let the dog to entertain itself for longer periods than maybe they would like to. I know there will be people out their arguing that people working […]

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My Fish is Gasping at the surface of the water, what’s wrong?

A common problem indicated to us by our customers is fish gasping at the surface of their aquarium or fish bowl. By gasping we mean the fish opening and closing its mouth at the surface. It is gasping because it can’t get enough oxygen and there is more oxygen at the surface, the fish is […]

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Fish Care – Frequently Asked Questions

We often get asked the same questions again and again in relation to tropical fish aquariums so we've put together this short FAQ that may help. Enjoy!

Canary & Budgie

Canaries range in size from 10-17cm and belong to the finch family. They are the most commonly kept birds in captivity and are relatively hardy. The average lifespan of a canary is 10 years.

Canaries only require a simple canary seed mixture with grit for digestion. Honey bar treats can be given with supplementary greens. Canaries […]

Hamster Care

Here we present some handy advice and tips on taking care of hamsters. These furry little fellows have become very popular and with the aid of some simple know-how you can really enjoy these pets fully.

Hamsters are nocturnal,they generally sleep all day and are awake all night.If you want to handle them during the day,you […]