Helping dogs with separation anxiety post COVID
18th September 2020
If you are a dog owner, who is planning to return full time to the office soon, then we’d urge you to start thinking about what you are going to do with your dog when you return to work. If you got your dog as a puppy during lockdown you should treat it really quite seriously, as your dog... Read more
Petpals Franchisees in Double Awards Finals Success!
1st September 2020
Two Petpals franchisees are celebrating reaching the finals of the national Pet Industry Federation awards. With roots that go back to the late 1940’s the Pet Industry Federation represents five specialist pet trade associations. They provide a quality assurance of businesses in the sector, with all members agreeing to adhere to their charters, which represent best practice for the... Read more
Petpals franchisees take ‘Stock’ and buy another territory!
18th August 2020
David and Sallyann Gray, owners of Petpals Darlington and Yarm, one of the most successful franchises in the Petpals network and winners of the Top Franchise award in 2019 Petpals internal awards, have recently expanded their pet care empire, acquiring Petpals Stockton, which they had previously sold eight years ago. The couple who currently employ over 20 staff, will... Read more
Double anniversary celebrations for Petpals!
22nd June 2020
Matt and Louise Wilder from Petpals Romsey and Winchester celebrate 5 years as Petpals business owners L-R Rachael Pattinson, Emma Craggs and Lynn Stevens receiving socially distanced bouquets from dog walking manager Vicky Metcalfe as a thank you for 10 years’ service with Petpals Darlington and Yarm Two Petpals... Read more
Can my dog go back to the dog walker now?
28th May 2020
The answer to this question is resoundingly yes and we can’t wait to see you! Dog walkers have never been stopped from working during lockdown, as the Government recognised that we were providing a vital service to key workers and anyone who was unable to walk their own dog but obviously, as many of our clients were furloughed, the demand... Read more
Is it time for a change of career?
16th May 2020
So Boris has said if you can’t work from home it’s time to go back to work, but what if you’ve realised in the last 8 weeks that you don’t want to go back to your old job? What if the very thought of it fills you with dread and you wish you could stay working from home forever? Well... Read more
Working From Home With Pets Photo Competition
20th April 2020
Thank you so much to all of you who sent us photos and voted for your favourite to win. The votes have been counted and we can now reveal that the winner of the Petpals ‘Working From Home With Pets’ photo competition is…. Frank! Many congratulations to him and his owner Lisa Gardner Sanderson. What a lovely looking chap he... Read more
Enrichment ideas for your cat
16th April 2020
Keeping your cat physically and mentally stimulated is essential to their wellbeing but bear in mind that older cats will probably not play more than three or four times a day, while younger cats will happily play much more often! Keep play short, a couple of minutes at a time is fine and swap toys around to keep them interested.... Read more
Enrichment Ideas For Your Dog
26th March 2020
Probably for the first time ever, you and your dog are pretty much restricted to the house, apart from your one walk a day. So what can you do to keep him/her from getting bored and possibly tearing up the furniture? The answer? Canine Enrichment The National Animal Welfare Trust says, ‘Canine enrichment improves and enhances your dog’s mental state... Read more
Companion Animal Welfare during COVID-19
20th March 2020
We have today written to The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, asking that he allow Petpals and other professional pet care companies, to continue to visit pets for their health and well-being, during any potential lockdown period. Our letter is below. /… Date: Friday 20 March 2020 To: Boris Johnson, Prime Minister Dear Prime Minister Today you announced your list... Read more
Flood Advice for UK Pet Owners
19th February 2020
With the continuing adverse weather conditions, we thought our readers would appreciate some advice on the precautions you may want to take when dealing with potential flooding. The preparation for flooding comes first. If you are worried about potential flooding at your address you may want to visit the Environment Agencies website to check if the area you’re currently living... Read more
Valentine treats to keep away from your pets
14th February 2020
It’s great to receive all of the beautiful valentine gifts from your loved ones but it’s sometimes easy to forget that some of the items can prove hazardous to your pets. Please see the top 5 hazardous treats to avoid: 1. FLOWERS While not all are toxic to pets it’s not commonly known which exact flowers cause the most damage.... Read more
UK Vets Issue Warnings of Gastroenteritis Bug Attacking Dogs
23rd January 2020
Vets across the country are raising concerns to pet owners over a harmful bug found in some dogs across the UK. This virus, Haemorrhagic Gastroenteritis (HGE) is being detected in healthy dogs with no word of warning, your pooch could look perfectly normal one day and extremely unwell the next. Instant treatment is highly recommended as this bug can result... Read more
Meet Petpals next Top Models!
8th November 2019
Firstly a huge THANK YOU from all of us at Petpals for joining in this fun competition to find some new Top Models for our autumn digital media campaign. We had over 130 entries from all over the UK and we loved looking at them all. The truth is, we are going to try to use ALL your pets... Read more
7 questions to ask before buying a franchise
6th November 2019
As one of the most experienced franchisors in the UK today, franchise magazines often ask our MD Kevin Thackrah to write articles on franchising, sharing his knowledge of the industry with those looking to get into it. Below is an article he recently wrote for What Franchise magazine. If you would like to read the article on their website... Read more
A ‘Higher Standard’ of care from Petpals!
19th August 2019
Petpals franchise owners across the UK are successfully completing the Ofqual Level 3 Professional Daycare and Boarding course. This new qualification will enable them to achieve the ‘Higher Standard’ in the Animal Activity Licensing Regulations, updated by DEFRA in 2018. Licensing now requires that to meet the ‘Higher Standard’, a member of staff with a relevant Office of Qualifications and... Read more