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Online Pet Care Advice Centre

Petmania Pet Care Advice Centre

Helping You Care for Your Pets

Got a question about looking after your pet, or are you thinking about getting a pet and not sure where to start? Our Online Pet Care Advice Centre is a FREE resource for all pet owners and is jam-packed with information to help you care for your pet.

Whether your pet is furry, feathered, four-legged or finned we have everything you need right here to help you – and we’re adding to our blog regularly with video demonstrations, advice and more from leading pet experts.

Latest Blog Posts

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Signs My Pet Bird is Unwell

Like all pets, there certain illnesses or healthcare problems pet birds are susceptible to. Your bird can exhibit symptoms... read more

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Do I Need a Vet For My Snake?

Snakes make wonderful pets, but it can be tricky finding a veterinarian that specialises in these reptiles. As with... read more

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How Long Do Pet Snakes Live For?

Snakes make fantastic pets and companions. They offer a rewarding experience, and often build a bond and trusting relationship... read more

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Playing with your Guinea Pig

Guinea pigs are curious, playful creatures, who love exploring and spending time with their favourite humans. Daily simulation and... read more

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Why Does My Hamster Sleep All Day?

If you’ve recently brought home a new pet hamster, you might be wondering why he’s asleep all day. Hamsters... read more

Why Rabbits Need to Chew

Chewing is a natural, enjoyable, and important behaviour for rabbits. Chewing can help your rabbit maintain good oral hygiene,... read more

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The Top 5 Best Hamster Toys

Hamsters are naturally playful, active and inquisitive, so it is important to provide toys that will help to stimulate... read more

Choosing a Hamster Habitat

Hamsters make wonderful pets, as they are small, cute, easy to care for and love to play. Providing the... read more

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Meet Our Pet Care Experts

Read articles, get advice and watch video demonstrations from our panel of experts that we have brought together to answer many of your frequently asked questions about caring for your pets.

Veterinarians

Dr Bobby Ortiz, small and exotic pet vet, posing with a bunny patient

Dr. Bobby Ortiz, M.V.B.

Dr Bobby Ortiz, aka 'Dogtor Bob', is a small animal and exotic veterinarian based in Dublin. He has a strong interest in Small Mammal (rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets) and Reptile medicine and surgery.

He grew up in a family of avid animal lovers, which led him to work as an Aquarist at the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific in California. It was there he decided he wanted to become a vet, and specialise in exotic animals, that needed the same care and medical attention that dogs and cats are given.

He lives with his wife and Brittany Spaniel Bodhi, and has dreams to build a new tropical marine fish tank in the near future!

Dr Carol Doyle Veterinarian

Carol Doyle, BSc VN DVM

Carol DoyIe is a small pet veterinarian in a practice in Ashbourne, Co. Meath and is the human companion to her cats, Nala and Donal, two horses - Indie and Bella, and her dog Phoebe.

As a guest blogger and advisor, Carol shares her professional advice with pet owners, answering many of the questions that she gets asked regularly in-clinic.

Dog Trainer

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Dawn Greer, Agility Trainer

Dawn has been competing in agility for 15 years. She has competed with 8 dogs of different heights and breeds and has competed at Grade 7 Green star/Championship level at both IKC and KC.

She has represented Ireland in agility at Crufts, World Agility Championships and the European Open.

Dawn is an avid dog lover, living with 9 four legged companions, 5 of which are retired, 3 competing and her new puppy, Wow. She loves training dogs and giving the best advice on taking care of a new pup.

Professional Dog Groomers

Michelle Walsh, Professional Dog Groomer

Michelle Walsh, Professional Dog Groomer

Michelle Walsh is a Professional Dog Groomer with over 10 years experience caring for puppies and dogs at Petmania Grooming Studios. She is also a Grooming Trainer for the Petmania Grooming Academy. Michelle is the human companion to Luna and is based a Petmania Grooming Studio in Santry.

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Hayley Ryan, Professional Dog Groomer

Hayley is a Professional Dog Groomer at Petmania Grooming Studios since 2018, having qualified as groomer in 2015. She has competed and won rosettes at the Irish Professional Dog Groomers Association's Madra Mania, and cares for dogs at our Grooming Studio in Kilkenny.

Hayley is the human companion to 11 year old rescue dog Lady, whom she believes to be a Yorkie-Jack Russell cross, and her favourite thing about being a dog groomer is the bond that she creates with the dogs she cares for - she just love to see those tails wagging on arrival for their groom!

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Laura Pietrzyk, Professional Dog Groomer

Laura is a Professional Dog Groomer in our Portlaoise Grooming Studios. She is a big animal lover, and a human companion to 9 pets-a dog, Lucky, two guinea pigs, Mishka and Daisy, a rabbit Binky, a bearded dragon, Debbie, two cockateils Toby and Tola, and two gold fish, Sambuca and Guinness!

Animal Rescue Professionals

Galway Cat Rescue

Galway Cat Rescue have partnered with Petmania Galway to help find local homes for cats in their care. They are an all-volunteer group of animal lovers that are committed to helping homeless cats in Galway, and dedicated to give every cat a chance to live a safe, healthy and happy life.

They operate using a network of fosterers who look after cats and kittens in their own homes. This provides the best possible opportunity for them to become well socialised in a normal domestic environment.

Galway Cat Rescue want cats to find a forever home in the shortest time-frame, and by adopting best practice adoption protocols and early age neuter/spay procedures, they can go to these homes directly from the invaluable socialising care a foster home provides.

For more on Galway Cat Rescue, visit their website here. 

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