I've a few glaring issues that will look real hairy if the accuracy isn't sorted. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Maybe nobody will know, but if you know someone who does, could you put me in contact with them? This relates to Britain specifically, obviously. 1) At what point and to what extent did people start keeping pets (what classes, and when I say pet I mean merely as a pet, not as a rat catcher or something) and what sort of names would have been used? 2) If a pet passed away, how would they have disposed of a dead pet? 3) Who else would have been at the site of a death in unusual circumstances? Such as, if someone had died of a disease that had, until that point, never existed, who would possibly have been there? Presumable police and some sort of doctors... 4) What sort of drugs were administered as pain relief and to fight fits and spasms? 5) Would a doctor have had an assistant? And how did they work? I'm guessing it was nothing like popping down to your GP as it is today... Q 1) and 2) relate to aristocratic classes, really. Again, any help is great and once I can get these issues fixed, I can really get on with my novel!