Posted: 12/26/2019
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Tempt their taste buds and temper their chewing habits with great chew toys that don’t give up their treats easily! How do you stop your dog chewing shoes, furniture, the kid’s toys, the carpet…?   It’s natural for your puppy to want to chew things, it’s the way they explore the world, but it’s important to teach them what they can and can’t chew if you want to protect them and your belongings!  Puppies and dogs need to chew to keep their jaws and teeth healthy, but they need to learn what it is OK to chew and what it is not!  Chew toys are the answer.   There are some great chew-able toys available that are safe. Some are flavored, and some keep your pup interested by slowly dispensing treats as they chew! When you need to leave them alone for a while give them a few toys of different types to keep them occupied. It’s a good idea to buy a whole range of chews and toys, so you can leave then with 2 or 3 different toys every day. This way they won’t see the same toy more than once a week and they’ll keep interested. Ring the changes as often as you can supplying new challenges and chews and you’ll train them what they can, and can’t, chew in the house.  There are lots of different toys they can play with alone like rawhide chews, sterilized bone chews, nylabone chews and tough, rubber treat dispensing chews. These hollow rubber toys give your pup a challenge and a reward; you hide food and treats inside and they have to work out how to get them out! Fill them with cream cheese and some biscuits, safe peanut butter and treats and they’ll keep your pup entertained and rewarded for hours! Chew toys we recommend   We love Chewy.com’s range and recommend Kong’s range of treat dispensing toys. They come in lots of shapes and sizes and some interlock, providing hours of distraction for your pup.  Your dog will spend hours trying to get every last treat out of this tough, Kong Wobbler chew, and when you throw it, it bounces and wobbles, creating a great game of chase! For puppies they have this fun Kong Puppy Goodie Bone shaped chew you can fill with treats to keep your chewing puppy entertained and rewarded, or maybe they’d like the Kong Quest Wishbone treat dispenser? Whatever you choose they are bound to be interested!  For the super intelligent pups who are good at problem solving there are treat dispensing toys that fit together so you can vary the challenge every time you give them their treat dispenser. The Kong Genius Leo fits together with the Genius Mike to provide your dog with the ultimate treat dispensing challenge! You can get squirty cans of dog friendly spreads and small sized treats to fill the kongs with from Chewy.com too!   KONG Wobbler $19.99 KONG Wishbone $4.99 KONG Genius Leo $4.68 KONG Puppy Goodie Bone $6.99   Benebone products are tough, flavored chew sticks and you can choose between peanut butter flavor, bacon and chicken flavors!  Nylabone make flavored chews too. The roasted marrow bones and bully sticks are good alternatives to the treat dispenser toys and flavored rawhide can satisfy any dog’s need to chew! Be sure to buy toys and chews that fit the size of your puppy or dog and replace them once they get worse for wear.   Chews can help your pup learn it’s fun to stay in their crate when you need them to! Leaving your dog home alone can be a dangerous time for your belongings so it’s a good idea to leave them in a play pen or crate, especially when they are young. Make sure the play pen or crate is big enough for them to have a bed area and a play area, and if they are young, a toilet area in an emergency. They need to learn it's OK to be left alone, so you can get things done.  They need to see the crate or pen as a safe space they can retreat to and have a sleep or play with their toys, alone. Giving them toys and interesting chews to play with is a great way to show them it’s a good place to be. Remember not to put them in their crate as a punishment for bad behavior or they will learn to associate it with being in trouble.  Older, well behaved dogs need amusement too! When your dog is older and know what he can and can’t play with, you will probably be able to leave him restricted to a familiar room while you’re out for an hour or two. Hopefully you’ve trained your dog to cope if you leave them for an hour or two, but while you’re out they will need something to do and interesting and challenging toys, changed every day will help to keep your dog amused and happy while you’re away.   

Posted: 04/29/2019
By: Louise
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Our pets are not just animals that live with us, they are family members and our best friends. We know it’s a good idea to look after our own nutrition so we stay healthy and happy, but what are the options that will help us do the same for our furry friends? As caring pet parents we’re demanding more from pet food manufacturers   There’s no doubt that more pet parents are looking around for better food options for their pets than ever before. There have been special diets around for a while, and most manufacturers cater for the nutritional needs of puppies, active pets and older pets, but in the past few years the food options for our pets have increased. According to Pet Food Industry.com, Mars Petcare has seen 84% of their growth come from premium products such as limited ingredients or meals giving pets culinary experiences rather than mainstream products. Sales of pet food toppers or enhancers such as gravies, sauces or pieces of meat to add to your pet’s food increased by 25% in 2018 compared to 2017 and Neilsen and GfK see this growth continuing.   What are the best new dog food and cat food options? There are lots of exciting new foods and treats available for dogs at chewy.com. Here are some of the best options, in our opinion. Just follow the links to take a look and buy! Human grade food for dogs and cats Human grade pet food is made from ingredients that are fit for human consumption. If the food is made in a production facility that matches human food production standards the food can be called ‘human grade pet food’, but it is made in a pet food production plan the manufacturer must say it is made with “Human-grade ingredients”.  The honest kitchen and Spot Farms are two of the manufacturers featured on chewy.com that offer food made with human grade ingredients. Their flavour choices are great, and you know you are feeding your cat and dog great quality food to help keep them healthy. I don’t think I knew that cat and dog food is usually made from ingredients not fit for human consumption, and why would we feed our perfect pooches’ and our cute kitties’ food that we couldn’t eat?  Grain free Food for Dogs and cats I’m pretty sure you’ll know someone who is gluten intolerant and tells you how much better they feel by not eating grain anymore. Gluten free food is pretty widely available for humans these days, and you can get grain free food for your dog and cat too. Historically cats and dogs didn’t eat grain but had a protein rich diet, and so grain free diets better mimic the diet our pets are genetically suited to eat. Grains are added to mass produced pet food to bulk it out and keep the cost down but it’s not necessarily the best option for your pet’s health.     Dogs and cats don’t have the gut ingredients to break down grains effectively and so the grains ferment in their gut which can lead to damage to the gut walls, inflamed guts and food allergies. If your pet has wind, is prone to diarrhea, has skin rashes and itching, vomiting or frequent ear infections it’s possible a change to a grain free diet might help their health improve. Talk to your vet before making any diet changes though!   ‘Clean’, GMO free and environmentally friendly dog and cat food  We’re all aware of the need to do more to look after our environment, and more manufacturers are producing environmentally friendly dog and cat food that helps us do this. ‘Clean’ pet food can mean food with only a few ingredients, fewer preservatives and additives and no GM produced products, all designed to help our pets stay healthy and reduce the impact on the environment. Chewy.com stock GMO free (grain free) Cat food and dog food options from Caru with the meat from grass fed animals.  Meal enhancers or toppers for dogs and cats There’s no doubt that moving to a human grade food diet for your dog or cat is going to be a more expensive choice than standard dog or cat food, but there are other options. Adding meal enhancers such as sauces, gravies or pieces of meat to your pet’s meal will give them a better taste experience and provide them with additional great nutrition. Chewy.com stock food toppings for cats and to add flavor and protein rich extras. Is feeding raw food a good idea?  There is a trend for manufacturers to offer raw food options for dogs and cats and this has proved very popular with lots of owners. I suppose the thinking is that their ancestors would have eaten raw food in the wild so surely this must be the best option now too, right?  Before you rush out and buy raw food for your furry friends it’s important to remember that we avoid catching nasty bugs like E.Coli, Salmonella and Listeria by cooking our food. We don’t pick up tape worm eggs from pork because we cook it before we eat it.  Swedish scientists have looked at the risks of feeding raw food to pets as its hugely popular in Scandinavia and other European countries. They found that all 60 samples of manufacturer supplied raw pet food that they tested contained Enterobacteriaceae bacteria.  Some samples contained Salmonella and Campylobacter. This means that feeding a raw food diet could put your pet at risk of catching a nasty infection, and they could easily pass this infection to you.  Families with young children or older people should seriously stop and think about this type of diet for their pets due to the risk of infection to their pets, themselves and other family members. I’m not sure I would want to risk my pet’s health, or mine either! Whatever you decide is the best option for your dog or cat please remember to talk to your vet before making any change to your pet’s diet, and take their advice. If you do change their diet, make the transition from one type of food to another, gradually, so their stomach doesn’t get upset.     

Posted: 04/17/2019
By: Louise
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Tempt their taste buds and temper their chewing habits with great chew toys that don’t give up their treats easily! How do you stop your dog chewing shoes, furniture, the kid’s toys, the carpet…?   It’s natural for your puppy to want to chew things, it’s the way they explore the world, but it’s important to teach them what they can and can’t chew if you want to protect them and your belongings!  Puppies and dogs need to chew to keep their jaws and teeth healthy, but they need to learn what it is OK to chew and what it is not!  Chew toys are the answer. There are some great chew-able toys available that are safe. Some are flavored, and some keep your pup interested by slowly dispensing treats as they chew! When you need to leave them alone for a while give them a few toys of different types to keep them occupied. It’s a good idea to buy a whole range of chews and toys, so you can leave then with 2 or 3 different toys every day. This way they won’t see the same toy more than once a week and they’ll keep interested. Ring the changes as often as you can supplying new challenges and chews and you’ll train them what they can, and can’t, chew in the house.  There are lots of different toys they can play with alone like rawhide chews, sterilized bone chews, nylabone chews and tough, rubber treat dispensing chews. These hollow rubber toys give your pup a challenge and a reward; you hide food and treats inside and they have to work out how to get them out! Fill them with cream cheese and some biscuits, safe peanut butter and treats and they’ll keep your pup entertained and rewarded for hours! Chew toys we recommend   We love Chewy.com’s range and recommend Kong’s range of treat dispensing toys. They come in lots of shapes and sizes and some interlock, providing hours of distraction for your pup.  Your dog will spend hours trying to get every last treat out of this tough, Kong Wobbler chew, and when you throw it, it bounces and wobbles, creating a great game of chase! For puppies they have this fun Kong Puppy Goodie Bone shaped chew you can fill with treats to keep your chewing puppy entertained and rewarded, or maybe they’d like the Kong Quest Wishbone treat dispenser? Whatever you choose they are bound to be interested!  For the super intelligent pups who are good at problem solving there are treat dispensing toys that fit together so you can vary the challenge every time you give them their treat dispenser. The Kong Genius Leo fits together with the Genius Mike to provide your dog with the ultimate treat dispensing challenge! You can get squirty cans of dog friendly spreads and small sized treats to fill the kongs with from Chewy.com too!   KONG Wobbler $19.99 KONG Wishbone $4.99 KONG Genius Leo $4.68 KONG Puppy Goodie Bone $6.99   Benebone products are tough, flavored chew sticks and you can choose between peanut butter flavor, bacon and chicken flavors!  Nylabone make flavored chews too. The roasted marrow bones and bully sticks are good alternatives to the treat dispenser toys and flavored rawhide can satisfy any dog’s need to chew! Be sure to buy toys and chews that fit the size of your puppy or dog and replace them once they get worse for wear.   Chews can help your pup learn it’s fun to stay in their crate when you need them to! Leaving your dog home alone can be a dangerous time for your belongings so it’s a good idea to leave them in a play pen or crate, especially when they are young. Make sure the play pen or crate is big enough for them to have a bed area and a play area, and if they are young, a toilet area in an emergency. They need to learn it's OK to be left alone, so you can get things done.  They need to see the crate or pen as a safe space they can retreat to and have a sleep or play with their toys, alone. Giving them toys and interesting chews to play with is a great way to show them it’s a good place to be. Remember not to put them in their crate as a punishment for bad behavior or they will learn to associate it with being in trouble.  Older, well behaved dogs need amusement too! When your dog is older and know what he can and can’t play with, you will probably be able to leave him restricted to a familiar room while you’re out for an hour or two. Hopefully you’ve trained your dog to cope if you leave them for an hour or two, but while you’re out they will need something to do and interesting and challenging toys, changed every day will help to keep your dog amused and happy while you’re away. 

Posted: 01/16/2019
By: Louise
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  As we shiver into the coldest months of the year it’s good to remember some breeds of pet are better at coping with the winter chill than others, so we’ve put together 6 top tips on how to keep your furry friends safe and well this winter. Even though it's cold and wet, and in some states, very cold, our pets still want to go out so it’s important to make sure they can cope with winter conditions as well as you can in your thick coat and boots.   1. Know what your dog can cope with. Bigger, hairier dog breeds and those bred for the cold can cope quite well with wintry conditions but it’s important to keep them indoors when you’re not out walking or after a short outdoor break. Small, short-haired pets should only go out for very short periods of time. If it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for them too, as they lose heat quickly. They will definitely need a coat designed for the conditions you experience where you live. Take a spare coat on walks too, in case the one they are wearing gets wet. Short faced breeds are at more risk from extreme temperatures due to inherent breathing difficulties. It might seem odd but you need to watch out for heat stroke when you get back in the warm if your dog has been exercising heavily. They can become dangerously over-heated!     2. Consider keeping cats in if it’s too cold for you outside. Make sure you cat has access to a litter tray and keep them indoors if it’s very cold. If they are desperate to go out supervise short outdoor breaks, then get them back inside.   3. Know the signs of distress. If a dog or cat gets too cold and its body temperature falls it might shiver, appear disorientated, have a slow heart beat or breathe less often. Frostbite can also occur on ears and tails so monitor them carefully.      4. Check your car! A warm car engine could attract feral or stray dogs or cats desperate for warmth so make a noise, bang on the hood and check your car before you get in and drive away. There might be a cold animal underneath or even on the engine!   5. Watch out for Toxic hazards. Anti-freeze and rock salt are toxic to animals. If pets get rock salt on their paws or tummies wipe it off as soon as possible after every outing.  Use pet friendly alternatives at home such as Propylene glycol based anti-freeze. This pet friendly version is still not great for them but less harmful. Keep all de-icers and chemicals safely away from pets, as anti-freeze can taste nice to animals but do them severe harm. If you think your pet has eaten or drunk any chemicals (pet friendly or not) consult your vet immediately.   6. Avoid lakes and ponds. The ice might look thick but your dog won’t know if it will hold his weight and all too quickly disaster can strike. Unless you fancy a very icy swim keep your dog on a lead near ice covered water.     Above all, enjoy yourselves and keep safe!