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Win a bundle of goodies and a 10% discount off your next dog friendly holiday with East Ruston Cottages!

Doggy Bundle includes: Pet Munchies and Nero’s Kitchen treats, a portable water/drinking bottle, balls to chase and a squeaky toy, fleecy blanket and bottle of Bottom Sniffer doggy beer, for when you get home PLUS a 10% discount on Norfolk dog friendly holiday cottages.

 

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For 10 years East Ruston Cottages have been offering VERY dog friendly holiday accommodation in this VERY dog friendly part of Norfolk. 

They have 24 properties to choose from with properly enclosed gardens, dog beds and bowls, throws for sofas and crates can be arranged if you want them.  They totally understand that you want to be able to relax on your holiday with your dog!

 

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East Ruston cottages have got everything from a gorgeous shepherd’s hut, sleeping 2 and ideal for short breaks, through barn conversions and cottages, right up to big houses by the sea – ideal for get togethers and family holidays.

All of them welcome dogs and they NEVER charge for dogs.

  

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Some of the properties have NO limit on the number of dogs you can bring, others have a very generous and flexible limit and we just don’t do the whole “One well behaved dog only” thing.

You can talk to Sue about the dogs you want to bring, the breeds, temprement, age etc – much more relevant than just a number - and she can help you choose the property that will suit you best.

 

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All of the houses are within walking distance (or a short drive) of Norfolk's fabulously dog friendly sandy beaches, up and down the coast, and all of them have great walks from the door in the beautiful, peaceful and largely stock free countryside. The pubs and cafes locally are well known for being dog welcoming too!

If you haven’t tried Norfolk, then please do! People are constantly amazed at how properly dog friendly it is.

  

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They take bookings all-year round as it’s so incredibly quiet during the winter months, the weather is usually pretty settled on this side of the country and many of the houses have cosy woodburners and fires to settle in front of after a brisk beach walk!   They get bookings months and years ahead as our many regulars know they have to get in quick to get the week they want at the house they want!

 

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Their website, www.eastrustoncottages.co.uk is full of information about the areas, the houses, prices and availability.

Or you can visit their Facebook page where they have lots more to see and read too.

 

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Our beloved pets become part of the family, so it’s important to treat them like that too. We asked Argos Pet Insurance to tell us why we need to bother insuring our pets against illness and accident.

Like us, our pets can get ill or injured which can result in unexpected and potentially significant costs. Having pet insurance ensures that if the worst happens to your furry friend, you can get a helping hand with the vet bills. There are several reasons why pet insurance is so important.

 

Pets become unwell

As much as we don’t like to think about it, our dogs and cats become unwell. Although some owners put money aside in case this happens, others may not be able to. It doesn’t cost you any more to pay for your pet insurance monthly rather than annually, which spreads the cost and helps make it more affordable.

 

Pets have accidents

As well as unexpected illnesses, pets can have accidents too. This could include bites and scratches from other animals, collisions with cars, or even just the result of being clumsy. Once again, this is something you don’t expect or want to think about, but it’s important to be prepared.

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Costly vet bills

There are a wide variety of veterinary procedures, and in certain cases, the costs for these can be significant. For example, the average cost of treating Lymphoma is £1,992, and on average treating epilepsy costs £1,744. These are averages, so these conditions can cost much more.  These costs are out of our control and usually unexpected, so without pet insurance this is large amount to find in a hurry for your loved one.

 

It can save your pet’s life

Sometimes, your pet may have a condition that requires multiple or ongoing treatments and therefore ongoing costs. In extreme cases, owners may sadly be forced to put their pet to sleep as they just can’t afford to keep on top of the veterinary bills. Although you may have a large amount of savings, these may eventually be depleted by long-term treatments, whereas the right sort of insurance cover will continue to pay for as long as the treatment is needed.

 

Age

When your pets are young and healthy, it can seem pointless to think about insuring them. However, kittens and puppies are likely to injure themselves or develop conditions. On top of this, pets grow old – and over time their health can deteriorate, leading to health problems. Pets may also suffer from diseases and illnesses that affect them from a young age, so it’s important to get covered from the beginning.

 

Most pet insurance companies won’t cover pre-existing conditions, so it’s worth getting your new puppy or kitten insured as soon as you can before they develop any health issues. If you have left it too late however, Argos Pet Insurance’s newest policy might be able to help you. Although we don’t cover all pre-existing conditions, our newest insurance can include some pre-existing conditions that weren’t covered before, so that more pet owners are welcome.

 

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A leading London-based feline vet is recommending that cat owners generally need to watch their cat’s behaviour more closely - to spot subtle signs of illness before it becomes serious.

Dr. Jeremy Campbell, a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Advanced Practitioner in Feline Medicine and owner of The London Cat Clinic (www.thelondoncatclinic.co.uk), one of only a handful of practices in the UK that is cat-only, says that felines instinctively hide illness from their owners -  “There is no survival benefit in the wild in showing weakness from illness,” he says.

There are, Dr. Campbell explains, some key changes in behaviour to look out for if an illness or disease is to be spotted early and treated effectively. More common conditions that cats may inadvertently be concealing from their owners include arthritis, dental pain and gastrointestinal disease.

One of the most important indications of ill health in a cat is when he or she suddenly prefers to spend time in a less elevated or unusual perch in the house. Cats, being both predator and prey animals, instinctively prefer to be in a higher place from where they can securely survey their surroundings.

Dr. Campbell explains: “In the wild, cats are solitary hunters that move from small prey meal to small prey meal only relying on themselves without the protection of a pack or social unit.  If they let down their guard and are injured this makes them less able to protect themselves and hunt which equals vulnerability.  

 

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“An elevated position enables your cat to continuously monitor their environment and assess potential threats, or feeding opportunities. Height is also a sign of status to most cats, particularly those in a multi-cat household.

“Has your cat started to keep close to the floor, sleep at a lower level, or even on the ground? Has the ‘perching order’ changed amongst your cats? These are definite signs to look out for that could suggest that your cat might be ill.”

Many households now have indoor cats, but what if an outdoor cat suddenly becomes an indoor cat? Dr. Campbell asks.

“Many people choose to keep their cats indoors with access to a garden or out on a cat lead, as they may have concerns over safety and disease so changes are more readily noticeable. But, if your outdoor cat is spending a lot of time around the house, it  could be that something is wrong with him, and he should be examined by your vet,” Dr. Campbell explains.

“Cats are masters of disguise when it comes to camouflaging disease and injury they are hardwired not to show pain because there is no survival benefit in doing so. You might put this down to a change in preference, but is it? Why would a cat move from a position of strength to a position of relative vulnerability? Does it accompany any other changes in your cat’s habits like decreased grooming or more matting around the tail base and bottom?”

These signs may signifiy dental or other systemic disease, says Dr Campbell.

Dr. Campbell continues:

“A change in perching behaviour may reflect development of degenerative joint disease or osteoarthritis, and the increased joint pain that is associated with jumping to the higher perches is a deterrent and keeps your cat ‘grounded’. “

“Arthritis is vastly underdiagnosed in feline patients and has been shown in various studies to affect between 60 and 90% of cats, particularly older cats. Commonly affected areas are the spine, shoulders, hips, elbows, knees and ankles. Certain breeds including Maine Coons, Persian, Siamese, Burmese and Scottish Folds have a higher incidence of developing the disease.

“Has your cat has developed a middle-age spread or worse? This extra weight will worsen arthritic pain and speed progression of the disease and becomes a vicious cycle. Evidence of arthritis may be found by your vet at yearly check-ups, and in some cases, there is obviously reduced joint mobility combined with pain.

“In other cases, the signs may be subtler and require x-rays (radiographs) to diagnose. Is this middle-age spread appropriate to their food intake? There are unfortunately other reasons that cats can look overweight but in fact aren’t and they should be checked if there is a sudden perceived weight gain.”

Dr. Campbell concludes:

“There is no need for our feline friends to suffer in silence if we are just that bit more aware of what they are doing in the background and remembering that height is might and lack of height can mean something is afoot.”

 

One of the great things about owning an active dog is that it gives you plenty of opportunities to get out and about together.

Recently I decided to tackle the beautiful, imposing Mount Snowdon with my dog, Luna. It turned out to be a wonderful experience that I would recommend to anyone.

So, how can you best get prepared for this adventure and then make the most of it?

 

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Choose the Route Wisely

Mountains that are popular with climbers and hikers tend to have a number of different routes that lead you to the top in varying ways. If you are walking it on your own then you might simply opt for the quickest approach or the one that looks most interesting.

However, when you are going with your dog then you need to take into account how easy it is going to be for him. In the case of Mount Snowdon, I did some research and discovered that the Llanberis Path is the easiest route. It isn’t the shortest way to the summit but it has the kindest gradient for a dog to bound up.

It is also good if the route has a few places for stopping and resting along the way, while the Llanberis Path has the added benefit of a friendly pub that we stopped in on the way back to the car. Don’t forget that walking for long distances can be tough on a dog’s paws, so they need the occasional rest.

 

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Get an Early Start

The idea of leaving home at 4 in the morning didn’t seem particularly inspired when the alarm clock went off in the middle of the night. However, it was definitely the right thing to do.

Luna slept pretty much the whole way there and we both felt good when we arrived at 6 o’clock to our starting point. The beauty of arriving at this time of the morning is that we had the place almost to ourselves at the beginning.

Other hikers soon arrived, some with their own dogs, but those precious moments when it was just the two of us standing at the base of Mount Snowdon felt very special.

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What to Take with You – An Outdoor Lead

Being prepared for the trip as well as you can be is the key to a trouble-free hike, in my experience. Therefore, one of the first things I did was buy a new outdoor lead that is longer than Luna is used to.

This was a partial success, as she pulled a bit more than usual but didn’t really cause me any other problems in this respect. The pulling was probably just due to her being excited rather than being the fault of the lead.

 

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What to Take with You – Warm Gear

Even if it is a nice day at ground level, the weather can rapidly take a turn for the worse when you start climbing a tall mountain like this. For this reason I took along a new winter coat for Luna, just in case it got chilly.

In the end, the weather stayed decent throughout the day so we didn’t need to use the coat. Having said that, I was still glad that it was there if needed.

 

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What to Take with You – Food and Water

This is a long walk so your dog is likely to get hungry and thirsty along the way. A big supply of water is essential, while I found Luna’s collapsible water bowl easy to fold up and carry.

I also took more food and treats than was strictly necessary. There is a shop at the top of Mount Snowdon that is open from April to October but I certainly didn’t want to run the risk of running short of her food at some point.

 

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What to Look Out For

Even the quietest and most remote walking trails tend to have some potential hazards and distractions to look out for. In terms of Snowdon, dog owners are asked to keep their pets on leads because of the number of sheep that are dotted about the area.

The path we took up to the top is hugely popular with hikers. This means that you need to be careful to not get in anyone’s way or let the lead annoy people. Not everyone wants to come across dogs on their hike and if it a narrow path then this can be dangerous for them as well as annoying.

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Summary

I would definitely recommend a hike like this if you have a dog who loves getting out and about. There are some practical matters to take into account but once you are both out there enjoying the sights all of the time spent preparing for the trip will feel well worth it.

This article was written by

Mike

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We have five Purr'fect Advent Calendars Up For Grabs!

To win your cat a fur'bulous Christmas treat, simply answer the question on the form below!  

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Win A Dog Collar with Lead from Wagytail (worth up to £33.00)

Closes 1st December 2017

Value of the collar and Lead depends on the chosen size - The winner will choose their preferred collar size and design

 To enter, simply answer the question on the form below!  

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Designed by Wagytail to ensure both safety and style for every dog this season.

Each fabric covered collar and lead are reinforced throughout with webbing to give them strength and stability

Available in 6 sizes from X-Small to XX-Large and a choice of design / colour

 

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For your chance to win a Dog Collar & Lead set from Wagytail (worth up to £33.00) just answer the question on the form below!

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The deluxe bumper guard is made of two PVC backed cloth like surfaces, with a layer of special rubber foam in the middle.

It offers long term, padded bumper protection against scratches, scrapes and sharp claws.

It also gives dogs the extra confidence they sometimes need in jumping in and out of your boot.

 

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Quick and easy to attach via hidden Velcro, it will fix to your boot, or your VersaLiner or Load Liner with ease!

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Win a Foobler - Timed Treat Puzzle Feeder from Pet Goodys | For All Your Pet Needs

The world’s first electronic timed treat puzzle feeder for Dogs!  

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Foobler is the world’s first electronic timed treat puzzle feeder!

The new and exciting FOOBLER can be used as a stimulating treat puzzle or interactive feeder to improve a dog’s activity and health.

 

 

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Foobler can be set to dispense one of its six treat compartments at 15, 30, 60 or 90 minute intervals.

At the designated interval a bell chime alerts the dog a treat pod is available and it’s time to play!

 

 

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