Win with Scruffs® this November!

Manchester-based pet bed specialists Scruffs® have kicked off the new month with a free giveaway featuring their "battle-ready", ArmourDillo Memory Foam Dog Mattress. 

The Scruffs® ArmourDillo bed is part of our memory series of orthopaedic pet beds. These beds feature a dense foam core with an orthopaedic memory foam topper. This memory foam topper moulds to the shape of the dog’s body, achieving a greater level of comfort and support. An egg-crate memory design allows more movement & flexibility of the ArmourDillo’s ballistic cover, for improved comfort.

The competition is running until Thursday 22nd November 2018.

To enter, visit "Pets Love Scruffs" on Facebook to find the post and follow the on-screen instructions. Entry is free and the company does not require any personal information. 

For more information on any Scruffs® new products, or for general enquiries, please contact the Scruffs® marketing team:

Email: pr@petslovescruffs.com

or

Tel: +44 (0) 161 702 5060

WebsitePets Love Scruffs

 

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Winter Essentials For Your Dog From Scruffs®

Manchester-based pet bed specialists Scruffs® have announced an enhancement to their best- selling, self-heating Thermal range of pet bedding.  

A spokesperson said: “Using the same proven technology as Scruffs® Thermal jackets, the Scruffs® Thermal Self-Heating blanket provides warmth to your dog’s muscles on those cold winter nights. Each blanket contains a foam layer, backed with reflective foil. This layer reflects body heat back to your pet keeping them warm. A quilted hollow fibre layer resides inside the blanket, this layer retains warm air around your pet providing additional insulation.”

 

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Scruffs® Thermal blanket can be used alone, with an existing pet bed or inside a pet carrier.

Dubby Klyne, Sales Director at Scruffs®, said: “Scruffs® Thermal Blankets are the latest addition to our best-selling self-heating Thermal” range of pet bedding and accessories. Utilising an informative and effective packaging style, Scruffs® Thermal Blankets can be easily merchandised on store shelves to maximise space and generate consumer interest.”

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For more information on any Scruffs® new products, or for general enquiries, please contact the Scruffs® marketing team:

Email: pr@petslovescruffs.com

or

Tel: +44 (0) 161 702 5060

Website: Pets Love Scruffs

 

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Win Gourmet Pet Treats

This month seven lucky dog owners could win a selection of grain & gluten-free treats from the “Award Winning Pet Munchies" the prize includes:

New Buffalo Dental Chew

Chicken & Sweet Potato Sticks

Duck Breast Fillets

Pet Munchies is a premium gourmet range of dog treats made with 100% natural human grade real meat. No artificial colours or flavours.

Dogs love the taste of these superior quality natural treats and chews.

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New Buffalo Dental Chew 55g

Premium gourmet dental chews made with 100% natural human- grade grass fed Buffalo.

This healthy chew is infused with salmon oil which is good for skin and coat, joint mobility due to the rich levels of Omega 3.

Long lasting and designed to satisfy your dog's natural instinct to chew, to help reduce tartar and plaque for healthy teeth and gums to support good oral health.

Grain and gluten-free. Low in fat, high in protein, with no artificial colours or flavours, make this the ultimate chew.

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Chicken & Sweet Potato Sticks 90g

This superior premium healthy gourmet stick is made with 100% natural quality human grade, chicken and sweet potato.

Grain and gluten free, a great source of dietary fibre, and dogs love the taste of chicken & sweet potato.

Rich in anti-oxidants minerals and vitamins helps promotes a healthy skin and coat.

Full of natural goodness that are essential for optimal health, makes this chew exceptional.

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Duck Breast Fillets 80g

Quality Real Duck

This premium gourmet treat is made with 100% natural premium, human-grade, duck breast meat.

Naturally high in protein and low in fat and salt, delicately roasted to perfection in their own natural juices.

No artificial flavours or colours.

Grain & Gluten Free.

 

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For more information visit www.pet-munchies.com  

 

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For your chance to win a Selection of Treats from Pet Munchies just answer the question on the form below! 

Closes 10th December 2018 

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40 great reasons to own a cat!

Brought to you by Purring Pal

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PurringPal.com happened due to the cosmic love its creator has for his three cats, including one kitty.

If you are a cat lover, be ready for ins'purring stories and facts related to your pet furry mammal written and reviewed by professional VETs.

We intend to be the leader when it comes to online cat guides.

 

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Making The Switch

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Just a few years ago, raw feeding for dogs and cats was the best-kept secret of many of the top breeders and show people but was not a diet considered by the mainstream pet owners.

In recent times, the benefits of raw have been recognised and, with the increasing number of producers of complete foods, it is now becoming the choice of those pet owners who want the very best for their loved ones.

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HOW DO I MAKE THE CHANGE?

The answer is relatively easy.

The younger and healthier dogs can move over to a raw diet straight away but you may want to do a 2-3 day weaning process with dogs who are older or who are not in the peak of health.

We would not suggest mixing a wet and dry food in the same bowl and so it would be preferable to feed the morning meal of raw and the evening meal of the old food.

All you need to do then is see that there are no stomach upsets and the dog seems happy before changing both meals over.

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MY DOG IS NOT KEEN

Usually dogs instinctively like raw meat and so there are not too many problems with introducing the change. However, if he doesn’t seem to take to it the first time here are some helpful hints:

• Form the food into small mouthful sized balls

• Add warm water from the kettle to bring out the meaty smells

• Add some low-fat natural yoghurt to the food

• Feed on a plate rather than a bowl as this can help the dog deal with a new consistency

• Put some gravy juices on the food or some oil from a can of tuna

• Try a different flavour

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DETOXING

When switching from a highly processed food to a raw diet there can occasionally be a detoxifying process which can show itself in tear staining, loose poos, shedding or coat imbalances.

This should not last more than a week so do consult your vet if they continue.

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WILL I NOTICE ANY CHANGES?

Some changes are immediate.

The amount of poo your dog produces should significantly reduce as there are no grains, carbs or fillers in raw which can increase ‘output’ by up to 75%.

Remember the white dog poo we used to see as kids? This is what you will see again in the summer months. Poo should be firm, dryer and smaller.

Coats should start to feel soft and shiny. Any greasiness or dandruff will clear within just a few days and all ‘doggy’ odours from the coat should disappear.

And talking of smells, and particularly windy dogs will become much more socially acceptable within 24 hours, as there is no residual material left in the gut with raw as there is from processed foods.

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CAN I TRY BEFORE I BUY?

Trying your dog on raw for one or two meals will not affect its health in any way and so you may wish to make a meal for your dog first to see how he likes it.

 

 

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Here is a basic recipe for a DIY meal.

For one meal (half daily allowance) for a 10kg adult dog:

Feeding guide for dogs fed twice a day:

10kg dog - 100g per meal

15kg dog - 150g per meal

20kg dog - 200g per meal

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You will need:

90g of diced chicken or turkey

10g of ground or pureed vegetables. We recommend carrot, broccoli, pumpkin, squash or leafy greens. Avoid other root vegetables and peas. No onion.

x1 Teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar

x1 Dessertspoon of raw egg and half the egg shell - the eggshell is replacing the calcium that you would normally get with the ground bone you find in commercial raw diets and complete home-made diets.

x1 Dessertspoon of a low fat live natural yoghurt or the same amount of goats milk

x1 Teaspoon Coconut oil - if this is not available a teaspoon of salmon oil or olive oil.

Try adding some parsley as it is great for fresh breath or a quarter teaspoon of turmeric.

Once you are happy your dog has enjoyed the food with no ill effects then you will want to have a look at a more balanced raw diet which contains bone and offal, but this is a great way of seeing how it works for you and your pet and a really easy enjoyable occasional meal too.

This can be frozen but will stay fresh in the fridge for 2-3 days.

 

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A Ruff Guide To A Dog-Friendly Home

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Check out this graphic from   AXA   It gives us top tips on how we can make your home a little more dog-friendly

 

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Win A Chateau Box Bed From Pets Love Scruffs

Closes 30th November 2018,

 

 

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This Month You Could Win:

A medium or large Dove Grey Chateau Box Bed worth up to £69.99

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

 

 

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Chateau box bed is available in two sizes: 60 x 50 x 19cm and 90 x 70 x 16cm

 

 The Scruffs® Chateau collection forms part of their MEMORY series of orthopaedic pet beds. 

This bed is ideally suited to an older dog, a larger breed or pets that require more support for their joints, back or body.  

It has a separate inner cushion which is fitted with a removable outer cover and inner water-resistant liner.

 

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The beds side-walls also benefit from a memory foam fill, providing additional support, as well as shielding your pet from unwanted drafts.  

The outer covers are removable for washing. 

The Scruffs® Chateau box bed is available in two sizes: 60 x 50 x 19cm and 90 x 70 x 16cm.

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For your chance to win simply answer the question on the form below! 

Closes 30th November 2018 at 11.59pm

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This competition can be found on the following websites:

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    The prize in this competition is for a Dove Grey Chateau Box Bed worth up to £69.99 for which there is no cash alternative or substitute prize;
    This competition is open to any person over the age of 18 and is restricted to the residents of the UK with access to the internet - excluding the promoter, their immediate families, and anyone else professionally connected with the competition
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    Only one entry per email address is permissible;
    No cash or prize alternative offered
    No purchase is necessary in order to enter this competition;
    There is no charge for entering this competition
    The winner will be selected at random from the correct entries received
    Entries with an invalid email address will be discounted
    The winner will be notified by email within 72 hours of the end of the competition and will receive their prize within 3 weeks;
    The winner's name will be made available;
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Is It In The Genes?

Diabetes mellitus is a common disease in cats

Diabetes mellitus is a common disease in cats. Older, overweight and inactive cats are at increased risk, which suggests that diabetes in cats resembles type 2 diabetes in people. Both environmental factors such as obesity and genetic mutations are involved in the mechanism of the disease in people. In fact, diabetes is a highly heritable condition, which is underpinned by the 3-times increased risk of diabetes if one parent is diabetic and 6-times increased risk if both parents are affected.

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Burmese cats are predisposed to diabetes

The predisposition of some cat breeds for diabetes suggests that the disease is likely to be heritable in this species too. The Burmese breed has been identified to be at increased risk in several geographic regions, including the UK, other European countries and Australia. Interestingly, Burmese cats in the USA do not seem to share this predisposition, which might reflect separate breeding programmes, and further supports the assumption that genetic mutations – present in Burmese cats outside the USA - might be involved.

 

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Genetic mutations might be responsible for increased susceptibility to diabetes in Burmese

A pedigree analysis of Australian Burmese suggested that a mutation in a single gene (which is yet to be unravelled) might be responsible for this increased susceptibility. If the mutation is present in a gene responsible for the metabolism of glucose, this could explain why Burmese cats “struggle” to handle glucose (so-called reduced glucose tolerance) in comparison to non-pedigree cats, which has been shown in an Australian study.

It is possible that such an abnormality of glucose metabolism caused by a genetic mutation is present in all Burmese cats, but only those exposed to certain environmental factors (e.g., obesity, pancreatitis) will eventually develop the disease. This is an area of research that certainly deserves attention as the identification of such mutations could have a major impact on the prevention and treatment of diabetes.

 

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Diabetes has a major impact on cats’ and owners’ quality of life

Unlike in type 2 diabetic people, dietary therapy alone is not effective to treat diabetic cats and insulin injections are inevitably needed. Successful management requires owners to have a good understanding of the disease and actively participate in treatment. As such, diabetes has a major impact on the quality of life of both cats and their owners. Knowledge of genetic mutations involved in the disease will enable identification of animals at risk, earlier recognition of the disease and possibly assist in prevention. This information might also be useful to refine current treatment strategies. For example, people suffering from diabetes caused by certain genetic mutations benefit from treatment with specific oral antidiabetic drugs rather than insulin injections.

 

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The investigation into genetic risk factors of diabetes in Burmese

At the Royal Veterinary College, alongside providing specialist clinical care for diabetic pets, we are engaged in research to identify diabetes susceptibility genes. Our plan is to use a technique called Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) to investigate the genetic mutations involved in diabetes in Burmese cats.

Owners of diabetic Burmese cats can participate by asking their primary care veterinarian to submit a blood sample collected at a routine diabetes check-up for a free-of-charge fructosamine measurement performed by the RVC’s Companion Animal Diabetes Register. Any left-over blood from this sample will then be used for genetic analysis.

For more information and to download the sample submission form, please visit https://www.rvc.ac.uk/research/research-centres-and-facilities/clinical-investigation-centre/projects/investigation-of-genetic-risk-factors-of-diabetes-mellitus-in-european-burmese-cats or Facebook (www.facebook.com/RVC.Diabetic.Remission.Clinic/).

 

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An investigation into environmental risk factors of diabetes in Burmese

As discussed above, environmental factors such as obesity and the presence of concurrent disease (e.g. pancreatitis, other inflammatory conditions) might also play an important role in diabetes in cats.

Owners of Burmese cats (both diabetic and non-diabetic) are invited to participate in the Burmese Cat Health Survey

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The results of the survey will be important to identify environmental factors associated with diabetes in Burmese cats.

We would be most grateful to all owners of Burmese cats who would be willing to participate in our research by filling in the health survey and requesting a blood sample to be submitted to the RVC’s Companion Animal Diabetes Register by their primary care veterinarians.

Pedigree information will also make a vital contribution to our genetic work so we would be very grateful if owners, who complete the health survey or submit blood samples would also provide their cat’s pedigree details to our research group.

Questions about our research, and submitted pedigree information, can be sent to Katarina Hazuchova via fdrc@rvc.ac.uk.

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Thank you for taking the time to read about our research – your help will be invaluable to unravel the predisposition for diabetes in the Burmese breed! 

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Katarina Hazuchova DVM DipECVIM-CA

The Royal Veterinary College (University of London)

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PawTrax Launches 4th Generation Halo GPS Cat Collar

PawTrax has been supplying GPS pet tracking collars since 2009 and has now launched version 4 of their Halo GPS cat collar.

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Slightly wider than previous versions, but a full 20mm shorter, the Halo V4 is still low profile at just 8mm at its thickest point.

Weighing in at just over 22g and ergonomically curved it is comfortable for most cats to wear.

The new version 4 now has the added features of an on/off button and two status lights and more sensitive antennas, for quick and accurate responses.

The Halo is fitted with a secure and safe collar.

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Using GPS and GSM/GPRS the cats location can either be sent to the owners mobile phone, on demand, as a Google map link or tracked in real-time via the optional web-based PawTrax mapping platform, which can be viewed on any web-enabled device.

This platform can also display historic tracks either as points, a snail-trail route or as ‘Hot Spots’ showing the cats favourite haunts.

Owners can watch a paw print move around the map, at a selected interval, keeping tabs on their cat.

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Using a PAYG sim there are no costly monthly subscriptions. A Global Roaming sim option is available which ensures the Halo always connects to the strongest 2g signal.

The roaming sim allows the device to be used outside of the UK and PawTrax are currently tracking cats in many countries including Sweden, Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Iceland and Poland

The Halo lasts up to 6 days in Locate mode before it needs recharging (it will send a text message when the battery is low). Operation time in tracking mode varies depending on the selected update interval. With updates every 10 minutes it’s about 36 - 48 hours. Tracking can be turned on and off at any time simply by sending the Halo a text message.

Managing director, Peter Callaway, says that “our new Halo V4 has been so successful our first batch sold out in just 2 days. We have received a lot of positive feedback from our customers, some returning after using the previous versions.

We find the majority of users track their cats every 10 minutes or so for the first few days to build up a picture of where their cat spends most of its time and then put the Halo in Locate mode to conserve power and ‘ping’ it for ad-hoc location updates”

The Halo costs £95 and comes complete with PAYG sim, safety collar, charger and charger cable and 1-month free access to the optional web platform (thereafter £25 per year)

PawTrax will also soon be launching Version 2 of their popular TAGZ GPS collar for dogs.

 

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PawTrax gives you Peace of Mind enabling you to Locate and Track your lost pet - anytime. 

A reported 500,000 cats and dogs go missing every year in the UK. Don't let yours become another statistic.

Our GPS cat and dog locators and trackers can help you find a lost pet.

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Website: www.pawtrax.co.uk

Email: info@pawtrax.co.uk

Tel: 07759 130866

 

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Keep your pets safe and happy on Howl-o-ween 

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Trick or Treat Yo'self!  

A big no-no! Keep sweets and chocolate off of the floor and out of reach of your hungry hounds and felines.

Most chocolate bars, boxes of milk chocolates and chocolate spreads have very little of the actual chocolate in them – they are mostly sugar, milk and fat so are unlikely to cause harm if eaten in small quantities. When it comes to chocolate remember that the darker and usually the more expensive it is the more toxic it is likely to be.

If you are not sure a call to your vet will not hurt and is certainly more useful than getting one hundred and one different opinions from your favourite Internet forum.

 

Your vet will need to know:

• The substance eaten

• How much was consumed

• They also need to know the age

• Breed

• Weight of your pet

• How long since you think the consumption occurred

 

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Keep It Pet Friendly

If you want to 'treat' your dog for Howl-o-ween, have a look around as there are plenty of dog bakery's offering spooky treats for our pets. 

Alternatively check out this recipe from Paws Doggie Bags for Liver Muffin HERE 

 

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Pumpkins

A carved pumpkin looks great - but - remember a candle lit pumpkin is a fire hazard if tipped over.

Why not replace the tealight with a battery operated flame free light - it's a lot safer and a great alternative to candles.

"How do you mend a broken jack-o-lantern? ........ With a pumpkin patch!"

 

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"To Bee or Not to Bee" ... Costumes Are Optional!

Don’t force your pet to dress up – most animals prefer to wear their birthday suits!

 

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Why not choose a bandana with a halloween theme instead.  Collar-wearing dogs and cats are already used to the feel of something around their necks, so they are more likely to be comfortable and less stressed with this option.

Skull and Crossbones Bandana £10 from Misheleneous 


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There’s Somebody At The Door!

"Witch better have my candy!" 

Even the most social dog can become stressed from the knocks at the door during peak trick-or-treating hours.

Provide a safe and quiet place for them away from the high traffic area.

If your dog usually sleeps happily in a crate you should use this as their den, all you need to do is cover the crate with a blanket. If you haven’t got a crate, you could use a cardboard box, turn it on its side for easy access in and out.

Do they already have a hideaway – some dogs will run behind a sofa, or under a table – if this is the case, make it comfy for them - drape a blanket over the table.

See our article Building a den / Hideaway & video tutorial from Adaptil -  here

 

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Microchip - they will be lost without it.

If your pet for any reason escapes and becomes lost, a collar with an ID tag and an up-to-date Microchip is essential in getting them back home.

What do I do if my dog is lost or stolen?  Find out more here

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