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Pet Products & Services 2019

Manchester-based pet bedding and accessory specialists Scruffs® have won two awards this month, for “Best Luxury Pet Bedding Providers 2019 – North West” & “Best Luxury Pet Bedding Systems 2019 – UK” from LUX Magazine’s annual “Pet Products & Services Awards”

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LUX Magazine is the “pre-eminent global luxury magazine covering art, culture, travel, fashion, emerging brands, philanthropy, and style.” Each year, the magazine publishes its annual “Pet Products & Services Awards”, designed to recognise those who have helped the industry see exponential growth.
LUX Magazine said: “We reward individuals, organisations and enterprises who strive to produce the services and products which benefit the health and well-being of mankind’s best friends.”
A spokesperson for Scruffs®, said: “We are delighted with the result of this year’s LUX Awards; it’s great to see our products being recognised in these categories, as we strive to improve the lives of pets and owners across the globe.”

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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

Tel: +44 (0) 161 702 5060

Website: Pets Love Scruffs

Address:  Cornbrook  |  2 Brindley Road  |  Old Trafford  |  Manchester  |  M16 9HQ 


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Published in Latest News
Friday, 03 May 2019 14:40

April 2019 - Bella and Duke


 Business Of The Month April 2019

Bella and Duke

Raw Dog Food Subscriptions


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100% Natural Dog Food Delivered to Your Door

All of their dog food is grain free, gluten free and hypoallergenic.

It’s suitable for all dogs large or small, young or old. It's frozen so it's really easy to store and serve.


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❝ Because every dog is different we deliver food-based On their weight & activity levels. Plus you are in control of the size and frequency of deliveries. We are all about dog wellness looking at the 4 pillars of health, Nutrition, Excercise, Sleep & Stress Control. We are here to help support your dog across all 4 pillars through nutrition and education. You can become a pack member for free today and come and join our growing community of dog lovers searching for answers to why so many dogs end up with chronic diseases.

We are committed to providing the very best possible nutrition and remedies at an affordable price. What’s even better is our automatic order system will mean food will be sent out without you even having to do anything. ❞ 

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Contact Bella and Duke

Telephone: 01738 479865

Email: hello@bellaandduke.com

Website: https://www.bellaandduke.com


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Client Reviews Received April 2019




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My Pom-a-pug has been eating Bella & Duke for over a year now and he adores it. So much so he even does a little dance for his food! He looks so healthy on the food too. The company is amazing too. Great customer service - they'll call me if I have any worries and there's even a Facebook group for general concerns.They are always looking to improve, whether that's the food, packaging website or anything else. It's obvious they care a great deal about the food and giving our dogs the best. Easily the best company I have to deal with.


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Brilliant raw complete. Best decision I ever made feeding my dogs Bella and Duke. Also, a company that's great with customer service. Wonderful and helpful. ❤

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We've been using Bella and Duke for 18 months now. Not only is the food amazing quality, but my dog also loves it and can't wait for her meals. She's thriving on it and is so healthy. The customer service is second to none - nothing is ever too much trouble. I honestly can't recommend them highly enough!

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I found Bella and Duke just before getting my 8-week old JRT x Poodle. The food looked to have everything needed to ensure that she grew up lacking nothing in the nutritional department! I joined the FB page and was impressed by the sense of community, the transparency of the company and the way that any question was answered openly. This has not changed, the company truly listen to their customers and keep them in the loop with upcoming changes.

Kiki went from puppy food to the adult Working Dog range and has thrived. Her coat is shiny and soft, teeth are clean, she has never had any health issues of note and is fit and healthy. She loves the add ons you can buy...antlers, healthy dehydrated treats and bone broth for example.

I highly recommend Bella and Duke. Having a flexible subscription is the way forward, I can see no cons, only pros.


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Friday, 12 April 2019 08:35

5 Ways To Make Crate Training Easier

 Crate Training

For those that are bringing in a new pet to the family, you want to make sure that they’re as happy and healthy as possible, but you also need to make sure they’re not scratching at the doors and peeing everywhere. One of the best ways to start training your dog is by introducing them to a crate.

This will not only help mitigate the chances of them having accidents while you’re away, but it will give them a safe place to stay when they get anxious and will help make the next steps in training that much easier. If you just introduced a new addition to your family, adhere to these five strategies to make crate training as easy as possible.



 Take It Easy

Imagine this: you’re in a brand-new area and your “parents” get home with a big box and simply lock you inside it the second you arrive. Doesn’t sound fun? Consider that when introducing a crate to your dog. For both your sanity and the comfort of your dog, slowly and casually introduce a crate. You want the crate to be considered something they can enjoy.

Try taking the crate to an area of the home your dog already spends a lot of time in and allow them to explore it on their own. If they’re a little hesitant, gently encourage them to go inside by putting some of their favorite toys or treats in there. According to House Method, you should leave warm blankets or a cosy bed in the crate to make your pup feel more comfortable when you’re away. While some dogs may immediately take to the crate, don’t push your dog if they aren’t immediately into it. This may take a couple of days, and even weeks, but patience is key.

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Try Crate Training During Meal Times

One of the best ways to use positive reinforcement is through food. Piggybacking off the notion of taking crate training easy, try putting your dog’s meals in the back of the crate in order to gently encourage them to enter the crate. Dogs are very food-driven, so they’re bound to enter the crate at some point. If your dog is still unwilling to go all the way into the crate, try putting the food right next to the crate, then in the very front of the crate, and gradually move it further back.



Be Sure To Close The Crate

When your dog is able to enter the crate completely to eat their meal, now is the time to close the gate. Remember, the point of putting the food in the crate in the first place is to get them comfortable in the crate, and the door is meant to be shut. Once your dog is done eating with the door closed for the first time, open the door immediately to let them out. Gradually increase the amount of time it takes to open the door back up after eating. If your dog starts to whine during, try waiting until he stops whining to let him out. Continuously opening the door when your dog starts whining could result in him learning that whining equals being let out of the crate.

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Gradually Extend Crate Time

Once your dog is comfortable staying in their crate with the door shut, begin extending the time they’re in their crate. Start by staying near them when they’re in the crate, followed by moving to other parts of the home, outside of their vision. When you come back, don’t immediately let them out of the crate. Continue to be near them for a few more minutes, and then open the door.

Gradually increase the amount of time you’re in another room until your dog is in their crate for half an hour. At that point, they should be ready to be alone for short periods of time and may be ready to sleep in their crate overnight. According to the Humane Society, puppies cannot hold their pee as long as older dogs and may not be able to stay in their kennel the entire night without having to be let out to go to the bathroom. So, you may want to keep the crate close to let them out at night if needed.


Use Praise When Leaving & Returning

When it’s time to leave your dog in their crate while you leave the house, be sure to keep the crating as casual as possible while also using gentle praise when they enter and leave the crate. Avoid extreme excitement when you come home and let them out of the crate. Gently praise them when they enter the crate so you can leave, and when you come home, try to not match their excitement when you let them out.

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About the author

Kay Carter is a writer who covers a variety of topics including health and wellness and home improvement.

When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, travelling, and practising photography.

Visit their website 

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Hi there! My name is Kay Carter and I'm a recent graduate from UNC. I'm currently a freelance writer and love writing about all things real estate, health and wellness, and home improvement. So far, I've enjoyed reviewing household products, writing about making our homes healthier and more functional, and blogging about personal experiences.

When I'm not writing, you can find me reading (my goal this year is to read two books a month), practising photography, or travelling (I'm a BIG weekend traveller). I also love to journal and go to the gym whenever I can. In the meantime, please check back as I continue adding published writing pieces to my portfolio. If you're looking for a freelance writer, please feel free to reach out!


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 5 Ways To Care For Your Dog & Have a Full-Time Job.

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If you’ve recently brought home a new puppy or adopted an older dog, you may be finding out just how much time it takes to care for your new pet. If you’re getting stressed and wondering how you’re going to take care of a pup while working full-time, don’t worry.

Here are five ways to make caring for your dog while working full-time a little less stressful.


 Get Help During Work Hours

Puppies are a lot of work. Don’t be afraid to ask your friends, family members, and neighbours to help you out during the week, at least for the first few months of having the puppy. Try to make the process as convenient for them as possible:

Consider bringing your puppy, its crate, any food, and special toys over to your friend’s house before work. If you’re having someone come take care of the puppy at your house, be sure to lend them a spare key, have snacks for them, and make your home as comfortable as possible.

Incentivize one of your neighbours or friends to help take care of your dog by offering payment or a free meal.

Hire a dog walker and have them come to take your dog out for 20–30 minutes. Rates will typically depend on the age of your dog, the size of your dog, and where you live in relation to the dog walker.

Drop off your pup at a doggy daycare. These places will usually give you the option of pet care for half a day or a full workday, depending on your preference. If you’re particularly worried about leaving your dog alone all day, you should consider dropping them off at doggy daycare for the entire day.


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Talk To Your Boss

Some companies will allow dogs in the workplace. Talk to your HR manager or supervisor and see if there are any policies that allow you to bring your dog into work with you. Not only will this relieve your stress about leaving your dog at home, but it will also provide a source of comfort and joy while you’re at work (and your co-workers are sure to love the pup, too!).

 Additionally, see if you can take extended lunch breaks or try to work from home at least one to two times a week while your puppy is still young. It’s not recommended that your puppy be alone for more than its age in months plus an additional month. For example, if your puppy is three months old, it can probably only go four hours before it needs to be let out for a potty break.


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Spend Quality Time With Your Puppy

Some puppies and older dogs can suffer from separation anxiety when brought into a new home. To lessen the effects of separation anxiety, get into a routine of spending a lot of time with your dog and training it to be OK with you leaving for certain periods throughout the day. Try to get up at least a half an hour earlier than you usually do and spend some time with your pup.

Whether you go on a 30-minute walk around the neighbourhood, play tug of war with a chew toy, or go to the local dog park, spending this time with your dog before you go to work can keep them tired while you’re away.


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Give Them Their Own Space

According to House Method, you should make sure your puppy is safe and comfortable while you’re at work. You don’t want them to be uncomfortable or have them get into things they’re not supposed to. If you’re crate training your dog, keep a comfortable bed in there with a few toys.

Try to avoid leaving water in the crate when they’re really young—too much water over the course of the day might lead to accidents. You can give them water when you come home during lunchtime to take them out. It’s also a good recommendation to leave something in their crate that smells like you. This will help with some of their separation anxiety.

In addition to making the space comfortable, you want to be sure it’s safe as well. If you’re not crate training your dog, try to keep them confined to one area of your house and make sure to puppy proof it. Remove any hazardous materials that your pup can get into, like lotions, chemicals, and sharp objects, and be sure there aren’t any fall hazards or cords that the pup can chew on.


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About the author

Kay Carter is a writer who covers a variety of topics including health and wellness and home improvement.

When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, travelling, and practising photography.

Visit their website 


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Hi there! My name is Kay Carter and I'm a recent graduate from UNC. I'm currently a freelance writer and love writing about all things real estate, health and wellness, and home improvement. So far, I've enjoyed reviewing household products, writing about making our homes healthier and more functional, and blogging about personal experiences.

When I'm not writing, you can find me reading (my goal this year is to read two books a month), practising photography, or travelling (I'm a BIG weekend traveller). I also love to journal and go to the gym whenever I can. In the meantime, please check back as I continue adding published writing pieces to my portfolio. If you're looking for a freelance writer, please feel free to reach out!


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Published in Featured Articles
Wednesday, 10 April 2019 14:25

Win A Petweighter Pet Bowl


Win A Petweighter - The Award Winning Pet Bowl

Closes 17th May 2019

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This Month You Could Win:

PetWeighter® Raised Dog Bowl worth £24.99

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


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 PetWeighter dog bowls are unique. Comprising a base and a bowl, users can add water or sand to the base to make it heavy.

The bowl locks onto the base to stay put!

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Just some of the benefits are:

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 71KFoMHicL. SL1500  Bowl Capacity 2 Litres  |  Height (total unit) 21cm  |  Made from Crack Resistant Plastic 


Key Features 

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Sturdy & Secure

The PetWeighter™ comprises a base and a bowl that locks onto and removes easily from the base for filling and cleaning. The base can be filled with water, sand and water, or ice, to give it a weight of up to 13kg.  When the bowl is placed back on the base, pets aren't able to move the bowl around or knock it over to spill their food or water. What's more, they no longer have to chase their bowl to consume their food or drink!

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Elevated Feeding Position

The elevated eating position may help improve your pet's digestion and can also be easier on their joints. Both digestion and joint complaints are increasingly common in veterinary practice and elevated feeding is often recommended by vets.

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Light & Easy

The bowl is light and easily detachable from the base so it's effortless to fill or clean.

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The PetWeighter™ is designed by healthcare engineers with hygiene in mind to ensure that the bowl has no cracks and crevices that will attract dirt.  The PetWeighter™ will also stay where you put it which will help establish a dedicated pet feeding area in your home and result in only one feeding zone to clean!  The bowl is also dishwasher safe for your convenience.

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Pink & Grey  |  Blue & Grey  |  Red & Grey  |  Hot Pink & Grey



Website:  Petweighter.com  


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

Closes 17th May 2019 at 11.59pm

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This competition can be found on the following websites:

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Tuesday, 09 April 2019 12:29

Separation Anxiety


Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Learn how to recognise separation anxiety in your dog and discover ways to help them overcome this issue.

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Symptoms of Separation Anxiety include:

• Your dog follows you from room to room 24/7

• They will be over attached to the owner when they are present.

• Barking, crying and whining when left alone.

• Destroying things like ripping wallpaper, chewing furniture or other things

• Serious escape attempts and much more…


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There are steps that you can take to help prevent Separation Anxiety from developing.

When you arrive home, walk in and ignore your dog, make a drink, hang your coat up or put your shopping away.  Do not look at them, do not say anything - don't even touch them. You might find it difficult to do at first but please persevere - it will be worth it!   Your dog will eventually go and lay down or sit quietly, this is the time when you say 'hi',

Remember - 'Reward a Calm Mind and Promote A Calm Dog'

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... make like a tree and leave!

 it is important that you 'just go', do not make an issue out of it by telling them what you are doing - eg: 'ok darling, mummy will see you later' or 'I won't be long - be a good boy/girl'.  Don't keep coming back into the room to double check or have a 'quick peek' to see if they are ok, and there is no need to wave goodbye - By doing this you are making your dog even more anxious. 



Some of the things that you can do to help your dog

Practice mini 'leaves'

This is where you leave the dog for a very short period of time. Say nothing when you leave, just go, even if it is just to make a cup of tea, then return and ignore your dog, walk in and go and sit down, or go and look out of the window, read a book, anything- but you must ignore your dog.

 If you have a dog that jumps up, do not sit down. Go to your window and look out whilst ignoring the dog until he goes and lays down. Repeat this exercise many times a day gradually increasing the time you leave the dog. Make sure that when you start this that you do it in short periods, keep the time you leave your dog short, to help prevent your dog from getting too stressed.

Work at your dog's pace.

A good time to practice mini 'leaves' - If you need to leave the room for any reason such as going to the toilet, making a drink or even preparing dinner - shut the door so your dog can't follow.


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Leave your keys, coat, and shoes in a different room to your dog, this means that when you pick them up it is not an immediate trigger for your dog to get anxious.

Change the routine - Leave your house from different exits; say the front door, back door, patio door. You could go out of the back door and come back in via the front door, or out the back door and in via the patio. Do this when your dog least expects it, stay calm and just do it, do not keep looking back or say anything like see you later.

When you are at home try and make use of a stair gate, that way you can keep some distance from your dog, but the dog can still see you. But ignore your dog, let the dog get used to laying down and relaxing. 

You can also give your dog some toys or chews to keep him occupied whilst you’re in the other room like a stuffed frozen Kong, stag bar etc. This way the dog will start looking forward to you going as he gets very good things. Do not give these just as you go out the door to start with.  If you start off by giving them a treat as you leave your dog will start to predict that a Kong or stag bar means you’re leaving and become stressed/ anxious. 

Instead,  give them the Kong when you are at home, and as they tuck in - move to the other side of the room. If they do not react and continue to chew on the Kong or stag bar, leave the room for a few seconds and then come back in. Build on this.

Leave something with your scent on, eg an old t-shirt or top.

A good walk and play before you leave will tire your dog and encourage them to sleep whilst you are out of the house.

Leave the TV or radio on. Make sure the tv channel that you leave on does not have loads of loud noises on. I often find shopping channels are good for this!


If your dog has severe separation anxiety please call a professional, certified trainer.





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Manchester-based pet bedding and accessory specialists Scruffs® have confirmed their participation at this year’s Zoomark® in Bologna - Monday 6th – Thursday 9th May.

Based in Hall 25, B96-C97 this year; Scruffs® are set to re-imagine their “British Country Manor” themed stand, with notable improvements to display space and overall aesthetics. Scruffs® will be showcasing several new product ranges and designs this year, as the brand continues to update its core collections to reflect changes in the market.

Dubby Klyne, Sales Director at Scruffs®, said: “We’ve been hard at work over the past two years, and since our last visit to Bologna there have been various enhancements to our product range. We are excited to display our new-looking pet bedding and accessory collections, with improvements and additions throughout."

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First Look: Scruffs® has confirmed that three products will be displayed in the “New Product Showcase” at Zoomark®. These products make up the new-look bedding collections for small dog breeds; including the Rustic Wooden (pictured), Haven Rope & Habitat Felt Beds.


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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


Tel: +44 (0) 161 702 5060

Website: Pets Love Scruffs


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Published in Latest News
Tuesday, 02 April 2019 18:33

Keeping Your Pets Safe This Easter


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Easter Treats

Chocolate and hot cross buns might be tasty for us but if they are ingested by our dogs it can be fatal! Chocolate is highly toxic to dogs. It contains a substance called theobromine, which affects your dog’s heart, kidneys and central nervous system.

Hot cross buns contain raisins which are HIGHLY toxic to dogs and can cause kidney failure. It is important that you seek veterinary advice immediately if your dog ingests these items.

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Lambing Season

With lambing season well underway it’s important to keep all dogs on leads and under control when walking in fields with livestock.

Farmers can legally shoot any dogs on their land that are harming the livestock. Keep your dogs on leads at all times when walking in fields with sheep to prevent any unwanted accidents.


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Bulbs & Flowers

Daffodils are toxic to dogs (especially the bulb). They can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, drooling and abdominal pain. If ingested seek veterinary advice. Lilies (the whole plant) are highly toxic to cats and if ingested can cause kidney failure.

We advise not to keep lilies in the house if you own cats and seek immediate veterinary attention if you think your cat has eaten any part of the plant.


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Here are some more common plants that are toxic to our pets:

• Azaleas

• Clematis

• Foxgloves

• Hyacinths

• Iris

• Lily of the Valley

• Rhododendrons

• Tulips




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Please Leave Fledgling Birds Alone

If they have fallen from the nest the chances are the mother is nearby. Also, keep dogs and cats away from them so they do not disturb the fledgeling. If you find a fledgeling and unsure of what to do, contact your local vet.



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Spring Brings a Lot of Pets Into Season

Please make sure all cats that are not neutered are kept indoors if in season, to help prevent unwanted pregnancies.

Or even better, why not neuter your pet?

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Treat Your Dogs For Lungworm

Lungworm is a parasite that can affect dogs which are passed on from the ingestion of slugs, snails and their trails. Infection with lungworm can cause serious health problems and can even be fatal if left untreated.

It can be prevented by a simple monthly treatment, purchased from your local vet. (You won’t find these products at your local supermarket as they are prescription only.)

Find out more about parasites here.



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Gardening With Care

You might want to start planting and tidying your garden ready for the summer but be careful when using weed killer and fertilizers.

These products can be toxic to your pet. Make sure all products are out of reach from little paws and keep them inside when using products on the garden.

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Pesky Parasites

As it warms up we will start to see more infestations of fleas. Make sure your pet is regularly treated for fleas & worms. 

Dogs and cats should be treated once a month to prevent fleas.

Remember prevention is always easier than cure!

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Microchipping is now a legal requirement for dogs, so it is a good time to make sure your pooch has a chip. Also, cats may start to wander outside more often when the days get warmer and longer, so make sure your cat has a microchip and that your details are up to date on the chip.




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Tuesday, 02 April 2019 18:30

How to avoid ear problems

Does your dog or cat let you look in its ears?

It is a good idea to get in the habit of examining your dog or cat’s ears, (and teeth and paws) from an early age. Do it gently, make it fun by using rewards; a quick look to check is all that you need – and a sniff! That way you will also learn what is normal.

Normal ears have light pink or pale skin, hardly any hair, minimal smell and no wax. Dogs’ and cats’ ears go a long way down. You will not be able to see down to the ear drum but as long as the outer part looks healthy and your pet is not showing signs of irritation you can assume all is well further down.

If your pet’s ears are healthy then LEAVE THEM ALONE. Don’t clean them. If your pet’s ears are healthy then they don’t need any sort of maintenance, not even a wipe round, in fact throw those ear wipes away or use them as dusters. You are far more likely to cause problems by interfering with healthy ears.

The exception to this is if you have a dog that has very hairy ears – most commonly poodles and bichons. It is helpful in these breeds for the owner or the groomer to pluck some of the hair out.

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What can you do if your pet is shaking its head, scratching its ears or if the ears are red, hot or smelly?

As a first aid measure you can clean your dog or cat’s ears.

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For this you will need two things.

- Warm water

- Some cotton wool or kitchen roll.

1. Soak the cotton wool with the warm water and then squeeze the water into your pet’s ear. Hold the ear flap quite firmly to stop your pet from shaking its head. Don’t worry if some of the water runs down the side of your pet’s head.

2. Still holding the ear flap massage you pet’s ear- the part below the ear hole opening under the skin. It feels quite hard through the skin. This is a tube of cartilage that leads down to the inside of your pet’s ear. 

Most pets don’t mind this.

If your pet’s ear is that painful that he or she won’t allow you to carry out first aid you should make an appointment to see your vet that day.

3. Blot (don’t wipe) the excess liquid at the top of your pet’s ear with some clean cotton wool. Let your pet shake its head to clear the rest of the liquid – you may want to do this in the garden or at least somewhere where it’s easy to clean the walls.

4. Don’t put anything other than water, or an ear cleaner prescribed by your vet, into your pet’s ears.  Water is safe. It does not sting. It will not damage the pet’s ear if the eardrum has burst. Do not use oil, disinfectant, tea tree, aloe vera or anything else suggested on the internet.

All of these are at best useless and messy and at worst painful and damaging.

5. Don’t wipe your pet’s ear with ear wipes or use cotton buds. These act like sand paper on the delicate skin of the ear and will make the problem worse.

6. Put a thick sports sock on the back leg or legs. It can be secured by taping around the leg above the hock – where the leg bends sharply. Don’t apply the tape too tight. This will help stop your pet from inflicting further damage on its ear by scratching.

Make an appointment to see your vet. Animals find ear problems very painful. If it has got to the stage where you are noticing that your pet has a problem then, for your pet, this is not trivial. They may have something stuck in their ear, or be infested with ear mites or have an infection that needs antibiotic treatment.


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Do not leave your pet to suffer for several days.

Cleaning is only a first aid measure. Your vet needs to check down the ear canal to see what treatment is required. 

The quicker that treatment is given then the quicker the problem will clear up.


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Managing ears with persistent or repeated bouts of ear trouble.

Some pets, mostly dogs, suffer from repeated or chronic ear problems. In my experience these most commonly have an allergic basis. Remember that the ear is lined with skin and what appears as ear disease is in fact skin disease.

It shows up in the ears because the skin here is warmer and moister and so when the skin is irritated by allergens the organisms that are always present on the skin can breed out of control and cause more damage.

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This sort of ear problem cannot usually be cured but it can be managed.

Here are some suggestions that you may not have tried.

Change diet and cut out treats. A good proportion, although not all, of allergens are found in the diet. Cut out the processed treats ( all of them, even those ones that say ‘healthy’, ‘natural’ or ‘good for the skin’) and substitute unprocessed ones – carrot, cabbage, apple, roast or raw meat.

Consider changing your pet’s diet to a hypoallergenic diet. Again it needs to be ‘hypoallergenic’, not just one that claims it is ‘good for the coat.’ Ask your vet or a reputable pet shop for advice on this. Alternatively switch to a raw diet. There are lots available and dogs showing signs of chronic skin or ear disease often improve on a raw diet.

Give your pet an essential fatty acid supplement. These work by making the skin less sensitive so it does not become inflamed so quickly. They do not work immediately; they take about four to six weeks to build up in your pet’s system. They go in the food – not down the ear!

If your pet suffers from persistent ear trouble then clean them regularly. With these animals you will do a lot more good than harm by cleaning once or twice weekly. Cleaning with water, or whatever your vet has prescribed, flushes out a lot of the organisms and wax that build up in chronically damaged ears. You will also be checking on your pet’s ears more regularly and will be able to spot problems before they get out of hand. In some cases, if the ears are starting to look inflamed then daily cleaning for a period will be enough to settle them down again.

In pets with very hairy or pendulous ears have your vet or a groomer trim the hair on the ear flap and inside the ear. This helps air to circulate more freely, allowing the canal to dry out and make the ear environment less friendly to the organisms that cause problems.

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Your Chance To Win An Animo Behaviour and Activity Monitor!

You can now keep track of your dog’s behaviour and activity!

All you need to do is answer the question at the bottom of this page for your chance to win an Animo Behaviour and Activity Monitor!

Prize Value: £59.99

Closes 7th May 2019

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A greater understanding of your dog’s health and wellbeing

Animo learns and interprets the unique activity and behaviour patterns of your dog. It’s with them 24 hours a day, giving you a greater understanding of their lives.

Morning walks, sleeping under the table, barking at the postman; your dog’s days are action-packed and now you get to know about it all.  


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A c t i v i t y

Animo will start to collect information as soon as it is attached to your dog’s collar, there is a 14-day learning period, where Animo will establish what is “normal” for your pet,  once this data is collected you can start setting daily activity goals - keep track of their progress via the app

Activity is categorised as walking, running or any other movement, such as playing

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C a l o r i e s

Everything your dog does, even relaxing on the sofa, burns calories. Animo tracks the calories that your dog burns each day and the data can be reviewed in graphs by day, week, month and year.

Animo calories calculation is based on an industry standard calculation that takes into account your dog’s weight



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S l e e p

Like us, a good night’s sleep can do wonders for your dog’s overall health and wellbeing.  Poor quality sleep may be a sign of stress, discomfort or illness.

Sleep score is based on the length, continuity and the amount of movement during sleep.

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B e h a v i o u r

Your dog's day-to-day behaviour is a good indicator of your dog’s general health and wellbeing.  Animo can accurately detect when your dog barks, scratches or shakes and alerts you whenever there is a significant increase in any of these behaviours. 


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Ideal for dogs who love to swim or roll in the mud


No need to recharge every few days


Lightweight for dogs of all sizes


Small and comfortable; your dog won’t even know it’s there


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For your chance to win an Animo Behaviour and Activity Monitor! just answer the question on the form below! 

Closes 7th May 2019

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