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WHEN FOSTERING IS AN OPTION

Fostering a dog, taking a dog into your home and providing it with shelter and care for a predetermined amount of time, or until a forever home is found, is one of the most rewarding things a dog person can do.  If you’re not familiar with how dog fostering works, you might be a little worried about
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DOGGY DENTAL

When it comes to keeping our dogs healthy, many owners overlook the importance of oral hygiene. According to research, it’s estimated that the majority of dogs show signs of canine periodontal disease by just three years old. Since the primary sign of early dental disease is bad breath, it often goe
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WHY DOES YOUR CAT SCRATCH?

Scratching is a normal, instinctive cat behaviour. Cats have a need to scratch, and they do it to express emotions, like excitement or stress, to mark objects with their scent (they have scent glands in their paws), to remove the dead part of their nails and, often, just to get a good stretch. Your
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TRAINING WITH REWARDS: POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT

Put simply, positive reinforcement means training with rewards and giving your dog something they really want and like when they’re behaving in a way that you like, so that they will be more likely to behave in this way again! Positive reinforcement training uses a reward (treats, praise, toys, anyt
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ARE YOU ALLERGIC TO YOUR CAT?

If your nose runs and your eyes water or you start sneezing and wheezing after petting or playing with a cat, you likely have a cat allergy. A cat allergy can contribute to constant allergy symptoms, as exposure can occur at work, school, or in other indoor environments, even if a cat is not present
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ROAD TRIPPING WITH YOUR DOG? THEN READ THIS FIRST!

For some pet parents, a trip is no fun if the four-legged members of the family can’t come along. But traveling can be highly stressful, both for you and your dogs. Before you set off, we have some tips to help ensure a safe and comfortable journey for everyone. First things first – make sure your p
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HOW CAN YOU HELP YOUR LOCAL SHELTER OR RESCUE

Animal shelters are amazing! Usually with limited resources, they help untold numbers of animals every single day. Helping them out will not only make shelter management’s lives easier but it will put a wag in many a tail. And don’t forget the joy you will feel knowing that you gave back. There are
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WHY DO CATS GO CRAZY FOR CATNIP?

Every cat owner has offered their cat a sniff or taste of catnip and giggled at the excitement of their furry friend, but what exactly is catnip and why do cats go head over paws for it? Catnip (Nepeta cataria) is an herb in the mint family. It is a perennial plant, originally native to Europe, Asia
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Keeping Your Dogs Warm in Winter

Keep your dogs WARM, HAPPY and HEALTHY this Winter It makes perfect sense to keep your dogs inside at night, no matter what season. Here they can protect you, and you can protect them The chilly winds of winter have arrived again, and all animals, including us and our faithful canine companions, fee
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Deadly Treats

Treats you love that could land your pet at the vet You love them to death, but could these spoils be the death of your fur baby? Here’s a list of five treats that could land your pet at the vet: CHOCOLATE Humans and dogs love chocolate. Unfortunately, it contains theobromine and caffeine; two very
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Why Is Puppy Socialisation So Important?

Puppies have what is called a ‘critical socialisation period’ between approximately 3 -17 weeks of age. The puppy’s experiences during this critical period of learning and development can influence and shape their behaviour well into adulthood. Providing plenty of opportunities for socialisation and
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What Are The Benefits Of A Raw Dog Food Diet?

What Are the Benefits of a Raw Dog Food Diet? For those of us who don’t already know, a raw diet includes fresh ingredients that haven’t been processed. Think fresh fruits and vegetables, raw eggs, and protein like muscle or organ meat, as well as whole or ground bone. We know what you’re thinking…
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What In Dog Food Makes Ensures A Firmer Stool?

Your pet’s digestive system is super important. Not only does it eliminate solids from their bodies, but it also aids in a healthy immune system and their overall wellbeing. If not fed correctly, your doggo is likely to develop digestive issues with long-term effects. Below are a few common symptoms
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What In Dog Food Makes Them Fat

Unpacking Weight Gain in Dogs We’ve mentioned before that dogs are similar to us humans in so many ways. From quirky personality traits and feeding off our moods to their incredible intelligence and loyalty. Like us, dogs are also prone to weight gain when they don’t eat correctly. Weight gain is us
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What To Look For When Buying Dog Food

Selecting the right food for your pet is no longer a case of playing Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe. Sure, there are plenty to choose from, and some are more visually appealing than others. It’s what is inside that counts, however, if your doggo is to live a long and healthy life.  When visiting a pet store
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Considerations for High-Quality Dry Dog Food

Dry dog food isn’t exactly hard to come by. We’re actually pretty spoilt for choice when it comes to its availability. Take a stroll through a pet store or supermarket and there are enough options to make your doggo drool and your head spin. So, how are you to ensure you’re making the best choice fo
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What to Look for in Dog Treats

If you read our previous blog on dog treats, you’ll know that they shouldn’t exceed 10% of your dog’s daily calories. You would’ve also learnt that it’s ok to spoil them every now and then and that treats can be great for training or rewarding good behaviour.  With so many options on the market, how
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Puppy Training

Congratulations on your new bundle of fluff! Puppies bring so much joy to our lives and can turn an average day into an adventure. Things might seem a little hectic at first as they find their feet (and where to do their business) but they grow out of these tendencies quickly.  The question is, are
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Tips for Feeding Rottweilers

Rotties are best known for being loyal and protective, and despite their intimidating appearance, they’re actually docile and super lovable. If you’re fortunate enough to have one as part of your family, you’re no doubt looking for ways to keep them happy and healthy. A good place to start? Their di
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Excessive Paw Licking

You may have noticed your dog licking its paws straight after eating. No, they’re not still hungry or looking for scraps. Rather, it’s part of a self-grooming routine. If your pooch is super considerate, you may even catch them doing it after they’ve been outside in the dirt.  Licking and chewing th
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Female Dogs on Heat

A female dog’s reproductive cycle is similar to humans in that the first one usually happens when they reach puberty. Their cycles, however, consist of several stages – the most noteworthy of which is called oestrus. This is when your female doggo can fall pregnant, although many refer to this stage
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Too Many Dog Treats

It’s totally normal to give your furry friend treats every now and then. They certainly come in handy with dog training or rewarding good behaviour. Challenging your pooch to complete tasks/games using a treat as their prize is also great for calming hyperactive behaviour and a fun way for you to bo
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Mixing Raw & Dry Food

Looking to switch up your dog food to include more raw ingredients? Great idea! Doing so could lead to a happier, healthier pooch! How? Let’s find out! The right dry dog food will provide your dog with an adequate amount of nutrients to keep them performing at their best. Our dog food range, for exa
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Snoring Dog

Is your four-legged friend snoring the house down? Whether it’s a faint whistle or a sound that mimics a tractor, there’s a reason behind why it’s happening. That’s not to say it’s cause for concern, though. In fact, dogs are like us humans in that their snoring is often a result of a disruption in
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Raw Dog Diet and fibre

We’ve explored the benefits of fibre before, but we just can’t get enough of this all-important nutrient. So, what makes it so special? The obvious benefit is that it helps maintain a healthy digestive system. Did you know it’s also great for controlling blood pressure and sugar levels? It really is
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Keeping hyperactive dog busy

So, you’ve got yourself an overly hyper dog. Now what? While canines are naturally energetic creatures, you’ll know when it’s a problem if regular exercise and a balanced diet aren’t helping. There are many causes (and solutions) for calming down dogs. Pet owners who feel like they’ve tried everythi
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Dog Feeding Guidelines

Ever get the feeling that your doggo is hungry all the time? Don’t worry, it’s not that you’re feeding them too little, rather, it’s simply how they’re wired. If food is readily available, they’ll eat it. Heck, we’re pretty much the same! Especially if it’s something delicious. It is normal, however
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Dog Food Quality vs Price

Whether you’re buying pet food or stocking up your fridge, the same principle often applies: Get more bang for your buck. Ideally, you want food that’s as nutritious as it is delicious, but at a price you can afford.  Nowadays, buying dog food can be an expensive exercise, but does that mean your do
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Incorrect food for dogs

Incorrect Food and the Health Implications

While we doubt your dog’s a fussy eater, it’s up to you to ensure they eat the right amount of food, made from only the freshest ingredients. Especially since their diet can determine the health problems they could potentially face.  Nutritional imbalances, over or under-feeding your dog can lead to
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Vegetables For Dogs

We’ve always been taught (but perhaps, not always convinced) that vegetables are great for our overall health. Well, they can be just as beneficial for canines, too. While your pet food should provide a balanced diet, given it includes only the freshest ingredients, there’s no harm in adding a veggi
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Dogs Swimming

You may have a dog that loves the water but that doesn’t necessarily mean they were born that way. While many believe that canines have an inborn ability to swim, that’s not the case for all breeds. So, before you take your new pooch for a dip, carry on reading.  Their ability to swim often comes do
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Energetic Dogs

Got yourself an unruly pooch? While perhaps some breeds are more so than others, most are energetic in some way or another. How do you know when it’s worth addressing, though? If your dog is overly hyper or excited, barks incessantly, or nips at you – it may be worth investigating their behaviour fu
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Raw Food Versus Regular Kibble

With such a wide variety of dog food available, how are you to know what’s best for your pet? Your pooch might have a preference – lucky you! For others, choosing their food may come down to time and budget constraints. Either way, we only want the best for our dogs and keeping them happy and health
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Dog Psychology

Dog Psychology

Pet owners will know just how intuitive doggos can be and may even believe that they understand more than they let on. Truth is, they’re absolutely right in their thinking.  Research shows that dogs respond to verbal and nonverbal cues the same way a two-year-old child would. They also experience si
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How to Treat Thyroid Problems in Dogs

Here we were thinking only humans experienced thyroid problems! Turns out, dogs can suffer from hypothyroidism, too. The condition occurs when the thyroid overproduces thyroxine; a hormone that increases the metabolic rate. If missed or monitored incorrectly, it can lead to tumours – both benign and
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Common Dog Breeds and Associated Health Problems

Dogs vary in so many ways from their shape, size, colour, and coat. While certain breeds have commonalities in terms of their appearance, that’s not to say they don’t have a personality of their own. And any pet owner will likely agree, irrespective of the breed. The practice of breeding, however, o
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Glucosamine in Dog Food

What is Glucosamine and why is it important?

It’s a term that perhaps doesn’t roll off the tongue very easily, but its benefits couldn’t be simpler. Glucosamine is a nutrient best known for supporting your dog’s long-term joint health and mobility. It’s a combination of glutamine (an all-important amino acid) and glucose (sugar), that helps to
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The Pros and Cons of Wet Canned Dog Food

As pet owners, we’re constantly trying to tick as many nutritional boxes as we can to ensure our dog(s) remain happy and healthy. While you’re no doubt doing a great job, there are a few things to consider when it comes to their diet. One such example is determining whether they should be eating wet
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Protein Considerations for Pups and Adults

Protein is best known for its ability to build and repair muscles, and for supporting a healthy immune system. It also contains those all-important amino acids necessary for shiny coats and healthy skin. The best protein sources for dogs include chicken, fish, beef, pork, turkey, and duck but the am
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Doggie Bag Pros and Cons

Pet parents will know the temptation of giving leftover food to our dogs. It’s almost a way of making them feel part of the family! At least that’s how we view it. While many have their opinions about whether or not leftovers are good for dogs, there’s no right or wrong answer.  What we know for sur
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How Many Calories Should your Dog Consume? We Find Out!

Maintaining your pet’s weight will assist in keeping their blood sugar levels down, lowering their cholesterol, and reducing the risk of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. One fail-safe way to get this right is by monitoring their calorie consumption.  Now, if you’re anything like us, it’s an
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The Role of Fatty Acids in Pet Nutrition

Is it just us, or does the mere mention of ‘fats’ in food send us spinning? Many believe them to be bad and the reason for weight gain. The reality? Your body needs healthy fats for energy and to support cell growth. Of course, moderation is key to avoid adverse effects. The same applies to your pet
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Weight Gain in Senior Dogs

As much as we’d love to turn back the clock, or stop time entirely, our pets are going to age whether we like it or not. Those of you with senior dogs will know that it’s still a joy having them around, but there’s a need to tailor their activities and food intake the older they get.  Have you notic
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Dog Breeds and their Nutritional Needs

Pet owners often associate health problems in dogs with their specific breed. Bulldogs, for example, are notorious for overheating, Labradors are known to easily gain weight, German Shepards are more susceptible to hip dysplasia, and the list goes on. While each breed has its ‘quirks’, it’s not to s
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A Healthy Dog Diet Should Include Fibre. Here’s Why.

Dogs are not only a man’s best friend, they’re also pretty darn similar to us in so many ways. Their loving and caring natures, for sure, but they also have very similar nutritional needs.  Case in point: Fibre. This kind of carbohydrate is best known for its impact on our gut health and keeping us
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The Great Debate: Dry Food vs. Wet Food

Ever wondered whether the food you’re feeding your dog actually meets their nutritional needs? Welcome to the club! While we’ll likely always fret about the wellbeing of our pooches, it’s only because of how much we love them. Plus, chances are you’re nailing it! To ease your mind, the rule of thumb
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Fancy a Stroll? Your Dog Sure Would!

Raise your hands if you love exercising… *cue the cricket noises*. Kidding, we know at least some of you do. What we know for sure, is that doggos love it the most! And for good reason.  Exercising keeps them healthy and limber, and can even reduce behavioural problems. Most of all, it gives them
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Calcium Considerations for Dogs

Remember being told to eat all your food as a child? So that, as our parents would assure us, we’d grow up big and strong. Well, the same applies to our dogs. The only difference is that they need little to no convincing to tuck into their grub! What to look out for  Any high-quality, premium dog fo
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How to Keep Your Dog in Tip-Top Shape? Watch this Space.

We’d go to the ends of the earth to ensure our dogs are kept happy and healthy, right? While we can shower them with love and affection, their nutritional needs are just as important as their physical ones. That’s why we pride ourselves on supplying pet owners with high-quality dog food that uses on
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Something’s Coming and it’s Sure to Benefit You and Your Pets!

Pet owners everywhere will agree that keeping our furry friends healthy is a top priority. They’re a part of the family, after all! Question is, what’s the best way to ensure their wellbeing? Loads of cuddles and kisses for sure, regular exercise, and routine check-ups.  When it comes to their diet,
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