Category Archives: Pets

A Healthier Choice for Pets from Scrumbles

Over the years it has really been drummed into us from TV adverts,  shows, doctors to have a healthier lifestyle, eat the right things, eat the right amount and make sure we get our five a day fruit and veg.

I have studied alot into animals care and nurtrients and there are so many different types of food for our pets it is hard to know which one to choose. Our dog Carly is currently fed on Earls from Aldi and she loves it, it contains meaty chunks and vegetables and provides her with all the energy and nutrients she needs.

Scrumbles recently got in touch to introduce us to their new range of ethical pet food and it got me thinking about what we feed Carly, the amount we feed her and whether she actually gets all the nutrients she needs.

Scrumbles is a completely natural pet food with no nasties in it – they contain all the essential amino acids and are packed with a blend of fresh and dried chicken but without added sugar or salt and they are lentil, pea and potato free too. All of the recipes contain good digestible grains, brown rice and oats which give a nutritious source of dietary fibre to maintain intestinal health and it means they are gluten free too. Plus, Scrumbles have a whole range of pet food for cats, kittens, puppies and dogs.

I would of took a picture of Carly enjoying it but she loves her food so much its gone within minutes.

A 2KG bag of dog food costs £11.49.  I would like to see this food in more flavours too.

Carly really likes her new food from Scrumbles and I’m sure she would agree if she could speak herself!  The empty bowl says it all really.

Take The Hassle Out of Dog Ownership!

Our dogs are some of the most important things in the world to us, and of course having them in our lives is never a hassle. However, there are some elements of their care that can be time consuming and others which can cause us stress when life gets in the way. Here’s how you can make things a little easier.

Automate feeding

There are lots of reasons why you might want to use a dry dog food dispenser. Perhaps you work at different times, but don’t want to mess up your dogs feeding schedule. Maybe your dog is on a special diet and can only eat a certain amount at certain times, or maybe it’s just for convenience. Instead of having to dig around in the cupboard and fill up your dog’s bowl every day out of a giant heavy bag, you can fill it up once a week and let the dispenser do the rest. It takes the hassle completely out of feeding as you know exactly how much food your dog is getting and when. It allows you to keep a good schedule, and prevents them eating too much at once if free feeding isn’t an option.

Find reliable kennels

One of the most stressful parts of dog ownership is finding someone to look after them when you’re away. This could be for an overnight hospital stay, a mini break, a full vacation or anything in between. One of the best things you can do to save yourself stress is to find reliable kennels. A good company that you trust and who you know will look after your dog in your absence. Go and take a tour with your dog and get them signed up, that way it’s easy to book them in when you need to go away. Be sure your dogs annual boosters are done and that you keep the vaccination proof card as this will need to be shown every time you stay.

Find a local dog walker

Taking your dog on walks is one of the best things about having one, all of the adventures you will go on together are so special. It keeps you both fit and is bonding time between you and your pooch. But if there are times when you’re stuck at work, can’t get home on time or are generally away from home without it being planned for then having a dog walker nearby can put your mind at ease. This could be a friend or family member or you could use a trusted dog walker from a company. Put your key in a safe place so they can let themselves in if needed and let your dog out, spend time with them or walk them so they’re ok until you get back.

Tastybone Dog Bone Review

If you haven’t read my previous post about the pets we share our home with, we have a Dog called Carly who is a Rottweiler, she is 5 years old female and is as soppy as they come.

Carly enjoys nothing more than playing with her toys, eating and sleeping. The one thing I can say is she doesn’t destroy any of her toys she loves playing with them and after she has had a good chew or thrown them around she will lick them as if she is saying sorry to them.

Keeping on top of pets hygiene is very important and a few months ago we were sent a couple of tasty bones for her to try out.  Carly took an instant liking too them and she happily lies around the house and spends ages gnawing on it.

We were sent the bacon flavour one

And also sent a Dental bone in cinnamon mint flavour

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I have only given Carly one of the bones for now.

These bones are great because they are made from nylon they last for ages and keep them busy for hours at a time.

  • I was sent these product free of charge for the purpose of this review. However all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Read Up: Tips Before You Get A Pup

Making the life decision to get a puppy for your family home is one that’ll have a big effect with some huge pros and cons. Still, you’ll know that you’re ready for a dog if the benefits outweigh the costs by a clear mile. For most people, this is definitely the case; when you become a dog, you naturally become a dog lover. It’s a natural and completely uncontrollable event; the love you feel for your new addition to the family will be entirely unconditional. However, dogs aren’t for everyone; they do require time, affection, and money, much like any human you care about. Here are some tips to consider before you get a puppy.

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Health.

Your dog’s health is so important, and you need to be ready to invest time and potentially money into looking after your new little puppy if you get one. Vet visits, whether for a regular check-up or an emergency situation, are something with which you’ll have to be comfortable if you’re going to be a dog owner. Animals get sick or injured much as humans do. If you’ve no idea where to begin with dog vaccination then it’s important to do research on the subject because you don’t want your puppy to be at risk of nasty infections (that could be costly for you in every meaning of the word).

Training.

It’s so important that you train your dog from the moment you first introduce him or her to the house. Bad habits can develop and stick rather quickly if you fail to show your new puppy the ropes. You need to figure out how your dog’s mind works if you want to curb bad behavior, such as urinating on the carpet or chasing other dogs around the park. Excitability and confusion are usually the culprits because so much of the world is brand new and wonderful to a small puppy (much like a young child).

However, if you start to reinforce the moments at which your dog behaves (with a delicious snack, usually) then you’ll notice that your puppy grows up with the understanding that good behavior leads to rewards and bad behavior earns him or her nothing at all. You’ve got to be consistent with your method, of course. Don’t treat your dog differently from day to day when they’re behaving the same because they’ll start to get confused; remain consistent until the good behavior is learned. Even when that happens, be sure to reward your dog with treats when they behave well.

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Happy home.

Is the family ready for a dog? And is the dog ready for your family home? Answering both of these questions is important to crossing the final barrier when deciding whether a puppy is right for you. Of course, above all else, making sure the puppy is happy in your home is the most crucial aspect of owning a pet, but it’s something that anybody can achieve with time and patience. You need only ensure that they understand the rules of your house, and when they see that you’re happy with your good behavior then they’ll be happy; dogs feed off a positive environment much like humans, so if you’re positive about their presence then they’ll be positive about living with you. It’s as simple as that.

Child-Friendly Dogs to Suit Your Family’s Needs

Dogs generally make a great addition to any home. They are faithful, loving companions that become part of the family! However, when choosing a dog, you need to be sensible and opt for a breed that will suit your family’s wants and needs. Certain breeds tend to have certain traits, so do your research and make sure that your pooch is particularly child-friendly if you have little ones in your home or visiting regularly. Remember, children should always be supervised around dogs. A dog cannot double as a babysitter and you should also teach little ones how to pet and handle a pooch properly. Here are a few family-friendly hounds that you might like to consider. If possible, remember to adopt rather than shop! There are plenty of friendly and loving pups out there waiting for a home.

Your Family’s Suitability

Before looking at which dog is suitable for your family, let’s first consider whether your family is suitable for a dog. Remember that a pooch is a life companion. You need to ensure that you can cater to their needs first. This is more than some food, water and a bed. There are endless other bits and bobs that you’ll have to invest in: harnesses, seat belts for the car, dog breath mints, treats and regular vets check-ups. Not to mention the time you need to invest. All dogs, whether dependent or independent need love, affection and a long walk every day. If this all sounds fine, then read on!

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Bichon Frise

Top of the family-friendly breeds list is the beautiful Bichon Frise. Their fluffy little faces will bring joy to the lives of any child in contact with them. What child wouldn’t love one? They look like little clouds or white teddy bears. Forming part of the toy dog category, they are relatively small, but still relatively stocky and strong on their feet, so are less likely to be injured if a child plays a little too roughly with them. They have a loving and affectionate nature and are real lap dogs. They just want to play and be fussed! The bonus? They’re hypoallergenic and don’t shed any fur, so are suitable even for families with allergies.

Labrador

The Labrador Retriever is a firm family favorite. It’s not surprising. They are one of the most versatile and adaptable breeds of dog and will suit almost any owner. They are easy going, intelligent and patient. This is essential when there are enthusiastic little ones around. However, they are by no means dull. They are comical, with distinct personalities and have a real sense of adventure about them.

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Golden Retriever

Many people often confuse the Labrador and Golden Retriever. While they are distinct breeds with differing personalities and mannerisms, they both make a perfect family pooch. The Golden Retriever is neither timid nor aggressive. This middle ground is perfect, as your children will not scare your dog and vice versa. They are generally extremely patient, understanding and affectionate.

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Rough Collie

There are a few varieties of Collie, but let’s focus on the classic “Lassie” dog, the Border Collie. This breed is easily trained and highly intelligent, making them the perfect companion for little ones. They will truly become a kids’ best friend, just like in the movie! They rarely misbehave and make a particularly good pet for families who may not be all too familiar with dogs.

Beagles Are Beautiful But They Definitely Aren’t Easy

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There isn’t a person on the planet that can resist the cuteness of a beagle. They just give a whole new meaning to the term puppy dog eyes, with their big hazel peepers, that make their pleading faces absolutely irresistible. But this isn’t the only thing that makes the beagle so darn beautiful. It is also the fact they are so happy, so bouncy and energetic and living. They just have so much love to give. However, there are two sides of every coin, and for the angelic look you see up front, the devil lurks just behind, albeit in the cutest possible way.

Turbulent Training

Beagles are known to be one of the hardest breeds to housetrain. We’re not talking a few weeks or a matter of months either. We’re talking about you having the patience of debut author because Beagles can easily push the year mark, which is why so many owners say crate training is absolutely vital.

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Beagles have the attention-span of a tired toddler. There are no two ways about it. Leave them alone and they will get so incredibly bored they will find ways to entertain themselves. Not good. Indoors, we’re talking featherless sofas and outdoors we’re talking digging, howling and attempted escape.

Stupid Short Hair

You may be thinking this is a good thing. But it isn’t. Not really. First off, you’ll have to go and get a flea collar for dogs because that short hair is a haven for fleas. Secondly, they shed. Yup. They may have short hair, but they are nothing like Labradors. The silver lining is that they only tend to shed in spring, and their hairs are so fine you barely notice them.

Super Scent Hounds

Their curiosity is absolutely adorable. It is. But there is a point when it becomes annoying and that is because they will wander off every time they catch a scent in the air, which is a lot. It is like their nose has a direct link to their brain, as well as an override button because when they smell something, that’s it, nothing else in the world matters.

 

Obedience Training

There are very few breeds that are as loving and adorable and caring and gentle as a Beagle. However, they are also stubborn and independent and, for anyone who has teenage kids, you’ll know how challenging this can be. That’s why owners recommend obedience training. As a little piece of advice, hounds have different behavior trends to other breeds, but if there is one thing they can’t resist it is food as a reward.

Food Fanatics

Oh, boy, can beagles eat! This isn’t a bad thing. After all, they burn it off with all that energy. However, you do need to be cautious of a few things. The first is overeating. If the food is there they will eat it, so don’t confuse this with hunger. Also, make sure they can’t get into any cupboards or into the trash can either. The other thing to relay to your kids is the fact Beagles take their food super-seriously. That means not interrupting their meal times and not teasing them with food either, as kids tend to do.

Essential Things You’ll Need To Hand When You Get A Pet

Getting a pet can be a lot of fun and very rewarding, as they will soon become a member of the family. Pets can also be a lot of work, and different pets (cats, dogs, hamsters, snakes, birds, etc.), will all need different care. Getting a pet is not something to be entered into lightly, so if you do decide to go for it, here are things you’ll need to get to make sure you have what you need to care for your pet properly.

Pet food

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Pet food will soon become a common item in your weekly shop, and it’s a good idea to buy more of it when there’s a special deal or discount available. Remember that not all pets need the same food so check what their requirements will be at the pet store or with your vet before you bring the animal home. Cats and dogs will need a variety of wet and dry food; rodents will want nuts and seeds, as well as fresh fruit and vegetables and reptiles may need different kinds of food altogether (frozen mice anyone?) – so make sure you do your research in advance.

Litter and cleaning supplies

The one thing you don’t want to be caught without is litter or cleaning supplies to make sure your pet and home stay clean. Cat litter, dog waste sacks (or whatever your chosen name for them is!), sawdust/bedding and everything else should be kept in good supply so that you never run out when you need it. If you chose to get a dog, remember that it’s your responsibility to look after it when taking it for walks and make sure that’s something you’re prepared for before you bring pooch home. Reading some tips on picking up dog poo might help or put you off completely!

Medicines

Just like how you’d keep a medicine box or first aid kit to hand for you and your family, you should also get one for your pet. Dog flea medicine, tranquilisers, creams and dressings are all good to have on hand for things that don’t need vet attention, but remember to call your vet if you suspect that something serious is wrong. You should also be prepared for vet bills when deciding if getting a pet is the right move for you.

Toys

Pets need entertaining, and you’ll soon start to realise that you can’t give them as much one-on-one attention as they might want/need. Having a stash of toys around (and some activities if your pets are caged) will help keep them entertained as well as give them a bit of exercise throughout the day. Most pets will often choose a favourite toy, which you should try to clean every now and then to keep them hygienic, especially if you’re going to be picking it up a lot yourself.

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There are many things you’ll need to consider before deciding if a pet is right for you or your family, including how to introduce it (think back to when you introduced a new baby to the family for the first time) and make sure that it is properly cared for at all times. If you do decide to go for it, make sure you have everything you need and the latest addition to your family will soon be right at home.

Doggy Nutrition: What Every New Owner Needs To Know

Just like us, dogs need decent nutrition to keep as happy and healthy as possible. The nutritional requirements of a dog vary according to size, breed, and age. If you’re about to bring a dog home, you may think that feeding it is pretty simple. However, there are various guidelines you need to follow to make sure your dog’s getting everything they need. Here’s some information you may find helpful.

How Much, and How Often?

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Can a Dog Be Vegetarian?

This is a question that a lot of new owners have to address sooner or later. The short answer is yes, they can, but it can be hard to manage. If you want your dog to be a veggie because you don’t like the idea of the additives and processing that goes into pet food production, there are many organic alternatives and natural treats for dogs on the market. They’ll cost a little more, but you’ll have that much more assurance about the state of your dog’s nutrition. If you want to keep your dog vegetarian for some other reason, you’ve got a lot of work ahead of you! Not all vegetables are safe for dogs, for starters. Like us, they need to be getting a decent amount of protein, from sources other than meat, to be a healthy veggie. Start doing your research and meal planning as soon as possible, and make sure you understand the work that goes into owning a healthy, vegetarian dog, before committing to it.

Be Careful with Table Scraps

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A lot of owners throw scraps of meat from their own plates to their dogs at meal times. While there are many traditionally human foods that you can give your dog with no ill effects, you need to be very careful. Anything with chocolate, fat-heavy foods, chicken bones, salty foods, and rare steak, can be bad for a dog. Having said that, there are some foods that can be bad for some dogs, yet fine for others. This depends largely on their usual diet, their size, and their genetic makeup. A full-grown Labrador can eat chocolate, and while it won’t be good for them, the effects will be fairly benign. A Chihuahua, on the other hand, can get extremely ill.

Good Dog! How To Get You Canine to Behave

We all know that most dogs can get themselves into mischief pretty easily. Whether this is chewing up your new shoes, bounding to jump at you with muddy paws or rushing to wrench a newspaper away from the delivery boy, there are a few behaviours that we wish our dogs wouldn’t do quite so often. Getting your dogs to behave better is all about controlling their impulses, which sounds like an extremely difficult task, but it can actually be easier than you think. So, let’s have a look at a few ways that you can manage your dog’s impulses and help them to stay calm in all situations.

Find Out What the Dog Wants

The first step that you need to take is to actually identify what your dog wants which is causing their impulses to get the better of them. It could be a sudden urge to go outside, a rush to get their food or them bounding off to interact with another dog. Once you have worked out this initial trigger, you will be in a much stronger position to be able to control this urge.

Wait for Better Behaviour

A system of rewarding your dog when it behaves in a better and calmer way will help to reinforce this positive behaviour. For example, a huge number of dogs get overexcited when you first pick up the leash and will start bouncing up and down uncontrollably. Even the most energetic of dogs can’t do this forever, so stand and wait for them to calm down. Only then should you put the leash on. Over time, your dog should start to sit more calmly sooner.

Reinforce the Behaviour

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Most people use treats to reinforce the positive behaviour of their dogs, but you can also learn more about dog training collars. Dogs don’t tend to sustain bad behaviour for a long period of time, so it is a case of being patient until your dog calms down. Only then should you reinforce the good behaviour with your chosen method. As your dog become accustomed to what behaviour is acceptable and what isn’t, it should start displaying this on a more regular basis.

Be Consistent in Your Approach

It is important that you maintain consistency in your approach to dog training. If you allow a certain behaviour one day, but then decide that it is not okay the next, your dog will become confused and will not know what is expected of them. Once you begin working on a specific type of behaviour, make sure to follow this through until the dog has fully learnt it.

Pick Opportunities to Teach Calm Behaviour

There are a range of opportunities throughout the day to teach your dog calmer behaviour. For example, when you get home after a long day, wait for your dog to have all four paws on the ground before you start showing them affection. When your dog is about to eat their meal, teach the dog to sit and wait for your cue.   

Why A Sociable Dog Is A Happy and Healthy Dog

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Dogs are pack animals, so they need to be around other dogs and humans regularly to feel happy. Not only is it great for keeping them cheerful, but it’s essential to their health. Their immune systems get a little boost, they are far less likely to suffer from anxiety, and they get better quality exercise when they can run and play with other pups, making obesity far less of a concern. Socialisation should start at a young age to get the best effects – that’s why pups shouldn’t be taken away from their mamas before at least eight weeks. Here are a few things to bear in mind when socialising your pup.

Keep their health in mind

You should start socialising your dog while they’re still young, but there are risks associated with this. For example, they might not have finished their full course of vaccinations, so they could be at risk of parvovirus when they come into contact with other dogs. Ensure you’re only introducing them to dogs you’re acquainted with, and whose owners your trust. Keep them off grass and mud as this can also transfer their disease. Obviously, whenever your dog comes into contact with other dogs, they’re at risk of catching fleas. There are plenty of pest deterrents on the market, so be sure to check out some flea and tick reviews to find one which will work for your pup. Keeping them protected from bugs and pests is essential, especially while they’re still young – they can cause great discomfort and irritation, and even pass on illnesses, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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Keep an eye on them

As dogs are being socialised, they’re being put in situations which might be a little bit outside of their comfort zone. For this reason, they could act erratically as they get scared or uncomfortable, in which case it could be necessary for you to intervene for the safety of your dog and the other dogs or people around. Your dog should never be left unsupervised in new situations with new people or other animals, especially while they’re young.

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Keep it diverse

From between the ages of three weeks and 12 weeks old, your dog gets most of its life lessons. For this reason, it’s crucial that they experience as many new things as they can in this time, as anything omitted could cause them serious anxiety after this age. Be sure to introduce them to people of all nationalities, races, ages and cultures – this is a surefire way to ensure they act appropriately around all people. Different locations and situations also matter – from busy roads to woodlands, cow fields to beaches.

Even once your pup gets older, their socialisation needs to be maintained. A dog which is well socialised up to 12 weeks old, which then becomes isolated, can go back to being a fearful and anxious dog. These dogs can be erratic, and a fearful dog tends to be an aggressive and unhappy dog. Keeping them socialised is the key to their happiness, and one of the main responsibilities of a dog owner.