Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Anxiety May Give Your Dog This....

My curiosity was piqued recently when I came across a study stating that anxiety may prematurely give dogs grey hair. Interested to know why some of our canine friends tended to go grey around the muzzle area earlier than others I was keen to know more.

The study was carried out among 400 dog owners in Colorado USA who were each given a 42 item questionnaire that required them to fill in details about their dog's age, health and behavior.

The researchers took 2 photographs of each dog and used the criteria that the dogs had to be below 4 years of age as older dogs would should show greyness due to simply natural ageing. Dogs with light colored fur were also excluded as greyness in lighter colored dogs may be more difficult to ascertain.

To help ascertain the dog's anxiety levels the researchers then went on to ask questions regarding the dog's behaviour (destroying things when left alone, nervous around people etc) and impulsivity (jumping up at people, hyperactivity, ability to stay calm/focus etc).

After the photo's of the dogs were independently analysed and the behavioral information was studied the findings proved interesting and included:
  • Dogs that showed nervousness around loud noises, unfamiliar animals and people tended to show increased levels of greyness.
  • Female dogs tended to have higher levels of greyness than their male counterparts.
  • The size, medical condition and whether the dog had been spayed/neutered had no significance in affecting premature greyness in the dogs studied.
It was noted that the study may well prove to have practical implications for dog welfare. People working with young dogs that notice premature greyness could alert owners to potential anxiety issues in their pets.

The full study was published in the December 2016 issue of the Journal Applied Animal Behaviour Science.

Monday, 19 December 2016

Why Male Cats Are Called 'Toms'....

Ever wondered why we call male cats 'Tomcats'? It hasn't always been so and I thought I would share with you how the name Tom evolved when referring to our male feline friends.

Although the term Tom is believed to have been attributed to young male kittens as far back as 1300, the commonly used term Tomcat became more widely recognised in 1760 after the publication of an anonymous book 'The Life And Adventures Of A Cat'. Prior to the book's publication male cats were actually commonly referred to as 'Rams' and 'Boars'!

The main character of the aforementioned book is a male cat called Tom and the popularity of the book ensured the term Tom became synonymous with male cats.

The popular cartoon 'Tom and Jerry' created in 1940 and starring the animated cat 'villain', Tom, served to popularise even further the name and term in male cats by both name and attribution.

The paperback version of the book 'The Life And Adventures Of A Cat' was reprinted in 2010 and is available online.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Things About Cat Litter That You May Not Know...

I decided to write down a few lesser-known things about cat litter that the average owner may not know which I hope you will find both interesting and educational.

Clumping/Non - Clumping Clay Litter 

Many owners favour the commonly available clay litters and may be interested to know the difference between clumping and non-clumping.

Clumping clay litter is generally made from a substance known as bentonite a highly absorbent clay that literally clumps together as your cat urinates into it. Clumping litter was introduced in the 1980's.

Non clumping litter is made from other clays and as the name suggests, it doesn't clump together.

Non clumping is often cheaper than the clumping variety and many owners that use it will find that litter box cleaning is a little harder as it tends to be more difficult to scoop up quickly. Litter trays/boxes tend to smell a little more quickly and require changing a little more often than if using the clumping variety of litter.

Silica Gel Litter

Silica gel is highly absorbent and very commonly used across various industries to keep many products dry. More expensive than it's clay counterparts, many owners prefer silica gel as it has the benefits of lasting a little longer before changes, being pretty much dust-free and tends to control odours really well.
Introduced in the 1990's, it has been documented that some cats don't get along with silica gel litter as they don't like getting the crystals on their paws.

Cat Scents

It has consistently been found that cats have an aversion to both citrus and floral based scented litters and a study here actually showed that cats enjoyed increased litter box interaction with an activated carbon additive. As activated carbon is known to be a pretty good odour absorbent, it may be fair to say that cats prefer a clean smelling litter tray!

Who 'Invented' Cat Litter?

The 'invention' of  modern day cat litter has been credited to a man called Edward Lowe. The discovery was an accidental one, Lowe's business sold sand, sawdust and granulated clay to factories to absorb grease and oil and one day a lady named Kaye Draper was given a bag of granulated clay to 'try' as an alternative to her cat tracking ashes from it's litter box all over the house.

The granulated clay proved to be a success for Kaye Draper and when she asked Edward Lowe for another bag a couple of weeks later Mr Lowe decided to market the clay as Kitty Litter!

Offering cat owners the opportunity of a cleaner and more odour-free home Edward Lowe's Kitty Litter went from strength to strength and the company was sold 5 years prior to Mr Lowe's death in 1995 for the sum of $200 million plus stock! It is now part of the Ralston Purina company.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Five Great Tips To Keep Your Dog Mentally Positive

Many canine behavioural problems can be directly and indirectly linked to a dog’s level of engagement with its owner.

Below are five simple tips that owners can use to promote positive engagement and help keep their dog mentally stimulated.

Daytime Rest Tip

Although younger and older dogs require more rest to aid development or recovery, the average adult dog is very adept at adapting to its owners nightly sleep pattern and too much daily rest can lead to behavioural problems. It is a good idea to ensure that a dog doesn't experience long periods of mental disengagement and inactivity.
Dogs rest more naturally after physical engagement and proper rest is always more conducive to a dogs mental health than ‘boredom’ rest.

Leave Stress At The Door

Dogs pick up on stress very easily. Add this to the fact that when you enter a room, maybe after a day at work, your dog will be pleased to see you and will be especially receptive to the mood that you bring.

If an owner repeatedly comes home stressed and un-receptive to a dog’s advances this can easily lead to the dog being nervous and anxious about its owner’s homecoming. Although changing the events that lead to an owner having had a stressful day may be difficult, it is always good advice to take a breath and positively receive our four-legged friends friendly welcome.

It's Good To Talk

Human relationships suffer when communication breaks down between people. Dogs also need regular and positive communication to keep them reassured and engaged in their relationship with their owner so take time to talk to your dog.

Look To Praise Your Dog

There is a lot of advice around praising a dog for positive behaviours that is often centred around training or when a dog has specifically performed a task that an owner approves of. Whilst this is an extremely positive and beneficial way to acknowledge a dog’s behaviour, it is often overlooked that long periods without finding a reason to praise a dog may lead to behavioural problems.

Dogs naturally seek out approval and it is good advice to actively look for situations for a dog to meet and receive this approval. A positive tone delivered directly after a positive action is always reassuring and motivating for a dog.

Become A Meet And Greet Facilitator

Most dogs are naturally friendly toward humans. Keeping a dog’s interactions with humans as positive as possible will ensure that the dog will feel good about both itself and its encounters..

Many of the so called dangerous breeds have their instinctive protective aggression negatively fed by being made to feel a threat around others and a regular schedule of positive and managed social engagement helps many dogs to subdue and manage their aggression and form a positive view of humans and other dogs.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Caution: This Dog Quiz May Surprise You...

I came across something recently that I wanted to share with my dog-owning readership as I was a little surprised at how little concise and 'real' information was available on the subject.

Many responsible owners take the time to pick a dog food that they feel represents the needs of their pet and should be applauded for that. What surprised me recently was how little many of us know about a dog's nutritional needs.

The subject of reading the labels on commercial dog food to ascertain the ingredients, the ongoing debate regarding a raw food diet and adding vegetables etc to your dog's diet have been fairly well covered in recent years both online and in various printed formats. There does however seem to be an objective information gap in educating owners to the actual effects of nutrients in a dog's diet, which nutrients are important and why that may be.

To this end, my latest find is a pretty cool quiz that I hope proves to you my points above whilst perhaps proving to be of positive educational benefit to you. I know I was shocked to only score seven out of ten and the average score was only four out of ten!

What I really liked about the quiz is that it highlighted things (the answers are given post-quiz) that the average dog owner may think they know but perhaps don't and the answers given can be used to make us more informed dog owners, which ultimately benefits our canine companions.

Click here and see for yourself!

The Dog Solution

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Five Famous Females That Have/Had A Feline Addiction

My cat and dog research enables me to find out some pretty quirky snippets and I thought I would share with you some possibly lesser known cat-related stuff about famous 'cat ladies'.

Cameron Diaz
Cat lady Cameron has a cat who goes by the name of Little Man and she is apparently very keen on buying him little outfits.

Katy Perry
Apparently Katy is a self-confessed feline fanatic and is 'owned' strangely enough by a cat named Kitty Purry!

Kim Kardashian
Kim has had her fair share of the headlines but what you may not know is that in 2013 Kanye West gave her a white Persian kitten that goes by the name of Mercy.

Miley Cyrus
Miley is well known for showing off the antics of her cats on Instagram.

Taylor Swift
Taylor owns a Scottish fold cat called Meredith who she has mentioned several times in her blog posts.

History has also given us a surprising list of well known cat ladies, a list that includes The Bronte Sisters, Elizabeth Taylor and Florence Nightingale.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Five Interesting Differences Between Cat And Dog People...

Ever see those articles in the news based around the habits, interests and general behaviours of 'cat or dog people'?

As a cat and dog lover and general 'pet geek' I like to dig out the more eclectic stuff and thought I would share some interesting differences between the canine and feline crowd.

Pet Owner Politics
A survey carried out by Time magazine showed that conservatives were more likely to be dog people whilst liberals were more likely to prefer cats.

Own a Cat AND a Dog?
A study has shown that people that own both a dog and cat tend to be more like the people that only own dogs. (source)

Cat Owners are Less Conformist
Studies have shown that cat owners are more likely to describe themselves as less conformist and less likely to follow the rules than dog owners. (source)

Don't Ask a Cat Owner To Mind Your Hound
A survey showed that cat owners are thirty-three per cent more likely to prefer taking care of a friend's children than a friend's dog! (source)

Got Kids? You're More Likely A Dog Owner Than A Cat Owner
A survey showed that dog people were twenty-four percent more likely to have children than their feline-loving counterparts. (source)

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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Dog and Cat CPR: What To Do At Home - Please Share

Just wanted to share this with you. It's a very clear and concise video showing what cat and dog owners can do in an emergency situation should the need ever arise to perform CPR on their pet.

Please share this post as the video may help a pet owner who may not know what to do should the need arise.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Lesser-Known Benefits Of Having Dogs In The Workplace...

I recently read an article about dog-friendly workplaces and the impact on employees. To be honest, I was expecting to read about dogs being 'therapeutic' and a loosely based 'bring your dog to work day' article but was surprised to find some really interesting and not obvious information.

The lesser known benefits of having a dog-friendly workplace included...
  • Pet-friendly workplaces were shown to have less absenteeism.
  • Employees were willing to work longer hours and do more overtime as they had a companion with them.
  • Dogs were shown to provide a 'social lubricant' in that employees who didn't normally interact suddenly felt a connection.
Aside from the more publicly acknowledged and perhaps obvious benefits, such as dogs being a good stress-reliever, it was good to read about tangible benefits of having dogs around in a workplace.

Interestingly too, the pet-friendly benefits were shown to be evident across different industries and of value from offices to manufacturing environments.

The study was first published in the International Journal Of Workplace Health Management in 2012 and has led to more businesses offering not only a pet-friendly environment but additional pet perks to their employees too.

To read an interesting article and gain further information on this fascinating study please click here


Saturday, 15 October 2016

How To Deal With A Cat Scratch Or Bite

Many cat owners may never have to deal with a scratch or bite but should it happen here are five tips  that may well come in handy.
  • If bitten by a cat you should try and flush out as much bacteria as you can as early as possible by pressing on the wound to cause bleeding.
  • The wound should then be washed with a mild soap and water. The wound can then be dried with a clean cloth or towel and if you have an antiseptic or over the counter antibiotic cream available it can now be applied and the wound is now ready to be covered with a sterile bandage.
  • Whilst the second tip above may seem like common sense, what you may not know is that around 75% of cat bites may introduce staphylococcus, streptococcus or pasteurella bacteria into your body hence the advice  and the importance of it.
  • If the person bitten is immune compromised, has diabetes or any signs of infection appear then a doctor should be seen preferably within eight hours. Signs of infection include any redness, swelling, increased pain or fever.
  • Most scratches may appear minor and basic hygiene methods as outlined above should be sufficient, but keep an eye on it for further infection. It should be noted that cat scratch disease, (CSD) or fever caused by the Bartonella henselae bacteria can be transmitted by a cat bite, small scratch or even the saliva of a cat.
Hopefully you will never have to use the above tips but should you be unfortunate enough to suffer a cat bite or scratch, then the advice will go some way to ensuring that ensuring minimal infection occurs.

This advice is not a substitute for medical attention which should always be sought in cases of infection by animals.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Why Do Some Dogs Howl Along To Music?

Does your dog ever howl along whilst you're listening to a piece of music?

This is a topic that has interested me for some time and I decided to do some research to try and get to the bottom of why some of our canine friends practise this unusual trait.

I noted that dogs tended to howl along to the more high-pitched tunes as well as other high-pitched sounds. This supported the general theory, that dogs associate these high-pitched sounds with 'the calling of the pack' and were simply satisfying a primeval urge to join in.

Tunes with higher pitched instruments such as, saxophones and clarinets tend to turn our more howl-along hounds into karaoke stars, whilst the lower pitched instruments such as bass guitar didn't seem to encourage them into joining in.

It appears that our canine friends aren't really using our favourite tunes as an excuse to show off their singing skills but are simply associating certain music, along with high-pitched sounds such as emergency service sirens and phone ringtones with the howling of another of their canine cousins and are just 'joining in'.

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Thursday, 29 September 2016

Turn Almost Any Website Into A Cat Website For Free!

I am always looking to scout-out cool and random canine and feline themed websites and one of the criteria that I look for before I recommend it to you is that it should be mildly addictive!

This week I hit the jackpot with a feline themed offering that definitely ticks the box above.

Cat lovers with cats on the brain can now indulge themselves with a free new tool that I have discovered that goes by the name of meowbify. Users are presented with a fairly basic page where they are asked to enter any website url and meowbify will then proceed to 'catify' the site.

I wanted to test the tool out on a few 'usual suspects' and was soon mildly addicted to checking out a few more!

Facebook and Yahoo were my first ports of call and I noticed that the videos and gifs were quickly turned into a felinefest and my meowbify stalking habit was born. The dailymail.co.uk website was soon turned into cat central and my curiosity for random amusement was satiated.

Blogs and sites with redirect urls can't be catified as the original website address must be entered and the graphically busier websites are more fun.

If you're a cat lover or simply looking seek out a bit of light diversion from real life then visit meowbify and live the dream today!

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Can Dogs Be Left Or Right Pawed?

Us humans, unless we're ambidextrous, will have a dominant hand. Do the same rules apply when it comes to our canine friends?

I recently checked out two studies that threw up some interesting findings. Whilst both studies showed an inclination in dogs to be either left or right pawed, the studies actually contradicted each other!

One study showed that their canine group was slightly more likely to be left-pawed and the other showed a slight preference for the right paw.

Two conclusions that we can draw are that dogs can be left or right pawed and both studies showed a similar figure (24 to 30 per cent) of dogs displaying ambidextrous tendencies.

Interestingly it was suggested that if you want to check out whether your dog is left or right-pawed then you should check which paw they use first when stepping off stairs.

You may be interested to learn that a STUDY found that right-pawed dogs may be more optimistic!

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Cat Owners- Intelligent Or Just Smart Thinkers?

I recently came across information regarding a study carried out in 2010 that stated homes with an academic degree holder were 1.36 times more likely to own a cat than other households.

The study also showed that cat owners were more likely to be older and female and that both cat and dog owners were more likely to live in a house with a garden.

Whilst on the surface this may appear to suggest that intelligent people are more drawn to cats, another factor below may well be a likely cause of high cat-ownership in the more academic amongst us.

Dr Jane Murray, a Cat Protection Lecturer who led the study suggested the following reasons for the findings.

"Cats require less time per day than a dog, so they are more popular with educated people who work late and have long commutes."

 The above quote suggests that cat owners are likely to be responsible owners engaging in smart thinking when it comes to choosing a pet to suit their lifestyle.

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Monday, 12 September 2016

Apparently Dogs Hate Hugs...Here's Why.....

According to a study conducted by Stanley Cohen, a canine behavioural expert at the University of British Columbia, hugging your hound could be stressing them out.

It seems that although us humans associate a hug with warmth and intimacy, our canine friends find it restricting and stressful.

The study consisted of an internet image data collection of 250 people hugging their dogs and analysis showed that in around 82 per cent of the images the body language of the dogs in the photos showed at least one sign of stress.

Behaviour experts believe that in preference to the restrictive embrace a pat on the head, belly rub or simply giving your dog a treat are sufficient to show your dog that you love them.

Will people stop hugging their dogs? I doubt it but it's certainly an interesting observation and food for thought.

If you would like to read more about this fascinating study please click here 

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Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Do Cats Value Our Interaction? Read This...

Cats seem to have gained a reputation for being aloof and at times, disinterested - but is this a fair reflection of our feline friends feelings towards us?

We feed and pet them but do our cats value our interaction?

An interesting piece of research may hold some clues as to a cat's thoughts towards us human `slaves'.

An experiment conducted at Honolulu Zoo in Hawaii to measure cortisol levels (cortisol is a hormone that increases during stress in both cats and humans) in cats produced an interesting result.

Two groups of well socialized cats were fed on a regular basis, with one group receiving minimal human interaction, whilst the other group was petted and spoken to at a normal level.

Measured cortisol level results showed that the group that received less human interaction had an increase in the hormone that indicated a higher stress level than the cats that had received petting and conversation whilst being fed.

Even though both sets of cats had been fed regularly the results showed that the lack of human interaction left our less fussed-over feline friends stressed out!

Having ascertained that we offer higher value than simply being the human tin opener tand our cats seem to enjoy us fussing over them...

Maybe cats aren't as 'cool' towards us as some may believe!

Friday, 2 September 2016

Dog's Urine Burning Your Lawn? Try This...

Those yellow spots on the lawn caused by your dog urinating are due to the extremely high concentration of Nitrogen in your dog's urine. Ironically, Nitrogen at a lower level is actually a great fertiliser and good for lawns and is often sold in the form of lawn feed products.

Okay, science explained, what can you do?

A dog that drinks a healthy amount of water is more likely to have a lower concentration of Nitrogen in their urine but increasing a dog's water consumption is not always easy.

A natural option I advise is to try adding a teaspoon (for smaller dogs) up to a tablespoon for bigger dogs of apple cider vinegar to their water bowl. This should nullify the Nitrogen imbalance and help solve the problem.

Apple cider vinegar varies in quality and the pasteurised supermarket version is not the one I would recommend buying. Try buying a higher quality one usually found in health stores or equine supply outlets.

In the absence of trying the above tip and finding your dog has urinated on a spot on the lawn you can dilute the area with water within several hours to neutralise the effect of the high Nitrogen concentration but in Summer months the apple cider vinegar tip may well be the easiest option.

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Monday, 29 August 2016

Cats Know That Humans Find This Hard To Ignore...

Here's an interesting snippet for you....

Cats when wanting food generally 'meow'  at a frequency of between 220 and 520 hertz. Human babies cry in the same frequency range (usually between 300 and 600 hertz).

Studies have suggested that cats have developed this urgent 'meow' to within this range as they know that we humans find this frequency range hard to ignore when it comes to dealing with the cries of a baby or a cat.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Dogs Do This When We Cry In Front Of Them....

Here's something that you may have suspected if you own a dog.....

A study published in the online journal Animal Cognition showed that our canine friends were more likely to approach a person that was crying (even a stranger) than someone who was simply talking or humming.

A person crying was shown to evoke a stronger more emotional response from dogs and our canine friends often responded to human weeping with more submissive behaviour than if the person was simply humming or talking.

The study concluded that the dogs could differentiate between the natural and more emotional behaviours and their response to crying was driven by more than natural curiosity.

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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

A Great Way To Create Extra Income For Your Pet Business...

We are often asked about ways to add value to a pet business.

If you are a dog walker, pet-sitter, groomer, veterinary assistant, have your own pet blog or sell pet-associated products then this is a great idea...

Pet Emergency Cards

A pet emergency card looks something like this...

With a reverse like this...

They are an ideal add-on sale for pet businesses because:
  • They are compact (size of a credit card)
  • They are inexpensive for a customer to buy
  • The profit margin is high.
  • Pet businesses are already exposed to an interested market of potential buyers.
  • There are many potential outlets for selling them - pet business premises/customers, websites/blogs, shops, cafes, veterinary practices, social media accounts/groups/pages etc.
Aside from selling them on this blog, we have sold pet emergency cards in all of the places that we have listed above.

We have allowed for both our UK and US/CANADA readers to take up this opportunity by putting together our own package for the UK and also supplying a link for our American/Canadian readers at the bottom of this post.

For our UK readers we can supply the cards wholesale (min qty 100) at a wholesale price of just 35p per card and that comes with  P&P of just £2.50 for any order regardless of quantity. To jump-start your venture we will also include for FREE!
  • The pet emergency card jpeg pictures we use above so that you can promote sales on your website/blog or put together a promotional leaflet/poster.
  • You can also feel free to use the script that we use - this LINK - to sell the cards on this site.
To purchase direct and get started on earning an additional income please use the buy buttons below.

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Thursday, 11 August 2016

Do Cats Have Better Hearing Than Dogs?

Yes, a cat's hearing is better than a dog's.

Cats also hear better than us humans and can pick up high frequency sounds up to two octaves higher than we can hear.

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Saturday, 6 August 2016

Before You Take Your Dog To The Groomers...Try This Simple Tip

Exercising a dog prior to a visit to the groomers, or if you groom your dog at home, can help the dog stay still and calm. This is an especially helpful tip for people that own younger dogs or more energetic breeds.

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Tuesday, 2 August 2016

The Year Of The Cat Is Not Chinese....

Contrary to popular opinion, cats do not feature in the Chinese zodiac.

The year of the cat is actually a feature of the Vietnamese zodiac. The last year of the cat was 2011 and the next will be in 2023.

For anyone wondering if they were born in 'The Year Of The Cat' or wanting to know more about it's symbolic meaning can get more information here

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Need Visitors To Your Pet Business Website? Try These Tips....

If you have a pet business and you're trying to gain visitors that may turn into potential customers and you're not on the first page of google or ranking high in the search engines then these tips should see your visitor stats increase.

Local Pet Business
  • Sign up for Google Places and learn all you can about ranking high locally - The internet is the first place people usually search for a local dog walker, pet sitter or groomer and not being highly ranked locally will cost you a lot of missed business.
  • Leave leaflets where pet people go - some local pet stores, post office parcel collection offices, vets etc. will sometimes allow you to leave leaflets for interested pet owners to pick up, this is way better than indiscriminate leafleting for targeting customers and getting visitors to your site.
  • List your prices and accreditations -  people like to have their objections/queries answered online while making decisions about whether to take an enquiry further. Being clear about what you do, why people should use you and how much you charge on your website goes a long way in meeting these objections and enables you to take calls/enquiries from serious potential customers.
  • Use social media - use Facebook and Twitter and post engaging, interesting and funny content that may get shared. A local pet story/information/vet advisory post are all good. Like and follow local businesses and like people's comments on local vet sites...they get a notification of this and may visit your site.
  • Like or follow large pet social media sites - sites such as Dog Owners UK, Cat Owners Uk , Katzenworld Blog, Festivals Of Dogs, Wooftidoos Blackpool and Time 4 Pets Bromley  all curate and share topical and engaging content - like or follow them and share their content or feel free to build your own list of content providers, be sure to include local vets.
  • As I wrote earlier, if you are not ranking high in the search engines then driving visitors to your site using alternative methods is the most sensible option. You can have the best pet product/service/app in the world but if no-one visits your site to buy....
  • Use social media - share pictures, stories and discounts related to your product or service.
  • Think outside the box! - aim to get reviews of your products/services and gain as big a social media following as possible and look to go as viral as possible with those reviews. This blog now attracts 4.5K views a month and is growing monthly after starting with a handful of visitors a month. It can be done and if you need some help take a look at the tabs on our home page - we can manage and grow your Twitter account or advertise your product/service virally through our affiliated pet network of over 50K pet owners and businesses.
  • Incentivise - give your customers an incentive to both deal with you and buy from you again. It is easier to gain sales from an established customer base than to gain new customers. If I sell a physical product I enclose a thank you letter, a discount code for an online pet first aid course that I am affiliated to, and ask that people like, follow or subscribe to my various social media pages or blogs. Subscribe to this blog and you will receive, straight to your inbox, various Ideas for add-ons for your business as well as my usual cat and dog tips.
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Monday, 25 July 2016

Why Adding Olive Oil To Your Dog's Food Is A Great Idea....

In today's post, I just wanted to share with you some of the benefits of adding olive oil to your dog's diet.
  • Coat condition - olive oil imparts moisture and can help condition your dog's coat.
  • Immune system boosting - olive oil contains high levels of antioxidants which help a dog's immune system to fight off diseases.
  • Helps keep your dog younger longer - the high level of antioxidants in olive oil also helps to prevent free radical cell oxidation, which goes some way to protecting a dog against premature aging.
  • Optimal canine health - olive oil is rich in monounsaturated (good) fats which help to prevent or lessen the effects of cardiovascular disease and diabetes in dogs. In addition to this, olive oil also contains squalene and terpenoids, 2 compounds that are believed to be effective in preventing cancer which sadly kills over half of our senior canine friends.
Which olive oil should I buy?
Purchase the extra -virgin olive oil.

Where can I purchase it?
Most large supermarkets sell extra-virgin olive oil. If like myself, you live in the UK Aldi sell a great quality one at the best price that I have seen.

How much and how often should I add it to my dog's food?
A few drops up to a teaspoon (note a teaspoon not a tablespoon) a day, this is under the dose that I have seen recommended but allows, as with any dietary supplement for dogs, for the potential of diarroeah in extremely sensitive dogs at a higher dose than this.

Is olive oil safe for dogs?  
Yes it is and it has many of the same health benefits for humans too.

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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Dogs In Hot Cars - Did You Know THIS? Please Share And Educate Others....

*WARNING* This Post Is Designed To Educate Dog Owners To What A Dog Could Physically Endure When Left In A Hot Car....Please Read And Please Share...

I felt it necessary to add some points to the 'Dogs in hot cars' debate that may not be as widely known as they should be.

We often see many posts and memes that relate to 'breaking a car window' or owners 'shouldn't leave their dog in the car on a warm day' and whilst I agree that it is very healthy that we have a growing social awareness and inclination to share this information and act upon it....there is a little more that dog owners should know.

Did You Know?
  • Dogs develop heat stroke more quickly than most species as they lack sweat glands.
  • Dogs 'sweat' by panting, a process that allows the dog to bring in small amounts of air into it's lungs and this is designed to aid the dog by cooling it's body.
  • Inside a warm car the dog's panting process is essentially bringing in warm/hot air and preventing the dog from cooling itself down.
  • The dog then begins to pant harder which in turn speeds up the process of taking in warm/hot air into it's lungs.
  • On a hot day with temperatures rising within a car to around 30 C, within 5-10 minutes the taking in of this warm/hot air can lead to the dog's body experiencing...protein structures failing, exposure of the dog's blood vessels (unable to keep it's blood in its liquid state) leading to potential blood clots, the dog's heart, liver, kidney and gastrointestinal tract are all starved of the constant oxygen that they need to function and begin to fail.
  • At the stage above, the dog may start to vomit or have a bout of diarrhea.
  • The dog's brain is now damaged potentially leading to seizures or coma.
  • The next stage is an unnecessary death.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Really Good Reasons To Brush Your Pet's Teeth!

I'm often asked, "Should I brush my cat's/dog's teeth?"

I always answer with an unequivocal YES!

  Here are a few good reasons...

  • Statistics show that a large number of cats and dogs suffer from dental decay.
  • Unlike humans, pets cannot communicate their dental pain....and many of us know how miserable dental pain can be!
  • If the plaque that builds on your pet's teeth isn't removed in the first 24-36 hours it can harden into tartar and this can lead to decay.....a good reason to brush your pet's teeth every day!
It is wiser to start brushing your pet's teeth when they are young but it is a good habit to develop even if the animal is a little older. Introduce brushing gradually, let your pet lick a little pet-friendly toothpaste off your finger and work your way up to brushing on a daily basis if possible.

I recommend the following products as I have used them myself and found them to be effective and very reasonably priced, I do get a tiny commission if you purchase them through the links below but this is not added to the price you pay and the products below are good value and good quality in my experience.

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This is a good value pet dental product to have around that I have found to be effective too....

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Sunday, 3 July 2016

Try Out Dog Vision To See What Your Dog Sees

Hey...I just found an interesting web based tool that I thought my canine-loving readers might want to try.....Dog Vision!

Users of the site are able to upload an image and the image is then converted to how your dog actually views it!

Dog Vision is full of interesting information relating to the visual perception of dogs and If you've ever wondered what your dog actually sees compared to us then you will enjoy this site as much as I did.

Visit the site HERE and see how your dog views the world!

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Thursday, 30 June 2016

An Instant Way To Calculate Your Cat's Age In Human Years!

Ever look at your feline friend and wonder how old they are in human years? Well wonder no more!

I recently made it my aim to find a converter that shows at a glance how old your kitty is in our terms. The calculations are based on the average life expectancy of a healthy cat and this may vary slightly between different cat breeds and also be affected by the nutrition, exercise routine and lifestyle of the cat.

It's a handy tool to use and if you like it please share this post for the benefit of other cat owners, thank you!

You can find the cat age converter here 

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Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Check Your Dog's Horoscope Compatibility....

If you are the kind of person that ever sits and wonders whether you and your pooch are astronomically aligned you may be interested in my latest find...a canine horoscope compatibility guide!

Yep, such a thing exists. Essentially you just click on YOUR star sign and low and behold there is a guide that matches up your dog's star sign.

All good fun and for entertainment purposes only, If you're itching to check out the mystic compatibility of your mutt then you can check out the guide here

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