How do I keep my dog cool during summer?
Signs that your dog is feeling the heat include excessive panting, lethargy, drooling and changes in gum colour or tongue (either bright or dark red).
Ideally, you need to keep your dog as cool as possible; this means avoiding walking during the hottest part of the day (or finding a cool wood with a stream), ensuring water is readily available at all times and possibly even put a doggy paddling pool in your garden.
Whilst your dog is enjoying a bit of ‘down’ time, we have some great ideas to keep them entertained (and cool!)
A Licki Mat is a great treat mat that you can use to keep your dog still and happy. Spread natural yogurt on and then sprinkle some of dog’s favourite toppers like our liver crumble. You could also spread mushed up fruits such as strawberries and bananas. To make them last even longer (and can also help with the keeping cool) pop the prepared mat into the freezer present them with a delicious frozen treat!
We also stock frozen Kefir Paws and Bone Broth which are a perfect summer’s day treat which not only keeps them cool but is also filled with probiotics and a whole load of goodness for your dog! *Please note these items can only be bought in store or via our DPD Raw Food Courier service.
Finally, another great treat is to put fruits and veggies such as peas and apples into your dog’s water bowl or paddling pool, so they have to dip their head in to get them out which then also encourages to them to drink more water. Also, did you know our Just Meat Little Trainers float when in water so these could also be used!
Advice from the experts
Giardia is a nasty parasite that lives in your dog’s intestines which can be spread by infected poo. If not closely monitored, Giardia can be extremely dangerous.
Read on for our advice on the signs to look out for and what you should do if you suspect your dog has Giardia.
Are you worried about what to expect when your dog has a season? You will notice behavioural and physical changes but don’t worry, these are perfectly normal.
Have a read of our article on what to expect and the signs to look out for.
How do I know when my dog’s nails need clipping? Probably the best way to look at it is that have your dog’s nails trimmed as often as it takes to prevent their nails from touching the ground when they're standing. Regular trimming helps to prevent future problems.
As the temperature drops outside, winter walkies might not be quite as fun for your dog as you may think. From sore noses and cracked pads, there are a lot of hazards to be aware of; freezing ground, salt and antifreeze to name just a few.
Be vigilant and take care of your dog through the cold months with our tips below.
So your new puppy is biting you? Don’t worry, this is totally normal behaviour. Your pup will have learnt in the litter to use their mouth to play and typically this continues when they interact with humans. However, this behaviour can become problematic if not addressed.
Read on for our tips and tricks for dealing with puppy biting and teething.
As the temperature starts to drop, there are many hazards that become apparent for our dogs.
From salt and ice on the pavements to dark winter walkies, there are many things to consider, to ensure your dog’s health and safety are looked after.
Have a read of our advice and tips this winter