10 Things All Dog Owners Should Know About Lungworm

You may have heard lungworm being discussed by other dog owners in the park or even seen posters in the vet waiting room. But what actually is lungworm, what are the symptoms of lungworm in dogs and what is the best treatment for lungworm?

1. Lungworm (Angiostrongylus vasorum) is a parasite that can cause serious health problems in dogs and can even be fatal if not diagnosed and treated early enough.

2. Slugs and snails carry the lungworm larvae which means dogs can become infected when they accidentally eat these common garden pests, or their infected slime.1

3. A recent survey of UK vets by Bayer, experts in parasitology, indicates that the vast majority (66%) have experienced a case of lungworm in their practice within the last year.2

4. Dogs of all ages and breeds can become infected with lungworm, but younger dogs are more likely to contract the parasite, due to their inquisitive nature and new owners not knowing enough about the risks of the parasite. The average age of affected animals is between just 10 and 14 months.3,4

5. If your dog likes to rummage through undergrowth, eat grass, drink from puddles or outdoor water bowls then speak to your vet about preventative treatment. Be careful about leaving your dog’s toys outside too as slugs and snails can be attracted to them.

6. Spring and autumn are peak times for slugs and snails due to the wet and mild conditions. It is important to be extra vigilant around these times.

7. Lungworm infection can result in a number of different signs in your dog which may be confused with other illnesses. However, some dogs will not show any signs.

8. Not all worming treatments cover lungworm. Only monthly prevention with products available on prescription from your vet will protect dogs against the parasite; use only every three months leaves dogs at risk of disease and even death.

9. Lungworm is now endemic throughout much of the UK, according to a study by researchers at the Royal Veterinary College, one in five veterinary practices in the UK have reported at least one clinical case in a dog.

10. To find out whether lungworm is in your area, search by postcode at http:/www.lungworm.co.uk/lungworm-map/

1. Conboy et al. WAAVP 2015
2. Survey of 300 UK Vets, conducted by Bryter in March 2017.
3. Angiostrongylus vasorum infection in 23 dogs (1999-2002), P. S. Chapman et al., Journal of Small Animal Practice (2004) 45, 435–440
4. Spatial, demographic and clinical patterns of Angiostrongylus vasorum infection in the dog population of Southern England, T. R. W. Blehaut et al., Veterinary Record (2014) doi: 10.1136/vr.102186

PetStay – The Five Star Franchise!

PetStay, The Alternative to Kennels have announced that they have won the
5* Franchisee Satisfaction Award run by Smith & Henderson.

Carole Davy, Managing Director and PetStay founder said “We are incredibly proud to have won this prestigious award and to be recognised for our franchise model, training and on-going support along with our branding and the excellent relationships we have formed with our franchisees. It is such an important award for PetStay as it comes from our franchisees. Although 5 stars have been achieved we are always looking to continuously improve and develop further to help the franchisees to successfully grow their businesses.

Smith + Henderson, an independent research agency, coordinate the 5 Star Franchise Satisfaction programme. Steven Frost, CEO, said PetStay was awarded 5 Star Franchisee Satisfaction based on positive feedback from their franchisees. They rated it above average across all five key areas that we measure in our industry benchmarking programme, such as training and support and the relationship with their franchisor.

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Compared with the industry average PetStay were scored higher with head office support 18% above average, franchise system 10% above average, proven system 16% above average, respect 13% above average, trust 17% above average, do It again 18% above average.

Overall PetStay came out at 8% above the industry average score
PetStay have been established since 2005 but franchised the home-based business in 2012 and now have 35 branches nationwide with over 500 home checked, licensed & insured dog carers. Over the years PetStay has established an excellent reputation for providing a home from home environment for dogs, using hand-picked local carers who provide the best possible care for dogs while their owners are away on holiday.

Each of our franchisees have their own team of dog carers. After an in-depth consultation with the customer they then match the dog/s to one of their carers, next they organise a meeting for the customer to go visit the carer to make sure everyone is happy, this is a good time for the holiday dog/s and carer to bond and hear all about their routines. PetStay have a policy of not mixing dogs from different households so the service is exclusive to them.

We aim to grow to 50 branches by 2019 and are interested in hearing from anyone who would like to join one of the leading pet franchises in the UK.

We are looking for hard working, self-motivated individuals with a passion for dogs and the drive and determination to succeed. If you enjoy giving excellent customer service and want to provide the very best home dog boarding service in your area, we would like to hear from you. You’ll have a head start with PetStay, we want to work with people who believe in our service and have a genuine love for dogs.

Please email info@petstay.net for our franchise prospectus or call Carole on 01482 307684 for an informal chat with a member of the PetStay Team.

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Barking Mad Dog Care achieve ISO 9001 certification

Quality Recognition for UK’s Leading Dog Sitters

Barking Mad Dog Care has achieved ISO 9001 certification, in a first for the dog sitting industry! This is a huge achievement which demonstrates the effectiveness of our quality management system and our capability of satisfying the rigors of an external, independent audit.

The ISO 9001 standard provides the assurance that the organisation can demonstrate compliance with proven business practices and appropriate standards. Certification proves commitment and the right attitude to providing a high level of customer satisfaction and willingness to improve efficiency.

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Helen Shaw (Barking Mad Head Office and lead support on the project) said,

“The process leading to ISO 9001 certification has been extensive and to achieve accreditation with zero non-conformances is a huge pat on the back, which confirms the high quality service we offer to our franchise network and their customers. Maintenance of the ISO 9001 quality systems will be a continual process which will allow us to retain the high quality of support we offer and grow together with our franchise network.”

Managing Director and founder, Lee Dancy, delightedly said,

“Achieving this certification is a proud moment and reflects the excellent systems we have developed over the past seventeen years. We continue to lead with another first in an increasingly competitive industry. Credit must go to our franchise network and support team for their consistently high implementation of a robust quality system.”

We were delighted to work on this project with the fantastic Rosewood Keen Management Services, specialists in integrated management systems and business improvement. Mike Smith, Compliance Consultant said,

“As an external quality consultant, I sometimes come across organisations that have a real clarity of purpose, some that live and breathe their values and others that are run and owned by really nice people, rarely do I find a company that manages to be all three. Barking Mad is one such company. I have always received a warm welcome from people who genuinely care about what they do and how they can continue to support and develop the business of their franchise partners, I wish Lee and her team all the best in everything they do.”

The quality of the dog home boarding service we provide has always been our number one priority. It is of utmost importance to us, that we provide an unrivalled, dog sitting customer experience and we are delighted to have achieved independent certification which confirms this. We adore what we do and we love our customers’ dogs just like our own!

www.barkingmad.uk.com

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PetStay have launched their NEW sparkling website this month.

Managing Director Carole Davy says, “After many months of meetings, creativity and ideas flying about we are happy to announce the launch of our new website. We wanted to make sure we designed it with our customers in mind who are all dog lovers.”

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“We wanted to make sure we got our message across with a new clear and bright website that is simple to read and easy to navigate.”

“PetStay are a growing home dog boarding company and we are always looking to improve our online presence. We feel we have achieved this with the new website. ”

You can visit the new and improved PetStay website at www.petstay.net, we would love to hear what you think!

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Dog Friendly Pembrokeshire Tourism Awards Winners Announced

Pembrokeshire’s Dog Friendly businesses have been recognised and celebrated in the county’s first Dog Friendly Tourism Awards held on the Slebech Park Estate. The Dog Friendly Awards initiative was created by Pembrokeshire Tourism and Burns Pet Nutrition and are designed to champion responsible pet ownership, whilst recognising the efforts of outstanding local businesses throughout the county who help to make Pembrokeshire a dog friendly destination for visitors. Following the launch of the Awards in January, over 400 entries were received across the six categories giving the judges from the Burns By Your Side Reading Dog Teams plenty to consider!

dog friendly award winners

The award for Best Dog Friendly Beach went to Amroth. With plenty of sand to play on, rock pools to investigate and waste bins easily accessible, the judges felt this was a great place to enjoy some seaside fun.

The judges in the award for Best Dog Friendly Town or Village looked for evidence of the whole town or village being a welcoming venue for four-legged visitors and their owners! In this closely fought category Saundersfoot came out on top over the twin towns of Fishguard & Goodwick and Amroth.

The Best Dog Friendly Day Out award took into consideration factors that enabled everyone to enjoy a great day out in Pembrokeshire’s attractions. With so many great places to visit and explore the judges had their work cut out to pick just one winner, before ultimately deciding on Carew Castle as their top choice.

The Best Dog Friendly Pub, Restaurant or Café category judges were keen to find a warm welcome for all visitors along with provision for those not using cutlery to eat! Having visited all three finalists including the Brewery Inn, Cosheston and the Hope Inn, Pembroke, the winner was named as the Temple Bar in Amroth.

For the Best Dog Friendly Campsite or Caravan Park award judges looked at how venues were able to go the extra mile to make pets welcome and safe whilst on holiday. Coastal Wood Camping was the winning campsite who offer plenty of space for all to enjoy their holiday, and great dog friendly facilities.

For those not so keen on camping, the Best Dog Friendly Holiday Accommodation award looked at hotels, guesthouses and B&B providers throughout Pembrokeshire the judges were keen to find providers who were clearly committed to welcoming dogs to their premises. Cwm Connell Coastal Cottages beat off tough competition from Fron Fawr Holiday Cottages and Coastal Wood Holidays to win in this category.

dog friendly award

John Burns of Burns Pet Nutrition explained how much he and the Burns By Your Side Reading Dogs Team had enjoyed the judging saying, “It’s been great to see first-hand the incredible work that these businesses are doing to make Pembrokeshire a dog friendly destination”. Echoing this, Dennis O’Connor, Tourism Liaison Manager at Pembrokeshire Tourism said, “Pembrokeshire is a very special place for visitors and we are delighted to have been able to recognise the work of dog friendly businesses throughout the county as well as our fantastic towns and beaches. Increasingly visitors are looking for dog friendly destinations to avoid the distress of leaving their pets in kennels, so the wonderful coast and countryside that Pembrokeshire offers is particularly appealing”.

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How to Stop Your Dog from Peeing on the Carpet Now

Dogs may be adorable creatures and keeping them indoors can be such a joy. Giving them food through an automatic pet feeder would be convenient too. So, even when you are out, you don’t need to worry that they will get hungry.
While dogs are great security guards for your home, they can be naughty from time to time though, so you need to prepare yourself for when they misbehave. There are times when it’s hard to keep them in control. Sometimes, they will mess up with the pet water fountain or run around your home like crazy in the name of fun.
There are times, however, when their antics become destructive. Some dogs love peeing in the wrong places like your carpet. The last thing you want to end up with is a carpet that is stinking of dog urine.
If your dog thinks that the carpet is the perfect place to pee, you need to do something about it quickly or else you will tolerate this bad habit. What’s the best way to discourage your canine to do answer the call of nature by peeing on the carpet?

Here are 4 things that you can do to address that behavior:

Potty Training
There’s no denying that a dog needs to be reminded that it should be peeing in the right place. One way to make sure that your dog knows this is to start potty training. Teaching your canine about proper behavior is a must if you do not want to end up cleaning the carpet over and over because your pet considers it as his bathroom.
Potty training will help your dog realize that there is a right place to pee. This means that it would be easier to teach your dog about the right place to poop. So, if you have a dog that has not been housebroken yet, this may be a good choice.
Potty training is all about teaching your dog that there is a place to poop. The most effective way to accomplish this is through positive reinforcement and by rewarding your pet. Taking your pet outside to a regular spot to pee or poop is the best choice to do this so that next time, they will know what to do.

Crate training
Another choice for making sure that your carpet will not suffer from more accidents is through crate training. Keeping your pet in a crate and letting them out when they have to go is easier and less dangerous when they are in a crate. Just a word of caution, this is not the magical answer to all dog problems.
Housetraining is best done using crates although there are differences in opinion about that among dog owners. Some people find this to be an inhuman way to treat canines since the animals are placed in captivity. Although you can put a dog in a crate when you are out, it’s not recommended since dogs tend to feel depressed when you leave them alone for long periods of time.
Crate training is a means of making sure that the newest addition to the canines in your family will not destroy your house. However, you should never consider this as an option when you are dealing with puppies that are less than six months old. The maximum number of hours that you can leave your pets in a crate is just four hours, so always keep that fact in mind.

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Clean carpets to remove any trace of pee
Dogs have a good sense of smell. This is one of the reasons why they are such a valuable companion when you are hunting and tracking. This same ability can backfire when you are training your dog to stop peeing on the carpet.
Once your dog already peed on your carpet, they will leave their scent in there. If they get a whiff of that smell and they get the urge to pee, they tend to do the deed in a place that smells just like pee to them. So, if there are still traces of pee smell on the carpet, they will love to pee in there as much as they want.
You also need to keep in mind that just because you can’t smell the pee, it’s not there. Make sure that the carpets are cleaned thoroughly so that your dog will not get the urge to continue peeing on it. Although it’s good to use homemade solutions, always make sure to get the scent totally gone or else your carpet could still be in danger.

Hire professional dog trainers
If you have done everything that you possibly can but your dog is still peeing on your carpet, you might be feeling quite frustrated by now. Don’t worry, there are still choices that are open to you. You can always look to professionals for help. These people are the best choices that you have when it comes to understanding dogs and their behavior.

When things seem to be too hard to handle and your dog just won’t budge, there could be a bigger problem. Professionals can help you in this aspect and they might even assist you in handling your dog and making it obey you. This may be a costly option but it would totally pay off.
Dogs that keep on urinating on the carpet can be a huge source of frustration. If this is one of your struggles, try to look into these suggestions.
Did you ever own a dog that kept on urinating on the carpet? What did you do? Tell us all about it in the comments section and be sure to share this with your friends if you found it useful.

BIO:
My name is Diana Hutchinson. I am the founder of Tinpaw.com.
I have more than 10-years’ experience in nurturing and caring cats & dogs. I love them. Since long ago they had been become important members of my family.

Small Black Country Business Gets Twitter Boost from Theo Paphitis

Small business start-up, BIGPAWS.CO, has received a business boost from Retail Entrepreneur Theo Paphitis.

Tracy Messer, owner of BIGPAWS.CO, tweeted Theo about her business during ‘Small Business Sunday’ and was one of six weekly winners to gain a retweet by Theo to his huge Twitter following.  This weekly initiative, set up by Theo in 2010, now has 1700 #SBS winners and supports small businesses in the UK.

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Business and retail entrepreneur and self-confessed Shopkeeper, Theo re‐tweeted Tracy’s message to his 500,000 followers which has resulted in BIGPAWS.CO getting increased followers and orders for her Wall Mounted Dog Bowl Holders, a unique product which fits at any height and stops your dog’s bowl sliding around on the floor.

Tracy said, “I’ve only been trading for 7 months, so as a relatively new start-up it’s great to have support from Theo because it’s tough trying to raise your profile when you’re a small business. Theo has recognised all the hard work and helped spread the word about what the business is about.”

Small business champion and Ryman Stationery, Robert Dyas and Boux Avenue Chairman, Theo Paphitis, said: “We are thrilled to welcome new #SBS members every week and highlight just how important it is to support our small businesses here in the UK.  My vision is that everyone who has ever won an #SBS re-tweet from me becomes part of a friendly club; like-minded individuals who can share successes and learnings. The website and Shop #SBS will also give a valuable profile to the winners chosen and I wish BIGPAWS.CO every success.”

Anyone looking for a re‐tweet from Theo should tweet him about their business on Sunday between 5 PM and 7.30 PM and include the hashtag #SBS. Six lucky businesses are re‐tweeted every Monday at 8 PM and then invited to enter their profile on the new website, attend the annual #SBS networking event and take advantage of the networking opportunities.

Do you know the effects of dog poo in the sea?

Millions of people enjoy the British beaches each year, paddling in the sea or, if they are daring enough, going for a chilly swim!

To protect and advise the general public using the beaches the Environment Agency check the areas of the coast classified as bathing waters 20 times a year monitoring their water quality. They then report a result of either excellent, good, sufficient or fail on their website and at signage on the beach.

Did you know that dog poo has a significant effect on these results?

effects of dog poo in the sea

Not only is it unpleasant to find dog mess in the sea but the harmful bacteria in it can make those swimming and paddling sick. Also, if left on pavements inland it can also be washed into the sea during heavy rain.

As this bacteria affects the bathing water quality high volumes of dog poo increases the risk of the bathing water receiving a fail status, resulting in the location being withdrawn. This may have a bigger impact on the coastal economy relating to tourism and jobs.

LOVEmyBEACH is a campaign with a huge challenge: to work together to keep our local beaches and bathing waters clean. That is why we are speaking to as many responsible dog owners as possible to who can help promote this important message so we can all enjoy the beaches for generations to come. As always, please bag it and bin it when on the beach as the tide cannot wash away your dogs bad deeds.

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What dogs really think of their owners – video

If you’ve ever wondered what dogs might say if they could talk, then now’s your chance to find out.

As well as making dog lovers laugh, the video hopefully shows why it’s important to register your appliances. In the event of a product recall, you’ll be alerted to the dangerous device you have at home. Electrical Safety First’s research found that 5 million tumble dryers were recalled last year, but thousands remain in people’s homes to this day, putting dogs and their owners at risk of house fires.

It only takes a few minutes to register your appliances, and one day your dogs might be thankful you did!

Visit registermyappliance.org.uk today.

A dooup for Mother’s Day

Whether a mummy of a human or a mummy to the furry variety, or mummy to both, Mother’s Day is an important day to honour all that ‘mumminess’! And what better way to do that than give a gift that keeps on giving…or in this case, saves mummy time and effort, not to mention, eliminating the ‘yuck factor’ that comes with clearing dog poo.

A dooup for Mother’s Day

The only downside to owning a dog is clearing the waste. So, brand dooup exists to make this job easier, with a convenient and hygienic garden gadget for home and a convenient all in one product for on the go.

Our garden dooup has been successfully clearing and sanitising gardens since 2012 and has earned its’ title as ‘Best for the Garden’ by Dogs Today magazine. This prestigious vote means that we can truly provide mummies of furry kids the ultimate answer to the issue that is – the garden being used as a toilet! The dooup Complete Pet Waste Clearer is a handy garden gadget that makes an unpleasant chore easier, more hygienic…and one customer has even said that whenever she uses hers, it makes her smile!

Put a smile on her face this Mother’s Day and buy her a garden dooup www.thedooup.com/shop and why not register for The dooup walk-ease too? www.thedooup.com/walks

A dooup for Mother’s Day