Dogs, depression and what you can do to help your pet

The conversation surrounding mental health has picked up in recent months, with high profile entertainers such as Ruby Wax and Stephen Fry sharing their personal experiences with mental illness.

However, according to Bought By Many, many people don’t realise, that dogs also suffer from mental health issues too.

A recent study by the vet charity PDSA found that more than 2.3 million dogs are regularly left on their own for five hours or more. Worryingly, 28% of the 31,500 pet owners surveyed believe it is acceptable to leave their dog alone in the house for 6 to 10 hours.

This is in stark contrast to advice from vets, who say dogs should not be left alone for more than four hours a day, because the loneliness and boredom can cause destructive behaviour.

Dogs need exercise
The survey also found that as many as 465,000 dogs are never taken for a walk. Daily walks are crucial to the well-being of most dog breeds. Some, like Pugs, Pekingese and some older dogs, can get by with a run around the backyard or even indoor playtime, though they would still benefit from regular walks outside.

For more energetic dog breeds, a lack of exercise can be devastating. It can affect both their mental and physical health and cause them to act out. The problem is so severe that over 50% of UK vets report behavioural issues have caused an increase in pet euthanasia in the past two years.

Of course this doesn’t mean you should quit your job so that you can take your dog for long daily walks – Dog Walkers are available to hire to do it for you. You can even hire a Dog Sitter to look after your dog while you’re at work.

It’s important to remember, however, that ultimately, your dog is devoted to you and it is crucial you spend time giving it the love and attention in craves.

Behavioural cover in pet insurance
If you’re struggling to deal with your pet’s behavioural issues, Bought By Many suggest checking your pet insurance – several companies include cover for behavioural problems in their policies. You might also consider the level of cover offered for these issues before deciding which provider to go with, or switch to.

Bought By Many found that John Lewis offers a good payout for behavioural problems – £250 is included in their Essential and Plus policies, and their Premier policy comes with £500 worth of cover.

Many other pet insurance firms exclude behavioural cover or do not specify the levels of payouts. You can compare the 10 best pet insurance policies for dogs here.

Pet insurance can cover complementary therapy, which may help with a dog’s behavioural issues.

Pet owner responsibilities
As well as long working hours and technology taking over our lives, a recent article in the Independent suggests that global warming might also be to blame for owners not taking their dogs out enough.

While pet owners are happy to take their dogs for a walk in frosty conditions, rain and mud are a much less attractive proposition. But dog ownership requires some sacrifice, including getting a little muddy.

Having a dog can be a wonderful thing and the unconditional love and companionship enhances the life of any pet owner. Ironically, dog ownership is thought to be one of the most effective ways to treat depression and anxiety in humans.

However, trying to fit a dog into a hectic lifestyle is not always viable and can cause unfair damage to an innocent animal that just wants your attention and love.

PDSA Advice
PDSA vet Vicki Larkham-Jones has some important words of advice for pet owners: “PDSA is urging pet owners to re-assess life from their pet’s perspective to ensure that they are giving their animals the right level of care and attention they need to live healthy, happy lives.

“I’d encourage people thinking about getting a pet to pause first and find out about all aspects of pet ownership in order to provide for that animal’s lifetime needs.”

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Sharron Davies backs No Bite is Right campaign and heads around the country to help keeps pets healthy

As the weather warms up and we approach summer, pet owners are being urged to be vigilant against ticks and fleas which thrive in warmer weather. Watch our video where Sharron and the Tickbuster team of experts tell you how you can keep your furry friends happy and healthy as temperatures rise

As pet owners get set for a summer spent with their beloved furry friends in the great outdoors, Sharron Davies is urging them to make sure their animals are in tip top shape before the summer kicks in.

The former Olympic swimmer is backing the No Bite is Right campaign and is making her way around the country on the Tickbuster Tour alongside a panel of experts, to help pet owners prevent nasty bites from ticks and fleas which thrive in warmer weather.

New research shows that almost one in ten pet owners don’t do anything to prevent their pets being bitten by ticks and fleas, while only a quarter treat their pet with a preventative treatment at the recommended frequency. Furthermore, less than 60% believe they have control over their pet’s protection from parasites like ticks, fleas and lungworm.

But while nasty and in some cases potentially fatal – all of these parasites and the diseases they spread can be protected against by regular use of suitable preventative products available from vets.

Watch our video where Sharron Davies starts the Tickbuster tour at the Ayr County Fair, alongside a panel of experts, to educate pet owners on how to keep their pets healthy this summer.

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Ar you relocating to the seaside to run a dog friendly B&B or hotel?

Pi Productions is casting for a brand new documentary series for Channel 5 that follows people as they relocate for a major lifestyle and career change.

We are looking for families or couples who are planning to ditch the 9 to 5 to be their own boss and pursue a career in something they are passionate about. You could be relocating to the seaside to run a dog friendly B&B or hotel, moving to the countryside to take the reins of a boarding kennel, or you could be setting up a pet grooming salon in a popular tourist hotspot. We want to showcase the amazing lifestyle business opportunities out there and show what it takes to make a new business a success.

We would love to feature a new pet business – the pets industry is hugely aspirational right now, and dogs are the nation’s favourite pet, so it would be fantastic to capture and represent this in our series.

We are keen to feature positive and aspirational stories. This is a brilliant opportunity for “life changers” to feature themselves and their new venture on a prime time documentary, and inspire other people in the process.

We are looking for people who are embarking on their journey this summer.

If this sounds like you, or if you would like to recommend someone you know, then we would love to hear from you.

Interested parties can email the casting team on casting@piproductions.tv or give us a call on 0203 761 4522. There is no pressure to take part at the initial enquiry stage.

Pi Productions is a TV company run by John Silver, who created Grand Designs and reinvented MasterChef. Please have a look at our website for more information about us: www.piproductions.tv/

You can also follow us on Twitter: @PiProdCasting.

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Top ten dog friendly beaches in the UK by manonabeach®

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About manonabeach®…

I started manonabeach® tentatively via YouTube in September, 2011 and put the website up in December of that year, as it started to become popular. From its origins in Cornwall, the project has now become national, featuring additional beach visits to Norfolk, Suffolk, Dorset, Sussex, East Lothian, Fife, Moray, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, The Highlands of Scotland, the Isles of Skye, Mull and the Outer Hebrides, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and The Gower, as well as Northumberland, Yorkshire and North Wales, including Anglesey. Through the seasons, manonabeach® returns to each region, building a picture of beach life through the year. There are now over 2,000 films on the website and manonabeach.com has developed into a fully fledged e-book, out of its beginnings as a daily blog. The website is a place where you can enjoy beach visits and a flavour of the beach when you’re not there, all built around beach goers’ answers to the question

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What does the beach mean to you…?”

The series celebrates the elemental power of the beach and its profound effect on people who enjoy being where the air, land and sea meet.  The beach means different things to different people, whether enhancing creativity, decisiveness and energy, being restorative and settling, part of a routine, a reference point through generations, freedom or just fun.

In the narrative interviews on the site, you can see and hear people re-present their emotions, perceptions and recollections, all drawn out by the enhancing effect of the beach.  manonabeach® is a construct, a passive Everyman, whose role is to bring qualitative findings directly to you, letting you draw your own conclusions from them.

Each beach page, accessed via a national or eleven regional maps, has details of facilities and features, a dog-friendly button, a Google map and bathing information.

The project has a well-being focus, as most viewers are urban and familiar with the beaches that I feature, but are missing the enhancing effect of these places. Through the website, viewers are reminded and often surprised by the wide range of stimuli on offer, where the air, land and sea meet. It’s a tonic, a pick me up at the end of a working day for some. 24% of the site’s visitors are in London and manonabeach® is watched in 138 countries. manonabeach®’s anonymity means that viewers aren’t troubled or distracted by the presence of a personality or celebrity. It’s almost as if the beach goer is talking directly to the viewer.

So what answers have I had to the question “What does the beach mean to you…?” There have been 635 different responses, in 1.080 interviews. Every answer has been meticulously recorded. Overall, the top five responses are:

  1. Childhood
  2. Beauty
  3. Family
  4. Dog walking
  5. Peace / calm.

I’ve divided the findings into six categories, with each category’s top five below:

Emotional and spiritual

  1. Memories
  2. Everything
  3. I love it
  4. Escape
  5. Being near the water / the sea.

Livelihoods and occupations

  1. Livelihood
  2. Routine
  3. History
  4. Economic pressure
  5. Economic benefit

Friends and family

  1. Childhood
  2. Family
  3. Holiday
  4. All generations
  5. Home

Sensory

  1. Beauty
  2. Peaceful / calm
  3. Relaxing / chilled out
  4. Freedom
  5. Wide open spaces

Nature

  1. The sea
  2. Ever changing
  3. Wildlife
  4. Seasonal changes
  5. Nature

Occupations and activities

  1. Dog walking
  2. Fishing
  3. Walking
  4. Swimming
  5. Play.

It’s clear from the viewing figures that people prefer the unspoilt, undeveloped beaches and there’s clearly a link through the generations that’s important to people. The most popular beaches on the site are not necessarily those that you might expect or that are best known and the subject of the heaviest marketing by tourism agencies. With due deference to the non-Cornish regions, who have only featured since October 2012 or even more recently, here are the top ten most viewed beaches at manonabeach.com:

1. Rinsey Cove, Cornwall, here
2. Holywell Bay, Cornwall, here
3. Polly Joke, Cornwall, here
4. Kynance Cove, Cornwall, here
5. Cley-Next-The-Sea, Norfolk, here
6. Covehithe, Suffolk, here
7. Southwold, Suffolk, here
8. Aldeburgh, Suffolk, here
9. Porthilly, Cornwall, here
10. Crantock, Cornwall, here.

There are regional characteristics that distinguish beaches and may inform the attraction in each place. Long granite headlands feature in Cornwall and West Wales, with the sea often viewed close up from the side, whereas big skies and bird life, including migratory, have a resonant impact in Norfolk and Suffolk. Man’s relationship with nature is starkly visible through the string of lighthouses up the North East coast of Scotland, while the picturesque golf links of East Lothian and Fife, along with North East Scotland, Suffolk, Sussex and Cornwall’s inshore fishing communities and Cornwall’s surfers and wild swimmers highlight the wide diversity of beach use.

The beach is a wonderful place for us all to enjoy. Its ever changing nature, whether on a daily or tidal basis or through the seasons, guarantees an element of anticipation and excitement in any beach visit. You just don’t know what and who you’ll meet there when you go to the beach, meaning that you’ll always have a different answer to the manonabeach question “What does the beach mean to you…?”

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Pet Microchipping Essentials

As of April 2016, it’s now a legal requirement for all dogs over 8-weeks to be microchipped in the UK. Failing to do so could land you with a fine of up to £500.

How does it work?
The ID chip is as small as a grain of rice and no more painful than a standard vaccination. The procedure only takes a few minutes, but the benefits last for life. The only thing that you need to remember is to keep your contact details up-to-date.

Why is it important?
ID chips are a worthwhile precaution for your four-legged friend as a microchipped pet is more likely to be returned to its owner if lost or stolen. Microchipping will also help cut down on the numbers of stray animals, helping to reduce the strain on local authorities and charities.

Is it expensive?
Costs for ID chips vary from £15.00 and £20.00 at private clinics while some charities offer them for free.

For more useful information on how ID chips work and why it’s important to use them, take a look at this helpful guide from Sainsbury’s Bank:

www.sainsburysbank.co.uk/money-matters/pet-microchipping.shtml

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Strictly Come Crufts – Tess Daly visits as world’s largest dog show celebrates 125th anniversary

Watch our video featuring celebrity Tess Daly as she returns to Crufts to raise awareness of the dangers of lungworm

Crufts is one of the largest dog events in the world, originally staged in 1891 by Charles Cruft, which this year celebrates its 125th anniversary.

For prospective dog owners and dog lovers, Crufts is a great opportunity to talk to Kennel Club Assured Breeders, rescue charities and breed experts about how to responsibly buy, train and enjoy life with a dog, not to mention an exhibition of all things cute and fluffy.

We caught up with dog lover, Tess Daly, who is appearing as part of her role as ambassador for the Be Lungworm Aware campaign.

After being involved in the campaign in 2015, Tess became increasingly convinced that her golden retriever, Sam, may have died of lungworm.

As a result, Tess is attending this year’s event to encourage other dog owners to be alert to the dangers of lungworm and look-out for signs their dog could have become infected the deadly parasite.

For all this and more watch our informative video as we catch up with Tess and get some sneak peaks of the event itself.

How dogs can contract the lungworm parasite?

Ingesting Larvae: Slugs and snails carry the lungworm larvae and dogs can become infected when they eat these common garden pests whilst rummaging through undergrowth, eating grass, drinking from puddles or outdoor water bowls, or pick them up from their toys

Faeces: Infected dogs and foxes spread the parasite into the environment as the lungworm larvae are excreted in their faeces, slugs and snails that come into contact with the faeces can become infected, increasing the chances of other dogs becoming infected

Foxes: A study from the University of Bristol published in 2015 which examined the fox population, whose faeces can spread lungworm larvae, suggested that the overall prevalence of lungworm in foxes is 18.3 per cent in the UK, which is significantly higher than in previous years

Travel: With more people travelling in the UK with their dogs, and foxes roaming up to 50km, the risk of the parasite spreading around the country will continue

Do you know what the signs of lungworm in your dog are?

This canine disease is most commonly caused by swallowing slugs and snails carrying the lungworm larvae but it is preventable and treatable so it is vital people know how to spot the symptoms

Once the lungworm parasite is inside dogs’ systems, it can cause symptoms such as breathing problems, tiring easily, coughing, persistent bleeding, vomiting, diarrhoea and, in some cases, death for beloved canine companions.

Evidence from the Royal Veterinary College confirms the lungworm parasite has spread across the UK, from its traditional habitat in the south of England and Wales, now being widespread in Central England and also reaching northern regions and Scotland, with one in five vet practices reporting at least one case of the parasite1 A year ago animal health experts Bayer launched a Lungworm Mapping Tool to assist with plotting the prevalence of the disease across the UK, as part of a wider research programme to better monitor and document the spread of the potentially fatal disease. Vets are continuing to report cases of lungworm in their practices to be added to the interactive map, helping them to see where dogs could be at risk.

Useful Links

www.lungworm.co.uk/lungworm-map/

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Who Can Look after Your Dog When You’re on Holiday?

Your summer holiday has finally been booked and you’re looking forward to spending some quality time relaxing in the sun with close friends and family.

But whilst you’ll be away, have you stopped to consider who’s going to look after your other family member – your beloved pet dog, of course?

If not, don’t panic: we’ve compiled a list of safe and sensible suggestions so that your four-legged friend is left in good hands.

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Option 1 – Dog Kennels

Your first option is to house your dog in kennels until you return from your much-needed summer break.

There are plenty of kennel services to choose from, but it’s worth opting for one based on reputation, so ask other dog owners and friends and search online to check reviews.
Some kennels will be more luxurious than others, but essentially they all offer a similar service.

Remember to ask how much exercise your dog will receive each day and whether this comes at an additional cost.

It’s also worth finding out how much space they will have available. If you own a large dog, they’ll require a sufficient area to roam around in.

Be sure to visit the kennels as well. You’ll get a good indication of how the staff will treat your dog, the condition of the premises and how many people will be interacting with your pet.

Option 2 – Dog-Sitting
If kennels are off the cards, what about getting someone you know to stay at your house and dog-sit whilst you’re away?

In this instance we’d recommend choosing someone with whom you have a good relationship – and if they own dogs, or have owned them before, even better.

This might be a sensible option if you know your pet will feel more comfortable staying in the environment they’re used to as opposed to moving to new premises.

If dog-sitting sounds right for you, just make sure that the person looking after your pet will be with them at all times.

Getting someone to call in at your home and check on your dog every now and again is the wrong approach and could even be deemed animal cruelty.

Option 3 – Home Dog Boarding

Slightly different to the above, home dog boarding means that your pet will stay with someone else in their own home while you’re away.

Think of this as your dog’s very own holiday or getaway where they get to unwind until they greet you with a wagging tail upon your return.

Just as you would for dog-sitting, make sure the people looking after your dog are reliable and trustworthy and understand the needs of your pet.

Recommendations, reviews and ratings will also play a key part in determining which home dog boarding option to choose, so once again, don’t forget to ask around.

Always make sure you meet the sitter in advance before you go on holiday so that you know you’re making the right choice. This will also give your dog a chance to become familiar with their surroundings before they end up staying there.

According to The Kennel Club, you should also check references and insurance cover and leave the sitter your contact details.

Finally, if it is a legal requirement in your local area for the individual or business to have a licence to provide this type of service, you should check this as well.

Which Option’s Right for Your Dog?

As each and every dog has their own individual requirements, try and pick the best service to meet their needs.

You know your own pet better than anyone else, so think through your options and go with a choice that you’re confident your dog will enjoy.

Ideally, you want to cause your dog as little distress as possible while you’re away so that they have their own holiday too.

If you get it right you’ll know for next time and both you and your dog can reunite after a well-earned break.

This post was written by GJW Titmuss, a leading online pet supplies, food and accessories store.

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Crufts 2016- highlights from the world’s biggest dog show

Watch our video to see TV star Mark Wright, and world famous double act Ashleigh and Pudsey, as they visits Crufts 2016

It’s the world’s biggest dog show and this year Crufts is celebrating its 125th birthday.

For over a century the famous canine event has seen dog lovers and owners come together to celebrate their precious pooches, and speak to Kennel Club Assured Breeders, rescue charities and breed experts about how to responsibly buy, train and enjoy life with a dog.

We caught up with dog loving celeb Mark Wright who is on a mission to help dog owners keep their pups happy and healthy this spring.

Mark is urging dog owners to make sure their pets are up to date with all their worming and flea treatments as warmer weather approaches and is appearing at Cruft as part of his role as ambassador for The Inseparables campaign.

Also on hand to show just what a healthy, happy dog can really do is BGT double act, Ashleigh and Pudsey.

Grimsby Pet Treat manufacturer lands home another “Big Fish”

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Grimsby Pet Treat manufacturer lands home another “Big Fish” for the Pet sector! Grimsby based pet treat manufacturer Tower Pet Products UK Ltd (TPP) are launching this week at Crufts 2016 the Worlds 1 st Aquaculture Stewardship council (ASC) certified Salmon Jerky dog treat.

Under the umbrella of parent company Tower pet Products UK Ltd the companies award winning Sea Treats fresh fish based dog treats brand has now achieved ASC certification for its 100% Natural Salmon Jerky Dog treat. The  Sea Treats range of Salmon Skin Jerky treats for dogs are made using fresh salmon skins which are sourced from Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified sustainable fisheries. This means that the treats can be traced back to an independently verified sustainable source.

Tower Pet Products are well known within the pet sector for their Marine Stewardship council (MSC) Whitefish Jerky range and are now really excited to add the ASC certification to its Salmon Jerky product range . The fish skins are a fresh nutritious product from salmon left over after processing for human consumption and make a good use of an otherwise underutilised part of the fish. The product is high in essential fatty acids and omega oils – and really good for the animal as a treat. Along with the MSC range the new ASC certification will be displayed on the Sea Treats packaging.

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Mike Dillon, Managing Director comments “We are immensely proud to land another big fish! It is great news to be announcing yet another World’s 1st for the pet sector and Great Grimsby! We have had an amazing year, Sea treats were voted best UK pet product 2015 by UK Pet retailers which followed our launch at Crufts in 2015 of the World’s 1st Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified Whitefish Dog jerky treat. As a group of seafood experts and championship show dog exhibitors, breeders and judges we know we have excellent 100% Natural products delivering fantastic health benefits for our pets.  We’re delighted that Sea Treats will now also supply under the ASC Chain of Custody Certificate.  A world first! Our Sea treats brand is built on quality and trust and we run our factory the same as any human seafood approved factory would run giving our pets high quality products you can trust.”

Alongside the Sea Treats brand the company is well known for its Challenge Brand which is a premium fresh salmon based Dog food which feeds Championship winning Dogs.

Good luck to all of our team and customer at Crufts 2016. Have a great Crufts 2016.

To find out more about Sea Treats, visit www.seatreats.co.uk or visit Hall 1 stand 108 at Crufts at the NEC Birmingham.

Further information on ASC chain of Custody can be obtained from info@asc-aqua.org

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Bake at Home with Olive’s Larder

Olive’s Larder have launched a NEW and healthy bake at home kit and gift jar selection!

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Perfect for all dog lovers out there who want their little pooches to have nothing but the best!

Made with 100% natural ingredients and promoting good health for dogs Olive’s Larder baking kits make it easy for you busy pawents out there to give a homebaked treat where all the hard work has been done for you! With just an egg and your love to add you can bake perfect healthy treats every time.

The flavour cominations in these baking kits are just delicious, including the Olive’s Larder Mint Canine Cookie Kit available as a gift jar £9.95 or as a baking bag kit £4.99

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Packed with delicious flavours the mint cookie kit promotes fresh breath and can be soothing too. Mint is naturally very soothing for digestive problems in dogs and historically, this aromatic herb has been used to reduce gas, nausea, motion sickness, and stomach aches as well as naturally freshening breath.

The Olive’s Larder Carob Canine Cookie Kit available as a gift jar £9.95 or as a baking kit £4.99 is also packed full of delicious flavours and real health benefits!

Carob is naturally sweet, low fat & protein packed. With a naturally sweet and pleasant flavor, carob is packed with nutrients. It is rich in vitamins A, B, B1, B2, B3, B6 and D, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, manganese and protein.

Carob is also rich in fiber and pectin, which helps eliminate toxins from the body. This super food improves digestion, lowers cholesterol, and can be used to treat diarrhea. The vitamin E content in carob helps to treat coughs, flu, and anemia. It can even be used to fight against osteoporosis because of it allows better absorption of calcium.

These delicious treat kits are packed with this low fat wonderful superfood carob and soothing breath freshening mint – flavours that that your four legged friend will just love and enjoy and even more so because it was baked by you!

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