Learn how to protect your dog from ticks with Chris Packham

Watch our show live from the New Forest to learn how to check and protect your dogs against ticks

Show date: Thursday 23rd April
Show time: 2:45pm

Vets across the UK are set to take part in the Big Tick Project, launching on Thursday 23rd April. This will see dog owners collecting ticks from their pets throughout the UK in a bid to help scientists track what is feared to be a growing threat to dogs and people from tick-borne diseases such as Lyme Disease.

Lyme Disease is caused by a bite from an infected tick. Dogs can be bitten while walking through wooded areas or parkland in both towns and the countryside. Symptoms include lameness, lethargy and fever.  If left untreated they can lead to more serious conditions such as kidney disease and heart failure.  Many cases of tick infestation are likely to go unnoticed by owners as they are only detected by a thorough examination.

The Big Tick Project is being supported by TV presenter, naturalist and dog lover Chris Packham, and aims to raise awareness of the risks and symptoms associated with tick-borne disease, and to educate owners how they can reduce their dog’s exposure to ticks and the diseases they carry.

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Throughout spring and early summer when ticks are most active, vets taking part in the Big Tick Project will be giving dogs visiting their practice a thorough tick check.

Tune into our live programme to learn how you can identify and remove ticks correctly from your dogs, as well as highlighting how vets can offer the best ways to prevent and control ticks and fleas, tailored to individual pets needs.

Chris Packham joins veterinary dermatologist Paul Sands MRCVS and dog owners for MyPetonline’s latest web vet clinic on ticks as part of the Big Tick Project and Big Flea Guarantee campaigns.

If your dog could choose their own chew it would be a STAGLER deer antler dog chew every time

As we turn our attention to the spring season the Staglers team is ready for the year ahead. We are all waiting for the deer antlers to naturally fall off the stags after they have completed their mating season.

Fortunately the Staglers Store is holding impressive stocks of whole antlers and cut, prepared deer antler dog chews. We can confidently guarantee not to run out in the Spring of 2015 this gives us a competitive edge over some of our competition who are larger businesses and always struggle to fulfill orders at this time of year.

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Our workshop has prepared deer antler dog chews ready to be shipped to customers and trade suppliers alike.

So what are your choices? You can go to www.staglers.co.uk and buy online in a few easy steps and receive fast, reliable delivery.

If you run one of the below, or know a friend who would like to stock us give them this blog today!

Pet shop – Pet retailer – Pet product supplier – Dog groomer – Dog product supplier – Animal rescue center – Equine stockist – Farm Shop

If you need a reliable supplier, in easy to handle quantities (or big orders too….) give us a call 01202 631734 or 07979 908000 to chat. Rest assured you can get a competitive deal and excellent personal service.

Alternatively come and see John and the family at one of the shows around the country. Yes, we pack up the Staglers van, with lots of orange items and a huge variety of tasty chews onboard. Our  opportunity to meet you and your wonderful pets in person. Book a date in your diary and we will see you there.

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Click on the show name to get all of the latest information and see how you can go too…..

April 11th & 12th – All about Dogs, Newbury, Berkshire

May 3rd & 4th – All about Dogs, Brentwood, Essex

May 21st  23rd – Devon County Show, Exeter, Devon

May 27th to 30th – Royal Bath & West Show, Shepton Mallet, Somerset

June 11th to 13th – South of England Show, Ardingly, West Sussex

July 1st & 2nd – Royal Norfolk Show, Norwich, Norfolk

July 28th to 30th – New Forest Show, Brockenhurst, Hampshire

August 19th – Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show, Shaftbury, Dorset

September 5 & 6th – Dorset County Show, Dorchester, Dorset

DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE SHOW? Please let us know by emailing biscuit@staglers.co.uk and we will see if we can get there! This includes Olympia and the brilliant Horse of the Year Show. We aim high to please you. Fingers and paws crossed!

Sleeping Dogs

You’re likely familiar with the phrase “let sleeping dogs lie.” In day-to-day situations, it’s probably a good idea to know when to leave things alone, but did you know that, taking the expression a little more literally, dogs require twice as much sleep as people?

Dogs experience REM (rapid eye movement) and SWS (slow wave sleep) like humans do, though their sleep cycles are much shorter than ours. Slow wave sleep is a less deep of a slumber than REM, and is typically the time when your dog is most easily roused.

Because dogs experience periods of REM, they also have dreams. Many dog owners report their animal kicking, growling and even barking in his sleep! Dreaming occurs during REM sleep wherein the dog’s body is extremely relaxed.

Puppies require even more sleep than their adult counterparts. A large amount of brain development occurs during sleep, so still-developing dogs need some extra shut-eye as they mature to adulthood. Though pups are often quite energetic, it’s not uncommon for them to fall asleep in the middle of play in unlikely places. Some may sleep up to 18 or even 20 hours a day!

Dogs can sleep anywhere, but when choosing a sleep spot owners should consider several factors. Dogs need to be able to both curl up and spread out to correspond with different phases of sleep, and of course animals have preferences just like people do, so it’s important to choose both an area and a bed that your dog seems to be comfortable with.

Your bed: depending on the breed it may be best for your furry friend to have his own area in which to snooze, so if you have a labrador or a dane it may not be best for Fido to bunk down with his human parents.

Dog beds: A dog bed either in the master bedroom where the people sleep is a popular choice, while some families situate their dogs sleeping place in another area of the house. Many owners feel that allowing the dog on the bed is a bad practice, especially in the case where dogs aren’t allowed on couches or other furniture.

Outside: Some owners have “outside dogs” that aren’t kept much in the house. Outside dogs should always have a dog house for shelter from sun and rain, even in temperate climates. Put down blankets or carpeting, and add some extra insulation in the winter; if you live in a northern area with particularly cold winters, consider letting your pooch sleep on the landing or in an in-between area like the sun or mud room when temperatures become too low.

Taking care of your dog’s sleeping habits is just as important as seeing after your own. Make sure you understand your dog’s health needs as well–other help problems can quickly lead to interruptions in rest and sleep, which can in turn worsen your dog’s health. Dogs sleep more than people, and he should have his own space that’s both comfortable and relaxing.

Blog post by Amber Kingsley

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Grimsby company launches world’s first MSC certified sustainable dog treats at Crufts

Grimsby pet treat manufacturer Tower Pet Products are launching the world’s first Marine Stewardship Council certified sustainable dog treats at Crufts this week. The new Sea Treats Fish Skin Jerky pet products for dogs are made using dried fish skins sourced from MSC certified sustainable fisheries. This means that the treats can be traced back to an independently verified sustainable source.

Tower Pet Products are well known in Grimsby and in the dog treat industry for their Mariner’s Choice range.

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The fish skins are a fresh nutritious product left over from skinning cod and haddock used for human consumption and make a good use of an otherwise underutilised part of the fish. All of them can be traced back to MSC certified sustainable fisheries in the North East Atlantic.

A natural dental aid, Fish Skin Jerky is also low in fat using only the best-managed fresh, raw materials sourced from responsible suppliers.

Tracy George, Business Development Director of Sea Treats explains “As a group of seafood experts and championship show dog exhibitors, breeders and judges we know we have excellent products delivering fantastic health benefits for our pets. We’re delighted that Sea Treats now also carry the MSC’s ‘Certified Sustainable Seafood label’ – a world first – which means we’re also looking after the oceans while we look after our dogs. As a leading pet seafood company we wanted to bring the same health benefits and quality fish to our pets now and in the future, applying the same standards as we expect in the human supply chain.”

To find out more about Sea Treats, visit www.seatreats.co.uk or visit Hall 1 stand 108 at Crufts at the NEC Birmingham and enter a competition for a chance to win a goody bag of the UK’s first MSC certified dog treat.

5 Tips for Safe and Enjoyable Dog Walking

Dog safety is something we’re passionate about and we also care about the owners who walk them. It can be a pretty dangerous world out there, and it’s important, whatever the weather or time of day, you’re safe and well and can enjoy your time with your dog. With that in mind, we’ve put together our 5 top tips for you and your dog to ensure you stay safe at all times when out walking.

1. Walk in well-lit areas
Whilst ‘walking the dog’ might conjure up images of running through golden fields in the morning sunlight, the reality of walking for most of us involves taking our pets out very early in the morning and late at night, before and after work.  Especially in winter, this can mean walking in the dark.  For safety reasons, it’s paramount that you and your dog are as easily visible as possible at all times.  This isn’t always feasible, however, depending on the route you take, and that’s where squeaker.com’s nifty Pooch light LED collar and lead range comes in, which ensures your dog (and you) are visible at all times to other pedestrians, cars and road users, even with the absence of any other light (read more about this in number 5)

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2. Wear warm, comfortable clothing and sensible footwear
Always make sure you wear comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty. Dress for the weather and layer up in case things change – pack-away macs are great as they’re easily portable but can be thrown on in case of a sudden shower. Comfortable walking shoes, old trainers or wellies are a must. Also make sure your dog is kitted out appropriately, with a coat if it’s chilly. If it’s a hot day, it’s best to take a bottle of water for you and your dog, just in case you get a little dehydrated.

3. Take your phone and let somebody know where you are going
It’s always a good idea to ensure that you have your phone with you (fully charged!) and if possible, let someone know where you are headed in case you do lose your phone or if anything should happen. Always make sure you have credit too should you need to call anyone.

4. Make sure to dispose of dog mess responsibly
It should go without saying, but this one’s a biggie – make sure you take bags with you and always clean up after your dog.

5. Make sure your dog is visible to you and to others
Reflective collars and leads are useful and can be very effective, however sometimes it’s simply not possible to walk your dog where there is sufficient light for them to be fully operational. For cyclists especially (as our director Chris found out!), who don’t often have lights strong enough to show up a reflective collar easily, it’s really important to have your own source of light to make sure your dog is visible at all times. Our light-up LED collars and leads come in a range of bright colours, so even in daylight you and your dog stand out. At night, 2 strips of flashing LED lights ensure your dog stands out from up to half a mile away. Safety is at the forefront of our designs – from the fabric we use to the style of the product – even down to the smallest fixtures and clasps. Easy to use, charging takes 30-60 minutes at any USB outlet so no expensive battery replacements. Keeping yourself and your dog safe and visible has never been easier – or more stylish!

How tailor-made food will change your dog’s life

With different personalities, different lifestyles and different nutritional requirements, no two dogs are the same. In fact, they are the most diverse species on the planet and as such their optimal nutritional requirements vary widely.

So when it comes to their diet, ‘one-size-fits-all’ doesn’t work. Breed-specific foods are already available, however by going a step further and creating tailor-made food that is optimised for an individual dog we can provide the ideal nutrition based on all requirements and preferences: breed (including cross-breeds), lifestage, physical condition, energy level, flavour preferences, health issues and dietary exclusions.

We even gradually adapt the blend over time as your dog ages and his nutritional requirements change naturally.

Click here to receive a 2 week free trial with just £1 delivery

HOW TAILOR-MADE FOOD WILL CHANGE YOUR DOG’S LIFE

HOW TAILOR-MADE FOOD WILL CHANGE YOUR DOG’S LIFE

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Battersea Dogs & Cats Home wants to end backstreet breeding – and you can help.

Shockingly, there’s an unseen world of backstreet breeders that cruelly force dogs to breed repeatedly. These mother dogs have no quality of life and their puppies are sold indiscriminately for profit. Anyone who cares for animals can see that this practice is wrong and must be stopped as soon as possible.

In response to this terrible situation, Battersea Dogs and Cats home have started a campaign to end backstreet breeding and you can help end this cruel practice.

Across the country, female dogs are being viciously exploited to make money for unlicensed breeders again, and again, and again. This has to stop.

Take action now www.endbackstreetbreeding.org.uk

Not only are the dogs abused during their time as forced mothers, often they are abandoned when they’re no longer of use. The products of backstreet breeding, the puppies, are also frequently neglected and sold with behavioural and health problems already present.

This cruel and malicious practice has to stop. With your help, it can. Let’s end backstreet breeding. www.endbackstreetbreeding.org.uk

Click here for more information on backstreet breeding.

Scotty’s Cartoons

It’s lovely to receive a portrait of our beloved canine. In getting a real likeness for their appearance, it’s a personal gift that we will treasure forever. Scotty’s Cartoons www.scottyscartoons.co.uk go a step further and don’t just capture that likeness in appearance, but also uniquely captures their personality in a 10 inch by 8 inch cartoon character portrait.

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Scotty’s Cartoons also provide business cartoon services to dog companies, including logo design, character design, posters and illustrations.

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As someone besotted with dogs herself, Scotty understands the special bond between human and dog, although judging from her dog’s own blog www.wisedogdiary.co.uk , Jasper’s opinion on that bond may differ from her own!

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The Health Benefits of Premium Dry Dog Food

A growing trend over the last few years has been the idea of buying premium dog food.  The idea is that buying a type of dog food that is perhaps more expensive than one you would just pick up at a supermarket comes with a wide variety of benefits– benefits which will ultimately not only save money, but also be better for your dog.  But what exactly is premium dog food, and is it worth any extra cost?

Most veterinarians say yes.  Here’s a closer look.
To start with, what is premium dog food, and what is the difference between it and standard food?  It comes down to the ingredients. Whilst most pet foods do at least meet the minimal requirements and standards for nutrition, most of the cheaper foods accomplish this by way of fillers, additives, and by-products that do not do much to help your dog.  This means that your dog will be eating more of these “empty calories” just to get the nutrients that it needs, so in the long run, even though the food is cheaper by the kilogram, you will ultimately have to buy more of it.  In addition, many of these base ingredients are known to cause allergies and other health problems in dogs, which can lead to higher veterinary bills.

Buying a premium dog food not only prevents these issues, but also provides many benefits.  Some of the health benefits of premium dry dog food include the following:
Healthier Weight: Because a dog needs to eat less of a premium dog food to feel the benefits, that dog will probably weigh less than one who has to eat more to get their necessary nutrition.

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More Energy: Premium dog foods tend to be closer in composition to what dogs evolved to eat in the wild. Wild dogs need a high energy diet in order to fuel all their physical activity. You’ll likely notice that your dog is more energetic and playful once he is on a diet that is closer to what nature intended.

Easier digestion and fewer allergies: Related to the above point, a dog that is eating the way nature intended him to eat is much less likely to have problems digesting his food because it is natural for him to eat.  Similarly, the fewer additives that are in the food, the less likely it is for your dog to have a bad reaction to an ingredient.

Immune System Support: It is better for any animal to receive the bulk of their nutrients from actual nutritious food rather than from supplements or other additives.  When your dog is absorbing all the vitamins and minerals he needs, he will be healthier and better able to fight off infection.

Longevity: Just as in humans, a better diet leads to a longer life.  A better diet also leads to a healthier animal, which contributes to longevity.

Thanks to these and other benefits, it’s no surprise that more veterinarians and experts are recommending premium food as the dry dog food of their choice.  Perhaps it’s time for you to give it a go and see the difference a better food makes for your dog.

Brown’s Pet Range is a UK based company dedicated to helping you care for your pet with premium quality products.  If you’re ready to give our dog food a try, we would love to send you a free sample.  We know that your dog will love it and that you will see a difference.

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Costs vs Savings of Owning a Dog

Bought By Many the smart service that uses internet crowdsourcing to lower your insurance premiums have created a new report comparing the cost of owning a dog vs the average savings. They have shown that dogs don’t just bring loyalty and love but a whole host of other savings too.

Here’s how your dog could be saving you more money than you think.

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