Pembrokeshire Tourism and Burns Pet Nutrition Team Up to Launch the County’s First Dog Friendly Tourism Awards

Pembrokeshire Tourism and Burns Pet Nutrition have launched the first ever Dog Friendly Pembrokeshire Tourism Awards. The awards are designed to encourage responsible pet ownership and recognise the efforts of outstanding local businesses throughout the county who are helping to make Pembrokeshire a dog friendly destination for visitors.

The open spaces of Pembrokeshire are becoming increasingly attractive for dog owners as a holiday destination and with miles of fantastic coastline there’s every opportunity for the holidaying pooch to enjoy themselves just as much as their owners without having to endure the trauma of separation. Many of Pembrokeshire’s tourism providers and businesses are dog friendly and their numbers are increasing as demand to accommodate four legged visitors continues to rise.

Tourism Liaison Manager; Dennis O’Connor said “The tourism economy is extremely important to Pembrokeshire and with an increase in staycations reported last year the Dog Friendly Pembrokeshire Tourism Awards present us with a unique marketing opportunity. We are delighted to be collaborating on this with Burns Pet Nutrition, a highly respected and ethical company and pleased that the awards will be judged by the Burns by Your Side Reading Dog teams who already do so much excellent work in communities across the county”

Environmental impact is a vital consideration for tourism providers in the county and Pembrokeshire Tourism together with the team at Burns Pet Nutrition are working with the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority to stress the importance of visitors helping to keep Pembrokeshire dog friendly by following the Countryside Code, respecting other people and their animals and protecting the natural environment to make sure everyone can enjoy our great outdoors.

Burns By Your Side is part of the Burns Pet Nutrition Foundation – a charitable trust set up by John Burns to improve the lives of people and pets. Since 2015, Burns By Your Side reading dog teams have worked with local schoolchildren to improve literacy and confidence skills across the county. Reading can often be a scary experience for a child, but it has been proven that reading to a canine companion reduces stress levels and creates an environment where children feel empowered and positive.

Speaking about the launch of the awards, Veterinary Surgeon and business owner John Burns said “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to promote our Burns By Your Side reading dog project while rewarding the amazing dog-friendly tourism businesses that Pembrokeshire has to offer”.

The categories for the awards are:

  • Best Dog Friendly Beach sponsored by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority
  • Best Dog Friendly Town / Village sponsored by Greenacres Animal Rescue
  • Best Dog Friendly Holiday Accommodation sponsored by West Wales Holiday Cottages
  • Best Dog Friendly Pub / Restaurant / Café sponsored by the Western Telegraph
  • Best Dog friendly Day Out / Attraction sponsored by The National Botanic Garden of Wales
  • Best Dog friendly Caravan / Campsite sponsored by All pets vet Care
  • Nominations for the awards are open until midnight on Monday 27th February. Judging will take place 1-31st March before the awards winners are announced at a special ceremony at Slebech Park Estate on 23rd May.

    Members of the public, visitors, tourism operators, community councils and local tourism associations are encouraged to submit nominations online at www.pembrokeshiretourismawards.net

    A big dog walk

    Do you walk your dog regularly? Are you both reasonably fit? Have you considered a walking holiday?

    I answered YES to those questions and decided it would be a great holiday with my dog whilst seeing some fantastic countryside and staying in some brilliant B & B’s and hotels along the route. The first adventure was the Coast to Coast; St. Bee’s to Robin Hood’s Bay 190 miles following in Wainwright’s footsteps.

    We did this walk in 3 chunks, due to time constraints and work commitments.

    St Bee’s to Shap
    Shap to Richmond
    Richmond to Robin Hood’s Bay

    We used a luggage transfer company and they transported my dog’s cage, which meant he had his own safe space every night and I could leave him securely in the room, if necessary. The scenery was stunning: The first leg being mainly across the Lake District. We arrived by train to St. Bee’s in the pouring rain one August Bank Holiday Monday, thank fully the following morning the start of our trek was more clement.

     

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    It is a beautiful route and well walked.  Many American groups, Canadians and Australians do the whole walk in a couple of weeks and we’re not talking about the 30 something’s. The people we met were often retired and regularly “hiked” back on their home turf. The camaraderie on the route is brilliant as you often meet, overtake or get overtaken by the same people and then when you’ve checked in to your overnight stay you may find them in the Bar! An evening chatting over the days exploits the highs and lows make this fantastic trail all the more exciting and interesting, not to mention the well earned good beer and food.

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    And the dog? Well he was often to tired to join me in the bar, after a quick dry off and refuel this is how I’d find him!

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    Love is giving a dooup this Valentine’s Day!

    In the UK

    12% of dog and cat owners will buy gifts and cards for their pets
    19% of people will spend the same amount on their pet as their partner
    The average Valentine’s gift will cost £23

    Americans will spend at least $800 million on gifts for their dogs this V day and meanwhile, the only gifts they’ll receive back will be the kind one doesn’t really want to see or smell!

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    Of course, the benefits of owning a dog far outweighs the one downside but why not make it easier for loved ones receiving these rather unpleasant gifts every day? Dog waste is often left in the garden that’s used to dine and lounge in and a place where children play! The dooup Complete Pet Waste Clearer is the ultimate in thoughtful gifts. It’s practical and it says ‘I’m thinking of you and sparing you an awful job’. And you’ll be spreading that love across the environment by preventing the spread of the 23 million bacteria contained in dog waste that affects our aquatic life and waterways.

    And, let’s face it, nothing quite says ‘I do’ like a dooup! It says ‘I’m committed to you and your dog’! So, if there’s anyone out there wanting to make a big impact when they pop the question to their dog loving lover…buy a dooup, video your other half receiving it, along with a romantic proposal of marriage and post it on our FB page and we will not only refund you the cost including shipping, we will provide you with a large refill pack too, so that you’re kitted out for the whole year. That way, you can focus on the ever-important wedding costs. Don’t worry, we won’t expect an invite.

    Such a unique marriage proposal cannot fail to go viral! However, we won’t hold our breath that anyone will post such a video…we’ll leave the holding of the breath to those of you still sporting an old-fashioned scoop or shovel!

    If you don’t think you’re old fashioned…consider the difference between the old-style chamber pot and how one would have to physically transfer one’s waste. Now we simply flush it away so effortlessly. Now think about how you deal with the waste from your dog in the garden. Then watch our short video here www.thedooup.com to see how things have progressed!

    This Valentine’s Day, ‘If it doesn’t make you smile, change it’!

    If it doesn’t make you smile…change it! Seal it with a dooup!


    Clearing up dog poo isn’t necessarily supposed to make you smile but it’s a job we all have to do, and it’s an all year round job. So, why not treat your dog loving family and friends to the ultimate tool for their gardens that’ll help them achieve the best possible clearance and provide them with a bit of fun too. It’s the perfect Christmas gift – The dooup Complete Pet Waste Clearer is the only pooper scooper in the world that has a built in, garden friendly sanitiser to protect garden users from the harmful bacteria contained in dog poo. It also stores multiple amounts, and then cleverly seals it away upon removal of the collection chamber.

    There’s a dooup customer here in this video that seems very happy using her dooup, and she insists it makes her smile each time. Watch Penny Blakeman’s review on the dooup review page here – www.thedooup.com/reviews

    We all know that a dog isn’t just for Christmas, so if you know someone who is buying a dog for Christmas, they might need a little helping hand with this part of caring for a dog, and the dooup certainly makes it easier to deal with this unpleasant, daily chore.

    This Christmas – seal it with a dooup!

    The people at dooup are offering £5 off this Christmas, so add code DOGGUIDE5 and get a full Starter Pack, including dooup garden tool, dooup sanitizer and pack of dooup bags for £44.95, including free UK delivery for Christmas! Just like a dog – the dooup is for life too. It’s certainly the best value garden tool you’ll ever buy!

    Buy yours now buy clicking this link.

    Dog Food equals Dog Poo

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    Dog food and dog poo go hand in hand – this is fact!
    Food is a constant consideration for all dog owners and of course, puppy food is a whole different consideration. Puppies grow 20 times faster than adult dogs and therefore require a special diet to aid their physical development.

    When considering puppy food, specially formulated growth food is recommended which needs to be provided at evenly spaced intervals to avoid over stretching their small stomachs. The usual procedure is to feed your puppy four meals per day up until the age of four months. Reduce the feed to three meals per day until it is six months old when you can reduce to two meals per day for the rest of its life.

    What goes in, must come out!
    The stage of your dog’s life and what they eat will of course determine what comes out. It’s important to keep the garden clear and clean from all dog waste, to reduce the chance of spreading the bacteria and parasites into the home. Many puppies are born with worms, and therefore their waste must be cleared with extra care. We advise The dooup because it clears while spraying the affected area and the scoop inside. The dooup can store up to 10 days’ worth of puppy waste, so it will save bags and time, as well as leaving the garden hygienically clean for all to use.

    If children are using the garden too, you will need to be careful that they don’t come into contact with the waste as there is a chance they will be affected with toxicariasis which is what happened to toddler Aimee Langdon below. As a result, she lost the sight in one eye.
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    Toddler lost sight in one eye after falling in dog waste

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    Dog Food…too many options?
    We are spoilt for choice when it comes to dog food, so it is often difficult to know which one to buy. There is a huge range of dry complete foods on the market and the quality varies. Try to choose a food specially designed for them and suits your budget. The ‘premium’ dry foods tend to have the best quality ingredients. Many are based on chicken and rice or corn.

    With semi-moist and tinned foods, choose a good quality food with an easily digestible recipe. For example, chicken and rice. Ensure it is nutritionally complete and doesn’t require additional foods.

    To make home-made dog food, it can be very difficult to get a balance right. It’s a good idea to choose from a tried and tested commercial diet that fits in with your daily schedule.

    Dog treats are also in abundance, and range in quality. Some of the commercial treats have far too much sugar, colourings and milk products in them. Even doggy chocs or low fat yogurt drops often contain sugars or lactose (milk sugar). Always check the ingredients.

    Remember, if you are regularly feeding your dog treats, reduce the amount in their meals so as to avoid over feeding.

    So…about that dog poo
    Puppy poo is often soft or runny, but with time and good diet this will improve. The dooup Complete Pet Waste Clearer works well in the garden to clear and sanitise the area after your puppy has been. It works best on grass to remove soft or runny waste. Push the lever several times and re-position to achieve maximum clearance and sanitation.

    If soft or runny stools continue from your adult dog, it may be that his or her digestive system is slightly strained due to intense exercise, different food, noise or other factors. It is sometimes a good idea to stop the food for 12 to 24 hours. Resume, then feed half the usual amount the next day to ease their system..

    Feeding your dog pure pumpkin (not pie) can work as a healthy treat as it contains dietary fibre to sooth the system, absorb moisture and firm the stool. Add around 1 to 2 teaspoons for a small dog and 1 to 2 tablespoons for a large dog to the main meal.

    Consider changing the dog food. Show an ingredient label from your current kibble or canned food to your vet and he/she may suggest another type of food without corn or grains. Corn and grains can add bulk and this can lead to softening the stools. Keeping things simple, such as fish and sweet potato are really beneficial for chronic stool problems.

    We hope this helps. We know only know a little about dog food but we know lots about dog poo and how best to clear and sanitise your garden with ease and hygiene. The dooup Complete Pet Waste Clearer is contact-less, easy and offers a hygienic way to keep your garden clear and clean. It also saves you bags and time. Take a look at it in action here

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    The dooup on the shores on Necker Island

    The creation of each and every dooup Complete Pet Waste Clearer is bound for a rather unpleasant job. The nature of these pooper scoopers are to scoop the poop, so not the most glamourous of positions. However, if you were to come back as a dooup, you would definitely choose to be one of the ten very lucky dooups that were shipped to the luxurious Necker Island to deal with the Gecko waste that apparently pollute these glam shores. Sunning themselves with the celebs, these dooups may just become famous too. That’s the hope at the dooup HQs anyway!

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    #Richard Branson’s 74-acre #Necker Island is one of the few places in the world that the rare gecko – Virgin Islands dwarf gecko, lives. However, we do know that the manager of the Island has a dog, so perhaps the dooups are also finding their purpose in clearing doggy doo too.

    The dooup CPWC is in fact the only pooper scooper in the world that sprays environmentally friendly sanitising fluid while clearing away animal waste! It also stores multiple amounts of waste before the bag inside seals it away upon removal of the storage chamber.

    For slightly sticky waste like a Gecko’s waste would be, the user would need to push the lever a few extra times to disperse more spray to help lift all of the waste, perhaps repositioning each time to get 100% clearance. We know that with good practice and applying the right technique for the right terrain and waste consistency, the dooup is the best pooper scooper available.

    Who knew the dooup would become a Gecko poop buster!?

    So these dooups are at home in an island where people spend US$2,167 per day to stay – they are definitely the luckiest pooper scoopers in the world. And of course, the team at dooup HQ would be happy to fly out and help clear Gecko waste, if any assistance was ever required.

     

    Gloria Hunniford Joins Campaign for Heart Disease Prevention in Dogs

    Veterinary scientists have made a major breakthrough in the management of the most common form of canine heart disease, which has the potential to extend the healthy lives of dogs worldwide.  Gloria Hunniford has joined the campaign to educate owners on potential risks and what they can do to keep their pets happy and healthy for longer.

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    Broadcaster Gloria Hunniford discovered that her cavalier King Charles spaniel Gemma was suffering with heart disease when she collapsed earlier this year.  Now that her beloved pet is doing well with the right medication, Gloria has joined a campaign to raise awareness of the commonality of heart disease in small dogs, and encourage owners to seek out information on earlier diagnosis of the disease in their canine companions, to help them live a longer, healthier life.

    Heart disease is one of the top five causes of death in dogs in the UK, with MVD accounting for the majority of cases. The disease is caused by the deterioration of one of the heart valves and predominantly affects small breed dogs, including cavalier King Charles spaniels, dachshunds, poodles and terrier breeds.

    But the global EPIC study, led by Professor Adrian Boswood of the Royal Veterinary College, found that treating dogs with enlarged hearts – an early warning sign of progressive heart disease – before they display any outward signs delays the onset of heart failure secondary to mitral valve disease (MVD).

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    Watch our video to find out more.

    Finding the right home boarder for your dog!

    “You wouldn’t leave your child with an unlicensed nanny, so why would it be okay to leave your dog with an unlicensed dog boarder”

     
    We wanted to talk to you about what you should be looking for from a Home Dog Boarding service.

     
    All too often you may come across an advert in your local paper or on a notice board that offers home dog boarding. The poster may look the part and they may even sound lovely on the phone but do you know what questions you need to asking and considerations you need to take into account prior to leaving your beloved pooch in their care?

     
    Here at PetStay we pride ourselves on our fundamental aim of ensuring the welfare of the dog is at the forefront of everything we do. As leaders in the field, PetStay were the first to be licensed in many areas when the business was started in 2005 by Carole Davy. An avid dog lover, Carole has instilled these beliefs in each of our 32 franchisees throughout the UK and it’s these strong, unwavering beliefs that are the basis of the loving alternative we offer to kennels.

     
    Below we’ve highlighted a few all important things to ask and consider when looking to leave your dog with a home dog boarder:

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    • Ask to see a copy of their Home Dog Boarding license from their local council. Every carer with PetStay has to be licensed by their local council before a dog can stay in their home. It is a legal requirement and anyone who wants to board dogs should have one!

     
    • If using a dog boarding service, such as PetStay, you should be invited to see where your dog is staying and meet the carer with whom you will be trusting the welfare of your beloved doggy! EVERY dog owner and of course dog who comes through PetStay meets their dog’s carer at their home before any booking fees are taken.

     
    • Ask to see a copy of the carers’ public liability insurance. Once again, at PetStay, EVERY one of our carers are insured before they can take a dog into their home.

     
    • Ask to see the garden when visiting the dog boarder. Is it secure, is the garden clear of any waste that could prove a hazard?

     
    • And finally, trust your gut instincts! If for any reason you don’t feel comfortable with the dog boarder or there is something that is niggling you…or even your dog…take it as a sign and walk away!

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    We hope that helps give you a bit of an idea as to how important we think it is that the welfare of your dog is of the upmost importance…not only to you and us here at PetStay but to other dog boarders in the area.

     
    That’s why we use the analogy a lot of “you wouldn’t leave your child with an unlicensed nanny, so why would it be okay to leave your dog with an unlicensed dog boarder”!

     

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    Why it can cost more to insure your dog than your car

    Car insurance can be expensive but dog and cat owners are often shocked that pet insurance can be even more. Many people find that confusing; cars are considerably larger and more expensive than most dogs (though some pure breeds, like French Bulldogs, can cost thousands).

    Bought By Many have spent time looking into the reasons why pet insurance can be more than your car insurance and have listed the reasons below.

    1. Car breakdown isn’t covered by car insurance, you’ll need a separate breakdown policy for that. Dog breakdown – getting sick and going to the vet – is covered by pet insurance.

    Emergency vet treatment is expensive because it means the vet has to drop everything, including pre-booked appointments made by other people, to attend to your pet. Garages are more likely to schedule in a slot for a broken down car after they’ve finished their current jobs.

    2. Vets are more expensive than garages. Vet bills cover the cost of skilled labour to treat each individual animal, rather than the skills needed to replace standard parts on a car. Although being a mechanic can be difficult and needs specialist knowledge, it takes at least five years to train as a vet.

    3. Cars don’t get chronic conditions, most things are a one-off fix. Dogs do and sometimes need long-term treatment. Most pet insurance policies include the cost of medication and ongoing treatment for chronic conditions (as long as these were not classed as pre-existing conditions when the policy was taken out) – these things don’t come cheap.

    4. Even when written off, cars can be salvaged for scrap. Insurers sell these parts to cover some of the costs of a claim. Not true with dogs.

    5. Because all drivers must have car insurance, the companies that offer it have huge buying power and negotiate favourable rates from repair garages to keep their costs down. This has only just started with Pet insurers – like More Th>n and its network of vets it has negotiated with.

    6. There is only so much that can happen to a car and, for a trained mechanic, the problem is not difficult to identify. Dogs can be quite accident prone and get themselves into a myriad of unfortunate situations.

    There are many conditions and illnesses that may affect dogs and, much like with humans, these can take time to diagnose. This means more frequent visits to the vet, which adds up.

    7. The cost of treating pets is going up quickly as more cutting-edge medical technology originally developed for humans is used on animals. For example, pets can now have CAT scans and gene therapy. While there have been advancements in car repairs, things have not progressed as quickly and at the same level.

    Anything that pushes up the cost of vet bills will be reflected in the cost of pet insurance because insurers need to make sure they can afford owners’ claims.

    But what it boils down to is that cars are machines and easily replaced. Dogs are living creatures and for many people are part of the family. It is only natural to spend more money making sure these loving, loyal companions stay healthy and happy for as long as possible

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    Recognise And Help Relieve The Pain Of Your Dog’s Arthritis

    As we approach World Arthritis Day on October 12, solutions-led pet product manufacturer, Peak Pet Products, is reminding pet owners that arthritis is not just suffered by humans and that their dog could also be suffering from the pain this disease brings.

    A recent study by pet insurer, Animal Friends, has shown that the number of dogs suffering from arthritis has more than trebled since 2015. Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Greyhounds, Boxers and Rottweilers are breeds with the highest likelihood of developing the disease.

    The new research, based on a study of 20,000 pet health records, predicts the number of dogs suffering arthritis is only set to rise.  It has also drawn a link between obesity levels in dogs and the onset of arthritis.

    Luckily, there are pet products that can assist by delivering enhanced pet care for pets suffering from the disease, including a revolutionary new dog bowl – PetWeighter™.

    PetWeighter™ is a two-part product comprising feeding bowl plus weighted base.  Thanks to its design, the bowl is elevated to a handy height of 21cm that prevents dogs having to stoop – something of great help to dogs suffering from arthritis, as it reduces strain on their joints and alleviates discomfort in the neck, chest and elbows.

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    Although it is a brand new product, PetWeighter™ has already attracted praise from dog behaviour specialists and high profile vets.

    Inspired by product developer Charlie the Schnauzer, who needed constant access to drinking water, the high-strength plastic product features a removable bowl on top of a base that can be filled with sand, water, a combination of both or ice, to make it a bowl that cannot move, no matter how hard a dog tries.  Whilst the base stays put, the bowl is detached from the base at feed time and when it needs cleaning.

    The elevated height of the bowl also helps to ensure that pups are unable to soil mum’s food or tip the bowl over.

    PetWeighter™, from Peak Pet Products, comes in three colours – red, pink and turquoise blue – each with a dark grey base. The bowl is suitable for cats as well as dogs and is designed to last for years.

    With a design focused on hygiene, the bowl is simple to clean and has no dirt-attracting cracks or crevices.  It costs £24.99 and can be bought from good pet shops and online from www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01GAM16H2  More information about the product can be found at www.petweighter.com

    1Tell-tale signs that a dog may be suffering from arthritis are an obvious stiffness in the joints, which prevents exercise that the dog was previously capable of enjoying, and difficulties in activities such as walking up stairs or jumping.  Sometimes, a dog may also continuously lick at a painful joint.

    A PetWeighter spokesperson says; “Arthritis in humans is a common and well-known problem, but there is less awareness of the issue in pets. World Arthritis Day, on October 12, provides the perfect opportunity to learn more about the disease in both humans and pets alike.”

    Osteoarthritis (OA), also known as degenerative joint disease, is the most common type of arthritis seen in dogs and is a very common cause of chronic pain, particularly in older dogs.  OA is a slowly progressing disease, where the cartilage in the dog’s joints breaks down and causes friction between the bones.  This results in the formation of outgrowths of new bone, known as osteophytes.  The cost of veterinary treatment for arthritis can run to thousands of pounds.

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