Dog chews and the feel good factor

Now we know why our dogs look so happy and excited when given a chew toy. Not only do they assist in maintaining healthy teeth, allow the animal to work out anxiety and boredom, they also, according to the experts, help the dog to feel good. This is because when a dog chews, feel good chemicals called endorphins are released from the brain. We also get this feel good factor from vigorous exercise such as running or jogging. Chews are an excellent way to keep a dog happy and occupied when you are busy or need some quiet time. Puppies soon get bored and up to mischief but give them a chew and they will be content for a long time also high energy dogs can expand excessive energy when chewing.

There are many different chews on the market. Rawhide chews are readily available in pet shops and supermarkets in the form as twists and rawhide bones. Rawhide as the name suggests is made from animal skin. Rawhide chews should not be given to large breeds of dogs because they are able to bite off large pieces when the hide becomes dry and brittle and when ingested they can cause problems. Leather chew toys have health risks too as they cannot be properly digested in the stomach and may cause blockage in the intestines.

is a good chew toy for dogs. The rubber is moulded into all sorts of shapes and sizes, some with a hollow which contain treats. Your dog will spend as long as it takes to extract the treat and have lots of fun and enjoyment during the process.

Relatively new chew on the market are Stag’s Antlers. These chew are gaining in popularity as they have many advantages. They are totally natural, long lasting; contain a fantastic amount of minerals. And don’t have an unpleasant smell (dogs find the smell delicious) and because they last for months your dog can go back to them time and time again. They are also great for cleaning the dog’s teeth. They don’t break up or splinter but instead they wear down slowly as the dog grinds them with his teeth breaking off tiny pieces, which means they don’t bung the dog up as do some chews. They are free from chemicals, preservatives, colouring and additives.

There should never be a shortage of antler chews as every year deer grow a new pair of antlers which they shed in winter. Antlers are composed of a bone like material which is why they last so long. Another reason why dogs love antler chews is because after much chewing the outside of the antler wears away and a lovely treat of dry marrow is exposed.

You can buy antler chews in different sizes small ones for toy dogs and very large one for big dogs, with many sizes in between. They are suitable for puppies who are teething.

With Antler chews, like any dog chew you must be watchful while the dog is chewing. It’s particularly that little bit at the end which the dog could choke on. It can be difficult to get that last bit off him but offering a nice treat can work. Remember Antler chews are very hard, so you don’t want your dog to chew so hard he damages his teeth.

Anyone caring for a dog in a home will find giving the dog a chew at that crucial time when the owner has just left their pet, might be helpful in getting the dog to feel at home and content.

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Spotlight on Lungworm

Nationwide campaign launched to help educate owners of potentially fatal risks

Show date: 21st March 2012   Show time: 4pm

Last year’s damp summer and mild winter conditions have proved ideal for slug and snail populations, leading experts to warn of a continued spread of lungworm (A. vasorum) in the UK. All dog owners are being urged to be on the lookout for the potentially fatal disease caused by infection of the parasite.

Lungworm (A. vasorum) is a parasite that dogs become infected with after eating common garden slugs and snails carrying the larvae. Once inside the dog’s system, the parasite travels through the body eventually ending up in the heart. If the infection is left untreated, the dog’s health can rapidly deteriorate, and can even result in death.

Joining us today is Jennie Bond and Luke Gamble to explain the risks and symptoms of lungworm and encourage all dog owners to participate in a nationwide pledge to #BeLungwormAware.

Click here to submit questions before the live show

Don’t forget to tune in to watch it live on 21st March at 4pm here if you miss the show you’ll be able to watch it on demand


Hashtag: #BeLungwormAware

Taking your Dog on holiday to Yorkshire

Pet friendly Yorkshire Yorkshire is the perfect location for a holiday if you want to bring your dog along with you. And with our gorgeous collection of pet friendly luxury cottages, you are sure to find the perfect one to suit. The sheer scale of the countryside here means there is always the perfect dog-walking location somewhere close by, be that on a jaunt across the Yorkshire Dales, along one of the many gorgeous beaches on the Yorkshire coast or on a dash up and over the Moors.

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Luxury Pet Friendly Cottages Yorkshire Gone are the days when choosing a pet-friendly Yorkshire cottage means you have to sacrifice any of the home comforts you would expect from a luxury cottage. We offer several stunning luxury pet friendly cottages in Yorkshire; from beautiful Agra Cottage in the Yorkshire Dales to the charming Wortley Cottage on the Yorkshire Coast, each have their own unique charm and appeal. You can find all of our luxury pet friendly cottages in Yorkshire here. You’ll see all of them have some fantastic dog walking opportunities nearby, usually from the very front door.

Dog friendly pubs in Yorkshire When you build up a thirst from all of that walking, you can rest assured that your furry pal will be welcome with you in a host of friendly pubs. For more info take a look at The Good Dog Guide directory of dog-friendly pubs in Yorkshire. Some, like the wonderful Kings Head in Gunnerside, even offer your pet their own doggie themed menu featuring such delights as a roasted pigs ear and doggy beer!

Dog friendly walks in Yorkshire We’ve cherry picked just a few of our favourite locations for dog walking here, but for more inspiration including detailed route guides and images take a look at The Good Dog Guide

Helmsley to Rievaulx At 6 miles this is a medium distance walk that takes in some of the most peaceful and serene areas of the North York Moors. There are also plenty of off-lead opportunities for well behaved dogs. It’s an easy to follow route which starts from the Cleveland Way car park in Helmsley.

Arboretum walk at Castle Howard A lovely sedate stroll through Castle Howard’s stunning grounds. At only 2.5 miles it’s not overly tiring and provides lots of wide open spaces for your dog to run around in. Starts from the Arboretum car park.

Leyburn and Wensley A medium distance walk taking in some amazing views across Wensleydale. Lots of space again for your dog to run through the fields. Starts from Market Square car park in Leyburn.