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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Unique New Product Will Stop British Dog Bowls Travelling 2.5 Million Miles Per Year

Dog bowls around Britain are estimated to have been travelling at least 2.5 million miles per year, without ever having boarded a train, boat or plane, or been loaded into a car.1

Experience suggests each British dog bowl travels a minimum of 24 inches per day, during the course of the recommended two daily feeds, creating stressful journeys and lots of pet-lag.

Now, however, thanks to Charlie the Schnauzer – a very serious product tester and developer – all that is about to change and dog bowls will enjoy some very welcome ‘staycations’.

This is all down to a brand new and innovative product called PetWeighter™
and Charlie’s personal story.

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When this loveable dog was six years old, he became the one in the ‘one in five hundred dogs’ that develops diabetes in its lifetime. The vet told Charlie, and his grown-ups, that Charlie had to drink lots and lots of water.  The trouble was that Charlie was a typical dog who liked to throw his bowl around and spill food and water everywhere.  No matter what the grown-ups did, they could not keep Charlie’s water in the bowl, to give him enough to drink to help his condition and stay hydrated.

Luckily, Charlie knew a kindly solutions-focused chap.  He created a makeshift arrangement that saw the bowl set into a wooden framework filled with concrete.  It wasn’t attractive or neat, but it was Charlie-proof.  Charlie, however, being a discerning dog, felt his product developer could do better.  PetWeighter™
was born!

The unique PetWeighte has revolutionised pet feeding.  It is a food-grade, high-strength plastic dog bowl that has learned the command ‘stay’ and does just that, staying put no matter how hard a dog or cat tries to move it. This sturdy and secure, two-part product comprises bowl and a base that is the grounding mechanism.  This can be filled with water, sand, a combination of water and sand, or ice, simply by unscrewing a cap and then securing it again once filled.

The bowl section is then easily detached from the base, so the dog owner can fill it with food, or clean it – even popping it on to the top rack of their dishwasher, if they wish.  Once it’s feed time, the bowl is simply aligned with the weight station base, and gently pushed down to lock into place.

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At its heaviest, a large PetWeighter™
can weigh 13kg – more than enough to prevent dogs throwing their food and water around the floor and making an almighty mess.

Charlie likes to point out that it is every dog’s natural instinct to protect their food and eat it quickly.  In the wild, this would have stopped prey escaping and now, when a dog sees its bowl continuously moving away from it, a deep growl and curling lip can emerge, if owners or children try to helpfully bring the bowl back to its starting point.

Additionally, some of Charlie’s friends have arthritis and find the PetWeighter™
puts less strain on their joints. The two-part bowl is designed for medium-to-large sized dogs and elevated to a height that means a dog does not have to stoop to eat its food, or drink water.  This alleviates the discomfort in the neck, chest and elbows that an arthritic dog can experience and can be a huge weight off the shoulders.

Breeding bitches will find that their little pups cannot get into their mum’s bowl to soil and really cannot tip it up, no matter how much they try.

The PetWeighter™
comes in three colours – a smart red bowl with grey base, an eye-catching turquoise  blue bowl with grey base and a girly pink bowl with grey base. It is available in two sizes – medium and large – and can be used with cats as well as dogs.

The large red bowl is available immediately, with the large pink and turquoise options available in late September.  All medium-sized bowls will be available early 2017.

The PetWeighter™
can keep your pet’s feeding area clean and tidy, won’t darken your dog’s mood as it wrestles with its moving bowl and ensures water is cleaner, cooler and available at all times, just as it needs to be.

Being able to assist dogs, with health issues, whether they are diabetics like Charlie, or older and a little achy, suffering kidney disease, or worryingly displaying Megaesophagus really is a big bonus.

The robust PetWeighter™
should last for years, if treated correctly, and its shape makes it hard to chew.  Designed by healthcare engineers, with hygiene in mind, it is simple to clean and the bowl has no cracks or crevices that can attract dirt.

Create one pet feeding zone in your home by stopping your dog bowl from going on its travels!  The PetWeighter™ from Peak Pet Products Ltd costs £24.99 and will be available in many good pet stores, as well as online at Amazon.

More information is available at www.petweighter.com or by calling 0330 223 1534.

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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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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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Available now from www.oliveslarder.co.uk

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Get a great Deal on Healthy Pet Supplies for your Dog

Owning a dog is a delightful experience, as they are so entertaining, loyal and loving. However, having a pet such as a dog can also be very expensive, as there is so much that you have to buy for them. In addition to potential vet fees for things such as inoculations, neutering and any treatment your pet requires over the years, there is also food, bedding, toys, and accessories to think about. All of this adds up and can become very costly over time.

Of course, we don’t want to have to give up our beloved pets due to finances because they are part of the family. One thing you can do is to ensure you get the best deals on the cost of items that you have to purchase for your dog, which is something that you can easily do by shopping at the right places and looking for special deals such as discounts at VouchaCodes stores. When you are purchasing food and other items for your dog, you should never opt for reduced quality in order to cut costs, as this is a false economy and will most likely result in you spending far more in the long run. By using discount codes and vouchers you can ensure that you are able to get the best prices without having to compromise when it comes to quality.

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Getting things such as food, leads, bedding, toys and other items you need for your dog from a reputable retailer such as pet supermarket, means that you can also benefit from peace of mind, as you know that you will be purchasing products that are designed to last and food that is designed to nourish your pet. You can enjoy the added bonus of being able to browse the variety of goods available from the comfort and privacy of your own home and then enjoy the convenience and ease of having the items you require delivered to your door. Depending on the value of your order, you can even benefit from free delivery, so it will cost you nothing to reduce the hassle and time involved in buying the items you need for your dog.

Choose from a range of great products

In order to ensure that your dog is happy and healthy, there are various things that you will have to purchase for him. Shopping at the right specialist retailer means that you can get all of these items from one place, so you don’t have to spend a lot of time trying to buy all of the different things that your dog needs. When it comes to buying food for your dog, it is important to opt for high quality for his health and to ensure that he is full and nourished. Reputable retailers will offer a great selection of food for your pet, so you can purchase products that will benefit his health, tempt his taste buds and ensure he gets the vitamins and minerals that he needs.

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!