The Safest Materials for Your Dog Bowls

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You’ve got plenty of options when it comes to selecting a material for your dog bow. There is a variety of options in the market, including stoneware, ceramic, plastic, stainless steel, slow-feeding, nonskid and even automated portion-sized dog bowls. However, even with so many options out there, there are still some materials that are naturally safer than others. According to forthefurry.com, here are the five most common, including an exploration of whether they are safe or not.

Plastic Dog Bowls
This is by far the most commonly used material for dog bowls. However, it isn’t the safest. In fact, it can often be the worst material for a dog bowl.
To start with, young teething pups tend to chew a lot on their feeding bowl. A few minutes without you looking and your little pup can tear the bowl apart and ingest the little pieces of plastic. What follows is internal bleeding and blockage of the intestinal system.
Plastic bowls can also be highly porous and easy to scratch. The result is that they develop crevices that make for perfect homes for dangerous bacteria.

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Ceramic dog bowls are often a pretty good choice, assuming you’ve done your homework before going out to buy one. You should also take care of them to ensure they last longer. The greatest concern when it comes to ceramic dog bowls is that the glazes used to coat them may sometimes contain harmful chemicals like lead. You should be careful about this and go for those that have been certified for food use and are free of lead in their coating. You should also regularly inspect your dog’s ceramic bowl to check for chips and cracks that can harbor bacteria. You also shouldn’t let your dog ingest any chips from the bowl. With such bowls, maintenance is the biggest issue. They are, however, a terrific choice.

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Stoneware bowls may have trace amounts of lead so you should be careful about the ones you buy. Lead is very dangerous for pets and can lead to lead poisoning. The symptoms of lead poisoning include cardiovascular problems, renal and kidney problems, skeletal problems, disorders of the muscles and joints, nerve disorders, loss of memory, intellectual impairment, mood swings, infertility and cancer. Select stoneware bowls that are free of lead. Apart from the lead issue, however, stoneware dog bowls are much safer than plastic dog bowls as they don’t chip as easily.

Silicone Dog Bowls
Silicone is a relatively recent material on the market. It is rubber-like, nonstick and nontoxic. It has high heat resistance and does not retain any odors. It can also help you save space as such dog bowls are typically collapsible.

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These dog bowls are nonporous, which means you don’t have to worry about bacteria. They are also resistant to rust and very easy to clean. Steel also isn’t exposed to as many dangerous chemicals as plastic is during its manufacture.

How To Choose The Best Dog Food?

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Dog owners are encountered with an ever-growing number of different dog foods. However, finding a good quality food that is appealing to your pup and within your budget is harder than ever.

All dogs have the same basic nutritional needs, but every dog is an individual and has unique dietary requirements. The perfect food for your dog will support his overall health, give him plenty of energy, and won’t cause digestive upset.

But how to choose the best dog food that ticks all of these boxes and is at the same time affordable and tasty? Being aware of the following factors the next time you go shopping for your dog, will help you find the perfect food for him.

Consider your dog’s unique traits

Factors like breed, age, activity level, and reproductive status have a great impact on a dog’s nutritional needs. If those needs aren’t met over a period of time, a dog can develop nutritional deficiencies and various health problems.

Puppies, pregnant and lactating mother require high-quality and calorie dense food. On the other hand, older, spayed/neutered dogs need fewer calories.

High energy breeds and working dogs also need more calories compared to pups who love lounging around and sleeping all day. Similarly, the food for small and large breeds should contain different amounts of nutrients that will support their individual requirements.

Depending on the age of your dog you can choose between puppy, adult maintenance, and all life stages formula. Some brands also have breed targeted food that is specifically designed keeping in mind the individual needs of your dog.

Understand the ingredient list

Every good quality food needs to have a named meat or named meat meal as the main ingredient. Meat meal is a concentrated form of meat that doesn’t contain water and has higher protein count.

Meat can include skeletal muscles, tissues from the hearth, diaphragm, and esophagus among other things. On the other hand, brain, kidneys, liver, blood, bone, and others are the organs that end up in meat by-products.

Some organ meats like liver and kidneys are healthy and beneficial for dogs, but you need to make sure that they are named. We strongly recommend that you avoid all foods that include unnamed protein sources like “animal by-product”.

Even thought AAFCO has strict rules and regulations some dog foods contain roadkill or expired meat that is in no way healthy for a dog.

Since dogs are omnivores you shouldn’t exclude grains from your dog’s diet unless he has allergies and needs to eat grain free dog food. However, soy, corn, and wheat are cheap fillers that don’t contain enough vitamins and minerals.

Look for foods that have brown rice, oatmeal, or barley since they are easier to digest and healthy wholesome grains. Furthermore, make sure that the food contains some type of fruit and vegetables.

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Look for AAFCO seal of approval

Many pet parents feel that AAFCO isn’t as rigorous as it should be when it comes to the quality of ingredients that ends up in dog food. But so far, their seal of approval is the only thing that guarantees that the food meets the nutritional needs of dogs.

Check the back of the package where all other nutritional information is and look for “complete and balanced” seal. If a food has it, it means that it meets the minimal nutrition requirements set by AAFCO.

Does your dog have any health problems?

Dogs that are diagnosed with conditions like pancreatitis, kidney disease, allergies, or diabetes can’t continue eating the same type of food. In cases like this, a change of diet is necessary to keep the disease at bay.

Nowadays, there is a wide range of prescription diets that are made for dogs with specific health issues. Still, some commercially made food can be just as good, and a lot cheaper.

For example, you can include a novel protein diet if you suspect that your pup is suffering from allergies instead of going with limited ingredient formula. However, it is wise to talk to your vet and have your dog examined before you make any dietary changes.

Decipher the product name

Did you know that the name of the product can tell you a lot about how much of any protein is found in it? For example, terms like “beef” or “beef for dogs” means that beef must make up at least 70% of the whole product.

Terms like “beef dinner”, “beef nuggets”, or “beef platter” mean that the product needs to have only 25% of beef. Furthermore, the term “beef flavor” requires that the product has only 3% of beef, which is present in trace amounts sufficient to entice a dog to eat.

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Research the brand

After you narrowed your choices to only couple of brands of food you think your dog will like, it is time to research the manufacturer. This means a little extra work, but it will give you a peace of mind when it comes to the quality of ingredients.

The safest bet is to pick a brand that didn’t have any recent recalls or none what so ever. Manufacturers aren’t in the obligation to share all the information about their product on the label so you may end up calling them for additional information.

Conclusion

With so many factors to consider, finding the perfect food for your dog may require more time, but it is well worth it. Providing your dog with all the right and quality ingredients will keep him happy and healthy in the long run.

Consider your pup’s individual needs if you want to know how to choose the best dog food for him. Additionally, knowing how to read the labels, reaching out and researching the manufacturer are also things that will help you make the right choice.

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Being aware of the individual needs of your pup is one of a few things that can help you how to choose the best dog food that will keep your dog healthy and happy.

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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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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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.

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

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

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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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PEDIGREE CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY

This year Pedigree is celebrating its 50th birthday and did you know that it’s the biggest Petcare brand in the world, with sales of over $1billion? Pedigree’s success has been built on a love of dogs and a commitment to putting nutrition at the heart of the brand. Ever since the first Pedigree can was produced, our products have been underpinned by the science of the WALTHAM® Centre for Pet Nutrition, the world leading authority on dog nutrition.

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At Pedigree everything we do is for the love of dogs and we are constantly innovating to meet their needs and those of their owners. It is why we were the first to create truly effective oral care products, it is why all our main meal products are 100% complete and balanced and it is why we create products that help owners get the most out of their relationship with their dog. From cans to pouches, treats to oral care – Pedigree has led the way!

This innovation and drive to improve continues today and, as we celebrate our 50th birthday, we are proud to bring three new products to the market that highlight our understanding of the needs of dogs, their owners and the special relationship between them both, which include:

PEDIGREE® DENTAFLEX®
Four out of five dogs over the age of three have gum disease. With our Pedigree® DentaStix products we created the oral care category, but we recognised some owners wanted a product that their dog could really get into and would look after their teeth. Launched in July 2014, after five years in development, Pedigree® DentaFlex® is a longer lasting, tasty chew that reduces the build up of plaque and tartar close to the gum line when fed twice weekly.

It was developed by oral care science and technology experts at Pedigree®, with significant input from leading veterinary dentists, and is a completely new dental chew. The combination of active ingredients and its revolutionary spongy texture that flexes around the tooth enable it to clean close to the gum line.

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PEDIGREE® TASTY BITES™
Treats play a hugely important role in helping to build a bond between owner and dog. They give owners an opportunity to interact, treat and reward their pet. Pedigree recognises that owners want to have lots of treating moments with their dogs, but in a responsible way.

New Pedigree Tasty Bites™ launched in August 2014 are delicious treats in a bite-size format perfect for treating at any time, in a calorie controlled way. The whole range is packed full of essential omega 3 vitamins and minerals that will help keep dogs happy and healthy, as well as providing a selection of tastes and textures that owners tell us they are looking for.

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Pedigree® Pouches
Wet dog food has a macro-nutrient profile very similar to what dogs would eat in the wild and all Pedigree® wet products are 100% complete and balanced providing the 40 essential nutrients that dogs need. We know dogs love this product and so wanted to provide it to owners in a fuss-free, easy to use format. Launched in September 2014, new 100g Pedigree® Pouches are single serve pouches that offer owners an easy and practical feeding format for their pets. We understand both owners and dogs and this new product provides a solution that we know owners want.

Pedigree® Adoption Drive

Pedigree® Adoption Drive
Through the Pedigree Adoption Drive, we have been supporting rescue homes since 2008 and we are proud to have donated over £1.5 million. Last year, Pedigree donated over 2 million meals as part of the Buy One, Feed One campaign. This year we are continuing with this effort and will, again, award almost £100,000 in funding grants to rescue homes to improve their facilities.