Top 5 gifts to help keep your dog healthy

Greenfeeder enrichment for dog feeding time

There is nothing more important than good health – and whilst we may indulge in Christmas pudding and turkey these are not the best ideas for our pet dogs. I’ve decided to put together this list of some of my favourite dog gifts that help improve their health whilst also being fun.

The Green Feeder

This is one of the first games I ever came across for dogs that made food time more healthy. Just like with humans if a dog gulps all its food down quickly it is not healthy – and in dogs there is some suggestion that this can also be a contributor to bloat. GET IT HERE

Buster Dog Cube

Buster Dog Treat Dispensor

Another way to slow down feeding – or just to make your dog more active in finding their food there are a set of these cubes which progress in difficulty. I was introduced to this when I won one at a vet conference and spent many weeks using it with the clinic dogs. GET IT HERE

Timed Treat Feeder

Foobler Electronic Timed Dog Treat ToyThis is perfect for if you are going be away from your dog for a while – whether that is a trip to the shops or for work. It allows you to set a timer on an interval to release different treats or just spread food through the day. It will make a noise when it releases a new treat to get your dogs attention and break up their time alone. GET IT HERE

Dog Magic Activity Toy

Nina Ottosson Dog Magic Activity ToysThere is an entire range of dog games by Nina Ottosson which vary in difficulty from easy to hard depending on how much experience your dog has with such toys. If your dog is just starting with these I would recommend starting with the easy level such as this and building up to the harder levels. GET IT HERE

Brain Games

Brain games for dogs by Claire ArrowsmithThis gift is not just for your dog but also for you. Dogs are amazingly intelligent and this book gives you many ideas to try with your dogs. Seeing just how smart your dog is can be one of the most rewarding ways you can spend time with them. GET IT HERE

Fussy eaters – tips for finding a food they like…

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Sometimes out pets can be extremely fussy when it comes to food turning their nose up at specific flavours or types. It can get even more complicated when they are on a medically prescribed diet.

Where there are so many different types and flavours available it can be confusing to know what to feed and especially if your furbaby will like it before you buy it. However the internet is here to help you – not just for reading about different types of food or researching the nutrient requirements to match your pets age and medical status.

The rise of free stuff uk websites also give you the benefit of finding free samples of pet foods for dogs, cats, and even rabbits in some cases. These are often sent directly from the manufacturer or distributor in a smaller pack size of the food as a way to try and get you to start using them to feed your pet. However these are a great way to see if your pet likes the flavour and style of food.

For example you can try this free offer to try Wafcol dog food, in the past there have also been offers from Pedigree and other manufacturers. Sometimes also vet practices or rescues may offer free samples of different foods when you register a new pet with them.

In some pets such as rabbits it is especially not to make drastic changes in the food which can cause an upset stomach. For these animals it is often best to introduce a new food gradually.

Once you have found a food that they like it is important not to run out. In the UK you can even order pet food in bulk from amazon on a scheduled delivery so that you always have a good supply without having the last minute stress of finding something for them to eat.

Pets and Holidays: What to Do About Your Dog When You’re Away

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As much as we love our dogs, there are times when we just can’t be around to take care of them. Be it a business trip or a surprise visit from in-laws, there are situations where we’ll have to be away from our loyal companions.

But many people are faced with the trouble of what to do when those situations arise. For some people, taking their dog on holiday with them is a natural thing and they’ll even choose destinations that their dog loves. It could be a beach where they can play in the sand and water or a cosy cottage where they can sleep and relax around a crackling fireplace.

If you’ve got an event coming up soon that will separate you and your companion, consider some of these tips on how to go about dealing with the problem.

Take Your Dog on Holiday With You

As long as you aren’t going too far away or on a plane, then you can take your dog with you no matter where you go. As long as you buy a suitable crate for your dog (or a strong leash if they’re big) then you can keep them in the car with you as you drive. Just make sure that someone is looking after them, or if you’re travelling alone then drive slowly. If you break suddenly, it could frighten your dog or worse, send them flying off the seat and hurling into something. If you’re travelling via coach or train, then make sure you inform the driver or rail service before taking your pet on board.

If you’re travelling via plane, then there are still options to take your dog with you. Owners would love if there was no hassle involved when travelling with their pets, but the truth is: there is a lot of preparation involved. You’ll have to buy a bag or crate to carry your dog, and you need to inform the airline when you purchase your ticket that you plan to take an animal on board. Don’t show up to the airport with your dog in a crate because they might deny you entry!

dogs-on-holiday-on-the-beachDoggy Daycare & Boarding

There are many services around the world such as http://www.auntbspetresort.com that specialise in looking after your pets with the utmost love and care. Whether you have a small dog or a large canine, they’ll most likely be able to offer you a service that is tailored towards your needs. Does your dog have certain hobbies or dietary requirements? Not a problem, the daycare service will handle it for you. Will you be separated from your companion for a week? Again, that’s no problem because many daycare centres will be equipped with long-term services as well.

It’s an inexpensive method of keeping your pet occupied and looked after while you’re away, and you can have peace of mind knowing that your dog is in good hands and being cared for.

Asking a Friend or Family Member

If you take regular trips away from your dog, then it might be worth making friends with the neighbours or bringing your companion to a family member’s home. As long as you leave your dog in safe hands with the same person or family each time, your dog will grow used to their scent and voice and listen to them.