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Dogs & People Food

Dogs & People Food

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Your dog has the most pleading, heart-melting eyes on the planet. When you’re on the couch having a snack and he fixes those big, brown eyes on you, it’s almost like being hypnotized. Suddenly, you feel guilty. There you are, enjoying your snack while he sits there, snack-less and broken-hearted. How can you resist?But resist you must. Well, okay, give him a snack, but not the same thing you’re having. You’re much better off giving your best friend a dog treat to enjoy while you have your treat. While some of the foods we eat are okay for dogs in small doses, others are downright dangerous. There’s no reason to give a dog people food. Yes, probably your grandparents fed their dog table scraps. Maybe that was the bulk of their dog’s diet.But you might want to find out how long their dog lived before you follow in their footsteps. Back then, people didn’t have the knowledge we do today about human or canine nutrition. And often, man and beast alike were just glad to have a full belly. Bu...
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When to Give Your Dog Treats

When to Give Your Dog Treats

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If you asked your dog, she’d tell you that she needs treats several times a day.  In fact, she might be telling you this already.  But she’s wrong.  She needs healthy, nutritious food every day, but she does not actually need a treat every single day.  Some people would argue that she doesn’t need treats at all, but that is extreme.  Dog treats can be more than a tasty snack for your dog.  And you shouldn’t hesitate to give them out when it is appropriate, as long as you are not giving your dog too many.  Her main source of nutrition and energy should be her regular dog food, not treats.  But here are some instances when a dog treat is more than a treat.Training: Dog treats can be a powerful training tool.  Positive reinforcement is the best motivation for dog training.  Your dog really does want to please you, and she wants to know when she gets it right.  A treat is speaking to her in her language and giving her a powerful motivation to keep up the good work.  Don’t overload her.  On...
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Can Dogs Have Food In tolerances?

Can Dogs Have Food In tolerances?

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Some dogs are picky eaters. Others will eat any and everything. But a food intolerance or allergy is a different matter. It has nothing to do with what your dog likes or doesn’t like. A food intolerance or allergy is when a dog has a reaction to a particular food or ingredient that triggers the dog’s immune system. Food allergies and intolerances are not exactly the same, but the distinction is technical. Your dog doesn’t care if he has an intolerance or an allergy. If he’s having symptoms, he just wants to feel better. While some dogs might show signs of a food intolerance early in puppyhood, many develop symptoms slowly. Awareness of food intolerance in dogs is growing, and it is easier to get help now than ever before. It’s also easier to find foods specially designed to be easy on the canine system and free of common allergens. Years ago, people who realized their dog had a food intolerance had little choice but to prepare their pet’s food themselves. But today, some dog food manu...
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Football with Your Four-Legged Friend

Football with Your Four-Legged Friend

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While the shouting will be loudest in Dublin and Mayo, we’ll all have football on our minds this weekend with the GAA Football All Ireland Championship being played. And if you have a dog, you have someone in your life who would love to play some ball with you. Okay, it isn’t realistic to think you’ll have a full squad of canine Gaelic players but you and your dog can have a lot of fun kicking or throwing a ball around outside. Most dogs from the slick little Jackeen Russell to the big fluffy Samayo… sorry Samoyed, enjoy chasing balls, even if they make poor inside forwards.It’s All Fun and Games Retrievers are obviously easiest to teach to bring the ball back to you, but even the most energetic and stubborn terrier can learn to play fetch. First, you must teach your dog to come when called. For some dogs, this is automatic because they want to be right by your side getting your attention, but others require more effort. In extreme cases, it helps to have a second person. That person c...
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Do Dogs Need Winter Coats?

Do Dogs Need Winter Coats?

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Nature gave dogs a coat, and dog owners know from the fur we find around the house that it does indeed change with the seasons. So it’s easy to think that dogs already have a winter coat, one they grew themselves, and that is all they need.  But the reality is just slightly more complex.A chihuahua and a St. Bernard are very different dog breeds, and they have different needs.  That’s obvious, but we tend to overlook it when we are talking about coats for dogs.  We see racing greyhounds wearing coats, but we don’t always realize why they wear them and what it tells us about other sighthounds.  You wouldn’t feed a young Labrador and an elderly whippet the same food, so why do we often treat them the same in winter?How to Tell If Your Dog Needs a Winter CoatBecause Ireland has cold, wet winters, some dogs do need an extra layer to stay comfortable and healthy.  Many of our beloved pets are mixed breeds.  While we can say that huskies don’t normally need winter coats and all chihuahuas do...
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Keeping Pets Calm and Safe at Halloween

Keeping Pets Calm and Safe at Halloween

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October is a hard time for animals. While youths delight in setting off fireworks as soon as they can get their hands on them, dogs and cats are terrified at the loud, unpredictable noise. It is hard enough for many of us humans, but our pets have no understanding of what is happening. They don’t know it is Halloween. They only know it sounds like danger. And sadly, for many animals, it is a dangerous time. Pet owners need to take extra measures to keep our beloved pets safe and calm at Halloween time.It is not simply that the noise startles and upsets our pets. Their fear can become panic, causing them to run away. Every Halloween, hearts are broken when dogs and cats run away in such fright that they cannot find their way home or they run into the path of a car and get knocked down. It is painful to think about, but pet owners can keep their beloved animals safe this Halloween. The most important thing is to help them stay calm so they do not panic.How Pheromones Calm PetPheromones a...
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Is Your Dog Inside More in Winter?

Is Your Dog Inside More in Winter?

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When it gets wet and cold out, not all dogs want to spend much time outside.  And not all dog owners want to deal with muddy paw prints and soggy doggies from them going in and out of the house.  So that means our furry friends are inside more.  Having your dog inside more raises a few issues, but a few adjustments can keep everyone – canine and human – happy.Your dog still needs to get some exercise in winter.  A daily walk is important for her physical and mental well-being.  In winter, that often means walking in the rain or dark.  They say there is no bad weather, just bad gear.  For your dog, good winter gear means a dog coat.  Even if your dog grows her own very warm coat, putting her in one with reflective trim makes you both safer.If you are out after dark walking alongside a road, reflective gear is important for your safety.  A dog coat with chest protection will help your dog warm and dry, which means less wet dog smell. Keep your dog on a short lead too.  A country road wit...
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What Your Pets Really Want for Christmas

What Your Pets Really Want for Christmas

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Tis the season, and everywhere you look online you see hilarious videos of cats attacking Christmas trees and dogs in reindeer suits. It’s adorable. And we know that no matter how naughty your pet might have been this year, he’s at the top of your ‘nice’ list. If your dog or cat could shop, he’d get every last thing on your list. Are you shopping for your pet this Christmas? Dogs and cats can’t write their own lists, so we’ve done it for them. The good news, their wants are pretty simple and inexpensive. They don’t dream of spendy electronics or trendy clothes. So what do they want?1. Time with you. That’s the main thing they crave all year ‘round. Dogs yearn to walk near you every day, to chase whatever you throw. They want to lounge on the couch while you rub their belly and ears. Cats want to play with you. They aren’t too fussy about what toys you provide, as long as you engage and play with them. And they want to sit near you. Cat owners understand the delicate negotiations around...
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Christmas Deliveries and Holiday Giveaway

Christmas Deliveries and Holiday Giveaway

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 The holiday season is quickly approaching; this means it’s time to think about your furry friends’ Christmas dinner too.Our next-day delivery service will suffer some disruptions due to the upcoming holidays, so plan ahead and get your order in in advance to ensure your best friend gets their meal on time!Furthermore, if you order over €90 before the 21st of December, your pet will also receive a small token of gratitude; a little something for you to put under the tree for your furriest family member.Please refer to the below information for all orders placed until the New Year. For any queries, please contact us, and we will assist you any way we can.Happy Christmas! ...
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Help Your Stressed Pet Over the Holidays

Help Your Stressed Pet Over the Holidays

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Have you ever considered that your pet can get anxious or stressed with all the visitors and noise over the festive season? Pheromones are natural scents that a mother cat or dog releases which makes the puppy or kitten feel safe and secure in their own environments.  These pheromones are a scent that we as humans can't smell.  However, they have been reproduced into  safe products to help our furry friends through difficult situations such as car journeys, vets visits, halloween and indeed Christmas.Adaptil is the product range for Dogs and Feliway is the range for Cats.  Try them and you will be doing your pet a great service if they show any signs of stress or anxiety....
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