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Can Dogs Fly on Planes in the UK?
17.07.24 July 17, 2024 Owning a Dog Featured

Can Dogs Fly on Planes in the UK?

Put simply, yes, dogs can fly on planes in the UK, but there are specific regulations and requirements that you must adhere to. The UK has strict rules regarding pet travel to ensure the safety and well-being of animals during flights. It's important to check with your airline and the UK's Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) for the most current regulations. Here at Lords and Labradors, we have all the gear to make your travels safe & seamless. Key Regulations for Flying with Dogs in the UK Microchip and Vaccination: Your dog must be microchipped and vaccinated according to country & airline regulations. Ensure that these vaccinations are up-to-date and your dog's microchip details are correctly registered. Pet Passport or Health Certificate: You will need a pet passport or an official health certificate issued by an authorised vet. This document should include details of your dog's microchip number, details of their vaccination, and other relevant health information. Tapeworm Treatment: Dogs must receive tapeworm treatment before entering the UK. This treatment should be administered by a vet and recorded in the pet passport or health certificate. Approved Airlines and Routes: Only certain airlines and routes are approved for pet travel. Check with your airline to ensure they are authorised to transport pets to and from the UK. Preparing Your Dog for Air Travel Proper preparation is so important for a safe and comfortable journey and flight for your dog. Here are some essential steps to take before your journey: Choose the Right Crate Invest in an IATA (International Air Transport Association) approved travel crate. The crate should be spacious enough for your dog to stand, turn around, and lie down comfortably. Ensure the crate is well-ventilated and secure. Acclimate Your Dog to the Crate Well before your trip, start getting your dog used to the travel crate. Place the crate in your home and encourage your dog to explore it. Gradually increase the amount of time your dog spends in the crate to help them feel comfortable and secure. Health Check and Documentation Visit your vet for a thorough health check. Ensure all vaccinations are up-to-date and obtain a pet passport or health certificate. Discuss any concerns you have about travelling with your vet, and consider asking for help and advice if your dog is particularly anxious. Book Early and Confirm Details Book your flight well in advance and inform the airline that you will be travelling with a dog. Confirm all details regarding pet travel, including crate size requirements, fees, and documentation needed. Tips for a Smooth Flight with Your Dog Exercise Before the Flight Give your dog plenty of exercise before the flight to help them relax and expend excess energy. A tired dog is more likely to rest during the journey. Limit Food and Water Intake Avoid feeding your dog a large meal before the flight to prevent motion sickness. Offer water up until departure but limit the amount to avoid accidents in the crate. Comfort Items Place a familiar blanket or toy in the crate to provide comfort and a sense of security. These items can help reduce stress and anxiety during the flight. Check-In Early Arrive at the airport early to allow plenty of time for check-in and security procedures. This will also give your dog time to acclimate to the airport environment. During the Flight Ensure the crate is securely fastened in the cargo hold or under the seat in front of you, depending on your airline's policies. Remain calm and composed, as dogs can pick up on their owner's anxiety. Post-Flight Care Once you arrive at your destination, take the following steps to ensure your dog’s comfort and well-being: Immediate Care After the flight, take your dog out of the crate as soon as possible and allow them to stretch, hydrate, and relieve themselves. Check for any signs of stress or discomfort. Settling In Give your dog time to adjust to the new environment. Maintain a calm demeanour and provide comfort items such as their favourite toys or blankets to help them feel at home. Monitor Health Monitor your dog’s health closely in the days following the flight. Look out for signs of dehydration, stress, or illness, and consult a vet if you have any concerns. Choosing the Right Airline and Flight Not all airlines have the same policies regarding pet travel. Research and choose an airline that is known for its pet-friendly policies and good reputation for handling animals. Some airlines offer special pet travel programs that provide additional care and comfort for your furry friend. Key Considerations When Choosing an Airline Pet Travel Program: Look for airlines with dedicated pet travel programs that offer additional services such as temperature-controlled cargo holds and specialised care. Flight Duration: opt for direct flights whenever possible to minimise the stress of multiple take-offs and landings. Cabin vs. Cargo: Small dogs may be allowed to travel in the cabin with you, while larger dogs will need to be in the cargo hold. Ensure the cargo hold is temperature-controlled and meets safety standards. Flying with your dog requires careful planning and preparation, but with the right approach, it can be a safe and enjoyable experience for both of you. By understanding the regulations, preparing your dog properly, and choosing the right airline, you can ensure a smooth journey. At Lords & Labradors, we offer a range of travel accessories to help make your trip as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Safe travels!

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How to Choose the Right Dog Feeding Bowl for My Dog
11.07.24 July 11, 2024 Owning a Dog Featured

How to Choose the Right Dog Feeding Bowl for My Dog

Selecting the right feeding bowl for your dog is more important than you might think. It impacts not only your dogs comfort while eating but also their health and hygiene. With a plethora of options available, from traditional dog bowls to elevated dog bowls on stands, making the right choice can be daunting. This guide will help you understand the key considerations and benefits of different types of dog bowls, particularly focusing on the increasingly popular dog bowls on stands. Understanding Your Dog’s Needs Before diving into the specifics of different types of dog bowls, it's important to understand your dog’s unique needs. Factors such as breed, size, age, eating habits, and health conditions play a significant role in determining the best feeding bowl for your furry friend. Size and Breed: Larger breeds may need bigger bowls with higher capacities, while smaller breeds require appropriately sized bowls to avoid overfeeding. Some breeds benefit from 'long eared' dog bowls, where as others may benefit from a slow feeder bowl. Age: Puppies might benefit from smaller, shallower bowls, whereas senior dogs might need elevated bowls to reduce strain on their neck and joints. Eating Habits: Fast eaters might benefit from slow feeder bowls to prevent gulping and subsequent digestive issues. The Benefits of Dog Bowls on Stand Dog bowls on stands, also known as elevated or raised dog bowls, have become increasingly popular for their numerous benefits. Here are some key benefits your dog may find from using one: Improved Digestion Elevated dog bowls can help improve your dog's digestion by allowing food to travel more efficiently down the digestive tract. This is particularly beneficial for large breeds and dogs with certain health conditions. Reduced Strain on Joints For older dogs or those with arthritis, bending down to eat can be painful and stressful on their joints. Dog bowls on stands elevate the food to a comfortable height, reducing the strain on your dog's neck, hips, shoulders, and joints. Better Posture Eating from an elevated bowl can help promote better posture, especially in large breed dogs. This can prevent long-term musculoskeletal issues and promote overall well-being. Cleanliness and Hygiene Raised dog bowls can help keep the feeding area cleaner. They prevent food and water from spilling onto the floor, reducing the chance of bacterial growth and keeping the feeding area hygienic. Types of Dog Bowls Here at Lords & Labradors, we offer various types of dog bowls, each with its unique features and benefits. Here’s a closer look at some popular options: Standard Dog Bowls These are the most common type of dog bowls, typically made from stainless steel, plastic, or ceramic. They are simple, affordable, and come in various sizes. However, they may not offer the ergonomic benefits of elevated bowls. Dog Bowls on Stand As we've looked into, elevated bowls come with a stand that raises the bowls to a more comfortable height for your dog. They are ideal for larger breeds, senior dogs, and dogs with certain health conditions. Slow Feeder Bowls Designed to slow down fast eaters, these bowls have ridges or obstacles that make it more challenging for dogs to gulp down their food. This can prevent choking, bloating, and other digestive issues. Automatic Feeders Automatic feeders are perfect for busy pet owners. They dispense a pre-measured amount of food at scheduled times, ensuring your dog gets fed even when you’re not home. Travel Bowls Portable and often collapsible, travel bowls are convenient for on-the-go feeding. They are typically made from flexible materials like silicone or fabric. Choosing the Right Dog Bowl on a Stand When selecting an elevated dog bowl, there are several factors to consider to ensure it meets your dog's needs: Height of the Stand The height of the stand should be appropriate for your dog’s size. The bowl should be at the level of your dog's chest to allow for comfortable eating without straining their neck. Material Choose a bowl made from durable, non-toxic materials. Stainless steel is a popular choice due to its durability, ease of cleaning, and resistance to bacterial growth. Ceramic bowls are also good but can be heavier and prone to breaking. Avoid plastic bowls as they can harbor bacteria and may cause allergic reactions in some dogs. Stability The stand should be stable and sturdy enough to prevent tipping, especially if your dog is a vigorous eater. Look for stands with non-slip feet, or wall mounted to keep them securely in place. Ease of Cleaning Opt for bowls that are easy to remove and easy to wash. This will make cleaning and maintaining hygiene much easier. Capacity Ensure the bowls have enough capacity to hold your dog’s meals comfortably. This is especially important for larger breeds that require more food. Additional Tips for Feeding Your Dog Regular Cleaning: Clean your dog’s bowls regularly to prevent the buildup of bacteria and ensure a healthy feeding environment. Proper Placement: Place the bowl in a quiet area to allow your dog to eat without distractions or stress. Monitor Eating Habits: Keep an eye on your dog’s eating habits. If you notice any changes, such as eating too fast or showing signs of discomfort, consider adjusting your feeding setup or consulting your veterinarian. Choosing the right dog feeding bowl is so important for your pet's health and comfort. Dog bowls on stands offer numerous benefits, including improved digestion, reduced strain on joints, better posture, and enhanced cleanliness. By considering your dog's specific needs and preferences, you can select the perfect bowl to ensure they enjoy every meal comfortably and safely. At Lords & Labradors, we offer a wide range of high-quality dog bowls and feeding accessories designed to meet the unique needs of every dog. Explore our collection today and find the perfect feeding solution for your furry friend.  

By Laura Rudd

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What's the best? Soft or Firm dog bed
10.07.24 July 10, 2024 Owning a Dog Featured

What's the best? Soft or Firm dog bed

Choosing the right bed for your dog can be so overwhelming when there is so many beds available to choose from. Our dogs do have a preference much like us humans. It can be challenging to decide whether a soft dog bed or a firm one is the best choice for your furry friend. Our guide will delve into the benefits and considerations of both types of beds, helping you make an informed decision, for you and your pet.  Understanding Your Dog's Needs Before diving into the specifics of soft and firm dog beds, it's important to understand your dog's unique needs. Factors such as age, breed, size, health, and sleeping habits play a significant role in determining the best type of bed for them. Key Considerations Age and Health : Older dogs or those with joint issues may require more support to alleviate pressure points and promote better sleep. Breed and Size : Larger breeds may benefit from firmer support, while smaller breeds might prefer the cosiness of a soft bed. Sleeping Habits : Observe your dog’s sleeping position and habits. Do they curl up in a ball, sprawl out, or like to burrow? The Benefits of a Soft Dog Bed Soft dog beds are designed to provide a plush, cushioned sleeping surface that many dogs find incredibly comfortable. Here are some benefits of opting for a soft dog bed: Comfort and Cosiness Soft dog beds offer a high level of comfort, making them ideal for dogs that enjoy snuggling and burrowing. The plush material can provide a sense of security and warmth, particularly beneficial for smaller breeds and puppies. Flexibility Some dog beds often come with flexible stuffing, such as memory foam, allowing the bed to contour to your dog's body. This can be particularly comforting for dogs that prefer to nestle into their bed. Variety of Styles Soft dog beds are available in various styles, especially our Lords & Labradors donut beds. Dog beds designed with raised, plush edges, providing a cosy, enclosed space, can help anxious dogs feel secure. The Benefits of a Firm Dog Bed Firm dog beds, on the other hand, provide more structured support. These beds are often recommended for dogs with specific health needs. Here are the advantages of choosing a firm dog bed: Support Firm dog beds are ideal for dogs with arthritis, hip dysplasia, or other joint issues. The firmer surface helps distribute weight evenly, reducing pressure on joints and providing much-needed support.  Durability Firm beds are often more durable and maintain their shape over time. This makes them a good investment for larger or more active dogs that might wear down a softer bed more quickly. Easy to Clean Many of our firmer dog beds come with removable, washable covers, making them easier to clean and maintain. This is particularly important for dogs that spend a lot of time outdoors and might bring dirt into their bed. Comparing Soft and Firm Dog Beds When deciding between a soft and firm dog bed, consider the following aspects to determine which one best suits your dog's needs. Comfort Level Soft Dog Beds: Best for dogs that love to curl up and snuggle. They provide a plush, cosy surface that can mimic the feeling of cuddling with their owner/littermates. Firm Dog Beds: Best for dogs that need extra support. They provide a stable, even surface that can help alleviate pain and discomfort associated with joint issues. Durability and Maintenance Soft Dog Beds: Generally, less durable than firm beds. The soft filling can flatten over time, especially with heavy use. However, they are often machine washable. Firm Dog Beds: Typically, more durable and maintain their shape longer. They often come with removable covers that are easy to clean. Health Considerations Soft Dog Beds: Suitable for young, healthy dogs without any joint issues. They offer a comfortable and inviting space for dogs that don't require additional support. Firm Dog Beds: Ideal for older dogs or those with health issues. They provide the necessary support to keep your dog comfortable and alleviate pain. Dog Nest Beds Dog nest style beds, such as our Lords & Labradors Donut beds and our Lords & Labradors High Wall beds, combine elements of both soft and firm beds. They feature a soft, cushioned interior with raised edges, providing a sense of security and support. This type of bed is particularly popular among dogs that enjoy curling up and feeling enclosed. Here are some benefits of the dog nest bed: Security and Comfort The raised edges create a cosy, enclosed space that can help reduce anxiety and promote a sense of security. Versatility Our Lords & Labradors dog beds come in various sizes and styles, making them suitable for different breeds and preferences. Supportive Edges While the interior is soft, the raised edges can provide additional support for your dog's head and neck, combining the benefits of both soft and firm beds. Choosing between a soft or firm dog bed ultimately depends on your dog's individual needs and preferences. Soft dog beds are ideal for dogs that love to snuggle and feel warm and cosy, while firm dog beds provide the necessary support for dogs with joint issues or those that need more structured support.  At Lords & Labradors, we offer a wide range of high-quality dog beds designed to meet the unique needs of every dog. Whether you’re looking for a soft dog bed, a firm bed, or something 'in-between', we have the perfect solution to ensure your furry friend enjoys restful and rejuvenating sleep.

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How to Choose a Dog Bed for More Than One Dog
10.07.24 July 10, 2024 Owning a Dog Featured

How to Choose a Dog Bed for More Than One Dog

Selecting the perfect dog bed can be a challenging task, especially when you have more than one furry friend to consider. Ensuring that both dogs have a comfortable place to rest is crucial for both their health and happiness. This guide will help you navigate the process of choosing the right bed for 2 dogs, addressing all the essential factors to ensure your pets get the best sleep possible. Understanding the Needs of Multiple Dogs Dogs, like us humans, need a good night’s sleep to stay healthy and happy. When you have two dogs, their sleeping arrangements should cater to their collective and individual needs. Whether your dog’s prefer sleeping together or separately, finding the right bed that accommodates both is essential. Key Considerations for Choosing a Bed for 2 Dogs Size and Space One of the most crucial factors when choosing a bed for 2 dogs is size. The bed should be large enough to accommodate both dogs comfortably, allowing them to stretch out and move around without feeling cramped. Measure your dogs when they are lying down and add some extra space to ensure they have plenty of room. Comfort and Support Look for beds that provide ample support and comfort. Memory foam or orthopaedic beds are excellent choices, especially for older dogs or those with joint issues. These materials help distribute weight evenly and relieve pressure points, ensuring a good night’s sleep for both dogs. Durability and Material A bed for 2 dogs needs to be durable enough to withstand twice the wear and tear. Choose beds made from high-quality materials that are resistant to chewing and scratching. Additionally, look for beds with removable, washable covers or wipe clean covers to make cleaning easier and maintain hygiene. Sleeping Preferences Consider your dogs' sleeping preferences. Do they like to cuddle up together, or do they prefer their own space? You may find having two beds side by side suit your dogs better than one bigger bed for them to share. Types of Dog Beds Suitable for 2 Dogs Extra-Large Dog Beds Extra-large beds provide ample space for both dogs to sleep together comfortably. These beds come in various shapes and materials, ensuring you can find one that suits your dogs' needs.   Sofa Topper Dog Beds Sofa Topper beds lay along your sofa providing a cosy environment for two dogs to snuggle together. This is only of course if you allow your dogs to make themselves at home on your furniture, which makes them ideal for dogs that enjoy lounging and cuddling. Cushions If your dogs are prefer sleeping near or together, consider getting large, comfortable dog cushion that fit well in a spacious area in your home. This option allows both dogs to have their own defined space while sharing the same sleeping area. Additional Tips for Choosing a Bed for 2 Dogs Observe Your Dogs' Behaviour Keep note of how your dogs interact with each other during their nap time. Do they prefer being close, or do they need their own space? Understanding their behaviour will help you choose a bed that suits their preferences. Consult Your Veterinarian Your veterinarian can provide valuable insights into your dogs' health and comfort needs, especially if either dog has medical conditions that require special bedding. Invest in Quality While it may be tempting to go for cheaper options, investing in a high-quality bed will pay off in the long run. A well-made bed will last longer and provide better comfort and support for your dogs. Consider Multiple Beds In some cases, it might be better to have separate beds for each dog. This is especially true if your dogs have different sleeping preferences or if one dog tends to dominate the bed. Choosing the right bed for 2 dogs involves considering their size, comfort, durability, and sleeping preferences. Whether you opt for an extra-large bed, or separate beds, the goal is to ensure both dogs have a comfortable and supportive place to rest. At Lords & Labradors, we offer a wide range of high-quality dog beds designed to meet the unique needs of multiple dogs. By selecting the right bed, you can provide your furry friends with the restful sleep they need to stay healthy and happy.

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How Much Sleep Should My Dog Get?
08.07.24 July 08, 2024 Owning a Dog Featured

How Much Sleep Should My Dog Get?

As pet owners, understanding the sleep requirements of our canine companions can help us provide the best care possible. And ensuring our dogs get the right amount of sleep is so important for their overall health and general wellbeing. Here at Lords & Labradors, we've looked into the sleep needs of dogs at different life stages, from puppies to senior dogs, answering common questions such as how much sleep do dogs actually require?, and how long do dogs (and should dogs) sleep at night? Understanding Dog Sleep Patterns Dogs, much like us humans, have varying sleep needs based on their age, activity level, and overall health. However, unlike humans, dogs' sleep patterns include several shorter cycles rather than one long stretch of sleep. How Much Sleep Do Dogs Require? On average, our dogs need between 12 to 14 hours of sleep per day. This amount can fluctuate based on several factors: Age: Puppies and senior dogs tend to sleep more than adult dogs. Breed: Larger breeds often need more sleep than smaller breeds. Activity Level: Highly active dogs may require more rest to recover from their physical exertions. How Long Do Dogs Sleep at Night? Most dogs tend to sleep around 8 to 10 hours at night, with additional naps during the day to meet their total sleep requirements. Unlike humans, dogs have a polyphasic sleep pattern, meaning they sleep multiple times throughout a 24-hour period. This pattern allows them to stay alert and respond to their environment more quickly. Sleep Requirements by Age How Long Should Puppies Sleep? Puppies are in a critical growth phase, which requires a significant amount of rest. On average, puppies need 18 to 20 hours of sleep per day. This extensive sleep helps support their rapid physical development and learning processes. Ensuring a quiet and comfortable sleeping environment is essential to support healthy growth and development in puppies. How Many Hours Sleep Does an Adult Dog Need? Adult dogs typically require 12 to 14 hours of sleep per day. This includes night-time sleep and several day-time naps. Active breeds or working dogs may need slightly less sleep, around 10 to 12 hours, due to their higher energy levels and physical activity. However, it's crucial to monitor your dog's behaviour and adjust their rest time based on their individual needs. Senior Dogs Senior dogs, much like puppies, often need more sleep than adult dogs. They may require 14 to 18 hours of sleep per day. Aging dogs experience changes in their metabolism and activity levels, making additional rest necessary for maintaining their health and wellbeing. Factors Influencing Dog Sleep Health and Medical Conditions Dogs with certain health conditions may require more sleep. Conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, and hypothyroidism can increase fatigue and the need for rest. Regular veterinary check-ups can help identify and manage these conditions, ensuring your dog gets the appropriate amount of sleep. Diet and Nutrition A balanced diet is essential for maintaining your dog's energy levels and overall health. Poor nutrition can lead to lethargy and increased sleep requirements. Consult with your veterinarian to ensure your dog's diet is meeting their specific needs. Environment Creating a comfortable sleeping environment is vital for ensuring quality sleep. Choose a quiet, cosy space with a comfortable bed suited to your dog’s size and needs. Consider orthopaedic beds for senior dogs or dogs with joint issues to enhance their comfort. Exercise and Activity Regular exercise is crucial for maintaining your dog’s physical and mental health. Adequate physical activity helps regulate sleep patterns and prevents behavioural issues caused by excess energy. However, be mindful of not overexerting your dog, especially in extreme weather conditions. If you're unsure of when you're able to walk your dog in hot weather, you can read our helpful guide here. Signs of Sleep Problems in Dogs Monitoring your dog’s sleep habits can help identify potential health issues. Look out for signs such as: Excessive Sleeping: While dogs sleep a lot, an increase in sleep duration beyond normal could indicate health problems. Restlessness: Difficulty settling down or frequent waking during the night may signal discomfort or anxiety. Changes in Sleep Patterns: Sudden changes in your dog’s sleep routine can be a sign of underlying health issues. If you notice any of these signs, consult your vet to rule out medical conditions and receive appropriate advice. Tips for Improving Your Dog's Sleep Establish a Routine Dogs thrive on routine. Establish regular times for feeding, exercise, and sleep to help regulate your dog’s sleep patterns. Create a Comfortable Sleep Environment Provide a designated sleeping area that is quiet, comfortable, and free from disturbances. Invest in a high quality bed that supports your dog’s joints and overall comfort. Ensure Adequate Exercise Regular physical activity is essential for tiring your dog out and promoting restful sleep. Adapt their exercise routine to your dog’s age, breed, and health condition. Monitor Diet and Nutrition Feed your dog a balanced diet to support every aspect of their health and energy levels. Avoid feeding them large meals right before bedtime to prevent discomfort. Understanding how much sleep dogs require and tailoring their environment and routine to meet these needs is crucial for their health and well-being. By paying attention to their specific needs at different life stages and creating a comfortable sleep environment, you can ensure your dog enjoys restful and rejuvenating sleep. At Lords & Labradors, we offer a range of high-quality beds and sleep accessories designed to cater to the unique needs of dogs at every stage of life. Give your furry friend the gift of good sleep and watch them thrive.

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Best Orthopaedic Dog Beds for Dogs Suffering with Arthritis
04.07.24 July 04, 2024 Owning a Dog Featured

Best Orthopaedic Dog Beds for Dogs Suffering with Arthritis

When your loyal companion begins to show signs of arthritis, their comfort becomes more crucial than ever. Arthritis in dogs, much like in us humans, can severely impact their quality of life, leading to pain and reduced mobility. However, the right orthopaedic dog bed can provide immense relief, improving your pet’s sleep quality and overall well-being. We explore the best orthopaedic dog beds specifically designed for dogs suffering from arthritis, focusing on features like optimal hip support and comfort. Understanding Arthritis in Dogs Before we dive into the specifics of orthopaedic dog beds, and how they can benefit your pooch, it’s essential to understand what arthritis is and how it affects our dogs. Arthritis is a degenerative condition resulting in inflammation of the joints, causing pain and limiting mobility. While it predominantly affects older dogs, younger pups are not immune, especially if they have sustained injuries or are genetically predisposed to joint issues. Symptoms of Arthritis in Dogs Difficulty standing up or lying down Reluctance to jump or climb stairs Noticeable discomfort during walks Stiffness, especially after resting Audible pain when moving If you are worried about your dog having arthritis, do contact your vet for advice. Why Choose an Orthopaedic Dog Bed? Orthopaedic dog beds are designed to provide enhanced support and minimise pressure on your dogs joints, making them ideal for dogs with arthritis. These beds are typically made from high-density memory foam that contours to your dog's body, supporting their spine and joints effectively. Benefits of Orthopaedic Dog Beds Reduced Joint Pain: High-quality memory foam helps distribute weight evenly, reducing pressure on sore joints. Improved Circulation: Adequate support promotes better blood circulation, which is essential for healing and health. Enhanced Comfort: Our orthopaedic beds feature softer, more adaptable surfaces that increase comfort during sleep. Top Features to Look For in Orthopaedic Dog Beds When selecting an orthopaedic dog bed for your pooch who suffers with arthritis, several key features should be considered to ensure maximum comfort and support: High-Density Memory Foam Choose a bed that offers a thick layer of high-density memory foam. This foam not only adapts to your dog’s body contours but also maintains its shape over time, providing ongoing support. Hip Support For dogs with arthritis, particularly in the hip joints, additional hip support can be crucial. Look for beds that offer extra cushioning in this area or have an ergonomic design that helps cradle the hips and relieve pressure points. Durable and Washable Cover Arthritic dogs may have accidents more frequently, so a removable, machine-washable cover is essential for maintaining hygiene. Additionally, the material should be durable to withstand frequent washing. Adequate Size and Accessibility Ensure the bed is large enough for your dog to stretch out comfortably without any part of their body resting on the hard floor. Also, consider a low-profile design for easy access. Recommended Orthopaedic Dog Beds for Arthritic Dogs Our owner and founder, Johanna, who has many years experience raising dogs with health issues such as arthritis, really recommends orthopaedic dog beds that meet these criteria and are known for their quality and effectiveness in providing joint relief: Essentials Twill Orthopaedic Mattress This bed features a thick foam mattress and plush fur top, to provide extra comfort for your furry friend, especially those with joint problems or older dogs. Plus, the stylish colours they're available in will match any interior perfectly. It also features a convenient carry handle and it's machine washable cover make it easily portable and easy to maintain. Execu-Sofa by Lords & Labradors Ideal for dogs who love to stretch out and curl up propping up their heads, it's an ultra-luxurious pet bed that exudes sophistication and style. Offering your pup the ultimate in sleep comfort, it features a squishy foam inner with removable arms, allowing you to personalise the bed to suit your loyal companion's sleep preferences. Its removable cover ensures easy cleaning, while the multitude of restful headrests provide a plush haven for your beloved pet. Available in two elegant shades, the Execu-Sofa is the pinnacle of canine luxury. Scruffs ArmourDillo Orthopaedic Dog Bed Meet ArmourDillo, the tough-as-nails dog bed that says "no" to chewing and scratching. Your dog may find it difficult to get comfortable with sore joints, but with a dense foam core and an orthopaedic memory foam topper, it's the perfect combination of comfort and support. Your pup can lounge, roll, and stretch in total luxury – no scrounging needed! The thick, supportive memory foam base helps relieve pressure on sore joints. Choosing the right orthopaedic dog bed can significantly improve the quality of life for a dog suffering from arthritis. By providing a comfortable, supportive place to rest, you can help ease the pain associated with arthritic joints and improve your pet’s overall mobility and mood. Always consider your dog’s specific needs, such as the severity of arthritis and their preferred sleeping style, when selecting a bed. With the right bed, your dog can enjoy a more comfortable and joyful life despite their condition! By investing in an orthopaedic dog bed, you are providing your furry friend with the comfort they deserve in their golden years or during times of need. Remember, the right bed can make a world of difference to a dog dealing with the challenges of arthritis.

By Laura Rudd

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Dog Sleeping Behaviours: Understanding Your Pet's Sleep Patterns
01.07.24 July 01, 2024 Getting A Puppy Featured

Dog Sleeping Behaviours: Understanding Your Pet's Sleep Patterns

When it comes to dog sleeping behaviours, us pet owners are often curious about the various habits and peculiarities our canine friends exhibit. From preferring the floor over a plush bed to the mysterious twitching during a dream, each behaviour provides insights into your dog’s health, comfort, and emotional well-being. We explore these fascinating aspects, providing you with knowledge on why your dog sleeps on the floor instead of their bed, what it means when you find your dog loving their bed, and the significance behind dogs twitching when sleeping! Why Does My Dog Sleep on the Floor Instead of Their Bed? Many dog owners invest in what they think may be a comfortable, luxurious bed for their pets, only to find them sleeping on the cooler, harder floor. This choice, while seemingly uncomfortable to us, can be influenced by several factors: Temperature ControlDogs often choose sleeping locations based on temperature. On warmer days, the floor might provide a cooler surface compared to a warm, fluffy bed. This is particularly true for breeds with thicker fur or those prone to overheating. If you're concerned about your dog being a hot sleeper, you could offer them a cool mat to sleep on. Health IssuesIn some cases, older dogs or those with joint pain might find it difficult to climb into a bed, especially if it's too soft or too high. The firmness of the floor can provide better support for their bodies, easing discomfort. With our senior dogs, we find they tend to opt for orthopaedic beds over the beds they'd favoured in their younger years.  Personal Preference and ComfortLike humans, every dog has personal preferences. Some might find firmness more comforting and secure than a soft bed. Observing your dog's choices can provide you with clues about what they might find most comfortable. If you're unsure on what dog bed to go for after observing and noting their sleep habit, you can find our helpful guide here. Habit and EnvironmentDogs often stick to a routine, and if a dog has been used to sleeping on the floor, it might continue to do so out of habit. Additionally, the placement of the bed in the environment could influence their choice. A bed placed in a noisy or less frequented part of the house might be less appealing than a quiet corner on the floor. The Significance of a Dog on a Bed When your dog chooses to sleep on their bed, it’s more than just taking advantage of a comfy spot; it’s also about feeling safe and secure in their designated space. Did you know this choice can also be an indicator of their health and emotional state? Security in SleepA bed can represent a safe territory in the landscape of your home. Dogs that enjoy their beds often feel a sense of ownership and security about their designated spots. Health and ComfortChoosing to sleep in their bed can indicate that your dog is free from discomfort and pain, as the softness and support of a good quality dog bed is beneficial for dogs with arthritis or other physical issues. Bonding and TrustDogs that sleep in close proximity to their owners’ beds, or in their own beds in a bedroom, might be expressing trust and a desire to bond. This behaviour signifies a strong connection between the dog and its family. Your Dog's Sleep Preferences Understanding and observing your dog’s sleep preferences can enhance the bond you share. Bonding with your dog goes beyond mere enjoyment of their company; it involves understanding their needs, behaviours, and preferences. Observational BondingTaking the time to observe and learn what your dog prefers during when they sleep can tell you a lot about their personality and health. It helps in creating a deeper bond as you adjust their sleeping arrangements to better suit their needs. Providing ComfortBy recognising what makes your dog comfortable, you can ensure they have a restful and rejuvenating sleep. This might mean upgrading their bedding situation or rearranging their sleep environment. If you're unsure on how often you should be replacing your dog's bed, you can find our helpful guide here. Dogs Twitching When SleepingDogs often twitch, move their paws, or even bark softly while asleep. These behaviours are typically seen during the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) stage of sleep, where dreams occur. It's likely your dog is having a restful, entertaining dream when they display these movements!  DreamingJust like humans, dogs dream. Twitching or moving during sleep is a normal part of dreaming. These movements might reflect activities that occur during their day, like running or playing. Neurological ActivityTwitching can also be a manifestation of the neurological reactions occurring in their brain as they sleep. It’s usually harmless, but consistent or violent movements could be a sign of a neurological disorder and should be checked by your veterinarian. Comfort and ResponseOccasional twitching and repositioning is normal, but if your dog seems to be in distress while sleeping, it could be due to discomfort. Ensure their sleeping environment is comfortable and conducive to restful sleep, if you're worried about your dogs sleeping habits, contact your veterinarian.  Understanding your dog’s sleeping behaviours is crucial for their health and well-being. Whether your dog prefers the floor or a bed, each choice and behaviour can provide valuable insights into their physical and emotional health. By providing a comfortable sleeping environment and paying attention to their preferences and behaviours, you can ensure your beloved pet remains happy and healthy. Do remember, each dog is unique, and their sleeping habits are just one of the many ways they communicate their needs and feelings to us. The complex world of dog sleeping behaviours not only helps us to ensure the comfort and health of your pet but also deepens the bond you share. As always, maintain a watchful eye on any changes in their sleeping patterns and consult with your vet if unusual behaviours persist.

By Laura Rudd

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Can You Leave A Dog In A Car?
05.06.24 June 05, 2024 Owning a Dog Featured

Can You Leave A Dog In A Car?

As a responsible dog owner, understanding the implications of leaving your dog in a car is crucial. This topic raises several questions: Is it illegal to leave your dog in the car?, Can you leave a dog in a car?, and What are the laws regarding dogs left in cars in the UK? This comprehensive guide aims to answer these questions and provide essential information about leaving dogs in cars. Understanding the Dangers Before delving into the legality and guidelines, it's important to understand why leaving your dog in a car can be dangerous. Even on a mild day, the temperature inside a car can quickly rise to dangerous levels. Dogs are particularly vulnerable to heatstroke, which can be fatal. A dog's body temperature is higher than a human's, and they cannot cool down as efficiently. Is It Illegal to Leave Your Dog in the Car? In the UK, there isn't a specific law that outright states it's illegal to leave your dog in the car. However, the Animal Welfare Act 2006 makes it illegal to mistreat or neglect animals. Under this act, pet owners have a legal duty to ensure the welfare of their pets. Leaving a dog in a car in conditions that could cause suffering or harm falls under neglect and can be prosecuted. Dogs Left in Cars Law UK Under the Animal Welfare Act, if leaving your dog in the car leads to suffering, you could face an unlimited fine and up to six months in prison. The law is clear that causing unnecessary suffering to an animal is a criminal offence. This means that if a passerby or the police deem that your dog is in distress in a car, you could be prosecuted. Safe Temperature to Leave Dog in Car UK While it is generally advised never to leave your dog in a car, if you must do so for a very short period, the temperature outside plays a significant role. Even at temperatures as low as 21°C (70°F), the temperature inside a car can rise to over 40°C (104°F) within an hour, putting your dog at severe risk. On warmer days, this can happen even faster. How Long Can You Leave a Dog in a Car? The safest approach is to never leave your dog in a car alone. However, if you absolutely must, ensure it is for no longer than a few minutes, and always consider the weather. Keep windows slightly open, park in the shade, and provide water, but these measures are not foolproof. Heat can still build up rapidly, leading to potential danger for your dog. Can You Leave a Dog in the Car? Given the risks and potential legal consequences, it is highly discouraged to leave your dog in the car. It's always best to err on the side of caution and avoid it whenever possible. If you are running errands, consider taking your dog with you or leaving them at home in a safe environment. What to Do If You See a Dog Left in a Car If you see a dog left in a car and believe it is in distress, there are steps you can take: Assess the Situation: Check for signs of distress such as panting, drooling, lethargy, or unresponsiveness. Locate the Owner: If possible, try to find the owner. They might be in a nearby store or location. Contact Authorities: If the dog appears to be in immediate danger, call the police or the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). They have the authority to break into the car to rescue the dog if necessary. Record Details: Note the car's make, model, colour, and registration number. This information will be helpful for authorities. Alternatives to Leaving Your Dog in the Car To avoid the risks and legal issues associated with leaving your dog in the car, consider these alternatives: Take Your Dog with You: If the destination is dog-friendly, bring your pet along. Leave Your Dog at Home: In a safe, comfortable environment with water and proper ventilation. Use Dog Daycare Services: Many areas have dog daycare facilities where your pet can be looked after while you run errands. Ask a Friend or Neighbour: If you have a trusted friend or neighbour, see if they can look after your dog temporarily. Conclusion Is it illegal to leave your dog in the car? The answer lies in the potential for harm and distress caused to the dog. In the UK, the Animal Welfare Act ensures that neglect and causing unnecessary suffering to animals are punishable by law. Given the rapid rise in temperature inside vehicles, it is always best to avoid leaving your dog in a car. By understanding the dangers and legal implications, you can ensure the safety and well-being of your furry friend. Remember, when in doubt, always prioritise your pet's health and safety over convenience. Being a responsible pet owner means making decisions that safeguard your pet's welfare, even if it requires extra effort or planning. If you’re looking to keep your dog cool this summer check out our dog cooling collection, it has everything from cooling mats to paddling pools and swim toys to help keep them cool, calm and collected!

By Megan Willis

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Can Dogs Get Colds?
05.06.24 June 05, 2024 Health Featured

Can Dogs Get Colds?

As dog owners, you may often wonder if your furry friends experience illness and discomfort similar to your own. One question we ask ourselves every cold and frosty season is whether our dogs can get the common cold, and if they can, can they catch it directly from their owner? We explore if your dog can ‘catch a cold’ and what we can do to prevent any cold like symptoms in our pets.  Can dogs get the common cold? The simple answer is yes, your dog can get a cold. But rest assured, they are different from the colds us humans experience. They cannot catch the cold virus that causes symptoms in humans. They can however experience symptoms such as sneezing and congestion, caused by certain infections. So no, your dog can’t catch your common cold, but they do experience a ‘dog cold’. Thankfully you won’t be able to catch your dogs cold, and each dog may experience these ‘colds’ differently. Understanding the symptoms, causes, and treatments of canine colds can help you ensure your pet's health and well-being. Understanding Canine Colds Dogs can suffer from respiratory infections that resemble human colds. These infections can be caused by viruses, bacteria, or other pathogens. While these viruses can cause cold-like symptoms, they are specific to dogs and do not typically affect humans. Dogs can ‘catch a cold’ from places where dogs often congregate, such as parks, kennels, fields and other likely places. Your dog’s general environment will also affect their likeliness of catching a disease or virus, such as, damp, poor ventilation, poor hygiene and overcrowding. Other illnesses, such as diabetes, can also weaken your dogs immune system which makes them more prone to infections. Symptoms of a Dog Cold  If your dog has a cold, you might notice symptoms similar to those of a human cold. Common signs include: Runny nose: Just like humans, dogs can have nasal discharge or congestion. Sneezing: Frequent sneezing can indicate a respiratory infection. Coughing: A persistent cough is a common symptom of a canine cold. Watery eyes: Your dog’s eyes might appear watery or irritated. Lethargy: Dogs with colds often exhibit decreased energy levels and may be less active. Loss of appetite: A sick dog might eat less than usual. Mild fever: A very mild fever can accompany a respiratory infection. Not every dog will show every symptom, however it is essential you keep a close eye on your dog and ensure they’re eating and drinking water. If you are concerned about your dogs health, it is important you call your vet for advice. Causes of Canine Colds Several factors can contribute to a dog catching a cold such as, exposure to already infected dogs - canine colds are very contagious. If your dog interacts with an infected dog at a park, kennel, or even on a walk, they are at risk.  Do look out for poor ventilation, as environments with poor air circulation can facilitate the spread of infections, similarly to us humans. Stress is also a big factor, just like in humans, stress can weaken a dog's immune system, making them more susceptible to infections.  If your dog is of a certain age, or has poor health, or even is a young puppy, their immune systems may be more vulnerable to colds.   What to do if you think your dog has a cold While most canine colds are mild and resolve on their own, it’s essential to provide proper care to ensure a swift recovery. Your dogs cold should only last a few day’s, and if symptoms do not improve within this time, or should they get worse, you should contact your veterinarian. Here are some tips to help your dog if you suspect they have a cold: Rest: Ensure your dog gets plenty of rest. Limit their activity and provide a comfortable, warm place to sleep. Hydration: Encourage your dog to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Nutrition: Offer nutritious food, even if they have a reduced appetite. Warming the food slightly can make it more appealing. Avoid Exposure: Keep your dog away from other dogs to prevent spreading the infection. If your dog’s symptoms do persist for more than a few days or worsen, consult your veterinarian, they can rule out more severe conditions and may prescribe medications if necessary. If you think your dog's immune system needs a boost we recommend having a look at the Vet's Best Immune Support tablets, these tasty chewables are packed with plant-based prebiotics and antioxidants which can help boost your dog's immune system and wellbeing.  While dogs can get colds, they typically experience milder symptoms compared to us humans. By recognising the signs and providing appropriate care, you can help your furry friend recover quickly. Always keep an eye on their health and consult a veterinarian if you have any concerns. With proper prevention and care, your dog can enjoy a happy, healthy life free from the sniffles. Here at Lords & Labradors we stock everything your dog could want when recovering from a nasty cold, we've got tasty treats and cuddly toys to help them feel better.

By Laura Rudd

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Dog Walking: Harness or Collar?
27.05.24 May 27, 2024 FAQs Featured

Dog Walking: Harness or Collar?

A walk is one of your dog’s favourites parts of the day, however, choosing the right equipment is crucial for a comfortable and safe experience. The primary debate for many dog owners is whether to use a harness or a collar. Each option has its own advantages and disadvantages, and the best choice often depends on your dog’s breed, size, health, and behaviour. In this article, our Pet Experts explore the differences between harnesses and collars to help you make an informed decision. Harness vs Collar: What’s the Difference? A harness is designed to distribute pressure evenly across a dog’s chest and back, while a collar sits around the neck. This fundamental difference in design means that each has distinct impacts on your dog’s comfort and health. Dog Harnesses Advantages of Using a Harness Better Control: Harnesses provide more control, especially for larger or more energetic dogs. They are ideal for training and managing dogs that tend to pull on the lead. Reduced Risk of Injury: By distributing pressure across the chest, a harness reduces the risk of neck injuries. This is particularly important for breeds prone to respiratory problems or those with a delicate trachea, such as Pugs or Yorkshire Terriers. Prevents Escaping: A well-fitted harness can prevent dogs from slipping out, which is a common issue with collars. This added security is beneficial for dogs that are known escape artists. Versatility: Many harnesses come with additional features like handles for extra control, or reflective strips for better visibility during nighttime walks. Disadvantages of Using a Harness Complexity: Harnesses can be more complicated to put on and take off compared to collars. This can be a hassle for both the dog and the owner if the dog is particularly fidgety Dislike: Not all dog’s like the sensation of having a harness put over their head, however getting them used to a harness early can help with this. Comfort: If not properly fitted, a harness can cause chafing or discomfort. It's essential to ensure that the harness is the right size and adjusted correctly. Limited Styles: While harnesses come in various designs, they may not offer the same stylish options as collars, which can be a consideration for those who like their pets to make a fashion statement. Our Top 3 Harnesses Here at Lords & Labradors we put a lot of time into sourcing the best walking accessories for your pup. We want them to be both practical and stylish, here are our top 3 harnesses. Ruffwear Front Range Harness: The Ruffwear Front Range Harness allows you to enjoy your outdoor adventures with your favourite canine companion wherever you're going. It has 4 points of adjustment allowing full range of motion. The Front Range harness also has clips on both the front and back allowing you more control over your dog and helps to distribute any pressure more evenly when your dog pulls. Cocopup NAKD Harness: The Cocopup Nakd Harness fuses style and practicality together. It comes in seven stylish colours and has matching collars and leads available. With adjustable neck and chest straps, a safety locking feature, and 4 sizes to choose from, you can be sure to find the perfect fit for your pup. The clasps also have a safety locking feature which is great for any pups who have a habit of escaping their harness. Barbour Travel and Exercise Harness: The Barbour Travel & Exercise Dog Harness seamlessly blends comfort and safety, making it an ideal choice for both exercise and travel. Crafted by Barbour, this harness features a padded chest and adjustable straps to ensure a secure and comfortable fit for your dog. The reflective piping enhances visibility during nighttime walks, providing peace of mind, while the integrated car seatbelt loop keeps your pup secure during car journeys. The harness also features Barbour's iconic tartan pattern which you can match to your own Barbour quilted jacket, so you and your pup can be the most stylish pair in the park. Dog Collars Advantages of Using a Collar Simplicity: Collars are straightforward to put on and take off, making them convenient for daily use. Identification: Collars can hold ID tags, making it easier to identify your dog if they get lost. Some harnesses have this feature, but collars are typically more reliable for this purpose. Training: Collars can be useful for training purposes, particularly for dogs that respond well to quick corrections. Variety: Collars come in a wide range of styles, colours, and materials, allowing for personalisation and fashion-forward choices. Disadvantages of Using a Collar Risk of Injury: Collars can cause neck injuries, especially if the dog pulls hard or if sudden pressure is applied. This is a significant concern for dogs with delicate necks or those prone to respiratory issues. Limited Control: Collars do not provide the same level of control as harnesses, making them less effective for managing stronger dogs who like to pull. Choking Hazard: Dogs that pull on the lead can experience choking or discomfort with collars, potentially leading to negative associations with walking. Our Top 3 Collars Lords & Labradors Essentials Collars: Our Essentials Twill and Herdwick collars are the perfect lightweight collar. They are available in 7 sizes and are handcrafted in Italy. Featuring sturdy silver hardware and leather accents, these collars are a durable choice for your pup. Whether you pick the bobbly woven texture of Herdwick or the lovely linen texture of Twill, your dog will be stepping out in style with our Essentials collars. Lords & Labradors Italian Padded Leather Collars: Our padded leather collars are consciously hand crafted in Italy, using the finest Italian leather. They come in six sizes and have a soft padding round the inside of the collar making them super comfy for your dog. These are a great choice, paired with our leads it’s sure to look stylish Dogs & Horses Soft Rolled Leather Collar: Made from a butter soft leather, these rolled collars are a great choice for long haired dogs as the rolled shape stops the hair from matting. These collars are made using heritage craftsmanship here in England and are available in a large range of both sizes and colours. Collar or Harness for Dog Walking: Making the Right Choice When deciding between a dog harness vs collar, consider your dog’s specific needs and behaviours. Here are some factors to keep in mind: Breed and Size: Larger breeds or those with respiratory issues may benefit more from a harness. Smaller breeds with less pulling power may do well with a collar. Health Conditions: Dogs with neck or spinal issues should avoid collars to prevent further injury. A harness can provide a safer option. Training Needs: If your dog is still learning lead manners, a harness can offer better control and reduce the risk of injury. For well-trained dogs, a collar may suffice. Activity Level: Active dogs that participate in sports or outdoor adventures may need the added security and control of a harness. Is a Harness Better Than a Collar? Ultimately, whether a harness or collar is better depends on your dog. For most dog owners, a harness is often the more practical choice, particularly for walks and outdoor activities. However, collars remain a convenient and stylish option for everyday use, especially when fitted with ID tags for quick identification, and some dogs do walk better with a collar rather than a harness. This is one of them things that has no right answer, it will ultimately come down to what suits your lifestyle and which your dog walks better with. In conclusion, both harnesses and collars have their place in a dog’s wardrobe. By understanding the pros and cons of each, you can make an informed decision that best suits your dog's needs and lifestyle. Whether you choose a harness or collar, the most important factor is ensuring that your dog is comfortable, safe, and happy during your walks together. Here at Lords & Labradors we have a wide range of designer walking accessories, with both luxurious and practical options to suit every dog’s unique needs. Shop our collection here.

By Megan Willis

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