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Puppy Insurance: What You Need To Know
22.02.24 February 22, 2024 Getting A Puppy Featured

Puppy Insurance: What You Need To Know

Introduction Puppy insurance is an essential and important part of the pet ownership journey that gives owners peace of mind that should the worst happen, their pup is protected. Simply put, pet insurance exists to help owners looking to protect their canine companions from unexpected health issues and the associated costs of veterinary care. Much like health insurance for us humans, puppy insurance like that offered by our friends over at Waggel, covers a range of treatments, surgeries and medications that may be needed throughout your puppy’s life. Taking out a puppy insurance policy is just one of the many ways you can protect your pet and ensure they’re being cared for in the best way possible. Whilst puppy insurance protects your pet from accidents and illnesses, treating your pup to the best pet products is sure to contribute to their health and wellbeing too. This means making sure your pup is welcomed home in true style with high-quality pet products that are made to last - like those from Lords & Labradors. Why Puppy Insurance Matters Pet insurance is particularly crucial during a puppy's early years when they are more susceptible to accidents, illnesses and the development of unforeseen health conditions. Many owners push the thought of insurance from their minds and think that because their pet is young, they’re unlikely to experience any issues. Sadly, this couldn’t be further from the truth. By investing in puppy insurance, you can ensure that you’re consistently providing the best possible care for your furry friend without the worry of facing overwhelming veterinary fees and bills. Without an insurance policy in place, you risk having to pay substantial fees if your pet were suddenly to become ill or involved in an accident. During a time of stress and upset, who would want to be worrying about vet bills? Without the added stress of paying hundreds or even thousands for treatment, you can focus on what’s most important, helping your dog get back to optimal health. Vet fees can quickly add up and can become a financial burden in a time of anxiety. From surgery costs to medication and x-rays, an insurance policy in place for your pup can give you added peace of mind during times of uncertainty ultimately meaning you’ll have one less thing to worry about. When it comes down to it, we all want what's best for our pets and our love for them means that we’ll always choose the best things for them, whether this be premium pet insurance or premium pet products. Being a pet owner means going one step beyond to ensure our furry friends are living the life they truly deserve. Understanding Puppy Insurance Puppy insurance is a pet insurance policy that can be taken out when a dog is as young as 8 weeks old. Most insurers require puppies to be 8 weeks old before they are eligible for an insurance policy simply because this is the youngest they can be separated from their littermates and mother. Separating a puppy from their litter too early can cause them to exhibit fear, anxiety and reactivity which is something no prospective owner wants for their new addition. Insuring your puppy from 8 weeks means that they’ll be protected as soon as they join your family. Doing this early on in your puppy’s life means you can avoid pre-existing condition exclusions often put in place by insurance providers to ensure you aren’t claiming on a condition your pet already had before you took out your policy. To break it down, if your pup was insured from 8 weeks old and suddenly at 2 years old developed a health condition that required veterinary care, you’d be able to claim for treatment relating to the condition for the entirety of your dog’s life as long as you remain with the same insurer, pay your monthly premiums and have a Lifetime policy in place. However, if you waited until your puppy became an adult and then tried to claim on something they suffered with as a puppy when they weren’t insured, this would be classed as pre-existing and means your claim will likely be declined leading to more stress in an already worrisome situation. At Waggel, they’re all about making insurance simple and do so by only offering one type of policy, Lifetime. A Lifetime policy means that you can continue to claim for any conditions your dog may develop throughout their entire life, as long as you renew your policy each year. When purchasing a puppy, some owners are offered temporary pet insurance policies that protect their pet as they settle into their new home. They are often offered by breeders with the purchase of a puppy and don’t involve handing over any bank details. The catch is that they’re not a long-term solution and expire automatically after 4 weeks. Switching to a Lifetime insurance policy, like that provided by Waggel, can eliminate any potential complications and ensure your puppy is protected from as young as 8 weeks old leaving no time for pre-existing conditions to develop. Types Of Puppy Insurance Waggel offers Lifetime policies only for one simple reason; because they’re the most comprehensive. Though they’re considered one of the more expensive types of pet insurance, Lifetime policies offer peace of mind to owners who can continue to claim for the same condition year after year as long as their policy stays active. Waggel also offers flexibility by allowing you the ability to adjust your Annual Coverage and Excess each year to suit your financial needs. There are, however, other types of puppy insurance available such as maximum benefit, time-limited and accident-only policies. Maximum benefit puppy insurance policies refer to a mid-level type of cover for injuries, accidents and illnesses. With a maximum benefit policy in place, you can continue to claim per condition up to a pre-specified limit. Once this limit is reached, you won’t be able to claim for the condition anymore until it resets or the policy is renewed. Time-limited policies may seem more affordable than Lifetime and maximum benefit but they can be limiting in terms of what they offer. Essentially, they allow you to claim for conditions your dog has developed up to a timed limit. Once this timeframe has passed, you’ll be unable to claim. It’s commonly used for short-term illnesses and injuries, though health conditions can be unpredictable and reappear at any time throughout your dog’s life. With a time-limited policy in place, it’s unlikely you’d be able to claim for the same condition again which can be worrying for many owners. Accident-only policies are considered one of the more cost-effective forms of pet insurance simply because they only cover treatment and medical expenses related to accidents. Whilst this may be tempting for new pet owners who haven’t experienced ownership before, pets are very unpredictable and can develop health conditions at any point during their lifespan which an accident-only plan is unlikely to cover. For peace of mind, flexibility and continuous protection year after year, a Lifetime policy is sure to provide everything your pet needs and more. What Puppy Insurance Can Cover So, you’ve decided to take out puppy insurance but what’s really included in your policy? Most comprehensive policies like Lifetime and maximum benefit include coverage for veterinary fees such as diagnostics, surgery, medication and procedures, third-party liability in the event your dog is involved in a legal matter for which you’re deemed legally responsible, and the purchase price if your pet passes away, is stolen or goes missing. All of the above can go a long way in providing your pup with the best start to life. Some policies go even further, like Waggel’s Lifetime policies that also include dental and travel cover for pet owners. Dental health is a very important aspect of canine health and shouldn’t be overlooked. As a pet owner, it’s your responsibility to ensure your dog’s teeth are annually checked and deemed healthy by a vet. Your vet will be required to note down on their records that your puppy’s teeth are in optimal health in order for you to submit a dental-related claim in the future. Without a record of good dental health, insurers will be unable to determine the original condition of your dogs when they were young. With travel cover included as part of your policy, you can rest assured that your puppy is protected even when you’re both out of the country. Waggel offers coverage for emergency treatment when you’re on holiday outside of the UK and within a country of the Pet Travel Scheme for up to 90 days each year. No one wants to think of a time when their pet isn’t here anymore, especially in the excitement of bringing home a puppy. However, as a pet owner it’s something you want to know is covered during a time of sadness. When searching for pet insurance, it’s a good idea to look for policies that include death cover and benefits such as coverage for the purchase price of your pet if they pass away from an accident or illness. Exclusions In Puppy Insurance Whilst we wish puppy insurance covered everything, there are some things that are excluded. As mentioned above, most pet insurance providers exclude pre-existing conditions from policies which is why it’s so important to get your pet insured as soon as possible. Other things that aren’t typically covered in puppy insurance policies include routine, preventative and cosmetic treatments. Routine treatments such as vaccinations and flea and worm treatment are typically excluded as insurers focus on specific treatments instead. This also means you’ll be unable to claim for the cost of neutering or spaying your puppy. Fortunately, lots of vets have health plans in place which, by paying a monthly cost, can help you secure discounts for routine and elective treatments. Health plans often work in conjunction with pet insurance policies so you can continue to get the best price for treatment and protection for your pet at the same time. Conclusion Puppy insurance is a vital part of pet ownership that can ensure your pet is protected from as little as 8 weeks old. Choosing the right kind of policy is important as you want to ensure you get the most comprehensive kind of coverage. We recommend Lifetime insurance like that offered by Waggel as it includes cover for things such as vet fees and dental treatment. Insuring your puppy early means you can skip the worry of pre-existing conditions and rest easy knowing you can claim back the cost of treatment for any condition your dog may face in the future. Taking care of your new addition also extends beyond insurance and includes incorporating high-quality pet products from Lords & Labradors. To ensure your new furry friend gets the best start to life, why not explore Lifetime policies and get a free, no-obligation quote from Waggel? As a Waggel member, you’ll have access to an exclusive membership platform where you can book free vet, behaviour and nutrition consultations. So, when they say they’ve got your back, they really mean it. Once your insurance policy is live you can gain immediate peace of mind knowing your pet is protected for life. And if you’re thinking of celebrating this little win, why not explore even more premium pet products with Lords & Labradors offering comfort and luxury for your dog throughout every phase of their life?

By Megan Willis

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The Importance Of Correct Nutrition For Dogs And Cats!
29.01.24 January 29, 2024 Health Featured

The Importance Of Correct Nutrition For Dogs And Cats!

Ensuring optimal nutrition for our beloved pets is paramount for their overall health and well-being. As responsible pet owners, it is crucial to understand the significance of providing nutritionally complete and balanced meals to our furry friends. In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into the world of dog and cat nutrition, exploring the importance of the right food choices, nutritionally complete homemade recipes, and the best commercial options available.   Understanding Dog and Cat Nutrition Your pet's nutrition plays a pivotal role in their vitality and longevity. Just like humans, dogs and cats require a balanced diet that fulfils their specific dietary needs. A well-rounded diet supports their immune system, maintains a healthy weight, and promotes optimal organ function. Pet food ranges from being more processed to being raw and rich in natural ingredients, finding the right fit for your pet is important!   Dog Food Nutrition Choosing the right dog food is a key aspect of canine care. With an abundance of options available, it's essential to prioritise nutritionally complete choices. To make an informed decision, consider using a dog food nutrition calculator and comparing different products. Look for the best nutritional dog food that meets your pet's unique requirements, taking into account factors such as breed, size, and age. Our favourite nutritionally rich dog foods are Orijen, Carnilove and Acana, they are all designed with your dogs nutrition in mind.     Dog Nutrition Facts and Guide Understanding dog nutrition facts is imperative for providing the best care. Refer to a dog food nutrition guide to navigate through the plethora of choices available in the market. Learn about your dog's daily nutritional requirements and make informed decisions that contribute to their overall health and happiness.   Cat Food Nutrition Cats, being obligate carnivores, have unique nutritional requirements. The best cat food for nutrition considers their need for high-quality protein and essential nutrients. Explore dry cat food nutrition labels to ensure your feline friend receives a balanced diet that supports their specific dietary needs. For a cat food which is high in protein and great for fussy felines we love Carnilove, they all have at least 80% wild origin meat content and contain No grains, potatoes, GMO, soy, sugar, preservatives or colourants.   Daily Nutritional Requirements for Cats Cats require a carefully balanced diet to thrive. Knowing the daily nutritional requirements for cats is essential for choosing the right cat food. Consult with your vet to understand the specific needs of your cat, such as the importance of taurine and other essential nutrients crucial for their health. In conclusion, the importance of correct nutrition for dogs and cats cannot be overstated. Whether choosing commercial options or crafting homemade recipes, prioritising nutritionally complete meals is key to ensuring your pet's health and happiness. Stay informed about dog and cat nutrition, consult with professionals, and make choices that align with your pet's unique requirements. By providing the best nutritional dog food or cat food, you contribute to a longer, healthier life for your furry companions. Here at Lords & Labradors we have a large range of both cat and dog food so you can pick the best option for you and your pet

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Why Is Chocolate Harmful To Pets?
29.01.24 January 29, 2024 Health Featured

Why Is Chocolate Harmful To Pets?

When it comes to indulging in sweet treats, most of us are well aware of the pleasures and potential pitfalls of consuming chocolate. However, what many pet owners may not realise is that chocolate can pose a serious threat to the health of their furry friends. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore why chocolate is harmful to pets, particularly focusing on the questions: Can cats eat chocolate? Can dogs eat chocolate? And what should you do if your pet ingests this tempting yet perilous treat?   Understanding Chocolate Toxicity: Chocolate contains substances known as theobromine and caffeine, both of which belong to a class of compounds called methylxanthines. While humans can metabolise these substances relatively easily, pets, especially dogs and cats, process them much more slowly. As a result, theobromine and caffeine can accumulate to toxic levels in their systems, leading to various health issues.   Can Cats Eat Chocolate? No, cats cannot safely consume chocolate. While felines are generally less inclined to eat chocolate compared to dogs, it's crucial for cat owners to be vigilant. Theobromine and caffeine in chocolate can cause adverse reactions in cats, leading to symptoms such as increased heart rate, restlessness, and even seizures. In severe cases, chocolate ingestion can be fatal for cats.   Is Chocolate Poisonous to Cats? Is Chocolate Toxic to Cats? Yes, chocolate is poisonous and toxic to cats. Due to their smaller size and differences in metabolism compared to dogs, cats are more sensitive to theobromine and caffeine. Even small amounts of chocolate can cause serious health issues in felines.   Is Chocolate Bad for Dogs? Yes, chocolate is indeed bad for dogs. The theobromine content in chocolate can cause a range of symptoms in dogs, including vomiting, diarrhoea, increased heart rate, and even tremors or seizures. The severity of these symptoms depends on factors such as the type and amount of chocolate consumed, as well as the size and breed of the dog.   Chocolate Poisoning in Dogs and Cats: Chocolate poisoning occurs when pets ingest a toxic amount of theobromine and caffeine. Dark chocolate and baking chocolate contain higher concentrations of these substances, making them more dangerous than milk chocolate. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning may include: Vomiting Diarrhoea Increased heart rate Restlessness Tremors or seizures Elevated body temperature   What to Do if Your Dog Eats Chocolate: If you suspect your dog has ingested chocolate, it is essential to act promptly. Contact your vet immediately and provide them with information such as the type and amount of chocolate consumed, as well as your dog's size and breed. Your vet may recommend inducing vomiting or other appropriate treatments based on the severity of the situation.   Dog Chocolate Toxicity Calculator: To assess the potential toxicity of chocolate for your dog, various online calculators take into account factors such as the type of chocolate, the dog's weight, and the amount ingested. While these calculators can offer a rough estimate, they are not a substitute for professional advice. Always consult with your vet if your pet has ingested chocolate.   Can Chocolate Kill Dogs? Can Chocolate Kill Cats? In extreme cases, chocolate ingestion can indeed be fatal for both dogs and cats. Theobromine toxicity can lead to severe complications, including cardiac arrhythmias, seizures, and respiratory failure. Immediate veterinary attention is crucial to increase the chances of a positive outcome. While chocolate may be a delightful treat for humans, it poses a significant risk to the health of our beloved pets. Pet owners should be aware of the dangers associated with chocolate ingestion in dogs and cats, and take preventive measures to ensure their furry companions are kept away from this potentially lethal temptation. In case of accidental ingestion, swift action and consultation with a vet are paramount to safeguard the well-being of your pet. Remember, when it comes to chocolate and pets, prevention is the best medicine. Keep your pets out of mischief with some pet friendly treats. We’ve got a wide range of both dog treats and cat treats for you to choose from here at Lords & Labradors.

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How To Protect Your Dog From The Snow During A Walk
29.01.24 January 29, 2024 Health Featured

How To Protect Your Dog From The Snow During A Walk

Winter brings a picturesque blanket of snow, transforming our surroundings into a serene wonderland. While many of us enjoy the chilly weather, our furry friends might need a little extra care, especially when it comes to venturing out for a walk. In this guide, we'll explore essential tips and tricks to ensure your dog's paws stay warm and protected during snowy strolls.   Understanding the Impact of Snow on Dog Paws: Before we delve into protective measures, it's crucial to comprehend how snow can affect your dog's paws. Cold temperatures and icy surfaces can lead to discomfort, frostbite, and even injuries. The snow can accumulate between their paw pads, causing irritation. Additionally, the salt and chemicals used to melt snow on sidewalks can be harsh on their sensitive paw pads.     Investing in Quality Dog Snow Boots: Snow boots for dogs are not just a fashion statement; they serve a crucial purpose in protecting your pet's paws from the cold and potentially harmful elements. When it comes to walking dogs in snow, investing in high-quality snow boots is paramount. Look for boots that are not only insulated for warmth but also waterproof to keep your furry friend's paws dry. Good dog snow boots will offer a combination of durability and functionality, ensuring your dog's safety and comfort. Selecting the appropriate size of snow boots for your dog is crucial. Ill-fitting boots can lead to discomfort and may even fall off during the walk. For small dogs, specialised small dog snow boots are available, offering a snug fit for breeds with dainty paws. Consider boots with adjustable straps and non-slip soles for added security.   Alternatives To Dog Snow Boots: Many dog’s aren’t a fan of wearing snow boots or socks so there are some alternative ways you can protect their paws. Before heading out, take a few minutes to check your dog's paws, look for any cuts or irritation before going out. If your dog’s paws are already looking a little worse for wear we recommend skipping the walk to stop them getting worse, you might want to try some indoor enrichment activities to wear them out instead. Trim excess fur between the paw pads to prevent snow from accumulating. Applying a pet-safe paw balm can also create a protective barrier against harsh winter elements, we love the Be:Safe paw balm or the Pethead oatmeal paw butter for protecting our dog’s paws.   Looking after your dog's paws after a snowy dog walk Once you get home from your walk we recommend giving your dog’s paws a once over to make sure they’ve not become irritated from walking through the snow and ice. To keep their paws happy we recommend you dry them off using our bamboo drying mitts and then applying another layer of paw balm to nourish them, if they look irritated try spraying some leucillin anti-septic spray which kills 99.99999% of germs on contact so will stop their paws getting infected or further irritated!   Choosing The Right Dog Snow Outfit: In extremely cold conditions, consider dressing your dog in a snow outfit for added warmth. Look for water-resistant materials that cover the torso, preventing the accumulation of snow on their fur. Ensure the outfit is well-fitted but allows for comfortable movement. We love the both the Hugo and Hudson puffer jackets and the dog overalls, both are great options for keeping your dog’s warm and dry during wintery walks. Once you’re home you could even pop one of our bamboo drying coats on to warm them up after a chilly walk.     Protecting your dog from the snow during a walk is not only a matter of comfort but also a crucial aspect of their overall well-being. Whether you opt for snow boots, socks, or a complete snow outfit, the key is to be proactive in safeguarding your furry friend from the harsh winter conditions. By taking these steps, you can ensure that your dog enjoys winter walks as much as you do

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Dog Hair Loss: How To Manage The Autumn Moult
29.01.24 January 29, 2024 Health Featured

Dog Hair Loss: How To Manage The Autumn Moult

As autumn sets in, dog owners often find themselves dealing with a familiar issue – dog hair loss. While it's natural for dogs to moult, excessive shedding during this season can be a cause for concern. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the reasons behind dog moulting, effective home remedies, and the best treatments to manage your furry friend's hair loss.   Why Is My Dog Moulting So Much Moulting, also known as shedding, is a normal biological process for dogs. However, some breeds shed more than others, and environmental factors such as temperature and daylight play a role. Autumn, with its fluctuating temperatures and reduced daylight hours, triggers moulting in many dogs. It's essential for dog owners to distinguish between normal shedding and excessive hair loss, which could indicate an underlying health issue.Additionally, nutrition, stress, and overall health can impact the quality of a dog's coat. If your dog's hair loss seems excessive or is accompanied by other concerning symptoms, consult with your veterinarian to rule out any underlying health issues.    Dog Hair Loss Remedies Managing dog hair loss at home involves a combination of proper grooming, a balanced diet, and a conducive living environment. Here are some effective home remedies to minimise excessive shedding: Regular Brushing: Invest in the best brush for moulting dogs. Regular brushing helps remove loose hair and prevents matting. Choose a brush that suits your dog's coat type, whether it's short, long, or double-coated. Not sure what brush is best for your dog’s coat? Check out our brush guide to find the best brush for their coat. Balanced Diet: Ensure your dog receives a well-balanced diet rich in essential nutrients, including Omega-3 fatty acids, which promote a healthy coat. Consult your vet for dietary recommendations based on your dog's breed and size. Some good options to look at are the Forthglade dry foods, they are cold pressed rather than baked so retain lots of the ingredients natural goodness and benefits which in turn helps your dog’s coat. We also love fish flavoured food that’s rich in natural proteins for keeping your dog’s coat looking shiny and healthy, the Beco Caught Cod & Haddock Dog Food is a personal favourite. Supplements: Consider adding supplements like fish oil or flaxseed oil to your dog's diet. These supplements can improve coat health and reduce shedding. The Animology Coat and Body Dog Supplement is a great supplement for helping your dog’s coat look as good as possible, the capsules contain both omega 3 and biotin to help maintain a healthy coat, alongside L-taurine and CoQ10 to support the heart and muscles. Proper Hydration: Adequate water intake is crucial for maintaining skin and coat health. Ensure your dog always has access to clean water.   Dog Hair Loss Treatment If home remedies don't show improvement, your vet may recommend specific treatments depending on the underlying cause of your dog's hair loss. These may include medicated shampoos, topical treatments, or changes in diet.   Dogs Moulting Season Duration The duration of the moulting season varies among individual dogs and breeds. Typically, it can last for a few weeks to a couple of months. Observing your dog's shedding pattern over multiple seasons will give you a better understanding of their specific moulting season duration. Dog hair loss during the autumn moult is a common occurrence, but proactive management can minimise its impact on your furry friend's coat and overall well-being. By incorporating regular grooming, a balanced diet, and consulting with your vet as needed, you can ensure that your dog's coat remains healthy and vibrant throughout the moulting season.

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New Year's Cats and Fireworks: What To Do?
29.01.24 January 29, 2024 Health Featured

New Year's Cats and Fireworks: What To Do?

The arrival of the New Year often brings with it spectacular fireworks displays that captivate us but may distress our feline companions. Cats and fireworks aren't always a harmonious combination, as many cat owners can attest. Understanding why cats react to fireworks and how to support them during these events is crucial to ensuring their well-being.   Are Cats Scared of Fireworks? Yes, most cats are scared of fireworks. The loud noises, bright flashes, and unpredictable nature of fireworks trigger fear responses in many felines. Cats have sensitive hearing, making the explosive sounds of fireworks particularly distressing for them.   Why Are Cats Scared of Fireworks? Cats' acute senses make them highly attuned to changes in their environment. The sudden, loud noises of fireworks disrupt their sense of security, triggering a flight or hiding response. This fear response is a survival instinct, leading them to seek shelter and safety.   How to Recognise a Cat Scared of Fireworks Signs of a distressed cat during fireworks may include: Hiding: Cats might seek out hiding spots in secluded areas, under furniture, or in closets. Vocalisation: Some cats may meow excessively or exhibit other vocalisations indicative of distress. Trembling or Shaking: Physical signs like trembling or shaking may accompany their fear response.   Supporting Your Cat During Fireworks Here are some strategies to help your feline friend cope with fireworks: Create a Safe Space: Set up a quiet, comfortable area where your cat feels secure. Include their favourite toys, bedding, and familiar items. A lot of cats like to be up high when they're feeling anxious so make sure their cat tree is easily accessible Close Windows and Curtains: Minimise visual exposure to fireworks flashes by drawing curtains or blinds. Provide Background Noise: Play calming music or white noise to drown out the sounds of fireworks. Specialised calming music designed for cats can be beneficial. Stay Calm: Your demeanour can influence your cat's reaction. Remain calm and reassuring to help them feel more secure. Microchip and Identification: Ensure your cat has proper identification in case they escape due to fear. Distraction: Keeping your cat focused on something like a new treat or toy during the fireworks can be a great way to distract them from the noise and keep them calm. Calming Remedies: If your cat has a history of being scared of fireworks you may look to try a calming remedy. We stock a variety of calming remedies here at Lords & Labradors, from spot ons to diffusers, they work by using pheromone technology to help keep your cat calm   Post-Firework Support for Traumatised Cats After the fireworks, give your cat some time to readjust. Offer them comfort, treats, and playtime to help alleviate any lingering stress. If your cat appears excessively distressed or shows prolonged anxiety, consult your veterinarian for additional guidance.   Why Is My Cat Not Scared of Fireworks? Some cats may display indifference or curiosity toward fireworks. This behaviour isn't common but may be attributed to individual temperament or previous exposure to loud noises. Cats and fireworks can be a challenging mix, but with preparation and support, you can help your feline companion navigate these events more comfortably. Understanding their fear response and implementing calming strategies will ensure a safer and more peaceful experience for your cat during New Year's celebrations and other firework events.

By Megan Willis

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Walking The Dog In Winter: Tips For The Colder Months
18.01.24 January 18, 2024 Health Featured

Walking The Dog In Winter: Tips For The Colder Months

As the winter chill settles in, dog owners face the perennial question: When is it too cold to walk your dog? The colder months bring unique challenges for both pets and their owners, but with the right preparation, winter walks can still be an enjoyable and beneficial activity for both. 1. Safe Temperature to Walk Your Dog in Winter: Understanding the safe temperature to walk your dog in winter is crucial. While individual tolerance varies by breed and size, a general guideline is to avoid walks when temperatures drop below -6.7°C with wind chill. Smaller or short-haired breeds may require additional protection at higher temperatures. For a more detailed guide check out our blog post on when is it too cold to walk your dog. 2. How to Keep Your Dog Warm on Winter Walks - Winter Dog Walking Essentials: Invest in essential winter gear for your furry friend. Insulated dog jackets, booties, and jumpers can provide an extra layer of warmth, especially for dogs sensitive to the cold. Ensure that your dog's attire is comfortable and does not impede movement. We have a great range of winter dog coats here at L&L, all designed to keep your furry friends warm on their winter adventures.   3. Dog Walking Shoes for Winter: Your comfort on your winter dog walks matters too. Invest in quality, insulated, and waterproof shoes or boots. Brands like Columbia, The North Face, and Merrell offer footwear designed for walking in snowy and icy conditions. 4. Dog Walking Gloves for Winter: Your hands also need protection during winter walks. Choose gloves that provide insulation without sacrificing dexterity. Look for waterproof and windproof options to keep your hands warm in chilly conditions.  5.How to warm your dog up after a winter walk In addition to clothing, there are other ways to warm your dog up after a winter walk. Dry your dog's paws and belly thoroughly after walks to prevent ice buildup. We’ve designed our bamboo dog drying range with this in mind, our mitts are great for drying your dog quickly after a walk and the drying coats are perfect for popping on them to warm them back up after a winter walk. And, of course, ensure access to fresh water upon returning home.   6. How to Walk Your Dog in Winter: Modify your walking routine to accommodate winter conditions. Consider shorter, more frequent walks to avoid prolonged exposure to the cold. Choose well-lit paths to navigate through the shorter daylight hours. Be cautious of frozen bodies of water and slippery surfaces. Keep your dog on a lead, as winter can bring unfamiliar scents and wildlife may be more active. By adhering to these tips, you can transform your winter walks into enjoyable, safe experiences for both you and your furry companion. With the right gear and precautions, you'll be well-equipped to embrace the crisp air and picturesque landscapes while keeping your dog's well-being a top priority. Winter dog walking can be a delightful adventure with the proper preparation and consideration for your pet's comfort and safety. Shop for all your winter walk essentials here.

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Why Do Dogs Roll in Foxes' Poo: Understanding Canine Behaviour
18.12.23 December 18, 2023 Health Featured

Why Do Dogs Roll in Foxes' Poo: Understanding Canine Behaviour

Dog owners are all too familiar with the perplexing and often foul behaviour of their beloved pets: rolling in poop, particularly foxes' poo, seems to be a common canine pastime that leaves many owners scratching their heads in bewilderment and frustration. While it might appear repulsive to us, there are fascinating reasons behind this behaviour. Don't worry we also have some tips for getting rid of that smell! Why Do Dogs Roll in Poop? Instinctual Heritage Dogs are descendants of wolves, and this behaviour may trace back to their ancestry. In the wild, wolves roll in foul-smelling substances to mask their own scent, aiding in hunting or to camouflage themselves from prey or predators. This instinct might linger in domestic dogs. Communication and Social Behaviour Rolling in poop might also serve as a form of communication among dogs. By carrying scents on their fur, they could be sharing information with other canines about their adventures or territory.   Why Specifically Foxes' Poo? Attraction to Unique Odours Foxes' excrement contains distinct pheromones and scents that pique a dog's curiosity. Their innate sense of smell is highly sensitive, making fox poo particularly appealing to some dogs. Hunting Instincts Dogs are naturally drawn to the scent of potential prey, and foxes are one of their primal targets. Rolling in foxes' poo might be a way for dogs to familiarise themselves with the scent of their prey. How to Stop Dogs from Rolling in Poop Training: Positive reinforcement and consistent training can help discourage this behaviour. Rewarding your dog for not rolling in poop and redirecting their attention with toys or treats can be effective. Limit Access: Supervise your dog when outside and try to limit their access to areas where foxes might frequent. Cleanliness and Deterrents: Regular baths with odour-neutralising shampoos can help eliminate any lingering smells. Additionally, using citrus-based or unpleasant-smelling deterrents on your dog's favourite rolling spots can discourage this behaviour. Dealing with Fox Poo Smell on Dogs Use specialised pet shampoos or natural remedies like baking soda and apple cider vinegar to remove the smell effectively. Ensure thorough rinsing to eliminate any residue. A great shampoo for getting rid of the smell of fox poo is the Animology Fox Poo Shampoo, it has a deep-cleaning and deodorising formulation which is infused pro-vitamin B5 to keep your dog’s coat looking shiny In severe cases, seeking professional grooming services might be necessary to completely rid your dog of the stubborn odour. Understanding the underlying reasons for this behaviour can aid in managing and preventing it effectively. Remember, while rolling in poop might be baffling and unpleasant for us, it's a natural behaviour rooted in your dog's instincts. By implementing training techniques, limiting access to tempting areas, and maintaining cleanliness, you can reduce the likelihood of your furry friend indulging in this rather pungent pastime.

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How to Stop Your Cat From Peeing on Your Bed: Expert Solutions and Insights
18.12.23 December 18, 2023 Health Featured

How to Stop Your Cat From Peeing on Your Bed: Expert Solutions and Insights

Having your cat pee on your bed can be frustrating and concerning. It's a common issue faced by many cat owners, and understanding why this behaviour occurs is the first step toward resolving it. In this comprehensive guide, we'll delve into the reasons behind this behaviour and provide effective strategies to prevent your feline friend from turning your bed into their personal litter tray. Understanding the Reasons Behind the Behaviour Medical Issues: Before assuming it's a behavioural problem, rule out any underlying medical conditions. Urinary tract infections, bladder stones, or other health issues might cause discomfort, leading your cat to urinate outside the litter tray, including on your bed. Stress or Anxiety: Cats are sensitive creatures, and changes in their environment or routine can cause stress. New pets, visitors, moving to a new house, or even changes in your schedule can trigger anxiety in your cat, resulting in inappropriate urination Territory Marking: Cats are territorial animals. They might pee on your bed to mark their territory, especially if they perceive it as a safe and comfortable spot that carries your scent. Effective Strategies to Prevent Cat Peeing on Your Bed Consult a Vet: If your cat is suddenly urinating outside the litter tray, a visit to the vet is crucial. Ensure there are no underlying health issues causing this behaviour. Maintain a Clean Litter Box: Keep the litter tray clean and appealing to your cat. Regularly scoop it and ensure it's in a quiet, accessible location. Some cats are particular about cleanliness and may avoid a dirty litter tray. Address Stressors: Identify and eliminate stress triggers for your cat. Provide hiding spots, vertical space such as cat trees, and interactive toys to reduce anxiety. Slowly introduce changes to their environment to minimise stress. Use Positive Reinforcement: When your cat uses the litter tray appropriately, praise and reward them. Positive reinforcement encourages desired behaviour. Modify Bed Access: Prevent access to your bed when you're not around. Close doors or use deterrents like aluminium foil or double-sided tape to discourage them from getting on the bed. Utilise Scent Neutralisers: Thoroughly clean any urine spots with enzymatic cleaners to eliminate the odour. Cats may revisit places they've previously marked, so neutralising the scent is crucial. Understanding why your cat is urinating on your bed is pivotal in finding a solution. Remember, patience and consistency are key. With a systematic approach that involves addressing potential health issues, reducing stress factors, and positive reinforcement, you can help your cat reestablish appropriate litter tray behaviour and keep your bed urine-free. If the problem persists despite your efforts, seeking guidance from a certified animal behaviourist or a veterinarian specialising in feline behaviour can provide further insights tailored to your cat's specific needs. By implementing these strategies and showing understanding towards your feline companion, you can successfully tackle this unwanted behaviour and restore harmony in your home.

By Megan Willis

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10 Items You Need In Your Dog Grooming Kit
18.12.23 December 18, 2023 Health Featured

10 Items You Need In Your Dog Grooming Kit

Grooming your furry companion isn't just about keeping them looking their best; it's also vital for their health and well-being. A well-curated dog grooming kit is your secret weapon in ensuring your pup stays clean, healthy, and comfortable. Whether you're a seasoned pet parent or a newbie to the world of dog grooming, having the right tools is key. Here's a comprehensive guide to assembling the ultimate dog grooming kit for home use. 1. A brush or comb A good brush or comb is essential for any coat type, they will help keep your dog’s coat in tip-top shape. For shorter coats a brush will help remove any loose fur or debris. For long or curly coats brushing is going to help untangle any mats or knots in their coat whilst also removing loose fur or dirt. To find the best brush or comb for your dog’s coat type check out our Brushing Your Dog Guide, it has everything you need to know about the best brushing techniques to the perfect tools to suit your furry friends coat type.   2. Nail Clippers or Grinders Trimming your dog's nails is crucial for their comfort and mobility. Choose between nail clippers or grinders based on your comfort level and your dog's temperament. Ensuring proper nail care is a vital aspect of any grooming routine. We know getting your dog to stay still to have their nails trimmed can be tricky, our pet experts have put together their top tips on how to make cutting your dog’s nails as easy as possible.   3. Dog-Specific Shampoo and Conditioner Not all shampoos are created equal, especially when it comes to our furry friends. Invest in a gentle, dog-specific shampoo and conditioner to maintain a healthy coat and skin. Look for products that cater to your dog's specific needs, such as hypoallergenic or medicated formulas. Our PetPlex range has been developed to professional grooming standards to suit all coat types. The puppy purifier range is perfect for sensitive puppies, it even smells like baby powder which is just scrumptious on tiny puppies. For short haired dogs and mucky pups the dirt defeater range is perfect, with it’s tropical smells even the muckiest of dogs will smell as fresh as a daisy. For dogs with luscious curls and long locks our curl perfector range is the one to go for, it’s great for detangling and creating that perfect curl pattern. Lastly for sensitive pups we recommend our Derma Doctor shampoo, it’s fragrance-free and full of mild ingredients, this shampoo won’t strip away natural oils or irritate the skin.   4. Detangling Spray For long or curly coats a detangling spray is a must have. Our PetPlex curl perfector detangling spray is a ready to use, no -rinse formula that will help tease away knots and tangles to make brushing a breeze. Reducing brushing time as well as adding a great scent to your dog's coat.    5. Ear Cleaning Solution Ear hygiene is often overlooked but is crucial to your dog's health. An ear cleaning solution and soft cotton balls or pads help keep your dog's ears clean and prevent infections. Regularly inspect and clean their ears to avoid any potential issues. There’s two main options for ear cleaning solutions, they come in either a liquid which you drop into the ear canal and use a cotton ball to massage the dirt away or there are pre-soaked ear cleaning pads which you simply rub in your dog’s ears to remove the dirt. The best option will entirely depend on your dog!   6. Towels and Drying Equipment Absorbent towels designed for dogs are ideal for drying after a bath or a rainy walk. We love a drying coat for after bath time or a mucky walk, our bamboo drying coats are super soft and snuggly and make drying fuss-free and quick. For dogs who don’t love to wear a coat why not try some drying mitts, they great for quickly rubbing their coats dry to take off any excess moisture.   7. Dog Grooming Clippers and scissors If you have a long coated dog they will need their hair cutting. You have two options for this you can either take them to a groomer or do it at home - the best option will entirely depend on your dog, some owners are nervous to cut their dog’s coats themselves whereas others find it easier due to their dogs being apprehensive about going to the groomers. If you’re planning on cutting your dog’s coat at home investing in quality clippers tailored for your dog's coat type is paramount. Clippers come in various sizes and strengths, so choose wisely based on your pup's breed and coat length. Opt for clippers that are comfortable to hold and operate to ensure a smooth grooming experience for both you and your dog. If you have a long coated dog we recommend having a pair of thinning scissors at home, this means you can easily trim round their eyes and mouth between grooms as their hair will often get long on their face quicker than on their body.   8. Styptic Powder or Gel Accidents happen, especially during nail trimming. Having styptic powder or gel on hand can quickly stop minor bleeding if you accidentally cut your dog's nails too short. It's a must-have for any grooming kit. We love the Charlie the Vet first aid kit, it has styptic powder in as well as so many other essentials in case of accidents - it really is a must have for any dog owner.   9. Toothbrush and Toothpaste for Dogs Dental hygiene is a vital part of your dog's overall health. Use a toothbrush and toothpaste designed for dogs to maintain their oral health and prevent dental issues. We love the Tropiclean range, they have dental care solutions for all sizes and ages to keep your dog’s teeth squeaky clean.   10. Licky Mat We couldn’t do grooming time without a licky mat, they are great for sticking to the side of the bath or the wall to keep your dog busy. We usually put peanut butter or wet food on their mats to keep them busy, licking is also a calming behaviour for dogs so it’s perfect for pups who are more nervous for grooming time! Creating a well-equipped dog grooming kit is a thoughtful investment in your dog's health and happiness. Remember, grooming isn't just about aesthetics—it's about fostering a strong bond with your furry companion while ensuring their well-being. Selecting the right dog grooming tools and supplies tailored to your dog's needs is the key to a successful and enjoyable grooming experience at home.

By Megan Willis

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