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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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Why Is My Cat Staring at Me?
27.05.24 May 27, 2024 FAQs Featured

Why Is My Cat Staring at Me?

As a pet owner, you may have experienced moments when you catch your feline friend gazing intently at you. Whether you're sitting on the couch, working at your desk, or even waking up to those piercing eyes, you might find yourself wondering, "Why is my cat staring at me?" This seemingly mysterious behaviour can actually be quite fascinating once you understand the underlying reasons. Understanding Cat Behaviour Cats are known for their enigmatic and sometimes perplexing behaviours. Unlike dogs, who are often more expressive and direct in their actions, cats tend to be subtler in their ways. When your cat is staring at you, it can mean a variety of things, depending on the context and their body language. 1. Seeking Attention One of the most common reasons for your cat staring at you is them looking for your attention. Cats are independent creatures, but they also enjoy social interaction. If your cat stares at you and then starts meowing or purring, it's likely they want some affection, playtime, or even a treat. This is their way of communicating their needs and desires to you. 2. Curiosity and Observation Cats are naturally curious animals. They spend a lot of their time observing their surroundings and the people in their environment. When your cat is staring at you, they might just be curious about what you're doing. This is especially true if you're engaged in an activity that piques their interest, like cooking or using a computer. Their stare can be a sign of their inquisitive nature. 3. Bonding and Affection Believe it or not, a cat staring at you can be a sign of affection and bonding. Cats have a unique way of showing their love, and direct eye contact is one of them. This gesture indicates that your cat feels safe and comfortable around you. Giving your cat some fuss and attention when they do this will help to reinforce the bond. 4. Hunger or Expectation If your cat tends to stare at you around mealtime, they are likely reminding you that it's time to eat. Cats quickly learn routines and can be quite persistent when they're hungry. Staring can be their way of signalling that they expect you to fill their food bowl or give them a treat. 5. Health and Well-being Sometimes, a cat’s staring can be related to their health. If your cat seems to be staring at you more than usual and displays other unusual behaviours like lethargy, changes in appetite, or vocalisations, it might be a sign of an underlying health issue. It’s always a good idea to consult with a vet if you notice any significant changes in your cat's behaviour. 6. Instinctual Behaviour Cats are natural hunters, and staring is a part of their predatory instinct. When they fix their gaze on something, they are essentially in a hunting mode. If your cat is staring at you, they might be practicing their hunting skills. This behaviour is more common in younger cats and kittens who are still honing their instincts. Decoding Your Cat’s Body Language To fully understand why your cat is staring at you, it’s important to pay attention to their overall body language. Here are some key indicators to watch for: Relaxed Body and Ears: If your cat’s body is relaxed, ears are in a neutral position, and they are softly blinking, the stare is likely affectionate. Tense Body and Pinned Ears: A stiff body and ears pinned back could indicate that your cat is feeling threatened or anxious. In this case, the stare might be a warning sign. Dilated Pupils: Wide, dilated pupils can indicate excitement or fear. Assess the situation to determine the cause of this reaction. Tail Position: A tail that is held high and twitching slightly can show curiosity or happiness, while a fluffed-up tail indicates fear or aggression. How to Respond to Your Cat’s Stare Responding to your cat’s stare appropriately can help strengthen your bond and ensure their needs are met. Here are some tips: Acknowledge Them: If your cat is staring at you for attention, take a moment to pet them, play with them, or simply talk to them. This helps reinforce positive behaviour. Observe Their Needs: If the stare is accompanied by meowing near their food bowl, it’s probably time for a meal. Ensure you maintain a consistent feeding schedule. Provide Stimulation: Cats need mental and physical stimulation. Offer toys, climbing structures, and interactive play to keep them engaged. Our range of cat trees are designed to keep your cat stimulated and appeal their natural playful instinct. Health Check: If you notice any changes in behaviour along with the staring, schedule a vet visit to rule out any health issues. Conclusion Understanding why your cat is staring at you can deepen your relationship and ensure your feline friend is happy and healthy. Whether they are seeking attention, showing affection, or simply curious, recognising these behaviours can help you respond appropriately. Remember, each cat is unique, and their staring can have multiple meanings depending on the context. Pay attention to their body language and overall behaviour to decode their message accurately. By being attentive and responsive, you can create a nurturing environment that caters to your cat’s needs, making both of your lives more harmonious. So the next time your cat stares at you, take it as an opportunity to connect and understand your furry companion better. Shop everything you could need for your cat here at Lords & Labradors, from cat trees to food to toys we really have everything you could need.

By Megan Willis

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Do Dogs Get Hayfever?
13.05.24 May 13, 2024 Health Featured

Do Dogs Get Hayfever?

As the seasons change and pollen fills the air, many of us find ourselves battling the dreaded symptoms of hayfever. But what about our furry companions? Can dogs suffer from hayfever too? In this article, our Pet Experts explore the intriguing question: do dogs get hayfever? Can Dogs Get Hayfever? The short answer is yes, dogs can indeed suffer from hayfever, although it's not as common as it is in humans. Just like people, dogs can be allergic to various environmental allergens such as pollen, dust mites, mold, and even certain foods. Symptoms of Hayfever in Dogs: Identifying hayfever in dogs can be a bit tricky since they can't tell us how they're feeling. However, there are some telltale signs that your furry friend may be suffering from allergies: Itchy skin: One of the most common symptoms of hayfever in dogs is constant scratching or licking of the skin, particularly around the face, paws, and belly. If they have itchy skin it’s worth bathing them in a shampoo designed of sensitive skin, like the PetPlex derma doctor shampoo, especially after any long walks outside in grassy ares to help minimise their symptoms. Watery eyes: If your dog's eyes are red, watery, or swollen, it could be a sign of hayfever. Sneezing and coughing: Just like humans, dogs with hayfever may sneeze or cough frequently, especially after exposure to allergens. Ear infections: Allergies can also contribute to ear infections in dogs, so keep an eye out for excessive ear scratching or head shaking. Runny nose: Nasal discharge or a runny nose is another common symptom of hayfever in dogs. Can Dogs Get Hayfever Tablets? Yes, there are hayfever tablets available for dogs that can help alleviate their symptoms. These tablets typically contain antihistamines, which work by blocking the histamine receptors in your dog's body, reducing the allergic response. However, it's crucial to consult with your vet before giving your dog any medication, as some human antihistamines can be toxic to dogs and it’s crucial to get the right dose for their size. Can Dogs Get Hayfever Eyes? Absolutely! Dogs can experience allergic conjunctivitis, commonly known as hayfever eyes. Symptoms include redness, swelling, and itching around the eyes, as well as excessive tearing or discharge. If you notice these symptoms in your dog, it's essential to consult with your vet to determine the best course of treatment. Conclusion: In conclusion, dogs can indeed suffer from hayfever, experiencing symptoms such as itching, sneezing, watery eyes, and a runny nose. If you suspect that your dog may be suffering from hayfever, it's crucial to consult with your veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. With the right care and management, you can help keep your canine companion comfortable and allergy-free all year round. Here at Lords & Labradors we pride ourselves on our in-house team of Pet Experts, between them they have years of pet owning experience and are on hand to answer queries about our products and their suitability - chat to them here.

By Megan Willis

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How to Soothe Burned Dog Paws: Expert Tips for Canine Paw Care
13.05.24 May 13, 2024 Health Featured

How to Soothe Burned Dog Paws: Expert Tips for Canine Paw Care

As temperatures rise during the scorching summer months, it’s important to keep your dog’s health in mind, including their sensitive paw pads. Dogs can suffer from burned paw pads due to various reasons, including hot pavements, artificial grass, sand, or even chemicals. In this guide, we'll delve into the essential steps on how to treat, care for, and soothe burned dog paws, ensuring your canine companion stays comfortable and healthy throughout the summer. Understanding Burned Dog Paws: Before diving into treatment methods, it's crucial to understand how dogs can end up with burned paws, especially during the summer season. The primary cause of burned paw pads in dogs is walking on hot surfaces such as asphalt, concrete, sand, artificial grass or metal. These surfaces absorb and retain heat, making them particularly hazardous for your dog's delicate paw pads. Additionally, exposure to chemicals like road salt, lawn fertilisers, or pool additives can also lead to burns on your dog's paws. How to Prevent Burned Dog Paws in Summer: Prevention is key when it comes to protecting your dog's paws from burns. Vets Now have put together 4 easy steps you can take this summer to protect your dog’s paws: Follow the seven second rule. Place the back of your hand on the pavement or surface you are planning to walk your dog on for seven seconds, if it’s too hot for your hadn’t then it’s too hot for your dog’s paws Keep to natural grass. Artificial grass retains much more heat than natural grass. We recommend opting for shady routes and natural grassy areas when walking your dog to minimise contact with hot surfaces Schedule walks during cooler times of the day, such as early morning or late evening, to avoid hot surfaces. Protect their paws Invest in booties or paw balm to create a barrier between your dog’s paws and any hot surfaces. How to Treat Burned Dog Paws: If your dog does end up with burned paw pads, prompt treatment is essential to alleviate discomfort and promote healing. Follow these steps to care for your dog's burned paws: Assess the Severity: Start by examining your dog's paws to assess the extent of the burns. Minor burns may present as redness or blistering, while more severe burns can cause swelling, raw patches, or even peeling of the skin. Cooling Compress: Apply a cool, damp cloth to your dog's burned paw pads to help reduce inflammation and soothe discomfort. Avoid using ice directly on the paws, as it can cause further damage. Gentle Cleaning: If there are any foreign substances or debris stuck to the burned paw pads, gently clean the area with lukewarm water and mild pet-safe soap. Pat the paws dry with a clean towel afterward. Moisturise: After cleaning and drying your dog's paws, apply a pet-safe moisturising balm or aloe vera gel to promote healing and keep the paw pads hydrated. Avoid products containing harsh chemicals or fragrances, as they may irritate the sensitive skin further. Protective Bandaging: For more severe burns or to prevent your dog from licking or chewing the affected paw pads, consider applying a breathable, non-adhesive bandage. Ensure that the bandage is not too tight and check it regularly for signs of irritation. Rest and Restricted Activity: Encourage your dog to rest and avoid strenuous activity while their paw pads heal. Limit outdoor time, especially during the hottest parts of the day, to prevent further damage. We recommend keeping a first aid kit on hand with the above items in, our Pet Experts particularly love the Charlie The Vet first aid kit as it was designed by vets for pets to give owners the tools and knowledge needed to treat common at-home emergencies. How to Soothe Burned Dog Paws: In addition to the above treatment steps, there are several additional methods you can use to soothe your dog's burned paw pads and promote healing: Oatmeal Baths: Prepare a soothing oatmeal bath for your dog by adding finely ground oatmeal to lukewarm water. Soak your dog's paws in the oatmeal solution for 5-10 minutes to relieve itchiness and inflammation. We also recommend keeping an oatmeal paw balm on hand to further reduce the inflammation, we love both the Pet Head Oatmeal Paw Butter and the Bugalugs nose and paw balm - both are super hydrating and kind to sore paws. Epsom Salt Soaks: Epsom salt has natural anti-inflammatory properties that can help alleviate pain and reduce swelling in burned paw pads. Dissolve Epsom salt in warm water and soak your dog's paws for 10-15 minutes. Natural Remedies: Consider using natural remedies such as calendula cream or coconut oil to soothe and moisturise your dog's burned paw pads. These ingredients have anti-inflammatory and healing properties that can aid in the recovery process. Comfortable Sleeping Area: Ensure that your dog has a comfortable and padded sleeping area to rest their paws while they heal. Avoid hard surfaces or abrasive materials that could further irritate the burned paw pads. Conclusion: Taking proactive measures to prevent burned dog paws and promptly treating any injuries is crucial for maintaining your dog's paw health, especially during the summer months. By following the expert tips outlined in this guide, you can ensure that your canine companion stays comfortable, happy, and free from paw pad burns all season long. Remember to consult with your vet if you have any concerns about your dog's paw injuries or if you notice signs of infection. With proper care and attention, you can keep your dog's paws safe and sound, allowing them to enjoy outdoor adventures without the risk of discomfort or injury.Here at Lords & Labradors we focus on sourcing and making the best quality pet products, including the best grooming and first aid products to help soothe and protect your dog’s paws this summer - shop here.

By Megan Willis

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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

By Megan Willis

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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.

By Megan Willis

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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

By Megan Willis

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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.

By Megan Willis

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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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