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Healthy Teeth for Healthy Pets
Pets can’t brush twice daily, and don’t take themselves off to the dentist every six months for a check-up, so we need to take care of their dental health for them. Animals have very a high pain threshold, and so won’t cry in pain until it is almost unbearable – a state we don’t want them to ever get in. So, this guide to pet dental care should help keep your animal’s teeth healthy. But always go to the vet for a consultation if they have continuing or worsening symptoms.
As with humans, plaque and tartar build up can cause bad breath (halitosis), a sign of infection and/or gum disease. Also, if your pet loses its appetite, or seems uncomfortable when eating, you should probably take them to the vet for a dental check. Further symptoms are pawing at their mouth and of course, bleeding gums. Fractures in the teeth can occur too when hunting or playing, so be aware of changes to your pet’s behaviour.
You can brush your cat or your dog’s teeth. It’s best to start young, because then they are used to it, but with patience (and perhaps only with some cats !), you can start brushing their teeth later in life. Begin with just a finger over the gums daily, progressing to a cotton bud or flannel until they are used to the activity enough to introduce a toothbrush and toothpaste – never use human toothpaste. If they get distressed, stop immediately.
Dry food is good for preventing tooth problems in cats and dogs, as are dental chews and toys.
Rabbits teeth are not like ours or cats & dogs, where baby teeth grow and are replaced by adult teeth. Rabbits teeth grow constantly and so their diet must grind down their teeth. A high roughage diet, as close to a wild rabbit’s diet as possible, is the best dental care for your rabbit. The best diet is mostly hay with some dark green leafy vegetables (kale, cabbage, broccoli) and fresh pellet food. Avoid muesli style feed, as rabbits tend to pick out the bits they like and so not get that rounded diet to keep their teeth in check and nutrition balanced. Despite what Bugs Bunny might say, carrots and apples are high in sugar and are not good for your rabbit’s teeth!
If the teeth are not aligned perfectly, no matter their diet, the teeth will overgrow. This is called malocclusion. Teeth can be painlessly ground down by the vet, so if you are in any doubt, or your rabbit has stopped eating or grooming, take them to the vet.
Gerbils & Hamsters
Like rabbits, gerbils’ and hamsters’ teeth grow continuously and will cause health problems and become painful if they grow too long. Both creatures need suitable gnawing material, and wooden chew-blocks are ideal. They particularly like willow, hazel, beech, birch, pine and branches from fruit trees. Don’t use ivy, yew or holly as they are poisonous. As with all pets, keep an eye on their teeth, make sure they don’t lose their appetite and consult a vet if you are at all unsure.
Guinea pigs, like rabbits, hamsters and gerbils, have ever growing teeth and therefore need a high fibre diet consisting of good hay and fresh grass every day. Supplementing this with compressed food pellets and a wooden chew block will give healthy teeth and diet. Your vet might also suggest a mineral block or salt lick. Malocclusion (misaligned teeth) can occur regardless of diet, so just keep an eye on your guinea pig’s teeth, and if they grow too long, or the animal stops eating, go to the vet.
Be careful of broken teeth as well. Small pets are known for chewing on their cages, so just be aware of any change in appetite and behaviour. No animal benefits from human food, and treats are a human creation, that animals do not know until we start them in the habit! A healthy diet, based on set meals a day will help keep your pet happy and healthy.
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We offer low quantity treats like raw hide & natural treats for cats & dogs.
Treats we offer are
- Natural Treats
- Rabbit Ears
- Pigs Ears
- Pork Crunch
- Pig Snouts
- Chicken Feet
- Treat Boxes
- Yak Bars
- Cat Treats
- Dog Waste Bags
What to look for when choosing a dog walker for your dog
Finding a dog walker can be a stressful task, especially if you have a dog that isn’t totally comfortable with strangers, or if you need to give the dog walker access to your home when you’re not there.
It’s important to get it right and choose a dog walker that both you and your dog feel comfortable with.
Here’s our top tips for choosing the right dog walker for you:
1. Search the dog walker directory to see the selection of dog walkers in your area
Take a look at each dog walker listing for your local area and send an enquiry to any of the walkers that sound suitable. Ask them some basic questions such as:what lengths of walk do they offer?what rates do they charge?will they walk your dog alone or in a group? (you should be able to specify what you want for your dog)do they walk dogs off-lead? (you should be able to specify whether or not you want this for your dog)what’s their procedure for emergencies? (for example if a dog is lost on a walk or becomes ill)whether or not they will be transporting your dog in a vehicle, and if so, is the vehicle properly prepared for transporting dogs, and will the dog be secured?
2. Don’t judge a dog walker by their listing alone. Contact them with some questions.
It’s a fact of life that not everyone is great at writing a ‘blurb’ about their business or their love of dogs, so even if you’re unsure on someones dog walker directory listing, it’s worth contacting them for more information.
Someone can be bad at writing about their dog walking business but be highly experienced and caring when it comes to looking after a dog.
3. Check the dog walker’s references and credentials.
Many of the walkers listed in our dog walker directory state that they are CRB checked (Criminal Records Bureau) and have other references and qualifications. This is important because you know if the dog walker has gone this extra step they are serious about their job.
Most walkers with these checks done will give you a copy of their documents, but if not, you should always feel free to ask to see a copy.
There are some walkers who work more casually and don’t get such checks done. This is not necessarily a deal breaker, you should judge each walker on their own merits, but if you are giving the dog walker access to your home, choosing a walker that has had a CRB check is defintely an extra safety precaution.
4. Ask walkers to visit you for a face to face chat.
Sometimes you never can tell what a person will be like until you meet them face to face. Any dog walker that’s serious about their job will be willing to visit you to talk face to face and meet your dog, before you decide whether or not to hire them.
From this visit you can watch how the dog walker interacts with your dog, evaluate how your dog reacts to this person, and decide whether or not they seem comfortable together.
5. Discuss your dog’s individual needs in details
All dogs are different and you know yours better than anyone. Make sure you discuss in detail your dog’s individual needs, likes/dislikes and temperament, especially if your dog has any issues with:other dogs
and other animals people
pulling on the lead
over-excitment when on a walk
Depending on the walker’s experience, they may be able to help train ‘problem behaviours’ out of your dog, and regular exercise can help to calm many dogs that are experiencing problems with aggression or over-excitement.
Credit to Dog Walker Directory
Kennels vs Home boarding
We know if you had your way you would take your dog on every holiday, but sometimes you just can't help it, someone else has to look after your furry friend.
While you would be happy to let someone care for your "buddy" when you are out of town, you are torn between two choices –kennel or home boarding. Which is safer? How much will it cost you? Will your pet fit in? These are legitimate concerns. After all, you want the best for your pooch.
That's why we put this article together, so you can make a confident choice. And, by the end of this guide, you will know what to look out for.
Before we dive into the pros and con of a kennel vs home boarding, you need to have a fair knowledge of your pet's personality. Is your dog used to other dogs and good at socialising? Does your pet love to spend time outdoors exploring? Has he been to a dog park, did he love it? How active is your dog?
The answer to these questions will determine if kennel or home boarding is the best option for your dog.
Irrespective of which one you pick, you have to ensure your dog will be given the best care available while you are away. The minimum requirements for a kennel or home boarding facility are:Outdoor Play Area: Even if your dog is open to spending time in confined spaces, it will benefit from regular exercises, some room to run around and socialise with both people and other pets.
Clean and dry environment: Yes, pets can be really messy, but whoever will be hosting your pet should prove they can take care of their facility before you can trust them with your pet. If the paints are peeling, there's untended lawn or the place smells unhealthy, simply move on to the next.
Require proof of Vaccination: Most commercial kennels and home boarders will insist you provide up-to-date shot records before your pet is admitted. Do not even consider anyone that doesn't require paperwork that should be a red flag; your buddy is not in safe hands.
Licence and insurance certificate: Having a licence proves that a kennel or home boarder has met and complies with the standards necessary to run a boarding facility. A Public Liability Insurance, Custody & Control Insurance provide cover for your dog in case it injures a third-party, has an accident or becomes ill in the custodian's care.
The best thing to do when choosing a boarding facility is to look around and trust your judgement. You will be able to tell if the place is good for your dog within a few minutes.Kennel Boarding
In a commercial kennel boarding facility, your pet has its own "room and play area" side-by-side, but separate from other pets, similar to the setup you would find in a hotel. Though the type of service each one provides very, kennels are better equipped to cater for dogs of different sizes, breed and exercise level.
Extras: Since kennels are separated, they will be able to admit unneutered dogs of any sex as well as aggressive ones.
Lots of trained staffTall and secure fencingWell lit areasAdmits vaccinated puppiesHeating system or a comfortable bedCheaper pricingOffers dog walks and training
Loud and disturbing noise can make dogs anxious.Can admit as many as 15 pets or more.If they weren't introduced as pups, older dogs take time to settle in.Dogs in kennel are likely to feel stressed or suffer separation anxiety.Some dogs may not be able to eat like they are used to.Pet could develop kennel syndrome
Home boarding is considered the next best thing to actually staying at home with your pet –or getting a sitter. A home boarder will care for your pet in a natural and relaxed environment that is pretty much like yours. This option sounds awesome, but there are some questions you should know the answers to, so you can maintain peace of mind while you're away.
Home boarder's experience with dogs?
Will other dogs be present, how many?
What exercise options are available?
Will you get updates?
Where will your dog spend the night?
Do they have a vet on call in case of emergencies?
What happens if my dog misbehaves? Some may send your dog to a kennel!
Only a handful of pets.Constant human company.Little disruption to your dog's routines.Pets settle in faster irrespective of age.Your pet gets to enjoy a natural secure surrounding.Dogs spend more time playing in the open, socialising with humans and other furry friends.Friendly owner will shower your dog with lots of attention.
Pricing is considerably higher in most cases.Cannot accept pups under 6 months.Service is rarely available in emergencies.Verdict
In the end, when people with travel plans look around for boarding services what they really want is a facility that is well run, well-maintained. That's why all the boarding facilities listed in our directory are carefully screened to provide the best care for your pet and peace of mind while you're away. Plan smarter holidays, let's help you find a good boarding facility close to you.