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Good Dogs Wear Muzzles Too

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We were walking our dogs outside a rally obedience trial several years ago when my friend froze. “Watch out!” she said sharply, “There’s a muzzled dog across the parking lot!” I looked, and sure enough someone was walking their dog in a comfortably fitted basket muzzle. The dog was on a loose leash with soft, relaxed body language, intent on his owner. I chuckled and went back to watching my own dog. “I don’t know why you’re worried,” I said, “That’s the one dog at this show that I’m the least concerned about.”

Layla wears her basket muzzle if she's going to be off leash around unfamiliar dogs. Layla wears her basket muzzle if she’s going to be off leash around unfamiliar dogs.

Our societal perception of muzzles is shifting, but the prejudice is still present in many communities. The thought is that only “bad” dogs wear muzzles, and if a dog is wearing a muzzle he or she must be a mean animal with horrible…

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Posted by on September 28, 2015 in About

 

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The Most Dangerous Pet Chew Ever: Rawhide!

Below is a very interesting article on the dangers of rawhide chews.  I used to give my dogs rawhide chews years ago but stopped because, when the chews became soft and pliable, bits of the chew broke off and were either swallowed whole or got caught in the back of their throat and caused them to choke. Its no fun trying to pull a large piece of rawhide out of a Bullmastiff’s mouth.

How can one of the most popular chew sticks on the planet be so dangerous for your pets, you ask? I mean, most dogs chew on rawhide for hours on end, and not only does it keep them busy, but they seem to last forever. Well if you understood what it took to make this… Continue Reading

Source: The Most Dangerous Pet Chew Ever: Rawhide!

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2015 in About

 

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Ashhurst has a new mixed animal practice veterinary clinic called “Valley Vets”

Ashhurst has a new mixed animal practice veterinary clinic called “Valley Vets”

Valley Vets is a small independent village based Veterinary Clinic, situated at 141 Cambridge Avenue, Ashhurst.

Their aim is to provide practical, friendly and affordable animal care.

Phone: 06 326 9257  Mob: 027 5729353

The clinic will be open:

Mon 8.30 – 4pm

Tues 8.30 – 4pm

Wed Evenings – Only by appointment

Thurs 8.30 – 4pm

Fri Evenings – only by Appointment

Sat 9.00 – 12 Noon

They will be stocking a wide range of flea + worm treatments, shampoos, toys, pet accessories and some premium foods including Royal Canin & Science Diet.

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2015 in About

 

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Are you Quake ready? Do you have a survival kit for your pet?

Are you Quake ready? Do you have a survival kit for your pet?

Lately we have had a few shakes around the country, so it got me thinking, how many of  us are disaster ready and have survival kits for our pets, If you had to leave your home quickly, or the power or roads were out, how would you manage, what would you do? As it can be a stressful time for all, including our pets.

I have put a list together of the basic things you will need for your pets.

1. Water, make sure you have enough for a week.

2. Food, Buy some canned food and before many of you throw your hands up in horror and say “I am not feeding that”. Canned food has a higher water content, so it will reduce the amount of the water your pet will need. Don’t forget to include a can opener in your kit. Keep in mind, if you feed a total dry food diet. your pet will need more water.

3.Proof of ownership and vaccinations, ID Tags, papers etc

4. Leads/collars and some form of portable containment

5. First Aid Kit

6. Medications, if your pet is on any medication, make sure you have enough, so stock up.

7. Contact list, boarding kennels, friends, vets, etc

8. Toys, blankets, anything that keeps your pet happy.

9. You should have bowls for food and water but it may pay to buy some portable bowls.

Of course this is just a basic essential kit list but you may want to add more to your own pets survival kit.

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2015 in About

 

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Keep those Doggies Rollin’……Rawhide, Rawhide!

Great and informative article and a must read for all those who feed rawhide chews and bones.

I used to give my dogs rawhide treats which they loved (mainly the bones) but I stopped doing that a long time ago. I personally found after they had chewed them for a while, the bones became soft and they would break off the knots, which were not as soft. More often than not my hand ended up in their mouths, to prevent them from choking, trying to dislodge and retrieve these knots,

Even smaller pieces of rawhide, when chewed, to become soft and pliable can get caught at the back of a dogs throat, they can find it very hard to dislodge and possible choking can occur.  If larger knots and the like are swallowed they also may cause blockages in the gut.

The Science Dog

I have always hoped that someday I would find a connection between the Blues Brothers and dog nutrition. That day has come.

Rawhide, Rawhide: A dog person cannot walk into a pet supply store (or their own grocery store, for that matter) without noticing the explosion in the number of dog chews, dental devices and edible bones that are available for sale today. Some of these are biscuit or extruded concoctions containing a mixture of ingredients, while others originate from cow skin (rawhide chews) or are the left-over body parts of a hapless food animal (pig/lamb ears, hooves, and bully sticks).

If you do not know what a bully stick is, ask your mother. Better yet, ask your father.

rawhide knots    Bully Sticks   Pig ears  Hooves

Even as the selection of these items has expanded, nutritional information about them is still glaringly absent. Since all of these products are intended to be chewed slowly so that pieces or the entire produce will be gradually consumed by the dog, we should at least be informed…

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Posted by on March 28, 2015 in About

 

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Photo time again: Miniature Schnauzer

Photo time again: Miniature Schnauzer

I met this happy dog (Miniature Schnauzer) running along the beach, having a great time, while I was at the Waikanae Estuary. He stopped by to with his owners to say hello, then carried on his merry way. If you want to learn more about his breed click on the link above.

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2015 in About

 

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Does your dog eat grass?

Does your dog eat grass?

I am often asked “why does my dog eat grass”? Most dogs eat grass at sometime or another. I have noticed even with my dogs, they only eat certain types of grass, I found a very good article written by Stanley Coren Ph.D F.R.S.C. Why Dogs Eat Grass—a Myth Debunked which I hope will answer many of your questions.

 

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2015 in About

 

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Algal bloom: its that time of year again, So keep an eye on your dog as it can make them ill

Summer is here again but just be aware there maybe Algal Bloom present in some rivers and waterways, it can make your dog very ill, so take precautions. Also check out your regional councils for the lastest updates in your area. For all of you in the Wairarapa please read:  Keeping your dog safe from algal bloom  By Vomle Springford  (regarding Henley Lake)

For anyone who hasn’t seen algal bloom before, this is what it looks like. I took these photos of the Algal Bloom in the Wetlands, at the Ashhurst. Domain.

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Posted by on January 10, 2015 in About

 

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Is your dog a fussy eater?

I personally like my dogs eat anything I put in front of them, I am not big on fussy eaters, unless they are sick or have allergies to certain foods. For example, my boy Zues (above)  loves chicken but chicken doesn’t love him, chicken brings him out in a rash.

I feed my dogs twice a day and chicken isn’t on the menu for any of them, they all get the same food and yes, just like humans they do like a change, so I vary what I feed them. I have never really had a fussy eater but as with anything, dogs love routine, so to make everyone’s life easier, including my own, I started out and still do, feed twice a day, if the food isn’t eaten within 15 minutes, I pick it up and they don’t get fed again, until its time for the next meal.

Don’t make the mistake of leaving food down for your dog all day, this just encourages your dog to graze. it also means you can’t gauge how much your dog is really eating. It can also make house training harder, especially in young dogs and can cause excessive weight gain.

Always leave water out for your dog and dogs who eat mainly dry food, do consume more water than dogs who are fed completely wet or a mix of wet and dry food. Remember, it is your dogs choice whether he/she chooses to eat or not, unless your dog is ill.

Teaching Your Dog To Eat  by Sue Ailsby  is an interesting article and worth a read, if you have a fussy eater or you don’t want a fussy eater.

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2015 in About

 

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Do you have a First Aid Kit for your dog?

We all have first aid kits for ourselves but how many of us have first aid kits for our pets.

When you think about it, we should all have one for our pets they need one as much as we do.

A first aid kit could help save your pets life whether, you are at home or away. May buy you some time to until you can reach an emergency vet.

Also they are good to have in case of a natural disaster because anything can happen.

Below is a link to a list of things you can put in your pets first aid kit.

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/pet-first-aid-kits-do-you-have-one.html

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2014 in About

 

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