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Fruit and Vegetables – Which Are Safe To Feed Your Pup?

VEG - BADIt’s widely known that chocolate, grapes, and avocado should never be fed to your dog.  There are a number of vegetables and fruits which are safe to give to your pet, within reasonable quantities. However, if you overfeed them on any of these foods they may get stomach upsets and diarrhea.

The ones shown within the red frame should never be fed to your dog, this includes vegetables that belong to the onion family such as leeks.  

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The items shown within the green frame are safe to feed to your dog within reasonable quantities. Small pieces of carrot and a few frozen peas are great for small snacks.
If in doubt, don’t risk your pet’s health, and just feed regular dog food.  If you have any questions around food check out Dr G’s Facebook page. Dr G includes  food therapy as part of her range of services.  https://www.facebook.com/VetNaturally

Six Common Myths About Dogs Get Debunked

Article by Dr Jeff Jenkins  – Ahwatukee Animal Care Hospital. http://www.ahwatukeeanimalcare.com/

Blog - common mythsToday we are debunking six of the most common myths about our furry canine friends.

A warm or dry nose indicates illness. You may have heard that if a dog’s nose is dry or warm it means your dog is sick. However, your dog’s nose is not an accurate indicator of your canine pal’s health. If you notice your dog’s nose is warm or dry, don’t panic. There are normal explanations for this, such as waking up from a nap. However, if your dog’s nose is persistent or becomes crusted over, bring him or her into us for a visit to rule out any health issues.

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Well, actually, you can! training an old dog may be a little more challenging, especially if he or she has hearing loss or reduced vision. However, as long as it’s within his or her physical capabilities, even senior dogs can benefit from the mental stimulation of learning new tricks.

Giving your dog garlic can prevent fleas and/or worms. Garlic doesn’t prevent fleas or worms. Further, it is not a good idea to feed your dog garlic. In large quantities, garlic can actually be harmful to your dog. Talk to us about safe flea and tick prevention for your dog.

A wagging tail means your dog is happy. Dogs do wag their tails when they are happy, but a wagging tail doesn’t necessarily indicate happiness. It can also indicate excitement. It’s important to observe the other dog behaviors in order to determine if their excitement is friendly or aggressive.

My dog runs around in our yard, so he or she doesn’t need to go for a walk. Spending time in your yard is not a replacement for real exercise. Dogs are naturally pack animals, which means they want to travel with other dogs. When you walk your dog, you stimulate this directed, goal-oriented pack behavior in a way that running around in the backyard doesn’t. Also, going for walks helps to burn off energy in a focused way and provides visual and sensory stimulation for your pet.

One human year is the equivalent of seven dog years. If only it were that simple!  Not all dog breeds have the same lifespan; therefore, a Yorkshire terrier could live to 17 years of age, while a Boxer may only survive to 10, meaning they probably age at different speeds. Additionally, dogs mature very quickly at first, but after the first couple of years of life, their maturation slows down considerably. So, a two-year-old dog may be equal to a 24 year-old human, but a four year-old dog may be equal to a 32-year-old human.

 

Dogs Love Our Cage Free Environment.

chilling n chatting
Chilling n Chatting

Can you imagine your hairdressing salon shutting you in a caged booth away from other customers until you’re finished and ready to leave?  That’s exactly what many pet groomers offer your lovely pups.

Here at the Paw Spa we offer dogs a cage free environment, so they get to chill and chat whilst they wait for their bathing and grooming.  We find that nearly all dogs, when not on a lead, socialize absolutely fine with others of every size. Some are so relaxed they take a moment to have a snooze. This is also a great safe environment for your young pups to continue to learn their socializing skills.

We have found that in a cage free environment even the most anxious dogs are easier to groom. This is because they don’t wait in the kennel building up their anxiety or excitement. They are more relaxed and tired from their earlier play time.

You may have a valid reason for wishing to keep your dog(s) away from others and we can cater for that too.  We have separate areas that still allow a dog the freedom to roam, and a number of cages are available if a pet needs to be kept still due to age or medical reasons.

We aim to create the most relaxing environment for your pet, so they enjoy their experience with us.  Why not book in your dog for a day of socializing and pampering.

Are Golden Doodles Low Maintenance?

goldendoodle-750443_1920A low shedding breed of dog does not necessarily mean low maintenance. Golden Doodles are one of the low shedding cross breeds but their coat being curly, may need more grooming and brushing to avoid mats.

Mats are formed when the undercoat, top coat and possibly loose hair wrap around each other and become tangled. These can end up twisting tighter against the skin and cause bruising and discomfort. It’s important when grooming your dog to ensure that the brush penetrates all the layers of the coat to keep it tangle free.

If you love the look of your doodle with a full length coat, then you will need to put in the time to do regular grooming. Although professional groomers will be able to brush out some mats, it’s too stressful for the dog to expect a groomer to brush out multiple mats. In these cases, trimming or shaving the coat is much better for the dog.

So if you love a full coat on your doodle, be prepared to spend lots of time brushing them thoroughly, and regular trips to a grooming salon will help keep their coat in tip top condition and your dog happy. Why not book your Doodle in with us for a groom, and we can advise you on the best way to care for your dog’s coat at home, including the correct tools and great de-tangling products.