Vet uses cancer treatment to relieve joint problems in dogs

Picture

A leading vet has started prescribing a long-established cancer treatment to transform the mobility of dogs suffering from joint problems.

Richard Allport, a vet for more than 40 years with practices in Potters Bar and Bayswater, discovered that CV247, a cancer treatment invented in the mid-1990s, has a dramatic effect as an anti-inflammatory.

Richard said: “CV247 is mostly used as a treatment for cancer in dogs – but its composition of primarily natural constituents I’ve found has a clear and positive effect on dogs suffering from joint mobility issues.”

“I prescribe it as a treatment for cancer and related issues, and I noticed that around 80% of the dogs prescribed CV247 quickly became far brighter and perkier in their demeanour.

“When I looked into it, it became apparent that the majority of the constituents of the treatment contributed towards an anti-inflammatory effect – a bit of an old-fashioned ‘tonic’. This often gave dogs more mobile joints, which made them feel better in themselves.”

Richard added: “This appeared to be a hugely positive contributor to a dog reacting positively to treatment for cancer and related issues. Dogs don’t analyse how they feel: but they feel better before they get better. Dogs react to the way they feel at that moment.

“Traditional drugs and treatments are very effective for the right patient at the right moment, but I would urge pet owners to try natural medicine whenever possible – they’d be pleasantly surprised by the results, and will instantly recognise the absence of drug-related discomfort, particularly in older and more sensitive or vulnerable pets.”


Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookPin on PinterestGoogle+Digg thisShare on LinkedInEmail to someoneShare on RedditBuffer this pageshare on TumblrFlattr the authorPrint this pageShare on StumbleUponShare on VKShare on Yummly
Posted in Uncategorised | Leave a comment

Join the ‘Great Doggy Knit Off’

Picture

Jerry Green Dog Rescue is appealing for people to get knitting for its ‘Great Doggy Knit Off’ campaign to keep dogs without a home warm this winter.

Knitted jumpers, snoods, hats, blankets or toys will help to keep over 160 abandoned and unwanted dogs cosy and comfortable in cold weather.

Dog lovers can deliver their knitted items to any of the charity’s five centres at Blidworth near Mansfield, Gilberdyke, East Yorkshire, Broughton near Brigg, North Lincolnshire, Algarkirk near Boston, South Lincolnshire and Thirsk, North Yorkshire.

“Short-haired and older dogs particularly feel the cold this time of year,” said Head of Fundraising at Jerry Green Dog Rescue, Catherine Foster.

“That’s why we’re calling for people to get crafty with their knitting needles and donate items for dogs to enjoy in their kennels and during walks. Our centres are pretty much at maximum capacity presently so the dogs in our care are in need of a little help to keep out the cold.

“Anything from knitted blankets to jumpers or snoods will help and all donations will be gratefully received,” she added.

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookPin on PinterestGoogle+Digg thisShare on LinkedInEmail to someoneShare on RedditBuffer this pageshare on TumblrFlattr the authorPrint this pageShare on StumbleUponShare on VKShare on Yummly
Posted in Uncategorised | Leave a comment

Get baking for your pets!

Picture

Everyone enjoys a tea time treat every now and then and in honour of the Great British Bake Off final the RSPCA is encouraging pet owners to make tails across Britain wag by whipping up some tasty titbits for their pets.

Britain’s biggest animal welfare charity is urging budding Paul Howl-lywoods and Mary Berrys to get into the baking spirit and use their culinary skills to whip up some training treats for their furry friends.

Treats can form an important part of reward-based training where the dog is rewarded using food for performing a desired behaviour.

Using food, especially food that is tasty, is a very effective way of training and is enjoyable for dogs and can also help dogs and their owner form close bonds.

Dog welfare expert at the RSPCA Companion Animals Department Dr Sam Gaines said: “Whether your pet prefers a traditional bake like finalist Nancy, a picture perfect sweet treat like Richard or an elaborate masterpiece like Luis there are all kinds of titbits you can conjure up in the kitchen for them.

“Reward-based methods are both humane and effective and are those which the RSPCA recommends and advocates. Other training methods can put dog welfare at risk and the safety of their owner (see www.dogwelfarecampaign.org).

“Just like humans, dogs need everything in moderation too so as long as owners remember to take any treats out of their pet’s daily food allowance, treats can be a great way for them to train their animals.

“It is important to remember this as overfeeding can lead to obesity which can cause serious health and welfare concerns. It is very important that pet owners carefully monitor the amount of food they give their pet each day as well as regularly checking their pet’s weight and condition, see http://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/general/obesity for more information .”

The RSPCA has now launched it’s own range of kitchenware and baking utensils just for animal lovers. Please visit http://shop.rspca.org.uk/gifts/kitchen/aprons-tea-towels-oven-gloves.html to see the full range.

Honey and Banana dog biscuits

 (makes about 45 biscuits) 

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 50 mins

Ingredients:

250 ml water

1 banana, mashed

1 tablespoon of honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 egg

600g whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon baking powder


Directions:


      Preheat oven to 180 degrees C

      Lightly grease 2 large baking sheets

      Combine water, mashed bananas, honey, vanilla, and egg in a large bowl

      Stir in whole-wheat flour and baking powder

      Beat dough with an electric mixer on medium speed for a couple of minutes until ingredients are thoroughly combined

      Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead until no longer sticky, 5 to 8 minutes

      Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness and cut into mini shapes with your favorite cookie cutter (bone shaped is always pretty popular!)

      Place dough shapes on prepared baking sheets

      Bake in preheated oven until cookies are lightly browned, about 20 minutes

      Turn off the oven and leave biscuits until thoroughly dry and crisp, 30 to 40 more minutes

      Remove baking sheets from oven and allow biscuits to cool on pans for 10 minutes

      Transfer cookies to wire rack to fully cool

Always make sure your treats are safe and suitable for your pet and check with your vet for any allergies your pet may have beforehand.


Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookPin on PinterestGoogle+Digg thisShare on LinkedInEmail to someoneShare on RedditBuffer this pageshare on TumblrFlattr the authorPrint this pageShare on StumbleUponShare on VKShare on Yummly
Posted in Uncategorised | Leave a comment

WIN a bespoke pendant of your pet by portrait artist Frances Federer – worth over £200!

Picture

Follow us and RT this competition on Twitter OR ‘like’ Pets magazine or share this competition on Facebook to enter our fabulous competition for your chance to win a bespoke pendant of your pet – worth over £200.

Your pendant will be beautifully crafted by leading British artist and gilder Frances Federer. Frances gilds, engraves and paints small glass panes that are set into silver, to produce a rare collection of jewellery that includes pendants, earrings, necklaces and cufflinks.

Portraits of a favourite pet are an integral part of her creative work. These are miniature works of art that can be worn. The jewellery settings are by the goldsmith Justin Richardson, a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. Their joint work was featured in ‘Who’s Who in Silver and Gold’, Goldmiths’ Hall 2013.

Entries will be counted until Friday November 7 at 12 midnight.
 
Each person who follows us @pets_mag and re-tweets or ‘likes’ us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/petsmag.co.uk) will be entered only once.
 
One winner will be notified via social media.
 
No correspondence will be entered into.

The prize must be claimed before 11pm on Friday December 19 2014.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/petsmag.co.uk

Twitter: pets_mag


Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookPin on PinterestGoogle+Digg thisShare on LinkedInEmail to someoneShare on RedditBuffer this pageshare on TumblrFlattr the authorPrint this pageShare on StumbleUponShare on VKShare on Yummly
Posted in Uncategorised | 3 Comments

Top ten celebrity dog adopters revealed

Picture

FROM Robert Pattinson to George Clooney, the Top 10 celebrity dog adopters list has been revealed.

To mark the launch of National Dog Adoption Month, the Top 10 celebrities who have welcomed a rescue dog into their home has been revealed. National Dog Adoption Month, sponsored by DogsBlog.com and Co-operative Insurance, aims to raise awareness of rescue dogs and help with finding them new homes. 

1.      George Clooney – Einstein

New wife Amal has some competition for Clooney’s affections in the form of rescue dog Einstein. Having spotted the Cocker Spaniel pup being advertised for adoption online, Clooney went to great lengths to ensure the pair hit it off when they first met, by rubbing meatballs on his shoes.

2.      Lily Allen – Mabel

Urging others to do the same, Lily adopted Mabel (originally named Honey) from Battersea Dogs home in 2008. It hasn’t been a completely smooth time for Mabel, having been the victim of two dog attacks, but at least she has a protective celebrity by her side.

3.      Jennifer Aniston – Sophie

After her beloved rescue dog Norman passed away in 2011, Jennifer was keen to bring another rescue puppy into her home. In 2012 she adopted Pit Bull-mix puppy, Sophie, as a happy companion to White German Shepherd-mix, Dolly.

4.      Jake Gyllenhaal – Atticus and Boo

Gyllenhaal’s two adopted dogs are named after Atticus Finch and Boo Radley, both characters from Jake’s favourite novel To Kill A Mockingbird.  German Shepherd mix Atticus was actually adopted whilst Jake was still with ex-girlfriend Kirsten Dunst, and whilst Jake now has custody of Atticus it is rumoured that Dunst retained ‘visitation rights’.

5.      Hilary Swank – Kai and Rumi

As an ambassador for animal adoption, Hollywood actress Hilary Swank is the proud owner of two rescue pups, Retriever-mix Rumi and Beagle-Terrier cross Kai. Giving both dogs the true rags to riches lifestyle, Hilary is even known to take them on holiday with her.

6.      Orlando Bloom – Sidi

Orlando is often spotted with his canine companion Sidi. Bloom adopted the black Saluki mix while filming Kingdom of Heaven in Africa, and recognised his origins by giving his beloved dog a Moroccan name. Sidi translates as Lord in Moroccan.

7.      Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber – Baylor

Adopted as a puppy in 2011, Baylor came home to one of the top celeb couples in the US. Surely the pet pooch must be very happy following recent rumours that his mum and dad are back together again.

8.      John Legend and Chrissy Teigen – Penny

The singer and model adopted Penny in June after hearing that the three legged French Bulldog was a victim of abuse and needed a new home. Poppy now frequently stars on her owners Instagram accounts.

9.      Ryan Reynolds – Baxter

Ryan met Baxter when searching for a pet dog as a companion for a friend. When he saw Baxter the Retriever whilst searching, he couldn’t resist adopting a dog for himself too, ensuring that two happy hounds went to good homes.

10.  Robert Pattinson – Bear

When Twilight star Robert adopted Bear with then girlfriend Kristen Stewart, he was days from being put down by a New Orleans Dog Shelter. Though life is much sweeter for Bear now, he has had some turbulent times having been caught up in a custody battle when Stewart and Pattinson broke up in 2012.

With over 6,000 dogs now waiting to be re-homed in rescue centres* across the UK, The Co-operative Insurance is sponsoring Dog Adoption website DogsBlog.com for the second year running. Since the partnership launched in 2013, the sponsorship has supported the rehoming of over 6,700 dogs saving the animal welfare industry £9.25million**.

Dog Adoption Month runs until October 31st and is aimed at raising the profile of dog adoption by increasing the awareness of the many rescue dogs across the UK in need of a home.

Speaking of the partnership, Andrew Nevitt, Pet Insurance Product Manager at The Co-operative Insurance said: “We see time and time again from our customers that dogs truly are man’s best friend and bringing any pet into your home is a big decision that should never be taken without great consideration. As the trend for celebrity pet adoptions proves, there are thousands of dogs already out there in desperate need of a good home with the potential to be truly fantastic companions for you and your family.”

Kim O’Meara, co-founder of the adoption site DogsBlog.com said: “Throughout National Dog Adoption Month we hope to debunk the myths about dogs in rescues being all damaged goods. Most dogs end up in care through no fault of their own and there are thousands up and down the country sitting, waiting and hoping for a home to call their own.”

*Figures based on approximately 400 rescue centres, all of which advertise the animals they house via DogsBlog.com

**Based on the average costs involved in caring for dogs in rescue centres at £1,380 per dog.


Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookPin on PinterestGoogle+Digg thisShare on LinkedInEmail to someoneShare on RedditBuffer this pageshare on TumblrFlattr the authorPrint this pageShare on StumbleUponShare on VKShare on Yummly
Posted in Uncategorised | Leave a comment

Show your support for National Black Cat Day!

PictureAbandoned: Duke is now seeking his forever home

The UK’s leading feline welfare charity, Cats Protection, is urging people to ‘paws’ for thought and show their support for National Black Cat Day on Thursday 30 October.

Now in its fourth year, National Black Cat Day aims to raise awareness of the many unwanted black and black-and-white moggies in Cats Protection’s care, most of which wait around a week longer to be adopted than their more colourful counterparts.

To help raise awareness of the many black cats in need, the charity is encouraging people to enter its National Black Cat Day competition to win a professional photoshoot, which starts on Monday 6 October.

“Black and black-and-white cats make up around half of all the cats in our care – and sadly they wait much longer to find their forever home than the average cat,” said Gemma Smith, Cats Protection’s Digital Communications Officer.

“They are just as loving and fun as torties and tabbies and will make the perfect addition to any home so now it’s time for us to stand up and show our support for them. If you love cats just as much as we do, why not consider adopting a black cat, entering our competition or taking part in our campaign.”

To enter the competition cat lovers are being asked to take a photo of their beloved black rescue cat and upload it to Cats Protection’s Facebook page, alongside their adoption story.

The charity will shortlist its favourites and will be asking Facebook fans to get voting by liking their preferred selfie and story.

The photo with the most votes will be crowned National Black Cat Day Champion and will win a professional photoshoot, as well as the honour of becoming the ‘poster cat’ for future rehoming appeals.

The fun doesn’t stop there, however, and there are many different ways to take part on and around the day. More information can be found on Cats Protection’s website, blog and social profiles and by following the #CPBlackCats and #BlackCatSelfie hashtags.

Those interested in adopting a black or black-and-white cat can log on to www.cats.org.uk/black-cats or call the charity’s helpline on 03000 12 12 12.

Duke (with Cats Protection’s Taunton and Wellington Branch)

Found injured in a hedge following a road traffic accident, the future seemed very bleak for Duke. He was taken to the vet by a kind member of the public, which is when we were asked to take him in. He has such a lovely personality that we couldn’t refuse, although we knew that his recovery would be long and expensive.

Duke was referred for specialist surgery to a veterinary practice in Exeter, where he was found to have three fractures to his pelvis. The top of his femur was also smashed and has been removed. Duke’s recovery has been trouble free and he has borne the restrictions of his cage rest with great patience. He has regained full use of his leg and can now climb and jump but the pen which kept him safe for three months is now starting to feel like a prison to him.

Cats Protection’s Taunton and Wellington Branch is therefore seeking a very special home for this lovely two-year-old boy. He is very affectionate, loves cuddles and playing with his toys, loves to investigate what you are doing, and would make a wonderful companion, especially for someone who is at home for at least part of the day, as he likes lots of interaction. He has also made it clear that he would not take to being an indoor cat, so a nice garden would be lovely, with no other pets, and it is most important that he should be as far as possible from a busy road. Life with a mature family would also suit him, although not for anyone with mobility problems as he is very quick on his feet.

Duke has been neutered, microchipped and vaccinated and is in very good health. He is a slim cat with green eyes and an oriental appearance. Please call 08452 602 397 or email [email protected] if you would like to learn more about him.


Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookPin on PinterestGoogle+Digg thisShare on LinkedInEmail to someoneShare on RedditBuffer this pageshare on TumblrFlattr the authorPrint this pageShare on StumbleUponShare on VKShare on Yummly
Posted in Uncategorised | Leave a comment

PDSA vets warn dog owners after cases of deadly parasite treble

PictureGreyhound Blackie has recovered from lungworm

PDSA vets today issued a warning to dog owners after revealing that confirmed cases of a killer parasite have trebled in just five years.

The UK’s leading veterinary charity said there had been a worrying increase in reported cases of lungworm among pets at its 51 pet hospitals. 

The parasitic worm can cause weight loss, difficulty breathing, a chronic cough and difficulty exercising and even be fatal. The hot spots used to be Wales and southern England, but experts say the problem is now far more widespread.

PDSA senior vet Elaine Pendlebury said that, since 2009, there has been a threefold increase in the number of pets affected by lungworm diagnosed at PDSA pet hospitals

The larvae of the lungworm parasite are carried by slugs and snails. The problem arises when dogs purposefully or accidentally eat these common garden pests when rummaging through undergrowth, eating grass, drinking from puddles or outdoor water bowls, or pick them up from their toys. Foxes can become infected with lungworm, and have been implicated in the spread of the parasite across the country. Frogs can also carry the larvae, presenting a risk to dogs.

Lungworm is often transmitted by infected slugs or snails that carry the parasite and can even be contracted by a dog drinking from puddles or using toys or bowls that have been left outside. It can also be caught by eating infected fox or dog faeces.

PDSA’s data reflects the findings of a recent study by researchers at the Royal Veterinary College, which found that one in five veterinary practices in the UK have reported at least one clinical case of lungworm in a dog.

In a survey* of 150 veterinary practices across the UK a total of 952 suspected cases were reported (157 laboratory confirmed), with 81 deaths thought to have been caused by the parasite.

Elaine said: “PDSA is alerting dog owners to the danger of lungworm as there has been a significant increase in suspected and confirmed cases of lungworm over the past five years. 

“Although it has been present in parts of the UK for a long time, the parasite seems to be spreading and there have been outbreaks in previously unaffected areas. But we believe that this is just the tip of the iceberg and the problem could be more widespread.”

Elaine warned the parasite may have become more prevalent due to our warmer and more humid summers, which has caused the slug and snail population to increase. 

Elaine added: “It’s important to ensure your pets receive regular preventive worming treatment, including specific products for lungworm in affected areas, so they do not become ill. Your vet will able to advise what’s best for your dog and remember to clean up after your dog to help avoid spreading the parasite.  

“If an owner suspects that their dog could be infected, they should take their pet along to see their vet as soon as possible, as early treatment is always best.”

Case study

Greyhound Blackie, from London, was left fighting for his life after becoming infected with lungworm.

The four-year-old ex-racing dog spent three days at PDSA’s Thamesmead pet hospital receiving emergency treatment from vets and nurses as they battled to save the beloved family pet.

His owner, Pam Falconer (68) of Black Heath, said: “We initially thought Blackie had hurt himself because he had fallen over. But he was displaying other symptoms and looked really unwell.

“We took him to PDSA where they diagnosed him with lungworm. I couldn’t believe it as I’d lived in Scotland for many years and I’d never even heard of it before.”

Blackie was admitted to the charity’s pet hospital at Thamesmead, where he received emergency treatment. 

Pam said: “They told me they didn’t know whether he would survive and I was absolutely terrified at the thought of losing him. I think it’s so important for other pet owners to be aware of the dangers. A few worming tablets every few months could be the difference between life and death. Thankfully, the PDSA vets performed a miracle and managed to save him. I can’t thank them enough for what they’ve done – they are my heroes.”

Pam said she now ensures Blackie receives frequent worming treatment and urges other owners to take heed and ensure they keep on top of their pet’s preventive health.

PDSA is on a mission to educate the nation on pet wellbeing and is delighted that funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery is helping the charity to continue this vital work. So far PDSA has been awarded an incredible £600,000 from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. For further pet health advice, please visit www.pdsa.org.uk/pethealth  


Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookPin on PinterestGoogle+Digg thisShare on LinkedInEmail to someoneShare on RedditBuffer this pageshare on TumblrFlattr the authorPrint this pageShare on StumbleUponShare on VKShare on Yummly
Posted in Uncategorised | Leave a comment

UK’s most popular pet names revealed

Picture

When it comes to pet names, it’s a case of Top of the Pop(py)s, according to data from John Lewis Pet Insurance. Poppy remains the most popular pet name for both cats and dogs for the fourth year running, with Misty (up 15 places) and Cleo (up 9 places) proving to be high climbers for cats in 2013.

A study of more than 90,000 pet names by John Lewis Pet Insurance has revealed that traditional cat names such as Tigger (down 11 places) are falling out of fashion and making way for names more commonly associated with people; Molly and Bella also appear in the top five names for both cats and dogs this year.

Poppy was the 7th most popular baby name for girls for 2013, according to ONS data. Oscar and Charlie also appear in the top 10 names for both babies and pets this year, suggesting that the trend towards people giving their pets human names is showing no signs of abating.

Keith Bibby, spokesperson for John Lewis Pet Insurance, commented: “It is becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish between popular pet and top baby names – those such as Poppy, Molly, Alfie and Charlie could as easily be heard being called by a dog owner as they could a parent. It would appear that the days of Rover and Whiskers are now firmly behind us.”

It’s elementary: Pet owners take inspiration from cult TV shows

Cult television programmes such as Sherlock, Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad have all offered inspiration to those looking to name their cat or dog, John Lewis Pet Insurance has also revealed.

Crime drama series Sherlock has influenced some pet owners, with Sherlock, Holmes, Watson, Mycroft, Moriarty and even heart-throb actor and the show’s star Benedict (Cumberbatch) appearing on the list of pet names.

Game of Thrones characters Arya, Khaleesi, Sansa, Tyrion, Stark and Daenerys also feature, as do Skyler, Jesse, Hank, Walter and Heisenberg, all made famous in the award-winning Breaking Bad.

Pet owners also appear to be celebrity-obsessed, with well-known names from stage and screen proving to be a source of inspiration. (George) Clooney, Madonna, (Lady) Gaga, Halle Berry, Miley (Cyrus) and even this year’s Eurovision winner Conchita all feature on the list. Current affairs and politics also offer motivation, with Nelson (Mandela) and Barack Obama making an appearance.


Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookPin on PinterestGoogle+Digg thisShare on LinkedInEmail to someoneShare on RedditBuffer this pageshare on TumblrFlattr the authorPrint this pageShare on StumbleUponShare on VKShare on Yummly
Posted in Uncategorised | Leave a comment

Taking the dog along made my holiday!

Picture

By Kate Bendix

I discovered how taking your dog on holiday can really make a break.

Last week I decamped to Cornwall with five friends and my dog, Nikita. We booked a fabulous cottage near Wadebridge, packed the car with way too much stuff and headed out west.  

It was the first time I’d taken Nikita on holiday and my only worry was that it would be restrictive in the places we could go and stuff we could do, with a dog in tow. Using this fabulous pet-friendly map, I discovered that nothing could have been further from the truth.

Now, I’m the sort of person who packs light, generally speaking, though it’s changed slightly the older I’ve got. When you get into your 40s you kinda want what you want: your own bathroom, your own bed, no more dorms or other peoples toenails, urgh!  Hence I packed my lovely pillow and my radio, but I’m still proud to say I can get everything I need into a small suitcase.

Then I took the dog with me, and travelling light is no longer an option. I still have my small suitcase, but the dog? It’s like packing for a high maintenance friend! I filled a box with everything she would need for the week, or so I thought.

Food, harness, two leads – one flexi, one short (lots of paces insist on short ledas), a coat in case it rained, her supplements – fleas, worms, teeth, food and water bowls, towels and – the most important thing – her bed.  I also took half a dozen blankets to drape over furniture in the rented cottage so she could curl up and wouldn’t leave mud or hair behind. Of course, she chose the chair without any blankets at all. Dizzy dog.

Then she threw up. And I realised I hadn’t come prepared for third party damage, so there I was at 8am on the second morning, in a massive supermarket, staring at an aisle of cleaning products so dazzling in its complexity and colour I couldn’t make a decision (I had yet to get a cuppa inside me).  Armed with a scrubbing brush, carpet cleaner and a new set of Marigolds I got to work on the carpet. Came up like new, I’m relieved to say.

After breakfast Nikita and I set about the business of having a thoroughly good time, doggie style! We all set off to Rock, which has an amazing beach, sitting along the Camel estuary, just across from Padstow. The tide was receding and we tramped over the sand through to Daymer Bay just around the headland. The weather was glorious and, because it was March, the beach was practically empty, save for other dogs and their owners.

At Daymer Bay we discovered the sand dunes, and Nikita realised that a half-decent dune was the only thing missing in her life. She proceeded to race around, and up and down the dunes, for ages until she was exhausted. She’s only little, and I think sand is a very comfortable surface for her wee paws to run about on.

As she stood on top of the dune, happy, her little chest heaving with exertion, I realised that having her there, with me, on that beach, in that moment was what it was all about. She shows me how to have a good time when we’re out. Instead of sticking my headphones on and listening to music or (worse) talking on the phone, I play with her, listen to the birds and the wind, watch the boats and smell the seaweed. As a group of friends she brings us together, by democratically fetching her stick to each person in turn.

During our walk, other dog owners stop for a chat, small children ask ‘what’s your dog?’ and by the time you amble back up to the road you’ve been told where to find the best dog friendly place for lunch.

Taking Nikita away with us made the holiday better, she opened up our world. So, while it can be a problem getting into places with a dog, though this is getting better (the Lost Gardens of Heligan allow dogs, bravo, and thank you) I can’t imagine a holiday without her now.

So take your dog with you, if you can, because he or she will bring far more to your holiday than a bone and a blanket.


sp


Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookPin on PinterestGoogle+Digg thisShare on LinkedInEmail to someoneShare on RedditBuffer this pageshare on TumblrFlattr the authorPrint this pageShare on StumbleUponShare on VKShare on Yummly
Posted in Uncategorised | Leave a comment

New skincare & beauty products for pets

Picture

Businesswoman Fiona Ives has been running a hugely successful business based on the distribution of a wide range of products to improve general health and care for the skin, all of which derive from Aloe Vera, a plant packed with nutrients and goodness. Products are suitable for both men and women, but Fiona also works with customers of the four legged variety.

Fiona said: “The Aloe Plant contains 75 vitamins, minerals, sugars, enzymes and essential amino acids that are great for humans as drinking gels, supplements, skincare and personal care products. Once Aloe Vera plant products have been tried, many of my customers go on to use them as part of their daily routine as the benefits speak for themselves.

Although there are records of it being used throughout history, it is only within the last few decades that the full extent of the aloe plant’s properties have been recognised. Popularity has increased over the years with many big brands beginning to include it as an addition to their moisturisers and shampoos. I already use Aloe Vera on my pets, and was fully aware of the benefits when I met with Heike Kopac from a Peels Veterinary surgery in Beverley and Hornsea in East Yorkshire.”

Heike Kopac from Peels Veterinary Surgery in East Yorkshire uses alternative therapies like homeopathy and acupuncture and uses Aloe Vera products in her surgery and for herself and her family.

She said: “I absolutely believe in the power and benefits of Aloe Vera for animals. For some time I have used the Aloe Vera Gelly. I always have a tube on-hand for my animal patients.”
 
“I also use the Bee Pollen tablets for myself and my children. When the pollen count is high, I am prepared to try anything and Fiona recently recommended I try the lip balm under my nose and eyes. This has made long walks out in the countryside with my dogs much more enjoyable during the warm summer months.”

The Aloe Company provides a specially blended product which is cold stabilised within an hour of harvesting to maintain all of the nutrients and goodness of the plant  thus guaranteeing the quality. Having researched the product thoroughly Fiona Ives is an expert in its uses.
 
She explained: “I apply Aloe to my dog’s skin on a regular basis and both my dog and cat consume a small amount of the gel as it is full of vital nutrients. Having researched the benefits of the plant, I have found documented evidence of it helping animals from goats to lizards and birds. The benefits of  Aloe Vera are truly amazing, it’s so much more than your average house plant.”

For more information please contact Fiona Ives via her website www.fionaives.co.uk.


Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookPin on PinterestGoogle+Digg thisShare on LinkedInEmail to someoneShare on RedditBuffer this pageshare on TumblrFlattr the authorPrint this pageShare on StumbleUponShare on VKShare on Yummly
Posted in Uncategorised | Leave a comment