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Cleaning and Caring For Your Dogs Teeth

Cleaning and Caring For Your Dogs Teeth

Looking after your dogs teeth is an essential responsibility for all loving dog owners. There are popular theories that a dogs mouth is cleaner than humans but they can still develop common problems such as plaque, tartar and gingivitis.  Canine dental problems, if not treated, can lead to more serious infections and even heart, liver and kidney disease.  The following tips are recommended to give you some guidance if you are unsure how and where to start.

When to Start?

The team at romypets recommend starting when they are a puppy so they can get used to the process as they grow older and actually start to enjoy the feeling and taste.

How to Brush?

Our experience has found late evening is the best time to brush your dogs teeth for the first few times as they tend to be more inclined to sit still and not have boundless energy, as some dogs do in the morning and throughout the day.

Make sure you start slowly and don't try and force the issue if your dog does become agitated.  Don't worry about stopping and starting again next day, little by little you can increase the time each day.  We have found rewarding your dog with a dog treat after the event ensures that the dog realises this is something they will eventually look forward too.

What toothpaste to use?

Rule number 1 - DO NOT USE human toothpaste as it contains Floride, which is potentially dangerous to dogs.  Some of the most popular brands are developed by Arm & Hammer and Beaphar but there are other great brands available on the market. We also recommend using the dog specific toothbrushes or finger brushes.

What dog food strengthens teeth?

Dry dog food is designed to improve your dogs oral hygiene as Soft Dog Food can stick to the teeth and cause decay.   There are so many different varieties of dry dog food out there so make sure you choose the right range for your dog.

When to check your dogs teeth?

It does not harm to spot check your dogs teeth once a week and if you see any of the following signs then we recommend a visit to your local Vet - Yellow tartar on the gumline, bad breath, new lumps or bumps in their mouth, excessive drooling, scratching of the mouth with their paws or anything else you think does not look as it should.

We hope these quick and easy tips help you care for your dogs teeth!

 

 

 

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UK spends over £11bn on pets according to Asda!!

UK spends over £11bn on pets according to Asda!!

UK cat and dog owners are spending approximately £11.6 billion annually on gifts, special diets and activities for their pets, according to  Asda Pet Insurance.

They revealed that UK cat and dog owners spend an average of £495 a year on activities or gifts for their pets. Over the past 12 months this totals to approximately £11.6 billion!

The single biggest spend is on trips to the vet (£150 per year). Other expenditures include special diets (£58 per year), grooming treatments (£43 per year) and  holidays (£41 per year).

High Spenders

Pet owners in London spend the most on average each year by far (£1,284) while those in Wales only forked out the least in their cities (£292).

According to the study, IT professionals were found to splash on average £1,752 a year to look after their cats and dogs, over three times the national average. In contrast, those working in retail and healthcare are the most careful with theirspending just £338 and £356 a year respectively.

Alistair Ball, head of insurance, Asda Money commented: “Our research shows that we are a nation of pet lovers and when it comes to taking care of them we are willing to go above and beyond, showing just how important our furry friends are. At Asda Money, we want pet owners feel safe in the knowledge that they are protected at all times.”

The study was based on research of 2,004 nationally representative UK adults (aged 18+) conducted by Opinium Research for Asda from 7th  to 10th April 2017.

Chair of Pet Industry, Steve Fowler says the New Budget is a Disaster for Pet Stores

Chair of Pet Industry, Steve Fowler says the New Budget is a Disaster for Pet Stores

Chair of Pet Industry, Steve Fowler says the New Budget is a disaster for pet stores

Steve Fowler, former MD of PamPurred Pets with 35 years’ experience in pet retail and the newly appointed chair of the Pet Industry Federation, has spoken out against the recent budget, calling it a ‘disaster’ for small high street pet stores.

Referring to the announcement last week by the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, that business rates would not be reduced for small businesses, Steve criticised the budget explaining that it did very little for beleaguered pet stores.

Steve,  said: "Whilst the government claims to support smaller, independent shops, decisions announced in last week’s budget clearly demonstrate that it is not a level playing field on the high street!

"Internet giants such as Amazon are paying far less in business rates per square foot than many of our ‘bricks and mortar’ retail members.

"The government really does need to sort this mess out and organise a separate system of business taxation for the retail sector, perhaps linked to sales value, as has been the case for pubs."

He continued: "The current system of linking business rates to rent is in need of a complete over-haul and has been unfair for many years.

"If nothing is done, high street businesses will continue to feel enormous economic pressure, with the inevitable consequence that some will be forced to close down, eroding the lifeblood of town centres.

"PIF will be doing their utmost to try and encourage the Government to rethink and implement a fairer system," he concluded.

Further information about the Pet Industry Federation can be found at www.petfederation.co.uk

Top 5 dog coats this Winter

Top 5 dog coats this Winter

On cold, rainy or freezing days, many dogs need more than just their own fur. Regardless of your dog’s requirements, comfort and fit are essential. Romypets have identified the top 5 dog coats for this winter that have Style, Quality, Comfort & Durability, all with prices you can afford for your loving Dog.

 

1. HOTTERdog

One of the most popular dog garments out there at this very moment.  Choose either the dog jumper or the dog coat style in four colours Forest Green, Royal Blue, Black and Red.  The dog coats and jumpers are water repellent, stylish, warm and cosy - adored by dogs and owners. Perfect for general weather protection, winter wear for the aged and fine-coated, drying off the wet dog, rest and recovery for working dogs, post-operative warmth and protection.  Buy here.

 

2. Weatherbeeta Parker 1200 Deluxe

weatherbeeta

The Weatherbeeta Parker 1200 Deluxe is a wonderful dog coat. Features include  Waterproof, strong and warm protection, Super strong Triple Weave fabric with Easy to use adjustable touch tape closures.  It has a Full wrap chest and belly closure with large collar featuring a leash hole for added warmth, comfort and protection and Reflective strips for added safety and visibility at night.  Also comes in a splendid Sangria Colour.  Buy here.

 

3. Ancol Muddy Paws Stormguard Coat

ancol stormgoard

 

These brilliant coats are fantastic value for what you pay for. Muddy Paws Stormguard Dog Coat is a high quality, heavy duty, waterproof stylish coat. With a chest protector to help to keep their chest and stomach drier for longer.  The soft fleece lining will keep your canine warm and snug when you are out and about and the added super reflective binding promotes safety. With easy on Velcro fastening and comes in chocolate, Red and Blue colours for all types of dogs.  Buy here.

 

4. Animate Dog Coat Waterproof

animate dog coat

The classic animate multi-purpose dog coat to keep your furry friend warm and protected from the weather. You can keep your dog dry and protected from rain as the material is not only water proof but also padded for extra warmth.  Getting the coat on and off is easy as there are Velcro fastenings, and elastic rear leg ties.  As an added bonus, if the coat gets particularly muddy and wet, the coat is fully machine washable so your dog can be looking smart and clean again in no time. Colours include Black, Red Tartan, Lilac, Raspberry and Belly Blue. Buy here

 

5. Pistachio Pet - Faux Suede Shearling Dog Coat

This great looking fashionable dog coat has a Faux Suede Outer Layer for extra Protection and will look amazing on your dog this winter.  Features include Faux Shearling Lining for extreme warmth with a lead hole under Collar, includes easy On-Off Velcro Belly and chest band. Buy here

Choosing A Family Pet

Choosing A Family Pet

Owning a pet is a wonderful and rewarding experience. But every animal and their needs are different, so how can you make sure you’re ready for a new addition to your family and your home and that you choose the right one for you? Our tips on how to choose the right pet are here to help… 

Say goodbye to preconceived ideas 

You may like the look of a particular pet but that doesn’t mean they’re right for you. Every pet has its own personality and certain breeds of dogs often have strong traits – for example Jack Russell terriers can need a lot of exercise and play to stop boredom setting in and shih tzus require lots of grooming. If you have children look for a friendly, confident dog rather than focussing on a particular breed.   

Most people think that all small pets are great for children but it isn’t always the case. Some pets, including hamsters and chinchillas, are nocturnal which means that when the kids want to play, their pets are snoozing happily and won’t appreciate being disturbed.

Pets like gerbils and mice are quick and agile so it’s difficult for children to handle them without squeezing too hard. And rabbits are prey animals and don’t always enjoy being picked up and cuddled.

On the other hand less popular pets like rats can actually make great pets and love social interaction with people. So think about what you want from your small pet and do some research before you take one on. 

Think about your lifestyle

You may have an idea of what kind of pet you want, whether that’s a dog or degu, but think about what would be best suited to your home and lifestyle. 

For example, if you work full time and you want a dog, who would take care of them during the day? Are there any local dog day care or dog walking services you can use and have you looked into the cost of this?

If you want a cat, will they have access to outside space while you’re out and about during the day and how will you feel if you come home to a clawed sofa? 

Do some research on the size, temperament, exercise requirements, lifespan and health predispositions of different pets and breeds to make sure they’re the right choice for you. 

Don’t impulse buy  

It might be tempting if you see a gorgeous pet looking longingly at you but think about whether you’re really ready for the long term commitment. Your new pet could live for anything from two years to 20 or more and that impulse purchase might not seem like a good idea further down the line.

Plus if you haven’t done your research, you won’t know anything about the pet’s history and any health or behavioural problems that they come with. Choosing the right pet requires both planning time so don’t rush in to anything.

Do your sums 

From every day things like insurance, food and toys to unexpected vet bills, having a pet is a financial commitment.

Some pets may cost a few hundred pounds a year while others can cost thousands so make sure you factor in how much your new pet will cost before you choose them. 

Think about a rescue pet 

Thousands of stray, abandoned and unwanted pets are desperate for a good home. Charities like Blue Cross can offer support and advice about individual pets and help you find the right one for you and your family.

They’ll discuss your lifestyle and what you want from a pet and suggest suitable animals from the many in their care.

An adult rescue pet is a great choice because their personalities are already established so you can be more confident about whether they’ll fit in well to your lifestyle. They will be neutered, microchipped and vaccinated so they offer great value compared to the outlay involved in buying from a breeder.

If you want a particular breed of dog but still want to help a rescue pet, you can contact specific breed rescue organisations via The Kennel Club.

Use a reputable breeder

If you do want to buy a pedigree dog or cat, ask your vet or breed club to recommend a responsible breeder. Ask the breeder for all the relevant paperwork, like pedigree registration papers, health screening certificates and a written medical history, including vaccinations and worming.

Ask to meet the pet’s parents, relatives and siblings to observe their temperament and general health and welfare and find out if the parents or any of their other litters have developed inherited diseases or problems.

Ask about how the youngsters have been socialised and avoid those that have been reared in kennels, as they may have missed out on important aspects of growing up.

You can also ask to contact the breeder’s vet and other people who have bought youngsters from them to verify this – if they refuse, go elsewhere.

Don’t purchase online or from dealers who offer multiple breeds or types of pets – these may well turn out to be puppy farmers or commercial dealers who have little interest in the welfare of the pets they sell.

Top Tips to help your pet have a stress free bonfire night

Top Tips to help your pet have a stress free bonfire night

A high percentage of pets are thought to have a phobia of fireworks and the noise it brings. Here are a few tips to help them cope with the flashes and bangs that come with Bonfire night!

 

Play/exercise – Exercise or playing can help to relieve stress and anxiety in pets especially dogs. A vigorous walk well before night fall, or a play session, should distract them as well as tire them out.  With winter approaching and the nights growing colder make sure you have a dog coat or jumper for your dog. Hotterdog coats and jumpers are the best at this time of year.

Safe spaces – Make sure there are safe spaces available for your pet when they are frightened. Prepare a den or comfortable bed to retreat to in advance.


Shut it out – Shut the curtains, cover cages and check all exits so your pet can’t escape (charities, trusts and shelters often report that this week is their busiest time of year)
  

Relax – Make sure you stay relaxed, your pet will be more relaxed too, so make sure you don’t fuss or reassure too much

Pheromones  - These are the most commonly used tool by pet owners and vets. They are proven to help reduce stress and anxiety significantly.

Look after yourself and your pet this coming Bonfire night!!

 

 

Vizslamentes UK Rescue Trust

Vizslamentes UK Rescue Trust

So this week Romypets has partnered with the incredible Vizslamentés UK Rescue Trust (registered charity number 1162503). 

The Trust is a  UK based charity which supports the only specialist HPR breed rescue in Hungary – their sister organisation Vizslamentés Hungary. Vizslamentés Hungary operates under the umbrella of a larger rescue organisation (the Elveszett Allatok Foundation – a fully registered and audited charity which rescues many different sorts of animals).

The majority of dogs that come into their care are in Hungary; they have seen everything from direct cruelty cases, to elderly dogs that have become too costly to keep, to litters of unwanted puppies, abandonments and confiscations – no dog is turned away and everything possible is done to help every dog. They have a highly and incredible respected reputation in Hungary for their rescue work and the shelters and animal police approach them when they have a pointer in their care.

A percentage of dogs that come into their care are deemed suitable for rehoming in the UK, those with the personalities and health to cope with the journey, the change and the pet homes that are offered – around a quarter to a third of all the dogs rescued come to UK homes, the rest are adopted in Hungary. They don’t rehome anywhere else in the world, mostly due to lack of resource elsewhere

Romypets have created a wish list for donators to purchase items for the trust.  All items are sent to Hungary each month and 5% of each donation is also sent to the trust.  Please click on this link if you would like to donate :- https://www.romypets.com/pages/vizslamentes-uk-rescue-trust

Thank you for your support

Vets warn people against buying 'flat-faced' dogs

Vets warn people against buying 'flat-faced' dogs

Vets are warning would-be dog owners to think twice before buying breeds with fashionably "flat-faced" features - because of concerns over their welfare.

Pugs, bulldogs, French bulldogs, shih-tzus and cavalier King Charles spaniels have become sought-after in the UK, despite wide-ranging health problems.

Their appeal is attributed to having "squashed" faces and wrinkled noses.

The British Veterinary Association said the surge in popularity of these dogs had "increased animal suffering".

Sean Wensley, president of the British Veterinary Association (BVA), said: "Prospective owners need to consider that these dogs can suffer from a range of health problems, from eye ulcers to severe breathing difficulties.

"We strongly encourage people to choose a healthier breed or a crossbreed instead."The warning has been echoed by the PDSA, the Royal Veterinary College, the RSPCA and the Kennel Club.

Meanwhile, evidence suggests that an increasing number of the dogs - more correctly known as brachycephalic or short-muzzled dogs - are being abandoned by their owners.

Surgical procedures

Six dog rescue companies told the BBC that the breeds were being given up in greater numbers.

Battersea Dogs Home and Bluecross Animal Rescue received a total of 314 "flat-faced" dogs in 2015, compared to 226 in 2014, an increase of 39%.

Both charities said they were carrying out more surgical procedures to clear the airways of the dogs they brought in - removing obstructive pieces of tissue and widening nostrils.

Steve Gosling, a vet at Battersea Dogs Home, said one of their dogs, Winston the bulldog, was a typical example.

He said: "He's a lovely little chap, about eight years old. He was left with us by his owners and, like many dogs from this breed, he suffers from what we call brachycephalic obstructed airways syndrome.

"In other words, because he has a really short nose that we've bred into him, he has quite serious breathing difficulties."

Mr Gosling said the charity operates on dogs like Winston "quite regularly" because shortness of breath can be a very distressing condition.

He added: "And we don't want to re-home animals knowing that we can improve their quality of life."

'Not normal'

A recent survey by the Royal Veterinary College suggests many owners of brachycephalic dogs are not aware of the common underlying health problems.

Caroline Reay, chief vet at Bluecross Animal Hospital in Merton, said: "Most owners - and some vets - think airway noise, and consequently reduced activity, is normal, so the problems are rarely discussed.

"And I think the number of operations we are carrying out is really only the tip of the iceberg".

The extremely broad head shape seen in in pugs and bulldogs is not a natural look. It developed as a result of intense, selective breeding.

It has led the RSPCA to call for an urgent review of the breed standards, which are decided by the Kennel Club, and specify how every type of dog should look.

Caroline Kisko, the Kennel Club secretary, said: "The breed standards were set many years ago. If you look back through history there are some dire things that went on, and undoubtedly we would accept all responsibility for that.

"But I would say that in the here-and-now, after all of the changes to the standards that were made in 2009, we would expect dogs to be far healthier if they are winning prizes at dogs shows."

'No concern'

Mrs Kisko said the problems with brachycephalic dogs were being perpetuated in the main by disreputable puppy farms.

She said: "If we continue to allow dogs to be brought in from central and eastern Europe where there is no concern for how these dogs are bred, it is inevitable that pet owners will end up with dogs they can't deal with.

"These are breeds which aren't hugely suited to pet homes. If you want a pet that will run around and chase a ball and so on, don't go out and buy any short-faced breed based on what celebrities are walking around with under their arm." 

This summer the Royal Veterinary College opened the UK's first specialist clinic to address problems in flat-faced dogs.

More than 12,000 vets and vet nurses have signed an online petition calling for a working party to address the increasing health problems in brachycephalic dogs and cats.

Welcome to Romypets

Welcome to Romypets

Hi and welcome to romypets

This is officially the first week of trading and there has been a slow but steady increase in social activity media coverage and new customers coming on board.

Over the forthcoming weeks will be adding additional content to our kids "cub hub" section as well as new exciting products coming onto the market for your pets.

Next month we will be launching the romypets forum so stay tuned for the scheduled date.

Don't forget everything is free delivery so there are no hidden charges at the end of the buying process unlike many other sites.

Also send in your photos to mattjeans@romypets.com as there will be a monthly prize for the best pet photo.

We look forward to your continued support and send feedback if you require any additional products currently not available on the site.

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