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COME ALONG AND SEE US AT THESE UPCOMING EVENTS:

Cambourne Village Fete, Cambourne – 9th September

Great day out for all visit their Facebook Page. We look forward to seeing you all there!

GRANSDEN SHOW –Great Gransden -  Saturday 30th September

See all their details on the Facebook Page.  or on their webpage here.The list of Craft Marquee exhibitors has now been updated. The number of stands has just reached 50, so there will be plenty to see, admire and buy here. Maybe a handmade wooden toy for a special young person you know? 

LONGSTOW DOG SHOW , Longstow etc– in aid of Roadside Traffic Victims Sunday 1st October

A charity dog show in aid of the Road Victims Trust on Sunday 1st October, in memory of Mitchell Bailey who was tragically killed in January this year. The Road Victims Trust are a small local charity who support families bereaved by road traffic accidents. All their counsellors work on a voluntary basis and all money raised will go toward this very worthwhile charity,.

There are 6 pedigree classes, 11 novelty classes, (including a special novelty class for any cross labradoodle or cockerpoo) and a free puppy walk for puppies under 6 months. Rosettes to 5th place in all classes.
There will also be a variety of stalls selling their goods on the day.
Light refreshments will be available all day too so come along for a great day out with your four legged friends.

PREVIOUS EVENTS

ASHWELL SHOW – Ashwell, Herts, on Bank Holiday Monday 28th August 2017

An day’s event shared with Pet Positive Dog Trainers and Behaviourists.

 

WOOD GREEN FAMILY FUN DAY- Wood Green, Godmanchester,  on Sunday 23rd July from 10 – 4pm, 2017

Although it rained all day the arena we were in was packed and with the various activities for children and indoor Zorbing it was a great day out.  

 

    

DOG FEST – Knebworth House, Herts 24th and 25th June 2017

A really great 2 day show we were extremely busy and loved every minute meeting so many dogs and their humans.  They loved the paddling pools and even though it was very hot being positioned right next to the doggie diving proved so much fun!! 

 

  

PETS IN THE PARK – Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge - Saturday 17th June from 12 noon to 5pm

A busy dog event with lots of classes for all!

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF OUR SUPREME 16” LUXURY HAMPERS

Janette and Dave Forrest  who have a very busy doggie household.  They  have  4 Border Collies, Mae 11, Asha 9, Annie 6 and Rosie3 (who’s Birthday is today!) Happy Birthday Rosie!! , a Whippet called Tegan who is 7 and a Bolognese called Jasmin who is also 3.  They also foster Puppies for a Portugese Shelter called Pegadas and Bigodes near Central Portugal so they will certainly be able to share all  the goodies around for an Extra Special Christmas.

They said they have never won anything before so are really thrilled!

These are some of their doggies below:

  

 

 
 

THE TWELVE DOGGIE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

Join us in reading about our tips and advice for your gorgeous pets leading up to and over the Christmas time.

Every day up till Christmas come and follow the tips and hints of how to make your doggie’s Christmas as wonderful as your own.

DAY 12 – CHRISTMAS WISHES TO ALL FROM BROADREACH NATURE +

A big thank you to everyone to has liked or shared our page and for following our 12 days of Doggie Christmas!

With Christmas Eve tomorrow Anne and the Broadreach Nature + Team want to wish every one of our Special Pooches, Furry Friends and their Lovely Families a very Merry, Wonderful Christmas and a very Happy and Healthy 2017!  We will be continuing our blog on a weekly basis looking at all aspects of your Pet’s health so do stay in touch and we look forward to being of service to you throughout 2017! 

DAY 11 - CHRISTMAS TIME FOR SHELTER DOGS

At this special time of year we like to treat and make special fuss of our own pooch but what if a dog doesn’t have their own family?

There are so many dogs some of whom have been living in shelters for a very long time in desperate need of a loving family home.

Fred is looking for his forever home - could it be with you?

 

The Charities do a really fantastic job in creating a supportive and caring environment for these Dogs and Cats but its not the same as them having their very own home to cozy into.

Today I went to visit Wood Green Animal Charity in Godmanchester to donate some Cat Hampers, Stockings and a Dog Bed full of doggie treats and goodies as well as some goodie bags to share out amongst some of the special animals that will be here through Christmas.  We thought it would be a lovely idea to perhaps feature  some of the dogs looking for special homes, one of which is Fred who is in our Picture, He saved another dog’s life yesterday by giving blood and today is flying the flag for Wood Green.  He loves his treats too!  Although is best as an only

dog as he definitely prefers human company.   He is such a sweetie.  If you feel you could offer Fred a loving home do get in touch either direct to Wood Green or to us and we can forward on your interest.  Look on their site to see some of their other dogs needing homes at www.woodgreen.org.uk

Day 10 – Christmas Presents and Dogs

If you are like me and enjoy putting your Christmas Presents under the Tree in readiness for the big day there’s afew things to be aware of to help our furry friends.

Try and supervise them when they are around the presents and if you go out leave them in another room away from temptation!

Dogs have extremely sensitive noses with a fantastic sense of smell approx 40 times better than ours! So they can sniff things out even if the presents are securely wrapped up!

Best to remove any pressies that contain spices or batteries as dogs have been known to chew or swallow them.  Chocolate is as im sure you know very toxic to dogs as it contains a chemical called theobromine which is poisonous to dogs as well as to other animals including cats, rodents and rabbits. 

In fact any pressies containing sweets as there have been cases of dogs dying from eating sweets.  Some are more toxic than others, even wrapping paper to some dogs can be irresistible so in some cases it may be easier to just keep all Christmas Presents out of the reach of your four legged friend until Christmas day comes and perhaps give them their own doggie stocking instead! We have a selection of all natural ingredients in stockings, baskets and hampers that will keep them entertained over Christmas, take a look at www.broadreachnatureplus.co.uk  

DAY 9 -   BUYING A PUPPY AT CHRISTMAS TIME

We all love puppies but the saying  ‘A Puppy is for life not just for Christmas’  is so right.

A lot of breeders will not sell puppies over the Christmas period for fear that they will be a surprise for a loved one only to be discarded after the initial excitement has passed or the novelty to wear off and then the poor puppy who has just got used to his or her new family is then rehomed or taken to a dog shelter.

The most important thing is that any new puppy owner needs to realise the first six months of owning a puppy is full on and hard work from teaching them to toilet outside (usually hourly to start with) to training them socializing them with other dogs and puppies and in fact all the sites and sounds around them etc. so the whole family really has to buy into the idea of having this little bundle of fun and energy welcomed into your family.

Christmas is very much a family time with a lot of the family often being off together which in this day and age of working families can be quite rare.  So in one way it’s a nice time to bring a new family member into the fold. 

It is vital the family has done their research and homework into both the type of breed that will suit their situation, how much free time do they have to give to a puppy, will they need to get extra support services in place to make sure the puppy isn’t left on its own for long periods.  The Kennel Club states for a puppy this is no more than 2 hrs at a time and for a fully grown dog no more than 4 hours at a time.  Generally the classification for a puppy is up to 12 months of age and then a dog from 12 months +

Do you live in a house or flat ?  If in a flat is there access to a garden and does that involve flights of stairs to get to it?  Toilet training is taking the puppy out every hour so this may not be practical with a lot of stairs to climb each time.

Are there any dog allergies in the family to consider either to their coats (dander) or to their saliva and have at least one puppy book having been thoroughly read through to understand abit more about what is involved.  

If all these things have been considered and you feel you can give a puppy a lovely home then please select a puppy from a recommended source if you possibly can this can be family or friends or indeed on the breed forum sites or club sites that are usually set up around the breed concerned.  If you do go on line to search for a puppy to take a list with you of the questions you need to ask to check that the puppy has had the right start in life.   This list can be found on the kennel club website or often the breed clubs have them.  I can also answer any questions you have if you wish to send me a message via email to anne@broadreachnatureplus.co.uk or message me on facebook on the Broadreach Nature + page  

DAY 8 -  Christmas time and safety for your Pets

With the Christmas Tree decorated and pretty tree lights, baubles and tinsel on your tree is no doubt looking amazing !!  it may also look amazingly attractive to your special furry friend too!

If they are an inquisitive type there are afew things you can do to help avoid a potential accident.

Watch the electrical cables leading off the tree light lights.  Try and put them behind something if possible or cover them over to stop any chewing possibilities and the potential of an electric shock.

With baubles and tinsel these can cause obstructions if ingested and may need surgical removal by a vet.  Sometimes dogs don’t just play with things they like to eat them too.

Our Vets are often surprised at the contents of some of their customers Dogs stomachs and what they have found in them such as Golf Balls, Cuddly Toys, Slippers, Socks and in fact some dogs don’t seem to care what they eat so do keep any eye on them as best you can and perhaps think about removing the low hanging baubles from the tree!  Also any chocolate tree ornaments as you probably already know chocolate is toxic to dogs and can potentially be very harmful to them.  Dogs and cats are Lactose intolerant as a rule.

On a different note watch out for Antifreeze too.  It tastes sweet to dogs and cats and can be lethal if ingested.  Sadly a friend of mine’s dog died two weeks ago from antifreeze poisoning although they don’t know how it happened. 

Make sure any antifreeze is stored securely and away from Pets.

Effects of poisoning initially appear as vomiting, diarrhoea, weakness and the dog may appear drunk.  Any untreated dog may appear to recover but then may suffer kidney failure.

Contact your Vet immediately at the first signs or if you see your dog or cat licking or drinking any.

DAY 7 - CHRISTMAS TIME PLANTS AND TREES

We so love the colour that comes at Christmas time, the bright red Poinsettia’s, the glossy dark green Holly and Ivy or Mistletoe, and the lovely smells that come from the Potpourri that we may put around the house to give that extra festive aroma.   But did you know these can actually be toxic to our loved pets if they can reach them to chew or ingest.

The Poinsettia if ingested or chewed can cause excessive salivation and vomiting.

Holly and Christmas Trees – are only a problem if eaten although hopefully the spikey leaves will dissuade this.   The berries on the holly if eaten however, can cause vomiting and diarrhoea.

Mistletoe – the same as the holly.  Leaves are low toxidity but the berries may cause a tummy upset if eaten.

Ivy – can cause a tummy upset if eaten or skin irritation or contact dermatitis if exposed to the skin for any length of time.  This relates to the UK Ivy and not the American Poison Ivy which is not commonly found in the UK.

Potpourri – is made up of dried plants and flowers which can cause vomiting and diarrhoea if ingested.  Because of the dried plant matter which is often artificially coloured and fragranced or items such as pine cones or bark can become lodged in the through or gut which can be very dangerous and require surgery.

Signs of obstruction may include vomiting, lethargy, going off their food, not toileting or finding it difficult to produce stools.

A general rule of thumb for any dog is if you notice your dog being lethargic in general then seek veterinary advice.

From time to time all dogs will go off their food or may vomit occasionally for no apparent reason or may not toilet as often as usual but as long as they are bright in themselves in general they should be fine.

Always have fresh clean water available for them to drink, particularly once we put the central heating on or Aga’s in the kitchen it can become very warm indeed for them and they will need extra water to drink.

Another thing to look out for is that if they vomit more than a couple of times I would generally contact your Vet.  It may be nothing but equally it may be they have eaten something or had a drink from somewhere they shouldn’t.  If you can get early medical treatment it can very often avoid a much more significant problem later,  particularly if they have had something that is poisonous.   As soon as you are able I would also be giving them some Probiotic Paste to help sooth their gut and also help take the toxins out of the digestive tract to help.  The other thing I would suggest is to try and get them to drink if you can to help dilute whatever has been ingested.   Sometimes syringing some water into the side of their mouths helps until you can get them to the Vets.  This is worst case scenario and hopefully you will never need to do this.   But it is worth being aware of just in case to keep our lovely pets safe.

DAY 6 - DO YOU KNOW WHAT DOGS CAN SAFELY EAT?

On the Big day itself when you have cooked your lovely Roast Turkey and all the trimmings and you and your family have sat down to enjoy your festive feast do you  like to feed your pooch a little bit too?

If the answer is yes then you will be pleased to hear a lot of what we eat can be fed to your dog too! 

Turkey, Potatos and Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Peas, are all fine.  Broccoli is also fine in small amounts

No Onion though so the sage and onion stuffing  would  be a no, also no Asparagus. Leeks and Chives these are all toxic to dogs.

So a small Christmas dinner will be fine but needs to be fed in small amounts only so the digestion can cope.   Use a probiotic paste for any upset digestion .

OTHER FOODS THEY CAN EAT

All in small amounts and in a raw state without the pips or stones

Apples, Bananas, Watermelon,Strawberries, Oranges, Blueberries, Pineapple, Pears, Raspberries, Mango , Peaches (not canned) as they usually contain high amounts of sugary syrups.

Cucumber, Celery

FOODS THEY CAN’T EAT

Grapes, Cherries, Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Onions, Avocado, Asparagus

A bit more about the foods - thanks to the American Kennel Club

Fruits & Vegetables

Apples – Yes. Apples are an excellent source of vitamins A and C, as well as fiber for your dog. They are low in protein and fat, making them the perfect snack for senior dogs. Just be sure to remove the seeds and core first. Try them frozen for an icy warm weather snack. Read More >

Bananas – Yes. In moderation, bananas are a great low-calorie treat for dogs. They’re high in potassium, vitamins, biotin, fiber, and copper. They are low in cholesterol and sodium, but because of their high sugar content, bananas should be given as a treat, not part of your dog’s regular diet. Read more >

Watermelon – Yes. It’s important to remove the rind and seeds first, as they can cause intestinal blockage, but watermelon is otherwise safe for dogs. It’s full of vitamin A, B-6, and C, as well as potassium. Watermelon is 92 percent water, so it’s a great way to keep your dog hydrated on hot summer days. Read more >

Grapes – No. Grapes and raisins have proved to be very toxic for dogs no matter the dog’s breed, sex, or age. In fact, grapes are so toxic that they can lead to acute sudden kidney failure. Definitely skip this dangerous treat. Read More >

Strawberries – Yes. Strawberries are full of fiber and vitamin C. Along with that, they also contain an enzyme that can help whiten your dog’s teeth as he or she eats them. They are high in sugar though, so be sure to give them in moderation. Read More >

Oranges – Yes. Small dogs can have up to 1/3 of a full-size orange, while large dogs can eat the whole thing. While the peel isn’t toxic to them, vets recommend tossing the peel and just giving your dog the inside of the orange, minus the seeds, as the peel is much more rough on their digestive systems than the fleshy inside of the orange. Read More >

Blueberries – Yes. Blueberries are a superfood rich in antioxidants, which prevent cell damage in humans and canines alike. They’re packed with fiber and phytochemicals as well. Teaching your dog to catch treats in the air? Try blueberries as an alternative to store-bought treats. Read More >

Carrots – Yes. Carrots are an excellent low-calorie snack that is high in fiber and beta-carotene, which produces vitamin A. Plus, crunching on the orange snacks is great for your dog’s teeth. Read More >

Tomatoes – No. While the ripened fruit of the tomato plant (the red part humans normally eat) is generally considered safe for dogs, the green parts of the plant contain a toxic substance called solanine. While a dog would need to eat a large amount for it to make him or her sick, it’s better to skip tomatoes all together just to be safe. Read More >

Pineapple – Yes. A few chunks of pineapple is a great sweet treat for dogs as long as the prickly outside is removed first. The tropical fruit is full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. It also contains bromelain, an enzyme that makes it easier for dogs to absorb proteins.  Read More >

Avocado – No. While avocado may be a healthy snack for dog owners, it should not be given to dogs at all. The pit, skin and leaves of avocados contain Persin, a toxin that often causes vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. The fleshy inside of the fruit doesn’t have as much Persin as the rest of the plant, but it is still too much for dogs to handle.

Broccoli – Yes, broccoli is safe for dogs to eat in very small quantities and is best served as an occasional treat. It is high in fiber and vitamin C and low in fat. On the surface, this makes it an appealing choice for dog owners looking for a healthy dog treat, but broccoli also contains a potentially harmful ingredient. Broccoli florets contain isothiocyanates, which can cause mild-to-potentially-severe gastric irritation in some dogs. Also, broccoli stalks have been known to cause obstruction in the esophagus. Read More >

Mushrooms – No. Wild mushrooms can be toxic for dogs. While only 50 to 100 of the 50,000 mushroom species worldwide are known to be toxic, the ones that are can really hurt your dog or even lead to death. Washed mushrooms from the supermarket could be OK, but it’s better to be safe than sorry; skip out on the fungi all together.

Cucumbers – Yes. Cucumbers are especially good for overweight dogs, as they hold little to no carbohydrates, fats, or oils and can even boost energy levels. They’re loaded with vitamins K, C, and B1, as well as potassium, copper, magnesium, and biotin.

Celery – Yes. In addition to vitamins A, B, and C, this crunchy green snack contains the nutrients needed to promote a healthy heart and even fight cancer. As if that wasn’t enough, celery also known to freshen doggy breath.

Onions – No. Onions, leeks, and chives are part of a family of plants called Allium that is poisonous to most pets, especially cats. Eating onions can cause your dog’s red blood cells to rupture, and can also cause vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, and nausea. Poisoning onions is more serious in Japanese breeds of dogs such as Akitas and Shiba Inus, but all dogs are very susceptible to it.

Pears – Yes. Pears are a great snack because they’re high in copper, vitamins C and K, and fiber. It’s been suggested that eating the fruit can reduce the risk of having a stroke by 50 percent. Just be sure to cut pears into bite-size chunks and remove the pit and seeds first, as the seeds contain traces of cyanide.

Potatoes – Yes. It’s fine to give your dog plain potatoes every once and a while, but only if they’re cooked, as raw potatoes can be rough on the stomach. A washed, peeled, plain boiled, or baked potato contains lots of iron for your pet. Avoid mashed potatoes because they often contain butter, milk, or seasonings.

Cherries – No. With the exception of the fleshy part around the seed, cherry plants contain cyanide and are toxic to dogs. Cyanide disrupts cellular oxygen transport, which means that your dog’s blood cells can’t get enough oxygen. If your dog eats cherries, be on the lookout for dilated pupils, difficulty breathing, and red gums, as these may be signs of cyanide poisoning.

Peaches – Yes. Small amounts of cut-up peaches are a great source of fiber and vitamin A, and can even help fight infections, but just like cherries, the pit does contain cyanide. As long as you completely cut around the pit first, fresh peaches can be a great summer treat – just not canned peaches, as they usually contain high amounts of sugary syrups.

Asparagus – No. While asparagus isn’t necessarily unsafe for dogs, there’s really no point in giving it to them. It’s too tough to be eaten raw, and by the time you cook it down so it’s soft enough for dogs to eat, asparagus loses the nutrients it contains. If you’re determined to give your dogs vegetables, go for something that will actually benefit them.

Sweet potatoes – Yes. Sweet potatoes are packed with nutrients, including fiber, beta carotene, and vitamins B-6 and C. Just like with regular potatoes, only give your dog washed, peeled, cooked, and unseasoned sweet potatoes that have cooled down, and definitely avoid sugary sweet potato pies and casseroles.

Raspberries – Yes. Raspberries are fine in moderation. They contain antioxidants that are great for dogs. They’re low in sugar and calories, but high in fiber, manganese, and vitamin C. Raspberries are especially good for senior dogs because they have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help take pain and pressure from joints. However, they do contain slight amounts of the toxin Xylitol, so limit your dog to less than a cup of raspberries at a time.

Mango – Yes. This sweet summer treat is packed with four, yes four different vitamins: vitamins A, B6, C, and E. They also have potassium and both beta-carotene and alpha carotene. Just remember, as with most fruits, to remove the hard pit first, as it contains small amounts of cyanide and can become a choking hazard.

DAY 5 – TREATS AND GOODIES VERSES DIGESTION

With all the Festivities at Christmas time we want to treat our pets and make them feel extra special and like us and rightly so.

Some of our furry friends could pretty much eat anything and not have any problems at all!  I've owned a few Labradors in my time and they certainly seemed to be human dustbins with little or no problem no matter what they managed to find and eat!

However in general,  the rule of thumb that vets advise is only give treats and goodies up to 10% of your dog or cat’s overall diet.

This is because any new food or treat we introduce may have an impact on their digestive system, this is true of any age dog but particularly worth noting in younger dogs, puppies and senior dogs where the digestive system may be extra sensitive.  With these age ranges take extra care and try and keep treats and goodies as natural as possible.

However, I always recommend to my customers to keep a probiotic syringe paste in their cupboards in the event that there is an incident needing attention in the toilet department! The digestive system may need abit of rebalancing from time to time and probiotics contain a high proportion of good gut bacteria as well as a clay base which helps to absorb excess fluid.  Keep at room temperature though or the clay will go solid and nothing will come out!  We suggest a probiotic that has been through a rigorous approval process to make sure it is of the highest standards and correct quality.   There are only two strains of probiotic that have been approved and we use one of the strains in our probiotics to stock up visit www.broadreachnatureplus.co.uk

DAY 4 – PARTY TIME THE DO’S AND THE DON’T’S

We all know Christmas is a time for families, get togethers and Parties, in making merry and enjoying having fun and treating ourselves to a little more than usual.

This is great fun and for some pets also a great opportunity to make the most of all the attention but for some it can be a difficult and stressful time, full of worry which can lead to behavioural issues such as:

Shaking

Cowering in the corner or going to hide under something

Jumping at any loud or unusual noises

Salivating or mock digging if in the house

If you have an Pet that is sensitive or worries then there are afew things that can help.

Give them a safe place (a den) that they know is theirs their sanctuary that you don’t allow any people or children to invade.  This can be a crate covered with a blanket or throw or under a table with a comfy pastic or fabric bed in somewhere out of the way that is quiet if at all possible.  Leave a side light on or night light if they prefer and perhaps some calm music on the radio to help them .

A plug in diffuser can help such as adaptil or pet remedy and Relax and Calm Care capsules if given afew days before can help them through this difficult time. If cats the liquid version of the Calm Care will be easier to give.  Make sure they have access to fresh water to drink too.  They can drink a lot more when they are stressed.

If your having a party try and give them a long walk earlier in the day so that they are more likely to relax in the evening.

Make your guests aware that they are not to go into that room to say hello to the dog or give them fuss as this is likely to make them more anxious as they may not know the people.  Particularly children can be very erratic and unpredictable with their movements.

Even with a confident animal if you do allow them to join in the party  do have some rules about how your special pet is treated, particularly by children.  Make sure the children know not to try and hug and squeeze the dog or try and pat the dogs head with their hand coming down on top of the head rather than from underneath and calmly stroking the dog .  No rough play and any under 5’s have someone supervise them and the dog particularly when there is any food around as even the best behaved dog can sometimes forget their manners and go to snatch food out of a hand if it is brought close enough to them.

All these things considered you will have a happy successful party and a happy or happier pooch or cat.

DAY 3 - GAMES AND TREATS

Like us, dogs and cats love games and enjoy using their minds to work things out. It is often highly under-estimated how important it is for a dog or cat to play which will help them achieve

Improved concentration

Be more relaxed in the house

Help correct behavioural issues such as destroying parts of the house when bored. 

Reduce stress and anxiety levels and to improve habits such as digging, chewing and spinning (where dogs run round and round in an excited state)

For a generally happier Pet

Games to introduce –

When training a puppy we reward the correct behaviour with a treat and the same goes for when we introduce new things to encourage the good and hopefully ignore the bad so get some treats in your pockets as well as poo bags for when you take your dog out on a walk.

Get them to use their mind by asking them some sit and stay commands.  Depending on their level of training ask them to fetch a ball.   Ask them to sit whilst you go and hide the ball somewhere not too difficult for them to find then give them a release word such as find or search and let them try and find it.  You will be surprised how much a dog will need to concentrate and use their mind to do this.  They love it if they are toy focused.  If they are treat focused they will still do it looking forward to their treat at the end for bringing it back to you.  Even if they don’t bring it back but find it still treat them as they have found what you had asked them to find.

With every walk ideally should be a time to play some of it free play where they can just run around and some of it where they need to concentrate and stimulate their minds.  

The same goes for when they are in the house. 

House Games

You can now buy some great mind activity games for both dogs and cats.  Try and get a couple that you can bring out every now and again to give them a change.   Have a treat ball that perhaps one of their meals in the day can go in so they have to work abit more for it and it entertains them at the same time.

Another great game and no cost is to have some of their treats (only 2 or 3 under a plastic cup or cardboard box,   hide them under two or three of these cardboard boxes around the house or more if you find your pet loves the game and then let them go and search for them.

Kongs are a great idea too where you can put some of their food inside.

Empty plastic bottles are great too.  Take the cap off first to make sure they won’t swallow it by accident and then let they roll them, crunch them, play with them.  They will love it.

DAY 2 –  TREATS AND GOODIES

Treats and Goodies that are good for your dog and also ones not so good!

We all want to treat our beloved pets and give them something special,  particularly during the Christmas Season when we all want to have that extra special something.

But have you ever looked at the ingredients on the back of some of the treats that you buy in the pet stores?

They can look colourful and tasty from the outside but if they have ingredients such as artificial preservatives, colourants or flavours that are not natural you may find these additives can affect your dog’s behaviour or even their health.  

The other thing to look out for is Animal derivatives – if these are made into treats and in fact are in the more budget ranges of dog feeds be aware that these are made from the bits of the animals no-one else wants, mushed up into a paste and artificial flavours added to make them palatable to the dog or cat.   This too can affect your lovely pet’s behaviour.

 

On a brighter note however, more and more customers are looking for natural treats and quality feed for their special pets and this in turn is leading to a happier and healthier life for them.

So when looking for their Christmas goodies look out for anything that says natural,  avoid artificial additives, natural preservatives are fine,  look for products that are just meat or have meat and vegetables in or if you want to make your own treats how about having a go at the recipe below:-

 

Christmas Turkey Treats (grain free)

Ingredients

2 cups cooked Turkey, cut up

2 garlic cloves

1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped small

2 eggs

2 cups potato flour

2 tbsp brewers yeast

2tbsp vegetable oil

Organic Coconut Oil to grease baking sheet

Directions

Combine Turkey, garlic, parsley and mix well

Beat the eggs in a bowl and pour over Turkey mixture.

Add flour, yeast and oil

Stir until thoroughly mixed and all ingredients are coated.

Drop into small lumps onto coconut oil greased baking sheet

Cook in 180C oven for approx. 20 mins until brown and firm

Store in refrigerator (bring up to room temperature before feeding)

 

 

DAY 1 – TOYS and Christmas Recipe for a Kong Filler

Thinking about what Toys to buy your pooch.  Look for items that are not easily destructible.  If they have a squeaker in the toy watch they don’t break the outer layer to reach the squeaker which is plastic and if digested could cause a blockage. 

Rope toys are a good alternative as are Kongs filled with a natural  filler rather than the pastes you can buy which can be full of additives and preservatives and also some are very rich which can cause digestive upsets in sensitive or young digestive systems

A hollow toy such as a Kong is a great way to keep your dog entertained either as a general form of amusement for them or if you find they need entertaining whilst you are out to stop them getting bored.   These treat based toys are also a great way of teaching a puppy that its ok to be left as there are other things to do to distract them.  Great as a crate training aid too.

You can also buy the hollow treat based balls that roll around and drop treats as they go.  These need to be filled with dry small treats only,  not wet treats otherwise they will stick.

Avoid any cheese based treats or fillers as dogs cannot digest lactose which is found in cheese.

Recipe for a Christmas filler to go in a Kong Toy or other hollow toy – that they will love!

Smear the inside of the Kong first with a little bit of coconut oil as one its really good for them and secondly it will help the yummy treat filler to come out.

Then mix up some fresh cooked Turkey with some of their usual food soaked with water from the kettle so it goes mushy and mix it all together.  Push this into the Kong or hollow toy and watch them enjoy it!

If you use hot water from the kettle it will soak the food and melt the fats on the food to make it smell yummy.  Leave it to cool before using.  They can have it warm or cool but not hot or really cold. 

Turkey and/or Chicken are some of the kindest meats to a dogs digestion and at this time of year why not make it turkey for a Christmas Kong!   

Did you know that Turkey contains a naturally high level of L-Tryptophan which is a calming ingredient found naturally in Turkey.     We use this in our own Calm Care and Relax and Calm Care supplements for Dogs and Cats.  No wonder after Christmas dinner we all just want to sit in front of the TV all afternoon !  Turkey is also a very low fat meat so great for any doggies not wanting to put on too much weight!

An alternative to this is to use tuna or sardines from a tin and do the same mixing with some of their own food into a paste if you want a special fishy alternative.

Did you know that fish particularly Sardines is a very good source of EPA and DHA so great Omega oils for their skin and coat and help joints too!

 

Next Tips will be posted tomorrow….

DOGFEST WINDSOR 2016

This year Broadreach Nature + were very fortunate to have a stand at Dogfest Windsor 2016. Although the rain and mud tried it’s hardest to dampen spirits we at the Broadreach Nature + stand persevered through it all and the sun did make an appearance on the Sunday.

We had some great people on our stand sharing their expertise with all those that visited and we couldn’t be more thankful for their input.

Sue Tasker from Pet Positive was on hand throughout Saturday to offer expert Training and Behavioural advice to the many visitors and their dogs as well as information on the various excellent training aids available to purchase on the day.

Thanks go to Claire and Jordon from Petiques who did a marvelous job on Saturday offering some very interesting bespoke items for sale including beautiful handmade dog beds and cushions. Have a look at their online store and spoil your furry family.

The Sunday saw Donna Wills of Animal Physiotherapy join us. She gave taster sessions for the luxury massages at the show and donated 10% of the price to Noel Fitzpartic’s Humanimal Trust. All the dogs and puppies had a great time.

We are also pleased to hear that she received great feedback and support for the Puppy Massage DVD.

 

In addition, Naomi and Emily helped out on the Sunday as well with advice on Dog Grooming and caring for your dogs. Polly the Cockapoo who is also our Broadreach Nature + mascot  was there too and entered into the prettiest dog competition.

As for Broadreach Nature +  not only were our All Natural Pet Supplements very well received but our new Organic Raw Coconut Oil was a huge success with many questions asked and samples given out – it proved a real hit with all those that visited.

 

But we couldn’t leave it there, some more exciting news from the event, our training treats were used by Lindsay Arliss of the Dog Agility team and the Staffie Display Team who came and had their photo taken with us. They have had a busy summer already with Pets in the Park offering ‘Have a go at Agility’ at Cherry Hinton Park and at Dog Fest Windsor where they did the Staffie Display in the main ring.  They will also be attending the Just Dogs Live event  at the East of England Showground 8-10 July 2016. We know their dogs will love receiving our Broadreach Nature + Training and Reward Treats  as they are such great All Natural products with either 80% Fish or 80% Poultry – super tasty for your dogs.

We also had a visit from Jo Gask who will be stocking our products in her new shop which is about to open in

Teignmouth Devon called The Health Pet Shop – we wish her all the best!  We couldn’t resist also posting a photo of one of her gorgeous dogs that she brought with her on the day.

 

Once again a huge thank you to all our guests who helped out on the stand, you were an amazing help and made Dogfest a very enjoyable and successful event for the Broadreach Nature + Team.