COME ALONG AND SEE US AT THESE UPCOMING EVENTS:
We're excited to announce that we will be at Crufts this year - Hall 1 Stand 90.
- Watch over 22,000 dogs compete for the World Famous Title of Crufts Best In Show
- Enjoy hundreds of shopping stands and grab some pawsome show deals
- Watch hundreds of talented pups take their moment to shine in agility, flyball, heelwork to music and obedience displays
- Meet over 200 different dog breeds at the Discover Dogs Area
Buy tickets now at www.crufts.org.uk
PATS international Trade Show at Sandown Park, on 20th and 21st March 2018
We are exhibiting at PATS Sandown 2018. The UK’s Spring Pet Trade Event!
PATS is the UK’s largest dedicated pet trade exhibition with more than 140UK and International exhibitors.
If you’re thinking of becoming a retailer of Broadreach Nature + then this is one for you – come and see our stand and chat to us more about the great opportunities.
Pets in the Park
We're at Pets in the Park - the annual event hosted by The Friends of Cherry Hinton Hall.
With an assortments of classes like the Best Veteran, Waggiest Tail, Best Rescue and the Cutest Puppy to name but a few! Fun classes to test your pet on the Sausage Recall, Musical Sit and many more with demonstrations from the experts.
Dog Fest South (Knebworth Hall) on 7th and 8th July 2018
We're very excited to be at Dogfest Knebworth Hall again this year.
Hosted by Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, The Supervet, DogFest is the paw-fect day out for dog lovers, providing a fun-filled, action packed day out for you and your dog!
Expect amazing displays, activities, expert advice, shopping, music and much more! Find out more here.
Woodgreen Show July & November 2018
Once again we will be attending the Woodgreen Show in July and November 2018. From humble beginnings in 1924 Wood Green, The Animals Charity has grown to become one of the leading animal welfare organisations in the UK.
Come and see more - for further information visit www.woodgreen.org.uk
Bournemouth Canine Association Championship Dog Show from Sat 11th August to Monday 13th August.
Saturday 11th — Utility & Gundog Groups
Sunday 12th — Toy & Hound Groups
Monday 13th — Terrier, Pastoral & Working Groups
Judging starts at 0930
Ample car parking at £7 for the day
Spectator dogs are welcome at £5. You just need to complete a declaration at the gate.
Snack Bars, Restaurant, Licensed Bar
Lots of stands selling anything & everything for you and your dog.
Show ground phone number Noon Friday to Monday, office hours 07784 651 882
Ashwell Show Monday 28th August 2018
We're once again at the Ashwell Show on Monday 28th August. Run entirely by volunteers, Ashwell Show is fast reaching its 100th year. In recent years we have revamped and redesigned the whole show to cater for all ages and tastes take a look here www.ashwellshow.co.uk
Not only are we at PATS Sandown but PATS Telford will see us there as well on 23 - 24 September 2018.
If you are serious about stocking pet products, only PATS has all the brands under one roof. With hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of products PATS gives you the opportunity to do business with the whole pet trade. Find out more here: www.patshow.co.uk
Gransden Show - September 29th 2018
We're at the Gransden and District Agricultural Society’s Annual Show which takes place in the village of Great Gransden on the Cambridgeshire/Bedfordshire border, by kind permission of Messrs. J B Brown and sons. It’s one of the very few events of its type still being run on a regular basis in the UK. Gransden Show offers exhibitors a wide range of classes to enter, including Horses and Ponies; Rare and Native Breeds of Cattle; Commercial Sheep; Produce and Home Fare; Pigeons; Poultry; a Dog Show; and many others. There are also special classes for children’s entries. The Show is supported by a wide range of trade stands, refreshment facilities, and children’s entertainments. It represents a great day out for the whole family, so please come and join us. Find out more here www.gransdenshow.org.uk
We've got a stand at the Croydon Christmas Bazaar
All Saints Church Christmas Bazaar - This Saturday 2nd December, Reading Room, 2- 4.30pm
AN OCCASION FOR ALL - INCLUDING FATHER CHRISTMAS!
Come along for a festive afternoon of fun for all ages.
Meet Father Christmas who is arriving in style!
Enjoy a glass of mulled wine, hot sausage rolls, mince pies, apple cake - all served with a smile by Father Christmas's not so little helpers!
A variety of things to buy including Christmas gifts, Decorations, Cakes large & small and even Doggy Christmas Treats and other surprises as well as a Raffle and Tombola
Please come along and enjoy an afternoon of Christmas Cheer, Goodies and great bargains - or simply to meet your neighbours!
Details From Di 01223 208042
Wood Green Christmas Extravaganza, 26 November 2017
We're at the Wood Green Christmas Extravaganza again this year.
FREE ENTRY! Get into the festive spirit and join us at our indoor Christmas Market. With over 50 stalls selling a wide range of products from gifts, homeware and stationery, to presents for your precious pets, you’ll be sure to find the perfect gift for the whole family all under one roof. Plus enjoy a visit to Santa’s Grotto.
Find out more here.
London Vet Show 16th - 17th November, Excel Centre London
National Pet Show, 4-5 November 2017, NEC Birmingham
We've got a stand at the National Pet Show - but what's it all about?
IT'S THE HOME OF THE CUTE & CUDDLY AND THE WEIRD & WONDERFUL!
See animal experts and celebrities, including the Supervet Professor Noel Fitzpatrick who will be presenting Noel Fitzpatrick Live, and TV presenter Michaela Strachan who is hosting SuperDogs Live. Get up close and personal to find out more about favourite pet and how to take care of them.
Watch amazing animal performances including dog stars of TV and film, birds of prey displays including beautiful owls and SuperDogs Live - with some of the most skilled and heroic dogs in the UK showcasing their talents.
Whether you like dogs, cats, rats, rabbits, reptiles, ponies, fish, chickens or chinchillas (and lots more animals!) - the National Pet Show promises to be a great day out for any animal lover!
TICKETS FOR THE NATIONAL PET SHOW AT NEC, BIRMINGHAM ON 4 & 5 NOVEMBER 2017 ARE NOW AVAILABLE!!
Discover Dogs - 21-22 October 2017, Excel Centre, London
Come say hi, we're at Stand TS216
A great day out for all and under 8's go free. Get tickets here:
- The UK's favourite crossbreeds battle it out for a place at Crufts
- Bring your kids to our Kids Zone for face painting, arts and crafts and prize draws
- Meet our Instagram famous Roving Reporters
- Watch the top agility canine athletes in action in the main arena
- Pet A Puppy at our Stressbuster Clinic
- Junior Warrant Competition
- Metropolitan Police Dog Display
- Young Kennel Club ‘Have a Go’ ring
NOTE: Unfortunately no dogs, other than those that have been invited by the Kennel Club and Assistance Dogs, are permitted into the show.
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.
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?
Cambourne Village Fete, Cambourne – 9th September
Great day out for all visit their Facebook Page. We look forward to seeing you all there!
Ramsey Dog Show and Family Day
29 May 2016 - Ramsey
Great day out for all the family and free entry to the Ramsey Rural Museum. Launching our All Natural Dog Training Treats and Organic Coconut Oil for Dogs.
Saturday 18th June 2016
The Friends of Cherry Hinton Hall are organising their annual event, Pets in the Park featuring The Turbo Trust Dog Show, on Saturday 18th June from
12 – 6pm. With an assortments of classes like the Best Veteran, Waggiest Tail, Best Rescue and the Cutest Puppy to name but a few! Fun classes to test your pet on the Sausage Recall, Musical Sit and many more with demonstrations from the experts. Registration for classes at 12 noon.
25 & 26 June 2016 - Windsor Berkshire
The UKs Summer Festival for Dogs!
DogFest is a fun-filled, action packed day for you and your dog, hosted by Channel 4's Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick!
Animal Fun Day
Sunday 4th September 2016
Wood Green Animal Shelter, Godmanchester
We will be at the Wood Green Animal Fun Day - a great day out for the whole family with plenty of fun packed activities to enjoy and take part in.
Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th November
Woodgreen Animal Shelter, Godmanchester
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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:
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
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.
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)
2 cups cooked Turkey, cut up
2 garlic cloves
1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped small
2 cups potato flour
2 tbsp brewers yeast
2tbsp vegetable oil
Organic Coconut Oil to grease baking sheet
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)