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Help Your Dog to Stop Scratching

Unfortunately itchy, flaky or dry and sensitive skin is all too common in dogs of all ages and something many owners struggle with – it is not nice for the dog, and it is not fun for you to deal with either!

There can be many contributing factors, ranging from parasites to allergies, that it’s important to get a proper diagnosis from the vet. That way you can choose the correct treatment.

If your dog has itchy skin, some symptoms are: Regular scratching and licking of paws or parts of the body. Recurrent ear problems Inflamed or cracked skin Dandruff when you part the fur.

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(Source: Lily’s Kitchen)

Common Allergies:

One common allergy, that can trigger itchy skin is house dust mites, grasses and pollens and other environmental allergens.  True food allergies are quite uncommon and can include allergies to various meats or other proteins.

Diet and itchy skin:

Lily’s has a choice that has been specially formulated to help minimise possible discomfort associated with food intolerance and helps support your dog’s sensitive skin. The food is wholesome and doesn’t contain any fillers or artificial additives, just 100% natural ingredients + vitamins and minerals of the highest quality. So it’s perfect for sensitive stomachs too.

One of the most important dietary needs for a healthy, shiny, itch free skin and coat is high quality, digestible ingredients that are packed full of phytonutrients and essential fatty acids.

You’ll find a good balance of Omega 3 & 6 in the following recipes:

- Adult Free Run Chicken & Duck Grain Free Dry Food

- Fishy Fish Pie with Peas

- Fish Supper With Garden Greens & Herbs

These foods are highly palatable and digestible, along with the fact that the food contains a restricted number of proteins, helps reduce possible skin discomfort. The food contains no added wheat gluten*, no beef or dairy products, and contains no added artificial colours or preservatives.

The food contains a combination of key nutrients including omega 3 and 6 fatty acids in the form of fish oils and flax oil, as well as borage and evening primrose oils and vitamin E. such as omega fatty acids, specific vitamins and minerals that target and help support skin health.

The blend of zand vitamins A and E: These help in the production of new skin cells, cell growth and aid repair.

Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids helps support natural anti-inflammatory processes, it also help promote a shiny and healthy coat and skin. In addition, did you know that 95% of each dog’s hair is composed of protein, so all of these nutrients alongside a high quality protein source like salmon could make a difference to your dog’s skin?

Finally, it is worth remembering that Lily’s is sold as a complete food and comes in puppy, adult and senior versions – so however old your dog is there should be a product in the range which will be ideal for them! So why not give it a go today and let us know how you get on?

Reward System

Pet Stop also has exclusive reward cards where if you buy THREE 12KG bags you get a 2.5KG bag free OR buy TEN 400g tins and get your Next one Free

Available at: Pet Stop

Posted 65 weeks ago

Dangers of Giving Your Dog Rawhide

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Rawhide treats are very popular for dogs, many owners opting for these over other alternatives due to convenience & cost and not knowing the risk associated with these treats. They are seen as a perfect solution to entertain your pooch for long period of time. Rawhide treats may seem like the perfect solution for puppies that like to chew, and boisterous dogs with lots of energy. However, there are many dangers of giving your dog rawhide that you may not be aware of:

Choking

You may use rawhide chews to keep your dog out of trouble when you aren’t home. However, most chews actually warn you not to give them to your dog unsupervised. As the dog chews the rawhide and bites pieces off, it can become a choking hazard. The pieces can become lodged in the throat and block their airway. It can also become lodged in their digestive tract. This can lead to expensive surgeries or even death.

Digestion

Rawhide treats are made from the inner layer of hide from horses or cows. The hide is cut or ground up, and then pressed into different shapes. Sometimes flavoring is added to make them more appealing. This material is extremely hard to digest. If the ingest too much rawhide, it can cause gastrointestinal issues like diarrhea.

Rawhide can swell up to four times its original size in your dog’s stomach, risking the formation of life threatening blockages

Dogs can and will chew off and swallow large pieces of rawhide which can get stuck in their esophagus, stomach or intestines. This often requires surgical removal

Contamination

Most people aren’t aware of the dangerous contaminants that can be hidden in rawhide chews. The problem is that many of these chews are manufactured outside of the U.S., where there are fewer regulations about contamination. Rawhide chews have been found to contain antibiotics, insecticides, and even arsenic. These can all be very harmful to your dog. They can cause symptoms like dehydration, diarrhea, and vomiting.

Bacteria can also grow on the chew. When your dog chews on it, they can ingest this harmful bacteria and become sick.

Alternatives

There are a few healthy alternatives to rawhide.

Antlers: These are from elk or deer. They won’t splinter or create much odor, and they have nooks and crannies that really help get your dog’s teeth clean. Be sure to get the naturally-shed ones for extra kindness!

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Chewroot: Harvested by hand from tree roots, in protected areas to ensure there is no damage to the roots system of the tree’s or forests, only the tuber of the root is harvested which then sprouts again, making them eco-sustainable.

- Natural Toothbrush, - Will Not Splinter, - Extremely Durable, - Long Lasting -  100% Untreated, - Suitable For All dogs – Including Puppies

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Coffee Wood: these are made from branch’s from the coffee bean plant. These are harvested, annually, from managed stock does not splinter, which is why it is such a good choice of wood chew for dogs. These are not processed in any way, simply graded, dried and sanded, to give a healthy, safe and satisfying chew for any dog.Natural, ethical, sustainable.

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Smart Bones: are made from healthy ingredients outer layer is made of wholesome, real vegetables including sweet potatoes, peas and carrots. This delicious outer layer is combined with an irresistible inner layer made of chicken, for a scrumptious taste dogs can’t resist! These are also easy to digest, which means that they will very seldom cause an upset stomach or loose stool. SmartBones even exceed the digestibility level of most dog foods.

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Kong: These are the rubber oblong toys that you can be stuffed with treats and various spreads to keep your dog occupied and chewing for hours! They are billed as being indestructible, so there are no concerns about choking or digestion (except for whatever you put in it).

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Marrow Bones: These are femurs or hip bones that are thick and filled with marrow. Keep them in the freezer, and then offer one to your dog with supervision. Just beware: they are really messy!

Rawhide may be convenient, but it isn’t worth risking your dog’s health and safety.

Posted 65 weeks ago

 About Pet Stop:

Pet stop is the inspiration of Norman the rescue Rottweiler. Being the cheeky chappy that he is, he found chewing his lead into bits highly amusing. With nowhere local to purchase a replacement Pet Stop was born, our local Pet Shop in Tynemouth for all your pet needs.

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