Tag Archive for 'dog health'

Understanding Fleas

As most pet owners are aware, flea infestations are quite a nuisance. They are capable of causing a range of problems to both pets and pet owners, so keeping them under control is a definitely a necessity. This article will briefly explore the problems fleas can cause, the fleas lifecycle, and methods of prevention.

 

The Problems They Cause

Irritation– Fleas have sucking mouthparts which are inserted into the skin for them to feed on blood and their saliva contains anticoagulants to keep blood flowing to the bite site. The action of the mouthpart insertion and anticoagulant chemicals leads to itching and irritation.

Dermatitis– Some pets will develop an allergic reaction to the flea bite which can lead to skin conditions such as flea bite dermatitis.

Anemia– Anemia means a below normal count of red blood cells. If exposed to severe infestations the feeding fleas can significantly reduce ... Click here to read more....

Winter Warmers – Dog Coasts and PJ’s

Winter is here and Paddington Pups has got your dog’s back, literally.

We have stocked up with dog coats and are ready to keep your pup warm during the cold season. We have brought in a range of Hamish McBeth dog coats and pyjamas. These dog clothes are designed for easy and comfortable wearing without the need for fasteners or harnesses. This makes it quick and simple to get on your dog so they can start feeling cosy.

The polyester fleece is hypoallergenic and is safe for most dogs with skin allergies. Hamish McBeth clothing comes in sizes ranging from 30cm to 80cm in length. This makes them perfect for almost all breeds and age groups.

The microfibre they are made from is very soft but also durable and is perfect for protecting your dog from the biting cold of winter wind.

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Getting The Most Out of Your Doggy Daycare Experience

At Paddington Pups we want to ensure that your dog and you have the best experience possible with us. We often get asked questions by customers, who may be experiencing some concerns, or are feeling unsure about anything we are always happy to discuss your dog’s care with you.

We thought we would answer some of the most commonly asked questions in this article, as you may just be wondering about them too.

“My dog has an injury; I wonder if they can look after him/her today?”

Depending on the severity of the injury or illness, We sure can! We are able to pop your pooch in a section with a smaller number of quieter dogs to ensure they still get some gentle doggy socialisation. This also goes for dogs that’ve been de-sexed and need to wear the trusty “cone of shame”! Please just give us a call to make ... Click here to read more....

Grooming Corner ~ Information on the questions you may not want to ask ~ Anal Glands.

Dogs such amazing, loving and smelly creatures. Smelly doesn’t even begin to describe what anal glands are. They are little sacks just inside the anus that produce a liquid that is expelled when the dog does its business. Dogs are supposed to be able to expel the anal glands, but sometimes humans have to help.

 

I’m sure you’ve all seen a dog scoot across the floor, that is a major sign that your dog needs its anal glands looked at. At Paddington Pups we can express them externally, while your local vet will do them internally. The difference being the vet will just get more out of the anal glands.

 

Unfortunately, sometimes there are no symptoms and your dog will get let the anal glands go, and the contents of them will drain out, maybe on your sofa or in your car. So next time you get your ... Click here to read more....

Cutest Mature Dog Competition Winners

At the end of March, we announced the winners of our “Cutest Mature Dog” photo competition on social media! We had a great response and had the pleasure of going through lots of adorable dog photos. We would like to thank everyone who entered the competition. Picking the winners has been very hard, and we had many debates over who should come out on top. The winners walked about with some free Science Diet Youthful Vitality dog food!

 

Winning the the most competitive division, the small dogs, was Princesa the Maltese. This photo of Princesa is just adorable. We loved her dreamy far off look towards the sea. Not to mention her great hair style! Princesa comes into Paddington Pups for her regular grooms and pampering. And gosh does she like getting pampered and cuddled. Congratulations little Princesa!

 

Lily, the Border Collie, won the medium dog division. And ... Click here to read more....

Anaesthesia-Free Dental is Back at Paddington Pups ~ Monday May 14th! Paddington Pups is excited to announce that we will be offering Anesthesia-free dental cleaning in store once again! This service is great as it requires the administration of no anesthesia or sedative drugs what-so-ever, which is ideal for at risk patients, such as elderly dogs or dogs with heart, liver or kidney disease. Our next available day for this service will be next Monday 14th May and bookings can be made either in-store or by contacting us on 3369 0699. Just be quick as the date is fast approaching. The service includes a complete dental scale and polish by a professional canine dental hygienist. Your pup would also be more than welcome to spend the day in day care.

Paddington Pups is excited to announce that we will be offering Anesthesia-free dental cleaning in store once again! This service is great as it requires the administration of no anesthesia or sedative drugs what-so-ever, which is ideal for at risk patients, such as elderly dogs or dogs with heart, liver or kidney disease.

Our next available day for this service will be next Monday 14th May and bookings can be made either in-store or by contacting us on 3369 0699. Just be quick as the date is fast approaching. The service includes a complete dental scale and polish by a professional canine dental hygienist. Your pup would also be more than welcome to spend the day in day care.... Click here to read more....

Happy, Healthy Dogs ~ Thundershirts

With Summer storm season still on us, some of our furry family members can get quite stressed out.

At Paddington Pups we are proud to sell Thundershirts to help our anxiety prove friends. Thunderhirts are designed to apply a constant, gentle pressure over dogs’ torsos. This creates a calming effect on dogs. The comforting effects used in Thundershirts has been used successfully for many years in humans and other animals, most notable example being people with autism using pressure to relieve chronic anxiety.

 

No training is required for Thundershirts! Just put ThunderShirt onto your dog, and you will likely see results during the very first usage. However, for some, it may take two to three usages to see maximum results. For some more serious anxiety cases, such as severe separation anxiety, you should consult a/your dog trainer for plans to integrate your ThunderShirt into a training program.

 

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How to correctly use a clicker or marker

Training Tips with Todd  ~ How to correctly use a clicker or marker

Have you ever been flicking through Facebook and have come across a video of a dog riding a skateboard better than you ever could? Or putting their favourite toy bear in a pram and pushing it along? Then after the video has finished, you wonder, “I wish my dog could do that!”. Well, the good news is, with a little bit of time, they probably can!

Last month we covered how to install a marker such as a clicker or verbal cue with your dog so that you can start guiding and shaping their behaviour. If you followed the steps outlined in our last article and your dog has clearly made the connection between the marker and the reward, you are ready to start using it to train your dog to do amazing things!

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Happy, Healthy Dogs ~ Raw Food Diets for dogs

Happy, Healthy Dogs ~ Raw Food Diets for dogs

Raw food diets have always been a standard for working dogs, but lately, the trend has become popular for companion dogs too. The idea is that a dog should be fed a diet more aligned to their evolutionary ancestors. Raw food diets generally consist of uncooked muscle meat, organ meat, vegetables, fruits, and bones (either whole or ground)

The raw food diet has proven to be a controversial topic among vets and dog owners alike. There are benefits for raw food, but risks can be involved too, so its important to understand what research has shown to be the various pros and cons.

Supporters of raw dog food generally claim the following:

 

– Cleaner teeth

– Healthier skin

– Increased energy

– Shinier coats

Exponents of raw food diets sight risks mainly associated with home made raw meals. These threats ... Click here to read more....

Training Tips with Todd ~ Installing a Marker

Training Tips with Todd  ~ Installing a Marker

In last month’s article, we covered the basic thinking pattern of dogs and how important it is to offer clear and consistent guidance in order to get our dogs to display positive behaviours. This month, we will be focusing on how to effectively communicate with our dogs. How do we do that? We first start by teaching them the very basics of communication – ‘Yes’ and ‘No’.

A ‘Marker’ is a sound or word that we will be associating with food, resulting in a tool that we can use to tell our dog, “Yes! What you are doing is great!”. The most common marker that is used in both companion dog and professional dog training is the ‘clicker’. I’m sure you’ve seen these before, they are a simple metal sheet inside a plastic box that makes a distinctive ‘click’ when pressed.

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