All you need to know about Wagglepets

Wagglepets is a complete dog subscription service which will provide everything you need for your canine friend: food, treats, treatments, pet tracker and this ever so important pet insurance.

There is a lot of pet subscription boxes out there at this moment but most of them focus on rewarding your pet, so you receive a selection of treats and toys each month. Wagglepets however are actually providing you with all the essentials you need to buy each month anyway.

We were asked to become a Wagglepets ambassador and try the service for the next six months. Personally I love the idea so how could I refuse such a wonderful offer!

Wagglepets is a complete dog subscription service which will provide everything you need for your canine friend: food, treats, treatments, pet tracker and the ever so important pet insurance.

How does it work?

Well, actually it is all rather straightforward… you fill out a couple of questionnaires about your dog and yourself, you set the start date, you set up a payment plan and then you sit back and wait… After just a few days your welcome box should arrive and with it all you goodies for the next 30 days.

What’s included?

Food
The Wagglepets service is providing dry kibble dog food from the RSPCA, which is actually a great food; it’s hypoallergenic with no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and it does not contain beef, pork, dairy or soya. If you dog has some special dietary requirements, have a chat to the Wagglepets team and they will be able to offer a swap for a brand your dog needs or prefers.

Treats
Within our first box we received a bag of lovely natural training treats and a giant box of dental chews, which will keep Bunk going for the next 28 days.

Other essentials
Your monthly delivery will contain other essentials which might vary from box to box… but you will always get some poo bags 🙂

Treatments
Monthly flea and tick treatments are included within the Wagglepets subscription. Each month you will receive a FLEAaway spot on solution, which will keep any potential nastiest at bay.

Insurance
The insurance is covered by More Th>n; you will receive a phone call just to confirm the details stated within your initial questionnaire. The vet fee cover is £4000 as it is the Classic Cover but if you think you might need an upgrade, again simply have a chat with Wagglepets and I am sure it can be arranged.

Pet Tracker
Wagglepets membership comes with a Whistle Activity Monitor; super funky on-collar device that measures your dog activities including walks, play and rest. I’ve never used anything like it before so I will share my finding about this gadget with you for sure as soon as I have collected some data.

How much does it cost?

The cost of Wagglepets membership depends on the size of your dog and prices start at £50 a month going all the way up to £100 (this is the Bunk size, giant breed, top tier membership cost).
Just doing some quick sums and taking into consideration that we currently spend over £60 a month for Bunks dry food alone, the price of Wagglepets membership adds up to a real bargain.

So what are your initial thoughts on the service?

Would you be tempted by a monthly subscription which covers all your dog essentials?

* If you like the idea of Wagglepets and you want to give them a go, you can use my code: AGATA50 at the checkout, which will give you 50% discount on your first box. Please note, this is NOT an affiliate code and I do not receive any benefits or profit if you use it. The code was given to me to share with you as a part of my ambassador program.

Homemade Turmeric Golden Paste

Turmeric, the spice of life, has countless benefits not only for humans but also for our canine friends. Offering a natural detox, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial aids it helps you keep the heart, liver and digestive system in good health as well as acting as a natural pain relief.

Homemade Turmeric Golden Paste. Turmeric, the spice of life, has countless benefits not only for humans but also for our canine friends. Offering a natural detox, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial aids it helps you keep the heart, liver and digestive system in good health as well as acting as a natural pain relief.With Bunk getting older I worry about him developing arthritis and being in pain, so instead of waiting for the bad times, I decided to act now and take some preventative measures. I used to bake turmeric cookies for them as treats and only treats, so I’ve created this Turmeric Golden Paste, which is much richer in coconut comparing to other recipes out there, as a food additive. Both Lilly and Bunk totally don’t mind it being added to their food and every night their food bowl is licked clean.

Ingredients:

  • 100g organic turmeric
  • 400ml coconut milk
  • 55g raw virgin organic cold presses coconut oil
  • 2tsp fresh ground organic black pepper

About the ingredients: the turmeric has to be organic as you want to get as much curcumin as possible; the coconut oil has to be organic and cold pressed so it retains as much of its beneficial properties as possible and the fresh organic black pepper has to be organic and it has to be freshly ground; the pepper makes the turmeric much more potent so it is a very important addition.

Method:

Place the turmeric and coconut milk in a cooking pot over a low heat. Cook, stirring constantly, for about 8-10 minutes or until the paste is thick.

Remove from the heat and add freshly ground pepper.

Let it cool for about 5 minutes.

After this time add the coconut oil and stir until dissolved and fully incorporated.

Allow to cool completely.

Using a silicone spatula move your creation into an air-tight container and store in the fridge.

Feed daily but do not exceed the daily dosage, which is 1/4tsp per every 10lbs of body mass.

If you are new to turmeric and have never fed it to your dogs before, start slowly with a much lower dosage and let them get used to t. Most dogs do not mind the taste but it might cause some constipation if taken too much too soon. Also, as should be the case in any pet filled household, make sure that there is always plenty of fresh drinking water around for them.

Top 3 Toys for Large & Giant Dogs

Top 3 Toys for Large & Giant DogsIt is common sense that owning a large or giant breed dog will cost more, but as much as we think about food, treats and vet bills we hardly ever consider their toys.

To be honest, finding a suitable toy for my two guys so that they can safely play together for more than 30 minutes was a nightmare.

We used to buy so many different toys that it felt like in bulk, some of them would survive one play session, some wouldn’t even last that long.

I suppose it is different when you have a small dog or even just one dog but when you have two of them and both are super competitive and love playing together, you really need something which will be able to withstand all that power, excitement and strong jaws.

I knew about Kong toys as we have bought some when Bunk was still a puppy but I always felt that they are way overpriced. For the price of one Kong toy I could get three or four different, other brand labelled ones… well, as they say, you get what you pay for. After trying an endless range of cheap toys, we splashed out and started buying Kong products and I have to admit, Kong toys are worth every penny and we have never been disappointed with any of them.

These are the best, virtually indestructible, toys for dogs and so I would love to share with you my top three picks from the Kong collection.

Top 3 Toys for Large And Giant Dogs - Kong Extreme FlyerKong Extreme Flyer

Brilliant! Super soft and super light yet extremely durable. Bunk and Lilly have been pulling and fighting over our flyer for months now and it is still in one piece and it looks like new (well, after a wash that is).

Kong Air Fetch Stick with Rope

This is basically a tennis ball shaped like a stick… and with added rope. Again, the toy is light yet durable plus it floats making it ideal for both land walks and visits to your local water or seaside.

Kong Extreme

We now actually have quite few of them around the house. Some we use as intended for hiding treats in to keep the dog occupied for a while trying to retrieve them, but that isn’t all. When one day we struggled to find a good ball on a rope to play fetch with Lilly (Bunk not so much as he knows he can’t run as fast as Lilly) Mark got an idea… why not attached a piece of rope to one of our Kong’s… so that is exactly what we did. We used a red classic Kong and turned it into a brilliant new toy.

So this is it, my top toys for large and giant dogs.

Top 3 Toys for Large & Giant Dogs - Kong Extreme FlyerTell me, which toys would be on your list?

Are you a fan of Kong toys as well or your pooch is happy with a simple tennis ball?

By the way, I have nothing against tennis balls in general as a toy but with Lilly and Bunk chasing after one the life expectancy is measured in minutes and Bunk can swish it around his mouth and chomp on it like it was a gobstopper.

4 Tips on How to Feed a Dog with Diabetes

Taking care of pets diagnosed with diabetes can be a challenge. In this post, the Coops and Cages content curator, Jordan Walker, shares valuable information on pet care and diet modification for dogs with diabetes.

Taking care of pets diagnosed with diabetes can be a challenge. In this post, the Coops and Cages content curator, Jordan Walker, shares valuable information on pet care and diet modification for dogs with diabetes.

You might want to give your pet everything they want especially when it comes to food; but when your dog has diabetes, that may no longer be the case.

Although diabetes may not be treated completely, there are some things that you can do to manage the condition effectively, so that your pet dog can be healthy and enjoy a normal life.

Give Your Pet a Reduced Quantity of Food

While some diseases can be managed with complementary therapies, diabetes can be managed with the help of diet modification. Weight control is of utmost importance for diabetic dogs because obesity is one of the most common causes for complications.

The specific amount of calories to be taken by your dog is being determined by the veterinarian based on its size, weight and usual activity. Once the normal caloric intake is identified, you need to monitor what your dog eats based on what’s recommended for him. Veterinary nutritionists can also recommend prescription food and recipes specifically formulated for dogs with diabetes.

You can start giving your pet moderate amount of digestible proteins such as lamb, chicken meat, corn gluten, or soya bean meals alternately. If you used to feed your pet a lot for each meal, you may as well gradually decrease this in each meal served until the recommended serving is reached.

Taking care of pets diagnosed with diabetes can be a challenge. In this post, the Coops and Cages content curator, Jordan Walker, shares valuable information on pet care and diet modification for dogs with diabetes.

Feed Your Dog with a High Fibre and Low Fat Diet

Good choice for diabetic diet in dogs consists of moderate fat, high protein from meat, with carbohydrate restriction. Because fatty food can further worsen your dog’s current condition, always make it a point to remove visible fat from the food you serve.

A high fibre diet which includes vegetables (snap peas, carrots), and a small slice of fruit (banana or melon) is also advised because fibre has the ability to slow down the movement of sugar into the blood. Since fibre has the ability to take water from your pet’s body, it is also important to make your dog drink plenty of water daily.

Create a Scheduled Meal for Your Dog

It is also recommended to feed your dog following a schedule, or at specific times daily. At least two or three meals a day on a regular schedule is best, as this could effectively be the basis for timing insulin injections. Giving random treats may not be helpful as this may cause spikes in the blood sugar which may not be controlled by insulin.

Taking care of pets diagnosed with diabetes can be a challenge. In this post, the Coops and Cages content curator, Jordan Walker, shares valuable information on pet care and diet modification for dogs with diabetes.

Modify Your Pet’s Diet Based on His Insulin Requirements

On regular days with regular activities, you can feed him consistent amount of food based on his caloric and insulin requirements, at consistent times.

If you plan to walk your dog and teach him some tricks, and you’re worried that your pet may not have enough energy from food after a day of planned activities, giving him some treats are fine as long as they are low in carbohydrates and sugar.

While it is true that taking care of a dog with diabetes can take a lot of work and may require patience, the entire experience can also be as rewarding knowing that you’re doing the right thing in order for your pet to stay healthy.

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Jordan WalkerAuthor: Jordan Walker
Jordan likes to write many pet related blogs, and is also the lead content curator for Coops and Cages. His passion for animals is only matched by his love for ‘attempting’ to play the guitar. Catch him on Google+ or Twitter: @CoopsAndCages.

A Picture of Health – Pet food and exercise tips for a healthy dog

If you are a regular reader of my blog you will know that for a while now we were trying to get on top of our Lilly’s weight problems. I am pleased to report that yet again we have a happy healthy dog, just look at her 🙂

A Picture of Health – Pet food and exercise tips for a healthy dog #HillsPetPet weight management is complex and at times not so easy task. Very often we think we are doing the right thing when in reality we are “killing” our pets with kindness. Pet obesity is a serious problem which I have featured on Bark Time many times before as I think it is important to talk about it and share any new learnt knowledge.

Today I would love to share with you our top tip which helped us get Lilly back to her perfect weight – eat less and exercise more – it is simple as that!

Feeding

A Picture of Health -- Pet food and exercise tips for a healthy dog #HillsPetPet food is the most important element in correct weight management. Same like with us, humans, if we eat unhealthy, too much or simply have an unbalanced diet we will never be the picture of health. There is a lot of different types of pet foods on the market, it is important to pick the correct type which will suit your dog perfectly. This isn’t always easy that’s why it might be necessary to seek more professional help when it comes to picking the right food.

Type of the food is one thing, the amount which we are supposed to feed is a totally different problem all together. If you feed just dry kibble, you are in the clear and can use any suggested guidelines on the packet but if you are adding anything else and most pet owners I know do, you have to reduce the basic kibble intake in order to make room for everything else (you can check this post and study my calculations when I was calculating a new amount of dry kibbles for Bunk)  Never guess how much food your dog should eat; read, learn and measure it; then stick to it… and don’t be adding just a few more kibbles today because you think she or he is hungry.

So far we covered type and amount of food, but what about treats?

Well they also have to be taken into consideration when calculating the daily food allowance. Treats can be an extremely helpful tool when it comes to training but they should be treated as treats… just like sweets and kids… everything in moderation. To reduce calorie intake and still keep rewarding your dog, try natural treats – fruit and veggies – they really make for a great treat which your dog will enjoy.

A Picture of Health - Pet food and exercise tips for a healthy dog #HillsPetExercise

As much as the correct diet is needed in proper weight management, it will not work on its own, it has to be accompanied by an exercise plan. This part shouldn’t be difficult as most dogs love activities. Being active is in a dog nature, so as long as we increase the intensity or time of the exercise we should see results fairly soon.

It is important to do what your dog loves to do and is able to do… let’s take our Lilly for example… she isn’t a young dog anymore; she is most likely over 9 years old and our original exercise plan was time based. As she loves playing fetch we would normally play for around 15min or so. As we have had to increase the time of our exercises (due to her age it was not advised to increase the intensity), so now we would stay on the field and play for 25 minutes at the time… this time does include breaks for her, so don’t panic. Before our “play” time we would allow her to walk and run around as she wants so she can warm up her muscles and the same again after the play so she can cool down before the car ride home… I guess just like we would do before and after any kind of work out session.

During our stay in Europe we were taking the dogs swimming, they both enjoy it very much and swimming is much kinder for their joints than running on land so if you have a pond nearby you might want to consider some water activities for your dog.

So this is it – no real magic tips more just plain old common sense really and a lot of self-discipline so we can actually stick to the rules we put in place in order to have a happy healthy dog.

A Picture of Health – Pet food and exercise tips for a healthy dogOur Lilly was a fatty but she no longer is; she looks good and I am sure she feels much better; she has much more energy and she is happy 🙂

Hill’s Pet Nutrition is dedicated to helping pets reach their full potential through quality nutrition and healthcare. They have also agreed to sponsor a giveaway for my readers. I have five bespoke pet food bungles to give away to five of you – they can be for both cats and dogs and will be picked to suit your pet needs.

To enter the giveaway and be in with a chance of winning one of five bespoke bundles of Hill’s Ideal Balance or Science Plan pet food tailored to the nutritional needs of your pet simply complete the Gleam application below.

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1. Promoter: Pet Nutrition Ltd, Building 5, Croxley Green Business Park, Watford, WD18 8YL. 2. This competition is open for entry to residents of England, NI, Scotland, Wales and RoI over 16 years, excluding employees of the Promoter, their immediate families, agents, or anyone else professionally connected with the competition. 3. Promotion Period: Enter between 29/06/2015 and 19/07/2015 23.59 All entries received after this date will be deemed invalid. 4. To enter: Entrants must respond with the answer by submitting their entry via the competition app 5. Entries are limited as stated in Gleam app. 6. The Prize: Five winners selected at random by Hill’s will each receive a pet food package from one of the following ranges only to the value of £15. If the chosen item(s) is not available a suitable alternative will be offered. a. Ideal balance b. Science Plan 7. 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