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Cold Weather Comforts

Cold Weather Comforts

Britain is renowned for its unpredictable weather and whatever the weather, it is always best to plan ahead! Winter is a great time of the year, and with some tips and tricks we can make it as comfortable as possible...

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Into the Night . . .

Into the Night . . .

As the evening get darker much quicker and traffic continuing to increase, visibility at night becomes more important. We are always told to light up our bikes and jackets with reflectors and lights, even our roads are illuminated with reflective...

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Recipe for Purdys Peanut butter & Pumpkin pieces!

Recipe for Purdys Peanut butter & Pumpkin pieces!

Here is a great recipe for peanut butter and pumpkin pieces, these are a great autumn treat for humans and dogs! Ingredients: 125 g  Gluten free porridge Oats 63 g  Pumpkin 63 g  100% natural Peanut butter (smooth and without...

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Halloween Fun and Safety!

Halloween Fun and Safety!

Halloween can be a great time of year for the whole family – even your dog. However, there are also many potential dangers and sources of stress for your dog. Just remember to keep your dog safe from these Halloween...

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Fireworks

Fireworks

It's fireworks season and time to think about our dogs, other animals and how the fireworks can affect them. Most of us find fireworks fun and enjoyable however our pets can often find them terrifying and unsettling, this is usually...

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Cycling with your dog!

Cycling with your dog!

Today marks the start of the Tour De Yorkshire, a 3-day, 3 stage bike race held across Yorkshire. If you like going out on your bike and are thinking about taking your dog along for a run while you cycle...

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Walking Month – May

Walking Month – May

May is National walking month and with the weather getting a little better we are hoping it is here to stay and we can get our walking boots on! We have put together a few tips for walking with your...

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Chocolate & Nutella day 05/02!

Chocolate & Nutella day 05/02!

It’s world Nutella day but did you know chocolate is bad for dogs? Chocolate contains theobromine which is very dangerous to dogs. If dogs ingest chocolate it can lead to illness and even death; if ingested it can cause vomiting,...

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Obesity Awareness week!

Obesity Awareness week!

As everybody heads back to work after the new year most of us are thinking about exercising more and healthy eating after popping on a few pounds over the festive period. We are all quick to notice and do something...

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World braille day – 04/01/2019

World braille day – 04/01/2019

Today we celebrate world braille day, which is the birthday of the Braille inventor, Louise Braille. The day was started around the world to promote awareness of the challenges faced by visually impaired people and to encourage businesses and governments...

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Make Your own Christmas Decoration!

Make Your own Christmas Decoration!

Here at the Natural Dog Food Company we have been busy making salt dough decorations for our Christmas tree. They are super easy to make and great fun for all ages! What you will need: Rolling pin Paint Cookie cutters...

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Christmas!

Christmas!

Christmas is fast approaching and many of us already have trees and decorations up ready. Despite the Christmas fun there are a few things we need to remember to make things safe for our furry friends. Trees, bauble, tinsels and...

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Breeds and Lifestyle – A dog is for life!

Breeds and Lifestyle – A dog is for life!

When choosing a dog the breed is very important as the dog should fit in with your lifestyle not be chosen on looks or social status that a breed may represent. There are a lot of considerations that need to...

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World Mental Health Day – 10th October

World Mental Health Day – 10th October

10th October is world mental health day and here are some mental and physical health benefits of owning a dog! Responsibility and Routine Many mental health problems leave people with feelings of worthlessness, lack of energy and generally low. Having...

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Cake recipe and Macmillan coffee morning

Cake recipe and Macmillan coffee morning

So many of you have been asking for the recipe we have been using to make Purdy’s favourite cakes this month so you can make some nice tasty treats for your dogs, so here it is, we hope you enjoy...

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Grass seeds

Grass seeds

Grass seed injuries are a seasonal problem and can very serious. Grass seeds are an arrow shapes and while their wispy barbs are designed to entangle and spread, the tip is an arrow shape which can quickly become embedded in...

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Nail Care

Nail Care

Going on walks, especially on hard surfaces such as pavements, will naturally ware down nails however most will still need some trimming. If nails are left to grow long they can split, crack and even get caught causing bleeding or...

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Beat the Heat!

Beat the Heat!

Temperatures are on the rise and it is important to think about how our dogs are coping. Heatstroke is also a very real danger to dogs, here are a few thing to look for and what we can do to...

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Ticks

Ticks

The weather in spring begins to improve and temperatures rise. Unfortunately, the warmer weather, although lovely, is a sign of the unwelcome pest bothering our pets. Ticks are 8-legged, disease carrying parasites that attach themselves to the skin of animals...

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Spring Safety

Spring Safety

Despite the cold weather and seemingly winter conditions, official British spring time is fast approaching! Spring is a wonderful time for dogs and owners, the flowers come back to life and dogs can spend far more time in the outdoors...

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Pancake day!

Pancake day!

Shrove Tuesday is the day immediately preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent); it is also known as Pancake Day. Shrove Tuesday is a religious day of self-examination and area of life which require spiritual growth. Pancakes are associated...

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Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is also known as the feast of Saint Valentine and is celebrated annually on 14th February; it is named after Saint Valentine, a Catholic priest who lived in Rome in the 3rd Century. It has become a day...

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Pet bereavement

Pet bereavement

Saying goodbye to a pet is extremely hard and can be an emotional time as our pets or often seen as another family member; we spend a lot of time with them and for lots of people they can be...

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Christmas Closing Times

Christmas Closing Times

[caption id="attachment_7255" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Natural Dog Food Closing times over Christmas[/caption] Click the image for a larger version (easier to read)

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9 – 15th October is Curry and Chocolate week!

9 – 15th October is Curry and Chocolate week!

This week is Curry week and Chocolate week! Sounds perfect for most people and we hope you enjoy - but remember onions and chocolate are poisonous to dogs so keep out of reach! Onions and similar foods such as garlic,...

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Dental Care

Dental Care

Dogs can have dental problems just like us and as they can’t go for check-ups it is our responsibility to keep an eye out for any issues. Most people assume that dogs have smelly breath however sometimes it can be...

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Active Dogs

Active Dogs

‘Active’ food is not necessarily just for dogs that have a professionally active lifestyle. If they are involved in activities such as hunting, fly ball, agility, or just lead a generally active lifestyle such as long hikes every day they...

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Puppy Problems!

Puppy Problems!

If you have decided to bring a dog into your home you will have done your research into the breed that fits your lifestyle and the age of the dog appropriate for you. If you have decided a puppy is...

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Travelling With Your Dog

Travelling With Your Dog

When travelling with your dog it is important to consider your journey for example the time it will take, the methods you are using and what is needed to travel. In the Car If you are travelling by car you...

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Gulp!

Gulp!

A common problem owner’s face is dogs gulping and swallowing their food whole at meal times. Gulping food in more serious cases can cause gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV ) which is a twisting of the stomach which can be very dangerous...

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Mucky Pup!

Mucky Pup!

We all love taking our dogs on walks and letting them enjoy their surroundings but sometimes they get themselves into some mucky situations! Below are some tips for cleaning them up after a muddy walk. Be prepared! In most cases...

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Getting a Dog from a Breeder

Getting a Dog from a Breeder

Once you have done your research and have chosen a breed which is best for you and your lifestyle, you need to find the right puppy for you. If you have looked for a rescue and decided this is not...

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Camping Safety

Camping Safety

While some seek sun in other countries, the UK has its own haven of beautiful forests, adventure parks and lakes. If you are an outdoor, nature loving family who holiday with their hound it can take a lot of organisation...

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Encouraging dogs to drink

Encouraging dogs to drink

As the days get warmer both humans and animals need to stay hydrated to decrease the risk of dehydration. For us it is easy to actively drink more, however dogs need a little more encouragement to increase their water intake....

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In the countryside

In the countryside

Walking in the countryside with our dogs is not only enjoyable but great for our health. We are very lucky to have trails and footpaths to walk with our pets and even areas where our dogs can run free however...

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Harvest Mites

Harvest Mites

Harvest Mites are tiny bright orange animals that surface in the warmer months of late July to early October. They are found in dense vegetation and will latch onto any passing animals or people. They inject a harmless fluid into...

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The wrong types of treats

The wrong types of treats

A lot of dog owners like to treat their dog occasionally, and it can be difficult to resist those begging faces but too many of the wrong treats can lead to dogs becoming overweight and unhealthy. What we see as...

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Why do dogs eat grass?

Why do dogs eat grass?

Every dog at some point in their lives has had a good graze on a patch of long grass. As owners, we are often baffled as to why our meat-eating pets are chomping on the green stuff. Dogs are what...

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Diarrhoea in Dogs and Puppies

Diarrhoea in Dogs and Puppies

It is always hard when your pet is unwell and you do not know the cause, or how to help. There can be many reasons why dogs and puppies experience an upset stomach but it does happen to every dog...

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Benefits of hiring a professional dog walker

Benefits of hiring a professional dog walker

If you have a busy lifestyle, having a professional dog walker help you to juggle your pets exercise needs can be beneficial to both you and your dog. Besides making sure your dog is getting regular walks, a professional dog...

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Why you (and your dog) should follow us on social media

Why you (and your dog) should follow us on social media

Social media has flourished over the years and is now a platform for so many things. It helps lost dogs find their way home, spread the word about campaigns and is a quick and easy way to find out information....

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Raw bones – Are they safe?

Raw bones – Are they safe?

Natural Dog Food is formulated as a balanced complete diet and as such provides everything your dog needs to remain fit and healthy. Nevertheless, we think that dogs are individuals with individual tastes and should be treated as such. Like...

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Reasons for your dogs skin ailments

Reasons for your dogs skin ailments

For both us and our dogs, our skin is the largest organ of the body – ultimately meaning there is a great surface area for things to go wrong on! Skin allergies, non-cancerous masses and infections are among the top...

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Is my dog overweight and why?

Is my dog overweight and why?

Experts say that around 25-40% of modern dogs are obese or likely to become obese. Overweight dogs have a greater chance of having joint problems. Unnecessary stress is put on vital organs such as their hearts, lungs, liver and kidneys...

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Can Dogs get Hay fever?

Can Dogs get Hay fever?

We may associate the warmer weather with singing birds, longer days and blissful walks however some of us know the all too familiar signs of itchy eyes, runny noses and the general miserableness of hay fever. However, 10% of dogs...

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Puppies gulping down the goods

Puppies gulping down the goods

A common problem in puppies and young dogs is their ability to seemingly ‘inhale’ food, often not stopping to chew. This habit often originates from having to battle their littermates to share a single large bowl of limited food in...

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10 things you didn’t know about your dog’s paws

10 things you didn’t know about your dog’s paws

Dog’s toes are equivalent to our fingers and toes; however they are unable to move them with ease like we can. Dewclaws are thought to be a dog’s version of thumbs. Most dogs have front dewclaws, and occasionally have them...

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Pet Theft

Pet Theft

The facts about pet theft in the UK Dog theft in the UK is a rising issue and dognapping is one of our country’s fastest growing crimes. The first Pet Theft Census published in November 2013 reveals that five dogs...

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Recognising hypothermia in dogs

Recognising hypothermia in dogs

With the latest drop in temperature across the UK, we humans are feeling pretty chilly…but are our dogs? Hypothermia is a medical condition where the body temperature drops to levels that are too low. Cases can be mild, moderate or...

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The importance of weighing your dog

The importance of weighing your dog

We often have customers asking for feeding advice, and one of the first questions we ask is how much their dog weighs. It is surprising the amount of people who do not weigh their dog regularly. Keeping track of your...

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Giant Hogweed

Giant Hogweed

The ‘most dangerous plant in Britain’ has been covered in the news recently as numerous dog walkers and even dogs have fallen victim to Hogweed. Giant Hogweed can be easily mistaken for the common Elderflower with its white flowers and...

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Food Storage

Food Storage

How you handle food once you have purchased can make a big difference in how long it stays fresh and maintains it’s nutritional value. Exposure to air, light, damp and humid conditions can speed up the rate at which foods...

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Summertime care and safety

Summertime care and safety

Summertime care and safety There are a lot of campaigns this summer about leaving dogs in hot cars, and rightly so. You should never leave a dog alone in a car even if it’s “just for a minute”. If the...

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Storm Phobia

Storm Phobia

Hot, humid conditions in summer months can often lead to the occasional thunderstorm. Calm and loving pets can be transformed by these storms into destructive, nervous wrecks. A combination of wind, thunder, and lightning, pressure changes and static can all...

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Moving Home with your Dog

Moving Home with your Dog

Although it can be easy to get caught up in the stress of moving house, it is important for your pet’s that you try to keep calm. It is proven that dogs can sense our emotions which can affect their...

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Running with your Dog

Running with your Dog

Tips for running with your dog! Be realistic regarding your dogs breed. Small dogs such as Pugs and Chihuahuas are not designed for running at any distance. Also young dogs should not be over exercised as too much exercise could...

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Water Safety

Water Safety

Water safety and activities for dogs Many dogs cannot swim naturally and can drown if left unattended near bodies of water. Dogs with broad chests, short legs or large heads such as Staffies, Pugs, Corgis and Bulldogs particularly find it...

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Dog Proofing the Garden

Dog Proofing the Garden

With the weather starting to improve we are likely spend more time in the garden with our dogs. As owners we know what dogs can get up to but perhaps for a first time owner you may want to think...

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Adoption/Rehoming

Adoption/Rehoming

What’s the process? Every rehoming centre has its own policy and processes however they are usually very similar in what they look for and questions they ask. Each case is individual case and so be prepared to be honest about...

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Problems Associated With Many Modern Dogs

Problems Associated With Many Modern Dogs

Many holistic veterinarians believe that there many modern commercially produced pet foods contain too much of the wrong sorts of ingredients and not enough of the right sort. This is because the pet food manufacturing business developed as by-product industry...

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Microchipping

Microchipping

From the 6th April 2016 it will be made compulsory that all dogs must be microchipped and registered to an approved database throughout the UK. If a dog is not microchipped by the 6th April its owner will be given...

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Travelling with your Dog

Travelling with your Dog

For many families, travelling without your pet wouldn’t feel like a holiday. Whether it be a visit to family members, a trip to a beach resort or travelling abroad our dogs need special care when they travel. Holidays in the...

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