Small dogs are unique in their BIG personalities and also their dietary requirements. That’s why Purina ONE have recently launched a formula specially designed with small dogs in mind, to ensure your pup stays happy and healthy.
The new range has been tailor-made for small breeds with quality proteins, vitamins and minerals packed into a crunchy, tasty smaller biscuit. The range comes in 4 formulations, so there’s one to suit every small dogs unique needs, from adult dogs to older dogs and those with weight and digestive problems. Click on the images below to read about each product.
Look out for the Purina ONE Small Breed range in the pet food aisle of your local Coles.
Arthritis is the second most common health complaint (after weight management) among dog owners. With this in mind, our friends at Pedigree® have been busy developing these new Pedigree® Joint Care chews, which have been clinically proven to show improvements in arthritic symptoms after only 6 weeks.
Each real meat chew contains 500mg of Stabilised Green Lipped Mussel Powder and 1 chew can treat a dog up to 25kg. Dogs love the taste and the best thing is there’s no messing around with tablets or powder.
Look out for Pedigree® Joint Care in the pet section of your local Coles.
Your pet is a beloved member of the family so it can be a tough call when it comes to food. Your four-legged friend gazes longingly at what you’re eating and, no doubt, you’re tempted to share with them. But the chances are that, if you do, you won’t be doing your pet any favours. In fact, food that may be find for humans can unfortunately be hazardous for our furry friends.
Foods that can harm dogs, cats and other pets:
- Avocado contains persin, which causes respiratory distress and fluid build-up around the heart in birds. It also causes mastitis and heart problems in rabbits and other rodents. In dogs it can cause an upset stomach.
- Caffeine found in tea, coffee, soft drinks and chocolate stimulate an animal’s nervous system and can damage the heart, lungs and kidneys.
- Chocolate abounds around the Easter season. It contains both caffeine and theobromine, a chemical compound that makes humans feel good but which causes sickness in dogs and cats. Even small amounts cause dogs to vomit and have diarrhoea, in larger doses it can be fatal
- .Cooked Bones splinter and are very sharp. They can puncture the digestive tract anywhere from the mouth onward, or get stuck and cause an intestinal blockage.
- Grapes, Raisins and Sultanas can cause vomiting, lethargy and depression in dogs.
- Macadamia Nuts contain a chemical that in some dogs causes muscle weakness, joint swelling and paralysis.
- Onions and garlic damage red blood cells in dogs, producing a sort of anaemia that can lead to vomiting, diarrhoea and lethargy.
- Stonefruit, especially apricots have seeds that are just the right size to get stuck in a dog’s gut. Corn cobs are also notorious for getting stuck.
- Sugar free products may contain xylitol which is an artificial sweetener that stimulates a dog’s pancreas to produce extra insulin. This can lead to seriously low blood sugar and liver damage in dogs within just 30 minutes. Ferrets are also susceptible to adverse reactions from xylitol.
- Easter Lilies are deadly for cats. The leaves, flowers, stems and even the pollen of plants in the Liliaceae family lilies cause life-threatening kidney failure in cats. If you have a cat, the best idea is to ban lilies from your home and garden. If you think your cat has mouthed or eaten a lily, go straight to the vet as your cat will need intravenous fluids and other support.
So when you get the puppy dog eyes, offer your pet a toy or a liver treat while you indulge in “human” food. Keep the whole family happy and healthy, fur-babies and human babies!
Australia is a nation of pet lovers, in fact we have 33.3 million of them! Here are some of our favourite facts from our most recent Coles Pets Magazine:
- Fishy Business: A report from the UK reveals an increasing number of people are turning to fish for companionship. Australia also has its share of fish fanciers, with over 18m exotic fish being imported yearly. About $125m a year is spent on their purchase
- Soul Maters: More than half of us say we share characteristics with our pets.
- Love Is: A recent survey by pet food brand Optimum found seven out of 10 Aussies believe their pet is more dependable then their partner, while eight out of 10 say they’re more affectionate.
- In 2009 Australians spent $5 million buying reptiles to keep as pets
- Australians spend about $3.6 billion a year on dogs and about $1.4 billion on cats
- Bye-bye, baby! It’s estimated that 5000 pets are transported within Australia each week. About 60 percent of these are dogs
- Cats vs. Dog? It’s a rivalry many of us have grown up seeing — who’s the top pet? Of our eight million households, nearly 2.9 million own a dog and 1.85 million own a cat— that’s around 16 dogs and 10 cats for every 100 people. The US and UK share this trend of dogs being more popular, but in Europe there ore 60 million cats and 56 million dogs
- Jumpin’ Jack Rabbit! Rabbits really do jump for joy. The ‘twisting’ jump known as a binky – is performed when a rabbit is very happy. A rabbit thumping its back foot can signal anything from caution to grumpiness. Bunny behaving badly? Rabbits go through puberty between three and six months old and, like many teens, it can make them prone to bad behaviour. Neutering will help fix it!
Are you a dog or cat lover?