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Angus's Home Made BARF Recipe (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food)

 

Angus is one of our most regular visitors for dog boarding here at Ultimate Pet Care on the Sunshine Coast. His owner John is a devoted animal lover who believes in giving Angus the best food he can. This recipe is vet approved and Angus loves it. Much more affordable than buying pre packaged BARF, why not give this a go. I have made it and it is very easy. 

 

  • 500gms mince

  • 2 carrots

  • 2 large spinach leaves (or half small bag of baby spinach)

  • 1 Egg

  • 2 Cups Rolled Oats (soaked in water to soften)

  • 6 Chicken necks chopped up.

 

Put carrots, spinach and chicken necks in a food processor and pulse to combine. Add remaining ingredients and pulse to combine. Don't over work it as you don't want a mushy mixture.   14/8/15

Hi, I'm Angus. I hope you enjoy my recipe. I certainly love it!

Hey Everyone, this will be a great day out. I encourage everyone to go along and see Will, Shane and the Team. I hope to see you there.

 

Saturday 29th August 10am-2pm.

 

 

 

 

Hey Everyone, a GREAT day out was had by all. Here are some highlights and we look forward to the next Adoption and Foster Carers Day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were some really adorable dogs, cats, birds and even rats! As well as the odd guinea pig!  The jumping castle was a big hit with big kids and little kids alike! As well as lots of nice food there were even cupcakes!  A Huge thanks to Will, Shane and the team for a faboulous day.   2/9/15

Support Local Business! (8/9/15)

 

 

 

 

 

Rules for the Dog! (9/9/15)

 

 

 

 

 

Check your dog for ticks every day, especially during tick season: 15/9/15

 

Spring, summer and fall, or year-round in warmer climates. Brush yourfingers through their fur applying enough pressure to feel any small bumps. Be sure to check between your dog's toes, behind ears, under armpits and around the tail and head, too.

 

Checking for ticks

 

Check your dog for ticks every day, especially during tick season: spring, summer and fall, or year-round in warmer climates. Brush your fingers through their fur applying enough pressure to feel any small bumps. Be sure to check between your dog’s toes, behind ears, under armpits and around the tail and head, too. If you do feel a bump, pull the fur apart to see what’s there. A tick that has embedded itself in your dog will vary in size, something from the size of a pinhead to a grape depending on how long its been attached. Ticks are usually black or dark brown in color but will turn a grayish-white after feeding in what’s referred to as an engorged state.

 

Removing ticks

 

Removing embedded ticks is a delicate operation because it’s easy for a piece of the tick to break off and remain in your dog’s skin if done improperly. Follow the removal steps below or consider bringing your dog to a veterinarian who can safely perform the task and, possibly, show you how it’s done. Infection can occur after 24 hours, so if you find a tick on your dog, remove it right away. Always wear rubber gloves to protect yourself from possible injury or infection.

 

  • Grasp the tick very close to the skin with a pair of fine-tipped tweezers.

  • With a steady motion, pull the tick’s body away from the skin. Avoid crushing the tick to prevent infection.

  • After removal, clean your dog’s skin with soap and warm water and dispose of the tick by placing it in alcohol or flushing it down the toilet.

 

Following these steps can help ensure the successful removal of ticks. Never use petroleum jelly, a hot match, nail polish or other products to remove a tick. Doing so can harm your dog and may cause an embedded tick to release more disease-carrying saliva. Also, if you do find ticks on your dog, your entire family could be at risk of exposure. You should take measures to keep everyone in your household safe.

 

 

How to Calm Your Dog During a Thunderstorm:  1/10/15

 

It is very common for dogs to feel upset by the booming thunder and flashing lightning of a thunderstorm. In fact, because dogs are especially sensitive to barometric pressure, they can sense an oncoming storm before you can. They may start to act anxious, or chew on things or even run away in a panic. And while it may seem natural to sit down on the floor and cuddle your dog in soothing tones during a thunderstorm, this will only reinforce his or her anxious behavior in the long run. You need to teach him or her that it’s only noise and nothing to get upset about.

 

Calm Your Dog’s Thunderstorm Anxiety: Calmness Begins with You

 

First: of all, dogs can pick up on their humans’ feelings, so it is important for you to stay calm if you are to calm your dog during a thunderstorm. If they sense your anxiety, that will only make them feel and act worse. Remember, it’s only a storm and it will pass.

 

Second: provide a safe, enclosed, den-like area where your dog can securely sit out the storm. A crate inside the house is the perfect place because they feel safer there with a blanket and chew toy to gnaw on. If your dog is an outside dog, cover his or her kennel with a blanket and make sure he is secured inside.

 

Note: Have ID tags secured to your dog’s collar, and best of all, a microchip. That way if your dog thwarts all of your best efforts to keep her safe and secure during the storm and runs away, it will be easier for those who find your dog to bring her home.

 

Third: If you do not use a crate to calm your dog during a thunderstorm, make sure the room where you keep him is safe and devoid of small or sharp objects that he could swallow or chew on, as they may do when they are stressed out. If crating is not possible for you, make sure he has a soft, secure place where he feels safe during the storm. Keep the doors and windows closed and curtained to dull the noise and light of the storm. Sometimes turning on a TV or some music that the dog is used to hearing can dull the sound of the storm outside and help to calm your dog.

 

Fourth: Keep your dog away from exits and entrances to your home. Some dogs become so stressed out that they may attack people coming in or out. He or she may also make a run for it if the door is opened.

 

Note: If your dog has an accident during the storm, be patient and understanding. Don’t make a big deal about it, and be prepared to clean up without a lot of fanfare.

 

Fifth: One great way to calm your dog’s thunderstorm fear and anxiety is to condition her to accept that storms are nothing to worry about. Using environmental recordings of storms, starting out softly and then making them gradually louder, while having everyone else in the house go calmly about their business has reprogrammed many dogs to stay calm during a storm. This may take some time.

 

Do you have a Dog that pulls when it walks? Check this out!

 

Angus is one of our most regular visitors for dog boarding here at Ultimate Pet Care on the Sunshine Coast. We love him to bits but he is such a strong boy it can be very difficult to walk him. I teamed up with our local dog trainer, Caloundra Dog Training - Mary Mayhead - M: 0415 722 736 - and she helped us find a solution. Try the infin8 Halter. For Angus we got a size 4. I can now walk him safely on my own and have such good control, we both really enjoy our walks now. As he knows I am in control he also seems more relaxed as he doesn't have to think about it. Give it a try! We have had such amazing results using this collar on dogs that pull. Ultimate Pet Care highly recommend this!

 

 

                                                                The Infin8 Halter is a radical

                                                      rethink of what a halter can be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Complete re-design, combining a figure 8 with a martingale collar to create a completely new halter where the pressure across the nose can be adjusted, or faded completely to eventually work just as a collar.

 

This is different sort of training tool - starting with a halter and ending with a dog on a collar.

 

The Infin8 attaches to the lead at the back of a dog's neck, the dog feels any slight pressure from the lead across the bridge of its nose and on the back of its neck. Only slight pressure is required as the Infin8 Halter is extremely effective in calming a pulling or boisterous dog, without the need for harsh corrections, or gruff training techniques.

 

When you first get your Infin8, take a little time to read the instructions and to understand the full possibilities of this halter. You will need to adjust it to carefully fit your dog in order to get the best from the Infin8, but you will be well rewarded. It won't be long before you and your dog will be enjoying walks, with your dog accepting and respecting your fingertip control.

 

http://www.blackdog.net.au/infin8-dog-head-collar-size4      30/10/15

Angus walking calmly.

Layla (left) and Abbey modelling the infin8 collar. The results have been nothing short of a miracle! They also are wearing a size 4 collar in red!

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