In your home, there are a few basic things that you are going to need for your dog. Without these items, you won’t have the right tools to not only care for your pooch, but also to train them. At Philomena London, we strive to provide as many products as possible to make your dog feel right at home. In the Doggy Handbook series, we will be looking at some fantastic training tips, the essential products, and also some great guides on activities and days out that are completely dog friendly. This first chapter will take a look at some of the basic items you need for your dog.
Food and Water
Of course, every dog needs food and water – but they also need a bowl for each as well. There are so many different bowls to choose from, as well as a wide price range so you don’t need to feel pressured into spending a fortune. We have bowls ranging from £4 to £60, so make sure to check out the section on our website here.
We also have a great range of food and treats from the Natural Dog Food Company, which is made from completely natural ingredients for a better and healthier food. Plus, dogs absolutely love it. Make sure you stock up on the treats – they will be essential for training!
Every dog needs a comfy bed to sleep on. After all, chasing rabbits all afternoon and playing with friends can be exhausting work. So when the day comes to an end and it’s time to settle down, dogs want somewhere soft and warm to curl up for the night. We have a fantastic range of dog beds available from Charley Chau and John Whitaker, so that your canine companions can have sweet dreams and a comfy rest. Check out our selection here.
The dog walk is the part of the day every pooch looks forward to the most. When out on the field or in the dog park, they want to look their best, and what better way to express that than with a fantastic new collar and lead? We have an absolutely amazing range of collars and leads available from a range of designers – including us!
If you are looking for something low cost but with amazing designs, then Sweetpea and Boo are the ones you should look at. On the other end of the spectrum, you can take a look at our own line of collars with Charlotte Dujardin that are made from soft English leather. Plus, we have everything in between, with brands like Pioneros and Simba Jones. Take a look at our entire range here.
Toys are so important to dogs, both as a form of entertainment but also distraction. We have a great range of Beco toys available, which are made from all natural material and also incredibly durable. The plush toys are double stitched and we have a great character selection, as well as three sizes so that every dog can have one. The rubber bones and balls are really tough, perfect for dogs who like to have a good chew. Plus, the fact that they are all natural means that if they tear a chunk off of one of the bones there is a lot less panic is it ends up being swallowed.
Every dog needs to poop on a walk, and often people are reluctant to clean it up because of the impact on the environment that plastic bags have. Well, we have the answer to your concerns in the form of the Beco eco-friendly poop bags.
It only takes a matter of weeks for these to start decomposing and they are 100% biodegradable, so there are no negative effects on the environment. Plus, they come in two sizes – so the bigger dogs are accommodated for. At an affordable price and with the option to buy an eco-friendly poop bag holder, these are a great buy and essential for any dog walk. Take a look here.
At Philomena London, we aim to provide everything we can for your canine companion. We know they are important to you, and so we always ensure that our products are the best possible quality. Hopefully this guide has given you some insight into the basic items you need for your dog, especially if you are about to rescue one or buy a puppy. With so much to offer, we’d love for you to visit our website and check out some of our great doggy products.
When it comes to dogs, for many the most unpleasant part is the picking up of their ‘mess’. It’s not only a legal requirement for you to pick it up, but it’s also more pleasant for others walking in the area, whether they have canine companions or not. Of course, most poo bags are made from plastic and with the recent charge for plastic bags and campaigns to reduce our plastic use to help the environment, it can lead you to wonder if picking up the poo really is beneficial, especially to our planet.
Well, you don’t have to wonder much longer. Our favourite company for all things environmentally friendly, Beco, have the answer. Made from corn starch, the Beco poo bag only takes 90-120 days to decompose in a landfill, a shockingly lower number than the 20-1000 years it can take a plastic bag. The Beco poo bag is much tougher than the standard ones you’ll find on the shelf, which means goodbye to the dreaded times when your finger goes straight through the plastic as you go to pick up the poo. We’ve all been there, it’s horrible. Their added toughness makes them perfect for handling all sized poos, especially the bear-sized ones we find in our larger canine friends.
Like all Beco products, they are affordable too – starting at only £4 for 60 poo bags. Or, to save even more, you can buy 300 bags for £10, a great price for something so helpful to the environment. Even better, you can purchase a Beco poo bag holder in addition to the bags so that you have something to keep them safe. Of course, the Beco poo bag holder is also made out of natural materials – being bamboo and rice husk- and is biodegradable, with a lovely vanilla scent. Not only this, but they don’t use the regular, slightly irritating, fragile clips that are often used on bag holders, they instead use the clever bungee system which tightly clamps the bag holder onto a dog lead, prams, even your belt. Refilling the holder is also incredibly simple, just unwrap the bungee and the two halves of the holder will come apart, it couldn’t be easier. At only £6 it’s something you can’t miss.
Helping the environment has never been easier with Beco, so stop using those standard plastic poo bags and switch the Beco version for something that is thick, reliable, and biodegradable. In fact, we recommend switching to Beco for a lot of things, from pet bowls and even to their toys. We can all help make a difference, even our pets.
I’m sure many of you have heard of Alabama Rot and it’s occurrence in the UK over recent years. While the number of cases have remained small, it is still a disease worth looking out for. Alabama Rot often leads to fatalities in dogs, so please take a moment to read this post which explains the disease and also gives advice on how to try and prevent it.
What is Alabama Rot?
Alabama Rot was first discovered in the USA in 1980, and primarily affected Greyhounds. However, especially after its arrival in the UK, it has been discovered that the disease can affect any and all breeds of dog, and so far the disease has been found to only exist in dogs with no other animals contracting it thus far (including humans). While the number of the cases in the UK are quite low (around 60 cases between 2012 and 2015) the fatality rate is 9/10 and so is not something to be taken lightly. While the last thing anyone should do is panic, it is important to be aware of the seriousness of the condition so that any suspicions that your dog may have contracted it are reported immediately. Currently, the cause of Alabama rot is unknown.
What are the signs of Alabama Rot?
There are several symptoms of the disease that present themselves in dogs. While some of these symptoms may also be related to different conditions it is advised that you stay on the safe side and get your dogs checked out at the vet.
- Skin lesions (usually on lower leg and elbows. Also on the tongue and mouth)
- The hair around lesions will fall off, potentially causing the dog to lick excessively
- Kidney failure (vomiting, fatigue, lack of appetite)
- Ulcers and sores
The average time between skin lesions and kidney failure is around three days so it is imperative you get your dog to the vet in this window. While it can be difficult to distinguish lesions from cuts and other wounds, it is advised that you take action even if you are only a little concerned. As the disease is rare, most vets will not know how to treat this illness and so it is worth either calling or getting referred to the Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists. They have extensive knowledge of the disease and have dealt with the majority of cases. They are also an amazing practice, our experience with them when Inky was sick (with an unrelated illness) was amazing.
How can you protect your pet?
While there is no vaccine for Alabama Rot and no known means of cause or prevention, there are a few things you can try and do to help to protect your dog from the disease. The main thing you can do as an owner is keep a close eye on your dog while walking to monitor anything they may pick up, chew, or eat on their walks. If they become ill, call a vet as soon as possible and provide clear and accurate details of the illness.
It is advised that you try to avoid walking your dog in forested areas if possible, as this is where the disease is often contracted, however there is no certain evidence that the disease is based on environmental factors. So far, cases have occurred as far apart as Cornwall and Yorkshire with a spike of cases appearing in the New Forest in 2013. Recently, Gloucestershire was also affected along with Northern Ireland.
The disease is currently thought to be picked up on muddy paws and legs so it is strongly advised that you give your dog a thorough wash after a mucky walk. This may help prevention of the disease.
While the disease can be contracted all year round, the vast majority of cases occurred between November and May. This suggests a possible association with winter and spring, but unfortunately we still have no certain evidence.
How can you keep updated?
The Alabama Rot website is excellent for updates on recent occurrences of the disease and also for giving advice on what to do if you are afraid your dog has contracted it. We highly recommend that you follow them and their reports so that you can stay updated on news about Alabama Rot in your area and any signs that a cause or vaccine may have been discovered.
Please also be sure to keep Anderson Moores Veterinary Surgery’s details to hand in case you should encounter the condition, as they are specialists and know how to best treat the condition.
There are many dogs who have survived Alabama Rot, if you are even a little afraid that your dog may be sick with it then please do not hesitate to get veterinary advice. Please note that we at Philomena London are not veterinary professionals, and while we do our best to gather reliable sources information may not always be 100% accurate.
Choosing a collar for your dog is an important part of dog ownership. There are many different types of collar and they serve different purposes. Here, we will go through a few of the different collars and how they can benefit your dog.
- The Martingale Collar
The Martingale collar is also known as a limited-slip collar. It is designed for dogs with narrow heads such as Greyhounds and whippets (as well as other sighthounds). It consists of a length of material with a metal ring at each end with a separate loop of material passing through the two rings – this is where the lead is attached. When your dog tries to back out of the collar it tightens around the neck, but will not choke him/her. This makes it an excellent alternative to the inhumane choke chain and pinching collars. While it is traditionally used for sighthounds, it can also be used for dogs who are prone to slipping out of their collars.
- The Standard Collar
The standard collar is as it says. It’s not made to stop your dog slipping nor does it have any special attachments. They are made for comfort and style and are the most commonly used dog collars. They come in a massive range of colours and styles, such as the Love My Dog collars found at Philomena London. Made from Harris Tweed they are lovingly made in the UK and give your dog a stylish appearance while allowing them comfort during use. Find these and our range of comfy standard collars here.
- The Vibration Collar
It can be difficult to train dogs that are deaf, and this is where the vibration collar comes in. If your deaf dog cannot hear your voice or a clicker then it is worth investing in a vibration collars. These collars are controlled by a button that will cause the collar to vibrate when pressed. As a result it assists in training your dog to respond to commands via vibration.
- The GPS Collar
If your pet gets lost or runs away they are easy to find if they are wearing a GPS collar. Using global positioning satellite technology you can track your pet from your phone and find them with ease. This type of collar has had an excellent success rate when it comes to locating and retrieving run away cats and dogs.
- The Harness
Finally, we have the harness. The harness straps around the dog’s chest and behind the front legs. It’s particularly useful when it comes to powerful dogs that tend to pull as it puts less stress on their necks and instead pushes against the chest, which can make it easier for you to hold them but also for the dog to learn better lead walking. Often harnesses are padded on the underside which provides an excellent level of comfort for them while they are out walking. Harnesses can also make it easier to grab your dog when you’re trying to catch them!
Don’t forget to check out our wide range of dog and cat collars on our website. Thanks for reading!
It’s been said that the way a person sleeps can be indicative of their personalities, and it so happens that the same is true for our canine companions. Your dog’s sleeping position can actually tell you a lot about a dog’s personality, and we tested it on our three to see if it actually gave accurate results. It did, and now we’re here to share this fun information with you.
- The Side Sleeper
So many dogs love to sleep on their side. This is considered to be a peaceful, rested position. If your dog tends to sleep on the side, it means that they’re incredibly comfortable with their surroundings, are secure with themselves, and are in not high-maintenance animals. This position allows for peak comfort and an incredibly good rest. Dogs who sleep in this position tend to be very laid back, easy going, and fiercely loyal. When it comes to our dogs, this is definitely Inky’s favourite sleeping position.
- The Nutshell
The curled-up position is probably the most common for dogs who sleep outdoors. Their paws will be comfortably tucked away under their bodies, and the tails will wrap all the way round until it touches the face. By curling up, your dog is naturally conserving their body heat and protecting her limbs, face, throat, and all vital organs. However, this sleeping position does not allow for a very restful sleep as the muscles remain very tense. Dogs who sleep in this position are gentle, easy-going, and have a naturally sweet disposition. When it comes to our dogs, Finn tends to sleep in the nutshell position and he is one of the sweetest dogs we know!
- The Superman (or the Pancake)
Many dogs sleep on their stomachs, but the Superman dogs are a whole new level of adorable. With all of their four limbs stretched out and heads level on the ground, they look like they’re flying through the air, or a bit like a pancake. This position makes it easy for pups to spring up and get moving, as soon as you call them, or as soon as they’ve woken up. Pups who sleep in this position are super high-energy and very easily motivated. Of our three, Philomena tends to sleep in this position and it’s certainly true that she is a dog who is incredibly energetic and ready to go!
- The Flake
Even though this position looks slightly odd, it’s nothing to be concerned about — this just means that they’re very confident and secure with themselves, and with their home environment. This makes sense considering sleeping on the back translates into being the most vulnerable position for a dog. As a result, this position is seen most commonly in dogs that sleep indoors. Dogs who assume this sleeping position usually tend to be very laid-back and often have an independent streak. A pooch in this position is an incredibly happy one!
- The Belly Curl
Many dogs choose to sleep on their tummies in almost a “down” like position. Not only is this a comfortable position but it also enables them to be ready to pounce to their feet at any form of threat or opportunity for fun. Dogs that sleep in this position may not be as relaxed, since the muscles are still too tense to enable them to drift into the REM stage of sleep. Don’t worry though, this doesn’t mean that your pup isn’t relaxed in real life. Dogs who curl up on their bellies while they sleep tend to be very gentle, but slightly timid and shy.
- Passed Out
Many dogs who sleep indoors opt for this position. A dog will lie on its back in order to help themselves cool down as quickly and efficiently as possible. Most of the time, dogs who have used up a lot of energy during the day, or who are overheated, will sleep flat on their backs. In addition, really happy, secure, and relaxed dogs will tilt their legs in the air during their sleep. Dogs who sleep in this position are highly confident in themselves, and they also tend to be very adaptable to different and new situations.
When a dog wants to feel close to another dog or human they create a stronger bond with each other by sleeping back to back or even just simply touching. This shows great trust and loyalty to each other as they’re not only showing affection but also protecting each other. Our three love to sleep like this and they are incredibly close. It’s lovely to know that they can strengthen their bond even in sleep.
How does your dog sleep? Let us know!
Information from Bowow Times and Dog Sleeping.
The holiday season has, sadly, come to an end. With the new year come resolutions and the inevitable diet and exercise regimes from indulging just a little bit too much. Of course, it often goes that pets have a little too much to eat as well over the Christmas period and so your exercise regime also becomes theirs. As a helper to you and your pet, we have compiled a little guide to help you and your pet get fit not just over the new year but in general.
Every dog needs a walk at least once each day. Taking your pooch for an hour long trot is incredibly beneficial for both of you. Your dog gets to run and work off some of their energy, and you get a low level cardiovascular workout. Not only that, but you both get to socialise with other dogs and owners – which is great for your mental health and your dog’s. If you get bored of the same walking spot be sure to mix it up and find new and exciting places to explore. Beaches and woodland are great in terms of a change of scenery but also exercise (especially the beach, walking in sand is hard work!).
If walking is a little too slow paced for you, or perhaps you are looking for the next step then give running with your dog a try. There are so many places to run, from open fields to quite riversides. In fact, when it comes to riversides it can be an ideal place for you to take a rest and let your pooch have a swim – swimming is incredibly good exercise for your dog. It’s excellent cardio for you, and it’s a lot of fun for you both.
Agility training is active and fun for both you and your dog. It presents a mental and physical challenge for your canine companion, and it’s one that many of them enjoy. There are quite a few agility centres across the country where you can train your pet and it makes an enjoyable activity. It’s great for that extra physical activity but also makes a brilliant bonding exercise between you and your dog as you improve on communication and teamwork.
4. Eating Healthy
It may seem like the most obvious one, but it is important to stress the important of a healthy diet – both for humans and animals. While you may be cutting out the junk in your diet, make sure you are doing the same for your pet. Are you prone to feeding our dog the slightly more than occasional treat? It might be worth giving the Natural Dog Food Company’s natural dog treats a try. Chicken flavoured and shaped like little hearts they make a good and healthy alternative to general doggie treats. You can find them here. Of course, however, be sure to give your dog treats in moderation!
We hope that 2016 has started wonderfully for you and that these little tips for you and your dog have been of help to you.
Hopefully you all had a wonderful Christmas, and your pets were spoiled rotten (just like ours). After the joy and warmth of Christmas Day, the preparations for New Year’s celebrations begin, and I’d like to take the time to talk to you about the ways in which your pet can stay safe during the celebrations. Below are things you can do to reduce stress and keep them happy while you party.
The main thing that causes pets stress during New Year’s celebrations are the fireworks. They can cause incredibly high levels of anxiety and so it is important to take some precautions before the evening celebrations begin.
Take your dog for a long run or walk before the evening festivities. Play fetch or have them run around to really work off that energy. Our dogs respond really well to flyers so it’s worth giving them a go. The more tired they are from the walk, the more likely they are to sleep through the noise from the fireworks. When it comes to your cats you can try playing games with them with a cat wand or a laser pen – most cats love the laser pen game. They will be tired out in no time.
2. Keep them indoors
Keep your cats and dogs indoors during fireworks. If they are outside and unattended during the celebrations there is a chance that they will escape through fear and stress. When it comes to cats it’s best to keep them inside as the noise can lead them to running away and hiding, many cats go missing every year as a result of them getting lost and disorientated during fireworks.
3. Keep them confined
If you are having the party at your house then be sure to keep your cat or dog confined to a safe room in the house where guests are unlikely to accidentally let them out. By giving them a room to be confined in you are reducing the chances of escape through fear but also decreasing stress levels. So many dogs go missing every year after they run away through fear.
4. Feliway and Adaptil
Feliway and Adaptil are pheromone diffusers, for cats and dogs respectively. The release of pheromones helps to calm and de-stress pets and are often used during fireworks. Generally, Feliway and Adaptil are incredibly effective and really help when it comes to keeping your pet calm, all you have to do it plug it into the wall. If your pets gets very anxious during fireworks it is definitely best to give this a try.
As a final note, it is important to remember to watch what your pet is eating. No doubt there will be a delicious array of snacks for you and your guests to eat throughout the night, so be sure to watch your cats and dogs to make sure they aren’t eating anything that is potentially dangerous to them such as nuts, raisins, and chocolate. No one wants to rush to the vet on New Year’s Eve.
We hope you have a safe and happy New Year’s celebration tomorrow night. We at Philomena London wish you all the best for 2016 and thank you all for your support over the past year and look forward to seeing you again in the new one!
We’re having a pre-Christmas sale at Philomena London. With great products like Beco and Love My Dog on sale, it’s an opportunity you won’t want to miss out on. Here are a few of the great items we have on offer, and if you want to browse our full range then just click here to get to our sale page.
- Adelina Pink Liberty Print Collar
This popular collar from Love My Dog was £42 and is now down to £24. Backed with super soft suede and finished by classic British saddle makers this collar is both brilliant and stylish for your dog. Even better news is that the matching lead is on sale for the same price. If you want to add a little something extra the bow tie completes the set at a mere £12!
2. Beco Christmas Dog Toys
I’ve talked about these a lot, and they are probably one of the best toys that we stock. While the normal ones remain at full price, the Christmas versions have been reduced to an amazing £3.60 – after all, they are seasonal toys. They’re going fast so it would be an idea to scoop one up as soon as possible! As a note, the cat versions are only £2.10 each so why not treat your feline friend to one too?
3. John Whitaker International Union Jack Dog Coat
Probably one of our most popular items this year, the John Whitaker dog coat has been flying out of our doors! As a pre-Christmas treat we have cut the price from £20 down to £14.40 – a brilliant price that you won’t get anywhere else! It’s waterproof and has a warm, fleecy lining that is sure to keep your dog toasty in the winter months.
4. Good Kitty Ceramic Treat Jar
Rae Dunn provides us with some of the most amazing dishes and treat jars, and for our pre-Christmas sale we have a really amazing offer for you. This treat jar was £66 and is now only £24, which is a pretty massive saving on such an amazing hand made jar! Straight in from California, these jars are durable and beautiful to behold.
5. Charley Chau Deeply Dishy Luxury Bed in Raspberry
Finally on our preview list we have the Charley Chau Deeply Dishy Luxury Bed in Raspberry. This offer is rarely seen, and considering this bed was £100 and has now been reduced to £57 it’s certainly one that you might want to consider picking up. These beds are incredibly comfortable and something that your dog may be reluctant to leave this Christmas!
Be sure to take a look at the rest of our great savings this Christmas, after all your pet deserves it! The Philomena London team wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Christmas is not just about us having a delicious dinner together, but it’s a time for the animals to join in as well. We like nothing more than sharing our roast dinner, but as we all know there are things to be wary of when sharing with your pet (see this post). So we have gathered together some of the things that we eat on Christmas day that won’t harm your pet and are still just as enjoyable for them – this way you can share without worry.
The best bit is you just need to put it all in the bowl together, your pet isn’t going to mind!
- Turkey or chicken
Whichever bird you are having this Christmas, you can feel happy giving it to your dog or cat. Turkey is the healthier of the two birds, and with each make sure it is just the meat and not the skin/drippings as those are high in fat. Also, it would be an idea to put your pet’s serving aside before you cover it in onions, fat, and other potentially harmful ingredients.
2. Salmon (not smoked)
A favourite for the festive season, salmon is high in omega 3 and helps keep your pet’s coat lovely and shiny. In fact, we have always given Inky our salmon skin and people often remark how soft his coat is at the grand age of 12 (13 next month). It’s good for them, and so you can feel good about giving it to them – just remember that everything is good in moderation.
3. Christmas Veg
Generally, vegetables have little to no nutritional value for dogs or cats so there is no harm in giving them the classic Christmas veg with their dinner. Carrots, sprouts, parsnips, and potatoes will go down a treat with your pet so be sure to give them a generous serving. We have found that our dogs prefer raw carrot (whereas the cats prefer cooked) but every pet is different.
We do not recommend the fattier foods be fed to your pets in general, even during Christmas dinner, but it’s okay to put a teaspoon of your delicious home made gravy on top as a special treat – our menagerie get a tiny spoonful each every year. The same goes for the cranberry sauce (again in a tiny amount) as cranberries can be eaten by your cats and dogs, but we prefer to give them fresh cranberries as the sauce is full of sugar (hence the tiny portion if you choose to give it to them).
Christmas pudding is a tradition, but sadly not for your pet as it is filled with raisins and nuts, not to mention that it gets covered in alcohol! A healthy alternative? Some blueberries and apple slices (maybe even some left over cranberries). This will be a much nicer treat for your pet as it is both delicious and non-toxic.
Your pet’s health is important this Christmas so be sure to remove anything potentially harmful or toxic to them from your Christmas feast. Merry Christmas from all of us from Philomena London (and the assorted animals that live with us.)!