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The Doggy Handbook: The Bare Necessities

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!

 

Sleep

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.

 

Walk

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.

 

Play

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.

 

Poop

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.

 

To Conclude

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.

Poo Bags and the Environment  

 

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.

Beco Poo Bag Range

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.

About Alabama Rot

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

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.

 

  1. The Martingale Collar

 

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.

 

  1. The Standard Collar

 

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.

 

  1. The Vibration Collar

 

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.

 

  1. The GPS Collar

 

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.

 

  1. The Harness

 

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!

Sleep and Your Dog

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.

 

  1. The Side Sleeper
Inky the Sidesleeper.
Inky the Side Sleeper. He uses his paw as a pillow.

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.

 

  1. The Nutshell
The nutshell. Image from Huffington Post.
The nutshell. Image from Huffington Post.

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!

 

  1. The Superman (or the Pancake)
Philomena sleeping like a Superdog or Pancake.
Philomena sleeping like a Superdog or 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!

 

  1. The Flake
The Flake. Image from Google.
The Flake. Image from Google.

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!

 

  1. The Belly Curl
Belly Curl. Image from Google.
Belly Curl. Image from Google.

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.

 

  1. Passed Out
Passed Out. Image from Google.
Passed Out. Image from Google.

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.

 

  1. Snuggles
Finn and Philomena enjoying snuggles.
Finn and Philomena enjoying snuggles.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 Ways to a Healthier Pet

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.

  1. Walking

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!).

2.  Running

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.

Our three are fans of the running part...
Our three are fans of the running part…

3. Agility

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!

Loved by dogs everywhere

 

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.

A Happy New Year for Your Pet

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.

  1. Exercise

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.

Image from Google

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!

The Christmas Dinner for Pets

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!

  1. 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.

Image from Google

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.

Image from Google

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.

Image from Google

4. Gravy

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).

Image from Google

5. Pudding

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.

Image from Google

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.)!

Merry Christmas from Inky!
Merry Christmas from Inky!

12 Perfect Gift Ideas

It’s the holiday season and everyone has started their Christmas shopping. Everyone in the human family has been accounted for and now it’s just the pet members left to buy for. Here, we have a little Christmas gift guide, highlighting twelve of our favourite gifts for your furry friend. Don’t forget, we have free UK P&P this Christmas as well – something that is sure to help out a little with the Christmas shopping!

  1. Christmas Gift Boxes for Cats and Dogs

Our Christmas Gift Boxes are probably one of the most exciting things we are selling this season. Packed full of exciting gifts and tasty treats, they are something your dog is certain to enjoy and make the ultimate all-in-one gift. There are toys for your dog to play with (and keep them distracted while you open your presents!) and a coat for that chilly pre-lunch walk, as well as some tasty natural dog treats. We have two boxes available; the Millfield Box at £29.95, and the Hyde Park box at £39.95.

Hyde Park Christmas Gift Box

2. Beco Christmas Cat and Dog Toys

Beco,  with their love for the environment and pets, make a perfect combination for the production of dog toys and accessories. Our choice of Beco product for you Christmas gift list are the Beco Christmas toy range for cats and dogs. Beco toys in general are great quality and provide excellent entertainment for your pet, but the festive themed soft toys for cats and dogs are definitely a must for this Christmas, and with prices from £3.99-£8.99 who can resist?

Toby the Teddy…

3. Wilmot Red Cable Knit Sweater for Dogs

Also available in grey, the Wilmot Red Cable Knit Sweater makes a very warm and festive outfit for your dog. Inspired by a 1930’s men’s cable knit jumper, these sweaters are hand knitted in England using only the finest wool. They have an added loophole so that a harness can be worn underneath, and so are great for dry days out with your pooch.  At only £45 this jumper makes a warm and chic gift for your dog this Christmas!

Wilmot Red Cable Knit Sweater

4. Hawkins Organic

Someone that we really love is Hawkins Organic. They create dog and horse grooming products that are completely organic and “free from nasty chemicals.” The products are made in England, and the packaging is mostly made from recycled plastic  – two things that we strongly support here at Philomena London. When it comes to dog shampoo, our favourite has to be the Lemon Drizzle, it left our three lovely and clean after a particularly filthy walk! Definitely give them a look as shampoo can make a great gift for the muddy puppy, and even the muddy horse, in our lives.

Lemon Drizzle Shampoo for Dogs

5. Drink Devour Dog Dishes (Set of Two)

Rae Dunn makes some of our favourite dishes, and this set is definitely in the top three. Handmade in California, Rae Dunn strives for imperfection – in keeping with the Japanese tradition of wabi-sabi (the beauty of things imperfect). These dishes are solid and thick, making them quite sturdy and therefore a bit more durable than your average ceramic dog dish. This particular pair highlight exactly what a lot of dogs do – drink and devour! At £59 they make a lasting gift for your furry friend. Why not have a look at the cat ones too, at £54?

Drink. Devour.

6. Sweetpea and Boo Liberty Print Cat Collar

Hand-crafted in the UK, the Sweetpea and Boo Liberty Print cat collar is just too sweet to resist. The lovely floral themes brings forward thoughts of the coming spring and is sure to look stylish on your feline friend. With an elasticated back and shiny silver bell, this collar will fit the majority of cats, and at only £12 it makes the sweetest Christmas gift. We even have Liberty Print collars for dogs at the same great price.

Sweetpea and Boo Liberty Print Cat Collar

 

7. Love My Dog Hoxton Harris Tweed Dog Collar

This wonderful collar is made from Love My Dog’s signature Hoxton Tweed. Hand-crafted, it is hard-wearing, durable, and strong. Easy to clean and lined with suede it has the power to make any dog look smart. We love the Tartan pattern on this collar, and it feels particularly festive –  a favourite of our own dog, Inky. With prices starting at £56 it’s a must have for your dog. Some have even bought the smallest size for their cats!

Hoxton Harris Tweed Collars.

8. My McDawg Lilac Herringbone Harris Tweed Dog Collar

My McDawg produces fine Harris Tweed collars at great prices for your dog. With a super soft moleskin lining it provides incredibly comfort for your pooch as well as giving them the stylish look that they deserve. Made in the Outer Hebrides, and using only the finest Harris Tweed, My McDawg ensures that your pet receives the quality they deserve from their collars. The Lilac Herringbone (shown) is one of many collars available at our online shop. You can buy it here for £24.95, but if you’d like to see the rest of the line then take a look here. Collars make great gifts for dogs, so why not make it McDawg?

Lilac Herringbone Harris Tweed Collar by My McDawg

9. Charley Chau Silver Fox Faux Fur Blanket

Charley Chau is an award winning pet bed design company. Their beds and blankets are made to make them irresistibly comfortable for your pet.  Featured on our gift list is the medium Silver Fox Faux Fur Blanket at £70. It can be used as a throw for the furniture or perfectly paired with a Charley Chau bed. All Charley Chau products are machine washable, so important to dog owners!

Silver Fox Faux Fur Blanket by Charley Chau

 

10. John Whitaker International Union Jack Dog Coat

John Whitaker’s Union Jack dog coat has definitely been one of our best sellers this year. The only downside is that there is a limited supply as they are a limited edition coat. With a warm and fleecy inside and a waterproof outside they make a perfect, and affordable coat – ideal for the icy winter months ahead. If you want one of these for your pooch it’s best to grab one sooner rather than later because when these are gone, they’re gone for good. Grab yours now for only £20!

John Whitaker International Union Jack Dog Coat

11. The Natural Dog Food Company Chicken Treats

The Natural Dog Food Company is one of our newest suppliers, and we are so glad to have taken them on. Based on the same delicious and wholesome principles as their complete foods, Natural Dog Food Company Treats offer a tasty, low calorie, hypoallergenic treat that your dog will love. Whether you’re looking for an effective yet healthy training treat or simply to pamper your dog day-to-day, Natural Dog Food Company Treats make the ideal choice! At only £3 a bag they are wonderful as stocking fillers for your pets on Christmas morning!

Natural Dog Food Company Chicken Treats

12. Alessi Lula Storage Jar in Black

Alessi is a great brand with original and fun designs filling their pet range. We love carrying them, and we think that you will love buying their products for your pet. On our gift list we have the Lula Storage Jar in Black, a clear jar for filling with tasty treats for your canine (or feline) friend. It’s a great design and at £24 it makes an equally great gift. Pick one up for your dog, or maybe even take a peek at the ones for cats at the same price. If you like the Alessi treat jars then do feel free to browse the rest of their range here.

Alessi Lula Storage Jar in Black

 

So ends our Christmas gift guide for this year. Hopefully you found some great gift ideas for your pets or even pet friends. Didn’t find what you were looking for? Shop everything at Philomena London.

From everyone at Philomena London we wish you the Merriest of Christmases and a happy and prosperous New Year!

6 Ways to Keep Your Pet Safe This Christmas

Christmas is the most exciting time of year. It is a time when we come together to exchange gifts and spend time with the ones we love most – and that includes our pets. However, as with every holiday, we have to remember how to keep them safe as there are so many things that can cause them harm during the festive season.

  1. Deck the Halls

When decorating be careful using glass ornaments for your tree and the house as these are a choking hazard for dogs – especially the round ones as they can be mistaken for balls! If you do have any decorations like this then keep them up in the higher branches of the tree so that your dog can’t reach. If you are using candles please ensure these are also up high to prevent your dog knocking them off the tree and onto themselves.

Tinsel, garlands, and electrical wires also prove to be a risk for dogs. While the tinsel and garlands prove a choking hazard (or risk of poisoning in the case of garlands) the electrical wires could end up giving your pet a nasty shock if they manage to nibble through it!

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Image from Google

2. With boughs of Holly

Holly, poinsettia’s, and mistletoe are highly toxic to pets. Be sure to keep these out of reach of your furry friends to avoid an emergency visit to the vets at Christmas time! If, however, you think your dog may have ingested any of these items then look out for these two main symptoms before rushing them to the vet – vomiting and difficulty breathing.

3. O Christmas Tree

There is nothing more wonderful than the sight of a beautifully decorated live Christmas tree. It is something to be enjoyed by the whole family. Please do be aware, however, that when purchasing your live tree you should be careful as some trees carry mould that can cause horrible allergic reactions in cats and dogs. The main symptom of this is repository problems, so do keep an eye on your animal companion.

Some dogs will also take to drinking from the base of your live Christmas tree. The water found in these base pots can make them incredibly sick so do try and keep it covered where possible to prevent mischievous noses from getting in there.

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Image from Google

4. Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire

The food is one of the most celebrated things during the festive season. While there is a lot for us to enjoy, and we will be partial to sharing some of our Christmas dinner with our pets, please be aware of some of the foods that are poisonous to them that we eat at this time of year.

Nuts are very toxic to pets, especially macadamia nuts and walnuts, so make sure that any dropped nuts are picked up and none are left on surfaces they can reach easily. Raisins and grapes are also very poisonous and should be kept out of reach as they have been found to cause renal failure in large quantities.

Be sure not to give your pets chicken or turkey bones as these are very easy to swallow and choke on and are also much more prone to splintering than other bones. Please also note that if you decide to give your furry friend some of the Christmas feast that you make sure there are no onions or garlic in the mix as these are also very harmful to pets.

Chocolate and alcohol are also big no’s when it comes to Christmas treats. Chocolate (especially dark) is incredibly poisonous to pets and so should not be consumed by them. However, if you want to give them a chocolate treat there are plenty of pet-friendly chocolates to give your pets that are made from carab.

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5. The Fire is So Delightful

If you have an open fire this Christmas do make sure to have a fire guard up to prevent particularly curious pets from burning themselves on the open flames. After all, there’s nothing a pet loves more than curling up by a warm fire.

6. Presents!(We Love Presents!)

While this list may seem a heavy warning for the festive period, it is important to remember to keep your pet’s safety in mind. Of course, there are plenty of fun things to do with your pet during Christmas, one of which is giving them presents to unwrap! There is nothing that Inky, Finn, and Philomena love more than unwrapping toys and treats on Christmas morning!  It’s great to incorporate your pet in the festive celebrations (and if you’re stuck for ideas then take a look here).

Not only that, but you can always give them their own Christmas dinner – our three love some chicken and Christmas vegetables while we have our festive lunch. It’s a day where everyone gets treated, we just have to make sure we look after our furry friends while we do!

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!
Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!