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Fleas & Ticks

Our latest blog post by Anna Shaw

With the longer days and the warmer weather creeping in, that dreaded time of year is also almost upon us again, yes we are talking about flea and ticks!

What is a flea?

A flea is a tiny, often brown in colour parasite that lives on the body of their host feeding from their blood. Although flightless they can jump up to 50 times their body size and hop from host to host where they will attach themselves to your pets fur with their claws.
The gory pest doesn’t stop there, they can lay their eggs within 48hrs of their first blood meal and these eggs can then hatch anywhere between two to ten days depending on conditions such as heat and season and before you know it you are overrun.
As you can imagine, these awful little pests can not only cause your dog or cat itching, discomfort, anaemia in extreme cases and for many, allergies from the flea bites themselves. They are also a pain to rid them and their eggs from the environment your pet lives in.

The Dreaded Tick

A tick is also a very small blood sucking parasite which attaches itself to your dog or cat. Although not able to jump or fly, the tick often attaches itself to your pet when they brush against the area a tick is holding on to which is often long grassy or woody areas. Ticks then make a microscopic hole in your pets skin where they will then bury their head and then suck on their blood until removed or they simply fall off. These nasty little creatures need blood to survive. A single tick bite can also cause lymes disease so needs to be dealt with swiftly but more about that later.

Is Chemical Prevention better?

Whilst we have all seen the vet plans for chemical monthly flea and tick medications available, or advertisements for flea and tick products from larger pet store chains, which can be either be ingested or applied topically, I have always been a big believer in the many natural remedies available especially when you read papers with scientific backings not only about the way we are polluting our streams and rivers with these products, but also the damage we are doing to our pets with them.
Certain brands of prescription only and shop brought flea and tick medications have long been associated with skin irritation, breathing difficulties, weakness, seizures and stomach upsets to name but a few and with so many natural products proven to work on the market, is there really a need to run the risk of poisoning your pet?
Chemical treatments such as these above contain pesticides and neurotoxins which will poison, paralyse and kill fleas and ticks when they bite. We are advised when applying or giving them to our pets to immediately wash our hands and to seek medical advice if we accidentally ingest these products due to their poisonous nature yet these are the very treatments we give to our pets to prevent an infestation which may never happen, we are to put it simply “poisoning our pets just in case”!
Prevention is better than cure!
As mentioned there are many natural products available to help avoid and deter those pesky critters but did you know that with fleas and tick being parasites, they are said to be most attracted to those who are weakest or those who aren’t in tip top condition, so ensuring that your pet has a healthy balanced diet and over all good gut health is paramount first and foremost.
Some of the natural products we provide work from the inside out and are available in both powder and tincture form, they contain no hidden chemicals or nasties, such as
Herbal Dog Co Natural Flea & Tick Blend, Proflax Keep Off Me powder or tincture and also Hedgerow Hounds Natures Bounty which all contain a carefully selected blend of herbs to not only support skin and gut health but to also to help deter external parasites.
If you would prefer to use a natural topical treatment instead of an internal supplement or as well as, then Herbal Dog Co All Natural Flea & Tick Spot On maybe for you or even Herbal Pet Supplies No More Bites which contains nothing but Aqueous, Quassia Bark, Bitter Apple Extract , Lemongrass and Lavender the latter can be applied to the back of your pets neck once a week and also can also be used on your pets bedding and around the home.
Heading off on a walk and wanting extra protection? A simple spritz of Herbal Dog Co Natural Flea Protect Spray may be what you are after then. Once again it’s not only packed full of natural products that won’t harm the environment around you but can also be used around the house for added protection.
Pushing all supplements, spritz and sprays aside, it’s always best to check your pet once or twice a week for fleas and ticks, in the hotter part of the season then daily checks with a flea comb for if you can and for ticks you can either check your dog over after you have been for walks in areas they are prevalent in or just try to avoid those areas as best as you.

Help my pet has fleas!

Firstly please don’t panic or worry, it can happen to the best of us especially in the extreme heat and at this point it’s good to remember that even a chemically treated dog can suffer an infestation and you most certainly aren’t alone!
The first thing to do would be to wash your dog in a natural Flea shampoo which is designed to help rid your pet of fleas whilst still being gentle on their skin then to go over them with a flea comb twice a day for the next ten days minimum and to use a product such as Herbal Pet Supplies No More Bites which can be diluted down as per their guidelines and used daily on both your pet and around your home for seven to ten days (three weeks if you can just to be sure you have broken the cycle).
If you have a steamer then it would also help to steam everything daily from skirting boards to sofas, curtains and carpets (remember a flea can jump up to 50 times its body size).
Warriorbullz Diatomaceous Earth can also be used in instances such as these so long as you use them in a well ventilated area. Diatomaceous Earth suffocates all fleas and bugs that stand in its way just be careful not to breath it in yourself. You can apply this to your pets fur preferably whilst outside and then simply wash them off thoroughly.
Once you are confident you have rid all fleas then you can go back to your usual routine.

Help my pet has a Tick (or two)

Once again please do not panic, these horrid little creatures aren’t going anywhere fast.
Firstly check your pet all over just to ensure that there are only the one or two then before removing I would strongly recommend just contacting a holistic vet to advise on any homeopathic remedies that can be used at the time such as Ledum Palustre (also known as just Ledum). This is for any puncture wound, sting or bite and is said to help to with Lymes disease which is a bacterial infection that is transmitted by ticks. Thankfully the number of affected ticks in the UK are very low but it’s still very much a concern and one that should be taken seriously as Lymes disease or Borreliosis as it’s also known as is said to cause swollen lymph nodes, fatigue and loss of appetite along with a high fever among other symptoms.
If you would rather or are a seasoned professional then a tick remover and Ingenious Probiotics Dermo (wound) Care is a must! Simply remove the tick making sure you have removed the whole thing head included and then use only the Dermo Care Spray on the area where the skin has been broken.
If you would like any information or advice on anything mentioned in this blog then please feel free to drop us a call to discuss further.


Dental Care for your pets

Dental Care

Written By Anna Shaw for Poochie Park Ltd

With February being national dental care month we thought it would be the perfect time to discuss exactly why dental hygiene is important and what we can do as pet parents to prevent Periodontal disease.

Sadly it’s widely reported that Periodontal disease (which is caused by the build up of plaque and tartar in the mouth) can be seen in at least 80% of dogs over three years old and between 50-90% of cats over four, this is something that can also affect other organs within the body if left untreated. Good oral hygiene practice can help to prevent and and even turn around the effects caused by periodontal disease as long as it hasn’t progressed to the second stage.

How to help

Regular brushing and a quick check inside the mouth from a young age is important as it teaches pup/kitten there is nothing to fear. If you have a nervous dog or one that runs away at the sight of a toothbrush then begin by using your finger to rub around the gum lines to build confidence and then move along to a finger brush or toothbrush.

What to use

There are many products available on the market such as Dorwest Roast Dinner Toothpaste and if your pet isn’t happy with toothpaste we have Herbal Pet Supplies Pearly Whites Powder which you simply add to their food. This blend works by reducing the acid in their saliva which forms plaque, also gently removing plaque from the teeth and leaves your pet with fresh breath.

Herbal Dog Co All Natural Plaque Protect is another fantastic powder which will not only freshen your dogs breath but also help to reduce tartar build up and is once again added to their food, but remember that brushing and checking their mouths a few times a week is still a must even with products as wonderful as these!

One product in in particular that has taken the pet world by storm is LUCAA+ Pet Probiotic Dental Care which is a good bacteria (probiotic) sourced from plants making it not only vegan but eco friendly and chemical free. It helps to restore a healthy balance to your pets mouth and stops harmful bacteria in its tracks cleaning the teeth, sockets and gums whilst reducing any inflammation.

Natures very own toothbrush – Raw Meaty Bones

Chewing on raw meaty bones not only provides stress providing mental stimulation and a work out for their jaw muscles, but also a full floss and clean from the abrasive motions of chewing and tearing through muscle meat, connective tissue and bone, this helps to maintain those shiny white teeth and healthy gums.

When feeding raw meaty bones there are of course some things to consider such as where the product is sourced, to steer clear of machine cut bones (these may be sharp and cause abrasions to the gum line) and of course to use an appropriate bone for your cat/dogs breed and size avoiding weight bearing bones that can cause fractures.

• small dog/cat – a chicken wing or foot
• medium dog -lamb ribs, chicken/ duck carcass
• large dog – veal spine and neck


When we talk about treats for teeth and gum health we aren’t talking about carb filled sticks filled with synthetic ingredients, we are talking about 100% natural chews with no hidden nasties that also help to scrape the Plaque from those gum lines and once again provide minutes to hours of chewing fun, think of pizzles, beef or lamb tails and real hide! These will also help a puppy through their teething stages.

All of the products mentioned above are available in store and online at Poochie Pantry and if you have any questions or advice is needed please don’t forget that we are only a phone call or email away!

Telephone 07506533840

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Why should we give Bone Broth to our pets?

Bone broth is a supplement that has been praised and promoted by many for its amazing health benefits. In Chinese medicine, there are many mentions of how bone broth can help in nourishing the body and aiding blood growth. Over the past few years, bone broth has also become popular as a great additive in dog diet as well.

Bone broth for dogs, as research has shown, is a great health supplement for the remarkable health benefits it offers. It has proved to be extremely helpful in detoxing, diabetic care, ad skin, coat, and joint health. Especially for senior dogs in hospice care and sick dogs suffering from lethal problems, bone broth can prove to be a great alternative source for nutrition.

What is Bone Broth?

While many have heard the term bone broth, they are not familiar with the recipe. Most confuse bone broth with soup which is not what it is. Bone broth, essentially, is extracted from the body parts of an animal that are generally not added to meals. These include bones, marrow, tendons, skin, ligaments, and feet. These are slow-cooked with water for hours to extract many nourishing compounds like collagen and essential amino acids that are not found in usual pet food or home-cooked food.

Why is Bone Broth for Dogs an Awesome Supplement?

If you are still wondering about whether you should feed your canine friend bone broth, here are a few health benefits of bone broth for dogs that will help you decide:

  1. Joint Healing Qualities: Bone broth is a rich and dense liquid packed with nutrients that can help senior or sick dogs with joint problems. Bone broth contains glucosamine, chondroitin, and hyaluronic acid that are known for their joint protective and elastic qualities. Bone broth also helps in repairing connective tissues which is greatly needed in elder dogs.
  2. Aids Digestion: Bone broth is packed with glycine and proline, known for promoting a healthy gut environment. It can greatly repair damage to the intestinal lining providing relief to inflammation and other digestive problems.
  3. Promotes A Healthy Liver: Dogs are curious animals who put their tongues into a lot of things which can be a problem for their livers as they have a lot of detoxing to do. However, the liver’s detoxing capabilities are also dependent on glycine. Bone broth for dogs is loaded with enough glycine to not only detox but also promote liver health.
  4. Protein Galore: Bones and marrow are excellent sources of protein which is the primary need for your furry friend. Dogs are active animals with a body structure that has to be provided with enough protein to maintain both, a healthy inside and outside. Rich with collagen which is an important protein, bone broth is a great health supplement for dogs.

However, it is essential to remember that bone broth for dogs is different than that of humans. Humans’ bone broth contains a high amount of sodium which is not safe for dogs. So, it’s better to buy bone broth for dogs UK from trusted brands like Boil & Broth that prepare bone broth safe for your pooch.

medium natural treat box

Natural dehydrated treat boxes

Here at Poochie Park not only do we love to offer you dogs some off lead time to stretch their legs, we love to be able to offer you treats and food using our click and collect service.

We are please to announce the launch of our Natural treat boxes currently available in small and medium, seen here is the medium box packed full of delicious dehydrated treats.

Dehydrated treats are great for healthy teeth and gums, whilst those still with fur on are thought to assist in natural worming.