Forthglade – Natural & Nutritious Dog Food.

What is Forthglade?
The team at Forthglade believe that pet food should be wholesome, nourishing and uncomplicated. This is why their recipes are made simple and naturally nutritious with natural ingredients which have added vitamins and minerals. Their recipes are also free from any junk, fillers, artificial flavours, colours and preservatives. Forthglade have special recipes for puppies and senior dogs to support their health and wellbeing.

How they make their food.
Forthglade use unique recipes with quality ingredients, which most actually come from the UK, that include vitamins and minerals. Forthglade uses gentle cooking methods such as steaming and cold pressing. This allows their ingredients to keep as much of their natural goodness and flavour as possible. When it comes to packaging, they use widely recycled trays for their wet food.

Wet food
Forthglade’s wet food is designed with sensitive tummies in mind.
Their complete grain free wet food is made using natural ingredients with added vitamins and minerals, this is to support dog’s health and wellbeing. Dog owners can choose from different recipes including 75% salmon, lamb, duck, beef or turkey. Forthglade’s complete range of wet dog food with brown rice recipes provide balanced meals for all breeds of dog. They are packed with wholesome natural ingredients such as ocean fish, chicken, liver and tripe. They also have healthy vegetables and wholegrain brown rice. Forthglade’s wet food can be put in the freezer but it is recommended to put it in a freezer-safe container and use it within 3 months. Opened wet food can be put in the freezer and should be consumed within two days.

Dry food
Forthglade’s grain free cold pressed dry food is made using natural ingredients with added vitamins and minerals. The cold pressing technique is taking the ingredients and doing as little with them as possible to retain their flavour. Forthglade’s grain free cold pressed dry food is easy to digest and comes in two recipes; the duck and chicken. Both recipes contain a mix of fibre-rich vegetables.

Treats
Forthglade’s range of hand-baked, dog treats are designed to boost the relationship between dog and owner. The treats are made free from junk and are available in various recipes including: calming treats, training treats, fresh breath treats, and joints & bones treats.

Forthglade products at Kimi’s Pet Emporium

https://www.kimispetemporium.co.uk/forthglade-pet-food-120-c.asp

  • Forthglade chicken & vegetables dry cold pressed dog food 1kg
  • Forthglade duck with potato & vegetables 395g
  • Forthglade lamb with butternut squash & vegetables 395g
  • Forthglade turkey with potato & vegetables395g
  • Fothglade multipack wet dog food trays 12x395g

 

How to calm your dog during firework season.

Now we have hit October, firework season is going to be in full swing for the next few months. So continue reading to find out how to comfort your dog during fireworks.

Why are dogs scared of fireworks?
Dogs experience the world through their senses. As you may already know dogs are known for their incredible senses; they can pick up sounds and smells from great distances, this makes fireworks a much more intense experience for dogs. Many people believe that to dogs fireworks are just like thunder, however that is not the case. The bangs that come from fireworks are much closer to the ground than the rumbles of thunder.

Fireworks don’t give any warning signs that dogs can detect before-hand meaning when they go off dogs may see them as a threat, this is because dogs like predictability so they will enact their fight or flight responses and this can make them feel trapped as they don’t have enough room to run away from the threat.

How to keep dogs calm during fireworks.
There are many aids to help calm your dog and many are herbal and can be found at https://www.kimispetemporium.co.uk/dog-healthcare-77-c.asp
Here are some examples of ways to keep your dog calm during the fireworks, but a longer term solution of desensitizing your dog to loud noises would work best.
• Avoid letting your dog outdoors at times when fireworks are likely to go off.
During firework season try and walk your dog during the day as it is less likely there will be any fireworks. If your dog needs the toilet during the night try to get them to go as quickly as possible.
• Create a safe place inside your home for your dog to hide from fireworks.
If your dog goes into fight or flight mode and they choose flight they would feel comforted with a special comfy and warm area just for them. That could be under the stairs or in a secure place
• T.V. or the Radio
The sudden bang of fireworks can be masked by the T.V. or the radio. If your dog can’t hear the fireworks well then they would be less anxious.

• Always draw the curtains or cover the windows.
By making sure the windows are covered there will be one less effect of the fireworks to scare your dog.
• Try not to confine your dog in one room.
When a firework goes off and your dog gets scared they may go into flight mode and try to run away. If they are stuck in one room then they won’t have the space to run and they could injure themselves, but having a secure area like their bed could really comfort them.
• Make sure that your dog is microchipped and that all the details are up to date.
If your dog was to get out the house then they need to be microchipped so if someone finds them they will know who your dog belongs to.

• If your dog can see that fireworks don’t affect you they may be less anxious.
Dogs can pick up on how their owners are feeling, therefore if you show fear towards fireworks then your dog will certainly have fear towards fireworks. Your natural reaction would be to pet your dog, but this too may cause them further anxiety as they will think you are afraid too. Try to go about your normal activities and just check in on them regularly and turn the music up!
• Provide your dog with a long lasting chew to keep them distracted, remember to always supervise them.
• Calming tablets.
Give your dog a calming tablet a few hours before any fireworks are due to go off.
For a Veterinarian recommended calming tablet visit https://www.kimispetemporium.co.uk/vetiq-serene-um-calming-tablets-for-cats–dogs-30-tablet-pack-188-p.asp

• Calming sprays.
Spray your dog’s bed or your finger and rub your dog’s chest to bring calmness.
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Keep in mind that all dogs are different so these may not all of these methods may work for your dog.
Desensitizing dogs to loud noises.
In the long term desensitizing you dog would be the best method. It requires time and patience. These different ways to deal with fireworks should work wonders if you haven’t had time to prepare for firework season.
Dogs are unable to escape the sounds of fireworks; therefore they will have to face a fear head-on. When your dog is showing signs of fear, call them over to you and give them a treat, or play with their favourite toy. Obviously this should be done out of firework season, so invest in audio version of firework noise that you can play anytime. Increase the volume gradually and in theory over time your dog will not be bothered by the noise anymore. By doing this you are showing your dog that there is nothing to be afraid of as you are turning a negative experience into a positive one.

Separation Anxiety! How do I calm my dog?

Do you come home to a chewed mess? If so then your dog may be suffering from separation anxiety. Seeing your dog in a state of anxiety can make you feel worried too, however you shouldn’t fret. There are ways of helping your dog over-come their anxiety. If you are a new dog owner this blog is also for you as I will be talking about how to avoid separation anxiety as well.

What is separation anxiety and why do dogs develop it?

Separation anxiety in a nutshell is when a dog becomes stressed just before or after the people they’re attached to leave. Dogs can develop separation anxiety if they are used to being around their owners most of the time but all of a sudden they are spending less time with them, this is because they don’t understand that being separate is a natural part of a humans life whereas for dogs their natural living consists of constantly being in a pack.

Signs your dog may have separation anxiety.

Although a lot of the signs that are consistent with separation anxiety may just be your dog misbehaving, especially if they are in their puppy stage. It is still a good idea to deal with them as if they are signs of anxiety.
Some of the signs are:
• Always following you around.
• Trying to leave the house with you.
• Barking, whimpering or whining.
• Sitting at the door as you prepare to leave.
• Pacing.
• Being destructive.
• Reacting negatively to noises.

There are some other things to look out for that you may not associate with separation anxiety, such as:
• A loss of appetite
• Doing normal things obsessively.
• Having a toilet accident in the house even though they are house trained.

How to deal with/avoid separation anxiety.

Firstly you should always consult your vet if you have any concerns as they could be symptoms of an underlying illness. When you go to see the vet make sure you take a list of your dog’s behaviours with you and if you can, get a video of your dog while they are exhibiting those behaviours.
There are ways you can train your dog so they don’t feel so anxious when they are left alone or so they don’t have to develop separation anxiety. Here is how to train your dog to deal with being separated from you.

The first method is point of reference.
Just note that before you start this method you should visualize what you’re going to do in your head so you can do the following steps in a calm and swift manner. This will show your dog that this unnatural activity is nothing to worry about and it will become natural.
1. While you’re moving about in your house count how many times your dog gets up and follows you.
2. Create a point of reference.
Find a spot in your house for your dog to go to when you’re not there, whether it be your sofa, the carpet or your dog’s bed.
3. Take your dog to your point of reference and tell them to stay while you take a few paces backwards.
4. If your dog stays then walk back to them and give them a treat and quietly say good girl/boy (make sure you speak calmly and quietly and always walk to them, don’t make them leave their point of reference as you would be rewarding them for following instead of staying)
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 but each time make the distance greater between the two of you.
This method shows your dog that you will be back so there is nothing to fear.

Check this video below to see it in action.

The next method is all about consistency.
Although you may always be with your dog now; there are many reason as to why, in the future, you can’t always be around so to avoid your dog developing separation anxiety here is a few tips.
1. Create a consistent, predictable routine.
You may want to spend as much time with your dog as you can before you start work. But creating a work life routine now will really benefit your dog in the long run.
2. Start spending time apart.
Your new routine should consist of you leaving your dog.
3. Try to leave and arrive quietly.
When you leave your dog try and do it quietly and don’t make a fuss over your dog. Try and do the same when you arrive, if your dog has behaved well while you were gone you can reward them with a treat in a calm manner.
4. Train your dog to go to a point of reference.
5. Keeping active.
Before your dog spends some time alone make sure they have had some exercise, if your dog is tired they may sleep while you’re gone.

Another method for dealing with separation anxiety is to simply leave the T.V. or radio on for background noise to soothe your dog. Kimi prefers Classical music!

Finally make sure your dog has something to distract and entertain them, this could be a KONG dog toy or a Lickimat. These can be frozen during summer to keep you dog cool. With these always use spreads instead of hard foods, as the golden rule is to not leave your dog unattended with hard foods or chews as they could be choking hazards      

There are many products out there that are specifically designed to calm and/or entertain dogs.
Click the link to find some calming and boredom busting products.

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