Monthly Archives: January 2018

Bloat

What is Bloat?
Bloat is a condition where the stomach becomes overstretched by excess gas possibly due to a blockage or twisting of the stomach. Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV) is when the stomach becomes twisted as well. The conditions are progressively life-threatening.


What are the symptoms of Bloat?
The dog may stand uncomfortably and appear to be very uncomfortable for no reason. Sometimes their tummy may appear swollen and hard. They may look weak and depressed, with breathing problems and trying to vomit but nothing coming up. Each dog is likely to show different symptoms so if you dog doesn’t seem it’s usual self then please get in touch with your vet for advice.


What causes Bloat?
A twist or something that prevents gas from leaving the stomach through either sphincter (the ring of muscle at the start and end of the stomach) may cause the condition. Different research suggests different causes but it is thought that deep, narrow-chested breeds, increased age, stress and eating drier food may increase the risk of stomach expansion and the condition. Certain medical conditions such as dogs with inflammatory bowel disease may also be more prone to Bloat. When the stomach twists, it changes the blood flow around the gastrointestinal tract which also puts pressure on blood vessels to the liver and reduces blood flow to other important organs such as the heart. This can cause blood poisoning due to the reduced ability of the liver to remove toxins from the body. If not promptly treated then this can lead to toxic shock and death.


How is Bloat treated?
Early Veterinary intervention is needed to increase the probability of a good outcome for the dog. Death can happen within a couple of minutes so it is imperative Veterinary treatment is sought as soon as possible. It can be life-threatening even with Veterinary treatment. Treatment will be determined depending on the degree of stomach distension and what has caused the Bloat. Surgery may correct the position of the stomach as well as checking to see if and other tissue has been damaged during the Bloat.


If you are concerned about your dog getting Bloat or need any further information then please chat to your vet about any specific queries you have for your dog.

Homemade Dog Treat Recipes!

Throughout the year we bake a lot of treats for friends and family (and ourselves) but why not treat your furry friends with some homemade dog treats. Here’s some of our favourite recipes:

Easy peanut butter treats
Whose dog is a peanut butter-a-holic? These are the treats for you! Mix together 1 cup of pumpkin puree, ¼ cup of peanut butter and ¼ cup of milk, gradually add 2 ½ cups of old fashioned oats until combined. Scoop and roll the mixture into small balls (you can make 20 from this mixture). With ½ cup of oats, roll the balls in them to coat them and put in the fridge until firm. Once they are firm, your dog can enjoy! Top tip: pop in an airtight contain, in a fridge, and they will keep for up to a week. Also just check that the brand of peanut butter that you choose does not contain Xylitol which is more common in non-UK brands.

Homemade dog biscuits
You have can some fun with these and make the biscuits any shapes you’d like. Firstly, preheat your over at 175 degrees C and then start combining 1 cup of pumpkin, 2 eggs, ½ cup of peanut butter and oil. Once combined, you then add in your 2 ½ cups of whole wheat flour and 1 teaspoon of baking soda and stir until it becomes a stiff dough. Roll out the dough and use cookie cutter to cut out your biscuits and bake for 15 minutes (or until golden). Top tip: to make it even more irresistible whilst up 2 tablespoons of bacon grease (melted) and ¼ cup of peanut butter until smooth and drizzle over our biscuits and pop in the fridge till the glaze is harden.

Diabetic nibbles
For the diabetic dog, treats can be difficult for your dog to enjoy. These treats take a little longer to prepare but your dog will love them. Start by preheating your oven at 175 degrees C and line a baking tray with parchment paper. Place 1 ½ pounds of beef liver into a food processor and pulse until its finely chopped, then add ½ cup whole wheat flour and 2 eggs and pulse until smooth. Spread your liver mixture into the tray and bake for 15 minutes. Once cooled, cut into squares. Your dog will enjoy their liver spongey nibbles.

Chicken bites
These little bites will leave your furry friend wanting more. For these you’ll be starting with preheating the oven at 175 degrees C combining 1 cup of wild rice (mashed), 1 cup of shredded (cooked) chicken, 3 tablespoons of rice flour, 1 tablespoon of diced fresh parsley and 1 beaten egg. Once combined, use a spoon to fill a cup cake baking tray, remember to pack it tight. Bake for 25 minutes (or until golden brown) and when they have cooled, your dog will keep wanting more!

Festive Ginger snaps
With these tasty treats your dog won’t be forgotten about when you’re munching on your mince pies. Preheat your oven at 160 degree C and then start mixing in 2 cups of Almond flour, ½ cup of coconut flour, ½ – ¾ of a cup of peanut butter, 3 tablespoons of ground ginger and a ¼ of a cup of water. When combined, roll the dough out flat and use your small cookie cutter to cut out individual treats. Pop your treats onto your baking tray and bake for 25 minutes; turn off the over and leave to continue to cook for 45 minutes (or until crisp). NOM NOM NOM!

Hypoallergenic Almond treats
These tasty treats are for the hypoallergenic furry friends. Preheat our oven at 175 degrees C and start combining 1 cup of rice flour, ½ cup of oatmeal, ½ cup Almond butter and 2 eggs. Once mixed together you can add a teaspoon of water at a time (2 tbsp in total) until your dough has come together. Roll your dough out to ¼ inch think on a slightly floured surface and cut into shapes (dog bones, squares, stars, circles etc.) Pop onto a lightly greased cookie sheet and cook for about 12 minutes so that the bottoms are browned.

Apple and Peanut butter cookies
Here’s another yummy treat for the dogs who LOVE peanut butter. Start by preheating your oven at 175 degrees C and then cover 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Mix your 3 cups of wheat flour, 2 cups of quick-cook oats, 1 cup peanut butter, 1 cup of unsweetened organic applesauce and 1 teaspoon baking powder. Knead your dough and roll out to ¼ thickness and then cut into the shapes of your choice with your cookie cutters. Once cut, pop your cookies onto your baking sheet (leaving space between the cookies) and bake for roughly 25 minutes. Let the cookies cool and then your dog can enjoy!

Apple and cheddar biscuits
Whilst you’re munching on cheese and wine, here’s a delicious treat for your dog. Whilst you’re preheating your oven to 175 degrees C, you can line a baking tray with parchment paper. Mix together 2 cups of barley flour, ½ cup of old fashioned oatmeal, 1/3 cup of grated cheddar cheese, 1/3 unsweetened applesauce, ¼ grated parmesan cheese, 3 tablespoons of water and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Roll out your mixture to about ¼ inch thick and use your cookie cutters to shape your biscuits. Once cut, pop onto the baking tray and bake for 30 minutes, turn your oven off and pop your biscuits onto a wire rack back in the oven overnight.