Monthly Archives: April 2014

Pet emergency – Part 1 – Dogs and chocolate what is safe?

This weeks blog is part of our Pet Emergency series that will offer advice and information around what life is like living with animals and what to do when there is an emergency.

This is Part 1 which will explain why dogs can not eat chocolate and what to do if your dog eats some by accident.

The Not Just Pets Blog post is for information only. It should not replace veterinary advice. If it is an emergency and your pet is ill please ring a vet immediately. 

What is in chocolate that is so bad for dogs?

Chocolate contains a stimulant called theobromine which is similar to caffeine. This is what is poisonous to dogs. Different types of chocolate contain different amounts of theobromine, white chocolate the least and dark chocolate the most.

In 25 grams of white chocolate there is minimal amount, in milk chocolate 44-64mg, in dark chocolate 390-450mg and in dry cocoa powder 800mg.

100-150mg of theobromine per Kg of bodyweight is toxic to dogs. So if a regular sized dog weighing 30kg eats 1kg of milk chocolate it is enough for a fatal toxic reaction.

How does it harm your dog?

Theobromine will affect your dog’s heart, central nervous system and its kidneys, depending on how much the dog has eaten compared to its body weight.

What are the symptoms of chocolate poisoning?

When a dog has eaten some chocolate depending on how much they have eaten and their body weight you can expect these symptoms.

  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • restlessness
  • breathing difficulties
  • muscle tension
  • increased heart rate
  • seizure

These can start from 4 hours up to 24 hours after consumption. The sooner you get to see a vet the better the outcome for your dog

What should you do if your dog eats chocolate by mistake?

Contact your vet straight away and they will be available to advise you of what to do. They will offer treatment which will be induced vomiting to avoid the chocolate being ingested. If it is too late for that then the vet may offer medication to control the dog’s heart rate and blood pressure.

Case study Lola the staffie 

Lola is a one year old staffie, her owner Siobhan adopted her from the local shelter. The family knows that Lola likes to scavenge for food and so no tasty tidbits are ever left out and about for Lola to help herself to. Siobhan has two children who have been taught not to give Lola anything extra to eat.

Last Sunday was Easter Sunday and the children had their Easter egg. Siobhan’s oldest child put her egg down on the table for a second and Lola had scoffed it! This could have happened to anyone that owns a dog; with all the extra treats and excitement going on during a family event sometimes thing can go wrong. Dogs seem to know how tasty chocolate is and will take any open opportunity to get it!

Knowing chocolate is not good for dogs Siobhan rang the vets and was able to take Lola in to be seen. They made her vomit so she didn’t ingest the chocolate as the amount she had eaten would have done some serious damage if not killed Lola. Lola was back home that evening with her family safe and sound.

If Siobhan didn’t know the dangers of chocolate she may not have called the vet straight away. Most pet owners do not call the vet until their pet is showing signs that they are ill. The symptoms of chocolate poisoning may not show up until 4-24 hours later when it may be too late for your vet to take action.

What if I like to give my dog a treat?

The information here is to let you the pet owner be aware of why certain things are not recommended for pets. If you enjoy giving your pet a tasty treat or you get those puppy dog eyes looking at you when you are eating your favourite snack, don’t be tempted to give a little taste as there are some alternatives! At Not Just Pets we stock a variety of treats that are suitable for dogs including doggie chocolate bars!

Our staff are on hand to guide you through all the different treats available. From biscuits and chocolate drops to pigs’ ears! There is something for every dog and pocket.

We look forward to welcoming you in store soon: remember we are open in our Bath store 7 days a week!

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Get in touch via any of the above, or via our website or email at [email protected] or telephone us on 01225 461461. Or simply pop in, you’ll be welcome!

National Pet Month open day in our Frome Store

This Saturday 26th April in our Frome store we have a fabulous open day!

 

With the National Pet Month theme of ‘Celebrating our pets‘ there will be a variety of visitors and promotions on offer.

The open day is raising awareness of responsible pet ownership as well as raising funds for local animal charities. There will be animal handling, face painting, yummy cakes and a lucky dip so something fun for everyone!

Make friends with a fabulous rat as Anny will be bringing along her pets as well as some rescue rats.

Bring your own pet along for a pet portrait with Paul Smith who will be visiting with his camera ready to capture your pet’s photograph.

Cats Protection will be in store with a lovely table of goodies. Raising awareness and funds for the cat charity.

A special feathery friend will be visiting too! Boo, the European Eagle owl will be in store.

Need help with pet training and behavior? Colin from Company of Animals will be available with some fabulous products and offers.

With special offers and samples of both cat and dog food, Kelly from Canagan will be available to help answer your pet nutrition questions.   

Imogen a dog physiotherapist will also be in store offering advice.

Not Just Pets will have offers on aquatic set-ups. So you can get everything ready for your aquatic pets. As well as 20% off dog beds!

We look forward to seeing you this Saturday!

 

Location: Not Just Pets, Irongates, 9 King Street Frome (next door to M&S) 10.00am-4pm Saturday 26th April

 

 

We look forward to welcoming you in store soon: remember we are open in our Bath store 7 days a week!

Any ideas and suggestions you have will be welcomed. You can follow us in many ways:

On Facebook:(https://www.facebook.com/NotJustPets) and Twitter: (https://twitter.com/NotJustPets) and  Pinterest: (https://www.pinterest.com/notjustpets/)

– plus we will be joining Instagram soon too!

We run regular photo competitions, quizzes, offers and promotions on our Facebook and Twitter pages, so why not “like” or “follow” us today! 

Get in touch via any of the above, or via our website or email at [email protected] or telephone us on 01225 461461. Or simply pop in, you’ll be welcome!

Celebrating reptiles this week at Not Just Pets!

Our exciting open days as part of National Pet Month continue this Saturday 19th April with reptiles and exotic animals taking centre stage.

If you have not made it to one of our open days yet this is the one you don’t want to misssssssss…

Andy from Swindon reptile rescue will be in store and he will have some very special guests with him including an iguana! He will be explaining why reptiles and exotic animals make excellent pets, and also explaining the reasons behind the ones that do not.

Get hands on experience with some of the reptiles during the day. You will be able to ask questions and get advice on all the things you will need to know about keeping a reptile. Staff will be on hand to discuss the different options regarding the best food, substrates and environments for your reptiles.

There will be special offers on set-ups for reptiles and staff will be on hand to ensure you have everything you need. All you need to decide is which animal you want to take home!

There will be a cake sale in store on Saturday to raise funds for the Reptile Rescue, with some rather yummy fun reptile themed cupcakes. Look out for fundraising competitions happening in store on the day.

We look forward to welcoming you in store soon: remember we are open in our Bath store 7 days a week!

Any ideas and suggestions you have will be welcomed. You can follow us in many ways:

On Facebook:(https://www.facebook.com/NotJustPets) and Twitter: (https://twitter.com/NotJustPets) and  Pinterest: (https://www.pinterest.com/notjustpets/)

– plus we will be joining Instagram soon too!

We run regular photo competitions, quizzes, offers and promotions on our Facebook and Twitter pages, so why not “like” or “follow” us today! 

Get in touch via any of the above, or via our website or email at [email protected] or telephone us on 01225 461461. Or simply pop in, you’ll be welcome!

National Pet Month continues! Celebrating cats, dogs and birds!

 

We continue our National Pet Month Celebrations this week at Not Just Pets with cats and dogs! There are many wonderful reasons to own a cat and dog, so please come and join us in store with another fabulous open day this Saturday 12th April

Kelly from Canagan will be joining us and she will be offering nutritional advice for both cats and dogs. Find out about this fantastic new food which is grain free and formulated to offer the best for your pet.

We have Imogen who is a dog physiotherapist visiting in store. She will be offering advice and information.

Also, we will have the expertise of Caroline, who is a Dog Trainer from Clever Dog Company she will be in store to answer questions about your pet’s behaviour.

Bath cats and dogs home will be in store and we will once again be supporting and raising funds for them by selling cakes and treats. Claverton will be here plus Bella and Bob.

As part of the celebrations we will have advice, freebies and more!

The location for these cat and dog festivities is in our Bath store Not Just Pets, St James Parade, Bath. Join us between 10.30am-4pm

In our Larkhall store we are Celebrating birds as pets this week! We will be holding an open day this Saturday 12th April. Come and join Catherine and Sunshine the Eclectus parrot in the celebrations!

Other special guests include Birdline UK Parrot rescue who will be bringing a macaw, African grey and a cockatoo with them!

We will have also have a lucky dip, offering handling advice, offers and freebies!

Join us at Not Just Pets Larkhall 3 Lambridge Buildings between 10am and 3pm

We look forward to welcoming you in store soon: remember we are open in our Bath store 7 days a week!

Any ideas and suggestions you have will be welcomed. You can follow us in many ways:

On Facebook:(https://www.facebook.com/NotJustPets) and Twitter: (https://twitter.com/NotJustPets) and  Pinterest: (https://www.pinterest.com/notjustpets/)

– plus we will be joining Instagram soon too!

We run regular photo competitions, quizzes, offers and promotions on our Facebook and Twitter pages, so why not “like” or “follow” us today! 

Get in touch via any of the above, or via our website or email at [email protected] or telephone us on 01225 461461. Or simply pop in, you’ll be welcome!

Celebrating Small Animals!

National Pet Month is here! At Not Just Pet we are celebrating small animals this week as part of a month-long promotion of responsible pet ownership and Celebrating our pets!

This week we will be exploring the best ways to care for all your small furry friends!

On Saturday 5th April we will be holding an open day in our Bath store raising awareness of small animals as pets.

We have Wendy Barry from Somershire hamster Rescue who will be on hand to help with all your hamster queries and questions from food to handling.

Michelle from Bath Bunny Rescue will also be on hand for anything bunny related.

We will also be selling yummy small animal themed cakes where all money raised will go towards the animal rescue charities.

If you love all things furry and fuzzy come and join in the fun this Saturday!

This week on our tasting table we have …

As we are Celebrating our small animals this week we have some tasty complete food from Supreme selective food.

 

 

We still have offers on our Trixie Prince and Princess items but there will be offers and promotions on small animal items so please check in and find a treat!

 

 

We look forward to welcoming you in store soon: remember we are open in our Bath store 7 days a week!

Any ideas and suggestions you have will be welcomed. You can follow us in many ways:

On Facebook:(https://www.facebook.com/NotJustPets) and Twitter: (https://twitter.com/NotJustPets) and  Pinterest: (https://www.pinterest.com/notjustpets/)

– plus we will be joining Instagram soon too!

We run regular photo competitions, quizzes, offers and promotions on our Facebook and Twitter pages, so why not “like” or “follow” us today! 

Get in touch via any of the above, or via our website or email at [email protected] or telephone us on 01225 461461. Or simply pop in, you’ll be welcome!