Many dog owners welcome the onset of spring as an opportunity to tidy up the garden, and perhaps buy some dog-friendly plants to add a little colour after the dull winter darkness. However, it is important to avoid plants poisonous to dogs when you make your plans – in order to ensure that you don’t accidentally introduce something that might harm your dog.If you need some suggestions for dog-friendly garden plants, or want to make sure that you don’t inadvertently plant something that might be toxic, this article will provide some guidance. Plants poisonous to dogsFirst of all, make your..
Cotswold RAW food is designed to provide all your dog’s nutritional requirements in a biologically appropriate, natural format, comprised of top-quality ingredients. In this post we highlight one of our most popular offerings: our Cotswold RAW Beef Sausages for dogs. There’s More to Our Sausages Than Meets the EyeWhenever you’re frying up some sausages in the kitchen, one thing you can always rely on is the presence of a highly enthusiastic and ever-hopeful canine assistant. But supermarket sausages are high in fat therefore should only be fed to dogs as an occasional treat, and only to n..
Introducing a new food to your dog can take a long time and needs to be done with care. It is a big change for your dog’s digestive system, and can disrupt the normal bacteria which helps your dog digest food. Therefore, it is important that you switch your dog food properly and consult your vet before you begin. Before you have your consultation, here are some key points to consider and address with your vet: Alternate Feeding: The best way to introduce new food is by alternating meals between raw and your dog’s previous food. Raw is generally better fed in the evening. For more inf..
Choosing a dog breed that will match your lifestyle is a key consideration when you decide to get a new dog for you and your family. Making the right choice is very important, and choosing a dog isn’t an endeavour to undertake lightly.If you are wondering which dog breeds are best for family homes, read some of the different factors you need to think about in this blog post.Choose a Pedrigee?If you have your heart set on buying a pedigree, choosing a dog breed that will tick all the right boxes when it comes to size, activity levels, temperament, health, and care is very important. Even..
Us agility folk are very aware of the physical demands our sport places on the body of our dogs and although they are first and foremost our family pets, they are also athletes in every sense of the word.  Now we all know that the body of an athlete should be physically toned and in tip-top condition to enable them to perform and excel in whatever sport or task is required, achieved with the appropriate training, nutrition and body conditioning.  We wouldn’t expect our Team GB sports stars to head off to PyeongChang for the Winter Olympics with zero preparation and the same should al..
The front page of The Times (15 February) carries a sensational (arguably sensationalist) warning about factory‑made (processed) food. As producers of premium raw dog food we know only too well the lack of scientific substance underlying many such scare stories. However, Dr Touvier and the French researchers studied the diets of 105,000 people and found that the quarter who ate the most “ultra-processed” food were 23 per cent more likely to get any type of cancer than the quarter who ate the least, according to the report in The BMJ.Now we know that 50% of dogs that reach maturity will co..
Valentine’s day. Love it or loathe it, it is hard to ignore as February rolls around and the shops are full of Valentine’s day gifts and promotions. Whether you’re looking forward to being treated by your significant other, or are cheerfully single and more than happy to ignore it all, there is always somebody who will love you and be there for you no matter what – your dog. Dogs are happy to receive a gift and some special attention no matter what day of the year it is. So, why not spend it letting them know you appreciate them with a thoughtful present and an exciting walk..
Shrove Tuesday, or pancake day falls on the 13th February this year. This still leaves plenty of time to stock up on delicious ingredients for the day itself. Your loving friend will probably be keen to get in on the act and bag themselves a snack too. If you’re looking for inspiration on making some special snacks for your dog, pancakes are quick and simple as well as cheap. They are perfectly fine to give your dog, as long as it is a special treat only, and doesn’t contain anything potentially dangerous. So, let your canine companion enjoy pancake Tuesday along with the rest of the family by..
Making an informed decision to breed from your dog can be hugely rewarding and exciting, as well as a little daunting! A pregnant dam needs extra care whilst she is expecting, and of course, there is a lot to do as you get closer to the impending arrival of the puppies.If your dog is expecting, this article will cover the essentials of how to prepare for the arrival of a litter of puppies.The basics of canine pregnancyFirst, here are a few things you need to be aware of if your dog is pregnant: The period of gestation for dogs is between 58-68 days, with most litters arriving in the middl..
Dogs have no control over what we provide for them to eat, and this means that the responsibility falls on their owners to provide the appropriate nutrition for the dog. If you are trying to find the best dog food for dogs with upset stomachs, read our advice and insights below. How to tell if your dog has a sensitive stomachIf your dog suffers from a food allergy, this will generally produce a range of obvious symptoms in them when fed a food that they are allergic to. Although getting to the root of their specific allergenic trigger can be more challenging.However, a gre..
Sharing stories, tips and advice with other owners and fellow dog lovers is one of the great things about owning a dog. Particularly when you have questions, or are facing challenges of your own. Fortunately, there are a lots of dog forums on the internet designed to give you support, and meet fellow dog-lovers. So, here at Cotswold RAW, we have searched the internet for the best online dog communities which provide helpful information and discussion. Read on for 9 of our recommended online dog sites.The Pet Forums CommunityPet Forums is probably the largest pet and companion animal foru..
What exactly is Canine Hydrotherapy?  Simply put, hydrotherapy is the use of water for the treatment of illness or injury.  Canine hydro takes place in a hydrotherapy pool or an underwater treadmill.  In recent years, it has become a popular and effective method of treatment for dogs recovering from surgery, can be beneficial in easing joint or muscle pain and stiffness, it’s a valuable aid to weight control, promotes cardiovascular fitness and muscle tone as well as being a safe and enjoyable form of exercise for healthy dogs. If any of you have had the privilege of owning..
Do dogs blog? Well, some of them do, with a little help from their human handlers! Are you looking for something funny or entertaining to read online? Or looking for tips and advice on caring for your own dog? Check out some of the most popular dog blogs on the internet to get you started.In this post, we’ll share five of the best dog blogs you need to follow, where to find them, and the type of content these talented hounds like to share. Tenacious Little TerrierTenacious Little Terrier a.k.a. Mr. N. is a tiny 6lb Yorkie/Maltese terrier cross. The blog’s activity posts are interspersed w..
Cotswold RAW is aware of a recent study conducted by a team of researchers, who are claiming that raw dog and cat food may be contaminated with bacteria and parasites, and as such may pose a risk to both animal and human health. The safety of our food is always our top priority and adheres to stringent food safety protocols. As an active member of the Pet Food Manufacturers' Association (PFMA), the leading trade body for the UK pet food industry, we are involved in creating and maintaining a good practice guide within raw food suppliers. Our DEFRA-approved manufacturer..
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