Tuesday, 22 February 2011

TreT The famous Parkour Dog from Ukraine is sponsored by Scruff MacDuff www.scruffmacduff.co.uk

Scruff MacDuff is THE store for the active dog. We love TreT, so we sent him some Ruffwear Grip Trex Boots and a Cloud Chaser jacket – great for warming up before an extreme Parkour workout.

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Monday, 21 February 2011

Scruff MacDuff’s petite range

Here at Scruff MacDuff we cater for active dogs of all sizes. To demonstrate, the delightful dachshund Roger agreed to  model our petite range. He’s such a handsome chap, and we chose blue as we think it sets off his eyes.

Roger is ready for take-off in ice-blue Doggles and a V-mesh harness. He just needs a flying helmet to complete the look.

Roger looks alert and ready for action in Lupine’s Dapper Dog ½ inch collar and lead. Lupine’s products are guaranteed, even if chewed, so they’re great for the younger pups too.

As suits a catwalk model, Roger is beautifully svelte. But these backpacks are great for pooches who could do with losing a few pounds. Use them for storing all their walking needs, so your hands are free to keep throwing the ball. 


Monday, 14 February 2011

Ruff Wear Polar Trex Winter Dog Boot

The Cinnamon Trust

The Cinnamon Trust

Scruff MacDuff is delighted to spread the word about The Cinnamon Trust:

The Cinnamon Trust is the only specialist national charity for people in their last years and their much loved, much needed companion animals.

A network of 15,000 volunteers “hold hands” with owners to provide vital loving care for their pets. We keep them together - for example, we’ll walk a dog every day for a housebound owner, we’ll foster pets when owners need hospital care, we’ll fetch the cat food, or even clean out the bird cage, etc.

When staying at home is no longer an option, our Pet Friendly Care Homes Register lists residential/nursing homes happy to accept residents with pets. And when a pet is bereaved we take on full time, life time care.

The Cinnamon Trust - Peace of mind for owners, love, care and safety for beloved pets. But helping 14,000 people a year with 16,000 animals and running two home-from-home sanctuaries costs a lot - We need your help to make sure we’re always there.

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Accessorizing your beloved bow-wow

Accessorizing your beloved bow-wow without making him/her (and you!) look completely ridiculous isn't easy. Sure, you can buy cute little booties and twee tartan coats, but these items are hardly cutting-edge in the doggie-style stakes, are they? That said, the fact that the aforementioned canine-couture is semi-practical (and not just for show) does give it a whippet-thin sheen of respectability. Because let's face it, Fido-related fashion crimes are all too commonplace these days - trussing Rover up in a daft polka-dot bandana is akin to saying "I'm really wacky, and my dog likes the Village People."
For this reason, we've been on the prowl for a piece of dogswear (a new word, we thinks) that'll benefit your darling dog in both the fashion and function stakes. And, as the legend that is Scooby Doo might say, "Re rink re've round one, Raggy!"
Doggles: large blue ILS Doggles are superbly made sunglasses. For dogs. Do not adjust your computer, you read that correctly. Incredible though it sounds, many vets and dogtors agree that canine eyes need protecting from the sun just as much as ours. All Doggles boast rugged polycarbonate (shatterproof) anti-fog lenses with 100% UV protection, and are ggggreat for dogs with eye disorders such as pannus and light sensitivity. Doggles are genuine doggy-health must-haves, and most dogs will readily accept them after a short adjustment period.
Doggles: champagne ILS The full-on goggle-style shades feature stylish air-vented wraparound frames that completely enclose the eyes, with no gaps for stray light, dirt or insects - perfect for dogs that like to lean out of car windows (and what self-respecting dog doesn't?) Two adjustable elastic straps keep Doggles securely in place during any (!) activity, and foam backing ensures Fido will feel supremely comfortable as he/she goes about all manner of ultracool canine business.
Doggles: large blue ILS Doggles are available in various sizes, so you can dude-ify your dog whatever the breed, and are ideal for woofers who enjoy outdoor pursuits such as hiking, hunting or plain old posing. Doggles are also great for search and rescue dogs. Practicalities aside, Doggles are the coolest thing to hit dog-dom since Muttley donned a flying helmet, and are guaranteed to make your favourite furry friend the most talked about hound on the block. Woof!
Doggles: the range

Monday, 7 February 2011

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We Support, Boxer Rescue Liverpool

Boxer Rescue Liverpool are a small local rescue organisation dedicated to helping boxers in need.

"We have a no destruction policy and never put a healthy dog to sleep. Full assessment is completed whilst the dogs are in our care to ensure that when rehomed they can be matched to the right family."
Many people think boxers in rescue have behavioural problems, but this is not always the case. Most of the dogs that are handed to us are given up through no fault of their own. Some may have been abused, some may no longer be needed, now that they are too old to breed from.  Many are sadly given up by loving and caring families but due to a change in circumstances means the dog is not getting the care and attention it needs.

There are few joys greater than the companionship and affection of a boxer. We hope this site will help you to find your new friend, treat him well and enjoy him to the full.

"We are run entirely by volunteers who use all of their spare time to help boxers in need. All of our volunteers have been working with boxers and rescue organisations for a number of years. We are always on the lookout for more experienced people to help us with fostering, homechecking, transporting or fundraising.  If you are in the North West of England and can volunteer for us please contact us.

The more help we have, the more we can help boxers in need.
Please also join our online community were you will find lost of friendly members all with the same love for this special breed"

Friday, 4 February 2011


If you become aware of hot spots (red inflamed skin) on areas of your dogs, such as the ears; you should contact your veterinarian straightaway. This is a indication of food allergies, and the dog will need to be inspected by the veterinarian.
Another common illness in canines is infections. Whilst the most common infection present in dogs is ear infections, any exposed part of the dog will be able to become infected. It is vital that you check out your dog habitually for any inflamed areas. Ear infections are commonly on account of some foreign body in the ear, like dirt and bacteria in the ear canal. Looking at your doggie’s ears must be an important part of their weekly grooming schedule. If you find any red spots, swelling, dirt or excess moisture, this can be a sign of infection, and you should take you dog to the veterinarian.
Almost all infections can be prevented though good quality grooming routines. Your groomingroutine ought to not only include brushing your dog, but you should also include cleaning out your dog’s eyes and ears. You have to also brush your dog’s teeth.
Dog obesity is also one more concern that can bring about additional health problems in your dog. Obesity is fairly quickly becoming the primary cause of health problems in dogs, and it is also the most hazardous. Much like in people, dog obesity is due to consuming too much food, and not getting enough exercise.
To keep your dog a their ideally suited weight, you should follow the instructions on the back of the dog food packet. You need to additionally guarantee they are consuming a good quality kibble, and exercise them regularly. Make sure you constantly comply with this useful information and be constant with your dog training to notice progress rapidly and help your pet dog stay on target, and these tips should help you fully understand your dog health problems better.

Thursday, 3 February 2011

4 Factors that Contribute to Optimum Dog Health

Is your dog receiving optimum care to prevent common canine maladies? Learn what to be mindful of in raising a healthy, able-bodied pet

Everyone knows a dog brings a sense of warmth and joy into its owner’s lives. The mutual love and honor between the two is a tradition that has been around for generations. And while your pet easily displays these innate mannerisms of loyalty, when it comes to your pet’s health the signals may not be so transparent. Understanding and acknowledging your dog's diet and environment are a couple first steps to creating a happier and more satisfied pooch.
Below is a list of factors to consider in your dog's daily routine:

What are They Really Eating?

Have you taken a look at the label of ingredients in your dog's food? Clinical studies show that the most common food allergens aren't what one typically would think of: Beef, dairy products, and wheat comprised 68% of cases while ingredients including chicken, chicken egg, lamb and soy rounded out 25% of cases. Creating a diet free of allergens can eliminate food allergies. If your pet is experiencing symptoms correlated with a food allergy such as excessive scratching and skin infections, it will be worthwhile to put him on a food trial and elimination diet. Doing so could eliminate the allergen by exposing the dog to a novel source of protein and carbohydrate for 12 weeks. If, when going back to the original diet after the 12 weeks is up, the dog experiences the same symptoms then an official diagnosis of food allergy is confirmed.

Some seek to return their animals to a raw food diet, citing its many benefits such as a boosted immune system and healthier teeth while providing all the nutrients your pet needs. Still others are drawn to the ease and convenience of processed foods but at the price of minimal nutrition. Whatever you decide for your pet, it is best to consult with a veterinarian before altering your dog's existing diet.

Medicines and Supplements

There's nothing more trying than an animal that fights through a serious medical condition. Establishing a trust-worthy relationship with your veterinarian is essential in the health and prevention of illnesses in your pet. Regular checkups aid in building your knowledge about canine maladies and may help you catch treatable diseases faster.
When administering a medication to your dog take note of the prescribed name, forms, storage, dose, uses, and side effects. And always use them with care and under the supervision of your veterinarian. Your dog’s size, health condition, and age can determine the dosage so these factors weigh heavily before administering the treatment.

Acknowledging the Environment

Your very household can be a minefield of dangers for your pet. Toxic substances are lurking just around the corner so it's up to you to keep your pet out of harm's way. Human medications, Insecticides, people food, and plants are a sampling of hazards to watch more closely. A plant as innocuous as a Lily is especially toxic to cats and a major contributor to life-threatening kidney failure. Additionally, household cleaners such as bleaches and detergents can cause serious gastrointestinal distress and irritation to the respiratory tract. Being mindful of the harm apparent in everyday household products is the first step to having a safer environment for your dog.

General Health Issues

Being mindful of your environment significantly reduces the risks of health-problems later on. And still there are threats to your dog’s health that you should be aware of. The most urgent and notable ones being Canine Distemper, Parvovirus Infection, Dog Poisoning, Rabies, and Lyme Disease. Many of these health risks can be avoided by keeping your dog up-to-date with vaccinations and by maintaining a healthy environment for your dog.
Above all, the well being of your dog is important not only to you but to your veterinarian. Being conscientious of the food and medicine you administer to them, as well as the everyday environment they are exposed to will give you a piece of mind and ensure your dogs health is at an optimum level. This will help in creating a long, trusting bond between the two of you that will last for years.
For further information about animal nutrition and safety:

If your pet has been poisoned call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435. Also have on hand the number of a local, prominent veterinarian.

Read more at Suite101: 4 Factors that Contribute to Optimum Dog Health http://www.suite101.com/content/4-factors-that-contribute-to-optimum-dog-health-a342195#ixzz1CuBHpgcB

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Should I brush my dog’s teeth?

Caring for your dog’s teeth is as important a part of owning a pet as feeding and bathing him. It’s unfortunately true that a large percentage of dogs have oral health problems by the time they are three years of age. You can reduce the likelihood of your dog becoming one of these statistics by establishing a dental care routine right from when he’s a puppy.

The most important part of your dog’s home dental care routine is brushing his teeth. This prevents plaque accumulating on his teeth and gums, and hardening into tartar. Ideally, you should brush his teeth twice daily, just as you do your own. However, life can sometimes get in the way, so if you can manage it once a day, that’s certainly better than not at all. And if you’re like most people once every few days would still be heroic!

It can be hard to work out the best way to hold your dog, and the easiest way to manoeuver the toothbrush in his mouth. Here are some suggestions that may help; try them out and see what works best for you.
1.   Choose the right toothpaste. Human toothpaste is totally unsuitable for dogs. It is soapy and lathers too much, and it isn’t designed to be swallowed. It also tastes minty which won’t appeal to most dogs. KIssable Toothpaste is specifically designed for dogs. It doesn’t lather, it tastes good, and it is safe if your dog swallows it.

2.   Position your dog in such a way that you can easily get to his teeth. You can try squatting on the floor in front of him and lifting his lips. You may want to place your smaller dog onto a higher surface and stand in front of him. Another option is to sit your dog beside you and wrap your arm around his neck, and then lift his chin up with your hand.

3.   Gently lift your dog’s lips and start brushing his teeth in a circular fashion. This doesn’t really have to be any more technical than how you would brush your own teeth. It’s particularly important to brush the areas where his teeth and gums meet. The back teeth are where oral disease usually occurs first so make sure you reach right to the very back of your dog’s mouth every time you brush.

4.   Make sure you brush every surface of his teeth. You need to brush the outside, the inside and the biting surface of every tooth. You can make this easier on yourself by using the Kissable Tooth Brush. Its unique design allows you to clean all surfaces of your dog’s tooth at once. The firm bristles will clean the plaque from his teeth while softer bristles massage his gums. Once you’ve completed the top row of teeth then do the same on the bottom row.

Some dogs will not warm to teeth brushing and the struggle will become so great that you will want to give up. In that case, there are sprays on the market that will help with oral hygeine. While not as good as brushing, at least it’s something. Try aprobiotic spray which will keep your dog’s mouth balanced and healthy by reducing plaque-causing bacteria, which can cause bad breath, gum disease, multiple infections and heart disease. 

Caring for our dog’s teeth may not be the highlight of our day but try to look on the tooth cleaning routine as an opportunity to not only care for your dog’s teeth, but to give him a cuddle and lots of positive attention.

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