August is Dog Dental Care Month

Dog Dental Care ProductsWe all know that when our teeth feel good we feel so much better, but did you know that our canine friends are no different? looking after your pets teeth can save you money, and unnecessary surgery and discomfort for your furry mate and that is very important. Dog Dental Care is one of the biggest expenses you might incur, so a little bit of prevention can save you a lot of Money and your Dog a lot of pain.

At D4DOGZ we recommend a few simple steps that we can all take to maintain our furry friends oral health.

These are just some of the steps we have performed with our own dogs.

How you can improve Dog Dental Care

  • Chewing will help remove plaque and any build up on your dogs teeth
  • Start your dog off on nice chunky bones, pick ones that wont splinter/break away and if you are worried about them putting on weight you can remove any marrow before giving to them.
  • If you intend on brushing your dogs teeth (and we suggest you do), it is best to get them use to a brush, so as a puppy pop your finger into their mouth and rub around their gums. Do this as a playful game at first and remember don’t force the issue.
  • Once your pup is comfortable with you feeling inside their mouth, pop one of the finger brushes on your finger and rub around their teeth and gums (Hint to get the brush to fit snugly pop in warm water first so it will mould around your finger)
  • You can then (if you prefer) move onto a toothbrush, there are some different styles but we think the best are the ones that have the angled bristles so with one swipe you brush the top and sides of their teeth.
  • We always give our dogs a treat each morning one that will need some work, for the little ones this can vary between a Goat Tendon, Kangaroo tendon, piece of beef jerky, bully stick or the new Zukes Z-Bones in a mini size among many other dog treats they love. Our Labrador needs something a bit larger so she gets either a Roo sheet, Giant Zukes, Beef Tendon or the new shark skin we are trialing. (Note: Zukes is No Longer Available).

Solutions to Dental problems in dogs

So you have rescued a precious pooch and they come not only with some sweet little quirks but a mouth that only a mother could love! – It’s OK read on.

If you have a dog that has got plaque or tartar build up already then a product called Petzlife or Vetzlife can assist in the removal of bacteria in their mouth.

These Dog Dental Care products are 100% natural and have been so popular with our clients, being simple to use and starting from $29 a bottle for the Petzlife product, which lasts 3 months or 6 months for a preventative, this makes it a worthwhile investment if you consider the cost of dental surgery.

Petzlife and Vetzlife are simple to use and you can see results in a 10 days to 2 weeks if used in accordance to the instructions.

New Tastybone Dog Chews Now available

D4DOGZ is proud to be stocking the new TASTYBONE dog chew.

The only dog chew that has the flavour right thru, these are not merely coated, they are impregnated with natural flavour the whole way so the flavour goes on and on and on.

TASTYBONE is the UK’s No.1 manufacturer of Nylon, edible and rubber chew, and play toys for dogs.
Designed and made in the UK, they are stocked and recommended by vets worldwide.

With 6 Varieties you are sure to find a suitable one for your dog.

Tastybone Flexi Range, was designed for light to medium chewers, great for teething puppies, this dog chew is chicken flavoured.

Tastybone Gourmet edible Range, suitable for light chewers, full on flavour and just the best chew if your want to really spoil your dog, perhaps for a Birthday! Four fabulous flavours to choose from Duck, Pheasant, Stilton, and Venison Yummo.

TastyBone Mega, The big daddy of the dog chews, a massive sized bone designed for giant breed dogs, this thing weighs over 700g, two delicious flavours Beef or Chicken to choose from. Should stump the strongest Chewers.

Tastybone Nylon Range, these dog chews are available in three sizes to suit toys to large breed dogs, choose between Beef, Chicken or Lamb flavours. and again the flavour just goes on and on and on until the very end of the dog chew toy.

Tastybone Rubber Trio, Not just a Vanilla flavoured Chew, this one is bouncy, with the odd shape it will produce an erratic bouncing motion when thrown to the ground. Two dog products in one, you just got to love that!

An lastly The Tastybone Trio Bone Chicken Flavoured, a dog chew with unique nubs for dental care, the design same as the Rubber Trio bone, will encourage your dog to chew on this toy to promote good dental hygiene.

Happy 8th Birthday Buster

Happy 8th Birthday to our first little man. Buster

You have given us so much joy, many, many laughs, a few heartaches & stress! BUT most of all an inspiration to start the very best online dog supply store in Australia.

You certainly took us by surprise in those first few weeks!

But you taught us so much about owning a tenacious little terrier.

We love you.

Being the very reason we started our online dog supply store , we would like to thank-you for all the antics – Oh there has been many! The love – the love every minute of the day! & the Reason – The reason we love our online store.

You have tried and tested many dog toys for us, the ones you destroyed in seconds we decided weren’t worthy to be a part of our Dog Toy catalogue! although you had fun shredding those dog toys to bits and then testing our Dyson Vac to it’s very limits.

Buster you have helped us choose many of the dog treats we now stock at D4DOGZ, we know you love the Calf Tails, Roo Tendons & lamb ears dog treats, which you seem to savour every mouthful.

We love the Hamish McBeth Dog Collar you wear so much that after 4 years we bought you another one slightly different colour BUT Still the same style, you look so dam handsome we didn’t’ want to change.

We know you love love your ROGZ dog bed, you look so comfy in it, even when we call you up to our really soft & luxurious lounge for a cuddle you just lift your head and go ….mmm it ain’t worth the move … loving my position right now!…

We could go on Buster…. BUT we love you!. You have changed our life THANK-YOU .. Love from Mum, Dad and all the team at D4DOGZ

Dog treat recipes for the festive season

Dogs just LOVE treats and what better than baking your own yummy dog biscuits to treat your pampered pooch.

We have a delicious recipe for dog biscuits and if you want to make them extra special drizzle some melted carob or yogurt over the top.

This dog treat recipe has all the delicious taste of a Chicken dinner that your dog is going to go wild for.

 

Ingredients of the Chicken dog biscuit:

1/2 Cup of vegetable oil, 120g mince Chicken, 30g finely chopped celery, 230ml chicken stock ( no onion please ), 4 cups of whole wheat flour, 2 cups of cooked rice ( whole ground if you prefer ), 4 tbsp of dried sage ( I have used fresh from our herb garden )

Directions on how to cook the Chicken dog biscuits:

Preheat oven to 17 degrees C

Heat small amount of oil in frying pan over med-high heat. Add Chicken and Celery stir often, until the meat is cooked ( about 3-4 minutes ).

Place cooked chicken and celery and rest of oil in blender with the stock and puree.

Combine the flour, rice, chicken mixture and sage into a large bowl and mix well.

Roll out the dough onto a floured board to approx 6mm thick, cut out your desired shape or if you don’t have a cutter use a knife to cut out shapes.

Place your dog biscuits onto baking trays and bake in your oven at 170 degrees C for approx 30-35 minutes, Turn your oven off and leave dog biscuits in the oven for at least 3 hours or overnight if you prefer.

This Chicken dog biscuit recipe makes approx 60-70 dog treats.

To make your dog biscuits even more delicious for your favourite pooch (or pooches), simply melt some Carob or Yogurt drops from our online store over the top.

These dog treats once covered would make wonderful Xmas gifts for all your family and friends as well and if you don’t have time to back dog biscuits you can always get some from our online store.

Beef Dog Treats

Dog treats produced from Beef are one of the most popular and rewarding treat to give your dog.

Not only do they love the taste Beef is really good for them, Beef dog treats Provide essential iron, zinc and vitamin B12.

Our Beef Dog treats are all grown, produced and made in Australia, from pasture fed cattle now you have to be happy with that.

Pasture fed cattle produce leaner beef containing healthier types of fat including Omega 3, they are free from any artificial colours, flavours and preservatives, just pure Australian beef made into delicious dog treats.

Beef liver as a Dog treat would be one of the most popular, your dog will more than likely be offered Beef Liver when visiting the vet, weather they accept it or not is generally a reflection on the situation not the dog treat offered. Even our Labrador won’t be fooled by the vet with dog treats and she eats (inhales) anything.

One of our most popular dog treat at D4DOGZ with our customers is the Beef Tendons, they are a chewy treat that’s lasts longer than most. Charli our fussy dog treat eater really enjoys these and the two JRT X’s will take a little over a half hour to devour one, Not the lab its about 3-5 minutes!

Beef Jerky is a great dog treat it’s chewy and can be cut into smaller portions so you can control the amount given, they last about 5 minutes with the small dogs which is not too bad. Beef Jerky is just meat and is high in protein and low in fat and carbohydrates. Being Chewy this dog treat makes a great teeth cleaner.

We stock many more different varieties of Beef Dog Treats, all of which are from Australian Grown and produced Pasture fed Beef.

Things To Remember When Buying Dog Products

dog accessoriesAt D4DOGZ, we believe that every dog deserves the best and as dog owners, it’s our responsibility to provide everything that our dogs will ever need. Fortunately, for dog lovers this responsibility never seems like work, because we’re overjoyed to give only the best to our beloved canine friends.

However, knowing how to check for superior quality dog products is a different story.  You might want to give your dog the best, but what if you do not know what to look for? To help you, here is a list of things that you need to check when buying dog products:

Dog grooming supplies

For products that are applied to your dog’s skin, it is important that you select only grooming products designed for dogs. This is important because your dog’s skin has a different pH to humans and will be sensitive and become irritated by chemicals found in soaps, shampoos and conditioners mad for us. And as a general rule, you shouldn’t consider cleansing products designed for humans to be appropriate for your dog.

Dog treats

For premium quality dog treats, look for products labelled ‘dehydrated’ and are 100% natural with nothing added. This is important for your dog’s health. The chemicals and preservatives found in inferior quality dog treats can have a long-term detrimental effect on your dog’s well-being. Choosing dehydrated and 100% natural dog treats is especially important for puppies and pregnant dogs.

Quality dog products

Basic dog products like grooming tools, leashes, bowls and toys should always be durable – that is, well-constructed from quality material. Check each item carefully, and consider its weight and how it feels. For example, a strong dog can easily break a poor quality leash so it is important to choose dog products that are of superior quality.

When you choosing the best dog products, you usually end up with a higher price tag. This is not necessarily a bad thing if you consider that a higher quality dog product will give you better results and last longer than an item that is cheaply made.

At D4DOGZ we own 3 dogs and they are fortunate enough to test dog products we sell before we stock them, they don’t mind at all.

Kangaroo Dog treats

kangaroo jerky dog treatDog treats made from Kangaroo are lean and very nutritious, dogs love the rich taste of the meat which is high in protein and low in fat.

Kangaroo tails are particularly good as a longer tasting dog treat with plenty of meat & bones that are shaped well for helping to keep their teeth cleaned, recommend for feeding outside or an area inside that can be cleaned easily, these dog treats are longer lasting and are dried not cooked.

Kangaroo jerky dog treats are a favourite with our customers, currently we have three varieties available. Kangaroo jerky bites that are dried in a human grade processor, these are 100% meat and of exceptional quality, so you can be confident your beloved dog is getting the very best you can buy in roo dog treats. A chunky jerky dog treat which is very chewy and will last longer, these are also dried and are the cheaper alternative. Lastly we have a Premium dehydrated kangaroo jerky which are the top of the range dog treat, these are higher in nutritional value are crunchier than our other varieties, dehydrated meat helps to retain the same enzyme and nutritional value as fresh meat.

Chewy kangaroo sticks in small and large sizes, great dog treat for dogs teeth, a harder treat so dogs need to chew, small kangaroo sticks are approx 16cm long and large are approx 23cm long.

New in-store are crunchy dog biscuits with real kangaroo meat, which is also of human grade, available in 100g bags and a really good crunchy dog treat.

Kangaroo dog treats are considered a hypoallergenic meat source and therefore are great for dogs with allergies or as an alternative protein source also a good source of Iron and Zinc, Additionally it has up to 5 times the level of omega-6 fatty acid as compared to other meats.

Essential Dog Supplies for the Responsible Owner

dog shampoo and conditionerCaring for a dog is a responsibility, and a very enjoyable and rewarding one at that. Ensuring the welfare of your furry friend is made easier by having the right dog supplies. We have listed below some of the basic necessities that you should have on hand as a responsible dog owner:

Dog Grooming Supplies

Dog grooming tools and products are essential items that any dog owner should have. These will ensure that your dog is clean and that their fur coat is healthy and beautiful. For short haired dogs, a good bristle-brush and nail-clippers may be enough. For long haired canines, you’ll need more grooming tools like a dematting comb and trimming shears.

Dog bathing Supplies

Depending on the breed of dog that you own, bathing may need to be done as frequently as twice a month to once a month or less. When bathing, you should fore-go shampoo made for humans, as this may be too harsh. Instead, buy a shampoo and conditioner developed especially to care for your dog’s coat and skin, at D4DOGZ we even have dog shampoo for smelly pooches.

Dog Treats

Your dog will agree with us here – quality dog treats are a high priority. Avoid cheap dog treats found at the $2 shops, these are more than likely imported, therefore irradiated, instead choose Australian dried or even better Dehydrated dog treats. Our dog treats are all packaged to avoid any contaminants coming into contact with them, thus ensuring your dog is getting the very best just as they deserve.

Dog Toys

Dogs need entertainment, exercise and mental stimulation as much as people do. Dog toys divert your dog’s attention and energy, and are also useful as rewards during dog training. And for those days when you’re not feeling as energetic as your dog, then having toys on hand benefits the both of you.

You may well want to go beyond basic dog supplies, especially if you’re the type who loves to spoil your pooch. Designer dog clothes, dog accessories, and stylish matching dog collars and dog bowls are just some of the wonderful products we stock at D4DOGZ. Please look around our online store, and we are sure you’ll find plenty of dog supplies that you and your dog will love.

Premium Lamb Puff Dog Treats

Treats play a big role in doggy life. They’re incorporated into training programs, as special bonding moments, or as a pick-me-up for a dog feeling under the weather. The only trouble is that deciding which treat food you’re buying, off a shelf overflowing with choice, can be a difficult one.

An option that we highly recommend is Premium Lamb Puff. It beats criteria across the board for nutrition, stomach sensitivity, and purity of ingredients. Best of all, this dog treat comes from healthy, well-kept lambs.

The high protein content helps with growing muscles, and doesn’t contain fattening carbs, making it great for puppies and chubby dogs. It is rich in iron for muscle energy, for those with really active dogs. The high zinc content bolsters the immune system, and B group vitamins enable general good health. B vitamins also encourage an appetite for a dog who is stressed or feeling poorly.

Most dog treats contain additives and preservatives, not to mention a lot of filler supplementing the main meat ingredient advertised. Dogs have a highly developed sense of smell, so offering a higher quality treat generates a keener interest from your dog. Premium Lamb Puff Dehydrated is made of 100% human grade lamb from free-range and naturally fed herds that are raised on Australian pastureland.

Another benefit of this dog treat is that it is mild and light on the digestive system, making it suitable for dogs with sensitive stomachs, allergies or skin conditions. It is free of artificial colourings, preservatives and additives.

The dehydration process keeps the lamb savoury and flavourful, the dehydration process does not allow fat to dry out so the dog treat is virtually fat free. What your dog gets is a lean, almost fat-free delicacy that tastes terrific and is healthy to boot. Order online today for Premium Lamb Puff treats to be delivered to your door.