Hello, Bonjour, and Woof!
There have been lots of new faces recently at The Ruby Boutique – welcome to you all!
I hope you and the doggies are enjoying the warmer weather. Lots of water fights in the garden to cool off?!
As lovely as it is to see a bit of sunshine, with this warmer weather comes its own set of problems, the top one on my list at the moment is GRASS SEEDS!
These are horrible little seeds that are mostly found in fields with longer grass. They are shaped like an arrowhead which allows them to penetrate the skin easily, causing lots of problems for the dogs if the get onto the skin, eyes, ears, up the nose or inhaled. I’ve seen a large number of dogs come into the salon recently that have seeds between their toes and armpits that have pierced the skin and have had to be removed.
A good way to prevent being affected is to walk your dog in areas of cut grass rather than fields of long grass.
Keep the hair between the toes, ears and armpits trimmed (or ask me to!) to make it easier to spot the seeds, and check your dog thoroughly after every walk.
I have also seen a rise in the number of dogs that have come into the salon carrying Ticks. Ticks can cause a problem as they spread disease by transmitting bacteria when they bite. They don’t jump, but they climb or fall onto your dogs coat when they brush past the area where the tick is lurking.
They can range in appearance from small and light coloured the size of a poppy seed, to much larger, darker egg shaped and the size of your little finger nail (or bigger!)
Its important to remove it as soon as you spot it, and to make sure it is removed correctly (making sure you don’t leave the head behind, which is the part that burrows into the skin.)
If you are not confident in removing the tick, please feel free to contact me for an appointment and I will be happy to remove the tick for you free of charge.
If the weather has been too hot during the day to walk our furry friends, have you considered some enrichment activities to keep them occupied during the day? These could include teaching them some new tricks, puzzle toys, or hide and seek with some tasty treats, letting them sniff them out!
If they have been extra good, why not make them some tasty and healthy home made treats.
A favourite recipe of mine are peanut butter and carrot biscuits, and they always go down well with my dog Ruby. I’ll include the recipe at the bottom of this page.
Peanut butter and Carrot dog treats;
2 cups of spelt flour
1 cup of oats
¼ cup of peanut butter
1 carrot grated
1 cup of warm water
Mix all ingredients together, knead for a minute or two until it looks like a dough, roll out and cut into what ever shape you fancy ( I usually pinch bits off, roll into small balls and squash with a fork).
Bake in the oven (190 degrees) for 25-30 mins until they are golden brown.
Feel free to experiment with whatever flavours your dog enjoys, it could be grated cheese, spinach, bacon, apple, pumpkin, cinnamon, coconut!