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4 Events All Dog Lovers Must Check Out In 2022

After the dark winter months, it’s not just us owners who can feel a bit cooped up, but our four-legged furry friends can get restless too.
It’s time to start planning for the brighter days ahead, and we’ve got just the thing for you!

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Which Dry Dog Food Kibble Is Best?

Which Dry Dog Food Kibble Is Best?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions we hear. Everybody wants to know what dog food is best? 

Unfortunately it isn't as simple as finding the 'best dog food'... every dog is an individual and therefore there is no food that will suit every dogs needs. 

Finding the best food suitable for your dog may take a bit of trial and error, some dogs may be intolerant to certain proteins or grains for example while others have no issues and could be perfectly fine on a lower quality brand of food.

Starting Point

We always encourage people to check out the All About Dog Food Directory , you can input your dogs details and get a list of foods that might be suitable for your dogs needs, and although you may not find the exact food for your pet right away it certainly narrows down the search when there are 100s of brands available.

The better rating the food has on All About Dog Food it is expected this food would be better for your dog but again all dogs are individuals and some may not settle on one food over another.

Foods We Sell

At For Petz NI we only want to offer the best for your pets and we use the ratings on All About Dog Food to help determine what we believe would be suitable to add to our range of foods on offer.

We only sell Dry Foods that rate 75% or higher, the reason we have chosen 75% as our marker for dry foods is so that we can offer a good quality nutritional food at an affordable price as some of the higher rated foods are also higher priced.

Our Wet Foods are also rated at 75% or higher, we have a wide variety of single proteins which are highly beneficial when trying an elimination diet.

Raw Foods are naturally rated higher as they literally only contain fresh Bone, Organ & Meat along with veg and fruit in some cases, with minimal if any processing at all.

Our 4 Best Rated Dry Foods

 

Orijen Dry Food is our top rated Dry Food we sell coming in at a fantastic 95%, containing Natural Ingredients and a High Meat content as well as being grain free makes it a great hypoallergenic choice for dogs with allergies.

The basic Orijen Range includes a Puppy Food, Large Breed Puppy Food, Small Breed Food, Adult Food, Senior Food and a Fit & Trim Food. We also stock their additional flavours including Regional Red and Six Fish.

Depending on the flavour an bag size the feeding of Orijen is a little more expensive than feeding some other brands however with a food of such high nutritional quality that contains 85-95% Fresh Meat if it agrees with your individual dog the you can be rest assured your dog is on a good diet.

Acana Dog Food is a sister company to Orijen Dog Food, and again they have a very high rating on All About Dog Food, coming in between 91-94%, Acana is a 70-30 food which contains 70% Meat and 30% Veg, Fruit & other botanicals.

Acana is a Biologically appropriate dog food much like the Orijen and is made using regional fresh ingredients, it has a slightly lower Meat Content which may be more suitable for some dogs.

Again hypoallergenic and therefore contains no grains making is suitable for dogs with grain intolerances, this food comes in a large range from Small Breed Puppy right through to foods for senior dogs.Orijen & Acana Dog Food FREE Sample | Free UK Delivery

Carnilove 'Fresh' Dog Food is next on our best rated list, the Fresh Range by Carnilove is a Grain Free, Potato Free formula made with Fresh Meats for Adult Dogs of all breeds and rates at a very tasty 91-92% on All about Dog Food.

The Carnilove Fresh Range is a 80-20 diet containing 80% Meat & Fish and 20% Forest Fruits, Veggies & Herbs, the 80-20 diet for Dogs is extremely popular and is based on the diet of their ancestors.

Available in one flavour for small breed dogs which has a smaller kibble size and two delicious flavours for Adult dogs. Carnilove Fresh Chicken & Rabbit Dry Food for Adult Dogs - NTVet Veterinary  Est. | مؤسسة التقنية الجديدة البيطرية

Akela Dog Food is next on our list rating at 88-90% this 80-20 diet is one of our best sellers, it is sold VAT free which keeps the price down a bit making it one of the most affordable high quality foods on our list.

Akela only use the finest ingredients, sourced as locally and sustainably as possible. Animal welfare is important to them so they only use meats from cage-free sources. The result is a more nutritious and natural product that we are proud to supply.

Available in 5 tasty flavours, and 3 different kibble sizes, there should be something suitable for your dog.

Akela 80:20 Dry Kibble Complete Working Dog Food - Canine

 Any of the foods we sell come highly recommended thanks to the rating system at All About Dog Food, we are more than happy to advise based on your dogs needs and are only ever an email or phone call away.

 

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Salt Bath for Goldfish - Healing your Goldfish Naturally.

Salt Bath For Fish - Healing Fish with Salt Bath - For Petz NISalt Baths - Healing your Goldfish Naturally.

Although Goldish are freshwater fish and salt isn't part of their natural habitat, salt has many healing benefits and their bodies do benefit from a small amount of salt.

Salt baths can reduce stress, repair damage done by lack of oxygen, bacteria or parasite infections, and ammonia, nitrite, nitrate poisoning, they can also be beneficial to helping goldfish suffering from Swim Bladder Disease and can also restore the fish's vitality. We recommend only using Aquarium Salts, other salts can contain anti-caking agents and iodine both of which can be harmful in long term use.

Salt bathing should never be combined with other medications, it should always be completed either before or after any medication treatments. Use caution when salt bathing your fish and only for the recommended times. Never leave your goldfish alone during treatment.

How to do salt baths

You will need a Container Free of Contaminants - we recommend washing your container using conditioned water, we use Seachem Prime to condition water.

If your water parameters are good we recommend using aquarium water for your bath, if you are unsure your tank water is healthy use fresh water treated with a conditioner to removed chlorine & chloramines. If using fresh water ensure it is the same temperature (within 1oC) as your tank water so you do not shock your fish.

We recommend using API Aquarium Salt. You will need half a teaspoon of salt per 5L of water. Dilute the salt in 1/4 cup of warm water making sure the granules have dissolved. Mix this into your prepared container with the Aquarium or Treated water.

Place your Goldfish in the treatment container, remember do not leave him alone and always monitor for signs of stress, if he becomes stressed place him back in the main tank. The recommended treatment time is 1 - 3minutes, don't leave the fish in here any longer than this.

If your goldfish becomes stressed they might also lose consciousness but revive when returned to the main tank. Remember not to combine with other medications and do not overuse. Becoming familiar with the side effects of any medication, whether for goldfish or humans, is always a good idea.

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Natural Remedies to help your dog recover from Vomiting & Diarrhoea

We all hate to see our pups being sick or upset from the effects of feeling under the weather. Vomiting & Diarrhoea can both lead to fluid loss & dehydration and it is important that you get a handle on severe cases as soon as possible. If it has been a case of your dog has over eaten or eaten something that hasn't agreed with him here are some tips on how to help him recover from his sickness. 

We recommend you choose to use Herbal & Homeopathic remedies over drug store medications, here are a few suggestions to help aid your pets recovery.

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Marrow Bone Broth Recipe for Dogs & Cats

Bone broth is a bowl full of delicious and nutritious minerals and nutrients that dogs & cats love … its great to see so many people looking for natural ways to improve their pets health and we are here to show you just how easy it is to make bone broth for your dog so they can enjoy this super tasty & nutritious treat.

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6 Products To Keep Your Pet Calm This Halloween

Halloween is an exciting time for all the family as we share spooky stories and dress up in creepy costumes, but there is one member of the family that won’t be such a fan. 

As well as giving your pet extra cuddles this firework season and closing all windows and doors to muffle the loud sounds, there are a few products that we sell which will help to keep your furry friend calm and ensure that you all have a fangtastic time together.

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Matching Halloween Costume Ideas For Dogs & Their Humans

Its Spooky Season but that doesn't mean our busy lives are any less busy, so we have compiled a list of fun costumes you can try out on our beloved pet all in one place to save you some precious time!

Planning a doggy costume party or costume contest?  What about a Halloween doggy parade?

Looking for funny dog costumes?

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Top tips on keeping your pets cool in warm weather

We want nothing more than to enjoy the warm sunny weather with our pets but we need to take extra precautions to avoid them overheating & to keep them safe. Check out our top tips on how to keep your pet cool in warm weather below.

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Raw Dog Food For Beginners - Our Guide On Switching to Raw Feeding for Dogs

There are a few ways to transition your dog from a kibble/wet food diet to a raw food diet, the method you choose should be best suited to your dog and circumstances, you should take into consideration the age of your pet and how sensitive they are to dietary changes. See our guide for top tips.

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5 Easy Things We Can All Do To Protect Our Wild Animals

Northern Ireland is home to 2,450 different types of wildlife animals, with the likes of the Irish Hare and the Cryptic Wood White Butterfly being found nowhere else in the UK. Their beautiful songs and colouring bring our parks, fields and towns alive and we have a lot to thank them for.

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