Review: Pet Munchies Natural Dog Treats

As our recent silence may have suggested, we’ve recently been away and unable to spread canine news. However, a week-long visit to the Lake District gave us the perfect opportunity to test some new doggy products.

The first products we chose to test were a selection of treats from the Pet Munchies Natural Dog Treat collection. Featuring eight flavours, these particular treats are high in protein and low in fat, ideal for keeping your furry friend happy without increasing their waistline.

All of the treats in the collection are slow roasted in their own juices, which preserves the flavour and the smell of the main ingredient. And having spent a week handling them, I can confirm that they smell incredibly tasty…

All of the treats are made with 100% real meat – no additives or extra ingredients, just meat. This makes them perfect for even the fussiest of dogs and our cocker couldn’t get enough, despite her hatred of conventional dog treats and her love of sheep, which were often our signal to dig into the treat bag.

While away, we tried the chicken breast fillets and duck strips, both of which were snapped up at every opportunity. However, there are also six other flavours, including:

  • Ocean white fish strips
  • Beef liver
  • Chicken chips (perfect for the smaller dog)
  • Chicken strips
  • Duck breast fillets
  • Chicken and calcium bones

Each bag is also resealable, making them ideal for walks and easy to store in a cupboard.

If you’re looking for a low fat natural dog treat that will drive you canine wild, these are a great option and are available for the very reasonable price of around £2.75.

Review: 3Peaks Rambler coat

This weekend we were lucky enough to visit the lovely Black Mountains in Wales, which offered us the perfect opportunity to give Lily’s 3Peaks Rambler coat a thorough testing.

Priced at around £12.00 to £15.00 depending on size, the Rambler certainly isn’t the most expensive coat on the market, and in our opinion it’s worth every penny.

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The 3Peaks Rambler is advertised as being water resistant, wind resistant and breathable. Of course, it’s tricky for us to comment on the latter two, but we were able to test its resistance to water thanks to our water-loving spaniel.

Many spaniel owners will have the same problem – dog spots water, they’re straight in. But we were almost shocked by the level of water resistance demonstrated by the Rambler. Not only did it keep the rain off Lily’s back, but even after fully submerged for around 6 seconds the area covered by the coat remained bone dry.

But this water resistance doesn’t impact on the overall design – the coat was adjustable so wasn’t too tight around her stomach and it also features a soft fleecy underside, which I imagine is more comfortable than the exterior material alone when wet.

Aside from the water resistance, the coat also provides visibility strips, albeit thin ones, to make sure you can spot your furry friend, and its also machine washable so its easy to wash off a day’s walking.

All in all, the 3Peaks Rambler is a great buy and certainly an item we’d recommend to any dog owner with a water-loving canine!

Vets warn of mystery New Forest poison

A mystery toxin that is responsible for the deaths of at least 12 dogs is thought to have poisoned two more pets in the New Forest.

The two recent cases, which occurred a year after the initial outbreaks, have seen one dog die and another struggling to fight the toxin.

Many of the initial fatalities occurred between December 2012 and March 2013, suggesting that the toxin may be seasonal.

But despite the high number of fatalities, experts are no closer to identifying the toxin, which causes skin lesions and acute kidney failure.

Local vets have warned dog owners to be vigilant when walking in the forest throughout the winter and spring seasons.

Vet David Walker of Winchester-based Anderson Moores said: “Some of the first cases were presented this time last year and it’s incredibly concerning that it might be starting again.”

He continued:

“Our message to pet owners is to be vigilant and consult a vet immediately if their dog develops skin lesions.”

Dog owners across other parts of the UK have also been warned of the mystery toxin after cases have been reported in Cornwall, County Durham and Surrey.