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Heated Pet Bed from goYo Pets

During the colder months have you ever woken up to find your dog curled up shivering at the end of the bed. Well this happened to me not that long ago, the guilt I felt knowing I had been tucked up inside my warm duvet had me thinking, I had to do something to make my Buddies pet bed more appealing. I started the search and looked at many online pet stores until I came across a website in the UK selling heated pet beds. Their range of beds was amazing not only for dogs but cats too.

I ended up deciding on a medium sized leopard print dog bed as it looked the most fun and inviting.

I placed the order on Monday evening and by Thursday it arrived amazingly quick delivery, less than 4 days from placing the order in UK and me receiving it in the USA. Something I did forget to mention is this company are based in the UK and as such the bed as standard comes with the UK plug on it, but prior to ordering I messaged the company and they replaced the UK plug to a US one free of charge. If you’re interested in purchasing a new pet bed I would happily recommend you visit their website at

Buddies bed has been used now for just over a month he absolutely loves it, it’s quite annoying because I think he loves it more than he loves me now, he only ever leaves it when I shout dindins or he hears the rustling of his favourite treats coming out the cupboard.

Whether you own a cat, dog, or fish they have lots to see and offer. We also have a Parrot in the family and are looking to buy a new bird cage from them I am still in 2 minds because I am not sure how much the postage will be on such a large item I will have to weigh up my options before I decide.

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Cleaning a whelping Box

 The whelping box is there to help keep new-born babies safe and warm in a closed area soon after their birth. There are DIYs available online that help you make a whelping box for the pups. There are many such boxes available in the market also easily. Once your dog gives birth to the puppies, it is essential to keep the box clean to make sure that the puppies are healthy and don’t get infected. The process of keeping the whelping box clean is very easy. I am going to share the process of cleaning the whelping box step-by-step so that it is easy for all the readers to follow.

Whelping Box Clean?

Before starting the process of cleaning it is crucial to keep the supplies handy that you are going to need for cleaning the whelping box. The list of the supplies is given down below:

  • A pair of rubber gloves
  • Disinfectants
  • Detergent
  • Rugs and towels
  • Tissue papers
  • Sanitizer

Process of keeping the whelping box clean try this disinfectant

Once you have all the supplies that you will need to clean the whelping box, it is now time to first take the puppies out of the whelping box and keep them in a cardboard box or any enclosed space safely along with their mother. Sanitize your hands before picking up puppies.

Wear rubber gloves while cleaning the box to maintain your hygiene. Start with the flooring of the whelping box is good. Make sure that there is some flooring in the whelping box as the box will have a plastic or wooden bottom which is not soft or recommended for the small pups.

Place a vinyl flooring if you don’t have any flooring in the box. Get rid of the towels in the whelping box. Picking up the any waste with the tissue if there is any and dispose of it. Make sure that there is no waste in the box.

Now use a detergent and get rid of any strains on the floor. Detergent should get rid of any such strains. Select such a flooring for the whelping box that is easy to clean. Also, make sure that you don’t use detergent with harsh chemicals. Use mild detergents to clean the flooring.

After you have gotten rid of all the wastage and strains, it is now the time to disinfect the whelping box. Again select a mild disinfectant which doesn’t have any chemicals. Take disinfectant in the spray bottle and start sterilizing the entire whelping box with the help of it.

Now that the whelping box is disinfected keep clean towels and rugs in the whelping box again for the puppies. Place the pups safely in the whelping box back again with their mother.

After reading this, you might have the question about how frequently you should clean it. Don’t worry I am going to help you with that as well.

How often should you clean it?

The whelping box should be made ready before the birth of the puppies. Once the puppies are born, make it a point to clean it every day as there are chances of infection. Also as they are still small, they do not produce a lot of waste, so it is okay to clean it once in a day.

When the puppies start to grow, they start producing more waste and mess and then it becomes vital to clean the whelping box twice a day. Keeping the box clean for the puppies, you can make a cleaning schedule and also set reminders so that you don’t miss out on cleaning the whelping box.

Also, make sure that anything you use for cleaning is disinfected or appropriately sanitized. Buy detergents and disinfectants that are organic or natural so that it doesn’t cause any allergy or infection to the puppies. Make sure that the box is clean before placing the pups back again in their nesting box.

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New pet

Is your family keen on getting a pet? If so, you are spoilt for choice. Dogs, cats, fish, birds, and reptiles are among some of the most popular options. Owning a pet certainly requires a lot of responsibility. However, the benefits that they can offer you are priceless. If you are unsure whether a pet is a right fit for your family home, keep reading this article. Below – are seven reasons why you should consider owning a pet.
You may think that this only applies to dogs. However, all pets will encourage you and your family to exercise. Whether you are running to the shop to grab pet supplies, walking your pet, or cleaning out their beds, you will find that you are always on the go. Although you may not think it, this is why pets are ideal for families with a busy lifestyle. You may often struggle to fit regular exercise into your day, but having a pet ensures you do. At times, you’ll be getting in exercise without even realising. If your family are already fitness fanatics, you can look at some exercises to do with pets online. Getting your pet involved is an excellent way for both of you to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Even on a bad day, you will be surprised at how much a pet can uplift your mood. One of the great qualities that a pet offers is comfort. For example, if your children have a difficult exam coming up, you may notice their mood is low. A pet can help take their mind off things and be a positive distraction. They can engage in some playtime with your pet, which can certainly put a smile on their face. The unconditional love that a pet can give your family is truly priceless. Sure, they may require a lot of looking after, but the process is highly rewarding. There is often nothing better than returning home after a bad day to hear your pets’ footsteps running toward you.
Undoubtedly, one of the most valuable benefits of owning a family pet is the lessons it teaches your children. A pet teaches your children the importance of responsibility. Now, they must consider this new addition in their lives – and learn how to care for it. For example, they must ensure their pet is fed and watered. They will also need to take responsibility for the pets’ surroundings and clean their beds/cages. They will also need to ensure they have all the pet supplies they need. Luckily, this has been made easier thanks to online pet stores. Take a look at petnap as an example. Their website is packed full of pet essentials. No matter what pet you have, whether that be a fish, reptile, or dog, you can get everything you need at the click of a button.
Pets help you build a strong family bond. The responsibility of caring for your pet does not lie with one family member. It is a group effort and one that encourages you all to help one another. Pets help strengthen family bonds as they offer emotional support. They teach your children the importance of empathy, which can help them better their relationships with their siblings. Owning a pet encourages you to spend more time together as a family. For example, you may need to clean out your reptile cage, which requires a few helping hands. Doing this together encourages you to interact with your family and strengthens your relationships with one another.
Is your family home situated away from your children’s school? Or maybe it is far away from your workplace? If so, it can be difficult for you and your children to make new friends in your local area. That is until you have a pet. Pets like dogs are ideal for enhancing your social skills. This is because they encourage you to get out of the house to go on long walks. You may bump into other dog owners on your walk, encouraging you to engage in conversation and make new connections. You may decide to take your dog to a local park. If so, this gives your children an opportunity to meet new people, shaping them into confident communicators. If your children struggle to make friends, and you are concerned, you can also help them by looking at some socialising tips online.
Family life can be stressful at the best of times. It is usual for the odd argument to take place. However, this doesn’t create a pleasant environment for everyone in the home. You may be surprised to know that pets are excellent for reducing stress levels. They provide companionship for those who need it and diffuse argumentative situations. For example, if you own a pet reptile, you will not want to have a loud – and heated argument in the home in case it spooks them. It encourages you to think more carefully about your actions. If you find that members of your family suffer from stress, you can seek advice and support them by engaging in some destressing activities. Seek inspiration for these online.
You may think that this sounds totally bizarre. However, some scientists believe that pets can help you fight off allergies. For instance, if your children live with cats or dogs from a young age, it is thought that they have a minimised risk of developing issues like asthma and hay fever. You can find out more information regarding this by reading recent studies online. Please note that this will not necessarily be the case for all pet owners. It is still possible for pet owners to develop allergies. However, they are believed to play a part in minimising your risk to certain conditions.

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Whelping puppies is one of the most exciting and amazing things you’ll ever likely do. In many cases a dog is able to take care of the whelp completely on her own. However it is certainly useful to understand the process and the signs of impending whelping in case you need to step in and help.

Whelping a word most breeders may not have heard before if it is their first time. The process of whelping is not difficult to master and achieve, it is just the name used for the delivering/birth of puppies. The Pup’s themselves are often noted as ‘whelps’ during their newborn period.

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Help! My bitch is due

I have a staff she is 61 days and she has clear fluid coming out, when she sits down there has been wet patches left behind here is no smell and is not wee she has only eaten half her food for the last couple of days and now she has eaten all her dinner, temperature has been around 38, lowest yesterday was 37.0 today is 37.5. So was woundering if she is starting her first stage of whelping she also keeps licking her belly.

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Whelping Box Supplier required


Haven’t been on the forum for a while, just after some advice, can anybody suggest a company that I can purchase a Whelping box from that you have used and would recommend, I would prefer to buy it from a company that I can purchase other bits from at the same time like bedding, whelping kit etc.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Puppy Sales

Make history be the first person to post a comment in the puppy sales subject, Please add useful information on puppy sales here. Experiences good or bad local breeders you would recommend etc.

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Puppy Training

With a new puppy in the house it can be difficult to entrust leaving this endless bundle of energy alone whilst you go to bed, or have to pop out to run an errand. Despite wanting to give them free reign to explore and tire themselves out, we also have to think about creating some boundaries and teaching them about structure and rules. It can simply also be down to not wanting the house to be turned upside down upon your return.

Puppies are a playful element to bring into any household, with their boundless energy and enthusiasm. Getting them settled into any new house is vital for their and your wellbeing, and really accentuating that family household feeling as soon as possible. As with any member of the family, you want them to feel at home and as comfortable as they can be.

For when you leave the house it is ideal to create a boundary, be it choosing a room (usually the kitchen) to kit out with their food and water, gated to prevent your puppy exploring the rest of your house. Another good alternative is to provide a puppy pen that will give protection and enough space to move about in and eat, drink and rest.

Petnap provides a vast range of pet products to suit all budgets and amongst the catalogue are strong puppy pens. To view this and everything else Petnap have to offer pay a visit to petnap.

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Puppy Feeding from Birth

Please share your tips with feeding of your puppies here, techniques useful equipment or a certain bottle you have found to be better than another the subject is endless.

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Weaning is the process of taking puppies off of mums colostrum onto solids, this is a process that you build upon in the same way you would a new born baby. A baby goes from milk, onto baby style food then on to solids overtime, its the same process for puppies.

There are many different aids, feeding bottles, bowls etc on the market so there is plenty of choice.

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What is a Stud Dog?

A stud dog is simply a registered male dog that is used and retained for breeding. You are best to find a registered stud, most usually are registered. Mutts are not referred to as “studs,” no matter how good they look. Make sure you fully understand your dog’s breed before you get started to achieve the best breedlines.

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Puppy Heat Pads

A puppy heat pad is the most common way these days, that litters are kept warm from birth.

Joint issues such as arthritis and rehabilitation from injury are an exceptionally common occurrence in pets. As the cat or dog ages, degeneration to the capsule will occur which hold the adjacent bones together caused by general wear and tear to the joint. This is the cause of the condition, arthritis – the inflammation and friction in the joint cause’s pain and discomfort to the pet which, left untreated, will continue to deteriorate and cause suffering to the pet. Arthritis is very common in larger breeds of dog – such as Labradors, German Shepherds and Great Danes and therefore it is useful to think about preventative measures earlier on in their lives before the pain and discomfort starts to set in. It is not as widely known, but cats will also suffer from arthritis as they age, particularly those who have been very active when they were younger.

It is possible to help support your pet with medication from your veterinary surgeon such as anti-inflammatories or joint support however you can help your pet with some changes in the home too! Warmth is a huge benefit to joints that are painful, therefore providing a warm bed with a constant temperature will give your pet a comfortable place to rest, improving circulation to extremities and helping maintain body temperature – an ideal solution for this is to use a pet heat pad.

Petnap supply premium pet products and can offer pet heat pads for your cat or dog. Available in three different sizes and powered by mains electricity, the Flexiguard Heat Pad for cats and dogs is designed to be left on continuously at an economical running cost.The Cosi Cover is the ideal thickness to ensure the even spread of warmth across the Flexiguard Heat Pad and maintain a temperature close to that of the body temperature of the pet.

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What is a Whelping Box

A whelping box can be described in short, as a box that is used for the birth of puppies to take place in and is the puppies home for the first stage of their life.

At around 6 weeks into pregnancy, we need to start thinking about the whelping box. Let’s have a look at an easy way to work out which size whelping box you’re going to need, remember you should be doing this at the 7 week point at the latest as ideally you should have the whelping box set 2 weeks prior to the due date.

The advice we give when selecting the correct size whelping box is to measure from the nose to the base of tail add several inches for the incorporation of puppy rails and free room and then go for the next size whelping box up from this measurement. (This is advice only and is ultimately down to the customer to select the correct size) The puppies will remain in the whelping box usually around 4 to 6 week, this is when they become more animated and therefore need more space to get around. It can sometimes vary depending on the breed of dog and how big the puppies are and also the number of puppies.

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Whelping Kits

If you are breeding a litter this year, whether it is your first or you are a breeder, you will want to be prepared for the birth of the pups! Investing in a range of products and accessories that you may need to rely upon around the time of whelping can save time and panic when the time comes for your bitch to give birth. Whether you are dog lover, kennel owner, breeder or work in a veterinary practice – having the right supplies is essential for a smooth arrival of the puppies or kittens. 

A professional Whelping kit from Petnap can help save time and will ensure you have to hand every item you could need in the event that something does not go to plan. By purchasing a pre-made kit you can save hours of searching and save money at the same time! The whelping kit contains a wide range of products such as disposables (gloves, swabs, sterile cotton buds) , essential tools (scissors, thermometer, stethoscope) and of course feeding items. 
Occasionally the unexpected can occur during the birth process, the bitch may require a c-section and be unable to produce sufficient milk, the litter may be exceptionally large or the bitch may not take to feeding. To ensure your pups receive instant milk in these circumstances the whelping kit contains a specially formulated milk replacement and feeding apparatus. Keeping a whelping kit at home when you are expecting a litter can help avoid emergency situations.