How Do I Clean My Dogs Teeth?

How Do I Clean My Dogs Teeth?

Your dog’s teeth are used for more than just eating, they also use their teeth during play and to learn about their surroundings.

And just like us, dogs can get dental problems If their teeth are not cared for. Your dog can suffer serious health issues including gingivitis that can lead to gum disease and tooth loss. Bad teeth can also affect dogs that have heart problems by allowing infections to travel through the bloodstream.

If your dog has bad breath (thats not caused by any underlying illness) and a yellow/brown hard coating of plaque building up over their teeth, it’s time to do something about it.

It’s always best to start from an early age – but you can still get them comfortable with teeth cleaning, whatever their age.

Use a time when your dog is relaxed and keep the training sessions short, don’t force the issue or your dog will never want you near their mouth.

Start by getting them used to having your hand near their mouth – this can be done by gently stroking your dog’s face and cheek very gently – stop if your dog gets upset – do this over a period of several days so that your dog knows you are not going to hurt them.

The next stage is to put dog toothpaste (never use human toothpaste) onto your finger and allow them to lick it off – again do this for a few days.

Once your dog is happy with this, you can start with the tricky stuff

– using the toothpaste, run your finger along the inside of their mouth very gently. After a few days you can move on to the next stage.

Buy a suitable dog toothbrush and introduce this with the toothpaste on and just let them lick it off the brush.

Do this over a few days until your dog is happy with it and then slowly introduce the toothbrush inside their mouth, using gentle round motions, just do the front teeth first always let them lick the brush in between. Do this for a few days.

Slowly but surely move to the back teeth – do it ever so gently, stop if they get distressed and always praise them and let them have the toothbrush to lick so this becomes the reward.

After several weeks you should be able to clean their teeth without too many problems – always try to clean where the teeth meet the gum margin but always be gentle.

You can use vet approved dental chews and treatments that can be added to their water bowl that will help to maintain their oral hygiene between brushing.

If your dog’s teeth are very bad or have a large build up of tartar then speak to your vet who will arrange for the teeth to be specially cleaned.

Don’t worry if it takes longer for your dog to get used to having their teeth cleaned, just keep praising them and take it very gently one step at a time.

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Autumn Hazards For Dogs

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Keeping your pet safe – Hazards to look out for during Autumn

The leaves are starting to change colour and fall, conkers and acorns can be found aplenty on the ground, bushes and trees are full of luscious berries, It’s a sure sign that autumn is finally here.

However, the autumn also brings some hazards for your pet that you need to be aware of.

Seasonal Canine Illness

Seasonal Canine Illness (SCI) has been under investigation since September 2010. It’s a mystery illness generally seen between the months of August and November which can affect dogs of any size, shape or sex, it can cause dogs to become very ill. The condition appears very quickly after the dog has been walked in woodland.

The most common clinical signs are :

  • Sickness
  • Diarrhoea
  • Lethargy

These signs are typically experienced within 72 hours of walking in woodland.

If you suspect your dog is showing signs of SCI then contact your vet immediately.

Leaves and leaf mould

Piles of leaves can develop bacteria and mould. If your dog ingests these it can lead to gastrointestinal upsets.

Contact your vet if you think your pet has ingested leaf mould.


It can be rare for a dog to be poisoned by the Conker, however, ingestion can cause gastrointestinal problems, signs to look out for


  • Drooling
  • Retching
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Abdominal pain

The conker can also cause intestinal blockages, and though dogs normally vomit any ingested conkers quite quickly, you should always seek help from your vet.


Exposure to acorns is common in the autumn and winter. Acorns have a toxic ingredient thought to be tannic acid, which can cause damage to the liver and kidneys.

Signs of ingestion include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Abdominal pain and lethargy
  • Ingested acorns can also cause an intestinal blockage


Both elderberries and holly berries can cause stomach upsets in dogs.

But the most dangerous berry-bearing plants are deadly nightshade with its shiny black berries; cuckoo pint, aka lords-and-ladies (which produces spikes of orange-red berries), and mistletoe. All are typically found in woodland.

Many popular ivy plants, including English ivy and Devil’s ivy/Golden Pothos, have moderate toxicity to pets.

Signs of ingestion include:

  • Mouth and stomach irritation
  • Excessive drooling
  • Foaming at the mouth
  • Swelling of the mouth, tongue and lips
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea

If your pet has eaten berries, take them to the vet for treatment – always try to take a sample of the berry for the vet to identify.

Glow sticks

If you or your children like to use/play with glow sticks around the bonfire, please ensure that your pet can’t get hold of them

The chemical mixture inside of both luminous jewellery and glow sticks can cause irritation to your pets gums, it can also cause:

  • Dribbling
  • Frothing and foaming at the mouth
  • Vomiting and stomach pain

Thankfully, although the signs can look dramatic, ingestion is unlikely to cause significant problems – however, you should always seek professional help and advice from your vet.

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Pets & Anxiety

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by Victoria Brierley

Dogs are very much susceptible to some of the emotional struggles that humans can have. Anxiety is very much one of these struggles.

There are a few types of anxieties that a dog can suffer from. Separation anxiety is the most common form and can occur with examples such as when the dog owner leaves the house, leading to the dog feeling stressed. Other common anxieties consist of noise phobia, which triggers dogs to be stressed by loud noises, as well as social anxiety which causes a dog to feel uncomfortable in social situations.

Food for thought

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Pets suffering from separation anxiety may tend to display unwanted behaviours which can include: 

  • Excessive vocalisation
  • Excessive panting
  • Destructive behaviour such as chewing and tearing objects in their surroundings
  • Urination/defecating in the home

There may be a number of reasons why some dogs feel this way but not all of these behaviours are a direct result of separation anxiety, so owners need to determine if these behaviours only occur when the pet is left alone.

Food = Fun

Mental stimulation is a very useful and effective method of helping to manage pets suffering from anxiety.

Interactive feeding is an excellent way to keep their mind at rest and their mouths occupied when pets find themselves on their own.

Puzzle feeders and treat balls are a great way to help keep pets stimulated. These toys should only be given when the owner is not present, this way the pet can learn to associate the experience of receiving this ‘special toy’ and being alone, much more positively.

Here at Scamps & Champs, our Grain Free, Superfood and Treat recipes can all be used in conjunction with puzzle feeders, kongs, truffle mats and treat balls. Our 80% fish treats are small and ideal to hide in truffle mats and puzzle feeders.

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Always make sure to take into account any additional treats from the portion of your pets normal daily ration to prevent overfeeding.

Exercise and Training

There is strong evidence that clinical signs of anxiety can often be a result of failure to provide a pet with sufficient regular daily exercise. Exercising your pet before you are due to leave them alone provides them with the opportunity to go to the toilet and tire them out so they’re much more inclined to relax. You can also hire a pet sitter/dog walker to provide pop in visits or dog walks to break up your dogs day.

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Are Mixed Breed Dogs (Mutts) Healthier Than Purebreed Dogs

Are mixed mutts healthier than pure breeds

When  it comes to choosing the right pup for you and your family, there are many things to think about.  One consideration is what type of dog is the right fit for your lifestyle as a family.  Are you the outdoorsy types or do you like a more laid back lifestyle?  You will want a dog that fits in and doesn’t have the type of behavioural problems that will upset the status quo. Another consideration may be whether to get a mixed breed (mutt) or a purebred dog.

There are pros and cons as well as some misconceptions and inaccuracies about both, so it’s important to always do your research long before you go out to find your forever companion and not just go along with what happens to be the fashion of the moment.

Scamps and Champs Cardiff,  have provided some information to help you get a better idea of which may be the right choice for you.


The general consensus among many veterinary professionals  is that mixed breeds dogs, in general, tend to be hardier and more resilient to genetic disease, they also are known to have greater longevity than purebred dogs.

Vets will also tell you that many mutts have a lower rate of  

problematic health conditions throughout their lives, such as hip dysplasia, spinal diseases, and knee problems, they also develop less cancers and heart problems than their purebred counterparts. This results in less specialised care and lower veterinary costs throughout their lifetime.

Due to their mixed genes, mutts are less likely to have received a high dose of any particular breed’s genes. Because of this, Mutts are generally sturdier than their purebred counterparts., and these mixed genetics often create an increase in the effectiveness of their immune system, making them better able to overcome various infectious diseases.  Mutts also tend to be very laid back in temperament, they can be much easier to train, and of course they are much more adaptable to their owners lifestyle and activity levels.


The drawback to inbreeding related animals in order to select and reproduce certain desired aspects, such as specific colour, physical or behavioural traits ,or breeding for certain tasks such as hunting, herding or guarding, is that there is a risk of reproducing genetically linked unwanted effects as well. Although there are no hard and fast statistics on the subject, it goes without saying that breeding animals that share similar genetics is going to increase the likelihood of passing on diseases or other conditions.

Minor mutations can exist through generations and can cluster in some breeds without too many problems, but continual inbreeding to improve certain traits in the dog may be sufficient to cause these mutations to become prolific, and can lead to the inherited and unwanted traits spreading through the breed and becoming more dominant.

Hence, medical problems such as inherited blindness, brain disorders, and certain cancers can create a cluster effect in certain breeds. 

Inbreeding can also affect behavioural characteristics of dogs if taken too far, creating neurotic or maladjusted dogs, as can be seen in the Jekyll & Hyde Syndrome which can affect certain breeds.

So unless you have a specific requirement for the assets of a particular breed you need to be aware that some of these traits can become problematic over time and can cost a small fortune in vets bills.

When it comes to considering inherited health issues, it’s important to remember that all dogs carry the risk of susceptibility to disease, both genetic and infectious. That said, research is showing that good breeding practices and early disease screening could reduce the number of overall health issues.

So once you have decided that you want a purebred pet it is of paramount importance that you find a good, reliable breeder. 

Unfortunately, there are some bad, “backyard” breeders out there that you need to be aware of; but the good news is that there are many great breeders out there as well, and there are great online resources available so it’s easy to do some research on particular breeders and check credentials.

Always ask the breeder as many questions as you can and always insist on seeing the parents with the pups, and see them as many times as you can before you take them home.

A good breeder will have screened the dam and sire for specific conditions and should also have included a puppy package as part of the deal – this means that your pup should have had at least its first injections before you get it.  As a result, you can expect to pay more for a pure bred dog than a mutt.

Whatever dog you have or decide to have in your life, Scamps and Champs Cardiff provides a range of services to help when you can’t be there or when you’re taking a much needed break. From a one off pet visit to holiday boarding and doggie day care and dog walks. We also cover care for puppies/kittens onto adult and elderly dogs/cats, Rabbits and all creatures furry, fishy or feathered, we have a service tailored just for you.


Call us to discuss how we can help you and your best friend either with services or pet foods.

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Scamps & Champs Covid Policy

Scamps & Champs Covid Policy

Following the updates from the government and the latest guidelines from CFSG, Scamps & Champs can continue to offer all of our services in a safe and responsible manner. We are taking all of the necessary precautions and will continue to follow the advice from the CFSG.

What does your dog’s poo colour mean?

What Does Your Dog's Poo Colour Mean?

Does your dog’s poop look funky? Here’s the scoop on doggie-doo of every color and how to tell normal dog poop from problem poop:

Normal Dog Poop

It varies from dog to dog, breed to breed and can change depending on the type of dog food being eaten. In general, color should be medium brown and neither too soft and liquidy (diarrhea) or too hard to pass comfortably (constipation). Pay attention to your dog’s “healthy” 

poops (color, consistency and frequency) so you can recognize when there’s a problem.

Black Dog Poop Or Very Dark Dog Poop

Black stool in dogs may have a “tarry” or “sticky” consistency, which may be a sign of a gastrointestinal ulcer or a stomach ulcer. Many human medications can cause stomach ulcers in dogs, especially aspirin. Never give human meds without consulting your vet.

Red Dog Poop Or Streaks Of Blood In Stool

This can indicate bleeding in the GI tract. Streaks of blood in your dog’s poop may be colitis (inflammation of the colon), a rectal injury, an anal gland infection or possibly a tumor.

Pink Or Purple Dog Poop

Anything that resembles raspberry jam (sorry to ruin your toast) could indicate hemorrhagic gastroenteritis (HGE). A large number of dogs die each year from HGE but most will recover with prompt treatment. Seek emergency medical attention.

Grey Or Greasy-Looking Poop

Doggy-doo that appears fatty, glistens or comes out in large, soft amounts could indicate Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI). 

Commonly referred to as maldigestion, EPI is a disease in which the pancreas does not produce the necessary enzymes to digest fat. EPI is treatable, so see your vet.

Green Dog Poop

Dog green poop can be common if your dog eats large amounts of grass. 

However, it can also be a parasite, rat bait poisoning or other internal issues. If your dog has green poop, see your vet to be safe.

Orange Dog Poop

It could indicate a liver issue or biliary disease, or it could just mean that your dog’s food moved too quickly through the GI tract to pick up the bile. Bile is what changes poop to the normal brown color we expect. If your dog has orange diarrhea, contact your vet.

Yellow Dog Poop

Yellow mucus usually indicates a food intolerance, especially if you’ve recently changed your dog’s diet. Take a look at what your pet’s been eating and try to rule out any new ingredients that could be causing stomach upset and mustard-yellow dog poop.

White Specks In Poop

Worms often look like white grains of rice in your pup’s stool. This is treatable, so see your vet.


Coprophagia is the scientific name given to poop eating (sorry if you’ve just eaten); although coprophagia is upsetting and revolting to us; it is a common problem in dogs and puppies and there can be any number of causes:

If your dog is eating poop, it is always a good idea to have him/her seen by a veterinarian. Your vet will help determine if there are any medical conditions or behavioural issues causing your dog to be excessively hungry.  A Complete Blood Count can also help determine if the dog is anaemic or has a bacterial infection.

The vet may also recommend a urinalysis, or faecal fat test (measures fat in the stool sample), and a faecal exam (checks for parasites). 

These diagnostic tests can help narrow down the cause and may reveal underlying health issues.

Dogs that are anemic may need B-12 injections.

Intestinal parasites – The parasites are feeding on the dog’s nutrients causing him/her to be super hungry. Parasites should be treated with a de-wormer and your dog’s bedding, toys, and bowls will need to be washed in hot water.  Flooring should be cleaned and disinfected to help eliminate any remaining eggs. Dogs should be regularly wormed.

Endocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) – this Is a disorder where the pancreas is not producing digestive enzymes; the food being ingested is not broken down nor are the nutrients being absorbed (the dog is starving) – Treatment of Coprophagia in Dogs with Endocrine pancreatic insufficiency is usually treated by replacing digestive enzymes using freeze dried pancreas extracts from pigs and cattle. The extracts are sprinkled on the dog’s food usually 30 minutes before feeding.  The dog will also be placed on dietary supplements and vitamins.

Underfed – Not feeding the dog the right amount of food or giving a poor quality diet – Dogs diagnosed with deficient diets will need to be fed a better quality commercial food. It is recommended that you read the ingredient label; the first ingredient should be a protein not a “by-product”. Dietary supplements and vitamins may also be prescribed if the food source does not contain them.

Malnourished Taste – Cat faeces may actually taste good to a dog

If you have a new mum and pups in your home you may notice that the Dam (mother) will often eat their puppies poop – this is done to clean the den; this is a normal behavior in dogs and should stop once the pups are weaned and more self sufficient.

Prescription medications can also make a dog very hungry – this needs to be discussed with your vet.

Behavioural reasons for coprophagia in dogs: include abused dog that was not being fed – these dogs may get used to eating their own poop in order to obtain some form of nourishment – Puppy mill puppies that were neglected and overcrowded causing anxiety issues will often eat their own poop and this then becomes a habit that is hard to break.

Seeking owner’s attention or just boredom (no activities or playtime) this is often seen in Kennelled/isolated dogs where isolation is extended for a long time. Your vet may suggest more playtime and walks, and less alone time.  Dogs that are exercised and played with tend to be more content. If your dog persists in eating faeces the veterinarian may recommend a dog behaviourist to help stop the behaviour.

Recovery of Coprophagia in Dogs  that were diagnosed with a medical condition will need follow-up visits to monitor their progress. Dogs that were diagnosed with a behavioural problem will need their owner to have patience and breaking the habit will require consistency.

Dogs are pack animals and do not do well being isolated or confined.  

They require love, activities and attention.

In addition, it is important to ensure that you pick up faeces from the yard as soon as you can and regularly clean your cats the litter box if this is a source of poop eating.  Providing toys as well as teaching your dog the command “leave it” may also help him to stop eating faeces.

There are also deterrent soft chews made of natural ingredients which may help the dog not to eat his own faeces.


Do you walk through the park or woodland and get fed up of seeing dog poop everywhere?  It’s not the dog’s fault, it’s the fault of those who will find any and every excuse under the sun not to pick up their dog’s poop – Here are just two excuses people use for not picking up.

Excuse No.1

It Is A Natural Fertiliser –  This Is NOT True,

Because Not All Poop Is Created Equal as we shall see.  If it was, then we wouldn’t have to invest so much time and money in the sewage treatment of our own waste.

Other types of manure such as cow or horse has a very different make up from dog waste because their digestive systems and diets are very different.

For example, Cows are herbivores whereas dogs are omnivores and their diets are very high in proteins.  Though dogs waste is high in nitrogen and phosphorous it can have the opposite effect of fertiliser and can actually burn your lawn if you don’t pick it up. Worse still, it can cause all sorts of issues for local watersheds, because once it gets into the water it can cause all kinds of sickness both for other animals and humans too.

Excuse No.2

It Will Wash Away In The Rain – Again NOT True!

This is not the case with dog poop – the fact is that dog waste can 

take over a year to break down naturally.  And the other down side is 

that bacteria in the poop and any parasites it contains will linger in 

the soil for several years after the poop has finally dissolved. (Dog 

waste is even more full of disease causing bacteria and parasites than 

other types of waste).

These bacteria and parasites are harmful to humans and spread disease 

to other dogs.  Dog waste is full of E. coli, salmonella and is a 

common carrier of the following: Worms (several types), Parvovirus, 

Coronavirus (NOT COVID 19), Giardiasis, Salmonellosis, 

Cryptosporidiosis, and Campylobacteriosis.  These bacteria and 

parasites can actually linger in the soil for years after the dog 

waste has disappeared.




NB – Canine coronavirus (CCoV) is not the same virus as SARS-CoV-2 

that causes the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). CCoV does not affect 

people. CCoV causes gastrointestinal problems in dogs, as opposed to 

respiratory disease, it is spread by dogs eating poop or coming into 

contact with another (infected) dogs poop.

Don’t forget Scamps & Champs offer a dog poo pick up service. Contact View our dog poo pick up prices here

Whаt Iѕ A Hаіrbаll And Hоw Tо Get Rіd Of Them

What is a hairball

Hаіrbаllѕ are balled tufts оf hair thаt form in уоur саt’ѕ dіgеѕtіvе trасt аftеr grooming ѕеѕѕіоnѕ. Fеlіnе tongues have hооk-lіkе fеаturеѕ that trар loose, рrеvіоuѕlу ѕhеd hаіr. Whеn your cat ѕwаllоwѕ thе fur, іt trаvеlѕ tо іtѕ ѕtоmасh аnd is nоt digested.

Evеrу cat owner knоwѕ about hаіrbаllѕ. Evеrу саt has them at ѕоmе роіnt, especially long-haired brееdѕ like thе Persian оr Hіmаlауаn ones. Since all felines suffer frоm thіѕ аt ѕоmе роіnt, еvеry саt owner ѕhоuld knоw hоw tо dеаl wіth thе problem.

Hairballs occur bесаuѕе cats frеԛuеntlу grооm themselves with thеіr tongues. Aѕ a result, they еnd uр ѕwаllоwіng a lot оf thеіr hаіr. Usually, thе hair dоеѕn’t gеt bunched together аnd is еvеntuаllу just раѕѕеd іn thе саt’ѕ ѕtооl. Other times, іt ассumulаtеѕ nеаr thе thrоаt оr іn thе uрреr dіgеѕtіvе trасt; in mоѕt cases, a cat wіll еіthеr cough uр a hairball оf vomit іt оut.

Most саtѕ hаvе trouble wіth removing hairballs. If thе саt саnnоt get them up, іt can gеt іntо the intestines аnd саuѕе a blосkаgе. Thіѕ is lіfе-thrеаtеnіng tо the pet. If уоur саt seems to bе соnѕtіраtеd, іt may bе a ѕіgn of оbѕtruсtіоn.

 If thе cat іѕ lеthаrgіс аnd hіѕ соаt is dull аnd unhеаlthу looking, thіѕ tоо may be a ѕіgn. Wаtсh that he eats аѕ hе uѕuаllу dоеѕ. If not, уоu should саll аnd tаkе him tо see the vеt who will thеn find out іf it is a hаіrbаll, аnd then hе’ll remove it.

Grооmіng уоur fеlіnе уоurѕеlf wіll mіnіmіzе the problem оf hairballs. Pеt shops sell ѕресіаlіzеd bruѕhеѕ thаt ѕіmulаtе the tеxturе оf a саt’ѕ tоnguе. In mоѕt саѕеѕ, уоur саt wіll ѕtіll self-groom, but bу dоіng muсh of thе grооmіng yourself, уоu can gеt rіd of excess fеlіnе hаіr and lеѕѕеn thе аmоunt of hаіr thаt your саt ѕwаllоwѕ. In ѕоmе саѕеѕ, whеn groomed rеlіgіоuѕlу еnоugh, саtѕ have bееn known tо stop ѕеlf-grооmіng altogether.

Thе lоng-hаіrеd саt nееdѕ to bе соmbеd аnd bruѕhеd еасh dау to rеmоvе еxсеѕѕ hаіr. If you ѕtаrt to grооm him whеn hе іѕ ѕtіll уоung, hе wіll lеаrn tо tоlеrаtе it. Hе mау even look forward tо bеіng groomed. Sоmе саtѕ will bring thеіr соmbѕ tо thеіr оwnеrѕ also. If he doesn’t lіkе tо bе grооmеd, use a grooming glоvе instead.

If thе саt still ѕееmѕ to hаvе trоublе with hairballs, уоu саn add dіеtаrу аіdѕ tо hіѕ dіеt. Onе оf these is a dry саt food that can hеlр to prevent hairballs. Don’t juѕt buy thе fіrѕt bаg оf thе fоrmulа that уоu fіnd. Make ѕurе it іѕ still a gооd quality fооd for your реt, оnе thаt іѕ hіgh іn рrоtеіn and оthеr nutrients.

If уоur саt hаѕ a hаіrbаll, you can ѕhор for thе gel thаt can bе аddеd tо thе fооd, whісh wіll hеlр thе hаіrbаll tо раѕѕ. Mаkе ѕurе tо tаlk tо уоur vet bеfоrе uѕіng оnе of these hairball rеmеdіеѕ for long реrіоdѕ, thоugh.

Yоu can trу ѕоmе of thе more nаturаl rеmеdіеѕ as wеll, but уоu ѕhоuld еnѕurе they аrе okay with your vet first. Sоmе will асtuаllу cause уоur реt dіѕсоmfоrt оr wіll rеmоvе еѕѕеntіаl nutrіеntѕ frоm hіѕ bоdу. Thеѕе include ѕuсh things as рumрkіn, mineral оіlѕ, аnd even butter. If your саt соntіnuеѕ to have trоublе with hairballs, tаlk tо your vеt аbоut what you ѕhоuld dо tо improve thіѕ.

Fіnаllу, Yоu саn аlѕо рurсhаѕе certain types оf саt fооd thаt hаvе a hаіrbаll control remedy. Thеѕе рrоduсtѕ аrе nоt a tоtаl answer but mау gіvе a slight rеduсtіоn іn hairball buіld-uр. Onе ѕоlutіоn thаt ѕееmѕ tо wоrk fоr some саt owners is рuttіng a dіgеѕtіblе oil оn the tорѕ оf thе саt’ѕ paws. Whеthеr уоu do іt to thе frоnt раwѕ only, оr bоth back аnd front feet, the cat wіll lick off the оіl. They dоn’t like thе feel of іt оn thеіr fееt, and іn thе ѕtоmасh, іt еndѕ uр as a coating thаt makes thе fur ѕоmеwhаt dіgеѕtіblе. You саn use оlіvе оіl or саnоlа оіl, but mоѕt сооkіng оіlѕ wіll work juѕt as wеll.

Love is in the air in Bristol ❤️

Love Is In The Air In Bristol - Scamps & Champs

With Valentines Day quickly approaching Scamps and Champs Bristol would like to take this opportunity to provide some information around the safety of some indoor flowers. This is just a snapshot of a 5 flowers that are known to be either safe or toxic to pets. Please contact your vet for advice or treatment immediately if you think your pet is unwell and showing a reaction to a plant or flower. Your pet may also have a sensitivity or an allergy to a plant so it’s important to always be vigilant and seek expert health if you are ever worried about the health of your pet.

Five flowers that are dangerous for our pets 🐾

Daffodil: All parts of the daffodil are harmful and even drinking the water from a vase of cut daffodils is potentially hazardous. A small bite from a daffodil bulb can kill a small animal

Iris and gladioli: The bulb is the most dangerous as it contains a higher concentration of chemicals but all parts of these are toxic

Tulip: All parts of the plant can be toxic in large quantities, but the bulb is the most toxic

Lily of the valley: Lily of the valley flowers and leaves are very poisonous to dogs and cats as they contain a toxin that can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, heart problems, fits and collapsing

Lilies: Including Tiger, Easter, Stargazer and Arum, are potentially poisonous, especially to cats. Eating or chewing the leaves, stems or flower heads can poison pets. Even the pollen can be harmful, as cats may lick this off their fur after brushing against the flower head. If you have a cat you will need to ensure any lilies are kept in a place in the house that your cat cannot access. Not always that easy!

Five flowers that are safe for our pets 🐾

We are ok ladies, these are a few of our favourites that are not harmful to pets 😊

Roses: mean love, desire and romance and ALL varieties are pet friendly!

Peruvian Lily: mean devotion and friendship and are the perfect substitution for toxic lilies

Phalaenopsis Orchids: mean love and beauty and are safe for pets

Snapdragons: mean gracious lady and are non-toxic and a safe optionSunflowers: mean admiration and loyalty and pose no harm to cats

Why Is Chocolate Harmful To Dogs?

Why is chocolate harmful to dogs

Chocolate is the product of dried and fermented  seeds of the Cacao tree (Theobroma Cacao) and the active ingredient in chocolate is Theobromine.

Chocolate and cocoa products including the mulch made from the seed shells and used in gardening are poisonous to dogs even causing death if the amount ingested is large enough, though it also depends on the type of chocolate and the amount the dog has actually ingested and also the size of the dog compared to the amount that it has eaten.

The key toxic component chemical in the chocolate that harms the dog is called theobromine,  which is only produced in chocolate . Humans can metabolise theobromine quickly as the half life of the chemical is only 2-3 hours for humans who then excrete it from the body, but for dogs it is a much slower process with the half life of the chemical taking up to 18hours  which can cause a build up in the liver as it metabolises prior to excretion in the urine.Theobromine is known to affect the central nervous system, the cardiovascular system and the respiratory system.

Dark chocolate and cocoa products contain the most theobromine whereas milk or white chocolate contain the least. Bitter dark chocolate used for cooking also contains very high levels and even a vey small amount can be enough to poison even a very large dog, though the lethal dose is roughly between 250mg and 500mg per kilo of the dogs body weight.

However, a dog that eats just a small amount of milk chocolate may still be affected and may develop an upset stomach with diarrhoea and vomiting,  it is always wise to seek medical advice however small the amount and however big the dog.

A dog that eats a whole box of chocolates or a large amount of very dark chocolate will require emergency treatment as they may suffer dangerous effects that lead to death.

The onset of the poisoning may be preceded by severe hyperactivity, muscle tremors and an irregular heartbeat, panting and increased thirst, during this time the dog may develop internal bleeding, increased heart rate and finally a heart attack.  The signs of chocolate poisoning may not show until 2-24 hours after ingestion and even for a small amount of chocolate ingestion you will need to watch the dog for at least 72hours afterwards.

If you know that your dog has eaten chocolate then you should try to induce the dog to vomit as well as getting advice from the vet.  If the dog’s life is in danger then the vet may put the dog on intravenous fluids to flush the stomach contents and may also give charcoal based medication to absorb the poisonous chemical before too much harm is caused.

Why Does My Dog Eat Grass?

Why Does My Dog Eat Grass? - Scamps & Champs

Many pet owners tend to get confused when they see their beloved canine eating grass even though they feed them with a nutritious food full of everything they need to grow and be healthy.   Could it be that they’re hungry? Bored? Sick? 

Grass-eating seems to be common among dogs.  As veterinarians will tell you they discuss this issue all day with dog owners.   This behaviour is known as “pica,” and it is essentially a disorder characterized by eating things that aren’t food. Sometimes, pica is caused by a diet deficient in nutrients, vitamins or minerals, giving room for other possible reasons dogs on well-balanced diets engage in the foraging behaviour. 

Why is my dog eating grass?

While no one can be entirely sure why dogs eat grass, here are the common reasons experts give to answer the question, “why does my dog eat grass?”

 Grass tastes good 

The first possible reason why your dog eats grass is that they enjoy the flavour and texture of the grass. Some canines consider it a pleasurable behaviour and simply eat it for fun. This shouldn’t come as a surprise since dogs enjoy all sorts of things that disgust the human palate, including dirty socks, wood, and gristle from the bin. 

Another perspective to consider is that some dogs have the tendency to eat plants, and this is not strange. Some theories opine that dogs have been natural omnivores for thousands of decades (meat and plant-eaters) and as a result, domesticated dogs today instinctively include plant material in their diet. So there’s a good chance that in addition to grass, your puppy also enjoys raw-plant snacks such as sliced bananas, green beans and even apple slices from time to time. 

To induce vomiting 

Sometimes, dogs eat grass to induce vomiting. This reason raises another question: Does your dog eat grass to vomit and soothe an ailing stomach, or does he develop a stomach upset and vomit because he ate grass? In other words, does the grass make your dog feel unwell, or is it helping him to throw up as a form of relief? 

The answer to the question may vary for many dog owners, but studies show that only 25% of dogs vomit after eating grass, meaning the majority of grass-eating dogs aren’t sick beforehand, so chances of this pica behaviour making your dog feel unwell are slim. 

In fact, only 10% of dogs show signs of illnesses caused by a range of factors such as intestinal worms or gastrointestinal upsets. The grass helps induce vomiting to expel whatever might be bothering them, and you can tell this is the case if your dog eats and swallows grass quickly, barely chewing it. When your dog finally vomits, he may stop eating grass and return to his normal diet. 

To ease boredom 

Some dogs get anxious when their owners leave and use grass-eating to pass time until their return. Think of grass-eating as your dog’s comfort mechanism, just like nervous people chew their fingernails. The longer it takes for their owners to return, the more anxious they become and the grass-eating increases. Other times, it could be that your dog is trying to get your attention because he’s been alone for too long and wants some time with his favourite human. 

Is it safe for my dog to eat grass?

Grass-eating is a common occurrence in dogs, and it poses no real risk. But it’s critical to keep a careful eye on the sort of grass your pet eats. You need to be mindful of the chemicals used in the grass as they may irritate your dog’s stomach or cause health problems. 

Additionally, if you notice your dog is eating grass too often, it could be a sign of a health condition. In such instances, don’t hesitate to visit the vet. 

How do I stop my dog from eating grass?

The first step towards getting your dog to stop eating grass is to figure out why your pet eats grass. If your pet is bored, engage him in some fun activities or get him to chew toys to keep his mouth busy with other things other than grass. On the chance that it is caused by a nutritional deficiency, feeding him with a well-balanced diet could help alleviate the problem. If the pica behaviour persists, a visit to the vet for a full examination can help rule out any underlying problems. 


Grazing itself isn’t harmful, especially if you can keep your dog from eating anything that has been treated with pesticides or fertilizers. But if your pet’s pica behaviour makes you uncomfortable, try some of the tips above or discuss with your vet about ways to curb the habit.