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Our popular coloured Crufts tags!

Posted on July 3, 2015

We’ve had an amazing response to our new Crufts tags, part of our exclusive licence with The Kennel Club.  These fun, colourful tags engrave beautifully, and come in yellow, green, blue and purple, and in small and large sizes.

Like all our tags, we guarantee them for life against breakage and fading, so the quality is great.

Check out one of our favourite Crufts dogs, Jake foster, who agreed to model all of his tags in all the different colours.

If you like the Crufts pet tags you can order at Crufts Tags and choose your engraving over 4 lines.  Don’t forget, The Control of Dogs Order (1992) rules that the tag must include the owner’s name and address (at least the house number and postcode) and we recommend a phone number and the word ‘Chipped’ if the dog is microchipped.  That way you can be reunited more quickly if your precious pup  goes missing.

 

 

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BBC Watchdog investigates Pets at Home

Posted on June 27, 2015

The BBC 1 programme Watchdog claimed a number of Pets at Home stores have displayed dead and diseased fish and sold animals without performing health checks.  The show aired on June 18 2015 and it was the program’s second visit to the retail giant since 2012.

The undercover investigation within the retail chain’s stores focused on a number of animal welfare issues including the advice given by staff members to customers.

In a statement published on the company’s website Pets at Home CEO Nick Wood said: ‘We have been at the forefront of pet welfare for nearly 25 years and our number one value is ‘Pets before Profit’. That’s what drives us; nearly all of us are pet owners, we all love pets, and we are constantly challenging ourselves to find new ways to get better.  We have looked in detail at every single claim put to us by Watchdog, which are misleading and in many cases simply wrong.  But viewers don’t have to take my word for it. Our stores are open every day and our colleagues will be happy to explain the care we provide for our pets. You don’t need to go undercover; it’s in full view for our customers to see because we have nothing to hide and plenty to be proud of.’

Check out your local Pets at Home store next time you go in and see for yourself.

Avoid the machine ‘engraved’ pet tags on offer at stores like Pets at Home.  While they are cheap and instant, they are made from a low cost aluminium and the engraving will fade very quickly.  This may work for an emergency pet tag (which is legally required on all dogs in public places), but for a lifetime guarantee against fading, choose from our great selection of quality tags here.

 

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Is the uproar over BGT’s winner a storm in a teacup?

Posted on June 3, 2015

What a commotion after it was discovered that the Britain’s Got Talent winning dog, Matisse, did not perform the tightrope stunt in his winning routine!

Jules O’Dwyer, who performed the routine and also trains guide dogs, revealed that it was another of her dogs, Chase, who walked the tightrope because Matisse is not keen on heights.

The act featured O’Dwyer, dressed as a policewoman, going after Matisse, who had stolen sausages from a butcher, and also featured another of her pets, three-legged Skippy.

The pair beat Welsh choir Cor Glanaethwy and magician Jamie Raven to the £250,000 prize.

We had previously met Chase, when he appeared in the semi-final, but he was nowhere to be seen on stage during the results, leading to the accusations of deception.

Jules O’Dwyer has insisted that she did not cheat the public.  She says she told the BGT production team that Matisse had a stunt double and a body double.  Fletcher, his body double, was at home in Belgium and Chase, his stunt double, performed on the night.  The Producers of Britain’s Got Talent have apparently apologised.

However, I think it was Jules’ clever unique mixture of dog agility and story-telling that really what won the show for her.  So many things could have gone wrong, but the act went perfectly and couldn’t have been more entertaining. The act won by just 2% ahead of magician Raven but had it been known that there was a third dog involved, it might have boosted her votes as viewers could appreciate even more her knack of controlling and training a group of dogs to do exactly what she needed them to do on stage, under lights and in front of thousands in a live audience.

With a peak of 13.4 million views and only 30 people complaining, it’s a storm in a teacup.  Not only did Jules devise a fantastic routine, she managed to get more than one dog to deliver it seamlessly.

We think Matisse, Chase and Skippy all deserve one of our special pet tags.  Check our great range out.  Maybe we can track them down in Belgium!

 

 

 

 

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It’s National Unwanted Pets Week :(

Posted on May 30, 2015

 

Over 44 percent of people don’t seek advice before choosing a pet. Wood Green, the Animals Charity, released the results of its pet owner survey to coincide with an awareness campaign. National Unwanted Pets Week takes place from May 25th to 31st, following the organisation’s fears that naivety around pet ownership is leading to abandoned and unwanted pets.

It’s not the first time organisations have called for more education for would-be pet owners. Last year, 67 percent of rescue centres saw a rise in the number of abandoned dogs. The research, which was carried out by DogsBlog.com and The Co-operative Insurance, found that 56 percent of rescue centres believed lack of education about dog ownership was the main reason for abandonment.

Preventing abandonment and finding new homes for pets is a cause championed by many within the industry. Rescue centres, retailers and veterinarians are just a few of the pet professionals providing leaflets and in-depth advice. Wood Green is attempting to combat the high number of abandoned animals, after having seen a 6 percent rise in stray dogs over the last six months alone.

Sally Stevens, Director of Communications for Wood Green said: ‘What I would urge anyone interested in pet ownership to do, is to please, please do your research first.

‘You wouldn’t purchase something like a smart phone without taking advice or seeking recommendation, so it seems incredible to me – and to the thousands of us which work in the animal charity sector – that potential pet owners would rely on blind faith alone and then be left surprised by the way their new animal fits into the home and lifestyle.’

Of course, some pets can be inadvertently separated from their owners. The most recent Stray Dogs Survey by the Dogs Trust found that 50 percent of stray dogs were reunited with their families. Sadly, not every pet returned home. Around 7 percent were estimated to have been put to sleep because their owners could not be located.  So that your pet doesn’t end up being a sad statistic make sure they are microchipped with up to date details at the registry, and also make sure they wear an ID tag (which is also a legal requirement for dogs).  Don’t forget to include a phone number so that you can be contacted as soon as possible if your pet goes missing.  Here‘s a great selection of tags guaranteed for life and priced from £8.49 with first class dispatch within 24 hours.

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How safe are your pets?

Posted on May 27, 2015

How safe are your pets?

Pet theft appears to be an ongoing problem in much of the UK. Last year an ITV report named London and Kent as the most likely places for dogs to be stolen. The same report suggested that gun dogs such as retrievers and spaniels were most at risk. Gangs may even be targeting specific households. In January, The Telegraph newspaper raised fears that symbols chalked near to houses in Durham may be used by dog thieves to mark the homes of pedigree breeds.

For pet owners, these claims can only be distressing news. As always, it’s important to take the security of your pets very seriously. Most pet owners already take basic precautions, by never leaving animals untended in easily accessible areas and keeping an eye on dogs while they are off the lead.  Microchipping is an important and useful method of identifying pets and reuniting them with owners, and will become a legal requirement soon.

Will an ID tag help to prevent your pet from being stolen?  Obviously a thief can easily remove the ID from the pet, but pets without ID are more often stolen because the thief believes (or decides to believe) that they were unable to contact the owner, whether or not the pet is microchipped.  Stealing a pet and deliberately removing their collar and ID means the thief requires is far more sinister than taking home a dog without identification, whom the thief might decide is not cared for.

While some dogs are stolen for the thief to keep for themselves, many pedigrees are stolen for breeding purposes.  If your pet has been spayed, it is worth showing this on their ID tag.  Any thief looking for a dog to breed won’t be interested in one that has been spayed.

For added security, have your pets microchipped and spayed, and include the words ‘CHIPPED & SPAYED’ on their ID tag. And don’t forget, UK law mandates that you should also include your surname and address (house number and postcode at least) and of course a phone number so you can be contacted as quickly as possible should you pet go missing.

Choose from our fantastic range of pet tags at Pet-Tags.

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Daisy’s getting ready to be a mum again!

Posted on May 22, 2015

It seems like only yesterday that Daisy, our own special Dalmatian who is owned by Natasha (our Admin manager), gave birth for the first time to a crew of gorgeous tiny puppies.

Those puppies have long moved on (Poppy remained with her mum) and now we’re about to welcome a new lot.

Daisy in due to deliver her second litter on 2 June, but, as she was a week early last time (much to Natasha’s surprise!) we know anything could happen this time.  We’ll keep you posted, and can’t wait to show you the photos of the gorgeous newborns.

We learnt so much about the ups and downs of breeding the first time.  The excitement of seeing them come into the world and watching Daisy instinctively care for them, the sadness of losing some too weak to survive; the joy of watching them grow up and play but then having to say goodbye when they move on to their new families.  For anybody interested in breeding, it’s a fascinating process…

Step 1 – Finding Dad:  Daisy’s Stud delivered the first time, and the second as well!

Step 2 – Cutting The Deal: all went smoothly when Natasha cut the deal with The Stud’s owner.

Step 3 – Organising the Kennel Club Endorsements.  Daisy’s progeny are now eligible for Kennel Club registration, an important step which ensures the pups are recognised as having been carefully and responsibly bred.

Step 4 – The Waiting.  Waiting for a dog to come into season might be a bit like watching a kettle boil!  But it eventually happened, the first time back in September 2013 and again in mid-March this year.

Step 5 – The Dates (just to make sure…. two dates).  This time on 31 March and 2 April, which obviously went according to plan.

Step 6:  The Preparations: Getting the house ready for the birth comes next.  The Whelping Box has been put into one of the rooms at home within a large caged area to keep the pups safe.  Under a section of the box is a heat pad which will be a warm place for the pups if they are feeling cold.  Daisy and her pups will live in this area for the first 2 weeks before the pups are ready to venture further afield.

Daisy in her Whelping Box
Daisy in her Whelping Box – the pups will be joining her soon!

So again, I’m looking forward to posting the next update with photos of Daisy’s beautiful new Dalmatian pups.  How many will there be?  The first time there were 10, but sadly only 5 males and 3 females survived.  Will they be black-spotted, like their Dad, or liver-spotted like Daisy?  Last time it was even – 4 of each.

We’ll know very soon!

Stay tuned – we’ll be celebrating by offering some special discounts.  In the meantime, check out our ranges of Design, Glitter, Bling (with genuine Swarovski Crystals), Fashion, Stainless, Brass and Plastic tags.  Remember the Control of Dogs Order rules your dog must wear ID with the owner’s name and address.

Daisy in the Pet-Tags office
Daisy in the Pet-Tags office
Daisy in the Pet-Tags office
Daisy in the Pet-Tags office
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Daisy wearing her engraved Kennel Club ID tag
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All about your cat’s cute sneeze!

Posted on May 15, 2015

That cute little sneeze in most cases is nothing to worry about.  But some cases do require some attention.

Cats, just like us, will sneeze when there’s a tickle or an itch in their nostrils.  They can also be prone to allergic reactions, just like we can.  However, the cause could be a nasty viral or bacterial infection that might require a course of antibiotics, and in some cases, can indicate something even more serious.

If your cat is suddenly sneezing in bursts, check for any other symptoms or anything else out of the ordinary, whether it’s their behaviour or physical appearance.

Other symptoms appearing alongside sudden onsets of sneezing could include:

  • Heavy coughing or wheezing
  • Diarrhoea
  • Green or yellow discharge from the nose
  • A fever
  • Drooling from the mouth
  • Poor coat – dry or patchy with heavy malting
  • Weight loss
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Lack of enthusiasm for food

 

If your cat’s been sneezing for more than a few days and they’re not prone to allergies, it’s time to see the vet.

Just like that cold or dose of flu we may get, the most likely cause of your cat’s sneezing is a mild viral or bacterial infection.  Your vet may take swabs of the inside of your cat’s mouth, nose, throat and eyes and send them away for testing.

The most common viral infections that cause sneezing are feline herpes and feline calicivirus. While these viruses aren’t necessarily dangerous, if left untreated other more serious infections may develop. Feline herpes, for example, can often lead to a further bacterial infection but can be treated with a course of antibiotics.

Sneezing can be the first signs of a long list of other serious illnesses and conditions. Some of the more serious are feline leukaemia and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) or ‘cat AIDS’. Feline leukaemia is in most cases fatal and FIV attacks the cat’s immune system, leaving them vulnerable to further infection and serious, life-threatening illness.

Other infections that cause sneezing in cats include Bordetella, Feline Chlamydia, Mycoplasma and Feline infectious peritonitis

If your cat doesn’t come into contact with other cats and spends its time indoors, it’s far more likely that your cat is having an allergic reaction.  If your cat is sneezing due to an allergy of some sort, they could also be coughing, wheezing, have itchy skin and itchy, runny eyes or an itchy back or base of tail (most commonly seen in flea allergies), itchy ears and ear infections, vomiting, diarrhea, snoring caused by an inflamed throat and sore or swollen paws.

If you suspect your cat has an allergy, let the vet do some tests to determine how best to treat it.

Often you can help your cat’s sneezes by simply tracking down anything new to the house that might be the culprit.  This could include cigarette smoke, scented candles, new perfume, chemical cleaners, pest sprays, mould, excessive levels of dust, certain fabrics or even a particular food are all common causes of allergies.

With the onset of spring, a sneeze is most likely to be caused by nothing more than pollen, but it is worth noticing if it might something more.

For 20% off all tags perfect for cats, go to Pet-Tags and enter discount code CATS20, UNTIL 31 May 2015.

 

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Daisy’s getting ready for another adventure!

Posted on April 10, 2015

You might recall the adventures of Daisy and her first litter of pups which started back in September 2013.  Well, she’s at it again!  The same handsome stud is on board and the waiting game begins.  We’ll keep you posted!

Daisy snuggles with her brand new baby pups!
Daisy snuggles with her brand new baby pups!
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Your pet could be The Biggest Loser too!

Posted on April 10, 2015

Want your special pet to lose some weight and get healthier?  Be inspired by the Biggest Pet Loser and enter this year’s Pet Fit Club’s pet slimming contest to be in the running for a free pet tag and eZeClip!

Check out these ‘before and after’ photos of Daisy the Bulldog, crowned the UK pet slimmer of the year.  Diet queen Daisy, from Middlesbrough had ballooned to over 4st 6lbs, making her more than 40 percent overweight.  She would only exercise when bribed with ham and would even steal food from the fridge!  With Pet Fit Club’s support and her owner Gillian’s determination, Daisy lost an impressive 27% of her bodyweight.

Animal charity, the PDSA, has warned that obesity has become vets’ number one concern for dogs.

The latest PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report discovered that six million dogs in the UK exercise outside the home or garden for only an hour or less a day. Just like in adults, lack of activity for pets can lead to obesity which may contribute to life-shortening health problems such as heart disease and diabetes.

Dogs aren’t the only pets struggling to beat the bulge. Many of the country’s furry companions are seeing similar problems. Rabbits – the nation’s third most popular pet – are getting larger, reported the PDSA.

So, how is the industry tackling pet obesity? Many pet store retailers already stock foods that support weight loss. Veterinary experts are offering advice, and often specialist clinics, to tackle pets’ growing waistlines. The PDSA is also doing its bit for the health of the country’s animals. It has launched its annual Pet Fit Club competition and is urging the owners of Britain’s biggest pets to help their companions regain a healthy weight.

Nicola Martin, PDSA Head of Pet Health and Welfare, said: ‘Over the past decade, Pet Fit Club has transformed the lives of some of the UK’s most obese pets, having helped nearly 100 animals shed over 60 stone so we are welcoming entries again and offering our expertise.’ If you are interested in taking part enter at www.petfitclub.org.uk before April 26.  Email us before and after photos of your pet’s progress at info@pet-tags.co.uk and you’ll be in the running for a free pet tag and eZeClip.

We’ll be posting tips to help you and your pet achieve their goals this month!