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processed dog food

Processed Dog Food and its Effect on your Dog’s Gut Health

Did you know that the feeding of highly processed dog foods is a major factor in the reduced life expectancy of our Dogs across all breeds in recent years? Since the 1970s, the average lifespan of dogs has dropped from 17 to 11, that’s a reduction of 6 years in the last 40/50 years. If

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Should you feed your cat raw meat?

Should you feed your cat raw meat? Cats NEED meat to survive. They’re biologically equipped to survive off meat and have ZERO requirement for plant matter. Fact. Why do cats need meat? We hear this question a lot here at The Pet Parlour and the answer is very simple, Cats need taurine and you cannot

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Should I bring my dog to work?

Should we bring our dogs to work? In the interest of full disclosure, I would like to say that Kaya has come to work with me since she was a little pup and… she hasn’t missed a day since. The question at hand, ‘should we bring our dogs to work’  has cropped up in the

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What are the benefits of a grain free diet for a dog?

What are the benefits of a grain free diet for a dog?

What are the benefits of a grain free diet for a dog? In the world of canine nutrition, grain free diets (in regards to dry foods) have caused quite a stir in recent years due to the possibility of dogs developing Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) and the apparent links to grain a free diet…NOTE: Since the commotion, studies

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How many times a day should you feed your Dog

How many times a day should you feed your Dog?

“How many times a day should I feed my dog?” Another question we get asked a lot here at The Pet Parlour. The answer is really down to the Dog owner’s discretion and of course, the actual Dog itself. A Dog’s nutritional intake alters throughout their life stages, many dog owners will notice phases of dogs

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should I worm my dog every month?

Should I worm my dog every month, even if they don’t have worms?

The short answer is , No! Let me explain why….a lot of dog owners are using chemical worming medications for their dogs every month under veterinary guidance/advice, without a second thought as it’s just the “Norm”.However if we spin the question and applied it to children, would they apply that same level of thinking? Would we

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What is Woolcool? Why am I receiving Woolcool with my frozen pet food order?

The Pet Parlour has changed to Woolcool for all our Frozen Pet Food Orders.Woolcool is Refundable, reusable, biodegradable, amazing, and very very Cool!Woolcool’s thermal insulated frozen food packaging inserts, made from sheep’s wool, offer an environmentally friendly alternative to polystyrene. Woolcool inserts are fully compostable & biodegradable, fully reusable and a 100% sustainable solution to

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Should I get a cat?

Should I get a Cat?

Should you get a cat? That’s something only you can answer but let us explore everything you have to consider being a cat owner! The first thing is commitment! Are you ready to commit your life to them for the next 2-20+ years?   The oldest cat on record lived until the grand old age

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should I feed my dog raw dog food in ireland?

Should I feed my dog raw meat?

Should you feed your dog raw meat? Should I feed my dog raw meat? This is a question I get a lot however the answer is not always that straight forward. Every dog is different and so without knowing the dog’s full history, my answer is simply “I don’t know, so please tell me more.”

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truth about cats and dogs

The Truth about Cats and Dogs

I know I go on about my dog a lot. And she is great. But did you hear the story about puppy-dog eyes and how dogs developed facial muscles (aka puppy-dog eyes) that would get humans to do things for them? Master manipulators. But a great tactic from an animal that is as needy as

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puppy training

Puppy School – What dogs can teach us about ourselves.

What dogs can teach us about ourselves Have you ever seen a dog that looks like its owner? What about one that behaves like its owner? The latter is far more common, I think. Even more so having watched Channel 4’s Puppy School. We dipped in and out of it; and caught a couple of

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Best in show - who's the best dog?

Best in Show – Who’s the best dog?

  Who’s the best dog? We’ve been finding out in a series of dog shows across Dublin over the past few weeks and months. But, we’re not done yet. The Pet Parlour, in association with Dublin City Council, could be headed your way soon. If you’re the kind of person who watches Crufts and thinks:

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Princess Kaya’s Manifesto

I have been working in conjunction with Dublin City Council for the last two years putting on Dog Shows all over the great city of Dublin.  I would like to put myself forward as your Canine Candidate for Dublin.  If elected I promise to  More Dog Parks, our owners get to let us off the

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We are what we eat, and so are our dogs.

What’s the worst thing about owning a dog? Be honest. It’s picking up s*1t every day of its life, right? When I talk to people who don’t have dogs, they really don’t understand why we do it. If they have kids, they can kind of understand but they will often say they couldn’t do what

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Learning to Let Go of your dog

There comes a point in every parent’s life when they need to let go and give their children space and independence. The same is true, to some extent, for our pets.

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Christmas Crackers from the Pet Parlour

We’re going Christmas crackers It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Are you feeling Christmasy yet? The team at the Pet Parlour are. We are finalising our letters to Santa Clause, buying the last of our presents and will soon be putting up our Christmas tree. The kids are really excited about what Santa

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10 Halloween Tips for Dogs & Dog Owners

Something spooky comes this way

Halloween is a scary time for many people, for pets it can be a very stressful time. Fireworks and firecrackers can be mildly irritating to extremely annoying, depending on the frequency. But, spare a thought for your canine friend whose hearing is roughly four times better than yours. No surprise then that the spooky season can be a stressful time for pets.

Here are 10 easy steps you can take to help your dog feel safe and calm during this time.

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Pulling Teeth!

Over the last couple of weeks in the shop, I have noticed a somewhat worrying trend of sorts….. Numerous customers coming into the shop to buy their Pets food and sadly telling me how their recent visit to the Vets, for whatever reason, had left their animals somewhat toothless!!  All pulled WITHOUT any consultation beforehand!

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Treat For Worms When There Are No Worms?

When I was a kid, I often read the Dandy Comic. I remember one sketch which saw one of the characters putting dozens of puncture repair patches all over the tubes of his bike. When asked by another character what he was doing, he replied that he was putting the patches on BEFORE he got the puncture

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The BIG clearout – 50% off selected raw dog food ranges!

As most of you know we have one of Ireland’s biggest selection of raw dog food‘s out there such as Paleo Ridge, Nutriment, Nature’s Menu, some local brands and a variety of Irish meats including Atlantic sardine and wild poultry. Our 18ft freezer is full to capacity but we need more room to develop a new range. This

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To Neuter or Not to Neuter?

To neuter or not to neuter, that is the question. But what is the answer? Kaya, my new puppy, turned six months the other day! Yay…and almost immediately broke into her, and my, first season…..help!! She is becoming an adult sooner than I thought she would. This surprise situation has me asking many questions and

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What is Raw Dog Food?

What is Fresh Dog Food, Raw Dog Food and BARF?? It’s called lots of things – fresh dog food, raw dog food or even BARF! The acronym BARF dog food was coined by the Australian Billanhurst and stands for Bones and Raw Food (also Biologically Appropriate Raw Food). They all mean the same thing to

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Why feed your dog the same thing every day?

Customers ask me this question all the time. If they don’t ask I tell them anyhow. Yes, you can and SHOULD regularly change your pet’s food (specifically the protein source). Imagine eating the same sandwich for lunch EVERYDAY! The same dinner every evening, Everyday! You’d get sick of it very quickly. Eventually, even the smell

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Bugs Bugging you this Autumn?

Pet Parlour Natural Flea Powder When I began the exciting journey into the pet world a number of years back, there was a flurry of pet industry sales reps calling to see me, all obviously eager to sell their wares. Food, beds, leads, harnesses shampoos and so on. I would endeavour to try educate myself as

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