Gentle Lab-Cross Inca named HiLife PAT Dog of the Year at Crufts

PAT Dog of the Year 2018 with Emma and Molly

Our Molly and Emma congratulating PAT Dog of the Year 2018 Inca with her owner Sheena

Many of you will know about our long-standing relationship with the charity Pets As Therapy –and the HiLife PAT Dog of the Year competition at Crufts is certainly one of the highlights in our calendar.

Now, after a long wait and plenty of hard work behind the scenes, we’re delighted to tell you that this year’s winner is Inca, a Labrador-Cross from Norwich. 

Inca, along with her owner Sheena Scrimgeour, was one of six finalists to appear in the Crufts Good Citizen Ring at Birmingham’s NEC today, where she walked away with the prestigious title.

As you may remember from our previous blog, Inca spends much of her time visiting people in her community, going to schools and an adult mental health hospital, which specialises in care for the elderly. She is also well-known for the soothing presence she provides in GP surgeries, prisons, libraries and a dementia cafe.

Each one of the six finalists does so much good work in their community, and it was wonderful to hear just how much they change the lives of those they visit for the better.

We were delighted to present Sheena and Inca with a cheque for £500 and three months’ supply of HiLife goodies.

Pets As Therapy is an independently funded charity with over 5,000 volunteers. Its registered PAT dogs and other pets all provide animal assisted therapy and bring comfort, smiles and friendship to thousands of people every week.

You can keep up-to-date with all our news, including the work we do with Pets As Therapy (PAT), on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

If you’re interested in becoming a Pets As Therapy volunteer visit or call 01494 569130. 

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Introducing It's only natural . . . For dogs

Ion dog Molly and hamper

HiLife It's only Natural Wholesome Hamper with Molly the Jack Russell

We’re delighted to introduce our new HiLife ‘It’s only natural’ range for dogs.

Those of you who have cats in the family will know that we launched ‘It’s only natural’ for cats last year. Of course, we couldn’t leave our lovely pooches out, so we’ve introduced six tempting recipes especially for them – like Chicken Breast with Salmon and Potato and Chicken Breast with Sweet Potato and Kale.

Every one of these hand-prepared dishes contains completely natural ingredients such as scrumptious flaked chicken breast, vegetables, salmon and dolphin-safe tuna. Just like our range for kitties, they are all free of common allergens such as grain, soya and other fillers, as well as artificial colours, flavours and preservatives.

To ensure the dishes are as tasty as possible for our canine companions, we gently steam the meat and fish, combining them with vegetables in sauce, jelly or broth. How do we know they’re delicious? Well, we sampled them ourselves during the taste tests, naturally! We think there’s nothing else like it on the market, so we’re excited to hear what your dog thinks too.

We developed this range because we understand just how important your pet’s health and happiness are to you. Taking inspiration from where we’re based, the culinary market town of Melton Mowbray, we have made sure every ingredient is of exceptional quality and something we’d be happy to put in our own shopping baskets.

Each dish is filled with highly-digestible proteins, and also free of anything that could upset our dogs’ sensitive tummies. And, since variety is the spice of life, the range is available in multipacks with different recipes, so they always have something different to look forward to at mealtimes.

You’ll find HiLife’s ‘It’s only natural’ range for dogs at supermarkets, independent pet stores and online at Amazon. Just look out for the loveable new HiLife dog on our newly-designed packages, which are available in single 100g pouches and five-pouch or 18-pouch variety packs. They are recommended as a treat for dogs three to four times per week.

Stay up to date with our latest news on Facebook, Twitter @HiLifedog and Instagram @HiLifepets.

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How to deal with bad breath in our dogs

Cool man laying on grass kissing dog

Kisses are a way that our dogs show us affection but accompanying bad breath can make the experience of being smothered with love, a less than pleasant one. Thankfully, most cases of doggy bad breath, otherwise known as canine halitosis, can be easily prevented and treated. Here are a few ways you can make stinky breath a thing of the past.

The causes
We all know that poor dental hygiene leads to bad breath in us humans, and our four-legged friends are no different.

A lack of dental hygiene in our dogs can result in plaque, bacteria build-up and infection, resulting in that unmistakable doggy mouth odour.

How to treat it
A simple way to banish bad bacteria and prevent dental disease is regular tooth brushing, on either a daily or at least a weekly basis. It’s best to start from puppyhood, but most dogs get used to having their teeth brushed in no time. Choose toothpaste designed for dogs as regular toothpaste can lead to stomach upsets – check out these five suggestions of homemade recipes to keep your dog’s breath fresh.

Dogs naturally clean their teeth by chewing, so have plenty of chew toys and plaque reducing treats for your pooch. Here at HiLife, we’ve got a good selection of chews with ingredients such as spearmint to help freshen breath. Chew toys and treats help to prevent boredom and keep bacteria at bay, ensuring our best friends are healthy and happy.

A natural remedy for a healthy mouth is a spoonful of coconut oil, or cinnamon. It also helps that most dogs love the taste!

If tooth brushing isn’t making your pup’s breath more bearable, visit the vet to rule out any underlying health issues.

Signs to watch out for
In some cases, bad breath in our dogs can indicate a more serious health issue, such as kidney or gastrointestinal disease. A sweet or fruity-smelling breath can be a telltale sign of canine diabetes, whereas bad breath accompanied with vomiting, could be a symptom of liver disease.

Bad breath might also be an indication that your dog has been snacking on something they shouldn’t have when out on a walk. If you suspect this, contact your vet as your pet may require treatment.

If your pooch’s unpleasant scent isn’t just limited to their breath, take a look at our blog for eliminating dog odour.

Do you have a fail-safe method to deal with pongy pooch breath or a lingering ‘wet dog’ smell? Let us know on our Facebook, and Twitter pages. 

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