Feeding your puppy for the best start in life
Genius Pet Food Blog
by Paula Short
2M ago
You You’ve probably heard all about how obesity rates in dogs are rising worldwide, just as they are in humans. Recent studies have shown just how hard it is to get those extra kilos off our older dogs once they are overweight, with only half of dogs on a weight loss programme reaching their target weight and 25% of those dogs regaining weight after their programme finished. Prevention is better than cure Prevention is better than cure and the most important period for preventing obesity is during puppyhood. So how can we best set up our puppies to stay at a healthy weight for life? Beyond the ..read more
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What to feed if you run out of Genius?
Genius Pet Food Blog
by Paula Short
2M ago
This past winter some extreme weather events have caused havoc with courier deliveries and so a question we were frequently asked by our customers has been - what should I feed my dog if I run out of Genius Pet Food before my courier can deliver? The answer to this really depends on the specific reason that you are feeding Genius. We have many customers who are just looking for a premium quality, well formulated, New Zealand made dog food that is high in real meat protein but their dog does not have any specific health issues. For these customers their dog will be fine eating any foo ..read more
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How To Fix Your Itchy Dog
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by Paula Short
2M ago
Scratching, licking, chewing, rubbing, and biting are all tell-tale signs you have an itchy dog and one of the most frequent and often most frustrating reasons for a trip to the vet While there is a long list of reasons that a dog may develop itchy skin, this blog is going to give you a broad overview of the most common causes of an itchy dog and how your vet might go about diagnosing and treating these. The most common causes of itching in dogs are parasites, infections and allergies and your vet is going to ask you a range of questions to try to narrow down the likelihood of each of the pote ..read more
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Your Covid Petcare Checklist
Genius Pet Food Blog
by Paula Short
2M ago
As Omicron spreads through the country pet owners need to be prepared for a variety of possible scenarios ranging from a period of self isolation at home and no infection through to a stay in hospital. How much you need to do in advance to get organised will depend somewhat on your own personal situation, but here are a few things to think through: 1. Have you got enough food? We’re recommending our customers have at least 2-3 weeks supply of pet food at all times, especially as courier delivery times are now being impacted by covid. Supermarkets and pet stores are also becoming more affected ..read more
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Tips for a dog safe Guy Fawkes
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by Paula Short
2M ago
It's our first Guy Fawkes with our new pup! As we approach our first Guy Fawkes with our new pup, Tyson, I’m wondering how he may cope if any of our neighbours let off fireworks. Fortunately living with 2 young boys he is well used to loud bangs and screeches! We also did a bit of desensitisation work with him as a pup using some excellent fireworks desensitisation videos on You Tube. Our family is not big on fireworks, so we won’t be letting off any at our place or attending any public displays. Nevertheless, we’ll be following some of these steps on the night to keep Tyson calm and safe shou ..read more
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Feeding Pregnant and Lactating Dogs
GENIUS PET FOOD - Blog
by Paula Short
2M ago
We've been getting quite a few queries lately about whether our food is suitable for pregnant and lactating dogs. While Genius Ocean Fish does meet the AAFCO standards for gestation and lactation (and for feeding puppies), these standards are a minimum and aren't necessarily optimum for all dogs. This blog which explains the ideal nutrition for dogs from mating through to weaning. Optimising your dog’s nutrition before mating Dogs have no special nutrient requirements before mating, the most important thing is to have them going into pregnancy at an optimal body condition score. Dogs ..read more
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Is your dog food okay for puppies?
GENIUS PET FOOD - Blog
by Paula Short
2M ago
We have been getting quite a few queries lately about whether our Ocean Fish dog food is suitable for puppies. When I formulated Ocean Fish the goal was primarily to create a New Zealand made, high protein food that would support adult dogs with sensitive skin and gut issues, as well as being a premium quality food for all adult dogs. However, because of the ingredients used, being high in real meat protein and in omega 3 fatty acids, I have always thought that it could well meet the requirements for pups. Now that we have our own new pup, the beautiful Tyson our tricolour border collie, I rea ..read more
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The facts about food allergies
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by Paula Short
2M ago
Food allergies are one of the most misunderstood of all dog health problems. This partly caused by the enormous amount of misinformation on the internet, much of it coming from pet food companies! As a veterinarian and a pet food company founder I think its really important for all dog owners to have a good understanding of the evidence we have around food allergies in dogs. What is a food allergy? A food allergy is a hypersensitivity reaction which occurs when a dog’s immune system overreacts to a particular food ingredient and mounts an immune response to that substance. This is most commonl ..read more
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When sharing is not caring
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by Paula Short
2M ago
I will never forget my first case of chocolate poisoning when I was a newly graduated vet. Barclay was a little Jack Russell who had unfortunately snaffled a large, dark chocolate Easter Bunny and gobbled it down tinfoil and all. By the time his owners found the small amount of wrapping he had left behind as evidence of his misdeeds he was already showing some of the classic signs of chocolate poisoning – muscle tremors and a very rapid heart rate. Fortunately, Barclay’s case ended well. His owners were aware that chocolate can be poisonous to dogs and got him into the veterinary clinic as qui ..read more
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Pet proof your Christmas holidays
Genius Pet Food Blog
by Paula Short
2M ago
Every vet can tell many a Christmas yarn about the antics pets get up to over the holiday period – many of which may land them an after hours trip to the veterinary clinic. The British Veterinary Association recently released a survey that showed that eight in ten companion animal vets (82%) across the UK saw at least one case of toxic ingestion over the Christmas break last year. My experience would suggest that the stats here in New Zealand aren’t too different to this, but there are a few other things that pet parents on this side of the World also need to be mindful of during our summ ..read more
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