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Ken Wight’s Grain Free Pet Food

Ken Wight’s Pet Food is our newest food in Shanklin Pet Stores catering to both Cats and Dogs with a wide range of flavours. A special blend in ingredients creates a unique and varying taste, aroma and texture in all of our foods meaning your pet is unlikely to ever get bored of it, all made from 100% natural and UK-sourced ingredients.

✓ Grain Free

✓ Added Vitamins, Minerals and Omega 3

✓ 50% Minimum Meat content

Biodegradable bag 

✓ Hypoallergenic 

✓ Free from artificial colouring, flavours or preservatives

Available both in store and other stockists, it’s a must have.

Grain Free, Hypoallergenic and added Omega 3

Natural, complete and balanced, Ken Wight’s pet food is designed to be suitable for Dogs and Cats with grain sensitivities. This means that you don’t need to worry about bad reactions or runny stools as it is 100% natural.

Using high quality ingredients, our highly digestible food means more firm and less frequent stools  – especially helpful in older, incontinent pets. This also means that more nutrients will be absorbed into your pet’s digestive tract and therefore their body.

Also with an excellent source of EPA & DHA –  to support cognitive function, visual development and help to reduce the inflammation response – with added Sweet Potato to give a boost of Vitamin B.

Added Omega 3 and Fish Oil will give your pet a healthier skin and shiny coat – ultimately transforming your pet’s coat.

High Quality Protein fit for Humans

A human quality protein source that dogs will go out of their way for with a larger percentage than other pet foods. High quality protein is more bio-available and can be better absorbed by the body, making it ideal for your pet. This also means your dog is more unlikely to eat other dog’s’ faeces.

Dog’s eat other dog’s’ faeces as their digestive system is dependent on a specific mix of enzymes to break down carbohydrates, proteins and fats. There is some evidence that suggests that dog digestive systems haven’t quite caught up to modern diets that include less animal protein and far more carbohydrates and plant proteins. Some veterinary nutritionists have suggested that dogs eat stool to replenish enzymes so that they are better prepared to digest their food.

Reviews for ken wight’s pet food:

“Shanklin Pets in Clarendon Road Shanklin are well worth a visit . My two Chihuahua’s have been on Ken Wights grain free complete food for three weeks and they love it. They are bright eyed and bushy tailed. We can highly recommend it, give it a try” – Clare

“Two things. Firstly I’ve got my sticker from Shanklin Pet Shop so that’s great. Secondly the pet shop are promoting an island brand of cat food. Tried it on inky who’s as fussy as hell (the only cat I know who hates dreamies) and he loves it. So highly recommend can’t remember the exact name but something like Ken Wight. More Meat or fish and less rubbish and cheaper too” – Rachael

“Having been let down by a local pet food shop who strongly recommended Canidae dry dog food and now have decided not to stock it I was looking for a suitable alternative.

So I popped into Shanklin Pet Stores who could not have been more helpful. They suggested I try Ken Wight’s dry dog food which has similar ingredients and has a high fresh meat content and grain free. I was given a couple of free samples to try. Our dog can be a bit fussy and has quite a sensitive tummy but he loved it and no upset stomach. I will now be going over to Ken Wight’s dry dog food. Nice to support a local business as well” – Paul

We have plenty of flavours available – call 01983 863546 or visit our website to find your local stockist!

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Bumblefoot: Causes and Treatment

Bumblefoot: Causes & Treatment

Introduction
Bumblefoot, otherwise known as ulcerative pododermatitis, is the inflammation of the
bottom surface of feet in Rodents, Birds and Rabbits and refers to a certain stage within a
disease when red bumps and lumps start appearing on the feet. The disease is seen
commonly in domesticated pets and rarely seen in wild animals.

Causes
Typically most cases are caused by a wound getting infected from soiled beddings and cage
floors, leading to chronic inflammation and abscesses across the bottom of feet and often
these bumps and lumps can become enlarged causing further pain and discomfort.
Other causes include:
● Irregular cage surfaces
● Rough textured bedding
● Obesity & vitamin deficiencies
● Genetic predisposition
● Litter being dirty/wet
● Splinters

Prevention
Keeping the cage and bedding clean by using either a small animals or bird disinfectant – depending on the animal –  as well as having a healthy balanced diet will help prevent Bumblefoot.
Wired cage floors have also been suggested as a cause of Bumblefoot, and as some upper
level floors are metal owners are advised to cover the floors with a solid surface such as
wood. Animals are still able to get Bumblefoot on solid surfaces, but as long as they’re kept
clean and urine on it is properly cleaned and stopped from pooling on the surface it’ll
minimise the risk from your pet getting it.
Checking the feet often will also help you keep on top of any cases the have started
occurring, allowing the problem to be treated early on quickly and efficiently.

Stages of Bumblefoot
Stage 1 : Bumblefoot look like small pinkish or reddish areas or shiny patches that can show
up on top as well as on the bottom of the feet.
Stage 2 : Increased redness, sores, inflammation and infection caused by losing the
protective scales on the bottom of the feet, leaving the skin open to bacteria. This stage
may need antibiotics to help fight a bad infection.
Stage 3 : Any sore that has not been treated will turn dark brown-ish black. The animal will
be in a good deal of pain and will avoid any movement or activity that puts pressure on
their sore weak foot/feet. Permanent damage can be caused if left untreated and the foot
can become extremely distorted.

Treatment
If possible, visit your local vet to get it treated as soon as you notice the problem. As
treatment can be time-consuming and painful, it’s recommended that you try to prevent
Bumblefoot from occurring in the first place, or try to spot it in its earlier stages as it’ll be
easier to treat.
Treatment is relatively simple if you notice it within the first stages, just simply fill a basin
with warm water and Epsom Salts and soak the infected foot. Gently dry the foot
completely and slather on honey (which acts as an antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic
all in one) non-toxic Nu-Stock or spray with Vetericyn, cover with gauze and wrap with vet
wrap to secure the bandage.
However, if you can see a dark scab and Bumblefoot is in its final stages, see your local vet
or perform surgery yourself at home. Surgery basically consists of using a scalpel or biopsy
punch to cut out the scab and remove the underlying infected core which may or may not
have become hardened. Sometimes this core is attached to the scab making it a bit easier
to remove. Then, drain any pus and treat the wound as stated above.
If left untreated, Bumblefoot can spread up the leg and even to other tissues and bones,
ultimately causing death, so it’s best to seek treatment as soon as possible.

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Shanklin Pet Stores The Beginning

 

Shanklin Pet Stores The Beginning, Lets go back to where it all started, a small town on the isle of wight, shanklin pet stores stared its life as a storage area for no more than a builders ladder and tools, he build a simple roof between his house and his neighbours, over an 8ft wide alley, over time as his business grow so did his storage alleyway, it was added onto 5/6 times, until one day he added a shop front to it and it became a builders merchants, in 1965 the builders merchants shut down and made way for a pet shop and shanklin pet stores was founded, over the years the pet shop saw 3 owners come and go until 1998 when the Knight family took over, now the shop has entered its second generation its reaching out to the modern world by opening this on line shop. 50 years on and the shop remains the same, walking the length of the shops bizarre shape, 8ft wide by 90ft to 100ft long, you can still clearly see each different add on made over 90 years ago by an old builder 

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Using Litter Trays

There’s a number of reasons that your cat might not be using their cat litter trays – any reason from not being the correct litter, the litter tray itself or maybe even a medical condition.  It’s infuriating to have your cat not use their tray and luckily it can be easy to remedy this problem once the problem has been identified.

Privacy

Like humans, cats don’t like to be disturbed when doing their business so it’s best that the tray itself is placed out of the way so  they can have their privacy. If it’s not possible to have the tray in a quiet corner then a hooded litter tray is a better idea than a bog standard tray, but the lid should be removed otherwise the tray will harbour smells giving your cat an unpleasant experience making them less likely to use it. Some cats also don’t like the lid touching them when leaving/entering their litter tray, so removing the lid could also provide a solution. Not only do cats prefer to have their litter trays away from busy areas, they also don’t like their trays near their food and water. In some instances, moving the litter tray is enough of a solution to get your cat to use their tray.

Size

The litter tray should be atleast 1.5 to 2 times longer than the length of your cat – this allows space to turn in the tray, as well as dig – and the litter should be around 2 cm to 4 cm deep. The tray should also be around the cats chest height when they’re sitting to provide the privacy they want to do their business. The height of the tray can cause problems for kittens and senior cats when getting in and out of the tray, so in this instance a tray with a lower side should be available for easier access.

Litter

Cats in the wild have evolved to use soft and fine sand-like substrates, so it makes sense that your pet cat would also prefer this. Some cats don’t use their litter trays as the litter itself is too hard on their paws and applies too much pressure on them when they’re trying to do their business, so using a finer and softer litter can be a solution for this.

Cats are also likely to favour the litter they used as kittens, so switching back to that litter could also provide a solution. Not only do cats only like some litters, they normally prefer non-scented litters – to some owners dismay. The fragrance unfortunately isn’t for your cats benefit and so they don’t often enjoy them as they smell them more strongly than their human counterpart, therefore they should just be avoided. Some cats also don’t like clumping litters as they’re unable to cover what they have done.

Hygiene

Cats are fastidious creatures and won’t use dirty litter trays – just like how we prefer not to use dirty toilets – making it important that their litter trays are regularly cleaned. All deposits should be removed once or twice a day, replacing any soiled litter with fresh litter, and the entire tray should be cleaned out atleast once a week. Care should be taken to not over-clean the tray using harsh smelling cleaning products. Instead, use a litter tray specific disinfectant and wipe any excess off the tray.

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Raw Food Diet for Dogs

Raw Food Diet may seem daunting at first for owners, but it’s not as hard as it initially seems! With the right balance of Meat, Vegetables, Fats and Carbohydrates your Dog can have a homemade meal that meets all of their daily needs that most shop-bought dog foods don’t. Besides knowing exactly what your Dog is eating and knowing that it’s fulfilling their daily needs, there are other advantages to feeding Raw Food.

Why feed raw food?

One of the first advantages of a Raw Food Diet is that your Dogs’ stools almost immediately improve, becoming more firm. This is due to no cereals being present in their food so more of the food digested is absorbed in the digestive tract, making the stool firmer and less frequent. Another benefit is that raw food doesn’t get extruded like some pet foods do – meaning that more of the original nutrients is retained and means that supplements don’t need to be added to the diet.

Other advantages include:

  • More palatable
  • Healthier
  • Better looking coat

what does a raw food diet need to contain?

1. Bones

Macro-minerals are the most important minerals within a dogs diet and are needed in the largest quantities, without them your Dog could die. These include Calcium; Phosphorus, Magnesium, Potassium and others. Bones contain enough minerals to mostly cover  these needs. Bones should make up about 12-15% of a Dog’s daily diet.

Meaty bones that are good for this include:

  • Chicken or Duck wings, legs, necks or thighs
  • Lamb or Goat necks or ribs
  • Beef tail bones

 2. Organs

Another good way of getting your Dog all their vitamins is through feeding them organs. Organs contain the most nutrients and without them your Dog could be missing some of the most important vitamins. Organs include Lungs, Kidney, Liver, Brain and other nutrient-rich organs. A third to a half of the Dogs diet should be a kind of a muscle meat from either Beef, Chicken, Turkey, Pork or Lamb. These provide important proteins that help with the build and repair of tissues and also allow new hormones and enzymes to be made.

3. Fat

Only slightly over 10% of the Dog’s diet should be made up of fat. Over-feeding fats can cause malnutrition of vitamins and minerals that other parts of their diet would normally supply. Fat is important for skin health and the immune system so it can’t be missed from a daily diet and is a must for making sure you don’t over or underfeed fat.

4. Fruit and Vegetables

Fruit and Vegetables are the more optional part of the diet, while your Dog could live without them but they can also source some important macro-minerals such as Magnesium from leafy green vegetables, for example. If you decide to feed Vegetables it should make up approximately 30% of a daily diet.

Finally, don’t forget to give your Dog some variety! The food might be more palatable but your Dog can still get bored of eating the same food every day – even if it is healthier for them.

we recommend VOM complete, find out more about it at https://vomoghundemat.uk/

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Unhealthy vs. Healthy Dog Treats

There’s a lot of speculation surrounding dog food and what is and isn’t healthy for them – so why isn’t it applied to dog treats also? Dog treats can substitute up to 10% of your dog’s daily calorie intake once they’re older than 6 months, therefore it makes sense that you buy healthy dog treats as its a substantial part of your dog’s diet. We recommend that puppies under 6 months shouldn’t be fed treats as their stomachs are still delicate and instead should be fed their kibble itself as a treat.

Ingredients to Avoid in Dog Treats

  • Grain

Like with dog food, it’s recommended that dog treats that contain grain should be avoided – or at the very least low-quality grains – to avoid any allergic reactions and/or yeast infections that grain can cause.

  • Artificial Colours

Artificial colours are more for the benefit of the owner than for the dog, with the different colours giving a variety to look at. Unfortunately, dogs don’t care what their food looks like as long as it tastes nice. This makes artificial colours an unnecessary chemical in their treats.

  • Artificial Preservatives

Artificial preservatives can be quite harmful for your dog so you should avoid treats containing the ingredients BHA, BHT, Sodium Nitrate, Calcium Propionate – amongst others. More natural preservatives include Vitamin C and E, sometimes referred to as ‘mixed-tocopherols’.

Healthy Dog Treats

There’s a range of dog treats that can be classed as healthy and finding what’s best for your dog can take a bit of trial and error. Dog treats should be similar to the diet your dog has, or even the kibble normally fed if you’re not trying to motivate your dog into doing something special, anything too different can completely imbalance their diet so try and keep it similar.

A selection of healthy dog treat brands include:

Some of the flavours available include both Chicken and Duck Breast fillets, as well as Venison Strips. These contain no artificial additives, preservatives, colourings or flavourings and also contains Vitamin E instead.

A range of healthy Fish Treats – such as Sea Biscuits and Sea Jerky – that contain no artificial colours or preservatives and is also a good sources of Omega for your dog.

This range includes Kangaroo, Goat and Wild Boar Strips, with each of them made up to be purely meat.

These are a meat-free healthy treat made up of potato and vegetables and are also grain-free.

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20% OFF ALL MONTH

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For the whole of January shanklin pet stores is giving all of its isle of wight customers 20% off their on line orders, simply enter coupon code ( vatfree ) and get 20% off your order when you spend over £35 , this means all orders will be VAT FREE all month, this is an online offer only for the isle of wight, minimum spend applies  please read t&c’s below for more details.

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T&C’s, this is an online only offer, offer ends 31/1/2021, this is an isle of wight offer only and excludes mainland uk, coupon can only be used once per customer, shanklin pet stores has the right to change this offer and its t&c’s at anytime, shanklin pet stores holds the right to cancel any orders, website t&c’s also apply to this offer, this offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, minimum spend £35, When you place an order with us it will be deemed that you have read, understood and agreed to these Terms & Conditions, If you are unhappy with any part of these terms and conditions, you should contact us before placing an order tel; (01983)863546 email; info@shanklinpetstores.co.uk

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Guinea Pigs and Rabbits: Can They Eat Each Others Food?

Although Guinea Pigs and Rabbits are apart of different species, it’s not uncommon to see a food advertising that it is suitable for both Rabbits and Guinea Pigs. However, there’s small differences between the two animals that can cause fatalities if they eat one another’s food long-term.

What makes Guinea Pigs and Rabbits so different?

Rabbits can synthesise vitamin C so don’t need the supplements added to their diet as an excess of the vitamin within their diets can cause serious kidney damage. On the other hand, Guinea Pigs – like Humans – are unable to synthesise vitamin C themselves so need to consume additional food with the vitamin to prevent problems starting for them, like scurvy. This highlights the importance of making sure Guinea Pigs and Rabbits aren’t fed one another’s food.

Symptoms for scurvy include:

  • Weak and lack of energy
  • Difficulty in walking
  • Diarrhoea
  • Bleeding gums
  • Loss of appetite
  • Rough hair coat

What should Guinea Pigs eat?

Guinea Pig’s digestive tract is designed to process and digest large amounts of fibre, therefore Hay and/or Straw should make up the majority of a Guinea Pig’s diet and should be in an unlimited supply for the animal. In addition to this, ⅛ of a cup of Guinea Pig pellets – that has a minimum of 18% crude fibre – should be fed with added fresh vegetables as a supplement. About 1 cup of vegetables can be fed every day per Guinea Pig – this should be leafy greens or fresh vegetables with carrots, zucchini or sweet potato added once or twice a week. Due to the high levels of sugar in fruit, fruit should only be fed once or twice a week as a treat or in smaller pieces daily to try and prevent the overgrowth of ‘bad’ bacteria.

Vegetables and leafy greens that can be fed include:

  • Mustard greens
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Parsley
  • Bell peppers
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Clover and dandelions
  • Cellery

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Christmas Opening Hours 2020/21

CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS 2020/21

Thank you for your continuous support throughout the year, its been a tough and random year and we hope everyone has kept safe

Our online shop will close on Thursday 17th of December and not reopen until Friday 1st of January so please make sure you stock up plenty of food and necessities for the Christmas break! You can still order on the phone for INSTORE items until wednesday 23rd of December

Christmas Opening Hours:

Day Status Hours
Monday 21st OPEN 9am-4pm
Tuesday 22nd OPEN 9am-4pm
Wednesday 23rd OPEN 9am-4pm
Thursday 24th OPEN 9am-4pm
Friday 25th CLOSED
Saturday 26th CLOSED
Sunday 27th CLOSED
Monday 28th CLOSED
Tuesday 29th CLOSED
Wednesday 30th CLOSED
Thursday 31st CLOSED
Friday 1st CLOSED
Saturday 2nd CLOSED
Sunday 3rd CLOSED
Monday 4th CLOSED
Tuesday 5th OPEN 9am-4pm
Wednesday 6th OPEN 9am-4pm
Thursday 7th OPEN 9am-4pm
Friday 8th OPEN 9am-4pm
Saturday 8th OPEN 10am-2pm

Stay tuned to our Facebook page and YouTube channel for updates throughout the Christmas Period or contact us in-store. Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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