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10 Doggone Crazy Facts

Pawz Ink Admin Team - Thursday, February 15, 2018

We all know that our dogs are incredible animals and valuable members of our families. They give us unconditional love, companionship, loyalty, and can keep us laughing even when we are blue.
But did you realize just how amazing our canine companions really are?

You may be surprised to learn the following fun facts about your furry friend:

1) Like a human fingerprint, your dog's nose is unique. No two dogs have the same "nose print" and they are able to sense smells that are not detectable by humans

2) Dogs aren't colourblind, but instead their eyes lack colour receptors for red. They see in shades of black and white, and also in shades of blue and yellow

3) Petting your dog can reduce blood pressure, stress levels, and releases the "feel good" endorphin in both owner and pooch

4) Dogs can hear more than 4 times better than humans . Next time your dog ignores you calling them at the park (and they have no illness or ear problems) it is likely to be a case of selective deafness rather than actual inability to hear your command.

5) Dogs are able to learn more than 200 words and gestures. This makes them about as smart as a 2 year old child

6) Dogs only have sweat glands on their paws. Perspiring through foot pads and panting are the only way your pooch can keep cool

7) Second to being bitten, the number 1 hazard of dog ownership is tripping over them! Bear this in mind when Fido is at your feet

8) Dogs have a special membrane in their eye which gives them the ability to see in the dark. The membrane, called the tapetum lucidum, is specific only to animals is what creates the reflective glow in an animal's eye when light is shone into it

9) Dogs have roughly 17,000 taste buds. Humans have approximately 973 taste buds. Makes you wonder why our pooches insist on eating things that we find rather unpalatable

10) Dogs are very expressive with their ears and can convey many things through ear position, movement, and rotation. There are over a dozen separate muscles that help control your dog's ears

Tempting Treats for your Best Friend

Pawz Ink Admin Team - Thursday, February 08, 2018

With the hot summer days and balmy evenings, we humans enjoy a frozen treat to keep cool. Your dogs are no different!

Try out some of these yummy frosty delights to help your pet keep comfortable in the summer heat. These recipes are easy to make, easy to store, and will keep your pooch begging for more! (recipes based on those found on



2 Cups cooked meat (chicken/beef/poultry/fish)
3/4 Cup Greek yoghurt
1 Handful chopped parsely
1 Carrot (cooked and mashed)
3 Tbsp Olive Oil

Mix all ingredients together and place into ice trays. Why not try substituting the ingredients to make your own yummy frozen snack for Fido? Try adding peanut butter in place of the carrot and parsely and add blueberries for an anti-oxidant boost!

Why not treat your best friend to a "Fido's Freezy Block"?


Simply place chicken stock/broth into a cake mould and add sliced apple, chopped banana, grated carrot, or any combination of your dog's favourite fruit and veggies. Place cake mould into the freezer for 4-6 hours, or overnight. Give to your dog outdoors on a hot day to give them a long-lasting refreshing snack that will keep them busy and help keep them cool!



The Value of Grooming

Pawz Ink Admin Team - Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The Value of Grooming

Good personal hygiene leads to good health, and keeping your body clean helps prevent illness and unnecessary discomfort. The same applies for our four-legged companions and it is never too early to start grooming your pet. Most animals enjoy being groomed and it can be a very rewarding experience for both you and your furry friend.

Your dog or cat's coat and skin requires a range of care throughout your pet's life regardless of breed or fur length. Regular nail trimming and dental care is also imperative to your pet living a long and comfortable life. It is never too early to being grooming your new pet and making them familiar with the tools of the trade early on.

From the moment you take your new pet home, get them used to regular brushing and combing. You can also handle their paws gently and touch them around their faces and mouths so that no areas develop sensitivity to touch from lack of stimulation. Whether you are going to be grooming your pet or taking your pet to a grooming professional, setting the foundations from the start will make the process enjoyable for the remainder of your pet's life.

Regular home or professional grooming also allows you to perform a complete check over your pet's body, giving you the opportunity to identify any areas of concern. Finding a regular groomer that both you and your pet trust will assist in picking up on any changes to your pet and can mean catching signs of illness, parasitic conditions, or injury before they become critical. Good grooming practices also mean that your pet's coat and skill will be well-maintained, your pet will look and feel better, and veterinary costs may be reduced. 

Whether it is bathing, plucking, clipping, or just a gentle brush that your pet requires, it is never too soon to introduce them to the world of grooming. Cats and dogs both are fond of being pampered and it can be a treat for owner and animal if introduced to your pet in a kind and loving way. 

Pawz Ink Wins Retail Award

Kylie Tatti - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Pawz Ink Wins 2015 Retail Award from Casey Cardinia CouncilPawz Ink was recently awarded a 2015 Retail Award from Casey Cardinia Council.










Flatulence in your Dog…..

Kylie Tatti - Thursday, February 26, 2015

Flatulence in your Dog….. Flatulence occurs when gas accumulates in your dog’s intestinal tract and colon. This is a normal process that occurs when bacteria break down certain types of food. While it can be disruptive and disconcerting, it is rarely indication of a severe health problem.

What Are Some Causes of Flatulence in Dogs?

Dietary causes are the main source of flatulence in dogs. Low-quality foods with ingredients that can’t be fully digested can cause gas. So do random table scraps and foods containing lactose. Some animals may also have food sensitivities and allergies, too, so it’s important to find out what your dog’s stomach can and cannot handle.

Flatulence can also occur when a dog eats too rapidly and may swallow air.

Which Dogs Are Most at Risk?

All dogs can develop flatulence, especially if they’re fed a low-quality food with fillers and artificial preservatives, random table scraps, too many snacks or foods they’re allergic to.

Could Flatulence Be A Symptom of Another Health Issue?

Persistent canine flatulence can be a side effect of certain medications and can also be a symptom of other medical problems.

What Can I Do to Reduce My Dog’s Flatulence?

Feeding a consistent and healthy diet is the best way to reduce your dog’s flatulence. Here are a couple of rules to follow:

  • Feed your dog a nutritious, highly digestible food. Do a little research to find the brands that are appropriate for his age, breed and lifestyle. Watch out for ingredients like ash, low-quality proteins and corn products that make your dog feel full, but aren’t rich in nutrition. And do ask your vet for advice about pet food.
  • Don’t feed your dog random table scraps. Allergies or sensitivities to certain foods are common.
  • If your adult canine is a fast eater, you might divide his portion in half and let him eat two small meals a day.
  • Know your dog’s allergies and food sensitivities, and steer clear of foods that will irritate her stomach.
  • Some dogs are also lactose intolerant. Avoid dairy products.
  • You’ll know you’re feeding your dog a healthy, highly digestible food when he no longer has gas and begins to excrete firm, well-formed feces.

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