Ultimate Pet Dental and Teeth Guide

Overwhelmed on where to start with taking care of your pets dental health?

We have put together a complete guide with the intention of demystifying this topic. After reading this article you should know which of the various brushes and gels which is best suited for your pet.

Like with anything in life, the introduction, persistence and repetition of dental brushing from a young age forms good habits with the benefits reaching later into life. Our parents always supervised the brushing of our teeth during childhood to ensure no emergency trips to the dentist were needed.

The case is the same for dogs and cats. The benefits of good dental health are manifold both for animals. Studies show 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have periodontal disease by the age of three. This is a serious infection that damages the gum and can erode the jawline. Diseases and infections can enter directly into the bloodstream via the gums. Good hygiene, using high quality products and regular check ups at the vets can minimise these risks.

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To help with the vast amount of options available to pet parents, we would like to showcase the premium pet dental range we have on offer from Bogadent, a leading pet care company from Switzerland. Recommended use of the various products differs depending on the various ailments and dental condition of your pet. Please do consult your veterinarian if you are concerned with your pet’s health.

It is much easier to start from puppy age or if this isn’t possible to start as early as possible. Introducing oral inspections from an young age in a playful manner with patience and short sequences with lots of rewards is the key to success.  It will promote familiarity with the routine. This process can start as early 10 weeks of age.

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Even though dogs start losing their milk teeth from 4 to 6 months, getting the dog used to dental care regime is extremely important.  We suggest the puppy is introduced to soft gum massages, first with a moistened finger, then with a little amount of toothpaste, followed by the Bogadent Anti-Plaque finger which is an ideal tool to begin with.

Smaller breeds and brachiocephalic (squashed face) breeds are particularly susceptible to teeth problems and we would like to stress the importance of dental care for them.

What kind of toothbrush should I use?

There are three key types to consider:

Silicone Finger Brush: This brush is placed on the finger tip for plenty of control. This is a good introductory brush for puppies as the soft bristles won’t irritate gums. Simply rub around inside their mouth to remove plaque from teeth. It is ideal for smaller tea cup breeds with not much space for brushing. This helps prevent plaque mineralising into tartar and causing long term damage to teeth health. The finger removes the plaque and is ideally used with the dental crème or if needs be the lipo-gel.

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Ergo-Dual Toothbrush: This dual ended brush is perfect for day to day use stopping plaque build up around the molars, it has been ergonomically designed for teeth to be cleaned simply and effectively. The larger head can be used for cleaning the outside of the teeth, whilst the smaller head is used for cleaning on the inside of the teeth. For smaller dogs the smaller head may be more suitable for cleaning both the outside and inside edges.

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Anti-Plaque Dental Finger Brush: This brush helps prevent the build up of plaque and tartar with the antibacterial effect from the silver ions. They inhibit microorganisms growing on the surface of the tooth. The brush is placed over the finger and affords greater control applying various amounts of pressure and angles for cleaning. It is useful as preventative measure or in conjunction with the lipo-gel to reduce existing tartar formation.

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 This helps prevent plaque mineralising into tartar and causing long term damage to teeth health. The finger removes the plaque and is ideally used with the dental crème or lipo-gel.

What kind of toothpaste should I use?

In the Bogadent range, there are four options to consider. We outline the key differences below to help you make an informed choice which option might be best for your pet.

Complete Crème Sensitive Crème Lipo-Gel Hydro-Gel
Regular Teeth X
Sensitive Teeth X
Light plaque and tartar formation X
Gum Irritation X

Lipo-Gel: This gel is covered with oils and soft abrasive particles. This is to used with teeth that have plaque and light tartar formation. If used on a regular basis, in combination with the Anti-plaque finger it can help reduce existing light tartar formation.

Dental Crème Complete: This toothpaste with complex enzyme for normal teeth to prevent plaque formation.
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Dental Crème Sensitive: This toothpaste with complex enzymes with added synthetic tooth enamel. For teeth with exposed tooth near the gumline to prevent plaque formation, it seals the tooth enamel and reduce sensitivity of the teeth.
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Hydro-Gel: The tooth supports gum health. It moistens and soothes the mucous membranes of the oral cavity, as well preventing plaque formation and bad breath controlling the bacterial colonisation. The intended use is not as a cleaning-gel, but use as a LEAVE-ON Gel. It is a useful product for dogs who have tended to have irritated gums.
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Using the Ergo-Dual brush in combination with the dental crème is perfect for brushing with normal teeth. As mentioned above, any. The anti-plaque finger is ideal for beginners, smaller breeds as it has a good abrasive effect with plenty of control.

We also have available a range of dental treats to help supplement brushing and cleaning. Coated in teeth cleaning enzymes and baked in shapes to aid teeth cleaning by chewing. The range includes:

Cats Need Dental Care Too!
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There is no minimum age to start brushing for cats. Just like dogs, introducing dental brushing from a young age with help your cat get accustomed to the process, all in the comfort of your own home. First try with some cat toothpaste on your finger, advancing onto the anti-plaque finger in time. Plenty of treats and rewards are key to success for fickle felines.

The video depicts a customer brushing the kitty’s teeth with the antiplaque finer brush.

Antiplaque finger brush: The innovative microfibre brush helps to prevent the build up of plaque and tartar. Consisting of 20,000 high-quality microfibres, coasted with patented silver-ions, allows for a sustained release of the antibacterial treatment. The brush adjusts to all finger sizes and is easy to clean. Apply a little bit of Lipo-Gel on the finger and clean the outer and inner areas of the canine and molar teeth with small circular motions.

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Lipo Gel: This tooth cleaning gel is made from an innovative formula including almond and safflower oil to prevent the build up of tartar and bad breath. The collection of gentle cleaning agents clean teeth effectively, forming a protective film on the teeth and gums. It is most effectively used with the Bogadent Anti-plaque finger or the silicone finger. The tooth gel is harmless if swallowed.

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To supplement brushing, we also offer feline Dental Enzyme Chips made from 92% fish and chicken supplemented with natural enzymes. They combine a daily dental care routine with a reward treat through its specific texture and consistency. Suitable for cats aged 7 months and above who can chew bite and grind their food properly.

We hope this helps and this guide has empowered you to start on a sustainable and long lasting dental adventure. You can find all the dog products mentioned our Bath Time section of our website, and the cat products in this section here.

 

 

Getting Muddy for Jaguar Land Rover

PetLondon was delighted to work alongside two iconic automotive brands for a stills photography assignment. We were delighted to be working with both Land Rover and Jaguar for the promotion of their Pet Packages across a range of cars designed to making travelling with your pet easier. Since the merger in 2016, Jaguar Land Rover is the largest automotive car producer in Britain with operations across Europe and the far East, with plans to set up an classic cars division in the US starting in Summer 2019.

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The two British brands under the label of Jaguar Land Rover were looking to promote their pet packages optional extras for various vehicles in their ranges. These include the complete Range Rover and Land Rover range including the Evoke, Vogue, Sport and Discovery and Jaguar’s New Electric SUV the I-Pace, alongside their F-Pace SUV and XF Sportbrake estate car. 

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The two four-legged fido models in question were two extremely different breeds, that are extremely popular with families. The two breeds chosen were a Labrador and a Vizla. After much consideration, Red, the handsome Labrador and Willow the graceful Vizla were chosen for this particular assignment. They performed like superstars, we think thoroughly enjoying sitting in the super spacious boots of these luxury cars.

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The luxury car companies had identified their pet-friendly audiences and wanted to give new buyers pet-friendly bespoke accessories to add an extra level of comfort and convenience to your vehicle for the whole family. The dog friendly Jaguar Gear Accessories and Land Rover’s Pet Packs have been carefully designed with your pet in mind, both for the benefit of your dog with extra comfort and to protect your car from sandy, grit and mud.  

More and more dogs are seen as members of the family, that are being taken on trips to the beach and shared occasions with the whole family. These adventures bring inevitable muddy paws and wet coats. These pet packs are designed to be practical always adhering to the luxury excepted from consumers with impressive and meticulous design.

The Pet Pack help protect fabrics from damage or dirt brought into the car both during normal day to day activities as well as any adventures. The luggage Compartment Partition keeps the boot of the vehicle separated from the rest of your car, primarily for safety this keeps the dogs safe and secure but also stops from the back and passenger seats getting marked or dirty.

The pack also includes either a rubber mat or rigid lining tray which features a lipped edge, which is particularly handy. Both options are fully waterproof, so no liquid soaks in the carpet and both the rubber mat and liner tray can be easily removed and wiped or washed down.

All in all, it was a fantastic opportunity to promote safe and easy travel with your pets, allowing them to part of the memories that you create together. With both car manufacturers having huge international markets, hopefully you will see these pet packages in a neighbourhood near you.

 

Cat’s on a country estate for Harper’s Bazaar

Regarded for their symbol of refined luxury cats have become synonymous with the fashion industry throughout the world. The ancient Egyptians worshipped felines firstly for their ability to control vermin in households and over the following centuries, the domesticated cat became a symbol of grace and pose across Egyptian and other cultures.

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PetLondon Models was tasked to find a family of exquisite looking cats for an opulent fashion shoot to be published with Harper’s Bazaar, the premier woman’s fashion magazine. It now has 32 international editions, across 48 countries, in 21 languages, over 11 million readers, and over 2 million issues sold each month.  The felines were chosen to celebrate the cat themed leopard print and kitten heels in vogue for this season, with model Florence Kosky with styling from Charlie Harrington.

PetLondon was primely positioned for the assignment having worked on high-end shoots with a variety of cats for Tatler, Stella McCartney and Vogue previously.

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The natural choice of cat models were the family of Maine Coon cats. The Maine Coon is one of the largest domesticated breeds of cat and one of the oldest natural breeds in North America. Specifically native to the state of Maine, where it is the official state cat. Theories suggest these cats are offspring of the first cats that travelled across with the first settlers. The Maine Coon is a large and sociable cat, hence its nickname, “the gentle giant.” Reputed for its intelligence and playful, gentle personality, the Maine Coon is often cited as having “canine-like” sensibilities.

This family of six young adults are named Henry, Jimmy, Murphy, Oliver, Bobby, Raphael, Mika & Sky . They are all extremely relaxed in new environments, with the owner taking them tolocal cafes and hospitals making them a great fit for the shoot. The models are all pictured below and their profile can be found here.

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The shoot took place in Shotover House, also called Shotover Park, is an 18th-century country house in Wheatley, Oxfordshire. The house, garden and park are Grade I-listed with English Heritage, and 18 additional structures on the property are also listed. The house is privately owned in trust and formerly the residence of Sir John Miller, the lte close friend of Queen Elizabeth II.

Inside the drawing room of the spectacular residence, the set was prepared in one of the numerous drawing rooms. The shoot was centred around an ornate Chesterfield chaise. The cats performed posing together with the model and enjoyed just chilling out on the sofa in the downtime. The relaxed and regal poses of the feline models echoed the grandeur of the location spectacularly well.

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The cats were to pose with Florence Kosky, a British model and actress from Dorset, who has worked with numerous brands internationally including Burberry, Dolce and Gabbana and Christian Dior.

The photographer Agata Pospieszynska, who was born in Warsaw. She is a highly talent photographer bringing he own unique femine vision of romanticism, who is known for her sense of style when it comes to imagery and storytelling.

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An amazing shoot in a fantastic location. Well done to all involved with the spectacular finished results!

 

Marvellous ‘Inspire Me’ Christmas Shoot for M&S

PetLondon was contacted to supply a few different models for a shot for Marks and Spencer.

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The campaign involved still photography for the ‘Inspire Me’ collection online. In the lead up for Christmas, M&S wanted to highlight pieces from their collection. The set up of each shot with our models involved various different locations, but all included our fluffy four legged friends.

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After much consideration, the lucky chosen stars animal stars were decided. There over seven animals chosen this campaign these included to name a few: a brown Bengal kitten, Hercules the puppy Bulldog and brother & sister duo – Atlas (Pyrenese Mountain dog) and Aria (Maine Coon cat).

The ‘Inspire Me‘ page each day features different style and living editorial pieces from cooking tips to style guides. It is a destination for ideas, inspiration and advice for you, your family and your home. We may be biased but we always think the images with our animal models make for the most exciting viewing.

The fido and feline models were scattered across the whole of December’s Inspire Me Calendar. Unsurprisingly all of our models graphics were chosen as the Editor’s picks meaning they were highlighted on the banner at the top of the page.

The first to be released was our little Bengal kitten model playing with some  black heels. This post at the beginning of December, highlighted the comeback of the Kitten Heels as the party shoe of choice for all the Christmas reunions and office parties.

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Bengal with his kitten mittens on the shoes!

Aria & Atlas had the most fun on this photoshoot getting to chill with their ‘adopted’ family for the celebration of Christmas jumper day which was on the 14th December. Christmas Jumper Day is an international event where friends, family and colleagues dress up in festive jumpers to raise money for charity.
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Lastly, an outdoors shot in London highlighting the revival of classic Duffel coat, in line with the M&S Christmas advert staring Paddington Bear. Hercules, the bulldog looks incredibly chilled and relaxed.

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All in all, the shots were amazing and captured the spirit of each animal and environment. The classic British styling and the seasonal undertones of the shoot made this one to remember.

 

Toby & Ted’s Big Adventure for Boden

As part of PetLondon Models continual work with British Fashion house Boden, we were tasked with supplying two classic breeds that originated from north of the Border. The two breeds selected for this specifically for the rural aesthetic of the shoot. The two breeds chosen are much deliberation were the West Highland Terrier and the Scottish Terrier.

Toby the Scottish Terrier and Ted, the West Highland Terrier were chosen for this hardy outdoors photoshoot. Two terriers teamed up together as part of Boden’s Autumn  & Winter ’17 campaign.

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Boden is a British clothing retailer selling primarily online, by mail order and catalogue. Founded by Johnnie Boden in 1991 as a mail order business, the company has grown to selling across the globe with websites in UK, US, Germany & Australia. They have recently opened retail stores in Chelsea in W. London and Hangar Lane in N. London. As part of their 2015 plan, they have recently partnered with beloved high street brand John Lewis. As of present they are stocked in five John Lewis stores, including Oxford Street, with more openings planned for 2018.

The shoot took place on green expansive moorlands of Eastnor Castle estate. The  Situated just outside Ledbury, Hertfordshire. The impressive looking building was built to mimic the style of 14th century Welsh border castles and today holds host to Land Rover Experience, annual fireworks championship and much more throughout the year.

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On this morning, however PetLondon Models were to take over. Both had a early breakfast to get to the 9am start time, but both were excited for the opportunity to perform. Once legs had been stretched and sniffed out the situation both models took new surroundings superbly.

 

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Toby enjoying sitting in the front seat for once

 

After some initial tail wagging and getting to know each other, the models became the best of friends. The two breeds, similar in size, age and temperament loved to chill out during the downtime and even enjoyed the same chicken treats. 

The photoshoot was an incredible success for all involved. The humans were sad to see the two superstars leave at the end of the day.

A super day out for the two models in a breathtakingly beautiful surroundings. We are always looking for new modelling talent! If you think your pet has what it takes email: office@petlondon.com or call 02075807580.  

 

 

Definitive Insider Industry Guide To Making Your Pet Instafamous

PetLondon Models, since its foundation over 10 years ago has propelled more pets to stardom than any other animal agency in the UK. In response with the explosively rapid growth over the last couple of years for marketers and brands across all sectors wanting to use fido or feline social media superstars, we created our exclusive Instafamous Pets Division.

This is the definitive industry insider guide on how to make your pet both Instagram famous with thousands of followers but how this can translate into being a successful animal model. This guide includes in-depth and essential considerations gleamed both from our extensive professional experience, as well as top tips from social media superstars themselves.

  1. Make it fun for everyone involved

Set out on this journey with the key intention of having fun, first and foremost. The best social media stars start with the owners wanting to create, strengthen their bonds with their pet and to share special memories.

This must be translated into the whole experience where you must reward regularly your budding Instagram star for their hard work with lots of attention. Whether it be a treat, a new toy or jacket, or just some good old fashioned playtime; let them be who they are and express themselves!

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  1. Find your Thing

Take a note from the huge social media stars, sharing a story through their passions and interests is key to starting out. No matter what your interest, find a way in experiencing your passions together.

Insta-famous dogs have been seen doing everything from dressing up and making music videos, reviewing amazing dog friendly restaurants in your city, posing in front of amazing visits and places or helping you to beat your best 5Km  time on a Saturday morning.

  1. Post, Post & Post some More

No one will follow a profile with only eight photos, with a couple of them in low lighting. Save up a collection of pics taken over a couple of months. We use Iphone’s Portrait mode to snap some good quality photos, but maybe invest in a SLR camera if you plan to snap in some challenging environments!

Like anything in life, consistency and persistence is key. Planning some shots and sticking to a schedule, you will quickly reap the rewards. Link your account with Instagram’s analytic programmes to see insights on timings and audiences. Remember where in the world you audience might be and post accordingly.

Mix it up! Instagram not only has the capacity to post single or multiple photos, but also there are videos, looping boomerangs, stories, and live recordings. Differentiating posts and keeping it fresh is bound to excite and attract new followers. Give your captions a tone and a voice, some of the best use very innovative methods of communication mimicking perfectly how they think their pet will sound.

Don’t forget to use hashtags, have a look at what similar profiles are posting. Videos always gain more intentions than photos as well. An insider tip is to use  a mixture of specific and generic hashtags in a process known as laddering.

  1. Become a PR Networking Professional

Akin to your professional and personal life, it’s vital to your pet’s budding social media journey is to get out there and to attract people’s attention… both digitally and in real life.

From heading to dog meetups in your local area, attending social media conferences and contacting on twitter key industry and influencer professionals, there are a multitude of ways.

For example, PetLondon Models visited both Pupaid in Primrose Hill and Chiswick Dog Show, to market our agency and meet potential stars living in the local neighbourhood. We even had one dog, give us a business card with his social media handles!

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Collaborating with other dog owners with a similar number of followers of your creates an amazing buzz, allowing to post some cool photos and make some friends in the process!

The more you interact online, with all types of people, who knows what successes lie ahead will be in the long run. We have recruited models from Instagram ourselves(@petlondonmodels).

  1. Training and becoming a Instafamous Model

A strong sit and stay command in extremely stimulating and challenging environments. It make this fame-seeking task easier and more efficient  but you’ve got to teach your pet to actually enjoy posing for the camera. Using toys or treats are always good, but with the right training your pet could perform tens of tricks.

These skills are extremely transferable to being a model and part of our agency.

 We have worked with the biggest names in the business from Disney to The Sunday Times, from Burberry to Virgin Media. Being part of our agency means exclusive access in being shortlisted or booked for biggest advertising, marketing and PR campaigns with globally renowned brands.

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In September 2017, Cineworld asked specifically for Instafamous Pugs for a campaign.

What’s better exposure them being on a national TV advert campaign or seeing your super-star in the pages of a national newspaper? We stress again that do not make your pet do anything they don’t want to do. Patience, peristence and positive reinforcement are the cornerstones to success.

To sign up as a model head to www.petlondonmodels.com and click become a member. You can check out all our work on www.petlondonmodels.com/our-work.

Henry’s Silver Screen Performance

PetLondon was tasked with a very special assignment to find a cute and fluffy dog to perform in a celebrity studded role for Michael Giacchino’s 50th birthday concert that took place at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington on Friday, 20th October. Henry the Poochon was chosen, as a cute and cuddly dog for a skit taken place during the evening’s performance.

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You will have definitely heard of Michael Giacchino’s work, but not in the conventional sense on the radio. You will hear his music filling living rooms and cinemas across the world. He is a world famous and multiple award winning composer of music for TV, film and video games.

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He composed the scores to the television series: Lost, Alias and Fringe, for video games series such as Call of Duty and many films such as: The Incredibles, Mission: Impossible III, Ratatouille, Star Trek, Up, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes & Jurassic World, & Star Wars Rogue One just to name a few.

The multi award-winning composer performed for one night only taking a rare glimpse  at the magic behind the magic with never-before-seen footage from his childhood and early career. During the evening the compositions were placed with film clips.

Henry the Poo-chon, was very excited with the whole event. He got to spend the day in London, sniffing out all the good spots in Kensington. His owner Nicola, was extremely proud and honoured ‘to be part of such a great production with such talented people… at arguably the most stunning and prestigious theatre in the world’.

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He was joined by this friends and colleagues, such as J.J. Abrams, Brad Bird, Pete Docter, Gareth Edwards, Andrew Stanton & Colin Trevorrow with Ludwig Wicki of the Cinematic Sinfonia sharing the conducting and the English Chamber Choir perform the eclectic program.

Henry had his own dressing room and enjoyed playing fetch in the dressing room until rehearsal time. Henry was treated just like all of the other stars that have walked the boards of the historic venue. How many people, yet alone a puppy can say that they’ve had that!

 

 

As part of a short comedy sketch in the show, Gonzo (from the Muppet’s fame), J.J. Abrams & Pete Docter conducted a short skit with Henry. Pete was pulling on a rope that was supposed to be attached to a big heavy cow behind the curtain. He then climbed the down the stairs at the side of the stage to get the animal to ‘Moo-ve’ and out came Henry instead. The crowd went wild for Henry with ‘ooohs’ and ‘awww’ from the audience.

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Henry was adored by all, with everyone commenting on how well he behaved. Nicola said ‘It was an amazing experience from start to finish. I’m a very proud dog mum! Pawliwood here we come.’

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Henry here with new best friend J.J. Abrams. Well Done our superstar! Let us know how it is being a celebrity!

 

The Fluffiest Café in the World

The Guinness Book of Records is a reference book published annually, listing world records both of human achievements and the extremes of the natural world. For the launch of Guinness World Records: Amazing Animals Book, celebrating the world’s most fur-nomenal creatures and pets, PetLondon Models was involved with finding the fluffiest contenders for a fantastically fun furry pop up event and café called Amazing Animals: Fluffytorium. 

According to Guinness World Records, they did some research and found that only a third of pet owners in Britain would consider having a long-haired pet – put off by moulted hair. To counter this, the Fluffytorium set out to celebrate all things fluffy! PetLondon Models was tasked to find their fluffiest of feline and canine models.

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Taking place over several days, the Fluffytorium’s concept was to bring people together during half-term to cuddle and play with some of our fluffiest models in a spectacular fur-filled wonderland. Many people in the capital live in small apartments or rented accommodation where large fluffy animals are not a viable option. This pop up café gave people the opportunity to experience crazy amounts of fluffy.

The Fluffytorium took place at #2, Soho Square, London. The venue was magically transformed into a fantastically fluffy space with fur covering every single inch of the floors, walls and ceiling. The outside featured fur lined columns and grates, a green fluffy lawn with a human sized furry dog house place outside for passers by.

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Poodle Milan posing in The DogHouse

Groups of lucky people were able to book tickets to spend an hour in the Fluffytorium sipping freshly made milkshakes and petting the animal models.

The first day was a feline filled affair with a family of seven spectacular Maine Coons. These cats are well known for their long fluffy coats, bred to withstand the cold temperatures on the farms and ships bound for the Americas. The breed is also known for being incredibly communicative and sociable, the perfect group for the Fluffytorium. The family of seven as you can see from the photos were completely at home.

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They were supported by Hechi & Perla, who became the best of friends, chilling out with each other on the sofa. They had never met before and they thoroughly enjoyed each other’s company.

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Persians Hechi and Perla meeting for the first time

The second day was the day for the dogs to shine. On the day itself, the four legged friends chosen by the client were a range from the teeny tiny to large. From smallest to largest our fluffy balls were: Bella, the Pomeranian, Henry, the Poochon, Milan, the poodle, Zog & Yogi, a pair of Chow Chows.

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Bella & Milan

 

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As you can see all the models took this in their stride, enjoying all the extra attention and treats during the day. The response received by the press was outstanding, receiving coverage in major national newspapers and magazines. The Facebook video alone promoting the Fluffytorium from TimeOut London has to date received over 21,000 likes.

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Sweet Pomeranian Bella

The Fluffytorium was a pop up event for the launch of the Guinness Book of Records: Amazing Animals, which puts the spolight on the world’s craziest creatures, peculiar pets, wacky wildlife and cute critters.

We would like to congratulate the models and their owners. A lot of work went into the behind the scenes for this assignment and we couldn’t have done it without them!

Four Christmas Activities To Enjoy With Your Pet

Whether writing Christmas cards in front of the fire with jingle bells playing in the background, or a family member popping round for a cup of tea and a mince pie; the festive season is always a family and friends filled time of the year. Even with all the merriment, it’s important to remember that they are numerous pets friendly and focused activities to enjoy. Don’t forget they enjoy getting into the seasonal spirit just as much as we do!

 

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Crinkle Stocking 4-Piece Gift Set

Our pets are part of our family, and we want include them in as many of our holiday traditions as possible. In fact, a recent study by PR Newswire found that 96 percent of the people they surveyed would rather spend Christmas with their dogs than with their in-laws. So this guide aims to give you some ideas of how to bond with your pet and make the most of this special time of year.

#1: Christmas Jumper Shopping

Nothing screams ‘CHRISTMAS’ than festive jumpers and seeing people wearing them sure does brightens up everybody’s day. It’s commonplace to see them worn into work, but lest we forget our four legged companions need them too. Believe me, there isn’t anything cuter than your dog in a knitted jumper.

We are proud to announce that PetLondon has the most exhaustive list of pet Christmas jumpers in the UK; with a range to rival that of any high street shop. Most of the jumpers size from XS to XXL, and we have something for everyone. Pet’s need to keep warm too!

This years’ highlights include: a cute snowdog and snowman scenescape sweater, a santa claus red cable knit jumper or a LED light-up extravaganza.

 

 

The stylist apparel is sure to delight visiting family and friends, why not use your beloved dressed up pooch as the mascot for some Christmas carolling. Whether it be a dancing penguin jumper, or a holiday themed costume is bound to add extra sparkle and cheer with a special canine courier service for those local neighbourhood Christmas cards deliveries.

#2: Writing Christmas Cards

In recent years the fashion, just like our cousins over the water is to include a Christmas family photo as the front of tens of cards sent to distance relatives and friends across the globe. The classic ‘family’ look has to include a mantle piece with holly, a Christmas tree with your choice for decorating the top and of course matching outfits.

We have listened to our customers, and found a couple of adorable dress up costumes for your pooch. Our fun and fabulous 3D Santa and 3D Elf costume are perfect to get everybody involved into the holiday humour. By placing the front legs and securing the upper half of the costume, your pet transforms into a real life walking character, perfect for a photo or a video to place on an e-greetings message.

 

 

#3: Exercising & Entertainment

As the nights turn colder and darker and tasty treats tempt us at every corner, it comes as to no surprise sweatpants become the clothing of choice. To help yourself keep the pounds off, we suggest some playtime with your pet. The combined mental and physical stimulation will create fond memories as you see your pets’ delight, as you play together with our uniquely designed and festively themed toys.

For those who don’t feel guilty and want to snuggle on the sofa watching Elf, Home Alone or the Secret Life of Pets. Why not indulge your pet in some Stripy Christmas PJs, They are made from a warm and thick plush type material for the ultimate in warmth and comfort. The ribbed sleeves provide a cozy fit.

 

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Santa Stripy PJs

 

For this season, we have some incredible toys!

Bungee Ball Tug Toy – Santa & Elvin the Elf

 

It has been specifically designed to incorporate a range of toss, tug and fetch games. The head is a bumpy rubberised ball with high quality squeaker, with body being a super stretchy stuffing-less covered in a soft material for a unique shape.

Super Squeakers – Snowman & Elvin the Elf

 

 

These toys combines the best of stuffingless and squeaker toys. The toy body itself is a super durable thick plastic squeaker, with the added benefit of being robust. The cutest designs are very eye-catching either in a circle head show or a bone shaped themed designs

Holi-Yay Squeal Ball – Rita Reindeer & Simon Snowman

 

 

These large wacky textured play balls are made from tough rubber with a bumpy surfaced texture and covered in a high quality PLUSH material and a satisfying squeel. Available in two differing designs: Simon the Snowman with crinkly brim hat or Rita the Reindeer with heart shaped nose, soft red antlers and crinkly ears.

#4: Arts & Craft

Wish your pet a Merry Christmas with our festive and fun Christmas stocking. Handmade personalised gifts are always a lovely touch at this time of the year. Our bright red fleece style stocking with green stitching along the edges makes for an opportunity to  customise your stocking alongside the bones and paws decorations and stuff inside their favourite toys and treats. There are all sorts you can do, from customising a bed or blanket. Just make sure it’s dog safe first!

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#5 Bake your heart out

From our friends at Pretty Fluffy, have put together this amazing gingerbread biscuit for dogs using the finest ingredients. They can be bundled together as a gift, put on the Christmas tree or just given for being a good boy! They make about 20 medium gingerbread.

YOU’LL NEED

1 and 1/4 Cups Water
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
1/2 Cup Molasses
2 Tablespoons Honey
3 Cups Organic Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cloves
1 Tablespoon finely chopped Fresh Ginger

2 Large Bowls
Mixing and measuring utensils
Rolling Pin
Gingerbread Cookie Cutter

TO MAKE

1. Get two large bowls. In one bowl combine the water, olive oil, molasses and honey. In the second bowl combine the flour, cinnamon, cloves and finely chopped ginger.
2. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet. Mix until all are combined.
3. Divide the dough into two, wrap and refrigerate for minimum 3.5 hours.
4. Once chilled, remove dough from fridge and roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness (less than a centimetre).
5. Pre-heat oven to 180 C (350 F).
6. Use your Gingerbread Cookie Cutter to cut out the biscuits. Place on baking tray. Bake for 10-15 minutes.

We hope this inspired you to bond with your dog this Christmas. Please let us know if you have any ideas of your own!

 

 

 

 

Puppia Harness Sizing Guide

PetLondon, over the last fifteen years has been Puppia’s European distributor and has provided a first class fitting service of Puppia harnesses for hundreds of dogs ranging from the teeny Chihuahuas to giant Alsatians. With over 3000 Puppia harnesses in stock our extensive range of harnesses will be able to fit 99.9% of dogs.

We wanted to great the ultimate Puppia harness sizing guide for  our customers, including the key measurements needed and harness shape considerations. Depending on the shape and lifestyle of each individual dog, some harnesses would be better suited than others.

Whether you are looking for the right size harness for your Pug, Pomeranian, Yorkie, Frenchie or Spaniel; PetLondon has the right puppia harness for your dog. Be sure to visit our harness section of our website (click here): we have our internationally renowned mesh harnesses, as well as our new cosmic inspired Gia harness; and with the full Puppia range and international shipping available, it’s the only one stop shop for a comfortable and high quality dog harness.

The two key measurements needed for a successful Puppia harness fitting are the neck circumference and chest girth. As shown in the diagram below: the neck measurement should be measured around the widest point of the neck. The chest measurement is to be taken behind the front legs. Take into consideration seasonal variations in coat length.

measurements guide

Once these measurements have been taken, the next step is to consider which shape of Puppia harness would be best suited for your dog. PetLondon supplies three different shapes of harness: the ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’. Each are best suited to the requirements of differing life stages and breeds.

Due to slight differences in materials used for each harness, each harness has a slight variation (by a few cm) in size. Please consult individual product size charts, which will be in the description or images on each product page.

As a general guide please compare your dogs measurements to the chart below:

Its really important to note your dog will not be the same size across the 3 shapes; e.g A dog that is a S in the A-Harness will likely be a size M in the B-Harness

A-Harness

Size Neck (cm) Chest (cm)
XS 22 25-36
S 26 32-44
M 32 40-56
L 40 50-70
XL  43 57-80
XXL 53 70-93

B-Harness

Size  Neck (cm) Chest (cm)
XS 19 25
S 24 31
M 28 38
32 42.5
XL  36 50
XXL 42 60

C-Harness

Size  Neck (cm) Chest (cm)
S 28-32  31-35
M 32-37 37-42
36-41 42-47
XL 40-46 46-52

Which shape should you choose?

A-shape Puppia Harness

The A-shape harness is Puppia’s original shape. To put on, the top of the harness is placed over the dog’s head, just like putting on a jumper. Then, place the left leg into the harness. The last and final step is to secure the harness around the back with a simple clip. The harness fits on the chest, as not to choke the dog and the dogs weight is evenly distributed across the body, so as not to overdevelop certain muscle groups. The neck size is fixed for this shape of harness, so make sure it will be able to pass over the dog’s head, but the waist clip is adjustable, to ensure the perfect fit.

The A shape is the most adjustable of the three shape so is ideal for growing puppies. Click here to see A-shape Mischief harness on our site as pictured below.

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‘A’ Shape Harness Front

 

B-shape Puppia Harness

The B shape harness, also known as a “step-in harness” or “vest harness”, is perfect for nervous dogs who don’t like the A shape harness passing over their heads or excitable puppies who wriggle a lot and need more control whilst getting used to harness. These harnesses are not suitable for broader chested dogs, but good for dogs with longer, narrower frames e.g Dachshunds or Chihuahuas. The shape ensures maximum coverage, with the double security of both a wide velcro band as well as a clip.  It is important to note that a dog with be one size larger in the B-shape harness than the regular A shape.

Click here to see B-shape Mischief jacket harness as pictured below.

The C-shape harness

The C-shape, or parachute harness is the newest harness shape, and combines the benefits of an A-shape and B-shape harness. Simply, place two paws into the leg holes and clip around the back. The shape is similar to an A-shape harness fitting snug to the chest also having some adjustability with the front and back straps. Perfect for super wriggly dogs and dogs with a deeper and wider chest that wouldn’t suit the B-shape. Its important to note, the C harness runs small and is almost an in-between size filler for dogs who might not slot into one of the A shape size categories.

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C-Shape Harness

Be sure to visit our website www.petlondon.net for all our products, ranging from puppy training kits, beds, toys, harnesses, clothing and accessories.

Need more help?

PetLondon always love to give and offer professional advice, regarding all aspects of animal health, training and development. We have helped thousands of customers choose the right harness for their dog or cat, no matter what their breed or lifestyle. Our office hours are 10am-6.30pm: Monday-Friday. Telephone – 02075807580.

You are also welcome to being your dog in for a personalised harness fitting service.