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Cat Grooming Tips

Cat Grooming Tips

Grooming is part of a kittens daily routine, helping your cat to look after their coat and helping to control parasites. It’s essential that your cat has a regular grooming and cleaning routine, so check out these handy cat grooming tips.

Start Early:
Get your cat accustomed to being groomed from a very early age. Gradually increase the amount of time you spend grooming your cat until it becomes a part of your cat’s daily routine.

Playing with the Brush:
Like any pet whether its bath time or brushing it’s always a good idea to help your pet relax especially when they aren’t used to it. Let your cat play with comb and brush allowing your cat to get used to them. Stroke your kitten very gently paying particular attention to your cats stomach and hard-to-reach places so she gets more comfortable with being handled.

How to Groom:
Comb gently through her your coat from head to tail, being particularly gentle around the head. Whilst doing this it gives you the opportunity to check the condition of their coat and skin, looking for signs of fleas or other parasites. Then brush the fur to remove any dead hair.

Tangles:
Just like human hair, cats hair is prone to tangles. Use your fingers to tease out tangles before you groom your kitten. Grooming your kitten regularly, should lessen the amount of tangles.  If your cats coat is a bit of a tangled mess, then dip a clean cloth in warm water, squeeze any excess water and use the cloth to wipe her down. Avoid using soap as this will irritate your cats skin.

Bathing your Cat:
Cats have in-built grooming tools in the form of their tongue and teeth, and usually they are fussy about self-cleaning so regular grooming by brushing is usually sufficient. However, there will be times when your feline friend needs a little extra help in the cleaning department – for example when he or she has come into contact with something sticky or smelly, or has become very dirty.

Check Eyes:
After grooming, your your kitten eyes and ears. If you notice your kitten’s eyes looking a little weepy then take a 2 cotton balls ( 1 for each eye) moistened with warm water and clean carefully. Your cat’s eyes should be clear, bright and free of any redness, swelling or discharge. If any of these symptoms are present it could be a sign of infection, in which case you should contact your vet for appropriate treatment.

Healthy Teeth:
Check your kittens mouth regularly for them to get used to it whilst making it more easier when you do need to clean her teeth or give her medicine. Teeth should be clean and free from deposits and gums should be a healthy pink colour. If not then see you vet to seek the right advice and treatment.

Classy Claws:
Your kitten loves to scratch her territory – it’s natural behaviour that helps her hunt and scent-mark. A scratching post will act as a file for her claws, but you’ll need to clip them when she gets a little older. Get her used to the idea by handling her paws from an early age – that way she’ll be more cooperative when she’s an adult.

Coat and Skin:
You can tell a lot about the state of your cat’s health from the condition of their coat and skin. If your cat is engaging in excessive chewing, scratching or licking, it may time for a check up. Stress, parasites, wounds or allergies could all be having an impact on your cat’s health and should be looked into.

As one of the UK’s leading pet grooming supply specialists Animology provide a wide range of cat grooming products ensuring your feline friend stays clean and fresh. Our top pick are there cat wipes which are handy when your cat needs a quick clean and a quick freshen up.

Keeping your Dog Clean without a Bath

Keeping your Dog Clean without a Bath

Most dogs would rather skip bath time and our latest blog provides you with handy tips to keeping your dog clean without a bath.

Pet Wipes:
Handy and portable, these are a must have for any dog owner, especially when taking your dog out.  Dog wipes are specially formulated to be gentle and safe to dogs.  The clean sheet Dog wipes from Animology contains a high performance, super tough, dual sided dog wipe containing an advanced no-rinse shampoo formulation to help keep your dog cleaner and fresher for longer.

Brushing & Grooming:
It’s important to regularly brush your dogs coat with a bit of grooming. The regular upkeep will help reduce the amount of dirt and allergens on your dog’s fluff, which will keep them cleaner overall.  Brushing is synonymous to grooming for them. It removes loose hair, exfoliates skin, removes everyday dirt and allergens, maintains good blood circulation, and helps keep a shiny and beautiful coat.

Dry Shampoo:
Baking soda and cornstarch are great for removing that ‘dog smell’ most pups have. You can massage the powder through your dog’s coat using a towel. They also make commercial dry shampoo for dogs that you can give a try.

Clean your Dog’s bedding!
Their bed, their toys to blankets. Clean them all, it’s as simple as that. Do this and there will be no more wondering why your home has a funky dog smell even if your find yourself cleaning your dog regularly. You will notice how quickly the smell disappears when you simply wash your dog’s stuff.

Freshening Sprays:
When doing your regular brushing, using doggy sprays can help freshen up their smell and detangle their coats, whilst keeping your dog clean without a bath.

Riser Recliner Health Benefits

Riser Recliner Health Benefits

Riser Recliner Health Benefits 
Increasingly people are finding it difficult to stand up or sit down, whether this is due to changing lifestyles to short or long-term medical conditions, such as arthritis, back pain and temporary injuries. In order to assist with the daily living needs of those who need assistance in dealing with these conditions, and supporting those who would like increased independence and mobility helping to improve their way of life riser recliners are a perfect solution.

Those who suffer from medical conditions affecting their daily living or mobility are increasingly being offered a riser recliner chair to support them, whether through occupational therapist, or going directly to a retailer. Let’s take a look at riser recliner health benefits.

Maximum Comfort with a Made to Measure Riser Recliner
When it comes to health conditions, any old piece of furniture from your local shop won’t cut it. They are not made with you in mind, and thus can often cause more problems than they solve, as they don’t provide a comfortable position that aids the problem it is supposed to be solving….

The benefit of a made to measure recliner is that the chair is built to your sizing requirements, ensuring you the most comfortable seat and your body is receiving the support it needs.

Relief of Aches & Pains
We all suffer from aches and pains especially as we get older, and lets be honest we don’t like having to sufferer especially when it can start to affect your day to day routine like sitting down. One major benefit of a riser recliner chair is that it can provide the correct posture required, thus helping to relieve aches and pains which are experienced through life including Arthritis, Aching Joints to Back Pain.

A riser recliner chair can also assist through movement aiding optimum posture support. Riser recliner chairs feature various mechanisms to support mobility whilst reducing those aches and pains and significantly aid daily living.

Increased Independence
If your mobility is decreasing, a riser recliner is the perfect solution providing you increased independence. It can be extremely beneficial for those who suffer with medical conditions affecting their mobility and are often dependent on others.

If your considering that a riser recliner may be an ideal solution to give you increased independence then  check out Recliner Direct. As one of the UK’s lading recliner chair specialists they will be able to meet your needs and requirements and guide you through all the riser recliner health benefits.

The Benefits of Riser Recliner Chairs

The Benefits of Riser Recliner Chairs

No-one likes to have to deal with aches and pains. Getting the right riser recliner chair can help you with these difficulties ensuring you can keep independent. So here’s the benefits of riser recliner chairs.

A riser recliner can be beneficial in 2 ways for those that find it difficult to stand up after sitting down or generally feel uncomfortable when sat down.
1. The rising action helps you to sit down and stand up
2. The reclining action can provide more comfort for you to sit comfortably, especially if your sat for long periods, and can also help with some medical problems like Arthritis

Rising:

All riser recliners work on the same basic principle at the press of a button on a hand control as the seat and arms (usually the whole chair) raises you up slowly till your standing, and vice versa when you want to sit just position yourself on the raised seat and press a button and the seat will gradually go down. It always advised to keep your hands on the arm rests until you’re safely sitting or standing.

Reclining:

Sit back and relax with the reclining functionality of a riser recliner. You can also get yourself comfortable in different positions from watching TV to reading.  A recliner is extremely beneficial if your sitting for long periods of time as the reclining functionality allows you to change your position, thus preventing your from getting uncomfortable and sore when sat for a long duration. If your suffer with any medical problems affecting your legs it can benefit being able to lift your legs when sitting.

Relief of Aches & Pains:

Opting for a riser recliner chair can provide temporary positional relief from medical issues such as: Arthritic Pain, Back Ache to Aching Joints. A good posture is essential in avoiding the distressing pain or comfort caused by rheumatic problems etc, so a riser recliner chair can ensure you are correctly supported along all points of your body.

Riser recliners are becoming vastly popular with those who struggle with sitting down and standing up from a chair and thus increasingly turning to riser recliner chairs as a means of relief from aches and pains. If your thinking that a riser recliner chair is a perfect solution for you then get it contact with a comfort specialist at one the UK’s leading reclining chair specialist Recliners Direct who’ll be able to provide in depth information on the benefits of riser recliner chairs and guide you to choosing the most suitable for your needs.

Keeping your Dog Clean

Keeping your Dog Clean

Keeping your dog clean can be a chore, as dogs seem to find  the muddiest of puddles to splash about, so it’s no surprise to how dirty they can get. So to keep your dog well groomed and clean check out our handy tips below:

Bath Time:

The most important thing is to get your dog used to having a bath as early as you can. Some dogs will love a good bath, and some will hate it. Let your dog play with their favourite toys and then bring them into the bath where hopefully they will behave.
Provide little treats along the way to give your dog reassurance he/she is doing well. Water should be lukewarm and no hotter and a rubber mat ill ensure your dog feels confident on his feet whilst most importantly preventing your dog from slipping.

How to Bath your Dog:

Your dog will frequently need a good wash dependent on how dirty they are especially after walkies and is great for keeping your dogs coat nice and clean. Before your start have several super-absorbent towels and a good quality dog shampoo and brush your dogs coat to remove all those loose hair and tangles.

  1. Test the temperature of the water (ideal temp should be lukewarm) then entice your dog into the bath with a treat
  2. Cover your dog in water, by using the shower head or jug. Be prepared to get wet, as your dog will 100% attempt to shake their coat dry.
  3. Once your dog is wet from head to tail, begin to apply the shampoo into a good lather into your dogs coat. Avoid getting shampoo near eyes, eyes and mouth.
  4. Rinse coat thoroughly ensuring not to leave any shampoo in the coat as it may cause irritation.
  5. Dry your dog with either a hair dryer on a low temperature setting or a super absorbent towel.

Pamper your Dog:

Grooming is a great way to show your dog you love them. We all know dogs love attention so pamper your dog. Brushing your dog helps to keep your dogs coat and skin healthy by removing dead hair and spreading natural oils, whilst caring for your dogs teeth, ears and eyes reducing the risk of your dog developing diseases. Look out for any lumps, bumps, fleas and ticks when grooming your dog.
It’s always best practice to ensure you have the right grooming equipment for your dog’s coat type. There are various types of brushes you can use:

Combes or Rakes – Ideally used to penetrate thick hair to detangle and remove the undercoat. When looking for a suitable comb make sure that the combs teeth are roughly the same length as your dog’s coat to ensure that the comb reaches the undercoat but not enough to irritate the skin.

De-Shedder Tool: When your dog is moulting this removes the dead undercoat

Slicker Brush – Used on dogs with medium to long haired coats, this brush has lots of fine, short wires close to each other on a flat surface. They are great at removing dead hair and stimulating the skin and coat.

Bristle Brush – Used to remove dirt and debris from coats of short and smooth haired dogs.

Pinhead Brushes – Suitable for brushing out tangles on long-haired, curly haired dogs with undercoats.

Grooming Mitt – Used on short haired dogs to remove dead hairs, massage and stimulate the skin.

 

 

How often should my Boiler be Serviced

How often should my Boiler be Serviced

Knowing when to get your boiler serviced can be tough, especially if you think your boiler is in full working condition you may be tempted to avoid getting it serviced, so to help you identify how often should my boiler be serviced read on:

Why Service your Boiler
More reliable and efficient then ever before, don’t think that modern boilers are immune to wear and tear and breakdowns. Aside from complete shutdowns, there can be other problems with your boiler that won’t be as obvious but could still cost you money by operating at reduced efficiency. Though not a regular occurrence, gas leaks can be extremely dangerous, potentially resulting in a release of carbon monoxide. Ideally you should sure your boiler is serviced every year, to keep your boiler in good working condition and limit wear over time. For many new boilers, warranties require that your boiler should be serviced annually to avoid the warranty becoming void.

Also, not getting your boiler serviced annually can potentially leave your home insurance invalid should you encounter a boiler problem.  Given the importance of boilers especially through the colder months when your using your radiators it’s very important to ensure you get your boilers professionally serviced on a regular basis. Losing your boiler can cause a great deal of disruption; losing your hot water and heating can be a massive inconvenience.

Service when you move house?
If your moving in to a new home, then it is best to get your boiler serviced, as you wont necessarily know when the boiler was last serviced. So to ensure that there are no unwanted problems left behind by the previous owner get it booked in for a service.

Finding an Engineer
You can easily find a qualified professional by consulting the gas safe register. A Gas Safe engineer will issue a certificate when the work is done, especially important for landlords, who are required by law to have one as proof that their boilers are being maintained. Also check your log book or front of the boiler as its practice for the original installer to leave their details.

When’s the best time to get a boiler serviced?
Look to get your boiler serviced in the summer months as registered engineers are likely to be less busy and if any issues are identified you won’t be left cold while it’s fixed. So plan ahead and get your boiler serviced so that it is ready to handle everything our UK winters has to throw at it.

What will an Engineer Do?
A gas safe engineer, will perform several important tests during their visit. Most importantly, they will check for any traces of carbon monoxide in the air; carbon monoxide is invisible to the naked eye and odorless and even brief exposure can have a severely negative impact on the body. Your engineer will likely recommend to install a carbon monoxide detector if you don’t already have one.

Don’t wait till you a have problem!
If your boiler seems to be working well, it can be tempting to avoid servicing, thinking there’s no benefit. Getting it serviced will likely reduce any costly bills if your boiler was to break meaning higher repair costs than an annual service. So long as you ensure your boiler is serviced manually, you’ll be protecting any product warranties and your home insurance.

So don’t wait until winter to get your boiler serviced by one of the UK’s leading heating, plumbing and electricals servive p APG domestics.

Tips to Maintaining your Dogs Hygiene

Tips to Maintaining your Dogs Hygiene

Dogs are not expected to be clean, but there’s more to dog hygiene than just the occasional bath. From dog beds to clean teeth to brush, there’s plenty to keep you going to make sure you maintain some good basic hygiene for your pup.

Bath Time
Quite commonly most pet owners will over-bathe their dogs as they won’t want to have a dirty dog around the house lying on your sofa or coming into bed with you. It’s important to note that how often you wash your dog depends on a number of factors including how long they spend outside rolling around in things they shouldn’t. If your using a gentle dog friendly shampoo then a dog can be bathed weekly.

Brushing your Dogs teeth
One of the most common diseases for dogs is formed in the gums caused by a build up of tartar building up on the teeth. Dental disease can have dire side affects if not treated, including bacterial infections that could be lethal. The easiest way to avoid this is to ensure that every time you brush your teeth, you brush your dog’s teeth-every day.

Although veterinarians recommend using a toothbrush designed for dogs when brushing your pup’s teeth, a quick way to clean their teeth daily is to use your fingers. But make sure you start training your dog on teeth brushing when they’re young. They’re are less likely to nibble on your fingers that way.

Cleaning your Dogs bed
When it comes to your dog, your dogs bed is one of the dirtiest things in your home. A haven for fleas, ticks, germs and allergens. What’s the point in bathing your dog if your dogs bed is dirty. Our top tip when buying a dogs bed is, it’s best to purchase a dog bed with a removable fabric cover that can be easily washed by throwing into a washing machine. The Crash Bed dog beds from Animology are heavy duty dog beds with wipe clean removable covers. If you have a dog that sheds, the dog bed should be vacuumed at least once a week. Your dog  might not like cleanliness, but your house will thank you for it.

Cleaning your Dog’s toys
We all love treating our pets to new toys and the cleanliness of your dog’s toys is especially important as these often go in your dog’s mouth. Using disinfectants or cleaning sprays could potentially harm or poison your dog. Just remember to wash your dogs toys at least once a month for safe playing. You can run them through a hot cycle with no detergent (just check they are machine washable first) The heat and water pressure should kill most germs whilst removing dirt and grime.

Dogs Paws
Your dog’s paws carry whatever they step in, that includes pesticides, pollens, molds, to dust mites. As it’ advised not to bathe your dog every day, it’s a good idea to clean their paws at least once a month either with a paw soak, or a rub down with a wet cloth.  If you have a particularly  hairy dog, don’t forget to trim and brush the hairs in-between their toes. This will benefit your dog by reducing the amount of paw chewing and licking they do.

Cleaning your dogs, collar, leash or harness
Any dog owner will know a collar, after a while can start to smell funky. After bathing your dog and cleaning their bed, it doesn’t make any sense to slap a dirty collar on them. Collars don’t need to be washed that much, but as soon as it starts to smell or become brown/black, it’s a good idea to toss it in the washing machine with some pet-friendly detergent or you can simply add a couple squirts of dog shampoo in bowl of hot water, leaving to soak for roughly 15 minutes. Rub the collar against itself to extract any ground in dirt then rinse.

Are Massage Chairs Good for Pain Relief

Are Massage Chairs Good for Pain Relief

Once seen as a luxury item, message chairs have become a necessity for the number of benefits they can provide to ones health. A well-designed massage chair matches the therapeutic feel and benefits of a massage from a massage therapist. So why are massage chairs good for pain relief:

Reduce Stress, tension & Anxiety:
Studies have proven that massage therapy can alleviate stress symptoms. A professional back massage can alleviate back pain. Similarly, a good massage chair is designed to provide some measure of pain relief and relaxation.

Relax and Loosen sore muscles:
The human body is a very smart machine, so for example if you overexert your body beyond what is healthy for you, your muscles will stiffen and become sore.  These are the tell tale signals to the body designed to keep you in check and healthy. It is always best to listen to your body and take a break no matter how stubborn and persistent you are to carry on.

By using a massage chair it provides a luxurious way to relax in your home, helping to loosen sore and fatigued muscles, and release any tension in your body.

Improve blood flow:
Two components of the massage chair assist with improved blood circulation. The first is the mechanized massage that one gets from a message chair. These massage techniques include kneading, rolling, tapping, gripping and Shiatsu. In all these techniques, the rollers of massage chairs move and vibrate key points of the body thus promoting improved blood flow.

There are countless benefits from boosting your blood circulation. These include:

  • Speeding up recovery from injuries and ailments
  • Eliminating toxins from the body
  • Stimulation of endorphins that help the body cope with pain and stress.

Alleviate Pain & Headaches:
Massage chairs have a proven track record of alleviating all sorts of pain including headaches, common body aches, chronic neck/shoulder/back pain and so on. Studies show that massage therapy decreased cortison levels and increases serotonin by an average of 28%. Serotonin is one of the body’s anti-pain mechanisms. By lowering cortisol and increasing serotonin, the body is better able to manage pain.

While most, if not all massage chairs have the potential to ease regular pain, specialized massage chairs are designed to do so. Pain is relieved through a variety of massage programs and body heating action.

Improve Posture:
Improving overall posture and balance is another one of our favourite massage chair benefits because it is so unexpected. With continued use, a good massage chair can correct misalignment’s of the spine, and neck and shoulder muscles. That’s why they’re popular among actors and sports stars.

Increases Endorphin Levels:
Endorphins are the ‘feel good’ chemicals that run through the body – by increasing their levels induces positive results. Among other benefits, increasing endorphin levels has been correlated with quicker recovery, reduced pain and reduced anxiety. A 20-minute session in a massage chair can increase endorphins, which are the chemicals in the brain that trigger relaxation and a heightened sense of well-being.

When it comes to choosing a massage chair it always best to go to a recliner specialist. We recommended Recliners Direct as the UK’s number one recliner chair specialist they’ll be able to provide all the help and advice in finding the right massage chair for you.

 

Do I Need a New Office Printer

Do I Need a New Office Printer

Is it time for a new office printer? Well if your printer is taking forever to print a single document or constantly jam then it sounds like a good time to review your office printer so you don’t get any snagging problems.

However what do you need to consider when choosing your next office printer equipment.

Does the office require Single Device or Multifunction?
Dependent on how much your office needs to print or copy, will guide you to what kind of device your workplace need. If your a small business perhaps your needs is just a simple printer or photocopier. However, many business require a variety of tasks to be completed, for capabilities such as printing, photocopying, scanning & faxing all in one multifunctional machine. The main benefit to opting for a MFD (multifunctional device) is it help to improve efficiency by storing all your main devices in one place, whilst making it easy to use.

Toner or Cartridges?
For offices/ people who value speed then toners are much faster than those that use ink cartridges. The most cost-effective method of printing depends on how much printing your organisation needs to get through day-to-day. Toner cartridges are the best option if your looking to allow several print jobs at the same time, as they last longer and will ensure a much higher quality print.

Security Features
The need for print security features has grown massively due to the rise in hackers misusing the lack of knowledge on printer security. Given the advances in digital technology today’s multifunction printers differ greatly from the printers a yesteryear.

So what kind of risks can an unsecured printer pose…. The biggest threat to your company of an unsecured printer is allowing individuals to access documents that have either been printed, or documents that are being sent through a wireless connection to be printed. If any of these documents happen to contain sensitive information like bank account details then the damages to individuals and business can be severe.
But even more threatening is the possibility that a hacker could easily send your company malicious files through an unsecured wireless printer like a “back door.”

If your business is looking into a new office printer or need any advice on how to secure a printer device then contact The Photocopier Store who have been providing the highest standards of service and care to businesses for over 27 years.

Do I Need a Replacement Number Plate

Do I Need a Replacement Number Plate

Not to sure if your require a replacement number plate?… well if they’re cracked, broken, faded or has marks obscuring the letters and numbers, then they become illegal and need to be replaced.  However it’s not as simple as going to a car’s supply store, in to protect drivers from unscrupulous criminals there are legal requirements that mean everyone must produce certain identity and vehicle registration documents before a registered number plate supplier can make up a replacement number plate.

You car will fail its MOT if number plates aren’t correctly displayed and if your stopped by the police for failing to display a number plate you could be potentially find up to £1000. So do not put off sourcing a replacement if your number plate is missing or broken.

Another problem blighting drivers is number plate theft. Thieves remove number plates and attach them to similar make and model of car that has been stolen, in order to pass it off as a ‘cloned car’ to an unsuspecting buyer. Theft of number plates is also common to avoid paying speeding fines, parking tickets to congestion and road toll charges. Should your number plates ever be stolen then it essential you report to the police immediately.

If your looking to replace your number plates, but not too sure on the process then follow these handy steps:

Find an Authorised Supplier:
To find a local replacement number plate supplier simply head over to the Gov.UK website and simply enter your postcode, it will then bring up a number of local repair garages, car dealers and car spare stores within your post code catchment area.

What Documents Do I Need?
Before the retailer can make up a replacement number plate for your vehicle, and by legal guidelines imposed by the DVLA you must show proof of name and address and show you’re entitled to the registration number (eg the V5 vehicle registration certificate) however any of the following will be accepted:

  • The tear off slip (V5C/2) from (V5C section 10)
  • A Certificate of entitlement to a mark (V750)
  • A Cherished Transfer Retention Certificate (V778)
  • Vehicle Licence Renewal (V11)
  • A Temporary Registration Certificate (V379)
  • An Authorisation Certificate (V948) from DVLA Local Office with official DVLA stamp, or a downloaded hard copy of the eV948 (Unfortunately we cannot accept forms shown to us on phones.)
  • A letter of authorisation from Fleet Operators (including a lease/hire company). The letter must quote the document reference number from the V5C

Are there any regulations? 
Any new number plates must conform to certain regulations. Must be made from reflective material, the front plate should display black characters on a white background and the rear plate should show black characters on a yellow background. 3D lettering is permitted however background patterns aren’t allowed.

If you want to replace your damaged or missing numberplates online then  DVLA approved One Stop Number Plates provide 100% road legal replacement number plates via their easy to use online plate builder.