Saturday, 28 November 2015

Just a quick Howdy-do!

I must apologise for our absence recently. We haven't disappeared, but we are moving house, and currently the iMac is packed up!  We will be properly up and running again in the new year (hopefully in a couple of weeks, broadband setup permitting!), and already have a list of posts to start working on, including a review of Chow Bella bowls, and the Panasonic Smart Home monitoring system!  I am also hoping to have a chat with a Hearing Dog owner, and a puppy walker for assistance dogs.

So once again, apologies for the quiet - in the meantime, our social media pages are alive and well, so come and find us with the social icons to the right.

See you soon!

Amanda and Lottie xx

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

What's at the end of the rainbow?

A big pot of doggy treats?

Monday, 10 August 2015

Walkies with Direct LIne.... and a giveaway!

This is a sponsored post but we will always express our own opinion

We were recently asked to review and try out the new app from Direct Line, one of the leading suppliers of pet insurance in the UK, aimed at dog walkers, called aptly, Walkies!  We also have £75 worth of vouchers as a giveaway prize, for use with the luxury online pet store, Pets Pyjamas!

The Direct Line walkies app

Developed by Direct Line to go hand in hand with their pet insurance products and with dog obesity becoming a real problem in the UK, the app has been developed as a way of helping you and your furry friends monitor your exercise level, much in the way that other popular apps like Runkeeper and Endomondo do.  Only they don't track your canines calories as well!   In conjunction with this, they have also developed an accompanying blog called Fit Fred, charting the progress of an overweight Golden Retriever on his journey to get fit and healthy using the Walkies app, and is really a very enjoyable read with lots of useful hints and tips.

How do I get it?

The app is available free from the Apple store (click here for details) and is aimed at getting you and your furry friends healthier.  Much like existing fitness apps, this one tracks your dog walks, calculating top and average speeds, distance covered and calories burned by you and your dog(s), plus the route covered.  Once downloaded, to get started, you input details about yourself and your dog(s)....


and you are good to go!

We tried it out on one of our favourite short walks, up in Aspley Heath in Buckinghamshire, always a good one for seeing how well these things track as signal can get a bit dicey!  It was a beautiful walk, as the sun was throwing its golden light through the trees, and there wasn't a soul about apart from two of us hoomans, and Lottie!

To track a dog walk, you select your dog(s)...


and tap "Start Walk".....

and enjoy your walk!  Here are a few photos from this walk - you may notice that the path is sand, but we are in the middle of Buckinghamshire!  Strange oddity about our local area, Woburn Sands.




Once you are done, tap on "Stop" and look at the results!  You can even share your walk on social media with your friends!


Walkies app verdict

I really like this app (and as I am a systems analyst in "normal" life, I am very difficult to please!) - I have used previously Runkeeper on dog walks, and I love the fact that this one is so focussed on dog walkers.  Other features I like is a little icon called "Top Walks" which shows recommended walks in your vicinity, always good if you want to try somewhere new!

If you want to be able to see the calories you and your pal are burning, or are just interested in just how much ground you really do cover, I recommend taking a look at this app - it's free after all!  And as a bonus, if you sign up with your email details, there is a current offer to get a free photographic session at a Venture Studio for your doglet.  I have booked ours for a few weeks time, so am sure it will feature on here in a future post!

Giveaway time! 

Direct Line has very kindly given us £75 worth of vouchers for, a luxury online pet store, as a giveaway prize!   Open to UK residents aged 18 and over - to enter, you must leave a comment on this blog post, we would love to know about your favourite place to walk!  Other entry options are available once this has been done.   The closing date for entries is Monday 17th August 2015 21:00, and a winner will be selected at random and notified within 14 days.  The winner must respond within 28 days with a postal address, or a new winner will be randomly selected.  The prize will be sent within 28 days of notification.  Full terms and conditions are available on the Rafflecopter widget below.

Good luck!

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Thursday, 6 August 2015

Get the lowdown on Microchipping!

As of the 6th April 2016, the Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2014 will be enforced by local authorities, PC's, community support officers and anyone else authorised to act as an enforcer by the Secretary of State.  So we thought it was about time we did a post, highlighting exactly what this means for everyone!  Starting from the basics....

What is microchipping? 

A pet microchip is a chip a little bit bigger than a grain of rice, that is implanted using a needle under the skin of your pet, normally between the shoulder blades.  Injecting the microchip is normally painless, or perhaps just a little instant discomfort for your pet (we have heard of pets that haven't even noticed) and the important thing is that the chip can then be registered with your contact details. If your pet is lost, the pet can be scanned and the chip details picked up, reuniting you with your beloved pet.

Image from Wikipaedia

Does my dog have to have one?

Yes.  The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations were brought in in 2014, and will become a compulsory requirement from the 6th April 2016.   From this date, all dogs must be microchipped and registered on an approved database by the time they are 8 weeks old.  There are no exemptions, bar if your vet declares that the dog should not be chipped due to health issues.  The normal laws of wearing a collar and identity tag will carry on applying - click here to read our article on this.

What if I don't do it?

If your dog is scanned and either has no scannable microchip, or is not registered to an approved database, you will be given a 21 day notice to rectify this.  In 21 days, if this has not been complied with, you could be charged £500.  This also includes if your details aren't up to date, so don't get complacent just because your dog is chipped - check those details are right!

Where is the best place to register the microchip?

We have Lottie logged with Petlog, the main registration site in the UK - we upgraded to the Petlog Premium Lifetime Membership for a small one-off charge, and that allows us to make changes whenever we like.   Additionally, there is an app that you can use to instantly raise an alert if your pet goes missing, a 24/7 phoneline, and it is part of a European network of databases.  One useful feature we also find is the ability to log alternative contacts if you are away, or they are unable to contact you for some reason.  My best friend is logged as a secondary carer.

What do I need to do now?  

Just a few steps:

  1. Is your dog microchipped?  If not, get this organised.  Your vet will be able to do this for you for a charge - alternatively, charities like the Dogs Trust run free microchipping clinics.  Click here to search for a location near you. 
  2. If your dog is already microchipped, or once you have it done. make sure your contact details are up to date on the registration database that you are logged on.
  3. If you don't know if your dog is microchipped, or if you think it isn't working, get your vet to check. Although rare, sometimes they can slip from their original location or occasionally stop working.  A new one can then be implanted.

And that's it!

Petlog have an FAQ page for anything I may have missed off here.

Here's a cute, but very important message from the Kennel Club to enjoy!

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Product Review: Canagan Grain Free dog food

We often get asked to review various dog foods, and it can be difficult - I can't change Lottie's food every time I review a new food as that would be very unsettling for her tum, so all I can really do is give her a few bits to try and see if she likes it, and make my judgement on what the food contains (by the way, I donate any food left over to our local rescue, if anyone ever wondered!).

Until now!  I was recently asked to do a review on Canagan Grain Free dog food, and was absolutely delighted to accept as this is Lottie's regular food as of a few months ago!  Although they were very generous to compensate us with a bag of food, this is very much a review from personal experience.

It's all mine!

What is Canagan?

Canagan is a high quality grain free kibble, available in lots of different flavours including chicken, salmon and game.  They also do a Light / Senior range, plus "Large Breed" kibble - bigger bites for bigger mouths! The food also contains other high quality ingredients, such as sweet potato, seaweed, and plant and fruit extracts such as marigold, chamomile and cranberry.  All these high quality ingredients provide what is known as a "biologically appropriate" food, meaning that the nutritional breakdown closely mimics what a wolf would consume in the wild, with the correct ratio of meat protein, fat and carbohydrates.

The variety I feed Lottie (and they were most kind to send me a complimentary bag) is their Free Run Chicken, made with freshly prepared chicken.  For those interested in the ingredients list (I am so careful about looking at ingredients!), here they are:

Freshly Prepared Deboned Chicken (26%), Dried Chicken (25%), Sweet Potato, Peas, Potato, Pea Protein, Alfalfa, Chicken Fat (3.1%), Dried Egg (3.1%), Chicken Gravy (1.6%), Salmon Oil (1.2%), Minerals, Vitamins, Glucosamine (1000 mg/kg), MSM (1000 mg/kg), Apple, Carrot, Spinach, Psyllium, Seaweed, Fructooligosaccharides, Chondroitin (700 mg/kg), Camomile, Peppermint, Marigold, Cranberry, Aniseed & Fenugreek.

Close up of Canagan

What are the benefits of a grain free food?

Although some dogs certainly live long and happy lives on food containing grains (such as wheat, barley or corn), some dogs can exhibit signs of grain intolerance, for example bloating, vomiting or other stomach discomfort.   Although dogs are better at digesting grains than their wolfie friends (five times better in one study),  meat is much more digestible for them, providing a better nutritional source.   In Canagan, carbohydrates are provided from sweet potato, a much more easily digested carb source, providing slow release energy, leading to stable blood sugar levels.  Plus it curbs hunger - great if you have a gannet of a dog like me!

Our verdict

Lottie has been on Canagan for a few months now.  She was on grain free from around 13 weeks old, which was an 80:20:0 mix (80% meat, 20% fruit and veg, 0% grain).  Although it was a good food and I would never say anything bad about it, it was always....not quite right. With any grain free, high meat kibble, I have found it is real trial and error to get the exact amount right, otherwise a little bit too much can be too rich for them.

A few months ago, a friend recommended Canagan (in fact, she used to use the same food I did previously), as being slightly less rich, on a 60:40:0 ratio, so off I popped to our local pet store and grabbed a bag to try.

I am delighted I did - I still weigh out Lottie's dinner accurately, but her poos are firmer, she is happy, healthy and energetic, and most of all, she absolutely loves it!  For anyone who might want to know how I changed it over, it took five days (Lottie is normally pretty good) of upping portion of Canagan by 10% each meal (obviously reducing previous food by 10% at the same time).

Face down in her food bowl....

I would like to try game and salmon ones to see how she fares with those (the game is 65% meat, and the salmon 60%), but I have absolutely no regrets about changing her on to it.  It is one of the pricier foods out there, at £59.99 for 12kg, but as it is so nutritionally dense, your dog doesn't need as much as some foods.  Lottie has 130g a day, which works out at 65 pence a day!

So yes, I can highly recommend Canagan - although I would love to do more raw feeding, I simply don't have the freezer space at the moment, so I like to ensure I feed her the best quality kibble I can. I do supplement occasionally with the odd raw chicken wing, egg, sardines etc.  In fact, three other dogs we know are now on Canagan, so starting a little Canagan Club!   Top marks Canagan, we will be staying with you for the foreseeable future.

Canagan were very kind in sending us a free bag of food, but Lottie has been on this food for four months, so this is very much our honest opinion!

To order direct from Canagan, visit their online store here.  

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Photos from Crufts 2015

Hooman has been meaning to share these for ages, but she has been rather caught up in the stresses of buying our new home recently, and kept putting it off!

Nevertheless, we were so privileged to be able to have unlimited access to Crufts this year, that here are some of our favourite photos that she took during our two days there.  We hope you enjoy them! This was also her first proper trip out with her new Nikon DSLR, so a bit of a learning process!


Bichon being beautified

Very handsome St Bernard!

Beautiful Bichon

Cocker and a kilt

Concentrate mum!

I think it's time for a treat!

Hello beardie!

Sleepy setters

A beautifully groomed cocker - this is what I SHOULD look like  :-)

Curious Cav

Friday, 19 June 2015

Giveaway time - win a months supply of Huntland Grain Free dog food!

We are, as always, delighted to do a giveaway in conjunction with our friends at PetShopBowl - this time, we have on offer a months supply (12kg, RRP £59.99) of a high quality grain free food, flavour of your choice, from Huntland dog food.

The sponsors of this giveaway, PetShopBowl, are a nationwide delivery subscription service (although subscribing is not mandatory, you can do one off orders too like any other pet shop site), run by a team of friendly, helpful staff dedicated to helping you save time and money.  For more information about PetShopBowl, we did a recent review of some of the products on offer and their service last year - you can read it here.

Huntland dog food, as the name suggests, was developed based on what dogs would choose if they were to hunt for their own dinner. Their research showed canines similar to dog’s oldest ancestors wolves choose a grain free diet, eating a mixture of meat, fruit & vegetables,. This concept is the foundation of Huntland Grain Free dog food’s unique formula.

Huntland dog food has only been made possible by using a new patented cooking processes, which allows them to gently cook a grain free diet that includes fresh meat, fruit and vegetables whilst capturing all the great nutrients, antioxidants and goodness for your little hunter. This slow cooking process enhances digestibility and locks in the great taste. In addition, all of their fresh meat comes from trusted ethical sources. This short supply chain ensures the ingredients are freshly delivered every day, producing a superior dry pet food.

The winner of the giveaway will receive the 12kg bag of Huntland Grain Free dog food in the flavour of their choice. And if you don't want to enter for yourself, how about entering to win the prize for a dog rescue?  This giveaway is restricted to UK entries only, unless any of our overseas friends would like to enter on behalf of a friend, or a UK rescue / shelter!

Entry requirements are to sign up to the PetShopBowl newsletter, plus a number of other entries to improve your chances of winning.

Good luck!

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Sunday, 12 April 2015

Product Review: Hand on Heart Handcrafted silver paw print pendant

Most of the stuff we get asked to review is for Lottie - food, collars, beds etc.  So I was absolutely thrilled recently to be asked to review a specially made piece of jewellery from Hand on Heart Jewellery!  What does this have to do with Lottie?  Read on…..

Who are Hand on Heart Jewellery?

The Hand on Heart studio was set up by sisters Heather and Amanda, after spending years experimenting with silver.  They developed and perfected a technique to transfer images such as handprints and pawprints to silver,  They started making unique pieces for friends and family, creating handprint necklaces, charms, personalised cufflinks and keyrings, to name but a few.  In 2009, the company Hand on Heart was born, creating top quality keepsake jewellery, and the company has grown since with an expanding team.

How does it work? 

We selected the Paw Print heart charm pendant, which would be stamped with a miniaturised version of Lottie's pawprint and engraved with her name.  I also chose to have her kennel name engraved on the back.

To produce the paw print, Hand on Heart send you a special printing kit, containing some very clever paper and a wipe soaked with a natural oil that you wipe over the paw (or hand or foot!) print that you want to print.  I just then pressed Lottie's paw onto the paper, a number of times to make sure we got a usable one, and then cleaned her paw off with a damp towel.  Fairly easy and not too messy!  It helps obviously if you have a cooperative dog, and I did trim a little of Lottie's fur from between her pads, to make a clean an image as possible.

Once you have the prints, you send them back to Hand on Heart, or alternatively as I did, take a high quality photo and email it back to them.  They also keep them on file, in case you want to use them again in the future  And then it's a case of waiting….

We didn't have to wait very long at all - about a week later, I was advised of a parcel waiting for me to pick up at my local delivery office!

What did we get? 

Firstly, everything was very well packaged with lots of bubble wrap keeping the contents safe.  And when we got inside it, beautifully packaged too!  A lovely personalised card with the print that they used, and the jewellery itself in a ribbon bound presentation box, with a smaller jewellery box within. To finish it off, there is the nice touch of two little packets of Sweetheart sweeties!

What did we think?

I am absolutely thrilled with the pendant and have received some compliments on it already, with people asking how it was made.   The pendant itself has a nice weight to it, is highly polished and smooth and is very well made.  Pleasingly, the chain is also a good strong one - invaluable when you have a spangle who insists on greeting you by hugging your neck and chewing on your jewellery! (no joke, I have a diamond cross that she looooves nibbling on….). It has also stood up to the ministrations of a determined five month old baby - no mean feat!

This is an absolutely gorgeous little keepsake and one that I haven't taken off since receiving it. Don't forget, they also do handcrafted jewellery with hand and footprints, they can engrave fingerprints and hand/paw prints into jewellery and have a whole range including pendants, cufflinks, keyrings and Pandora style charms.

The pendant they sent me retails at £95.00, including postage, packaging and a print kit.  You can also opt for added extras like a keyring, personalised ribbon or have the print kit gift wrapped if it is to be a gift for someone.  From start to finish, Ellie (our contact at Hand on Heart) has been fab, updating us on the progress with our lovely little trinket, which  I will treasure for a long time.  The whole process has been a most enjoyable pleasure, and would make a gorgeous gift for parents, grandparents, pet owners, or indeed anyone who wants to create a memory to keep.

This product was provided for review.

And now, a giveaway! 

We are very excited that Hand on Heart Jewellery have kindly sponsored a giveaway to win your very own silver heart charm necklace, retailing at £95. This is open to all, as they will create a pendant especially for you with your choice of paw, hand or footprint, so share this with all your friends, not just the pet lovers!  The competition will run until Monday 4th May 21:00 (bank holiday weekend). This is only open to UK entrants.

Good luck!

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Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Ten fascinating facts about Crufts!

Crufts starts tomorrow, and we will be there! I can't wait for the treats that I hope will be abundant, but Hooman also hopes to take some amazing photos. For anyone that may be there And looking out for us, this is how I will be dressed! Hooman had the set made especially for Crufts, and I have been groomed to the nth degree over the last few days! I smell yucky, but Hooman says I smell beautiful....

So, on the eve of Crufts, we thought we would share some interesting things we have found out about the biggest dog show in the world......

  • Mr Cruft - Charles Alfred, was born in 1852. He worked as a travelling dog-biscuit salesman before he had the idea of staging a dog show to promote his wares
  • Crufts exhibitors in the 1890s and 1900s had special dog carriages designed by Charles Cruft,Meath with their own dog water trough, when travelling by the London & North Western railway.
  • Crufts dog shows have always enjoyed royal patronage. Queen Victoria's collie, Darnley II, and two of her pomeranians won prizes at the 1891 show, and every british monarch since has been involved in some way.
  • The first ever Best In Show winner in 1928 was a greyhound called Primley Sceptre
  • Dog entries topped 15,000 for the first time in 1961 and kept rising - there were 21,564 canine competitors in 2014! Overseas competitors are ever growing - in 2014, there were 2,655 dogs entered from 45 countries outside the UK
  • The Cocker Spaniel has won the most Best in Show titles, with seven wins, followed by the Irish Setter and Welsh Terrier which have both won on four occasions.
  • Crufts now takes up over 25 acres of space
  • The first ever Best In Show winner in 1928 was a greyhound called Primley Sceptre
  • Agility was first demonstrated in 1978, with the first competition in 1980
  • Crufts first hit the small screen In 1950, firstly by the BBC, and now by Channel 4
We are super excited about going tomorrow and Sunday (it is Hooman's first visit) and we really hope if you see us, you come over to say hello! We will be doing photos throughout the day to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, and then sharing the highlights on the blog here - we hope you enjoy our updates!

Sunday, 8 February 2015

The World's Largest Dog Show: Crufts 2015

Crufts has long been considered the biggest dog show in the world, and we are excited to say, myself and Hooman will be going!  Not as a show dog (I am not perfect enough, or clever enough), but I will be taking Hooman with me on a press pass to see what it is all about, and to take some lovely photos for you all!   I am particularly excited as we have access to the press office, and a little birdie has told me that there are biscuits there.....

We can't wait, there is going to be so much to see.  We all know that Crufts is where the most beautiful canines compete for that elusive Best In Show, but did you know just how much other stuff goes on?  Here's what you can expect to see at Crufts this year, which is being held at the Birmingham NEC, 5-8th March:

  • First up of course, the show dogs - split into the seven groups, Gundogs, Pastoral, Working, Terriers, Toy, Utility and Hound, all vying for that big silver Best in Show trophy
  • Agility - some seriously nippy and athletic canines!
  • Flyball - for the speediest of doggies
  • Heelwork to music - for the more musical hound
  • Various displays from the police, gundog displays, the RAF, activities and retrieving 
  • Scruffts competition - to find the UK's most fabulous cross breed!
  • PAT (Pets as Therapy) dog of the year award
  • Various Young Kennel Club and International Junior Handling events
  • Discover Dogs in Hall 3 - meet over 200 breeds of dogs and speak to experienced owners and breeders about the requirements for the breeds you are perhaps interested in owning one day
  • The announcement of the winner of the Friends For Life competition, as voted for by the public (we will follow up with a post on this when the finalists are announced). Probably our most  favourite competition, as the stories of canines helping humans emotionally, mentally and physically through the greatest of difficulties are just wonderful.
  • ....and of course...... LOTS OF SHOPPING!!!  Over the last year we have got to know various retailers, and are hoping to perhaps meet some of them in person!  Plus I'm hoping to get given lots of biscuits.....

We have an upcoming post in the next few days with some interesting facts that perhaps you didn't know about Crufts, plus over on our Facebook page, we are doing a daily Countdown to Crufts fact of the day, to celebrate the diversity and awesomeness of dogs, so make sure you pop over to say hello!  

Finally, Crufts have been super amazing and given us two pairs of tickets as a giveaway prize!  They are valid for one  day of your choice, although if you choose the Sunday, you will need to purchase an extra  ticket for the Best in Show event in the main arena.   We will run the giveaway until 21:00 next Sunday (16th February) to give us time to get the tickets sent to the lucky winners.  In the meantime, you can also purchase tickets for Crufts by clicking on the pic below!

And below is where you can enter our giveaway to win one of two pairs of day tickets, as stated above for a day of your choice, but please note, they do not give you access to the Best In Show event in the main arena, on Sunday 8th March 2015.  UK entries only please.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Woofs With.... A Veterinary Surgeon

Time for another Woofs With.... interview, and this time we got chatting to Emma, who is the director of our local veterinary practice, Greensands Vets in Woburn Sands, Buckinghamshire!  We wanted to find out what it is like being a veterinary surgeon so we asked a few questions.  We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

So Emma, how and why did you become a vet?

I qualified as a vet 19 years ago, after graduating from the Royal Veterinary College, London University. I wanted to be a vet for as long a I can remember, influenced no doubt by James Herriot as well as my love of horses.

I love all the looking after that pets require and used to enjoy mucking out and grooming my horse just as much as the hacking out and weekly gymkhanas. I was also fascinated by biology and my mum was regularly horrified to find me at the kitchen table dissecting livers, kidneys, hearts and eyeballs that I obtained from the local butcher! I think being a vet was just inevitable.

Tell us about your own pets

As a child I had a whole menagerie of pets including dogs, cats, horses, various small furries, and two very mischievous goats called William and Katy (a good 20 years before the royal couple got together). Nowadays we just have one black cat, called Bean, who was an RSPCA case who came into my last practice soon after I joined. She's now an extremely sprightly 15 year old who's adapted to her new life in a flat extremely well.

Emma, and her 15 year old cat, Bean

After graduating, how did you get started in practice?

I started out with plans to become an equine vet but I discovered I enjoyed the small animal side even more.  My first job was in Birmingham at a small practice much like the one I now own with my partner Derek, who is also a vet. After 4 years there with fantastic and encouraging bosses I wanted to perform more surgery and diagnostics and moved to a busy hospital practice in Wolverhampton, working with a large team of vets and nurses. It was there that I met Derek, who ran one of the branch surgeries. Wolverhampton gets a bad press and although the city centre itself has yet to embrace cafe culture, there are some beautiful areas close by. I must have liked it as I stayed for 14 years!

For the last few years we've considered buying our own practice but they don't come on the market often and when they do the big corporate practices jump in and snap them up. Greensands Vets in Woburn Sands was ideal as we loved the location and it was small enough to be manageable. We've been here now for nearly 8 months and life is great, if busy!

What's a typical day like for you?

My day involves a nice mix of consultations and surgery as well as investigations using blood tests, X-rays and ultrasound scanning. I get to meet pets and their owners much more here than in my previous job and this has revived my love of veterinary work as you can become a little detached in a hospital, where I would rarely get to follow up on my own cases.

What are the best and worst things of your job?

Seeing the pets well again and happily back home really is what motivates me. As far as the worst part of the job, strangely it isn't euthanasia, although that is obviously a difficult task but one I feel privileged to perform to relieve suffering. Early on in my career I struggled with the change from the seemingly limitless funds and state of the art diagnostics available within the university hospital but I have come to understand that every situation is different and that many factors impose constraints on treatment and it is my job to help the owners to reach decisions, working together as a team.

Thank you so much Emma - it was very interesting talking to you.  And thank you for being a fab doggy doctor!  We will see you soon for my annual health check and booster shots!!  

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Thornit Canker Ear Powder Q & A

We recently posted a picture on our Facebook page of Lottie enjoying a lovely ear rub after her routine application of Thornit Canker Powder. This prompted a lot of questions, so we thought to answer all those questions, we would do a blog post about it.

What is it?

Thornit Canker Ear Powder

Thornit powder is simply an old remedy containing iodoform, which is used as a canker ear powder for dogs, cats and rabbits, by vets, breeders, owners and showers to improve and maintain their dogs ear health, since at least 1920. It is not a medicine, but is a very effective remedy for keeping ears clean and sweet smelling, particularly in those breeds of dogs that have long floppy ears, where air circulation is not great and can lead to a warm, moist environment.

It can be used for ear health maintenance every few weeks, or it can be used more intensively to clean out waxy build up, ear mites, and to relieve sore, itchy ears. It does have a rather clinical smell (we had someone say it smells like a dentists waiting room!), but if you are an oddball like the Hooman, you may actually like it! There are no antibiotics in Thornit, and it is very safe to use.

How do you use it?

We use it once every 2-4 weeks, to maintain Lottie's ears (and touch wood, we have had no problems with them, even though spaniels are prone to them). If your dog is suffering with mites, indicated by dark brown waxy scabs, or by an offensive smell with pus globules, along with scratching, head shaking and rubbing ears on the floor, then you can use it more intensively, for example twice a day for 3-5 days, and then gradually revert to a "maintenance use", once the wax starts to come away / itchiness starts to subside.

Application can be a bit tricky the first time you try it, but this is the method we use, with pictures!

What do you need:
  1. Thornit Canker Powder
  2. Cotton wool balls (if required - see below)
  3. A teaspoon
  4. A dog
The dog and teaspoon are not included

  • Open the Thornit, and using the non-business end of the teaspoon, especially if the first time, give it a good stir (it can clump up a little).
  • If the inside of the ears are moist, it can help to gently swab them with a cotton wool ball to absorb excess moisture
  • Scoop out a small amount of Thornit (a pinch or two) onto the end of the teaspoon. This is how much we use.
A good pinch of Thornit per ear

  • Lifting up the dogs ear, dust it around (try not to aim directly in) the dogs ear canal.
Dust it around (but not in) the ear canal

  • Drop the ear, and commence vigorous ear rubbing - normally much appreciated this end, and accompanied by low moany noises and crossed eyes. From the dog.
The best bit.  Ear rubs!
  • Repeat the other side!

If your dog has hairy inner ears, you can also use it to gently strip out the hair around the ear canal - apply some Thornit around the hair, leave it for ten minutes, and then gently pull out. Keeping the ear canals hair free is also important to keeping ears clean and healthy.

Other uses!

For itchy paws, put a pinch of Thornit powder in a small plastic bag and hold it closed over the dogs paw. Work it into the paw, between the toes and pads and a little way up the leg.

For an itchy bum, put a little cream on the end of your finger and dip into the Thornit, and then dab onto the affected area

Any other itchy areas, just apply a light dusting of Thornit to the skin (separate the hair on a long haired dog to get to the skin). Remember, a little of this powder goes a long way.

I want to try it - where can I get it from?

We hope you have found this interesting and useful - we have located a few suppliers for you, depending on your location:

UK, Europe and USA 

For more information, this is an interesting read:

Disclaimer: I am NOT a vet and Thornit is NOT a medication. If symptoms do not improve, please consult your veterinarian.