VetSpec Support Country Pursuits Arena at Great Yorkshire Show

This year’s Great Yorkshire Show will once again see VetSpec supporting the Country Pursuits Arena over the three days.

VetSpec-sponsored Yorkshireman, Ryan Kay will be demonstrating with his team of working dogs, Farlavale Gundogs, and many of the displays will involve Yorkshire people sharing their passion for a wide variety of country pursuits.

Visit the team on the VetSpec stand at 348 at the Country Pursuits Arena.

The VetSpec range includes six hypoallergenic, cereal-grain-free complete dog foods which incorporate high specification canine supplements within super premium, high meat dry dog foods.

The VetSpec Super Premium Complete Range includes: Puppy & Junior Formula, Healthy Dog Adult Formula, Omega-3 Joint Mobility Formula, Calm & Focused Formula, SuperLite Low-Calorie Formula and SuperLite Senior Formula.

With a real Yorkshire feel to it, the VetSpec Country Pursuits Arena will be hosting a fantastic array of presentations, including gun dog demonstrations and fly fishing.

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VetSpec Sponsors Dog Show at Bransby Horses Summer Fayre

VetSpec is to sponsor a fun dog show to be held at the Bransby Horses Summer Fayre on 3rd June.

Bransby Horses, based in Lincolnshire, is one of the UK’s largest equine welfare charities and currently cares for over 400 horses, ponies, mules and donkeys.

The dog show will run from 12pm – 4pm and will have eight classes. It will be held in the VetSpec Arena. Classes will include Best Purebred, Best Crossbred, Best Junior Handler, Best Condition and Golden Oldies and there will also be fun classes such as the Best Rescue Story, the Best Trick and the Waggiest Tail.

Entries cost just £2 per class and entries will be taken on the day from 11am. All proceeds will go towards the charity’s funds to help improve the lives of equines throughout the UK.

For further information on the dog show and Summer Fayre, please visit www.bransbyhorses.co.uk

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A Fantastic Time at Crufts

We had a fantastic time at Crufts and saw lots of customers both longstanding and new.

The trade stand was very busy throughout the whole show with the VetSpec hypoallergenic, cereal-grain-free range of super premium, complete dog food proving very popular.

We were very proud to hear there were a number of VetSpec fed dogs competing across all four days, including Jayne Harrison’s Millpoint English Pointers with Sh Ch Millpoint Heat Wave JW ShCM winning an open dog class and taking the RCC and his father Sh Ch Millpoint Top Hat N’Tails JW ShCM winning the Veteran Dog, a huge congratulations to Jayne and all competitors.

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Patterdales and Boxers Enjoy VetSpec Super Premium Dog Food

Kate Cowell has found the VetSpec range of hypoallergenic, cereal-grain-free, super premium, complete dog foods to be the perfect choice for her four dogs who have different dietary requirements.

Kate Cowell

Her two Patterdale terriers require a low calorie diet so Kate chose VetSpec SuperLite Senior Formula for them. This is a cereal-grain-free, low calorie super premium dog food which contains 50% chicken with added vegetables and herbs. This means Kate can still feed her dogs a delicious feed, packed with high quality vitamins and minerals but she doesn’t have to worry about their waistlines. It includes biotin and other associated nutrients to greatly improve the coat and promote a supple skin along with prebiotic fibre and herbal sources to help maintain gut health.

 

Said Kate: “I am really impressed with the VetSpec SuperLite Senior Formula for my two chubby Patterdales, Smokey and Bacon. They think it’s delicious and they’ve lost weight since I moved them onto VetSpec which is brilliant!”

Kate also has two Boxer dogs who require a joint mobility supplement. She chose VetSpec Omega-3 Joint Mobility Formula for them because it incorporates a veterinary specification joint supplement, which is rich in DHA and EPA (Omega-3s), glucosamine, MSM and chondroitin, in a super- premium, high-meat, dry dog food.

 

VetSpec Omega-3 Joint Mobility Formula is ideal for providing nutritional support to dogs with poor mobility or those which are in hard work, e.g. agility dogs or gun dogs. It includes biotin and other associated nutrients to greatly improve the coat and promote a supple skin. As with all the VetSpec range, it is wheat gluten-free with no added colours, preservatives or artificial flavours.

 

Said Kate: “My two fussy Boxer dogs, Coco and Flora, just guzzle down the VetSpec Omega-3 Joint Mobility Formula and I am thrilled that it will care for their joints, long- term, as we all know how crazy Boxers are!”

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Show Offers at Crufts 2018 – Stand 4-148

We’ll be at Crufts this year with our tradestand, showcasing our range of hypoallergenic, cereal-grain-free range of super premium, complete dog foods and we’ll also have some great show offers, not to be missed, including ‘Try Me For Half Price’ on all our 2kg bags of super premium dog food, and a free competition to win 12 bags of VetSpec super premium dog food!

Our VetSpec range of foods incorporates veterinary specification supplements into super premium, high-meat, dry dog foods without the micronutrient damage that can be caused by traditional high temperature manufacturing processes. The range also has no added colours, preservatives or artificial flavours and contains prebiotic fibre and herbal sources to help maintain gut health.

There are six varieties:

VetSpec Range

  • VetSpec Puppy & Junior Formula for optimum growth and development of your young dog.

 

  • VetSpec Healthy Dog Adult Formula for all dogs including show dogs and working dogs.

 

  • VetSpec Omega-3 Joint Mobility Formula for the nutritional support of dogs with poor mobility or those which are in hard work, e.g. agility dogs or gun dogs.

 

  • VetSpec Calm & Focused Formula for dogs that get anxious and over-excitable, suffer from separation anxiety or fear loud noises like fireworks. It can also be very helpful when training young dogs to improve focus and obedience.

 

  • VetSpec SuperLite Low Calorie Formula has all the benefits of VetSpec Healthy Dog Formula but is on a base food with 20% less calories if fed as directed.

 

  • VetSpec SuperLite Senior Formula is designed to address the nutritional challenges that dogs face as they reach their more senior years. Older dogs need optimum nutrition to support a healthy immune system which this provides. They are also often overweight because they are less likely to be as active and therefore need fewer calories on a daily basis, whilst needing more nutritional support to maintain healthy flexible joints.

 

Hope to see you there!

 

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Springers On Form With VetSpec Calm & Focused Formula

Is your dog anxious, excitable or does he suffer from anxiety and problems with focus and obedience?

We have the answer with VetSpec Calm & Focused Formula, a 60% chicken with added vegetables and herbs, cereal-grain-free, super premium dog food which includes veterinary specification supplements.

VetSpec Calm & Focused Formula Complete Dog Food

VetSpec Calm & Focused Formula Complete Dog Food

Said Rebecca Barton, who runs a small kennel of gundogs in County Wicklow, Ireland: “I heard about VetSpec as I already used the TopSpec range of equine feeds for my Thoroughbred horses and then met the team at Dublin Horse Show and they introduced me to the range of VetSpec complete dog food.

“I use the entire VetSpec range to feed my gundog team of Springer Spaniels. I really like the flexibility to be able to switch from one formula in the range to another as the dogs’ work increases and decreases.

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VetSpec Calm & Focused Formula is ideal for dogs that get anxious and over-excitable or suffer from separation anxiety or fear of loud noises like fireworks.

It is also very helpful when training young dogs to improve on their focus and obedience. Its formulation includes tryptophan, prebiotics and magnesium together with biotin and other associated nutrients to greatly improve the coat and promote a supple skin.

It is wheat-gluten-free with no added colours, preservatives or artificial flavours and is available in 2kg or 12kg bags.

(Images courtesy of Jan Evans, Polarstar Photography)

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The Importance of a High Quality Food for Your Working Dog (By Ryan Kay of FarlaVale Gundogs)

The dog-food market is a minefield for anyone trying to seek out the right food for their dog, but there are several factors that you should consider.

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We at FarlaVale have dogs of all sizes and ages and we also have breeds that differ incredibly in terms of energy levels and activity. These are the main influencing factors that help us choose the right food for our dogs, but whatever the breed or the disposition of the dog, the product ingredients should still be of a high quality and that’s a very important factor when considering the right food. For example, there are different types of protein, with the proteins found in quality meat being far superior to those found in oats or other grains used in some dog foods.

Having had horses for nearly 40 years, we were fully aware of the excellence of the TopSpec products, and like other conscientious horse owners we’ve relied on their feed balancers to keep them in good shape all year round. Successful racing yards feed the best product to their horses. Britain’s top athletes eat the best foods so they can perform at their peak, so why do many of us often treat our dogs like a mobile dustbin? If you feed your dog the best food, it should result in your dog looking its best, feeling its best and with the right handling, it should be able to act and concentrate at its best! Feeding it anything else means it is making do!

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So for us, the VetSpec range, which is produced by the team behind TopSpec, means we can select the right food, for the right breed at the right time of life! Hard hunting and active working dogs need enough nutrients in the tank to keep them going and to be able to deal with the harsh British weather on a long day in the field. If there aren’t enough of the correct nutrients in their diet, then energy levels and indeed concentration levels can drop dramatically. The latter can be an area which is often overlooked. High quality protein and fat levels are essential to keep the dog’s brain switched on to the task at hand. If you’re feeding a quality product like VetSpec, then it’s one less thing to worry about. Any transgressions in the field are then down to our training and handling, not down to the food they’re on.

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Our spaniels work on shoots and compete at different levels; all are fed on VetSpec Calm & Focused Formula complete dog food. We feel this really suits an active breed like this. A young cocker uses endless calories from expending excitable energy! They’re often wired to the hilt when it comes to training, but with the supplement of ‘Calm & Focused’ already added to the food in the right quantity, it feels like it lends a hand thoughout the exercises; with the high quality proteins and fats further contributing to their overall performance. We also feed this to our Hungarian Vizsla, and noticed a huge difference in her concentration. For our puppies we use VetSpec Puppy & Junior Formula. Again, feeding them a top quality food with high quality ingredients feels like we’re really looking after them and giving them the best start in life. We use positive reinforcement methods through treat training and having some of their regular VetSpec kibble on hand has proved to be enough of a treat to shape the final result.

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VetSpec Calm & Focused Formula is a super, premium dog food containing 60% chicken with added vegetables and herbs and no added colours, preservatives or artificial flavours. It is cereal-grain-free and the formulation includes tryptophan, prebiotics and magnesium together with biotin and other associated nutrients

 

It is ideal for dogs that get anxious and over-excitable or suffer from separation anxiety or fear of loud noises like guns and fireworks. It is also very helpful when training young dogs to improve on their focus and obedience.

 

 

 

Six Top Tips for Gundog Training from Ryan Kay

  1. Don’t move on before it’s nailed on! Ask any gundog trainer worth their salt, and they will tell you that the most common reason for failure is moving on before the basics are fully established. Make sure the basics are solid and the foundations are cemented before moving onto the next step. For example, if your dog won’t sit to the whistle in a training environment, it most certainly won’t sit to the whistle on a shoot day when exposed to the delights of game!
  2. Don’t bore the dog! This goes hand-in-hand with number one. Yes we want things nailed on, but equally we don’t want to bore its socks off – so keep it fun! Doing the same thing day in, day out, won’t train your dog, it will simply bore it and it will start to switch off and begin to invent its own game.
  3. You’ll hear it time and time again….all dogs are different. So if they’re all different, why do so many of us train every dog the same. You need to try and recognise what sort of dog you have; is he a hard-headed or soft natured dog? Is he completely biddable or perhaps a little detached and aloof? The next thing is to adjust your training accordingly to bring out the best in the dog. Unsurprisingly I’d recommend involving a good trainer to help recognise the different positive and less desirable traits and tailor a training programme accordingly.
  4. Sieve through the advice! If you’re the kind of person that can collect data in your mind and sieve through it….separating the good advice from the rubbish, then you’re onto a winner. Take it all on board…listen to everyone, read the books and watch the DVD’s but in the end, being able to filter through information and then applying what is relevant / helpful to your dog will undoubtedly develop you more as a handler and it will enrich your training experience also.
  5. Measured exposure! Don’t just throw your dog in at the deep-end! Literally! I’ll take introduction to water as an example. I hear of folk who just chuck their dog in and then wonder why it’s developed a fear of water. A warm day, some clean and still water and an inviting and gradual entry will do the trick. Wander in with your wellies or waders on and then encourage your young pupil to follow suit. Then slowly increase the level of exposure. He’ll be leaping in from the bank in no time. I say this many times to my customers – “If you go forward very slowly, enabling your dog to achieve everything you introduce, you’ll actually find yourself progressing very quickly.”
  6. Remember your objective. I’m sure you started off with a requisite for your dog, but as time goes by, things can slip a little and you end up putting the dog into situations that are not conducive to achieving your end goal. Try not to make excuses or lose sight of that. Always have your objective in mind and ask if what you’re teaching him right now is contributing to your end target?
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Teddy’s Trim Again With VetSpec SuperLite Low Calorie Formula!

Teddy – a working Cocker Spaniel – was bought as a puppy from a game keeper in Yorkshire and it was love at first sight for owner, Sally Paybody.

But when Teddy was just six-months-old, he developed a limp which, after veterinary investigation, was found to have been caused by one of the bones in his left front leg had stopped growing, causing the over bone to bow. This meant Teddy had to have an operation to cut, pin and plate the bone. Although he was still a pup, he was a very good patient, being very compliant and making a full recovery after several months.

However when he was two-years-old, he started limping again and had to have the pin and plate removed. This meant he had to be exercised on a lead and as a consequence, he gained weight.

Teddy (Before losing weight)

Teddy (Before losing weight)

Sally was advised to put him on a diet and so decided to try VetSpec Superlite Low Calorie Formula – a brand new food which contains an outstanding veterinary specification supplement within a cereal-grain-free, super premium dog food including 50% chicken with added vegetables and herbs, but providing 20% less calories (compared to a normal food) when fed at the recommended amounts. This meant Sally could control Teddy’s weight but still feed a delicious feed, packed with the high quality vitamins and minerals that he needed on a daily basis. 

VetSpec SuperLite Low-Calorie

VetSpec SuperLite Low-Calorie Formula

Teddy needed to lose about 4kg and so Sally monitored his diet carefully, cutting down on snacks and continuing to exercise him as much as his disability allowed. He was weighed and measured every week at the vet’s and in about eight weeks he was back to his ideal weight of around 17kg.

Teddy at his new slim weight

Teddy at his new slim weight

Now that Teddy has reached his target weight, Sally is able to maintain it by changing from VetSpec SuperLite Low Calorie Formula onto one of the regular VetSpec maintenance adult foods and opted for VetSpec Omega-3 Joint Mobility, due to Teddy’s ongoing mobility issues. 

Said Sally: “Teddy is keeping his new weight well withVetSpec Omega-3 Joint Mobility Formula which is an integral part of his ongoing maintenance treatment. He’s a loveable dog with a great sense of humour and despite having lots of invasive procedures at the vet’s, he still loves going there!”

VetSpec SuperLite Low Calorie Formula is ideal for dogs like Teddy that need to lose weight as well as less active dogs and greedy dogs that need the recommended rate of a dog food but with less calories. It contains biotin and other associated nutrients to greatly improve the coat and promote a supple skin. Prebiotic fibre and herbal sources help maintain gut health and it is wheat gluten- free, with no added colours, preservatives or artificial flavours.

 

VetSpec SuperLite Low Calorie Formula complete dog food is available in two sizes: 2kg (£13.94) and 12kg (£49.94).

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New VetSpec Dog Food Relished By Nutmeg

Nutmeg, a ten-year-old Jack Russell/Border Terrier, was rehomed by Sandra Hardie three years ago and was an extremely difficult dog to feed. Sandra had tried her on many different complete dry dog foods but always had to encourage her to eat by adding small amounts of either raw minced beef or cooked chicken.

Nutmeg

Hearing about its new range of complete dog foods, Sandra decided to give VetSpec a try and because Nutmeg had some joint stiffness, she opted for VetSpec Omega-3 Joint Mobility Formula. This is for dogs with poor mobility, those in hard physical work or those like Nutmeg, that simply need a bit of help with keeping agile and fit.

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VetSpec Omega-3 Joint Mobility formula is packed with an outstanding veterinary specification joint supplement and is made from 60% chicken with added vegetables and herbs. It ensures that Nutmeg has a consistent, palatable and delicious, high quality daily feed that provides all the nutritional support she needs for a long, healthy and happy life.

 

Said Sandra: “To my amazement, Nutmeg will eat VetSpec Omega-3 Joint Mobility Formula dog food without any additions!  I thought it would just be added to the long list of previously tried foods but she loves it. It just proves it’s always worthwhile trying something new.”

 

This cereal-grain-free, super premium dog food is rich in DHA and EPA (Omega-3 fatty acids), glucosamine and chondroitin at levels only normally found in veterinary grade supplements. It also contains biotin and other associated nutrients to greatly improve the coat and promote a supple skin.

 

VetSpec Omega-3 Joint Mobility Formula is wheat gluten-free with no added colours, preservatives or artificial flavours. It is also ideal for elderly dogs and those recovering from orthopaedic operations and skeletal injury. It is available in two sizes – 2kg (£14.95) and 12kg (£54.95).

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Great Yorkshire Show Sees National Launch of New Super Premium Dog Food

This year’s Great Yorkshire Show will be a very special event for Yorkshire-based supporter and sponsor, TopSpec, with the launch of new VetSpec Super Premium Dog Food at the show.

The range includes six hypoallergenic, cereal-grain-free complete dog foods which incorporate high specification canine supplements within super premium, high meat dry dog food.

The VetSpec Super Premium Complete Range includes: Puppy & Junior Formula, Healthy Dog Adult Formula, Omega-3 Joint Mobility Formula, Calm & Focused Formula, SuperLite Low-Calorie Formula and SuperLite Senior Formula.

In addition to the new product launch, VetSpec is also sponsoring the Country Pursuits Arena at the event and will have a stand situated close by – stand 354.

With a real Yorkshire feel to it, the VetSpec Country Pursuits Area will be hosting a fantastic array of presentations, including gun dog demonstrations and fly fishing.

VetSpec-sponsored Yorkshireman, Ryan Kay will be demonstrating with his team of working dogs, Farlavale Gundogs, and many of the displays will involve Yorkshire people sharing their passion for a wide variety of country pursuits.

The VetSpec Game Cookery Theatre, hosted by TV personality and chef, Rosemary Shrager will include demonstrations on how to cook-up some delicious recipes made with fish and game.

For further information about VetSpec please call +44 (0) 1845 565 630 or visit www.vetspec.com

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