Christmas Gift Guide For Pets and their Owners

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With just a few days over 5 weeks to go until the big day we are feeling festive and getting into the Christmas spirit at Not Just Pets. We are stocked to the brim with festive treats and our Christmas Gift Shop is open and full of ideas.

If you need some inspiration for buying gifts for pets and their owners then you have come to the right place. We have a fabulous range of gifts, stockings, outfits and accessories this year so everyone can join in the festive fun no matter what their species!

Dogs, cats and small animals can join you in the festive count down with these fabulous advent calendars. Each day they can have a small treat that is made especially for them. Make sure you are ready for the first of December.

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If you have a good boy or girl then they need to be rewarded on Christmas morning with a stocking. We have a fantastic range of stockings for cats, dogs and small animals. Each containing treats and toys that will help them join in the festive fun of Christmas morning.

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Christmas dinner time! We have in store the Lily’s Kitchen Christmas Dinner tins for dogs and trays for cats . We also have the beautifully presented Christmas treats for cats and dogs that would make a lovely gift. The dog treats are in a red post box with a snowy Christmas scene and the cat treats are in a festive cracker shape with some carol singing cats.

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We have a lovely range of outfits and accessories to help your pet look the part this festive season. With the best range of Christmas jumpers, reindeer antlers, Santa hats and elf costumes your pets will be the best dressed this Christmas.

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Now with all the gifts and outfits taken care of the Christmas treats and snacks are next. While you are tucking into the box of chocolates you no longer have to feel guilty for not sharing as we have a great range of dog safe chocolates and treats.

Festive treatsWe hope this gift guide has given you some ideas and inspiration. Remember that if you do not know what to get we also sell gift vouchers that can be used in our stores on any products. Do you follow us on Facebook or Twitter? Look out for Christmas related promotions and competitions and join in with the festive fun.

We look forward to welcoming you in store soon; remember we are open in our Bath store 7 days a week!

Any ideas and suggestions you have will be welcomed. You can follow us in many ways:

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 We are now on Instagram! – notjustpets Follow us and see some fantastic photos!

We run regular photo competitions, quizzes, offers and promotions on our Facebook and Twitter pages, so why not “like” or “follow” us today! 

Get in touch via any of the above, or via our website or email at bathpets@aol.com or telephone us on 01225 461461. Or simply pop in, you’ll be welcome!

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Dogs Die in Hot Cars!

Call us naive, but we like to think that no-one would willingly leave their dog to suffer in a hot car. Yet we still hear horror stories every year about dogs dying after developing heatstroke from being left in a vehicle on a hot day.

Perhaps people think it won’t happen to their dog or that they’re only nipping into the shop for a few minutes. Or maybe they think that because they’ve parked in the shade or left a window slightly open, then that’s OK. But it’s not.

The infographic below from Ignitionline is a timely reminder of just how dangerous the hot weather can be for dogs. The primary reason for this is that dogs have a hard time regulating their body temperature and keeping cool – they can only really sweat through their paws, and so if they’re put in a really hot environment, they struggle to cool down.

And that’s when heatstroke kicks in – in literally only a few minutes if it’s particularly warm – so keep your eye out for symptoms such as heavy panting, lethargy, excessive drooling, vomiting and collapsing.

If you spot a dog trapped in a hot car, then the first thing you need to do is try and alert the owner, presuming they’re nearby. If not, then you need to phone the police and alert them to the issue. You may then also be tempted to smash the window of the car, although beware this could be classed as criminal damage if the owner doesn’t deem it necessary action.

So just stay aware this summer and keep your eyes peeled for poor pooches trapped in hot cars. And if you’re a dog owner and think it’s OK to leave your dog in the car for just a few minutes, it really isn’t. Just don’t do it.

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Link to Article & Infographic: http://www.ignitionline.com/dogs-die-in-hot-cars-infographic

We look forward to welcoming you in store soon; remember we are open in our Bath store 7 days a week!

Any ideas and suggestions you have will be welcomed. You can follow us in many ways:

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Not Just Pets in Frome does National Pet Month!

Not Just Pets held a fabulous Open Day for National Pet Month in Frome at the beginning of May.

This year’s theme was a focus on the Top 10 Tips for Responsible Pet Ownership, reminding us of how important it is for us to provide the very best levels of care for our pets. To illustrate some of the 10 Top Tips, Not Just Pets invited Frome K9 Dog Training group who gave a wonderful demonstration of of dog training in the street right outside the store. There was a large number of dogs of all different breeds and they really showed how well they have been training their owners!

Greyhound Rescue West of England were also invited and they attended with many of their rescued hounds, raising funds and awareness of greyhound rescue. The lovely ladies from Cats Protection supported the day by manning one of their excellent stalls of goodies for sale where they raised £123 and they gave out lots of information too.

 

Boo the European Eagle Owl was a firm attraction and he has been to every Open Day at the Frome store. Visitors were also treated to an up-close and personal encounter with several snakes provided by customer Gavin Hill.

There was plenty of small animal handling on the day, too and customers and visitors were educated on the needs of these small pets.

The staff also demonstrated how some animals shed their skins and spider and snake skins were on display.

There were quizzes and cakes and offers throughout the day.

Not Just Pets in Frome would like to thank all the staff for their hard work, all the supporters on the day and of course, the wonderful customers who came down to make the day such a success.

In total, £ 216.32 was raised for the two charities.

National Pet Month (NPM) seeks to promote responsible pet ownership and raise valuable funds for animal charities across the UK by encouraging people to hold events just like the one at Not Just Pets.  Michael Bellingham, new chairman of NPM said:“We’re delighted that Not Just Pets held another great event to celebrate our relationship with our pets. They give so much to us – in return we need to look after them responsibly to keep them healthy and happy – follow our Top Ten Tips! We hope everybody involved had a great time in the process.”

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Festive fun and Christmas time at Not Just Pets

Christmas is in full swing and with two weeks to go to the big day everyone is on Christmas count down. We have put together some gift ideas for you and your pets and there is plenty in store to choose from.

            

We have a selection of accessories and gift ideas for small animals. Rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rats and other small animals love accessories and treats. Treat your small animal to Christmas stockings, Christmas hides and Chubes, Reindeer hamster bed and tasty chews and treats.

We have Christmas stockings available for small animals, dogs and cats. These enable your pets to join in with the festive fun in a safe way. These have animal safe chocolate and treats. The cat and dog stockings contain a fun toy and the small animal stocking contains a safe chew toy. There is a range of dog stocking depending on what your dog like. Some dogs prefer treats and some prefer toys!

         

Here is a Christmas collection of toys and treats for your festive feline. A lovely cosy bed, a Yeowww catnip candy cane, a festive collar, tasty cat treats, a stocking stuffed with treats, Christmas toys and Lily’s kitchen Christmas dinner for cats.

The store is overflowing with Christmas gift ideas for dogs. Here is a small selection of what we have available in store.  Choose from a selection of cuddly toys, Christmas themed festive jumpers, cosy beds, tasty chewy treats. Do not forget Lily’s kitchen Doggy Christmas dinner and treats!

We have a great range of festive fashion so your dog can get involved with the fun this Christmas! Santa coats, beards, antlers and hats. Here is Luna wearing a snowman sweater – we have sizes for tiny dogs up to German Shepard sizes and beyond!

      

There is so much more available in store and we look forward to seeing you this Christmas time.

 

You can watch our Christmas video on Youtube – Not Just Pets Christmas 2015

We hope that this has given you some great gift ideas for this Christmas. Let us know what you think! We are on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Youtube and Instagram.

We look forward to welcoming you in store soon; remember we are open in our Bath store 7 days a week!

Any ideas and suggestions you have will be welcomed. You can follow us in many ways:

Facebook                Twitter             Pinterest

 We are now on Instagram! – notjustpets Follow us and see some fantastic photos!

We run regular photo competitions, quizzes, offers and promotions on our Facebook and Twitter pages, so why not “like” or “follow” us today! 

Get in touch via any of the above, or via our website or email at bathpets@aol.com or telephone us on 01225 461461. Or simply pop in, you’ll be welcome!

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Halloween Family Fun at Not Just Pets Bath

Something Spooky is going on in our Bath store!

 

       

A weekend of Family Halloween Fun!

On Friday 30th October, Saturday 31st October and Sunday 1st November our store in Bath will be transformed and you can take part in our spooky trail around the store! Follow the clues and find out where the treats are hidden!

We will have offers on all weekend on bones, flashing collars, calming products as well as some foods.

On the Friday we have Kelly from Canagan and Richard from Gor Pets visiting the store they will be here to talk about their products, offering information and advice.

 

On the Saturday we will have Avon Wildlife Trust in store talking about local wildlife and Bath Bat Group are bringing bats to meet!

It is a great chance to find out about calming products for all animals, raise awareness and funds for local wildlife charities as well as have some spooky fun!

There will be live animal handling, face painting, spooky cupcakes and treats!

We will continue our spooky weekend offers and promotions into Sunday.

We hope you will be able to join us!  

What? Halloween family fun day with activities, offers and guests

Where? 10 St James Parade Bath BA1 1UL – 01225 461461

When? Friday 30th October – Sunday 1st November  

We look forward to welcoming you in store soon; remember we are open in our Bath store 7 days a week!

Any ideas and suggestions you have will be welcomed. You can follow us in many ways:

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 We are now on Instagram! – notjustpets Follow us and see some fantastic photos!

We run regular photo competitions, quizzes, offers and promotions on our Facebook and Twitter pages, so why not “like” or “follow” us today! 

Get in touch via any of the above, or via our website or email at bathpets@aol.com or telephone us on 01225 461461. Or simply pop in, you’ll be welcome!

 

 

 

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Guest Blog – Tips to Healthier and Happier Furry Friends

Tips to Healthier and Happier Furry Friends

 

Keeping your pet healthy and happy all the time may take a lot of work. Should you decide to take the challenge, Jordan Walker, a pet-related blog enthusiast and content curator of Coops and Cages, gives you some tips so you can give your pets the happiness and health level they deserve.

As pet owners, we always want to provide only the best for our furry friends. To properly take care of them, one must remember that while it is important to provide them with what they want, their needs must always come first.

Feed Their Hearts

Most pet owners don’t hesitate to show their affection and care for their pets, because the most rewarding part of being a pet owner is that you get to have your furry friend’s unconditional loyalty.

To fully show that you care, you can provide him with a warm and comfortable shelter. Pets enjoy having their own space at their owners’ home. Make sure that you also provide him with clean, dry, and cushioned bedding or mat that is of the right size.

Another way of showing your affection is through showering your pet with praise when he successfully performs a trick or when he follows your instruction or obeys your command.

If you truly want to keep a pet for long, remember that you’ll need to spare enough time to bond with him. A simple walk on the beach or a few minutes of playtime at home can make your pet happy.

Feed Their Bodies

Pet owners know that maintaining their furry friend’s health is of utmost importance. In this area, you’ll need to focus on healthy diet, exercise, and good grooming.

When shopping for pet food, always make sure to check the labels as well as the ingredients. Although it’s true that most of the expensive products are made of premium-quality ingredients, not all of these are good for your pets. Always opt for those that have just the right amount of calories and those that are made with natural and safe ingredients. Also, make sure that you provide him with clean water at all times.

For your pet’s exercise, you can take him with you for a morning run or a short walk. These activities can also help strengthen your joints, muscles, and bones.

To keep your pet clean, a regular bath can be done. Good grooming helps prevent the growth of ticks, bacteria, parasites, and other harmful disease-causing microorganisms.

Feed Their Minds

Who wouldn’t want to have a smart pet? Most people like smart pet that is why they opt to teach their pets some tricks.While training your pets also get to enjoy the feeling of being able to do something out of the ordinary; and when they know that their accomplishments make you happy, they’d most likely feel happy too.

There are a lot of things that can be done so your pet stays happy and healthy. Although it may not be easy, knowing that their furry friend can live longer and happier inspires pet owners to continue what they are doing for their animal friends.

 

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Author: Jordan Walker


Jordan likes to write for many pet-related blogs, and he is also the lead content curator for
Coops and Cages. His passion for animals is only matched by his love for “attempting” to play the guitar. Catch him on Google+ or Twitter through the account @CoopsAndCages.

 

We look forward to welcoming you in store soon; remember we are open in our Bath store 7 days a week!

Any ideas and suggestions you have will be welcomed. You can follow us in many ways:

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We run regular photo competitions, quizzes, offers and promotions on our Facebook and Twitter pages, so why not “like” or “follow” us today! 

Get in touch via any of the above, or via our website or email at bathpets@aol.com or telephone us on 01225 461461. Or simply pop in, you’ll be welcome!

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Can you afford to keep a pet in retirement? Guest Blog Post from Compare-annuity.com

We have a guest blog post this month from Ryan Smith who is part of the content development team at Compare Annuity.

He writes about the pros and cons of keeping pets in retirement. We welcome your comments on this subject.

 

In retirement, many turn to pets for companionship. There are pets in around 46% of the UK’s households and the combination of having more time to care and look after them once you’re out of work as well as the companionship they provide means they really are man’s best friend. But as a retiree, like with a heavily reduced income, can you really afford to keep a pet?

How much will a pet cost you?

Taking into account vet’s bills, food, accessories and other costs such as kennels or catteries for the times you are away from home, the average lifetime cost of owning a cat or a dog stands at around £17,000. This is around £1, 100 per year for a cat and £1, 200 per year for a dog!

The average UK pension fund is worth around £36, 800, according to figures from the Association of British Insurers. A pension pot of this size, if converted to an annuity would pay a single man aged 65 a retirement income of just over £2, 250 a year, or approximately £190 a month. You can calculate your own annuity rate using a free annuity calculator online.

When you compare this to the average price of keeping your pet, it doesn’t leave much left in the pot for your own living costs. It’s also worth considering that the annual cost of keeping an animal could potentially rise at around 20 per cent per year, meaning your furry friend could be much more expensive to look after than you originally thought.

Reducing costs

Just like in every aspect of life, there are always ways of saving money when it comes to the care of your animal companions:

  • Buying food in bulk. This is always a good start, and a great habit to get into. While it’s a bigger initial amount to pay out initially, generally you may be able to save yourself around 50% – and your pets won’t know the difference!
  • Get insured. Vet’s bills can be one of the biggest expenses of keeping a pet. RSPCA figures show that almost 50% of pets will need treatment this year, at an average cost of £220. Pet insurance could save you hundreds of pounds over the pet’s lifetime. Remember to shop around though: online comparison sites will help you find the best cover.
  • Keep jabs up to date. While this may be expensive, and likely won’t be covered under your pet’s insurance cover, opting not to get vaccinated could mean a higher medical bill later down the line if a nasty illness occurs. Again, insurance may not pay out if an illness occurs that could have been vaccinated against.
  • Cut the Kennels. If you’re looking at holidays, you’ll need somewhere for your pet to stay too. Kennels can be extremely costly, and many don’t think about this when they start considering a break. Family, friends or neighbours may be willing to look after a pet in your absence, particularly if they also have pets and you can come to a mutual agreement for the next time they’re away.

Can you afford not to keep a pet in retirement?

Despite the costs of keeping a pet, the positives will likely outweigh the financial negatives the majority of the time. Owning a pet can have a positive impact on you both physically and mentally.

A Cambridge University study has actually found that pets can improve our general health in less than a month, with fewer headaches, coughs and colds reported, reduced stress and blood pressure, and even a lower risk of depression. They’re also essential for staving off loneliness, an occurrence that’s all too common in retirement and that can cause the same health degradation as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Cats and dogs are great companions and can make dark nights in front of the television seem a lot less lonely, even helping you to feel safer and more secure in your home.

Walking a dog will also ensure that you get out and about, keeping you active and even allowing you to meet other people. It’s even been proven that those pet owners over the age of 65 actually pay 30 per cent fewer visits to their doctors than those without pets.

 

While the costs can creep up, for many retirees pets can be essential. As long as you do your research, consider your costs and ensure that you are financially stable, sharing your retirement with a furry friend can make your golden years even more valuable.

Ryan Smith is part of the content development team at Compare Annuity, working with a carefully selected network of annuity specialists offering retirees free, no-obligation quotes and advice on annuities.

 

 

 

We look forward to welcoming you in store soon; remember we are open in our Bath store 7 days a week!

Any ideas and suggestions you have will be welcomed. You can follow us in many ways:

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We run regular photo competitions, quizzes, offers and promotions on our Facebook and Twitter pages, so why not “like” or “follow” us today! 

Get in touch via any of the above, or via our website or email at bathpets@aol.com or telephone us on 01225 461461. Or simply pop in, you’ll be welcome!

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Not Just Pets Fundraising For Red Nose Day 2015!

How much would you like to see the Team at Not Just Pets looking very silly? You can help us raise our fundraising total and make our staff members look very silly at the same time!

This Friday 13th March we will be fundraising for Red Nose Day!

For every red item sold we will donate 20p to the pot as well as having a bake-off where we see which of our three stores can sell the most yummy cakes!

But how does that make the staff look silly? For each target we reach towards our total we will be adding to our red outfits with extra funny items such as –

– Put deely boppers on

– Wear funny glasses

– Put glittery eye shadow on

– Put on red nail varnish

-Put on red lipstick

– Wear a red wig/spray our hair red

– Wear a funny moustache

– Get our faces painted in truly silly style!

So the more we raise the sillier the staff will look! It will be worth popping in to store on the day for that reason alone!

We hope that you will be able to join us on the day but if you are not able to you can still donate at our Just Giving page where all the money goes straight to the Red Nose Day fund

http://my.rednoseday.com/sponsor/NotJustPets

Here are some pictures from previous Red Nose Day fundraisers! 

 

We look forward to welcoming you in store soon; remember we are open in our Bath store 7 days a week!

Any ideas and suggestions you have will be welcomed. You can follow us in many ways:

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 We are now on Instagram! – notjustpets Follow us and see some fantastic photos!

We run regular photo competitions, quizzes, offers and promotions on our Facebook and Twitter pages, so why not “like” or “follow” us today! 

Get in touch via any of the above, or via our website or email at bathpets@aol.com or telephone us on 01225 461461. Or simply pop in, you’ll be welcome!

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Love Your wildlife Day Round Up

This Valentines Day we celebrated by holding our Love Your Wildlife Day! We organised the day to help Rajapack reach their fundraising total for Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital.

We had a great range of cakes and treats for people to buy and had organised crafts for people to make. Mai is here modelling the really cool Bat Hat and Paper plate Hedgehogs! We had Hedgehog cupcakes, Welsh cakes and animal marshmallow pops! All very tasty.

 

We were also supported by Spike’s World with prizes for taking part in our Wildlife Quiz!

 Special guests from the Avon Wildlife Trust and the Avon Bat Group visited us to help raise awareness of local wildlife and how to get involved in it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harold the Brown Long Eared Bat was a huge hit with customers who visited the store. Many customers were pleased to see the nocturnal visitor who was camped out in our Garden room for the day.

We had a great fundraising game – The Penny Cover Up! – Everyone was carefully placing their coins to make the hedgehog picture look fantastic.

 

The Teddy Tombola was popular and everyone got to take a new friend home!

Staff and customers had a great day and managed to raise £20.86 to go towards Rajapack’s Hector Hedgehog Mansion fundraising! Here is Lee who was dressed up as a Scottish Wild Cat!

 

This amount has taken the total to the next level on the fundraising target of £350 which means Hector has now got his West wing extension!

 

We hope that Hector can reach his final total and live happily in his Hedgehog Mansion!

Let us know if you visited on the day and share your experiences! We look forward to hearing from you.

We look forward to welcoming you in store soon; remember we are open in our Bath store 7 days a week!

Any ideas and suggestions you have will be welcomed. You can follow us in many ways:

Facebook                Twitter             Pinterest

 We are now on Instagram! – notjustpets Follow us and see some fantastic photos!

We run regular photo competitions, quizzes, offers and promotions on our Facebook and Twitter pages, so why not “like” or “follow” us today! 

Get in touch via any of the above, or via our website or email at bathpets@aol.com or telephone us on 01225 461461. Or simply pop in, you’ll be welcome!

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Puppy Ownership Talk with Caroline from The Clever Dog Company Bath Branch

 

Not Just Pets in Bath city centre will host a free puppy ownership talk with Caroline Wilkinson from the Clever Dog Company Bath Branch.

Caroline will be coming into store to give a talk about the initial training and issues that puppy ownership brings with it.

 

If you are just thinking of getting a puppy or have already got your puppy this talk will be perfect for you!

Items covered will be

– Before you get your puppy: is it the right time?

– Socialisation and Habituation

– Handling your puppy

– Housetraining

– Biting and Jumping Up

– How dogs learn and the importance of training

She will be able to discuss short individual questions and items but some issues may need a longer consultation which she will not be able to do on the day of the talk but can help arrange another time.

 Meet the trainer puppy ownership talk will take place on Saturday 28th February and Caroline will be in store 11am- 1pm. 

Everyone who signs up for the talk will receive a free gift on the day!

You will need to sign up for the talk to reserve your place please pop into the shop or call 01225461461 for more details.

We look forward to welcoming you in store soon; remember we are open in our Bath store 7 days a week!

Any ideas and suggestions you have will be welcomed. You can follow us in many ways:

Facebook                Twitter             Pinterest

 We are now on Instagram! – notjustpets Follow us and see some fantastic photos!

We run regular photo competitions, quizzes, offers and promotions on our Facebook and Twitter pages, so why not “like” or “follow” us today! 

Get in touch via any of the above, or via our website or email at bathpets@aol.com or telephone us on 01225 461461. Or simply pop in, you’ll be welcome!

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