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How to protect your dog from the cold

illustration with a kid and a dog in front of the fireplace

Here in Cyprus, we don’t usually experience those heavy winter days as in other countries. Still, we have to protect our furry friends by following some simple, cold winter tips.

Here are 6 ways to keep your dog warm in the winter!


Dogs that are sick, small, short-haired, very young, or old tend to get cold faster, so you need to reconsider changing daily walks. Buy some winter gear when venturing outdoors in cold weather.


Check your dog’s paws after every walk for signs of cold weather injury or damage, such as cracked or bleeding paw pads. Wipe down and wash with warm water immediately when you are back inside.


Sensitive tissues like ears, nose, and paw pads are extra susceptible to frostbite during the cold winter months. Regularly check these areas for frostbites.


Always leash your dog during winter walks and make sure they have ID tags so they can be safely returned to you.


In cold weather conditions especially, stray cats seek shelter and warmth under parked cars. Honk, to wake them up before starting your car during the winter.


With walks cut short and less time spent outdoors, pets may experience unhealthy weight gain so it’s best to find some indoor playtime and adjust meal quantities or formulas.

Enjoy the season and keep warm!

Understanding Your Pet’s Body Language

Illustration with a couple playing with their dog and cat

Cats and dogs are excellent non-verbal communicators. They can’t speak to us in our language, but they “speak” to each other and us via a rich vocabulary of expressions that enables us to understand and respond appropriately.

Pets instinctively use a combination of posture, tail position, eyes, ears, and facial expressions to send a message. Although dogs and cats often show emotion in similar ways, there are species-specific differences.

Observe your pet’s body language, compare it with these typical behaviours, and see if your dog or cat is sending you a message:


Happy: Rapid tail wagging from side to side or in circles is a sure sign of doggish joy when ears are in a natural position and the mouth is relaxed or slightly open. Some dogs even appear to be smiling.

Alert: Glance is intense and focused. Ears perk up and angle forward – head and neck are erect or slightly cocked. Posture is upright with the dog’s weight distributed equally on all legs. The tail is stiff and still.

Excited: Weight shifts to back legs as a dog readies for action. Ears are up, the tail is held high and mouth may be slightly open in anticipation.

Friendly: A friendly dog will look up at you and may jump up on you or bring you one of its favourite toys.

Playful: A dog who wants to play, may first stretch into a bow to let you know he’s up for fun and will show you some bouncy moves. He may also, nuzzle or paw at you and then take off running in the hopes you’ll chase after him.

Afraid: Scared dogs appear to cringe and shrink in size as their ears flatten out and their tail descends low or goes between the legs.

Submissive: Submissive dogs try to make themselves look small and they walk low to the ground. They tuck their tail low or between their legs while avoiding looking at another dog or a person in the eyes.

Dominant: Dominant dogs are standing tall and looking large as they tilt their body forward. Their tail is high, ears are up, and they look at other dogs or people without blinking their eyes.

Aggressive: When a dog is aggressive is staring at a person or an animal unblinkingly. Posture is intimidating, with weight shifted forward. Their tail is raised high while exposing its teeth. The dog may vocalize with low, threatening growls or barks. Try to avoid them without staring back to them.


Happy: When cats are happy their eyes are closed or half-shut, as their ears are angled forward and their tail is up. Their fur will be flat and they may begin to purr, stretch out, rollover or knead with their front paws.

Alert: When they have their eyes wide open and their ears subtly tipped forward that’s when cats are on alert mode.

Friendly: Cats that are blinking slowly indicate affection and contentment.

Playful: It’s time for a game. Cat’s ears are open and tilted slightly forward as its tail curled upward indicating that it’s willing to engage.

Afraid: A fearful cat tucks his tail low between his legs, shifts his ears sideways and his pupils widen. When they are afraid, they want to be anywhere but there and may run away in order to find a safe spot.

Submissive: Submissive cats are starting to crouch and getting small while their ears are getting flattened.

Tense: To show their tense, cats are narrowing their pupils and see their tail standing upright while vibrates almost imperceptibly.

Angry: When you see a cat’s ears getting flatten and point upwards, its pupils narrowing, its whiskers pointing forward, and its tail beginning to thrash something has probably bothered her. Also, its back arches, fur stands on end, and claws extend. It’s time to back off!

Defensive: Cats’ behaviour is defensive when their pupils are getting shrink, their tail twitches. Their response to a perceived threat is by growling, snarling, hissing or spitting.

Remember, once you understand what your pet is saying, you will develop a deeper bond of trust and respect. Plus, your newfound understanding of your pet’s emotional state will help you predict their behaviour and prevent problems before they occur – protecting both of you from dangerous situations.

The Vital Relationship Between Pets & Children

Illustrration of a family with dog and cat

According to a study by the University of Cambridge, children often have a closer relationship with their pet than their siblings. Taking care of a pet can help children develop social skills. Kids tend to think of all the good, fun benefits of having a pet but don’t ever think about passing the parental involvement in that relationship as it is necessary to help make pet ownership a positive experience for everyone. The parent can teach its children the best way to take care of an animal, and treat it kindly and patiently. If this process develops normally, your child should be taught automatically on how to treat people with the same tender way.

Here are several positive reasons to bring a pet home for your kids:

  • Children who grow up with pets have less risk of developing common allergies and asthma.
  • Playing with dogs may help lower blood pressure.
  • Kids with pets get outside more often — going for walks, running and playing — so they enjoy all the associated health benefit while getting connected to nature.
  • Emerging readers often feel more comfortable reading aloud to a pet.
  • Nurturing a pet is like getting a parental role — practising caregiving.
  • Feeding and caring for a pet can help develop responsible behaviour.
  • Children learn how to respect other living things.
  • Children with pets display improved impulse control, social skills and self-esteem.
  • Sharing the love and care of a family pet forges an additional common bond among siblings.
  • Cuddling a pet reduces stress, loneliness and anxiety.
  • Children can get multiple lessons about life, like reproduction, birth, illnesses, accidents, death, and bereavement.

Despite these advantages are important, have always in mind that there are also risks associated with providing the child with a pet.  Parents who buy a pet for their children must take into account temperament of the dog and the dog’s age, while as a very young puppy/kitten cannot understand that the child is not a toy. If the children are very young, the dog or cat may not be the ideal pet, because even the quietest / gentlest pet cannot respond properly to a child who does not know how to play gently with the animal. There are PetSafe pet products you can buy tho that help train dogs and pets to behave better. Parents must be willing to take responsibility, both financially and for any pet, which they bring home for the child otherwise, the Pet will end up in a shelter and homeless as many parents do after they feel that their kids did not respond well or are tired of taking care of the pet themselves.

4+1 Things to know before you shop for dog food

Choosing the right food can make all the difference to the health and happiness of your dog, but it can be a daunting task trying to work out what’s actually best for your pet.

In order to tell which food is best for your dog’s specific needs, you might want to look at these significant factors to consider.

LOOK for the words “Complete & Balanced” on your dog’s food. This means the food has been formulated to ensure that it contains all essential nutrients your dog needs in sufficient amounts.

READ the label carefully and pay attention to the recommended daily feeding guiding table.

ASK yourself three important questions.

A) What is my dog’s age?

i.e             Puppy                                  Adult

B) What is the daily activity level?

i.e for hunting and maintenance – hard working dogs

C) What are the size, breed, sensitivity and its reproductive stage (female)?

i.e small breed / husks or akita / grain free

FIND out if the manufacturing company follows quality control practices.

Important to know… that our Champion team is here for you, always happy to assist you! Contact us now to help you with our 25+ years of experience in the animal feed & nutrition.

Dive in these 6 beaches with your loyal friend

cyprus mab with 6 spots of dog beaches

If you’re planning on taking your dog for a refreshing swim or bringing it along with you on holiday to Cyprus, here is a list of the beaches you can DIVE IN WITH YOUR LOYAL FRIEND and have fun!

Here are all the dog-friendly beaches listed by the Cyprus Tourism Office in accordance with the seashore protection regulations (click on the beach name to check the spot on the map):

  1. Seratzia beach, within the council limits of Kato Pyrgos, in Nicosia district.
  2. Kasianes (Spyros Beach), south of Larnaca airport, within the municipal limits of Larnaca, in Larnaca district.
  3. Acheilia Beach, located where the river Ezousa meets the sea, within the council limits of Achelia, in Paphos district.
  4. Karavopetra beach, south east of the sewerage treatment unit, within the council of limits of Monagroulli in the Limassol district.
  5. Prolimnos beach, west of Pissouri, within the council limits of Pissouri, in Limassol district.
  6. Kaparis beach, within the limits of Paralimni Municipality. Officially named as Cyprus’ first dog-friendly beach back in 2016, within the council limits of Paralimni, in Famagusta district.

🐾 Take a dive and have a splashing 💦 time but also have in mind!!!

Take care of your dog, obey to all hygiene and safety rules and regulations, keep clean and respect the environment.

💦 🐾

Good dental health can add 2-4 years to your dog’s life

dog with cute ears

Teeth cleaning is very important for maintaining animal health. Brush your pet’s teeth at home. This is the best way to prevent gum disease. There are special toothbrushes, toothpastes, cleaning fluids and many other products for the care of teeth and oral cavity for animals. Toothbrushes for animals are very soft and are designed to fit the shape of the teeth and mouth of animals. You can also find them in the shape of a glove for greater ease of use. Toothpastes for animals have a pleasant taste for them and are not needed rinse.

Never use human toothbrushes or baking soda. They contain ingredients that the animal should not swallow.

If you can’t do it with brushing, you can use an antibacterial solution or gel.

The food you choose for your four-legged friend may be responsible for the development of plaque and tartar, it is better to give dry food to force them to chew their food well. Only if they are babies and we want to start them with food if they do not eat it then you can add some gravy to the dry food to make it tastier.

Soft or sticky foods help in the development of plaque and periodontal disease. Dry food (cookies, croquettes in large cubes) creates fewer dental problems.

Very useful are specially made dental chews (dental chews or dental sticks) for cats and dogs. They like it very much and it is often a good substitute for the days when you don’t brush their teeth. However, only brushing your teeth can remove plaque and food debris below the gum line.

Instructions for brushing teeth at home

The process should be done gradually, step by step, with a lot of patience.

In the beginning, you just keep your pet relaxed. Gently caress his face with your fingers for 1-2 minutes. For the next few days, place a small amount of toothpaste on your finger and let it taste. Choose an animal toothbrush or finger brush, place a small amount of toothpaste on the brush, lift your pet’s upper lip and place the brush on an upper tooth.

With a slow circular motion, gently brush only that tooth and the continuous gum line. Every day you gradually brush more teeth. Go slowly and for as long as your pet’s endurance lasts. After each time reward him with a suitable delicacy and many praises.