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Winter Pet Care Advice

Added: 02/11/15 : 12:34:06

Even though you might want to stay indoors and wrap up warm, it's very important to remember your pets and other animals during the cold winter months.

Dogs and Cats

∑         Donít forget to make sure your pet has access to plenty of fresh drinking water and food.

∑         In Extreme Temperatures it is recommended that you always keep your pets indoors.

∑         Itís most important your pet has somewhere warm and comfortable to sleep, out of the
          wind and the rain. Their bedding should also be raised off the ground so they donít catch
          a chill from the cold, damp floor.

∑         Dog kennels should be lined with old rugs and linen to help keep your pooch comfortable
          and warm. If you donít have a protected area where your dog can sleep, you could bring
          them inside during the wet and windy weather.

∑         Your dog wonít mind that it's cold and dark as he or she still needs to be taken for their
          walk. It's a good idea to wear warm and reflective clothing (High Visibilty Jacket), so that
          cars and people on bikes can see you - and it's just as important for your dog too. Get
          a reflective collar and lead and a winter coat for your dog so that it can easily be seen
          when out on an evening walk.

∑         Make sure that your cat has a proper cat safety collar on, especially one with reflective
          pieces on it.

∑         Never let your dog off the lead on snow or ice, especially during a snowstormódogs can
          lose their scent and easily become lost. More dogs are lost during the winter than during
          any other season, so make sure yours always wears ID tags.

∑         Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more
          warmth. When you bathe your dog in the colder months, be sure to completely dry him
          before taking him out for a walk. Own a short-haired breed? Consider getting him a coat with
          a high collar with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly.

∑        Cats also prefer to be snuggled up inside. A comfortable chair, basket or even a box can
         make the perfect bed for your feline friend.  Theyíre always happiest sleeping by the fire or
         in front of the heater.

∑         Itís important though, that you keep a close eye on your pets if theyíre warming themselves
          by the fire, because they could burn themselves if they get too close.

∑        Remember! During the winter, outdoor cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars.
         When the motor is started, the cat can be injured or killed by the fan belt. If there are
         outdoor cats in your area, bang loudly on the car hood before starting the engine to give the
         cat a chance to escape.

∑        Speaking of cars! Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. A car can
         act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.

∑        Puppies do not tolerate the cold as well as adult dogs, and may be difficult to
         housebreak during the winter. If your puppy appears to be sensitive to the weather, you
         may opt to paper-train him inside. If your dog is sensitive to the cold due to age, illness
         or breed type, take him outdoors only to relieve himself.

∑         When thunderstorms are forecast, the best place for your pets is indoors with you. The
          loud claps of thunder and bright lightening can be distressing for animals.

∑         Remember that you still have to pick up their poo even in the dark so a torch and bags are
          a must.

∑         Itís also important to make sure dogs and cats are microchipped, in case theyíre spooked
          by the weather and run off.

∑         Dog owners must keep pets well away from ponds and lakes that have frozen over. Thin
          ice may break under your dogís weight

Pet Birds

Our feathered friends also need extra care during the winter months.

∑         It isd recommended that birds are placed somewhere out of the wind and rain, in a draught
          free spot. Itís not a bad idea to bring the cage inside but it needs to be kept well away from
          the heater.

∑         Donít forget to make sure your pet has access to plenty of fresh drinking water.

Outdoor Pets

If you have a rabbit or a guinea pig in the garden then it is really important that spend some extra time on them at that time of year. Their hutches can get really cold and damp if not sheltered from the bad weather.

∑         Move the hutch to a more sheltered area, maybe outside the back door, in the side passage
          or into a shed or garage.

∑         Make sure they have plenty of nice warm, fresh bedding to snuggle down in and change
          it regularly.

∑         In extreme temperatures place extra bedding in their homes. Better still, move them to a
          shed or garage for extra shelter or if you have a downstairs loo or a utility or cloak room
          that can be used temporarily to keep them sheltered.

∑         Rabbits and guinea pigs will naturally eat more in the winter so that they have extra fat to
          help them stay warm, so make sure you give them plenty of food, fresh vegetables and
          fresh water.

∑         Donít forget to check that the water does not freeze in the water bottle!

           All the above items and supplies are available, with the best professional advice,
                       from any of the Pet Stop outlets nationwide - See below


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Sligo Retail Park
Co Sligo

087 796 4263
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Station Road
Co Mayo

087 796 4263


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087 796 4263


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EJ Menswear launches online store

Added: 25/11/15 : 10:45:38

Most of you are probably familiar with the award winning EJ Menswear located on Grattan Street in Sligo. Renowned for its excellent customer service, attention to detail and choice, EJ Menswear is a one-stop shop for the fashion forward modern male.

This year EJ Menswear is celebrating its 21st year in business and instead of sitting back celebrating they have launched a fully-fledged online store, To celebrate the launch of their new site EJís are giving customers who buy online 10% OFF for the entire month of November when they use discount code EJNOV2015.

The new online store boasts over 600 products from world-class brands such as Ralph Lauren, GANT, Ted Baker, Farah, Superdry and many more. All product images are of the highest quality and all shot on site at EJís photo studio. Customers can shop in confidence with secure credit & debit checkout facilities and PayPal option if desired.

The site echoes the customer service philosophy and personality that EJís have become so well known, a visit to their unique team page reflects that! When asked about, owner Eamonn Cunningham said ďWe wanted to create a website that focused on the customer first, give them the same experience online as they get in our store, while shopping from the comfort of their own homes.Ē
The site is run on the latest web based technologies and is responsive for browsing on mobile or tablet devices. Customers have the option of creating an account online, this enables them to move through the checkout process faster, store multiple shipping addresses, view and track their orders in their account and more.

Aside from all the high tech, behind the scenes wizardry, is built on that personal touch that comes from a deep understanding of their customers needs. One of those needs in our busy modern world is more time. Eamonn went on to add, ďWith customers living increasing busy lives we felt that next day delivery and collect in store, was something we needed to provide. Anyone who orders from before 3pm Monday Ė Thursday will have their order delivered next day, guaranteed!Ē You might even be lucky enough to have your order delivered by EJ himself in their newly wrapped van!

And donít forget is giving its online customers 10% OFF all stock for the entire month of November when they use discount code EJNOV2015.

For more information go to, or phone 071 - 9170824

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