Sunday, 31 July 2016

Need Visitors To Your Pet Business Website? Try These Tips....

If you have a pet business and you're trying to gain visitors that may turn into potential customers and you're not on the first page of google or ranking high in the search engines then these tips should see your visitor stats increase.

Local Pet Business
  • Sign up for Google Places and learn all you can about ranking high locally - The internet is the first place people usually search for a local dog walker, pet sitter or groomer and not being highly ranked locally will cost you a lot of missed business.
  • Leave leaflets where pet people go - some local pet stores, post office parcel collection offices, vets etc. will sometimes allow you to leave leaflets for interested pet owners to pick up, this is way better than indiscriminate leafleting for targeting customers and getting visitors to your site.
  • List your prices and accreditations -  people like to have their objections/queries answered online while making decisions about whether to take an enquiry further. Being clear about what you do, why people should use you and how much you charge on your website goes a long way in meeting these objections and enables you to take calls/enquiries from serious potential customers.
  • Use social media - use Facebook and Twitter and post engaging, interesting and funny content that may get shared. A local pet story/information/vet advisory post are all good. Like and follow local businesses and like people's comments on local vet sites...they get a notification of this and may visit your site.
  • Like or follow large pet social media sites - sites such as Dog Owners UK, Cat Owners Uk , Katzenworld Blog, Festivals Of Dogs, Wooftidoos Blackpool and Time 4 Pets Bromley  all curate and share topical and engaging content - like or follow them and share their content or feel free to build your own list of content providers, be sure to include local vets.
National/International
  • As I wrote earlier, if you are not ranking high in the search engines then driving visitors to your site using alternative methods is the most sensible option. You can have the best pet product/service/app in the world but if no-one visits your site to buy....
  • Use social media - share pictures, stories and discounts related to your product or service.
  • Think outside the box! - aim to get reviews of your products/services and gain as big a social media following as possible and look to go as viral as possible with those reviews. This blog now attracts 4.5K views a month and is growing monthly after starting with a handful of visitors a month. It can be done and if you need some help take a look at the tabs on our home page - we can manage and grow your Twitter account or advertise your product/service virally through our affiliated pet network of over 50K pet owners and businesses.
  • Incentivise - give your customers an incentive to both deal with you and buy from you again. It is easier to gain sales from an established customer base than to gain new customers. If I sell a physical product I enclose a thank you letter, a discount code for an online pet first aid course that I am affiliated to, and ask that people like, follow or subscribe to my various social media pages or blogs. Subscribe to this blog and you will receive, straight to your inbox, various Ideas for add-ons for your business as well as my usual cat and dog tips.
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Monday, 25 July 2016

Why Adding Olive Oil To Your Dog's Food Is A Great Idea....



In today's post, I just wanted to share with you some of the benefits of adding olive oil to your dog's diet.
  • Coat condition - olive oil imparts moisture and can help condition your dog's coat.
  • Immune system boosting - olive oil contains high levels of antioxidants which help a dog's immune system to fight off diseases.
  • Helps keep your dog younger longer - the high level of antioxidants in olive oil also helps to prevent free radical cell oxidation, which goes some way to protecting a dog against premature aging.
  • Optimal canine health - olive oil is rich in monounsaturated (good) fats which help to prevent or lessen the effects of cardiovascular disease and diabetes in dogs. In addition to this, olive oil also contains squalene and terpenoids, 2 compounds that are believed to be effective in preventing cancer which sadly kills over half of our senior canine friends.
Which olive oil should I buy?
Purchase the extra -virgin olive oil.

Where can I purchase it?
Most large supermarkets sell extra-virgin olive oil. If like myself, you live in the UK Aldi sell a great quality one at the best price that I have seen.

How much and how often should I add it to my dog's food?
A few drops up to a teaspoon (note a teaspoon not a tablespoon) a day, this is under the dose that I have seen recommended but allows, as with any dietary supplement for dogs, for the potential of diarroeah in extremely sensitive dogs at a higher dose than this.

Is olive oil safe for dogs?  
Yes it is and it has many of the same health benefits for humans too.

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Monday, 18 July 2016

5 Less Well-Known Feline Bits And Bobs..........

I've recently been "digging deep" into my treasure-trove of pet 'bits and bobs' and uncovered a few lesser known pieces of cat information that I thought my feline fans might enjoy.......
  • According to a CNN news report- Disneyland in America keeps around 200 feral cats around to make sure that they don't have a rodent problem.
  • Cats in space- The first feline in space was a French female cat called Felicette. Also known as "Astrocat", Felicette survived her jaunt into space.
  • It was once believed that cats could start storms by magic if they were unhappy, therefore sailors always made sure that the ship's cats were content.
  • In the 1870's, a place in Belgium named Liege trained up 37 cats to deliver the mail! It may come as no surprise to learn that this 'cat post' experiment didn't last long.
  • Lore has it that Sir Isaac Newton invented the cat door. This apparently took place after Newton was constantly interrupted by his cats whilst working on his projects at Cambridge.
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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Dogs In Hot Cars-Did You Know THIS? Please Share And Educate Others....


*WARNING* This Post Is Designed To Educate Dog Owners To What A Dog Could Physically Endure When Left In A Hot Car....Please Read And Please Share...

I felt it necessary to add some points to the 'Dogs in hot cars' debate that may not be as widely known as they should be.

We often see many posts and memes that relate to 'breaking a car window' or owners 'shouldn't leave their dog in the car on a warm day' and whilst I agree that it is very healthy that we have a growing social awareness and inclination to share this information and act upon it....there is a little more that dog owners should know.

Did You Know?
  • Dogs develop heat stroke more quickly than most species as they lack sweat glands.
  • Dogs 'sweat' by panting, a process that allows the dog to bring in small amounts of air into it's lungs and this is designed to aid the dog by cooling it's body.
  • Inside a warm car, the dog's panting process is essentially bringing in warm/hot air and preventing the dog from cooling itself down.
  • The dog then begins to pant harder which in turn speeds up the process of taking in warm/hot air into it's lungs.
  • On a hot day with temperatures rising within a car to around 30 C, within 5-10 minutes the taking in of this warm/hot air can lead to the dog's body experiencing...protein structures failing, exposure of the dog's blood vessels (unable to keep it's blood in its liquid state) leading to potential blood clots, the dog's heart, liver, kidney and gastrointestinal tract are all starved of the constant oxygen that they need to function and begin to fail.
  • At the stage above, the dog may start to vomit or have a bout of diarrhea.
  • The dog's brain is now damaged potentially leading to seizures or coma.
  • The next stage is an unnecessary death.
  • ON A WARM DAY-LEAVING A WINDOW OPEN DOESN'T MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
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Thursday, 7 July 2016

Really Good Reasons To Brush Your Pet's Teeth!

I'm often asked, "Should I brush my cat's/dog's teeth?"

I always answer with an unequivocal YES!

  Here are a few good reasons...

  • Statistics show that a large number of cats and dogs suffer from dental decay.
  • Unlike humans, pets cannot communicate their dental pain....and many of us know how miserable dental pain can be!
  • If the plaque that builds on your pet's teeth isn't removed in the first 24-36 hours it can harden into tartar and this can lead to decay.....a good reason to brush your pet's teeth every day!
It is wiser to start brushing your pet's teeth when they are young but it is a good habit to develop even if the animal is a little older. Introduce brushing gradually, let your pet lick a little pet-friendly toothpaste off your finger and work your way up to brushing on a daily basis if possible.

I recommend the following products as I have used them myself and found them to be effective and very reasonably priced, I do get a tiny commission if you purchase them through the links below but this is not added to the price you pay and the products below are good value and good quality in my experience.

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Sunday, 3 July 2016

Try Out Dog Vision To See What Your Dog Sees

Hey...I just found an interesting web based tool that I thought my canine-loving readers might want to try.....Dog Vision!

Users of the site are able to upload an image and the image is then converted to how your dog actually views it!

Dog Vision is full of interesting information relating to the visual perception of dogs and If you've ever wondered what your dog actually sees compared to us then you will enjoy this site as much as I did.

Visit the site HERE and see how your dog views the world!

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