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HALOBELT - ILLUMINATED, RECHARGEABLE, DOG COLLARS
Safety at night/winter: For increased visibility to traffic and other pedestrians during night time walks or when the darkness has closed in over the winter months we have been using the fabulous Halo Mini from www.HaloBelt.com, based in San Francisco, USA.
The Halo Mini are lightweight weatherproof USB rechargable LED pet collars available in three sizes (Small 35cm, Medium 45cm and Large 55cm) and three colours (Red, Green and Blue). Initially discovered through a Kickstarter campaign back in 2013, our first collar (Blue) is still going strong after nearly three years. We also bought a red collar a year later for variety and now have a green one on the way too!
While there is a now a profusion of cheap, tacky, copies and variants available from the Far East the build quality of the Halo Mini is unquestionably superior and the support from Vinny and his team, outstanding. In our opinion it is worth spending the little bit extra for a quality product.
We read about a useful item called the Dicky Bag which is a very simple solution from Cornwall for carrying about poop when there is no bin for depositing poop bags.
For general information and to place an order:
If you are tempted, then even better if you purchase one and have some of the money donated to the National Parks Foundation by putting National Parks 79 at the checkout – and you’ll also receive a free strap (worth £15)!
There are different sizes: tennis ball (x-small), tin of sweetcorn (small), tin of 8 pineapple slices (medium), jar of pickled onions (large), 2lb bag of sugar (x-large), or 1.5 kg bag of flour (nappy) – we reckon the x-large is probably a good size but we haven’t got one here yet. Dog faeces left on the ground can contain roundworms that lay 200,000 eggs per day (becoming infectious within weeks in warm, moist conditions and able to survive for years), passing toxocariasis by flies and other means to humans and animals alike! Remember to bag!
Another very handy gadget to have in your wallet, purse, pocket or glovebox is the TickCard. We’ve put the link below and recommend getting a few so that you can share them or keep them in different places. We have a number and they are very useful. Make sure that you rub your hands over your dog when you come in to feel for any tiny bumps and investigate any irritations. Ticks like warm, moist areas or those where it is easy to burrow through the skin. It is really important that you don’t break the tick but remove it whole.
Don’t forget that humans can get ticks as well as dogs, so we’ve included a link to a GP video that shows you how to use the card and discusses Lyme Disease and how to spot that you’ve been infected. A course of antibiotics is much better than years of suffering!
SCALIBOR - COLLAR
Following on from this tick theme:
Seve’s owners recommend using a Scalibor collar in conjunction with your regular flea and tick treatment. They last up to 6 months and help protect against European-borne diseases like leishmaniasis – which are being diagnosed more frequently in the UK even in dogs that have not travelled abroad (notably Babesia). Seve has basic Frontline in conjunction with this collar. They always leave a two-week gap before giving wormer in order to reduce reactions.
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