Anuko | Emergency vets?

For the first time in almost four years of having Anuko, he had to receive veterinary treatment this week that wasn’t his usual vaccinations or yearly check up. The poor little sod had been having sickness and diarrhoea for the last couple of days, and I woke up on Wednesday morning to blood in his stool. He was also not eating much and drinking little too. So I rang the vet and had an appointment booked an hour later.


In the waiting room Anuko perked up a little bit when he saw other dogs and was vocally expressing how disappointed he was that he wasn’t allowed to play with them.  I was being careful with him as I had my ideas; Anuko had stuffed hooves the day before it all started and I was petrified that he was experiencing some kind of perforated or blocked stomach. Annoyingly enough, the same day he had the stuffed hooves, we also ventured out into an area of Telford we hadn’t explored yet. He got himself into a very stagnant pond that reeked to high heaven and was crawling with baby frogs. I had no idea if he had picked up any Giardia or Coccidia parasites in our woodland walk, bacteria from the pond, damage from the hooves or what.


Upon seeing our vet Duncan, Anuko got a quick abdominal exam and displayed tenderness and pain in his lower GI tract. He said he couldn’t feel anything in his upper GI tract which indicated that blockages there were unlikely. A thermometer up his rectum told us he was running a temperature and these alongside bloodied stools and vomiting indicated he was suffering from a form of acute colitis.


There was still a possibility of blockages, so Anuko was given an anti-vomiting injection. To say he screamed the practice down is an understatement! Even his microchipping when he was a puppy didn’t cause such a vocal commotion as that little injection did. I was told to keep an eye on his vomiting, and once the injection would start to work, if any vomiting persisted then it would be a sign of something a lot more serious and he’d need to be brought back in for X-rays and further testing.


He was weighed (21.6kg), Synulux antibiotics were prescribed as well as some probiotic paste and we were good to go. I also picked up some Panacur on our way home just in case his conditions worsened and Giardiosis were more likely to be the culprit.


It’s been quite quiet since. He slept for the rest of the day, his injections must have knocked him right out. The good news however is that no more vomiting has continued and we can all breathe a sigh of relief. He is currently on rice and cooked chicken whilst his body mends itself, but his appetite has also picked back up and he’s starting to drink more too. He is still sleeping mostly but I’m already noticing slight perks in his energy as it’s slowly coming back.


I’m still not entirely sure what caused this. I was almost adement it was the pond that carried and passed on something, but I’ve been told frogs do not breed or live in dirty water. Perhaps his wet fur picked up something on the way home? I did bathe him and put diatomaceous earth in his water when he came back that afternoon. He is also up to date with his vaccinations so I guess we will never know 🤷🏻‍♀️


Alabama Rot is making itself known in the UK, and Giardiasis/coccidiasis can get pretty nasty especially if dogs become dehydrated. My vet recommended I buy an extra syringe of probiotic paste to keep in my cupboard, so I bought some from Pets At Home Here. He suggested whenever any diarrhoea in the future from muddy walks or dirty puddles pops up, to squirt 5ml of the probiotic into his mouth just to help repopulate the good bacteria within the gut. This is good advice for my followers, too. 

Keep your doggies safe during walks, especially coming back from particularly muddy walks from wet or wooded areas. Hose down all the dirt from the fur, face and paws immediately. Cleansing and sterilising shampoo can also be used but aim to use sparingly. Diatomaceous Earth, which can be purchased here, can be rubbed into the dry coat to help combat fleas and also put into food to combat intestinal worms (ensure it is food grade DE). DE is essentially powdered fossils, which act like tiny shards of glass to puncture invading parasites and their eggs to dry them out and kill them. It’s completely harmless to our and canine skin.
Some symptoms of Giardiasis to look out for include lethargy, vomiting, poor appetite, flatulence, abdominal pain and diarrhoea. This parasite particularly likes wet areas and can be passed from animal to human, too. If you suspect your dog may be suffering from Giardiasis, Panacur (which can be purchased here) will help to rid of any invading parasites. Please check with your vet first and foremost. Dehydration an occur in parasitic infestation and can be potentially life threatening.

Woofs & Licks!

DogFest 2017 | Haul

I rarely indulge when it comes to treats for Anuko so when I’m given an opportunity to do so, I usually go all out. The week that he first ever went viral in June 2015 I went to my local pet shop Unique Pets and bought £50 worth of treats and toys (pictured below) and those lasted him a very long time. Recently his treat box has been relatively empty, so I left DogFest with a lighter purse than when I went in!

Luckily most DogFest food related stalls had a try before you buy option which was great for us since Anuko is fussy when it comes to treats. Generally the smellier they are the more he’ll like them, so the more natural dehydrated animal products are a winner compared to baked dog biscuits.

I didn’t just get the conventional treats and also got a couple of accessories and health necessities for Anuko. As he tries the products I’ll come back to this blog post and score them /5 paws up 🐶 depending on how much he enjoyed them. @


ProPen Plaque Off powder 60g & Dental bites 60g.
Website price:
Plaque Off 40g: €19.90
Dental Bites 60g: €9.90
Show price: £10 + free bag of Dental Bites
Anuko rates: N/A. I have been using this powder to get rid of his tooth plaque for 4 days now and will be doing a full review of it in a few weeks time so watch this space!

Benyfit Natural 125g Venison bites
Website price:
Benyfit Natural bites 125g: £3
Show price: 2 bite tubs for £5
Anuko rates: 5/5. The exact type of treat he loves best!


Naturo Liver Brownies 150g & Chicken, lamb & rice w/ vegetables wet food
Website price:
Liver brownies 150g: £3
Chicken, lamb, rice & vegetable wet food: £0.75
Show price: Liver brownies £2 + free packet of wet food
Anuko rates: 5/5 for both. He especially loved the liver brownies.


Huxley Hound Organic Carrot treats (Vegetarian society approved brand)
Website price: £3.95
Show price: £3
Anuko rates: 3.5/5. Anuko didn’t care much for the other treats they offered but does enjoy carrots, and depending on his mood will either love this treat or ignore it for something a little smellier.


Finer By Nature Venison & Liver 125g tubbies and Empty Hooves 3 pack
Website price:
Liver 125g tubbie: £2.95
Venison 125g tubbie: £2.95
Empty Hooves 3 pack: £2.95
Show price: 3 products for 2 (£5.90)
Anuko rates: 5/5 for the tubbies, 2/5 for the hooves. He does seem to enjoy breaking the hooves into lots of little pieces in a few minutes and then not touching it again.


LoveJoys Turkey & Rice and Salmon & Rice 225g baked treats
Website price:
Moments Turkey & Rice 225g: £3.19
Moments Salmon & Rice 225g: £3.19
Show price: 3 bags for £5
Anuko rates: 4/5. Since they’re dry treats, every now and then he’ll sniff and not show an interest again but these were the only dry biscuit type treats he enjoyed whilst at DogFest so of course I had to buy them.


Woof & Brew Bottom Sniffer beer for dogs
Website price:
Bottom Sniffer: £2.99 per bottle
Show price: 2 for £5
Anuko rates: not yet tested


Edgard & Cooper duck & chicken kibble puppy food 0.7kg and sample sized adult food
Website price:
Duck & Chicken kibble 0.7kg: £5.49
Show price: £5 each (buy 1 get 1 free) + free sample
Anuko rates: not yet tested. I had discussed with the lady behind the stall about me wanting to put some weight on Anuko, which is why she recommended puppy food to me since it’s more calorific due to being a higher protein content. Looking forward to getting Anuko on this kibble!


Cobbydog dried meat treats 350g
Website price:
Dried Meat Pieces 0.35kg: £2.50
Show price: £2
Anuko rates: not yet tested


Fish4Dogs Show Special Goodie bag contains: 2 x superior adult kibble samples, 2 x Finest adult kibble samples, 1 x Super Star treats, 2 x fish wet food, 1 x Original Sea Jerky
Website price: N/A
Show price: £4
Anuko rates: overall 4.5/5, the only thing he would rate less is the dried Original Sea Jerky being 4/5 as he doesn’t always take to them when I offer them. He loved the wet food though!

That’s it for DogFest 2017 folks! Did you enjoy this post? If so, leave a comment and whenever I buy large quantities of treats in the future I’ll always do a haul post. I try to buy different brands each time to really see what’s new on the market, so if you have any recommendations or suggestions please leave them below!
Woof & Kisses!

Battle of the Boxes

On our Snowdog Guru group on Facebook, there was a big concern about BarkBox not being a UK based company. I did some research and found that actually we have an impressive amount of Treat Box Companies just like BarkBox right here in the U.K.

I got in contact with some to arrange a review of their boxes and they readily agreed!

I would just like to take this time to thank each company who sent Anuko a box. You wasn’t obliged to and we’re both very grateful for the luxuries your boxes have provided us. I feel he felt like it was Christmas each time we received a new parcel which put a huge smile on my face. Without any further ado…

BarkBeats Box
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BarkBeats is a UK based treat box for dogs. Their boxes can include toys, treats, health care and grooming products. They donate a fantastic 10% of their products to a range of charities found on their website, which receives a huge thumbs up from the Snowdog Guru team. They offer box sizes of Small (10kg), Medium (10-20kg) and Large (20kg+), each box contains 5-6 items and they have three plans. We chose the Large plan appropriate for Anuko (and most of our readers). This plan includes:

  • (Large) £19 Per Month Box.
  • (Large) £14 Per Month Box on a 6 Month plan. This is their most popular plan.
  • (Large) £13 Per Month Box on a 12 Month plan. This is their best value plan.

The plans which are spread over months are paid in one go when buying your first box, which gives you a considerable discount. The monthly plan is not contracted and you can cancel your boxes anytime hassle free.

The box Anuko received contained the following…

  • Woolf Chicken & Blueberry Bites. Price N/A. Anuko rates 1/10
  • Gesunde Hundekekse (gluten free) Cheese Bites. Price N/A. Anuko rates 9/10.
  • RAC Dog Travel Bottle. Price £3.99. Anuko rates 10/10.
  • Barks & Sparks Smoothie. Price N/A. Anuko rates 10/10.
  • Plush Octupus Toy. Price N/A. Anuko rates 8/10.

Our BarkBeats box arrived promptly via Royal Mail. Packaging included a cardboard box with BarkBeats written across it and the goodies were neatly wrapped in paper which had the companies name printed on it, fastened with a BarkBeats sticker.

Packaging: With their packaging being 100% recyclable, personalised and easy to open we give a satisfied 4/5.

Experience: BarkBeats did all the work for us, all we had to give was an address and name. They had fast, polite responses. 5/5

Box Contents: Anuko did not take to the Woolf treats at all, and he enjoyed the plush toy however it was destroyed within a few minutes. He loved the cheese crunchies, smoothie and we’ve used the RAC bottle on every hike we’ve been on since and it’s become very handy! 4/5

Any suggestions for the company? I could fill out boxes stating my pets name and breed, however I did not see on the website an option to put any allergies my dog may have.

Would I buy again? I love the fact BarkBeats supports a lot of companies that are not very well known as well as a few of the more well-known companies. As well as the 10% donation per box to charity and the great products, presentation and experience it’s a definite YES.

PROMO CODE: SDG5 for £5 off your first box.

Animal Box (Pawsome)
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AnimalBox is a European based company that provides monthly treat boxes in the UK not only to dogs (PawsomeBox) but to cats too (PurrfectBox)! Upon exploring their website, we found it extremely diverse and has the most options of any box we’ve been asked to review so far. Their boxes offer a selection of products including treats, toys, accessories, hygiene and pet care products. Not only do they offer boxes to both cats and dogs, they have four size options and four plan options. Size options include Mini (5kg), Small (5-10kg, Medium (10-25kg) and Large (25kg+). We chose the Medium plan appropriate for Anuko and this is what we found…

  • (Medium) £19.90 Per Month plan.
  • (Medium) £18.90 Per Month on a 3 Month plan.
  • (Medium) £17.60 Per Month on a 6 Month plan.
  • (Medium) £16.90 Per Month on a 12 Month plan.

Much like the vast majority of Treat Box companies, their monthly plans are paid during payment of the first box and give a nice discount. Their monthly boxes are renewed monthly but can be cancelled anytime hassle free.

In the box they sent us, we received…

  • Mutt & Jeff Cured Sausage. Price £5.90. Anuko rates 10/10
  • Trixie Multi-Vitamin Paste. Price £4.49. Anuko rates 7/10
  • Georplast Collapsible bowl. Price N/A. Anuko rates 10/10
  • Georplast Frisbee. Price N/A. Anuko rates 1/10.
  • Armitage Latex Squeaky Toy. Price N/A. Anuko rates 8/10.
  • Good Boy Crunchy Chicken Treats. Price £3.99. Anuko rates 10/10.

Our Pawsome Box arrived on time via a private delivery company. The box is bright blue with paw prints and the companies name sprawled across it, and inside was decorated with animated dog print patterns.

Packaging: We give 5/5 due to the packaging being 100% recyclable and because of the colourful and patterned packaging, their box can easily be spotted amongst other Treat Box Companies.

Experience: We spoke to Red via E-mail and our experience was very warm, quick and pleasant. When Pawsomebox found out we were featuring them in this review, they edited a very hilarious picture of Anuko. We give them extra points for this! 5/5
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Box Contents: Anuko is not a big fan of fetch and the material of his frisbee didn’t prove to be a pleasant chew either. I use his Trixie paste whenever he’s feeling under the weather in his Kong which he seems to enjoy. He absolutely loved the chicken treats, and we regularly use our collapsible bowl on our days out. Our squeaky toy was thoroughly enjoyed but lasted only a day. 4/5

Any suggestions for the company? We could fill out our pets age, breed, name, hair type and size but like BarkBeats, didn’t find an option to fill if our pets have any allergies which I feel is important.

Would I buy again? With a very sassy looking box, an awesome army of humans to speak to and great products, it’s a very easy YES.

Pawpost Box
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Pawpost is a UK based company that delivers world wide, to both cats and dogs. They donate an impressive £1 to All Dogs Matter for every box that is purchased on their website, big thumbs up from Snowdog Guru for this! Pawpost boxes contain 5-7 products including toys, treats, health and hygiene products and even something for us humans too! Like Pawsome, they are very diverse and offer a big range of sizes and plans. Sizes include “Dog Treat Box” (prices £8.97+) “Dog Box” (prices 17.95+)  and “Cat Box” (prices 17.95+). We chose the “Dog Box” to get an example of the prices of the plans. Here is what we found…

  • £27.95 Per Month Box.
  • £20.95 Per Month on a 3 Month plan.
  • £18.95 Per Month on a 6 Month plan. This box is their most popular Dog Box.
  • £17.95 Per Month on a 12 Month plan. This box is their best value Dog Box.

Again, the monthly plan box is renewed monthly and you can back out hassle free any time. The rest of the plans are paid in full on the first payment, which gives you a very nice discount.

In our box, we received…

  • Beautiful Joe’s Treat Tin. Price £2.50. Anuko rates 9/10.
  • The Dog Treat Company Calm Treats. Price £2.50. Anuko rates 1/10.
  • The Dog Treat Company “Take My Breath Away” Treats. Price £2.50. Anuko rates 1/10.
  • Rosewood Cyber Rubber Tyre Toy. Price £5.29. Anuko rates 9/10.
  • Beco Plush Aligator Toy. Price £6.80. Anuko rates 10/10.
  • Honeys Natural Feeding Handbook. Price £7.50. Anukos Human rates 10/10.

Our Pawpost Box arrived on time via a private delivery company. The box is a solid cardboard box, with Pawpost in black across the top. The contents are neatly wrapped in animated patterned paper and was pleasant to get into.

Packaging: I feel the packaging is a statement look, and although not many colours are used the logo and brand are easy to spot. These boxes are also 100% recycle. 4/5

Experience: Talking to the humans behind Pawpost was a pleasant experience and I received e-mails back quickly and professionally. We still receive monthly boxes of Pawpost to enjoy. 5/5

Box Contents: Anuko wasn’t too fond of his treats from The Dog Treat Company, but went nuts for his Beautiful Joe treat tin. He loves chewing and playing tug of war with his tyre, and I feel Anuko fell in love with his Aligator plush toy. Usually they last only hours but we still have the toy to this day, I think it’s his “baby”. I thoroughly enjoyed the feeding guide book, and was quite excited at the fact that I get something as well! I feel the quality of the products are exceptional. 5/5

Any suggestions for the company? As well as giving my pets name, age and size there’s a “comment box” which I assume I can use if my dog has any allergies. If that’s not the case, to make it a box about additional information such as allergies would be great.

Would I buy again? Each box I’ve received since the first one has been truly exceptional in the quality of the products. Each box most of the products I find myself thinking “wow, how did I live without this before?” I feel you truly receive more than what your money pays for with Pawpost. YES

Even though the products sent to us were for free, all opinions are our own. If you are a company that offers a similar box and would like to be involved in our next Battle of the Boxes, please contact Jasmine through jasmineglanville@hotmail.com