Newsletter: September 2017

Newsletter: September 2017

Hello – and welcome to the first Smarter Wags Newsletter. This is going to be a monthly newsletter, so you are not going to bombarded with emails, and the plan is for it to contain special offer information, updates and articles relating to dogs in some way.

Get £5 off your dog’s next groom – Refer a Friend Scheme

In order to expand our customer base, we are introducing a Refer a Friend scheme. If you refer a new customer to us for the full groom package, then you can both benefit – you will get £5 off your dog’s next groom, and they will receive £5 off their first visit. Just ask them to mention your full name when making their first appointment, then you can both take advantage of this offer. And please feel free to refer as many people as you like!

Customer Loyalty Scheme
As a thank you to all of our lovely, loyal customers, we are introducing a Customer Loyalty Scheme. You will earn a stamp each time that you visit, and after you have received six stamps, you will then get £5 off your dog’s next groom. And to show our appreciation for your loyalty so far, I will backdate these so that you will receive a stamp for all visits that you have made so far to the Smarter Wags studio.

Online presence
We are hoping to get the new Smarter Wags website up and running in the next couple of weeks so more information will then be available on there. Additionally, many of you already know that we have a Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/smarterwags/ – on which we put photos of your lovely dogs, plus updates and reviews, so do please take a look at this. We would really appreciate it if you would “like” this page, and, if you have not done so already, it would be great if you could leave a brief review.

The Dangers of Peanut Butter
We all love our dogs and so therefore go out of our way to give them an occasional treat, or reward them for particular tricks, etc. One popular such treat is peanut butter, which is especially useful for encouraging them to take medication or for stuffing inside a ‘kong’ toy. And in many cases, this is absolutely fine, as long as it is not in excess.
However, with the removal of sugar in some peanut, and other nut, butters, you now need to be far more careful. For the sugar has been replaced in some cases with the sweetener xylitol, which, whilst perfectly safe and non-toxic for people, is extremely dangerous for dogs.
Ingestion of even a tiny amount can cause a rapid and dangerous reduction in the dog’s blood sugar (hypoglycemia) which can cause the dog to stagger, appear disoriented, collapse, vomit or suffer from weakness or even seizures. If you suspect that your dog may have ingested xylitol and is showing even the slightest of these symptoms, please do consult your vet immediately.

Here is a quick reminder of other human foods that are dangerous for dogs:

  • Chocolate
  • Caffeine
  • Onions, garlic and chives
  • Alcohol
  • Mouldy foods
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Yeast dough
  • Corn on the cob
  • Certain bones

Have a great month and we look forward to welcoming you and your precious pet back to our studio very soon.
Fiona

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