Introducing the LG CordZero™ 2-in-1 Handstick Vacuum – A Pet Owner Perspective

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAny pet owner will understand that one of the only downsides of pet ownership is the amount of hair they leave EVERYWHERE! It’s on the carpet, in the bed, in the bathroom and even in the food (I swear I only just got that out of the oven, how is there already hair in there?!). As there is currently 9 dogs in our house (Yes, 9! Cynder, Sprocket, a foster Lola and her 6 puppies) plus the cat, ferret, mouse, frog and rabbit we know a thing or two about pet hair problems.

LG and the team from Social Soup have given us the chance to try out the new LG CordZero™ 2-in-1OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Handstick Vacuum and as we are just about to move house this really couldn’t have come at a better time!

Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing not only my experience with the product but some of the other LG CordZero Heroes will be sharing their thoughts as well, so stay tuned for that!

First up though, let me introduce you to the main attraction and tell you a bit more about it.

 

LG CordZero™ 2-in-1 Handstick 

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Weighing in at only 2.8kg the LG CordZero™ 2-in-1 Handstick is a lightweight vacuum that’s easy to use and easy to manoeuvre around the home.

Features include:

  • Dual PowerPack™: Each powerpack provides up to 30 minutes in regular mode and 20 minutes in power mode. The batteries are rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and one can be charging on the powerstation whilst you are using the using the other. This allows the vacuum to be cordless so it’s much easier to move around with.
  • Anti Tangle Brush: This is fantastic for pet owners as it eliminates the hassle of picking out the tangled hairs from the brush head.
  • It’s 2-in-1: It’s both an upright stick vacuum and a smaller handheld “dust-buster”. It’s easy to switch from one to the other meaning you can do some quick spot cleaning in harder to reach areas.
  • Easy grip handle & 180 degree swivel head: The handle makes it easy to manoeuvre the handstick with ease and the swivel head means you can reach under furniture and around corners much easier!
  • Built-in Brush: Enabling spot cleaning without having to attach separate accessories the handheld has a built-in brush that can be moved into place in order to do that quick spot clean.
  • LED lights: The swivel head features some LED lights which helps cut through the shadows under the couch or bed meaning you can make sure you’ve gotten everything.

We will be bringing you more in the next couple of weeks as we road-test the vacuum, you never know… I may even be able to convince the dogs to perform some tricks with it!

Do you love your vacuum? Is it a fantastic vacuum for pet owners? Let us know below in the comments! 

The LG CordZero was provided by Social Soup for review purposes, this has in no way influenced our thoughts on this product.

Dog Dancing Basics 101: Teach your dog to Roll Over (video)

Welcome to Dog Dancing Basics 101, where Cynder and I demonstrate, and teach some of the basic moves of Dog Dancing.

Think you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Let’s try teaching them to stop, drop and roll!

Join Cynder and Sprocket as we take you through the process of teaching your dog to Roll Over!

Any questions? Leave a comment below or find us on Facebook! Happy training!

Video: Dog Tricks with Cynder

Here’s a short video of Cynder practicing some of her fun tricks! She’s working hard for her new favourite ball that we got as a present from VCA World! It’s the Starmark DuraFoam ball and she absolutely loves it!

What’s your pets favourite toy?

Three Ways to Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy This Winter

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By Veterinarian, Charmaine Tham

Protect your pooch from Winter’s harsh chills with a boost of health and loads of tender loving care. Here are some of my top tips for how to improve your dog’s health during the cooler months.

1. Vitamin Boost & Joint Support

For most pets a balanced commercial diet rich in essential fatty acids, minerals and vitamins as well as exercise is all they need to keep them healthy. However, the optimal balance can be hard to maintain especially if lots of treats, alternative diets (such as raw diets) or home-prepared meals are given. Through supplementing them with key vitamins, trace minerals, antioxidants and amino acids, you can help make sure that they not only receive all the vitamins they need to prevent a problem, but benefit from having optimal levels in their bodies. A multi-vitamin can be given year round to help support their general health and well being.

During winter, being cold can put extra stress on their bodies and the same goes for our pets. This is especially so for joints and many dogs experience more pain and soreness from arthritis from the cold weather. Supplementing them with glucosamine, chondroitin and New Zealand green-lipped mussel can help reduce the inflammation and help them feel better.

2. Healthy Tummies

We eat soups and hearty foods in winter, so it makes sense to boost your dog’s nutrition in the colder months too.

Avoid getting sucked into buying dog foods that just have ‘tasty bits’, and opt for real food, and preferably not ones that have been sitting on the shelf for too long. It’s good to check the use by date to determine how fresh the feed is.

If you want, you could also add some natural superfoods to their everyday diet in small amounts. Try a teaspoon of flaxseed, a squirt of coconut oil or sprinkle of chia seeds to your dog’s meals for a nutrient-dense snack. Small amounts of broccoli, kale, blueberries, goji berries, sweet potato and raw pumpkin seeds are among a few other superfoods that can also be given. They are full of vitamins and antioxidants that can help support your pet’s health. You can also find these ingredients in a convenient chew form as well, which can be offered as a healthy treat instead of ‘junk food’ treats.

For upset stomachs, boosting their good gut bacteria might be helpful, such as a multi-strain probiotic powder containing fermented natural fibres from superfoods.

3. Love Their Fur & EarsPawl at desk

Winter’s chill may leave your dog’s nose, skin and coat going from wet to dry, and cracked. Feed them a multivitamin that contains biotin and silica to help support their skin and coat.

Dry skin and coat can lead to itchy, flaky skin, calluses and cracked paw pads, which aren’t fun for anyone. A hydrating balm rich in Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids and natural oils will help your pup’s skin deal better with the temperature drop.

Don’t forget their ears, either! Keep cleaning them well to remove excess wax, even if the weather is cold and they don’t seem to have any current problems. Keep their ears clean and dry, and help reduce the chance of infections with a gentle ear wash which contains no alcohol, harsh chemicals or acids which can be found in many other ear cleaners.

 

For more questions on pet health and wellness Ask Pawl – Australia’s first pet health expert “spokesdog” for PAW by Blackmores.

Dr. Charmaine Tham has been the PAW vet since June 2014. She graduated from Melbourne University Vet School back in 2004, practised as a vet in general and emergency practice for 4 years. She then joined a pharmaceutical company for a further 6 years before joining Blackmores as the technical veterinarian for PAW by Blackmores. She is also Chair of not-for-profit organisation Vets Beyond Borders, and is actively engaged with the veterinary community through volunteering and further studies. She also has postgraduate qualifications in veterinary pharmacology and business administration. She has a 3-year-old rescue dog at home and loves to go diving in her spare time.

About Paw by Blackmores

Pure Animal Wellbeing (PAW), is the natural pet healthcare range from Blackmores Animal Health division. The PAW by Blackmores range includes innovative, vet-recommended supplements and products to benefit pet health, including clinically proven products for joint, digestive, ear, wound and skin care and a grooming range free of nasty sulphates and chemicals. Developed by vets and inspired by nature for products specifically designed to keep your pets healthy and happy so they can enjoy the best of life.