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Dogs - Pet safety - common problems and dangers
Allergy season is here
With a spring in our step, there is a new found feeling of motivation to get back into being active. We all know what comes with this change in season… hay fever.
Are your houseplants pet friendly?
Our pets are naturally inquisitive and use their mouths to sense and feel. Dogs are especially good at having a chew – and cats are too! It will come as no surprise then, that this can be a serious problem if you've got poisonous plants at home.
If your pet has been stung by a bee or insect, here's some instructions you can follow to assist your pet.
Chocolate is toxic to pets
For sweet lovers, chocolate is an indulgence that can result in a few extra inches on the hips. However, even a small amount of chocolate to some cats and dogs can be devastating. As well as a high
Collars and Harnesses - Choosing the right accessory
Collars and/or a harness are an essential accessory for every pet and a fashion highlight for some too. It is however essential that you should choose carefully as a poorly selected and fitted one may cause unnecessary injury.
CPR for your pet
Just like a human medical emergency, follow the same DRSABC principles of handling an animal medical emergency including:- danger, response, send for help, airway, breathing and compressions.
Easing your dogs Storm Phobia
There’s nothing worse than a dog in the grips of thunderstorm anxiety. While the amazing spectacle of loud claps, hail, heavy rain and lightning strikes can be entertaining for people, it can be
Fireworks and anxiety in pets
There’s nothing more spectacular than a fireworks display to bring in the New Year. We know it’s a joyful experience, but for our sensitive-eared pets it’s a bit like the end of the world. Explosions
Foods that are a danger to your pets over the Christmas period
We all like to indulge a little over the Christmas period. We stuff out bodies full of good food and alcohol, which usually also means our four legged friends also get to indulge through scraps and left overs. However, not everything we eat over the Christmas period is good for our pets. So what foods should we refrain from giving to our pets over the Christmas period?
Foreign Body Ingestion in Dogs
A foreign body is an item that originates outside the body. Larger or irregularly shaped objects may get stuck somewhere along the digestive system and result in your dog needing urgent veterinary
Getting your pet holiday ready
While many of us decide to make the most of the opportunity and spend our pubic holiday time away, some of us are then faced with the holiday that our furry family members will embark on.
As the weather warms up during Spring and Summer we usually see an increase in grass seed related problems. This season has been no exception and despite the size of a grass seed, they can cause
Happy New noise phobias!
Welcoming in the New Year and all our new resolutions (usually a back log from previous years), begins with the staple favourites; fireworks, dance hits and party poppers. We come together, loud and
As they say at this time of year, it really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas! L et’s not forget about our furry family members during this time, as there are some hazards that we should be aware of.
Holiday Safety for your Dog
With extended daylight hours and warmer weather, summer with a dog can be great fun. But with the fun comes a few added risks all dog owners need to be aware of. Top Five Christmas Dangers Cooked
Hot weather - ideas to keep your dog cool and amused
What do the Kongsicle, the Slippery Brick and the Wading Pool all have in common? They will keep your canine cool and amused this summer, and they are fun and easy to do! Kongsicle Get a regular Kong
Hot weather – bugs and parasites
Warmer weather plays host to a number of parasites which commonly affect pets such as fleas, heartworm and in the more northern and north eastern parts of Australia, ticks.
How to identify seasonal pet allergy symptoms
Springtime is a fine time for your pet to pick up a seasonal allergy from all the pollen, spores, grass seeds and dust that’s flying around.
Keeping your pet cool in summer
Temperatures are heating up! This season is perfect for getting out and about with your furry friend, however we need to be prepared to protect our pets from the harsh summer sun.
Keeping your pets safe this Easter
As Easter approaches, pet owners everywhere are making plans to gather together for family dinners, share hot cross buns and go hunting for chocolate Easter eggs. However, the treats we surround ourselves with at Easter may have the potential to cause harm to our beloved pets.
Lead poisoning - renovation rescue for your house not your pet!
How much do you know about the paint used in your house? Has your house built before 1970? Is the paint in poor condition - flaking, peeling or chalking? Are the areas of deteriorating paint
Managing pain in pets
Suffering in silence is something we all know too well when it comes to our pets and their pain management. One of the most common issues vets and vet nurses face in clinic, is fur-parents having
Mosquitoes - solving a mozzie problem on your pet
The first step in controlling a mosquito problem is to remove any unnecessary still water sources on your property. This will help lower mosquito reproduction and hopefully reduce their numbers
Poisonous Plants and Pets
Many plants and flowers can be dangerous to dogs and cats. View the list of some toxic plants and take note of the symptoms your pet may present with if poisoned.
Poisons - giving human pain killers to pets
When a concerned pet owner fears their pet may be in pain, it is not uncommon to consider the use of human medications. Unfortunately giving pets human medications (especially pain killers) can have
Poisons in the garden - poisonous plants and garden dangers
Many of us turn towards the backyard and garden without realising it, we can unintentionally increase the risk of poisoning our companions. The most commonly used lawn care products are of
Poisons in the household - toxic food, medications, baits and more
Treating our companions to some of the foods we relish can be very dangerous to pets. Find here a guide to some of the common dangers in a household including a list of toxic foodstuffs, human
Rat bait toxicity - poisoning
Both dogs and cats can be affected by ingesting rat bait directly or by ingesting rodents which have ingested rat bait. It is a condition to be taken seriously and early diagnosis and treatment may
Snake bite and your pet
Armed with curiosity and natural hunting instincts it is not uncommon for our favourite four legged friends to cross paths with a snake. At this time of year, even city dogs and cats can have these
Staying Safe while Swimming
Spending some quality time by the water with family and friends is the perfect depiction of summer. Whether it is relaxing by the beach or swimming in a pool, most of our favourite pastime activities
Summer Safety for Dogs
With warmer weather and extended daylight hours, summer is a great time to be a dog owner. We can spend more time outside, take trips to the beach and involve our dogs in family barbeques and
Summer safety tips for your pets
Most of us look forward to summer, with longer days and more time to hang out with our pets. But summer is prime time for pets to get heatstroke, become dehydrated, and pestered by mosquitos, fleas and ticks.
Ten poisons your pets should avoid
Some of the substances that we use in daily life can be extremely dangerous to our pets, and it’s not always the obvious things you need to be careful of.
The coat - matting, stains and contamination
Does your pet love to roll in anything left lying around or is super inquisitive and will stick their paws into all things smelly or gooey? If yes, then find out more about removing paint, oil and
The Holiday Weight
The influx of all the delicious delicacies over the past couple of months, has brought us to the dreaded problem at the end of the festive season: the holiday weight gain.
The World of Parasites
With spring upon us, here are some things to look out for which are common to your pets including ticks, fleas and worms.
Travel - restraining your dog in a car
The answer to this question depends on your location and requires a mostly common sense response. Throughout Australia the laws surrounding dog restraint when travelling in or on the back of a car vary from state to state.
Water safety and your pet
Summer is a great time to get your pet involved in family activities. The extended daylight hours mean more time for fishing, boating and playing on the beach. Whether you are going to the seaside, a