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Recognising and addressing anxiety in pets

“Anxiety can come in many different forms but generally means an animal is feeling or anticipating danger, even though no threat may be apparent at the time. It is important to be able to notice the signs of anxiety to then work towards helping your pet overcome this feeling,” advises Vet Nurse Dr Suead Zumut [...]

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Could your cat have feline dementia?

Does your purring pal seem to forget where his food bowl is? Have your neighbours found your cat meowing outside their back door instead of yours? These could be signs your cat has feline dementia. While data on the prevalence of feline dementia in Australian cats is scarce, sources say more than 50% of cats [...]

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Obesity in dogs: Is my dog overweight?

Sadly, more and more Aussie pets are becoming overweight and obese. However, as responsible pet parents, the onus is on us to keep our pets at a healthy weight. Here’s the lowdown on obesity in dogs and what we, as loving pet owners, can do to manage the risk factors. The Pet Food Industry Association [...]

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Setting up Instagram for your pet

Yes, you think your pet is super cute, so why not share your fur pal with the rest of the world? One of the easiest ways is to set up Instagram for your pet. Sure, Simba the cat might not become Insta-famous overnight. You may never reach a record-breaking 4.2+ million followers like Nala Cat, [...]

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How to decode your dog’s body language

From yawning and lip licking to wagging tails and placing a wet nose in your lap, there is a lot to be learnt from a dog’s body language. Sure, there are certain cues you totally understand; such as when your fur pal rolls over onto his back, belly exposed, and looks at you with those [...]

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How to introduce your cat to your new partner

Yes, cats are adorable creatures but they can be a little standoffish at times. This can make introducing your cat to your new partner tough. Having said that, there are a few tricks you can keep up your sleeve to help make the introduction go more smoothly. After all, if this new partner is potentially [...]

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Are you ready to foster a pet?

There are many wannabe pet owners out there who just aren’t ready to care for an animal permanently. And that’s okay. However, many pet lovers don’t realise they can foster a pet. Indeed, fostering a pet is a great first step to becoming a permanent pet owner. It will teach you about the responsibilities of [...]

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Cat play: 6 reasons to play with your kitty

Never underestimate the importance of playing with your cat. Did you know that cat play is essential for the happiness and wellbeing of your meowing mate? That’s right, despite the fact our purring pals enjoy playing, it’s also vital for their general health. Regularly playing with your cat play encourages your kitty to get active, [...]

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Pet poison prevention: keeping your fur pal safe

The third full week in March is National Animal Poison Prevention Week. This fantastic initiative focuses on educating pet owners on what things can potentially poison their pets. It’s also a ‘pawfect’ time to clue up on the signs and what action to take if your pet is poisoned. Without a doubt, as responsible pet [...]

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How to deal with matted dog hair

Sure, some pet owners love to spend time grooming their pooch. They love seeing their fur pal’s coat looking shiny and feeling super soft. On the other hand, some owners think a scruffy dog is cute. But let’s face it; no one likes to deal with matted dog hair. Matted dog hair is REALLY difficult [...]

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Your guide to bringing home a rescue pet

So, you’ve made the leap and decided to adopt a rescue pet. Yay! This is an exciting time and, no doubt, you want everything to go ‘pawfectly’! Certainly, it pays to remember it can take a little time for your new fur pal to adjust to his or her new surroundings. However, there are a [...]

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Can we talk about subscriptions for a sec?

I harbor no delusions: This post and topic is lifestyle-specific and won’t apply, at least not in full, to lots of folks. However, if you’re in a situation like mine, I’m hoping it might be a smidge helpful.  So, what’s our situation?  John works a full-time job that is currently/temporarily at home. He has set […]

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The perfect pet holiday for 2021

As pet owners, there’s nothing more adorable than taking our furry friends on a holiday adventure with us. Certainly, it seems many pet parents feel the same, as pet holiday bookings have risen a whopping 193% from 2019-2020. Being able to explore new places and meet new friends with your four-legged friend by your side [...]

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Take action this Pet Dental Health Month

Just like humans, our furry friends can suffer from a wide range of oral health problems. So, Pet Dental Health Month is an ideal time to check your pet’s teeth and gums. While in Australia Pet Dental Health Month is typically in August, February is Pet Dental Health Month in the UK and US. Really, [...]

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4 common myths about dogs

Indeed, there’s little wonder why the dog has been touted as ‘man’s best friend’. Our canine chums are loyal, accepting and, most of all, great companions. Their affectionate eyes, glistening wet nose and floppy ears make our furry friends super adorable — even when they’re being naughty or mischievous. However, despite our love for dogs, [...]

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Are you a responsible pet parent?

I’m sure we’d all like to believe we’re responsible pet parents, but what exactly does this term mean? Certainly, being a responsible pet parent means giving your fur pal the time and commitment he or she needs to grow into a happy and healthy adult. It also means going the extra mile to educate yourself [...]

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Help, I have an overweight cat

While you might think your overweight cat is cute and cuddly, the truth is your feline friend’s health is at risk. Obese or overweight cats are at higher risk of many health problems including diabetes, arthritis and heart disease. What’s more, your tubby tabby faces a shorter life span than its leaner meowing mate. Is [...]

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Cat love: how to spoil your cat this Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day is approaching and what better excuse to show your cat love? But how exactly do you show your feline friend just how much he or she means to you? Here are some tips and hints on ways to shower your kitty with affection. Converse with your kitty Research from Fancy Feast®, shows that [...]

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What’s Saving My Life Right Now

Welcome to February, friends! (HOW, I ask you, HOW are we already done with one whole month of 2021?) And welcome to “what’s saving my life right now!” This post is inspired by my favorite book blog, Modern Mrs. Darcy. I’ve done this post twice now, once in 2018 and once in 2020. (Wonder what […]

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Is dog depression a real thing?

Many pet parents wonder if dog depression is actually a thing. Well, according to the experts, pets can absolutely suffer from depression. Thankfully, there are actions pet owners can take to help prevent dog depression and address the situation if it should arise. Is your dog looking a bit sad? Here are a few things [...]

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What should you feed a cat?

While very young kittens need feeding several times a day, you only need to feed a cat once or twice a day. The question is finding the best feeding regimen and knowing what to feed your feline friend. Tuna, fresh sardines, strips of raw beef—what exactly should you feed a cat? (And what shouldn't you [...]

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How to protect your dog’s paws in summer

While the summer months bring long hot days, beautiful sunshine and blue skies, it’s essential to protect your dog’s paws during hotter months. Sure, your fur baby might like ocean swims just as much as you do, but I bet he doesn’t like suffering burns to his paw pads! Sadly, many owners forget their barking [...]

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Are you a responsible pet parent?

I’m sure we’d all like to believe we’re responsible pet parents, but what exactly does this term mean? Certainly, being a responsible pet parent means giving your fur pal the time and commitment he or she needs to grow into a happy and healthy adult. It also means going the extra mile to educate yourself [...]

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The problem with, “It’s OK! He’s friendly!”

Hello, friends! And welcome to another edition of: Maggie climbs up on a soapbox and rants about dog stuff! It’s been a while since I’ve been up here, and I sure do like this view… Recently, we’ve had a bunch of run-ins with dogs around town that I wanted to discuss. You might be familiar […]

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Are you a responsible pet parent?

I’m sure we’d all like to believe we’re responsible pet parents, but what exactly does this term mean? Certainly, being a responsible pet parent means giving your fur pal the time and commitment he or she needs to grow into a happy and healthy adult. It also means going the extra mile to educate yourself [...]

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Help, I think my cat is dehydrated!

Dehydration occurs when fluid levels drop below the normal amount. This might leave you wondering ‘how much water does my purring pal actually need?’ and ‘what are the signs a cat is dehydrated?’ Of course, we all know we should drink more water in summer to keep our hydration levels up, but it’s important to apply [...]

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What to feed an adult dog

Now that Rover’s reached adulthood you’ll want to make certain that his diet is nutritious enough to keep his body in peak condition and avoid doggy obesity. After all, knowing the right things to feed an adult dog will help keep your fur pal happy and healthy. To keep your dog feeling pawsome he’ll need [...]

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Cat facts: whisker wisdom

Cats' whiskers are cute and perhaps a little weird. They can feel spiky to touch or tickly when they rub on your leg. However, did you know they have many useful functions? Check out these whisker-related cat facts. Whiskers reveal how your cat is feeling When a cat is feeling frightened or threatened you’ll notice [...]

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2021 Pet Bloggers Journey: Creation is an act of hope

Happy New Year, friends! I hope your year ahead is gentler and more joyful than what we’ve faced so far. I’m here today participating in the 2021 Pet Bloggers Journey blog hop so generously hosted by Colby at PuppyInTraining.com. If you don’t know Colby or his site yet, skip my post and go read his […]

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Why do dogs play?

Think back to your childhood for a moment: What was your favorite game to play? Did you chase your friends in tumbling games of tag or red rover? Did you wrestle with your siblings, only pausing when someone started to cry? or bleed? How about sharks-and-minnows in a sparkling swimming pool? Whatever your favorite childhood […]

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