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Could my cat have feline hyperthyroidism?

Feline hyperthyroidism is a common hormonal disorder, typically seen in older cats (i.e. those over seven years of age). However, it can affect both male and female cats. Caused by the overproduction of thyroid hormone, feline hyperthyroidism affects many of the cat’s organs. If left untreated, the outcome can be fatal. Although, if treated early, [...]

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What you really need to know about kennel cough

You may have heard about kennel cough, but what exactly do you know about it? What are the signs and symptoms to watch for? How common is it and can it be cured? Keep on reading to find out. Kennel cough, also known as canine cough, is an infectious respiratory disease. As the name suggests, [...]

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Winter pet care

When it comes to winter pet care, it’s important to look beyond cosy pet fashion and consider the health and safety of your fur pal. After all, from canine cough to hypothermia, winter poses several serious risks to our furry friends. Our pets face many hazards during the winter months. Yet, many pet parents are [...]

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Choosing a pet sitter for your senior cat

Certainly, older cats may have different needs from their younger counterparts. So, when it comes to finding the best pet sitter for your senior cat, it’s important to know your cat’s true, age-specific needs. Firstly, at what age is a cat considered senior? Well, there’s the general belief that one human year is equal to [...]

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How to pick the ‘pawfect’ doggy daycare

For some people, finding the best dog daycare can be a headache. However, with a few tips up your sleeve, choosing the 'pawfect' dog daycare centre can be a cinch. Plus, you can relax knowing your beloved pooch is in good hands! So, whether you’re returning to work or your hobbies see you spending more [...]

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Introducing your pet to your new baby

Whether you’re pregnant or you’re about to leave the hospital with your little bundle of joy, introducing your pet to your new baby takes some careful consideration. Sure, Kids and pets can be a match made in heaven, providing the initial introduction is positive and a few rules are taught from the off. The arrival [...]

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Pet etiquette for kids

Firstly, what exactly is pet etiquette and why is it important? In short, pet etiquette refers to manners. There are basic human manners, which we all should follow, right? Well, pet etiquette for kids is really about teaching children what to do and not to do around pets. For instance, you have a child who [...]

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Do I really need pet insurance?

“Do I really need pet insurance?” This is a common question and something that most pet owners ask at one time or another. Whether an owner goes on to purchase an insurance policy really depends on their individual circumstances. So, if this is a question you’re currently pondering, read on to discover the pros and [...]

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Tips for becoming an eco-friendly dog owner

Amidst the growing advocacy for a more pet-friendly world, there is a growing demand for natural and sustainable pet products. Certainly, becoming an eco-friendly dog owner has never been easier. From ingredients and packaging to the products themselves, being an eco-friendly dog owner means making considered and conscious choices when it comes to purchasing pet [...]

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Pet insurance: what are my options?

Pet ownership in Australia is amongst the highest in the world with three in five Aussie homes owning a pet. We also tend to consider our pets part of the family—if not our ‘fur babies'. So, there’s little surprise that expenditure on pet insurance has grown over the past few years. Indeed, according to Animal [...]

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Pets in the workplace — are you an advocate?

It’s a fact that Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership, compared to countries such as the USA and UK. Furthermore, during COVID-19 one-in-four Aussies surveyed became a new pet parent. This decision was supported by the fact they could now work from home. However, with COVID restrictions being lifted and people [...]

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Diabetes in pets

Despite the fact there is little information on the prevalence of diabetes in pets in Australia, sources suggest it is a growing health problem. Indeed, Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine estimates that between 0.2 % and 1 % of cats will be diagnosed with diabetes during their lifetime. Meanwhile, Vet Source reveals it is [...]

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How you can help prevent pet obesity

Did you know that obesity is recognised as the most common form of malnutrition in Aussie pets? This is a pretty sad realisation. Furthermore, did you know 41% of dogs and 32% of cats in Australia are either overweight or obese? These are very real and shocking statistics. Certainly, we consider our pets as members [...]

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How do I choose the best pet insurance?

Whether you have an existing policy or you’re looking to take out insurance, you want to select the best pet insurance plan. While you might diligently compare features and find the right coverage for you when you first take out a plan, it’s important to maintain the best pet insurance policy. By taking the time [...]

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QUIZ: Are you ready to become a first-time pet owner?

So, you’re thinking about entering into the world of pet parenthood. The thought of having a kitten to cuddle or a puppy to play with is super exciting. However, are you REALLY ready to become a first-time pet owner? Take our quiz to find out just how ready you are. Becoming a new pet owner [...]

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How to be an eco-friendly cat owner

If you have a purring pal or are considering adopting a meowing mate, keep on reading to discover how you can become an eco-friendly cat owner. From adopting a cat and carefully choosing your kitty litter to buying eco-friendly cat food, there are lots of ways to become a ‘green’ cat owner. Here are a [...]

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How to groom your dog—depending on his coat

When it comes to dog grooming, there are different strokes for different coats. By this, I mean that the method you use to groom your dog is dependent on the type of coat your furry friend has. However, first things first, let’s delve into why grooming is an essential part of your pooch’s care routine. [...]

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Everything You Need to Know About Loving a Senior Dog

“His head on my knee can heal my human hurts. His presence by my side is protection against my fears of dark and unknown things. He has promised to wait for me… whenever… wherever-in case I need him. And I expect I will-as I always have. He is just my dog.” — Gene Hill Since […]

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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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