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How to host a dog play date (and why!)

Good socialisation is essential for our barking buddies to grow in to well-behaved, friendly dogs. As such, hosting a dog play date is a great way to provide your dog with social stimulation and heaps of fun in a structured and safe way. If you’ve been thinking about arranging a dog play date for a [...]

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Guide to socialising your puppy

Socialising your puppy is crucial, as it helps your fur pal develop into a happy, lovable and well-behaved adult dog. However, socialising your puppy might not be as straightforward as you perhaps think. That’s not to say, it’s impossible; but it does require effort, attention and patience. So, what exactly is ‘socialisation’? Puppy socialisation is [...]

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Tips for stress-free pet grooming

Pet grooming is totally necessary. Not only because it makes your four-legged friend look super cute and dapper, but also because it brings with it many pet health benefits. Sure, pet grooming has an aesthetic value, but let’s consider the myriad benefits it brings to your pet’s health and welfare. Here are a few of [...]

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Pet care during COVID-19 lockdown

As Victorians endure the second wave of COVID-19 restrictions, pet owners are relying heavily on their four-legged friends for emotional support and companionship. However, while our purring pals and barking buddies are awesome at bringing love and happiness to their owners, it’s essential to consider pet care during COVID-19. PETstock vet Dr Sasha Nefedova explains [...]

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Coping with the loss of a family pet

The loss of a family pet might be the first experience your child has of losing a loved one. As such, it’s important to recognise the unique ways our kids view pets and react to their death. Of course, for a child, the loss of a pet is quite likely to be the worst day [...]

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Social fear in dogs: signs, causes & treatment

Typically, our barking buddies are social creatures — which is why we humans get along with dogs so well. Yet, what happens if you realise your dog is suffering from public anxiety? It seems social fear in dogs is not all that uncommon. Social fear in dogs (also known as social anxiety) is a fear [...]

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How you can celebrate International Cat Day

Saturday, August 8th, is International Cat Day. Whether it’s baking tuna kitty cookies or giving your cat a big bunch of cuddles, there are lots of ways to celebrate. Me’wow’ your beloved feline friend this International Cat Day by pulling out all the stops to show your cat just how much he or she means [...]

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Dear Cooper

My puppy, my heart. I’m a bit early on this birthday letter to you. A few weeks early, actually, but only because I have the time right now, in this moment, and I may not again in time for your birthday. I’m taking advantage of this gap to honor this big day. And, boy, is […]

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What’s the life expectancy of your dog?

When deciding to adopt or buy a puppy or dog you might not look into the lifespan of your chosen breed. However, the life expectancy of your dog is an important factor. Discover the life expectancy of your dog According to the Guinness World Records, the record holder for the oldest dog ever is Bluey. [...]

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The benefits of a dog-friendly workplace

The dog is not only man’s (and woman’s) best friend; our canine chum should be every employer’s best pal. After all, a dog-friendly workplace can be good for staff and great for business. However, it seems there are far more positives to a dog-friendly workplace than initially come to mind. What’s more, a growing number [...]

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Pet burial vs pet cremation

Losing a pet can be very hard to deal with. What’s more, deciding between a pet burial and a pet cremation can be difficult. Let’s take a look at both options. No one likes to think about his or her beloved pet dying. However, considering the end-of-life options while your fur pal is still living [...]

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6 ways pets benefit mental health

Nowadays, there is a much bigger focus on mental health than ever before. This is because our psychological and emotional wellbeing are intrinsically linked to our overall health and wellness. Indeed, there has been much research into how pets benefit mental health. Numerous studies have shown that pets can effectively relieve stress, reduce anxiety and [...]

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Your guide to dog park etiquette

Wondering what dog park etiquette is? It refers to the general rules that are part and parcel of being a responsible pet owner. Adhering to these rules will help prevent you from getting lynched! Heading to your local dog park? Sounds like a heap of fun for you and Fido. Providing you stick to the [...]

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5 things to consider when hiring a pet sitter

Whether you’re returning to work post COVID or you simply feel a pet sitter would be beneficial, there are many things to think about. After all, you want to find the right pet sitter for your fur pal, right? For some people, work commitments or time spent travelling can cause them inner turmoil and great [...]

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The cost of cat ownership

If you’re weighing up the cost of cat ownership, don’t forget to consider not only the initial outlay but the ongoing expenses too. As a responsible cat owner (or wannabe cat parent) you will want to take great care of your feline friend. In preparation for your new cat, you might want to consider grooming, [...]

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How to kitten-proof your home

A house is full of hidden dangers for a curious kitten. This is why it’s so important to kitten-proof each area of your home. Certainly, if you want to properly care for your cute-as-a-button kitty (which I’m sure you do) it’s essential to clue up on ALL the hidden dangers. There are sure to be [...]

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Winter pet safety

Whether it’s a winter conscious diet or a warming winter wardrobe, as pet parents you can keep tails wagging this chilly season providing you clue up on winter pet safety. Winter storms, cold winds, and above-average rainfall put pets at greater risk of thunder-related anxiety and hypothermia. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to [...]

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The cost of owning a dog

Okay, so you’ve decided you want a dog but can you afford a dog? Often prospective pooch owners forget to consider all the associated costs of owning a dog—only to find that the outlay is more than they expected. It’s fair to say that the cost of owning a dog is more than the cost [...]

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The Great Escape: How to prevent a pet escape

As a loving pet owner, you don't want to think about the possibility of your pet escaping. However, it happens. A lot. Thankfully, there are ways to help prevent your fur pal from hatching a pet escape plan! Certainly, the world has seen many a pet escape over the years. Who doesn’t love an interesting [...]

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Take Your Dog to Work Day — the dos and don’ts

Need help convincing your employer to embrace Take Your Dog to Work Day? Here’s a look at the many benefits that come with bringing your pet to work. Plus, check out the dos and don’ts to help avoid a doggy disaster in your workplace. How to convince your boss to welcome dogs in the workplace [...]

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Addressing dog boredom

Have you spent more time at home during the COVID-19 pandemic? Have you stopped to consider how your dog is going to feel when you resume normal life? It might be worthwhile thinking about dog boredom before it’s too late. Certainly, dogs love routine, but they also thrive on new sights, smells and sounds. Without [...]

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Making the decision to put down your pet

If you have an ageing or ailing pet, or your pet gets severely injured, you might be faced with the difficult decision of whether or not you should put down your pet. This is one of the hardest choices a pet owner can face, so take your time. No doubt your pet is your best [...]

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How to take care of your dog’s eye health

As a pet parent, your dog’s eye health might not be top of mind. After all, there are vet checks, vaccinations and preventative treatments to deal with. However, looking after your dog’s eyes are an important part of caring for your special fur pal. Not to mention an essential part of being a responsible pet [...]

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May all beings everywhere be happy and free

Hello, friends. I wanted to check in and see how you’re doing, how you’re holding up. How are your pets? Because nothing makes sense right now, you might live somewhere that’s pretending to be back to “normal” or you might live somewhere still under quarantine. Maybe protests wind past your front door or sit-ins fill […]

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Keeping pets safe during winter storms

Winter might conjure up images of evenings by the fire, hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows. However, winter also brings stormy weather, which can be very frightening for our beloved pets. Understanding what actions you can take during winter storms to keep pets safe is an essential part of being a responsible pet owner. Here’s the [...]

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Bearded Dragons and Dogs – can they be friends?

Dogs and people go back thousands of years. On the other hand, reptiles have only been kept by humans for the past fifty years or so. More than ever, owners are starting to find themselves keeping pets from multiple species, especially of the exotic variety. While the most popular household pet overall remains the dog, [...]

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How to prevent post-COVID pet separation anxiety

Australians are known to hold one of the highest rates of pet ownership worldwide. Certainly, COVID-19 has seen this figure rise, as pet adoption rates have increased. Yet as Coronavirus restrictions ease and pet owners return to work, pet separation anxiety could become an issue. One of the benefits of COVID-19 for our four-legged friends [...]

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Do you have a fat cat? And is it a problem if you do?

While it’s easy to miss a little weight around the tummy, it’s worth doing a simple body composition score on your cat, because the health impact of being overweight can be more serious than you think. You know that obesity and being overweight is rife in humans, and you also know the myriad of health [...]

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5 reasons to go camping with your dog

It’s expected that COVID-related travel restrictions will remain in place for some time into the future. As such, it’s likely that more people will choose to explore their own states, which makes camping a prime possibility. This is great news for dog owners, as camping with your dog can be a heap of fun and [...]

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8 pet apps you won’t be able to put down

Pets can be unbelievably entertaining. Throw a cool pet app into the mix and there's so much fun to be had. Would you like to discover your dog’s breed? How about connecting with other local animal lovers? What about checking up on your pet from your office or workplace? You can do all these things [...]

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