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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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7 ways to motivate yourself to go for a dog walk

If COVID-19 and self-distancing have led you to lose your dog-walking mojo, keep on reading for ways to find the motivation you need to get out and about again. While a dog might be the perfect motivation to get active, the impact of COVID-19 (not to mention the cooler, wetter weather) may have dampened your [...]

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Is my dog sick? 7 signs to watch out for

Runny eyes or nose, repeated sneezing, excessive thirst, difficulty urinating — these are potential signs your dog is sick. As a responsible pet parent and loving owner no doubt you’d like to feel confident you’d be able to tell if your dog is sick. After all, knowing the signs to look out for can help [...]

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Exercising your dog: how much activity does Fido need?

Have you ever wondered if your dog is getting enough exercise? Well, when it comes to exercising your dog, the amount of activity required depends on breed, the age of the dog and its health status. Yes, dogs do love to exercise but, ultimately, every dog is different. As a pet owner it is up [...]

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Covid-19 and your pet – what you need to know

What is a Coronavirus/COVID-19?  COVID-19 is the disease caused by the recently identified coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which can cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections. The common cold, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and the recently identified SARS-CoV-2 are examples [...]

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8 cool gifts for pet lovers

There are certainly some folk who love their pets more than people. If you just so happen to have a pet-crazy pal, why not consider a pet-inspired gift for their next birthday or special occasion? When thinking about gifts for pet lovers, use an open mind, and think outside the box. As the pet industry [...]

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How to toilet train your cat

Sure, all you want to do with a new kitten is cuddle it and play with it. However, if you want to avoid foul-smelling problems down the line make sure you clue up on how to toilet train your cat. Without a doubt, learning how to toilet train your cat is part of being a [...]

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Why pet health insurance is growing in popularity

Pet health insurance has leap-frogged pet sitting and grooming services, making it a popular purchase for pet owners. Pet health insurance has been around for more than a hundred years. In fact, the first recorded pet health insurance took place in 1924. It was written for a dog in Sweden! However, over the last three [...]

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ASL for Dogs: Starting our sign language journey

Hello, friends! Let me just insert this quick note up right up front: This post requires a good bit of back story. So, if you’re just here to read about sign language cues for dogs, skip ahead to the ASL for Dogs header below. Otherwise, here’s where the backstory starts, and I think this is […]

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How to be an eco-friendly pet owner

You don’t have to be a hippy to recognise the benefits of environmentally-kind pet care. Here are a few ways you can reduce the impact your furry friend has on the Earth. It’s easy to overlook the impact out fur babies might be having on the environment. However, given that there are more than 24 [...]

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Guide to walking and running your dog — the right way!

No matter how big or small Rover is, he’ll need daily exercise and while you might think walking and running your dog is easy peasy, there’s a right way and a wrong way. Yes, really! Walking and running your dog is essential; if you don’t Rover is likely to start tearing up the house—in the [...]

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How kids can benefit from a family pet

Got a new pet or considering inviting a furry friend to join your family? Well, you might be interested to hear about the benefits of pet ownership for kids. April 26th is National Kids and Pets Day, so it’s the perfect time to consider the positive ways in which pets bring happiness to the lives [...]

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How to stop bad breath in dogs

From not-so-sweet puppy kisses to downright stinky dog breath, is your furry friend suffering from a case of pongy mouth? We all love getting up close to our pets for hugs and kisses, but it’s not so much fun when their breath whiffs. If you find yourself reeling backward at the reek of your dog’s [...]

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Pet photography: How to take the best photo of your fur pal

Capturing your pet’s cuteness isn’t always easy. Either they won’t sit still or they look away just as you take the shot. Sound familiar? Thankfully, we’ve got some pet photography tips to help you get the best shots. Who better than a pro photographer to provide some useful hints on how to take a ‘pawsome’ shot [...]

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8 ways to care for your pet during COVID-19

While we all adore our pets, our busy lives mean that sometimes we don’t give them the love and attention they deserve. So why not make COVID-19 the ‘pawfect’ excuse to care for your pet in the best way possible. Pets give us their unconditional love every day, which means they deserve a cuddle or [...]

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Free remote vet consultations during April

Throughout April 2020, pet owners can rest assured they can easily discuss the health of their fur baby without leaving home — all thanks to Vetchat. Need vet advice for your pet but can’t or don’t want to leave home? Vetchat, a joint partnership between our pet-loving friends at PetSure and Woolworths, is offering pet [...]

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Dog walking while social distancing

Life has changed quite dramatically in recent weeks, due to the spread of the coronavirus. Yet, getting outside to take the dog for a walk can do wonders for your mental and physical health. (Plus Fido will appreciate the exercise too!) Certainly, it’s vital to stay informed during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, staying cooped up [...]

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