Pet Care Blog

Happy and Healthy Ears

Summer is a great time to take your dog swimming but did you know that an innocent dip can lead to an ear infection for your dog? We like to think of your dog's ear as its own 'mini-environment'. This environment can be easily disrupted and swimming is a common way...

Spare a Thought for Wildlife

The warmer weather can be really stressful for our wildlife. After a few consecutive days of high temperatures, it is not uncommon for us to see wildlife suffering from heat stress and dehydration. Some animals can also suffer burnt feet from walking on hot tin roofs...

Pocket Pets in Summer

Rabbits and Guinea Pigs can also overheat very easily, and can be quite often forgotten. Keep them in a cool place, preferably indoors Provide lots of fresh drinking water Frozen treats and water bottles around their hutch can be a great way to cool them down Signs of...

Four Hidden Summer Dangers

1. Check under the car Don't forget to check under your car before you drive off - cats, in particular, like to seek out the shade provided by a car and are often asleep, putting them at risk of being run over. A toot of the horn before you move the car is always a...

How to Prevent Heatstroke

It's not just flat-faced dogs that are susceptible to the heat. ANY pet can overheat and end up suffering from heatstroke. Heatstroke (also known as heat exhaustion or heat stress), can occur very rapidly and if not treated can be fatal. Signs your pet might be...

Flat-Faced Breeds and the Heat

It's time to crank the air-conditioning for certain breeds such as the Pug, French Bulldog, British bull dogs and many other breeds with flat faces. These dogs (known as Brachycephalic breeds) are not very well designed for our hot summer months and are very...

The Sweaty Dog

Contrary to popular belief dogs do have sweat glands. They have two types in fact, apocrine sweat glands and merocrine (also called eccrine) sweat glands, but both only produce a very small amount of sweat which is not very effective in body cooling. 1. Apocrine...

Firework Fear

As the New Year approaches, it's important to know that colourful, loud fireworks can be pretty scary for cats and dogs to handle. Fireworks can distress pets to the point of causing them to flee or injure themselves and keeping them calm and safe is incredibly...

Slip, Slop, Slap!

Familiar words for anyone who lives in Australia - we're all too aware of the need for sun protection for us. But did you know that some pets need sun protection as well? Consider sun protection if your pet: Is light in colour or has a thin coat Is fond of sunbathing...

Summer Travel with Pets

The holidays are here and while many of you are leaving your pets with house sitters or in kennels, you may choose to take your furry friend with you. Traveling with pets can be great fun, but does need a lot of planning. Is your pet healthy? Road trips and travel can...

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