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Can dogs get sunburned?

Much like humans, dogs can experience the discomfort of sunburn, which not only causes pain but also increases the risk of skin cancer. There’s a common misconception that dog’s fur provides ample protection again the sun’s harmful effects. While fur does offer some defence, it’s not a foolproof shield, especially for dogs with short or light-coloured fur. Read on to understand the risks, the signs of sunburn in your dog and what preventive measures can save you a trip to the vet. Are some dogs more prone to sunburn? Absolutely. Dogs with white fur tend to have fair skin, making them more vulnerable to sun damage. Dogs with naturally thin hair, and especially hairless breeds, such as Chinese Crested dogs, face a higher risk for sunburn and skin cancer. All dogs, regardless of the thickness of their coats, have vulnerable areas of the body with little to no fur; their belly, ears, and even nose ...

By |2023-11-28T16:24:26+11:00November 8, 2023|Pet Advice|Comments Off on Can dogs get sunburned?

How to keep your pet cool in summer

As the temperature rises, it's important to keep our furry friends cool and comfortable in the summer heat. Like us, our pets can overheat and develop heatstroke in soaring temperatures. To ensure your pets stay healthy and happy, here are some tips to keep them cool during the summer months. Keep your pet hydrated Our pets need plenty of clean, fresh drinking water during the summertime. Set up a large container outdoors in a shady location, and always have a backup water container in case of spills and evaporation. Inside your home, keep multiple water bowls, and when you venture out with your pet, carry a portable water container. Vet tip: Adding ice cubes to the water can help keep it cooler for longer. Plan your walks Don't put an end to your walks during the warmer weather; simply adjust the timing. Opt for early morning walks before the sun is scorching or evening walks ...

By |2023-11-28T16:25:10+11:00November 8, 2023|Pet Advice|Comments Off on How to keep your pet cool in summer

Why is chocolate bad for pets?

Chocolate is a big no-no for our pets. While we enjoy its rich, sweet taste, it contains ingredients our dogs and cats can’t metabolise. If they sneak a bite, it can be harmful and potentially fatal for them. Familiarise yourself with the signs of chocolate poisoning and what to do if you suspect your pet has indulged in this tempting yet harmful treat. Chocolate toxicity calculator Find out the levels of theobromine and caffeine, two ingredients toxic to pets, in different types of chocolate with our chocolate toxicity calculator for dogs. Just enter your dog's weight along with the type and quantity of chocolate consumed. The culprits: Theobromine and Caffeine Chocolate contains two ingredients that are toxic to pets: theobromine and caffeine. Theobromine accounts for the majority of chocolate-related pet poisonings. Different types of chocolate have varying theobromine levels. Here's a rough breakdown: Unsweetened cocoa powder: Very high theobromine content Dark ...

By |2024-02-23T11:31:37+11:00November 8, 2023|Pet Advice|Comments Off on Why is chocolate bad for pets?

Can pets eat mushrooms?

If you’re a mushroom lover, you might wonder if mushrooms are safe to feed your pet. Unfortunately, there’s no clear-cut answer, it depends on the type of mushroom. Generally, store-bought mushrooms are safe for dogs and cats. However, wild mushrooms discovered in your garden or during walks can be extremely poisonous to pets. Recognising the signs of mushroom poisoning and knowing what to do if you suspect your pet has eaten a toxic mushroom is crucial. Signs of mushroom poisoning The most common signs of mushroom poisoning include: Vomiting Bloody diarrhoea Abdominal pain Constricted pupils Trouble walking Lethargy The severity of symptoms depends on the type and amount of mushroom consumed and the pet’s size. Small pets are more vulnerable, as it takes fewer toxins to affect them. Immediate actions to take 1. Collect a sample If possible, take a sample of the mushroom your pet consumed. This can help ...

By |2023-11-28T16:30:05+11:00November 8, 2023|Pet Advice|Comments Off on Can pets eat mushrooms?

Pet shedding: why it happens and how to manage it

If you share your home with a furry friend, you're likely familiar with the never-ending battle against pet hair. Shedding is common for dogs and cats, and while it may seem like an inevitable part of owning a pet, understanding why it happens and how to manage it can make your life, and your pet's, much more comfortable. Why do cats and dogs shed their coat? Shedding is a natural way to remove old or damaged hair and regulate your pet’s body temperature. While it’s a normal process, sometimes excessive shedding can indicate an underlying health condition. Here are some common reasons behind shedding: Breed The amount of shedding can differ significantly among breeds. Some breeds, like the Siberian Husky or Persian cat, are known for their heavy shedding, while others, such as Poodles, barely shed. Seasonal changes Most cats and dogs tend to shed more during seasonal transitions as they adapt to a lighter ...

By |2023-11-28T16:44:20+11:00November 3, 2023|Pet Advice|Comments Off on Pet shedding: why it happens and how to manage it

How to solve common puppy behaviour problems

Bringing a new puppy into your home is such an exciting experience, but it also comes with its fair share of challenges. Puppies are full of energy and curiosity, and while their enthusiasm is adorable, it can sometimes lead to behaviour problems. In this article, we'll explore common behaviour problems and provide practical solutions to help you raise a well-behaved and happy pup. Going to the toilet inside Toilet training can be a challenge, but consistency is key. Choose a designated spot and take your puppy there after playing, sleeping, eating and drinking. Use a command like “toilet” or “wee wee”, and reward them with a treat. You’ll soon recognise the signs that they need to go, such as heading for the door, circling or squatting. Accidents are part of the learning process; clean up thoroughly to remove any lingering odours that might attract them back to the same spot and start again. Remember, puppies learn at different speeds, ...

By |2023-11-28T16:48:56+11:00November 3, 2023|Pet Advice|Comments Off on How to solve common puppy behaviour problems

5 common puppy training myths

With so much advice out there, navigating puppy training can be confusing for pet parents. You may wonder, “Should I rub my puppy’s nose in their accidents?” or “Should I use treats or toys as a reward?” To separate fact from fiction, we’ve debunked five common training myths that could be stand in the way of your pup’s progress. Myth 1: You should rub your puppy’s nose in their accidents Unfortunately, this is the most common misconception and can make toilet training much more difficult. Puppies don’t naturally grasp the concept of outdoor toileting; their only instinct is not to go where they sleep; everywhere else is fair game! Resorting to rubbing their nose in their mess will only make them fear you, which can lead to them hiding when they need to relieve themselves. Positive reinforcement, such as encouraging and rewarding your puppy for appropriate behaviour, creates a healthier and more trusting bond between you and your pup. ...

By |2023-11-28T16:50:27+11:00November 2, 2023|Pet Advice|Comments Off on 5 common puppy training myths

10 tips for travelling with pets

Travelling with pets can be an exciting adventure! Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway or a leisurely holiday, preparation is key for an enjoyable trip. Here are ten tips for a fun, stress-free trip. 1. Visit your vet Schedule a check-up at least one week before your trip to ensure your pet is safe to travel. 2. Vaccinations Tell your vet about your travel plans to ensure your pet receives the necessary vaccinations and parasite protection tailored to the destinations you’ll be visiting. 3. Check microchip details Are your details correct on your pet’s microchip? If you’re unsure, your vet can scan your pet and double-check. For extra security, ensure your pet has an ID tag on their collar with your contact details. 4. Start small Before going on a long journey, start with smaller car trips. This will get your pet used to the sounds and movements of the car. ...

By |2023-11-28T16:51:50+11:00November 1, 2023|Pet Advice|Comments Off on 10 tips for travelling with pets

Your guide to dog dental care

Maintaining good dental health is just as essential for dogs as it is for humans. Regular dental care plays a key role in preventing the build-up of plaque and tartar, which, if left untreated, can lead to smelly breath, gum disease and tooth decay. Starting early It’s good practice to start caring for your dog’s teeth at a young age. Begin by brushing their teeth and massaging their gums regularly. Not only does this promote the growth of clean teeth and healthy gums, but it also helps them get use to the process early on. Vet tip: Don’t be alarmed when you notice your puppy losing their baby teeth; this is a normal process when their adult teeth start to come through. Keeping up with dental care As dogs grow into adulthood, they’ll have up to 42 fully-grown teeth. With more teeth, they become more prone to dental problems. Around 80% of dogs over three years old deal with ...

By |2023-11-28T16:53:33+11:00November 1, 2023|Pet Advice|Comments Off on Your guide to dog dental care

Your handy cat dental care guide

Taking care of your cat's teeth is crucial for their overall health. While cats are often seen as independent creatures, when it comes to their dental health, they could use a little extra help. Why is cat dental care important? Cats can develop many dental diseases due to their curious nature. Common dental diseases include periodontal disease, gingivitis, and tooth decay. These issues can progress into more severe conditions and may impact other organs. In worst cases, untreated dental problems can affect a cat's heart, liver, and kidneys. Starting a routine Begin regularly brushing your cat’s teeth and massaging their gums when they’re young. Not only does this promote the growth of clean teeth and healthy gums, but it also helps them get used to the process early on.  Watch out for bites on your first few tries and reach out to your vet if you need support and guidance. Fun fact: Kittens ...

By |2023-11-28T16:55:03+11:00November 1, 2023|Pet Advice|Comments Off on Your handy cat dental care guide