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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

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How Dogs Can Help with Mental Health – Mind Boosting Benefits of Dog Ownership – Part 1

“The human-animal bond bypasses the intellect and goes straight to the heart and emotions and nurtures us in ways that nothing else can.” – Karin Winegar An amazing 95% of us see our dogs like family, and it’s not hard to see why that is the case. For thousands of years, we have lived side by side with them, and they...

Why decisions to desex male dogs just got more complicated

Golden retriever puppies, among Australia’s favourite pet dogs. Shutterstock/BIGANDT.COM  Behavioural problems in male dogs may be affected by how early in their life they are desexed, according to a study published today in PLOS ONE. The study even raises questions about whether we should encourage the routine desexing of male dogs at all. Desexing is where a male dog’s testicles are surgically...

Is there a place for dogs in public space, or must they make do with ‘dog parks’?

Do we see Yarra Trail in South Yarra, Melbourne, as being purely  for people, or should dogs be able to enjoy it too?  Author provided Who let the dogs out? I’m sure one of us did! In saying this, you might not have ever chosen to domesticate dogs, but we as a species did. Likewise, you might not feel any obligation towards dogs – indeed, you...

Cat plague is back after nearly 40 years in hiding – here’s what you need to know

No cases of feline parvovirus were reported from the 1980s until 2015. Simone Dalmeri A deadly feline disease is now spreading between cats after hiding in nature for nearly 40 years. Multiple cases of feline parvovirus, also known as cat plague, or panleukopenia, have been reported in stray kittens in the greater Melbourne area this week. Feline parvovirus was a common disease in...

IN THE DOG HOUSE (factors to consider when purchasing a new pet – part 1)

PETS CORNER FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN PURCHASING A NEW PUPPY/KITTEN CONSIDERATIONS BEFORE PURCHASE (PART 1) As a Veterinary Nurse with about 15 years experience under my belt, I think I am more than qualified to add the odd article to this section. Many times over the years my friends have called me day and night with questions, about “Pet Care”. So over the coming...

Four ways having a pet increases your lifespan

Waking up to this every morning would surely give you more will to live. Pet owners will often swear their beloved pooch or moggie does wonders for their wellbeing, and now we have empirical proof. A new study has found dog ownership is linked to improved heart health for humans. This is an important finding, given heart disease is the leading cause...

Don’t let your pet accidentally get drunk this silly season (sorry Tiddles)

1947 - A patron of “Sammy’s Bowery Follies,” a downtown bar, sleeping at his table while the resident cat laps at his beer.  Most responsible pet owners know that animals and booze don’t mix, but with the Christmas season upon us, many Australians will be drinking a little more than usual. While most pets aren’t generally interested in alcohol itself, rich...