The Editors Opinion : The RSPCA claim to be politically neutral – but are they?

Promoting the Liberal Parties policies but nothing about the other parties The Toorak Times was made aware yesterday by one of our readers that the RSPCA Victoria appear to be promoting the policies of the Victorian Liberal- National Coalition,  even though they have indicated for...

Dog don’ts and do-do’s in warmer months

Council is on the look-out for dog owners breaking local laws, with more residents enjoying time outdoors with their pets as the weather warms. The Summer Amenity Program has commenced and Summer Amenity officers and Animal Management officers are even more visible in Port Phillip. Summer...

Senate inquiry calls for tougher rules on pet food in Australia

Pet owners need to know the food they feed their pets is safe. Compulsory rules for the standards and labelling of pet food in Australia are among the recommendations in a Senate inquiry report released late Tuesday. The Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee inquiry was set...

Are you walking your dog enough?

A running dog is a happy dog! James Ting/Unsplash Australia has nearly five million dogs, with nearly 40% of Australian households owning one. But it seems that 40% of Australian dogs are not walked enough and that a similar percentage of dogs are overweight or obese. With colleagues at the University...

Dogs’ sensitive noses may be the key to early detection of lung cancer

Author Tim Edwards’ dog Tui is part of a team of canines being trained to detect lung cancer in breath and saliva samples.  University of Waikato We know that dogs have an excellent sense of smell. They are already helping rescue teams locate people in disaster areas...

Even a microchipped pet can be lost if your data is out of date

Pets are beloved family members. from www.shutterstock.com From July 1st 2018, every state and territory of Australia (excluding the Northern Territory) will have laws making microchipping cats and dogs compulsory. South Australia is the latest state to make microchipping mandatory, part of a series of reforms aimed at increasing...

How Dogs Can Help with Mental Health – Mind Boosting Benefits of Dog Ownership – Part 2

“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 This is the second and final part of the article. PART 7: Robot Dogs: Are They Just as Beneficial? You might find...

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...

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...

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...