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Pet care information to help keep your dog happy and healthy.

Spring Care Of Pets

Spring into action now that spring has sprung to ensure your pet is prepared for the warmer weather.

Pheromonatherapy for Anxious Pets

Pheromones are released from various glands of an animal's body to communicate with members of the same species throughout the animal kingdom. Synthetic pheromones are now being used as a non-invasive solution to manage stress-related problems in pets.

Pyometra refers to infection of the uterus; therefore it cannot occur in speyed (desexed) bitches. It is most often seen around 8 weeks after heat in the non-pregnant bitch.

Rat and mouse numbers tend to rise as cooler weather forces them to search for food closer to our homes, sheds and garages. Be aware that rat baits might be out on neighbouring properties and contact your vet if your pet appears off-colour.

Chocolate Toxicity In Animals

While chocolate is a much-loved treat for humans, it contains a substance that is poisonous to animals. Toxicity is most common in dogs because of their habit of rapid consumption, but it can also affect cats and other pets.

Environmental Enrichment and Calming Strategies for High-Energy Dogs

Is your dog a bundle of seemingly endless energy? Do you find it difficult to take them for walks, to training classes, or let them inside because they’re constantly excited and jumping up? Here is some advice to help restore the joy of living with your high-energy hound.

Grass Seeds: a Summer Concern for Livestock and Dogs

Grass seeds affect cattle and dogs, but are a particular problem in sheep. The seeds ruin fleeces and skin, cause eye and ear problems and can even penetrate muscle.

Help! Why is My Dog Shedding?

Shedding hair is a natural process for most dogs that occurs throughout the year, but it may be more pronounced in spring and summer or during periods of illness, stress, pregnancy or nursing.

Thunderstorm Terrors

Many dogs are tragically fearful of storms, especially those that incorporate thunder and lightning. Fears can also develop in response to other noises such as fireworks, cap guns, whips and gun shots.

Before you travel, ask yourself: will my cat or dog be comfortable and happy? Some animals simply prefer to stay at home, so pet sitting or boarding may be the best option. If you do decide to take your pet along, you must take as much care with the preparation of your pet’s trip as your own.

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