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Should you let your cat roam outside?

Should you let your cat roam outside?

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Should you let your cat roam outside? The dilemma of staying in or going out.

Cat welfare experts are often asked by cat owners for advice about whether to keep their cats inside or to let their cat roam outside. There are risks and benefits to consider for both indoor and outside cats. So, what’s best for your cat depends on your individual situation, and if the benefits to your cat’s well-being outweigh the risks. Continue Reading →

Michaela’s low-cost DIY catio

Michaela Lobb shares her ideas for a low-cost DIY catio

Michaela Lobb shares her ideas for a low-cost DIY catio

Maximus and Vincent enjoy their DIY catio. Photo: supplied

Michaela Lobb lives in Berwick, Victoria with three ‘moggie’ cats Vincent, Maximus and Tabitha.

When Michaela bought her first house in 2013, she wanted a secure outdoor area for Vincent where he could get fresh air and exercise while still being a house cat. So, with help from her family, Michaela created a simple low-cost DIY catio, which is now enjoyed by all her three cats. And when Vincent, Maximus and Tabitha are not using their scratching posts, napping or playing in the catio, Michaela takes them outside for a walk on a lead.

Michaela says her cats love their low-cost DIY catio so much, she has to feed them inside the house just so she can spend time with them. Continue Reading →

Itchy skin in dogs explained by Vet Tina Levy

Itchy skin in dogs

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 Itchy skin in dogs explained by Vet Tina Levy

Dry skin in Winter is just one of the several causes of itchy skin in dogs according to veterinarian Tina Levy from Bondi Junction Veterinary Hospital in Sydney.  Tina shares her expert knowledge and her top tips to help prevent and treat your dog for itchy skin. Continue Reading →

PIAA Pet First Aid Workshops in Australia

PIAA Pet First Aid workshops in Australia

PIAA Pet First Aid Workshops in Australia

PIAA is excited to be offering Pet First Aid Workshops across Australia. If you are involved in the pet
industry or even a dedicated pet owner, then this course is a must do.  The PIAA Pet First Aid workshops are designed for a caring pet owner, walkers & pet minders, pet boarders, pet groomers and anyone who is simply interested in learning about pet health & pet care. Continue Reading →

Flea-borne spotted fever in Australia

Flea-borne spotted fever in Australia

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Beware of flea-borne spotted fever in Australia – disease is transferred to humans by fleas on infected dogs

Flea-borne spotted fever (FBSF) is a rising public health concern in Australia, according to Dr Rebecca Traub, Associate Professor in Veterinary Parasitology at the University of Melbourne.

“FBSF is transferred to humans through flea bites. In humans, signs of FBSF are non-specific and range from flu-like illness to severe multi-systemic disease. Continue Reading →

Top tips to keep your cat warm in Winter

Top tips to keep your cat warm in Winter

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Top tips to keep your cat warm in Winter

Does your cat stay away, meow excessively, hide under the blanket or just being grumpy? It could be a sign that your cat is feeling cold.  The Winter months can aggravate health issues like arthritis in cats.  Don’t worry, we have a few simple tips to keep your cat warm in Winter. Your feline member of the family should be happy and toasty in no time.    Continue Reading →

Top tips to keep your dog warm in Winter

Best tips to keep your dog warm in winter

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Top tips to keep your dog warm in Winter (without wrapping her up with a big blanket)

Just like us, our dogs in winter need to keep warm to stay in top shape throughout the colder months. As the temperature drops, look after your pooch with our top tips to keep your dog warm in Winter. Continue Reading →

Why does my dog bark at nothing?

Why does my dog bark at nothing?

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Cathy Beer answers:
Why does my dog bark at nothing?

There is a reason for every dog behaviour, whether it is barking, chewing, jumping up or digging up your rose garden. So, it may seem your dog barks at nothing but there is always a reason.  The challenge is to find out why your dog is barking! Continue Reading →

Common household dangers for cats and dogs

Common household dangers for cats and dogs

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Common household dangers for cats and dogs

This is part three of our toxic plants and household dangers for cats and dogs series.  If you haven’t already, check out part one: ‘Dogs and Toxic Plants‘ or if you have a cat, you need to read part two, Cats and Toxic Plants.

In part three, Kevin Crawshaw has put together a list of common household dangers for cats and dogs.  Pets4Life is all about cats and dogs well-being but let’s don’t forget our other pets! Ensure your birds, rabbits, chickens and any other pets are safe from household dangers.

Kevin shares a few tips to help keep your pet safe from serious injury …not to mention high vet bills from unexpected emergencies.  Continue Reading →

Why is the French Bulldog so popular?

Why is the French Bulldog so popular?

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Why is the French Bulldog so popular?

The popularity of the French Bulldog and other flat-faced brachycephalic dogs in the UK continues to rise. The French Bulldog is set to become the most registered dog in 2017, overtaking the Labrador Retrievers’ 27-year reign at the top. But why is the French Bulldog so popular? Continue Reading →