Senior Pets

Review of pet insurance by CHOICE – beware of terms & conditions!

Review of pet insurance by CHOICE – beware of terms & conditions that can come back to bite you

Review of pet insurance by CHOICE

Only one insurer offers comprehensive cover for pets over 8 years.

A review of pet insurance policies by consumer group CHOICE has found consumers can pay up to $2120(1) per year and still not be covered for common illnesses such as kennel cough and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV).

CHOICE reviewed 68 policies from 19 brands and found the biggest insurer, Petsure, won‟t cover your animal for illness even if they’ve been vaccinated. It also found Petplan failed to disclose co-payment requirements on seven of its policies. Continue Reading →

Pet euthanasia – a personal journey

Pet euthanasia – a personal journey

Pet euthanasia - a personal story

Cathy Beer and Toby

Many pet parents will eventually have to face pet euthanasia. In this edition of the Bark n Purr, I share with you my story of pet euthanasia and a few tips to help you face it without fear.

On Monday 14th December 2015, my husband and I had to make the heart breaking decision to put our 15 year old rescue dog, Toby, to sleep.  We knew euthanasia was the best thing to do. It would be our final act of love for our rapidly deteriorating dog. Nevertheless we were grief stricken at the thought of not seeing Toby again.
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11 tips for senior pets to keep them healthy and happy

11 Tips for senior pets to keep them healthy and happy

Tips for senior pets to keep them healthy and happy

Keep your pets warm to help reduce pain from arthritis. Image: www.cambridgevets.co.nz

As the temperatures drop in Australia, now is the time to keep our senior pets warm and give them the best care available.

Veterinarian Dr Cathie Savage from Chatswood Vet Clinic, explains that just like people, many diseases become more common as our pets age.  As our pets mature they can develop a range of health issues. Dental health, arthritis and changing nutritional requirements are some of the most common issues we face in older pets. Dr Cathie shares her top 11 tips for looking after senior cats and dogs. Continue Reading →