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German war dog swapped sides to become ‘Digger’ in WWI

On 3 May 1918, Australians Corporal M Roach and Private R Conway of C Company, 13 Battalion AIF were in an advanced post in trenches outside Villers-Bretonneux in France.  They enticed a German war messenger dog called Roff into their lines. Roff had a message on its...

Aussie police dog honoured in PNG

After several years of service in Australia, York was transferred to the PNG police to support the ever-growing fight against terrorism.  Sadly, after five years' service in Papua New Guinea, York died in 2015. The Queensland Police Serice (QPS) has a memorial...

Tips to keep your pet healthy

Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry to our RSPCA Animal Health pack giveaway and answered our question, 'what is your top tip to keep your pet healthy?' We received many great entries from cat and dog guardians around Australia!  We just had to share some of...

Rottweilers most prone to canine osteoarthritis

Rottweilers are the most predisposed dog breed to suffer from canine osteoarthritis according to new research from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in the UK. Osteoarthritis is the most common joint disease diagnosed in dogs, and this study is the largest ever...

Tips to prevent dehydration in your cat

According to International Cat Care, there may be times when you will need to prevent dehydration in your cat or increase water intake for a variety of therapeutic reasons. Your cat may have idiopathic cystitis and the aim is to encourage it to produce a more dilute...

Megaoesophagus in dogs update

Update from the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) on megaoesophagus in dogs. In 2009, the AVA and the Pet Food Industry Association of Australia set up a voluntary reporting system called PetFAST, so that health problems in dogs and cats that may be associated...

Kelly Giles shares 3 tips for introducing a puppy to a cat

When Daisy, the beloved family Labrador passed away last year, the Giles family took their time before deciding to bring home 'Bee', a Groodle (Golden Retriever Poodle cross) puppy in November.  Little did they know that their 7-year-old cat, Lincoln was not too keen...

Manly Courthouse puts Delta Therapy dog Hugo on trial

Photo: Supplied by the Delta Society Australia Hugo the six-year-old Cavoodle, and his working buddies Norman and Venus are Delta therapy dogs.  They have recently completed a nine-month stint at Manly Courthouse helping to comfort people attending court. Hugo’s...

Double Bay Dog Day 2018

It is back again this year!  Double Bay Dog Day 2018 event will be taking place on Saturday the 7th of April at Guilfoyle Park, Double Bay. Double Bay Dog Day 2018 activities Guilfoyle Park will include all sorts of woof-tastic activities ranging from; • Live...

Enjoy Easter with your pets safely

With Easter just around the corner, we would like to remind pet guardians about the dangers of chocolate for your furry friends. While for humans, chocolate is simply a yummy treat, for your furry friend it can make them very sick. In fact, death from chocolate...

Archipaws pet portrait competition

This competition has ended. 90 entries from around Australia were received. The ‘Archipaws’ Pet Portrait competition launches today with great prizes and the opportunity to have your superstar pet portrait become a 2-meter tall flag in the Chatswood CBD in Sydney....

2018 International Day of Happiness is for dogs and cats too

Don’t forget about your furry friends on this International Day of Happiness! The positive effects of pet ownership have been well-researched, and we know that pets play an important role in the health and well-being of individuals and the wider community. On this...

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