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Your guide to pet-friendly destinations in Australia

Pets On Holiday by Gareth Brock is an excellent comprehensive guide to everything you need to know about pet-friendly destinations in Australia - accommodation, activities including walking trails and cafes all over Australia. Whether you're hitting the road for a...

Dr Joanne Righetti ways to reduce pet stress

Stress can be defined as a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances. Stress can be felt instantaneously, can pass quickly or can become chronic when experienced over the long term. Your pampered pooch or pussycat...

Surviving Christmas and pets, keep everyone happy!

Christmas is the time to eat, drink and be merry but when you add pets into the mix... your special day could end in tears, a dog bite or an emergency visit to the vet hospital.  A busy house full of guests and noise can be very stressful for animals, and all those...

Pets and fireworks tips from RSPCA Australia

Fireworks are an inevitable part of the festive season in Australia.  While New Year’s Eve, in particular, is a huge celebration and a lot of fun for most people, noisy fireworks can terrify our companion animals. RSPCA Australia has put together a list of tips on...

Vet Cookbook to support vet mental health

Vet Cookbook: How to feed and care for the domestic human is the brainchild of Dr Anne Fawcett, Dr Deepa Gopinath and vet nurses Jenna Moss-Davis and Asti May. Sydney University’s Centre for Veterinary Education volunteered to design, produce and market Vet...

Festive food and pets don’t mix

Avoid an unplanned visit to the vet this Christmas!  Festive foods and pets don't mix! The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) is advising pet owners to be careful about keeping festive food well away from animals this Christmas. AVA President, Dr Paula Parker,...

Keep your dog entertained with KONG toys for dogs

Rodney Gooch, KONG Advisor Team Coordinator in Australia explains the different types of KONG toys for dogs, shares a story about Axel the barking Ridgeback and his top tips to keep your dog healthy and happy. Pets4Life: So, what are KONG toys for dogs, what are they...

Give a Dog a Bone, Keep Kitty Happy Christmas Appeal 2017

Every year, hundreds of Sydneysiders give generously to ensure homeless dogs and cats don’t miss out on the joys of Christmas through the annual Give a Dog a Bone, Keep Kitty Happy Christmas Appeal. Now in its eleventh year, the appeal distributes donations for dogs...

Gina Collins’ top tips for choosing a dog sitter

Going on holiday soon? If you can't take your pet with you, you have a few options to make sure your pet is well looked after while you are away.  You could ask a friend to stay at your place or use a pet sitter or book your dog into a boarding kennel/book your cat...

Heat stress, dehydration and sunburn in dogs

Summer is a great time to be out and about with your dog; swimming, taking long walks, exploring parks, camping and more. However, Dogs NSW warns the hot weather also brings unexpected summer dangers including heat stress, dehydration and sunburn in dogs that can be...

Summer dangers, snake and tick bites in dogs

Summer is a great time to be out and about with your dog; swimming, taking long walks, exploring parks, camping and more. However, Dogs NSW warns the hot weather also brings unexpected summer dangers including snake and tick bites in dogs that can be deadly! Pet...

Dogs with lymphoma are needed for anti-cancer drug trial

Dogs with lymphoma are needed in Sydney, NSW to help evaluate a promising new anti-cancer drug! During National Pet Cancer Awareness Month 2017, biotech company PharmAust puts the call out for dogs with lymphoma to help evaluate a new anti-cancer drug shown to be safe...

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