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TRIM The Cartographer’s Cat

TRIM The Cartographer’s Cat

The ship's cat who helped Flinders Map Australia Not many cats get memorials. Trim has six of them! This delightful new book, TRIM The Cartographer's Cat details this remarkable and much-loved feline's story who accompanied our famous explorer, Matthew Flinders....

Pet Insurance Australia bushfire support

Pet Insurance Australia bushfire support

In response to the unprecedented bushfires across Australia, existing Pet Insurance Australia policies will now provide bushfire support cover for any pet health complications, regardless of policy type, brought about by the recent bushfire events. “This includes...

Calls to stop advertisements for free pets at Christmas

Calls to stop advertisements for free pets at Christmas

Calls to Gumtree to stop advertisements for free pets at Christmas are being ignored by the online marketplace, despite being made aware that free pets are often abandoned in the New Year. In previous years, more than 300 unwanted pets in Sydney alone were abandoned...

Travelling with pets tips

Travelling with pets tips

The festive season can be a busy time of year for humans, but it’s also a very busy time for our pets. Summertime is often associated with holidays, social occasions and severe weather, all of which can pose risks to our furry, feathered and scaly friends.  Dr Anne...

Dangerous foods for pets to watch out for

Dangerous foods for pets to watch out for

The festive season can be a busy time of year for humans, but it’s also a very busy time for our pets.  Festive social events are invariably associated with tasty foods, often placed within reach of companion animals which – if not kept under observation – tend to...

Protect your pets against bush fire smoke and heat stress

Protect your pets against bush fire smoke and heat stress

Summertime is often associated with holidays, social occasions and severe weather, all of which can pose risks to our furry, feathered and scaly friends.  Dr Anne Fawcett from the University of Sydney’s School of Veterinary Science offers her advice for caring for...

Pets4Life’s picks for Dog Christmas Gifts

Pets4Life’s picks for Dog Christmas Gifts

Don't forget your canine friend this Christmas.  Here are our picks for great dog Christmas gifts to keep them happily occupied, stay cool and looking glamorous over the summer holidays. Seasons' Greetings! Dog Christmas gifts - Aussie Dog Monster Treat Ball Our...

Give a Dog a Bone Keep Kitty Happy Christmas Appeal 2019

Give a Dog a Bone Keep Kitty Happy Christmas Appeal 2019

Give a dog a bone keep kitty happy Christmas Appeal 25 November – 15 December 2019 It’s the appeal that keeps on giving.  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...

5 rules for pet owners using antimicrobials

5 rules for pet owners using antimicrobials

Vets urge pet owners using antimicrobials with care The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) is imploring pet owners to handle any antimicrobials prescribed to their animals with care, as health authorities around the world contend with the threat of antimicrobial...

Dog training industry overhaul needed in Australia

Dog training industry overhaul needed in Australia

SCIENCE SHOWS POSITIVE PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT Pet professionals call for dog training industry overhaul #TrainPetsPositively Science shows a positive, reward-based approach to dog training is best, say Australia's leading pet training organisations. The Association of...

Animals of War poem by Santina Lizzio

Animals of War poem by Santina Lizzio

Their blood stained the land, as they served with pride. A duty to their master, they stood side by side. From the sky, to the sea, through a vast open land, together they fought—both animal and man. They flew through the sky, as messengers on wing dodging bombs and...

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