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Unconditional Love Great Animal Stories

All animals, great and small, are blessed with a natural ability to bring joy to our lives in their own special way.  Some inspire us with extraordinary acts of bravery and courage.  Some amaze us with their incredible talents. But for the most part, they win and warm...

Most popular pet names in 2018

Pet Insurance Australia has just released their 2018 top 10 popular pet names. With some new additions to the list, plus some of the more unusual pet names of the calendar year. “This is a great time of year to celebrate our fantastic pet names,” Nadia Crighton from...

Top tips for a pet-friendly Australia Day

Everyone has their own way of celebrating Australia Day in our wonderful country.  Whether you are having a barbie at home, going to the beach or watching the fireworks, our pets are part of the family and they are often included in the celebrations. We share a few...

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...

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,...

Great Christmas gift ideas for cats

Entertaining the kids over the Christmas/New Year holidays can be stressful enough. But you won’t have to worry about Fluffy with these great Christmas gift ideas for cats. We’ve asked a few cat-loving experts for their ideas to keep cats entertained and happy over...

Future Vets Kids Camp in Sydney

Future Vet Kids Camp offers kids a difference this school holidays! Plus, 2019 PetSure Scholarship winners announced!  FVKC is a fun, educational 5-day program offered in Sydney in January. FVKC taking final registrations as camp approaches full capacity. REGISTER...

Great Christmas gift ideas for dogs

Entertaining the kids over the Christmas/New Year holidays can be stressful enough. But you won't have to worry about keeping Fido happy with these great Christmas gift ideas for dogs! We've asked a range of dog loving experts for their ideas to keep dogs entertained...

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...

Better behaviour assessment for shelter dogs

Better behaviour assessment could be the key to more successful adoptions and reducing the risk of euthanasia for shelter dogs, according to new University of Queensland research. School of Veterinary Science PhD candidate Liam Clay is collaborating with RSPCA...

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...

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