21 February 2020

  • I Switched My Browser’s Search Engine & Now It Helps Rescue Dogs Every Time I Search Online
    21 February 2020

    How I turned my Google Chrome browser into a tool that feeds shelter dogs each time I search online

    If you’re like me, you try to support local businesses and organizations that donate to animal rescue efforts as much as possible. That’s why I’m so excited about this free Google Chrome extension for my browser. It’s a fun way to help feed shelter dogs every time you do an internet search!

    This free Chrome extension was made in partnership with iHeartDogs. For every search you make, you help feed shelter pups through!

    Here’s an example of what you see when you open up a new browser tab:

    Every time you open a new browser tab, you’re greeted with a new adorable dog picture!

    You can also customize the browser extension with your own dog’s picture or your favorite dog breed. You can choose from 12 popular dog breeds. The app will then rotate photos for that breed only.

    With every search, shelter dogs are fed!

    The app works by sharing a part of the Bing ad revenue with iHeartDogs which makes donations to feed shelter dogs through their partnership with So far iHeartDogs has donated over 17 million meals to shelters and rescues.

    Install The Free Extension

    And start saving shelter dogs with every search! 

    Please note that the browser extension only works on your desktop computer, not on mobile devices. It can be easily uninstalled at any time.

    Install The Free Extension

    And start saving shelter dogs with every search! 

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  • Confessions of a Dog Blogger
    20 February 2020
    In May of 2017, I went to BlogPaws in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This post was originally supposed to go up shortly after, but for whatever reason it didn’t. When I heard that Leroy had passed, I just knew I had to share this story. I have something to confess to you all. I’ve been […]
  • To Sampson, on your Fifteenth Birthday
    20 February 2020
    My love, today you turn fifteen. Fifteen years ago I had no idea how much my life would change when I said, “I want a golden male.” Sharing my journey with you has been one of the greatest joys of my life. You made my life better, saved me from a path I wasn’t meant […]
  • Uncooperative Dogs
    20 February 2020
    Good morning, I’ve been trying out a new product on Sampson (hope to be able to share that soon.) Part of the agreement in exchange for the product is that Sampson and I need to make a little video talking about what we’re doing. I thought the best place to film would be in the […]
  • How Service Dogs Help with Epileptic Seizures
    20 February 2020

    How Service Dogs Help with Epileptic Seizures By guest blogger Katia Hage How Service Dogs Help with Epileptic Seizures Receiving a prediction of a future event or imminent danger is invaluable. We rely on the weather forecast to know whether a rainstorm is coming. A hurricane warning

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    20 February 2020

    IRRESPONSIBLE, DANGEROUS, AND INCORRECT CONCLUSION TO DOG MAULING CASE     (Here is the original post about the violent, life-threatening dog attack on Musik, FYI:  Surviving a Dog Mauling)   We received the Vicious and Dangerous Dog (VDD) hearing report several days ago. The court’s conclusion was

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    20 February 2020

    HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DOG TO NOT RUN INTO THE STREET   Did you know that over 1.2 million dogs are hit by cars in the US every year? Here’s how to make sure your dog doesn’t become a statistic.   Have you ever worried about your

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  • November – December News & Tips
    20 February 2020

    November - December News & Tips | No matter how "bad" your dog is...please don't "Try Everything"Work with a professional with a consistent plan.

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    20 February 2020

    MY PARENTS SAY “WE HAVE TRIED EVERYTHING”   Dave recently relocated to the SF Bay Area with his adoptive parents. He started to exhibit some leash reactivity towards other dogs.   Being caring and conscientious dog parents, they have tried avoiding other dogs, treating Dave when he

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    20 February 2020

    TEACHING A DOG TO SWIM Can all dogs swim? Some dogs are born to be in the water, and will jump in and swim at their first chance. Other dogs can be taught to swim. Some never learn. If you’re going to be near water, it’s important

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  • 5 Best Odor Resistant Dog Beds
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    5 Best Odor Resistant Dog Beds There is no doubt that dogs are more than just a pet. They are our loyal companions that give us the best kind of friendship during their lives. Therefore, it is hard to come up with a con of having a dog, but dog odor is undoubtedly one. Keeping your house free from dog smell can be a hard thing to do sometimes, and a dog bed that is not good at keeping the odors away can add to the issue.
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  • Best Dog Food for Cockapoo
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    Best Dog Food for Cockapoo Being a cross breed between Cocker Spaniel and Poodle, Cockapoo has got the characteristics of both breeds. It is energetic, playful, and incredibly friendly, and they are just excellent pets. They are also a generally healthy breed, and they can live up to 20 years (yes, you've read it right). However, to ensure that your pup lives the healthiest life it can live, there are some measures you can take, and feeding it the right food is a huge one. So, we prepared a list to help you to find the best dog food for your Cockapoo.
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21 February 2020

Dog Food Blogs
  • UK pet food market forecast at GBP2.9 bil in 2020
    20 February 2020
    Mintel’s analysts surveyed 2,000 pet owners in the United Kingdom in May 2019. 40% dog food buyers aged 16-24 are in favor of regularly dishing up plant-based meals, compared to just 21% of owners aged 55+.
  • Whip up some delicious pup pancakes
    20 February 2020

    We’re planning to tuck into a pancake feast this Pancake Day and we didn’t want our dogs to miss out, so we’ve put together this quick and simple dog-friendly recipe for some tasty Pup Pancakes!

    Just a warning, these pancakes smell so good that once you start cooking, you may not be able to resist eating them yourself!

    To make them, you will need… 

    • 2 bananas
    • 2 eggs
    • 30g of coconut flour 
    • A pinch of ground cinnamon
    • Oil for frying (we used coconut)
    • Your dog’s favourite toppings: we used blueberries and peanut butter (xylitol-free)
    • A large mixing bowl
    • Spoon to mix and add to pan
    • Non-stick frying pan
    • Spatula
    Ready, set, bake!
    1. Cut or tear your bananas into smaller chunks and add to the mixing bowl, then mash until smooth
    2. Add the eggs and combine with the bananas until well-blended
    3. Add the coconut flour and the ground cinnamon, and mix well
    4. Add a little water if needed if your batter is a bit dry
    5. Heat a non-stick pan on a medium heat and melt the coconut oil in the pan
    6. Once the oil is melted and evenly spread, add a spoonful of your mixture to the pan
    7. Cook for 2-3 mins (or until golden brown) then give it a flip!
    8. Once the pancake is cooked through, transfer to a plate and repeat with the rest of your mixture
    9. Add your dog’s favourite toppings – we used a little xylitol-free peanut butter and blueberries
    10. Let your dog tuck into one pancake at a time and pop the rest in the fridge or freezer for another day

    Our pup pancakes are both gluten-free and grain-free, perfect for dogs (or humans!) who may have wheat allergies.

    They’re really tasty – as our office dogs will agree! – so don’t forget to give them to your pooch in moderation and reduce their dinner size slightly to keep them happy and healthy.

    We hope your dog loves our pup pancakes just as much as our office dogs (and humans) did! Giving them a go? Don’t forget to share your pictures and videos with us on social media. You can find us on Facebook or Instagram

    If you’re eager to keep on baking delicious home-cooked treats for you pooch, check out The Happy Dog Cookbook by our Head Vet Sean featuring family food expert and dog lover Annabel Karmel. 

    All profits from the book go to StreetVet, a charity close to our hearts which provides free vet care to the homeless and their pets.

    Remember that all treats count, so if you do serve up these pooch-friendly pancakes, balance the extra calories out with a longer walk or a bit more play.

    The post Whip up some delicious pup pancakes appeared first on The Inside Scoop.

  • Why do dogs grind their teeth?
    20 February 2020

    If your pooch grinds their teeth, there are a whole host of possible causes for the behaviour. The grinding can be a symptom of an underlying health problem, or a sign of stress. Also known as bruxism, dog teeth grinding is commonly caused by pain, either in a dog’s mouth or tummy. 

    Since persistent grinding can cause more serious problems like fractures, infections, exposed pulp, painful teeth and gums, and wearing down the enamel, it’s important to speak with your vet. And especially if the grinding is sudden and unusual for your dog. 

    Why do dogs grind their teeth?

    Pain – Dogs sometimes grind their teeth as a natural response to pain. As this is the most common cause for teeth grinding, it’s important to have your dog examined by a vet to help identify and treat the cause.

    Jaw abnormalities – When a dog’s jaw is misaligned this can result in an under or overbite. This can make it difficult for a dog to close their mouth properly, which can lead to teeth grinding. 

    Stress – Just like humans, dogs can grind their teeth when they’re feeling anxious or under stress. Working with a dog behaviourist and your vet can help you identify the cause and put measures in place to manage your dog’s stress levels. 

    Related blog: Your dog’s dental health 

    Do dogs grind their teeth while teething?

    As baby teeth fall out and adult teeth come in, this can be a painful process for puppies. And as a response to the oral pain, some puppies will grind their teeth. However, your puppy should stop grinding their teeth as soon as their adult teeth come in. In the meantime, you can help relieve your puppy’s pain using a frozen rubber toy filled with mashed up vegetables and fruit, or there are plenty of great puppy teething toys available to buy. 

    Why do dogs grind their teeth while sleeping?

    For some pooches, the teeth grinding doesn’t stop when they’re asleep. Some humans grind their teeth while sleeping when they’re chronically stressed or anxious, and so can dogs. Pain can also trigger an instinctual drive to grind teeth even while they’re snoozing. 

    Does stress cause dogs to grind their teeth?

    Dogs are highly sensitive to the world around them. Any sudden changes to their environment or routine can cause stress. This could be caused by moving home, a new baby or partner, or conflict in the home. When dogs feel out of sorts, this can manifest in a number of behavioural changes – teeth grinding being one of them.

    How to treat dog teeth grinding

    The first step is to book an appointment with your vet to identify the cause of your dog’s teeth grinding. Your vet will likely examine your dog’s mouth to check for any dental problems, and carry out a physical exam to uncover any pain elsewhere in the body. 

    If your dog seems in good health physically, your vet may ask you questions about any potential changes to your dog’s environment or routine to find out if it might be stress related. If it’s likely stress related, your vet will advise a few practical changes you can make at home to help reduce your dog’s anxiety. 

    If the teeth grinding doesn’t seem to be caused by pain or stress, your vet may suggest further tests to help identify the cause, and may also offer temporary pain relief to see if the grinding stops. 

    The post Why do dogs grind their teeth? appeared first on The Inside Scoop.

  • 10 Best Dog Carrier Backpacks: Recommended Picks and Tips (2020)
    20 February 2020

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    10 Best Dog Carrier Backpacks: Recommended Picks and Tips (2020)

    Dog carrier backpacks are heaven-sent for many pet parents. It is perfect for bringing your fur babies out for walks, hikes, adventures, and travels. Having a bag specially designed to carry dogs in comfort while leaving your hands free makes for convenient and hassle-free bonding time with your pooch.Bikers and hikers are known to use […]

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  • Help! My Dog is Throwing Up Undigested Food: The Complete Guide
    20 February 2020

    Dogs throw up and usually in the worst places - like hello, do you really need to throw up on the bed, carpet or couch?. Why does this happen and is it something you as a pet parent should be concerned about?

    Anyone who has owned a dog (or multiple dogs) for a long time will tell you that sometimes vomiting just… happens. Your dog might throw up and then go on with their day like it never happened. How do you know if this is the case or if something more serious is going on? These tips will help you know when it’s no big deal and when to seek medical attention.

    What is the difference between vomiting and regurgitation?

    The Animal Medical Center of Marquette in Michigan explains that there is a difference between vomiting and regurgitation. They explain that: “Vomiting has many causes, but results in the stomach ejecting its contents through the mouth. Very active vomiting can also cause intestinal fluid to be brought up. When vomiting, a dog will often precede the act by retching, actively using the abdominal muscles, to force the contents up and out of the body. The process is often strenuous and dynamic.”

    This is different from regurgitation which comes from problems with the esophagus. A dog that is regurgitating will just burp up material. There is no active movement from the abdominal muscles pressing on the stomach. When a dog regurgitates, the food is not digested as it had not yet made it’s way to their stomach.

    Why might my dog vomit?

    There are many reasons why your dog might be vomiting. These include:

    • Stress or anxiety
    • Just like when you’re stressed, stress can cause vomiting in your dog. Think about the last time you were really stressed or nervous. Did your stomach hurt? Your pup could be feeling the same way. If you’ve just rescued a dog, the first few weeks you could see some vomiting as your pet gets used to the new environment. Just be patient and make sure to keep your vet and trainer in the loop as to what you’re seeing in your pup. Also, it may be helpful to familiarize yourself with these common pup stressors, so you can better avoid or stop whatever may be triggering your dog's anxiety.

    • Physical activity after eating or drinking too much water
    • If your dog is into running with you or you’re taking a training class where you’re using food as a reward, you might want to watch how much you allow them to have right before or during activity. If a dog eats or drinks too much water they’re active this could lead to vomiting. If this is the case you’ll likely see undigested food in the vomit - what went down comes right back up!

    • Viral infections
    • Like us, dogs can get a stomach bug. Most of these bugs run their courses in 24 -48 hours but there are some that might require medical treatment. If your dog is vomiting, seems lethargic or is running a fever. Give your vet a call and they’ll let you know if you need to bring your pet in for treatment.

    • Ingesting something poisonous or toxic
    • If your dog is vomiting, make sure to retrace your steps. What has your dog eaten recently? If they’ve gotten ahold of something they shouldn't have eaten, that could be the cause of the vomiting. Common items that your dog may have eaten include chocolate, onions, garlic, plants or even big pieces of a toy. Try to identify what your dog may have eaten and give your vet a call. Toys can cause blockages that require surgery to remove.

    When should I be concerned about my dog vomiting? 1. Your dog is acting strangely after vomiting

    If your dog seems disoriented, weak, has a fever or is having trouble walking combined with vomiting, this could be a sign of a more serious illness. Get your dog to the vet as quickly as you can and let your provider know what other symptoms you’re seeing in your dog. This will help your vet know what tests to order to make a diagnosis.

    2. You find blood in your dog’s vomit

    If you see blood in your dog's vomit, this is definitely a cause for concern. Call your vet and make sure your dog is seen as soon as possible.

    3. Your dog won’t stop vomiting

    If your dog is vomiting continuously, you will want to seek medical treatment. You also want to watch to see if your dog is continuing to vomit with nothing coming up. This information will help your vet figure out what is going on.

    What can you do at home to stop your dog from vomiting

    It can be hard to tell if vomiting is no big deal or if your pet needs medical attention. “Some dogs puke if they don’t eat on a regular schedule and you’ll get that yellow bile type vomit. Sometimes even just being on an antacid can help with that.” Said Dr. Katie Swales a veterinarian at Rainbow Vet in Darlington, PA.

    She also advises that “Chronic pukers, in a perfect world, would go for an ultrasound and/or an endoscopy. If you have a dog that is NOT a chronic puker that suddenly can’t hold anything down, she always recommends that pet parents get that checked out.”

    “Dogs can absolutely get gastroenteritis like we can and have a bad day or two, but some dogs get completely obstructed with a rock or a sock and you’d barely know. I’m a “better safe than sorry” person.” She says. Dr. Swales recounts a case where she had a dog brought in for just not being himself and refusing just one meal. It turns out the dog had a rock wedged in his small intestines. In this case, better safe than sorry certainly paid off. Some dogs are great at hiding illness, she likes to remind pet parents.

    If your dog has vomited recently here are a few tips to support them as their stomachs recover. Remember that if you think something more serious is going on, contact your vet before trying any of the tips below.

    • Wait before feeding them again
    • Even if your pup is acting hungry - give them some time for their stomach to settle. You can even wait to give them a drink to help make sure it doesn’t come right back up. Just don’t wait too long as vomiting can cause some dehydration. If you have concerns, work with your vet to form a plan. Try to keep your pet calm and at a comfortable temperature so you don’t exacerbate the dehydration.

    • Try a temporary bland diet
    • You can offer some lean hamburger meat or boiled chicken and rice. Pumpkin can also help settle your dog’s stomach. Ollie's Turkey recipe uses a generous dose of pumpkin to make it easy to digest for pup's with sensitive bellies. If you’re feeding canned pumpkin, you need to use plain pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling. The latter can contain spices and sweeteners that are not good for dogs. If you’re on the go consider keeping one of these pouches of pumpkin puree in your travel bag.

    • Change your pet’s food
    • If you think your pet is throwing up because of a sensitive stomach, consult your vet or a nutritionist about other food options that will be less irritating on your dog’s stomach. If you plan to make a change, you will need to do so gradually over the course of at least 7-10 days to make sure you’re not further irritating your pet’s stomach.

    • Try a “puzzle feeder” or slow feeder
    • If your dog is throwing up because they are eating too quickly try a slow feeder to help them slow down. Slow feeders are designed to keep your pet from gobbling their food too quickly. They might have some columns or channels that the food will settle around so that your pet has to eat around the obstacles. These puzzle feeders from Outward Hound are a popular choice.

      The Ollie blog is devoted to helping pet parents lead healthier lives with their pups. If you want to learn more about our fresh, human-grade food, check out

  • Great Dane Temperament & Personality: Get to Know Your Dog
    20 February 2020

    Usually, the first word that comes to mind when you think of a Great Dane is larger than life! These big, beautiful dogs have a way of capturing attention wherever they go. Have you ever wondered where this breed came from and if they make good pets? Read on to learn all about these majestic dogs.

    The history of Great Danes

    According to the Great Dane Club of America, “As early as 3000 BC, carvings of dogs on Egyptian tombs depict the Great Dane. Archeological evidence exists of a Dane-type dog used for hunting and to fight bears and bulls. However, the Great Dane as we know it today was developed in Europe during the 1800s and declared the national breed of Germany in 1876. As a boarhound, the Dane of yesterday was very different, both in structure and temperament from the Dane of today. When no longer used for hunting, the breed changed to one of a companion and estate guard dog.”

    Today you’ll see Great Danes enjoying the leisurely life as a family pet or strutting their stuff in the show ring. Some of them live in the city surprisingly well, make great family pets and enjoy participating in dog sports.

    General characteristics of Great Danes
    • Large but elegant build
    • Great Danes generally measure 30 to 32 inches tall and weigh anywhere from 110 to 175 pounds. Female Great Danes tend to be on the smaller end of these ranges and top out closer to 140 pounds whereas males are generally 140 - 175 pounds. They have tall pointy ears and long faces. You generally don’t miss a Great Dane when you’re walking down the street near one. If their size doesn’t get your their beautiful coat might. Great Danes can be seen in a variety of colors including Black, Blue, Fawn, Brindle, Harlequin, Mantle, and Merle.

    • Medium-length hair
    • Great Danes coats don’t get too long which makes them lower maintenance grooming wise then, say a poodle or even a smaller dog like a Shih Tzu. They don’t require complicated haircuts or even frequent baths unless they get into something dirty or smelly of course! Remember to keep up with ear cleaning, nail clipping and teeth brushing. Long nails can cause pain or infection if not maintained properly. Oral health is also important for dogs! Remember to keep their teeth clean as you don’t want your pup to get a periodontal disease or need costly dental work.

    • Light to average shedders
    • Great Danes don’t shed as much as some other dogs like Cavalier King Charles or Golden Retrievers. With these dogs, you won’t need to spend large parts of your day sweeping up hair. They’ll generally have 2 heavier sheds per year. To minimize shedding you can brush them out regularly. In addition to helping with shedding, brushing can be a great way to bond with your dog if it is something they enjoy.

    • Relatively short life expectancy
    • Living up to the saying that the larger the dog the shorter the life expectancy, Great Danes live on average only 7-10 years. By contrast, some pugs can live 13 years or more on average. The American Kennel Club says the leading cause of death in Great Danes is study. While we don’t know exactly why dogs get bloat, we do know that giving smaller more frequent meals and avoiding vigorous exercise near mealtime helps dogs avoid it. Some breeders or veterinarians may discuss with you a preventative surgical procedure called a prophylactic gastropexy which can help prevent your dog from developing a more serious form of bloat called gastric dilatation-volvulus. Additionally, Great Danes are prone to eye and cardiac diseases, hypothyroidism, and autoimmune thyroiditis, and hip dysplasia. A responsible breeder will screen dogs before breeding and puppies after they’re born.

      5 Temperament traits of Great Danes 1. Playful

      Great Danes are known for their playful personalities. They are great with kids but due to their size, they may need to be taught to be gentle with small children. As with any other breed of dog, you should not leave young children and dogs unsupervised.

      2. Affectionate

      Great Danes are affectionate dogs and they love to please their humans. They are happy to spend time with the family - whether that means strolling along a walking trail or on the couch for a movie night. Beware of their extra long tongues licking your face - you might want to keep a towel handy!

      3. Easy to train

      If you’re looking for a dog that is easy to train, look no further. These pups are intelligent, fast learners and want to make their humans happy. Make sure to start training and socializing as early as you can. Go slowly and use tons of positive reinforcement. Due to these dogs’ size and strength, you want to teach them good manners on a leash and give them the confidence to be in the world. You don’t want a full-sized 175 pound Great Dane to pull you down the street or lunge at another dog (even if he is just saying hi). You also don’t want your pup to be fearful or spooked. While this may be true of any dog, it is especially true with a large breed, they could run or get stuck somewhere and injured if they get scared. While scary things can always happen, make sure to socialize your dog to common sights and sounds they may encounter where you live. This could include traffic noises like cars and horns honking, ambulance and police sirens and lights, bicycles or skateboards and people of all ages.

      4. Friendly with other dogs

      Great Danes friendly personality extends to other dogs. Again, this comes down to appropriate socialization. Make sure to get your pup enrolled in a puppy class or obedience school when you bring them home. In addition to learning basic obedience commands, many of these classes help puppies and dogs learn how to interact appropriately with other dogs. Look for trainers who use positive reinforcement and fear-free training methods. You also want them to teach you about how your dog communicates. Look for signs of playfulness, that your pup is relaxed and having a great time. Your trainer will also teach you to look for signs your pup is stressed, upset, tired or annoyed. Learning these subtle cues will help you set your dog up for success and lifelong friendships with other dogs.

      5. Separation anxiety is common

      For whatever reason, Great Danes are prone to separation anxiety. With a dog as large as a Great Dane, this can be especially dangerous. Like any dog, they can get injured if they scratch at their crate (or your walls) or do something destructive when you’re gone - like eat your sofa or chew up a dog toy. To combat this, you’ll need to be a bit proactive. Start crate (or wherever your dog will stay when you’re not home) training as soon as possible. Show your dog the crate or space and let them check it out. Provide some delicious treats while they do this. Once the pup has made some positive association with the space, have them go in the space without you. Leave the door open and give your dog rewards for hanging out in the space. The next step will be to leave for 5 minutes or so. Don’t go too far so you can hear if your dog is barking, crying or scratching. When you come back, reward the dog, offer praise and attention. If your pup was quiet and happy in the space, continue to increase your duration every time you leave. If you’re struggling with separation anxiety, you might want to bring in a pro like your vet or a trainer. They can help make sure there isn’t a more serious issue and help with behavior modification and a plan that is tailored to your dog.

      Great Dane behavior and personality

      For their size, Great Danes are generally calm and docile dogs. Their pleasant disposition makes them great family pets or even working dogs. They are easy to train and enjoy being around people. They are eager to please and be a part of the family. Great Danes can become quite protective when they feel like they need to be. While they aren’t big barkers, they can develop a demand or nuisance bark if they are not getting enough attention or exercise. While these pups are happy to hang out and enjoy a life of leisure, make sure they are getting a chance to run around and stretch their legs daily.

      While these large dogs are generally not aggressive, if they become aggressive it can be an issue due to their size alone. If your pup is showing any signs of aggression even from a young age, make sure to work with a trainer to get to the root of the issue and correct it. This is for your own safety as well as your dog’s safety and wellbeing!

      If you are thinking about adding one of these good dogs to your family, look for a reputable breeder or rescue to find your perfect new best friend!

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  • Raw Dog Food for Senior Dogs – Our Tips!
    19 February 2020
    Can I feed a raw diet to my senior dog? Yes, raw dog food for senior dogs is generally a good idea!
  • Recipe: Tuna and Shrimp Dog Food
    19 February 2020

    Next time you're cooking up some shrimp for your family, consider saving a few out for your dog. Shrimp are not just appetizing to dogs, they're also packed with nutrients that every dog needs. This tuna and shrimp dog food recipe has even been recommended for dogs with cancer.

    Shrimp are rich in vitamin B12, which is important for metabolic processes and gastrointestinal health. They also contain vitamin B3, also known as Niacin, that is required for energy and production, blood circulation, proper enzyme function and more.

    One of the reasons that this recipe is recommended for dogs with cancer is its high anti-oxidant content. Anti-oxidants have been shown to help fight free radicals, and they can reduce brain aging.

    Shrimp are low in fat and carbohydrates, which means they are an ideal protein source for overweight dogs. However, they are also high in cholesterol. This means that you should not feed this recipe as an everyday meal for your pet. Work it into your homemade dog food recipe rotation, so your pup can have all of the benefits of shrimp without suffering from high cholesterol levels.

    Tuna and Shrimp Dog Food Ingredients
    • 1 lb. cooked shrimp
    • 12 oz. canned tuna in oil
    • 1 large sweet potato
    • 2 crushed garlic cloves
    • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
    • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
    • 1/4 tsp. thyme
    • 1/4 tsp. turmeric

    Grind the shrimp in a food processor. Poke a few holes in the sweet potato, and cook it in the microwave until soft. Mash the potato with the skin included. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.

    You will need to use pharmaceutical grade turmeric – not the kind you find in the spice section of the grocery store. A substance in turmeric, Curcumin, has been shown to reduce inflammation. The health benefits are increased when you pair turmeric with black pepper.

    Thyme is another great herb for dogs. It is rich in antioxidants and has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. Before you begin feeding your dog this (or any other) homemade food, be sure to check with your veterinarian. They may recommend adding additional supplements or ingredients to make the food nutritionally balanced for your pooch.

    The recommended serving size is about 1/2 cup for every 20-25 pounds of body weight. This recommendation is for 2 servings per day. For example, if your dog weighs 25 pounds, he would eat about 1/2 cup in the morning and 1/2 cup in the evening (read more here).

    Keep in mind that this serving size is a recommendation. Active dogs may need more calories, while lazier dogs may not need as many. Be sure to consult your veterinarian or a canine nutritionist for the best advice on the proper portions for your dog.

    READ NEXT: 9 Superfoods for Dogs That Improve Their Health (According to Science)

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  • Hill’s Pet Nutrition pet food net sales up 8% in Q4 2019
    19 February 2020
    Hill’s Pet Nutrition net sales increased 8.0% during the fourth quarter of calendar year 2019. Pet food sales volume gains in the United States and Western Europe were partially offset by volume declines in Japan and South Africa.
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    19 February 2020
    A sample collected from a store in the District of Columbia tested positive for Salmonella.

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  • 2020 Canine Cup Screening Adelaide - March 9
    20 February 2020
    Screening of The Canine Cup: the race that makes the nation paws...

    The Adelaide Canine Cup is the dog lovers alternative to the Adelaide Cup horse race. 

    The Canine Cup is a luncheon held on the Adelaide Cup Public Holiday, however these ‘races’ of dogs running (or not running if they don’t feel like it!) to their owners at the finish line were all pre-recorded back in October 2019.

    For your viewing pleasure there will be five separate races shown on the big screen on the day.

    The pre-recorded races feature:

    1. All Scottish dogs (Cairns, Westies and Scotties)
    2. All Iggy (Italian Greyhounds)
    3. All Bernese Mountain Dogs
    4. All big dog breeds
    5. All small dogs (including celebrity guest Mr. Chuck the Dachshund)
    You can view the ‘cast’ at 

    During that time, you can enter sweeps to win cash on the day, enjoy live music and cuddle rescue dogs plus brilliant prizes up for grabs in both a silent auction and a raffle as well as an unlimited photo booth, a 3-course lunch, a gift bag and a glass of sparkling on arrival all included in the $85 per person ticket price.

    Following the success of 2 consecutive sellout years - the Adelaide Canine Cup raised $5,000 in 2018 and $7,000 in 2019 - the aim is to raise $10,000 in 2020

    The organisers would like to thank their major sponsors:
    Scratch Pet FoodFluff and Stuff Pet PhotographyNutmeg Creative; Cafe Komodo

    When: Monday 9th March 2020, from 12:00pm to 4:00pm 

    Where: Plant 4 Bowden, 5 Third St, Bowden, SA, 5008 

    Cost: $85.00 per person.

    For the latest details or to book, visit the 2020 Canine Cup Facebook page.

    All proceeds go to Guardian Angel Animal Rescue which assists them in:
    ✔️ rescuing and rehoming dogs throughout SA 
    ✔️ helping regional areas with vet work and de-sexing and
    ✔️ aiming to stop the cycle of unwanted litters in remote communities. 

    About Guardian Angel Animal Rescue (GAAR): 
    Founded in 2013, over the last six years GAAR has successfully rescued and rehomed over 1,200 dogs from all over South Australia.

    GAAR’s volunteers work tirelessly to ensure every dog that comes into their care receives the help they need and eventually finds a loving forever home.

    For more information about GAAR, please visit
  • Nestle Purina Petcare recalls Star Wars cat collars
    20 February 2020
    Nestlé Purina Petcare today announced the immediate recall of Star Wars cat collars, due to the possibility of injury to cats

    The collars are being recalled because cats may catch their claws on the edge of the collar, causing it to fray. The frayed collar may cause injury to the cat.

    The cat collars can be identified by the distinctive Star Wars fabric sewn onto the black collar. The collar comes in two Star Wars designs, both of which have a bell and a quick release clasp. 

    The cat collars were sold in WoolworthsBig W and pet speciality stores from late 2019.

    Nestlé Purina PetCare General Manager Nicole Battistessa said that anyone who had purchased a Star Wars cat collar should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

    “We want to apologise to cat owners for the inconvenience this causes, but encourage you to keep your cat safe by removing this collar immediately,” she said.

    “The safety of pets is our first priority. As soon as we became aware of the issue we took steps to conduct a recall and notified all relevant retailers,” Ms Battistessa said.

    Ms Battistessa confirmed that other Purina PetCare products with Star Wars designs are not affected by the recall.

    Any cat owner who is concerned about their cat should seek veterinary advice. 

    Cat owners seeking more information can contact the Purina PetCare Advice Centre on 1800 738 238 or via

    MEDIA RELEASE, 20th February 2020
  • Essential Oils For Dogs
    19 February 2020

    When discussing essential oils for dogs there are numerous mixed views. Whether it be for humans or animals, there is a widespread debate on this topic.

    The post Essential Oils For Dogs appeared first on Paw Life.

  • Dog Training the Delta Way Seminars - March 2020
    18 February 2020
    Dog Training the Delta Way is a two-day seminar that will provide you with the latest information on dog behaviour and positive, reward-based training methods.

    This seminar is suitable for all levels of experience. It is a great introduction course and forms the start of your rewarding journey to becoming a fully qualified dog trainer. 

    It is also an excellent stand-alone program for dog lovers or owners wishing to learn about animal behaviour and training and is a pre-requisite for all those wishing to complete the full Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services course.

    To assist your learning, many practical examples will be provided using photos and video footage. All attendees who complete the seminar will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

    Presented by leading veterinary behaviour consultant Dr Gaille Perry and renowned animal trainer Kerrie Haynes-Lovell.

    ✔️ Dr Gaille Perry: BVSc, MACVSc (Animal Behaviour), PhD, DipEd, BEdSt, Cert IV in Training and Assessment, leading Veterinary Behaviour Consultant.
    ✔️ Kerrie Haynes-Lovell: Cert IV in Captive Animals, Cert III in Companion Animal Services, Cert IV in Training and Assessment and renowned animal trainer.

    Topics covered:

    • Introduction to the Delta Society and its programs
    • The human animal bond
    • Animal behaviour and training
    • Dog behaviour
    • How dogs learn
    • Equipment for dog training and management
    • Enriching the lives of dogs
    • Responsible ownership – managing your dog’s behaviour

    Melbourne - Dates:  Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 March 2020

    Where: Ciloms Airport Lodge, Melbourne, VIC

    Price: $495* per person 

    Sydney - Dates: Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 March 2020

    Where: Rydges Bass Hill, Sydney, NSW

     $495* per person 

    * Book more than 30 days before the event and receive a $45 early bird discount. Discounts available for Delta members and students.

    * The cost includes two days of lectures, morning tea, afternoon tea and lunch. Attendees are responsible for their own travel and accommodation bookings and costs.

    For more details and to register, please visit 
  • Top Dog Breeds for Vet Visits in Australia
    18 February 2020
    Pet Insurance Australia takes a look at the top dog breeds who love to visit the vet...

    PLUS: some interesting facts on the changing trends in veterinary care in Australia.

    “It’s probably one of the most interesting studies that Pet Insurance Australia has done.” Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia says. “Looking at the breeds of dogs that statistically visit the vet more than others.”

    With huge advancements in veterinary care and treatment options, many Australian pet owners are taking advantage of these services and keeping their pets in ultimate health.

    “The level of veterinary care available to pets has improved exponentially in recent years, driven by an increase in specialist veterinarians and referral/emergency hospitals, as well as the availability of new diagnostic tools such as CT, MRI, ECG, and ultrasound,” Crighton says.

    Between 2013 and 2018, the availability and usage of MRI grew significantly, with the use of MRI up by 192%, CT-scan up 163% and ultrasound up 91% since 2013*.

    “Over the same period of time, the proportion of specialist visits increased by 18% and the specialist referral rate has also increased by 28%,” Crighton says. “As diseases are identified earlier, there is a better prognosis for pets’ recovery and continued health of our pet population.”

    With age, diseases such as cancer become more likely, so oncology treatment options are increasingly used. Human cancer treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and vaccinations are all being utilised in treating pets.

    “It’s an exciting time for pet owners,” Crighton says. “Many conditions that were once considered untreatable are now more easily treatable, and access to top specialists has become readily available.”

    Pets are living longer due to advances in medicines and health care. Data indicates health-related expenses gradually increase with age and peak at 13-15 years of age.

    “With the increasing availability of specialised treatment for our pets, it’s no wonder that pet parents are considering pet insurance policies to help with the rising costs of pet care and treatment,” Crighton says.

    But what about those Vet-loving breeds?

    The dog breed that visits the vet most often is the British Bulldog,” Crighton says “The British Bulldog on average visited the vet three times in 2018 compared to the Kelpie which only visited the vet an average of 1.1 times.”

    Vet Loving Dog Breeds*
    1. British Bulldog (feat. above)
    2. West Highland Terrier
    3. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
    4. Bichon Frise
    5. Shar-Pei
    6. French Bulldog
    7. Cocker Spaniel
    8. Boxer
    9. Poodle-Standard Cross
    10. Miniature Poodle
    11. Bullmastiff
    12. Bull Terrier
    13. Australian Terrier (feat. below)

    Dog breeds that visited vets the least*

    1. Australian Kelpie Sheepdog
    2. Australian Kelpie Sheepdog Cross
    3. Miniature Fox Terrier Cross
    4. Kelpie
    5. Siberian Husky Cross
    6. Siberian Husky
    7. Miniature Fox Terrier
    8. Miniature Dachshund
    9. Chihuahua Cross
    10. American Staffordshire Terrier Cross

    * According to PetSure Pet Health Monitor data from 2013 to 2018

    Please note not all treatments, conditions or vet visits are covered by Pet Insurance Australia policies. Refer to the Product Disclosure Statement for details of coverage.

    Terms, conditions, waiting periods and limits apply. Pet Insurance Australia is general insurance issued by the insurer The Hollard Insurance Company Pty Ltd (ABN 78 090 584 473; AFSL 241436) (Hollard), is distributed and promoted by Pet Insurance Australia Pty Ltd (ABN 85 113 507 850; AR 326233) (Pet Insurance Australia) and administered by PetSure (Australia) Pty Ltd (ABN 95 075 949 923 ; AFSL 420183) (PetSure). Pet Insurance Australia acts as an authorised representative of Petsure. Any advice provided is general only. Please consider the Product Disclosure Statement available from in deciding whether to acquire or continue to hold, Pet Insurance Australia Pet Insurance.

    MEDIA RELEASE, 17th February 2020
  • Dog Language 101: How to Read Your Dog's Body Language
    16 February 2020

    Anyone can listen to their dog to determine their needs or look out for physical symptoms that something is up, but do you know what your dog is saying to you through their body language?


    As humans, most of our expressions are shown through our body language and facial expressions. It’s the same for dogs. It allows them to communicate with you when they can’t verbally or physically. Reading dog body language can be difficult if you don’t know how – that’s the same as anything! 

    Understanding dog body language can help you and your dog to perfect your communication skills with each other as well as create a closer bond. To help you, we’ve put together a guide on how you can read this special kind of dog language.


    Just like us, your dog’s eyes can say a thousand words. If they are feeling tense, they are rounder than normal; stressed, threatened or scared and they become glassy and dilated; or simply relaxed, they’ll hold a slight squint.


    People often mistake a mouth full of scary teeth as aggressive dog body language but in actual fact, an open mouth with no tension generally means that they are relaxed and happy and maybe even showing you a smile. Your dog will present a physical warning if they are frowning and showing their teeth in an aggressive manner. 

    If they are feeling fearful or tense, they will greet you with a closed ‘long lip’ mouth and may be drooling and panting. 


    Basset Hounds in particular have the ability to move their ears back and forth to show their emotions. Most dogs have some movement in their ears, perhaps just not as much as Bassets!

    If they are back or out to the sides, this means they are comfortable. They may point their ears towards their area of interest. If aroused or curious, they may also perk up or forward.


    A dog’s tail tells you a lot about how they are feeling. We all love it when they are waggling away with excitement – this is the easiest part of their body language to recognise. A neutral tail means that they are content and happy. If they are fearful or sad, watch out for a tucked tail or a stiff, rigid wag.


    Goosebumps in dogs are a thing! It indicates that they are upset (or cold). They may also be stressed or scared which will cause them to shed more of their hair.


    Dogs have sweat glands in their paws. Keep an eye out for wet paws or trails of this as it could imply that they are upset or anxious. Sweating due to stress is usually accompanied with rapid panting, a tight mouth and stress wrinkles.

    Now that you are clued up on individual parts of the body, it’s time to show you how your dog can use their full body to communicate their needs to you.




    The friendliest look of your dog is when they want something from you and that doesn’t exclude when they want to play! 

    Accompanied by an excited bark or light-hearted attacks, your dog’s front end will be lowered with their tail pointing upwards if they are feeling playful. You’ll notice their dilated pupils and open mouth before breaking this stance and initiating play time. 




    Dogs are curious creatures, there’s no shying away from that. They’ll tell you what they’re interested in too by using their ears to point in the direction of concern, (if they’re able to). Their eyes will be wide open, mouth usually closed and don’t mistake their horizontal tail wagging for a playful one if it is alert. 




    A dog that is unconcerned, unthreatened and generally happy will have a relaxed stance and be approachable. Their mouth may be open and their tongue exposed or they could simply have a neutral expression. Their eyes will be relaxed as well as their tails and if standing, their heads high.

    Even if you see a dog in this stance, continue to approach them with caution if they are unsure who you are.




    Our furry friends get scared too! Check your surroundings and gage what it is they could be in fear of.

    They will show you this emotion by shying away with their head turned from you. They may have closed eyes and mouth and their body tucked away or lowered. Look out for their tail. If it’s tucked underneath them or down, this is usually a good indicator that they are letting you know they are frightened. 




    Your dog may want to assert their dominance at times and might give warnings that they aren’t afraid to become aggressive. Watch out for their perked ears, wrinkled nose and pursed lips combined with teeth baring and stiff upwards tail. This means that they are ready to act aggressively if challenged. You might also notice your dog slightly leaning into the threat. 

    Understanding what the stance your dog is presenting to you will excel your relationship with each other. Communication is key in human relationships and it doesn’t change for the relationship you have with your dog!

    Do you have something to add? Get in touch! We’d love to hear how you best keep the connection between you and your dog through body language – our inbox is waiting; Petz Park.

  • Win 10 Double Passes to Call of the Wild Movie
    14 February 2020

    On behalf of 20th Century Studios we are giving away 10 Double Passes to the cinematic adaption of the beloved literary classic, THE CALL OF THE WILD.

    Adapted from the beloved literary classic by Jack London, THE CALL OF THE WILD vividly brings to the screen the story of Buck, a bighearted dog whose blissful domestic life is turned upside down when he is suddenly uprooted from his California home and transplanted to the exotic wilds of the Alaskan Yukon during the Gold Rush of the 1890s. 
    As the newest rookie on a mail delivery dog sled team - and later its leader - Buck experiences the adventure of a lifetime, ultimately finding his true place in the world and becoming his own master. 

    As a live-action/animation hybrid, THE CALL OF THE WILD employs cutting edge visual effects and animation technology in order to render the animals in the film as fully photo-realistic and emotionally authentic characters.

    THE CALL OF THE WILD opens in Australian cinemas on February 20, 2020

    Director: Chris Sanders (co-director How to Train Your Dragon, The Croods)
    Cast: Harrison Ford, Dan Stevens, Omar Sy, Karen Gillan, Bradley Whitford and Colin Woodell.

    Follow the latest movie news on these social media accounts:
    Facebook |Instagram |Youtube

    Thanks to 20th Century StudiosAustralian Dog Lover readers have the chance to:

    *** WIN 1 of 10 in-season Double Passes *** 
    (Total Prize Pool $440)

    To Enter, Like/Share (post 14/02/20) & Tell us "why you'd love to see this adaptation of Call of the Wild?" on Facebook  or Instagram @australiandoglover 


    1. This Competition will open on Friday 14th February (4pm) and closes on Saturday 22nd February, 2020 (midnight). Open to Australian residents only.
    Our winners will be drawn on Sunday 23rd February and once contacted, they will be announced on this post / our Competitions page the following day.
    2. To enter, like & share this post and tell us "why you'd love to see this cinematic adaptation of Call of the Wild?"
    3. This Promotion is a game of skill and chance plays no part in determining the winner.
    The entries will be judged by the Australian Dog Lover team. The winning entries will be selected based on the most creative, informative or useful statement.
    4. Please note you MUST LIKE our Facebook page or FOLLOW @australiandoglover on Instagram to be eligible.
    5. Entrants in the competition can only enter once.
    6. Prizes not claimed within 48 hours will be redrawn.

    * Entry into the competition is deemed acceptance of all terms and conditions and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Best of Top Dog Film Festival at Moonlight Cinema - February 29
    13 February 2020
    A pawsitively adorable canine celebration is headed to Moonlight Cinema this February

    Put your paws up! A special screening of the delightfully doggy highlights from the Best of Top Dog Film Festival is headed to Moonlight Cinema Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane on February 29.

    Audiences and their furry friends are invited to celebrate the canine connection and enjoy this carefully curated collection of heart-warming stories about dogs and their people. 

    From the surfing dog of Huntington Beach, the bus riding pooch of Seattle, a very special rescue dog from South America to the working dogs of Australia, the pull on your heartstrings is guaranteed to be strong.

    For those without a pooch, you’ll be able to get up close and personal with Assistance Dogs Australia’s seriously cute brood of furry new recruits throughout the night. Donations on the night will help train puppies who will open up the world to someone who is living with a disability.

    To top it all off, dogs will be treated to a gourmet experience, with complimentary movie snacks on offer courtesy of Black Hawk holistic dog food.

    The screening will also mark the first time Perth audiences will be able to bring their dogs along to Moonlight Cinema! So pull up a picnic rug, snuggle up to your pupper pals and enjoy a blissful night of outdoor cinema under the stars.

    As a BYO* event, Moonlight gives you the freedom to create your perfect outdoor cinema experience. Graze on a prepped platter, or let Moonlight cater for you with a selection of classic movie snacks, delicious Espresso Martini’s from the Tia Maria bar or more substantial treats from the on-site hot food truck.

    Tickets for this special screening are available now at but be quick, they’re selling fast!

    What: Best of Top Dog Film Festival - Saturday 29 February

    Moonlight Cinema - Where & When:

    Brisbane: Roma Street Parkland, Dec 14 – 29 Mar 
    *BYO alcohol is not permitted at Brisbane’s Moonlight Cinema.
    Melbourne: Central Lawn at Royal Botanic Gardens, Nov 28 – 29 Mar
    Perth: Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Nov 30 – 29 Mar
    Sydney: Centennial Park, Nov 28 – 29 Mar

  • 9 Dog-Friendly Getaways for Valentine's Day
    12 February 2020
    Want a romantic getaway, but don’t want to leave your fur baby behind? Here are the top pet-friendly accommodations in Australia to indulge in a vacation, just in time for Valentine’s Day 2020.

    We all love a romantic getaway. However, for those of us who have pets to take care of, planning a trip away can come with extra planning, expenses and frustrations.

    Instead of leaving your beloved pup or kitten with a relative (or even worse, a stranger), why not surprise them with a romantic vacation at any of Australia’s top pet-friendly accommodation options?

    To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Petsy has rounded up the top 9 pet-friendly spots in Australia, perfect for patrons to ditch the guilt of having to leave their cherished pet behind on a holiday.


    #1. Little Albion Hotel 

    Do you want to feel like you’re in a rom-com, indulging on delicious treats in a fancy part of Sydney? The Little Albion Hotel offers you that movie-worthy luxury experience and prides itself on being a pet-friendly guest house where no two rooms are the same. 

    For Valentine’s Day, on arrival you’ll be treated to a bottle of Barringwood Australian sparkling wine, 10% off your stay and a late check-out sleep in to make the most of your romantic stay!

    This stunning hotel is also surrounded by restaurants, theatres, markets and galleries as well as gorgeous parks to walk your pet. For details, click here

    #2. Yasuragi Cabins

    The Yasuragi Cabins located near the Sapphire Coast in Brogo is the perfect pet-friendly bed and breakfast for a getaway away from the noise of your everyday lives.

    Sit out on your private balcony with your pet as you watch the sunset over rolling hills and enjoy the peaceful isolation of the country, venture around the Wadbilliga National Park with your furry friend by your side or enjoy a romantic picnic in the great outdoors. 

    For details, click here


    #3. The Stable on Olive
    The Stable on Olive in Mildura along the banks of the Murray River is a gorgeous boutique apartment, perfect for a couple and their fur baby to have a private and comfortable holiday. 

    The rustic feel of the stable accompanied with a beautiful garden and terrace creates a romantic setting for its guests, and is situated within walking distance to the city centre, restaurants, cafes, bars and the newly developed riverfront if you feel like venturing out.

    Enjoy breakfast in bed with the food that is provided and explore all that Mildura has to offer with your loved one and pet in this unique stable accommodation. For details, click here

    #4. Aireys Ocean View

    What says relaxing getaway more than sitting out on a balcony with your loved one and pet, overlooking stunning ocean views? Aireys Ocean View holiday home offers an immaculate, modern and open-plan interior with enough room for your little friend to run around too.

    Enjoy hiking or fishing in the natural wonders of the Aireys Inlet, or explore the town and the many different cuisines in local restaurants. If you’re after a couples retreat for you, your friends and all your pets, Aireys is also the perfect spot for friends to enjoy a fun getaway with privacy of multiple bedrooms. For details, click here

    #5. Hollyoak

    There’s no denying Hollyoak looks like it’s come straight out of the pages of a fairytale picture book… and what’s more fairytale than hanging out with your trusty animal sidekick? This stunning home surrounded by decorative flowers, vines and vegetable gardens is the humble yet picturesque location that dreams are made of, with plenty of things for your pet to explore.

    This bed and breakfast destination is adorned with comfortable, eclectic furniture for you to relax on, and a beautiful patio to admire the garden views. To add to the romance of your stay, venture on to the local wineries and galleries before coming home to this fairytale escape. For details, click here

    #6. Bonnies of Beachport

    Bonnies of Beachport offers luxury, modern apartments with spectacular views of the coastline. Known for its pristine beaches, quaint shops and unforgettable seafood restaurants, Beachport offers all that you’ll need to treat your loved one to a romantic escape this Valentine’s day. 

    Step out from your front yard and onto the pristine beach for a walk and swim with your pet, and then come home and watch the sun go down over the water from the comfort of your own living room. For details, click here


    #7. Ovolo Inchcolm Brisbane

    Ovolo Inchcolm Brisbane is a stunning refurbished hotel, with a mix of boutique and luxury interior. The 1920’s inspired building, velvet furniture, high ceilings and impressive art collection will make you feel like you’re a guest of Jay Gatsby’s!

    Bask in the romanticism of the roaring 20s with your loved one at the onsite Salon De Co restaurant and bar, and then stroll down the street with your pet to enjoy all that Brisbane has to offer.

    If that doesn’t sound like enough incentive to pay a visit, all of their mini bar snacks and drinks are free - and enjoying all of these perks with your pet? Sign me up! For details, click here


    #8. House on the Hill Bed and Breakfast
    House on a Hill is a destination like no other in the country, only 30km from Hobart. The stunning renovated home offers serene isolation with views of undulating hills in the countryside of Tasmania. 

    This quiet destination boasts a peaceful environment for you and your partner with endless terrain for your pet to roam. Explore the gardens and walk along the river to find the perfect picnic spot as you escape and enjoy some tranquility this Valentine’s day!

    For details, click here

    #9. Roosters Rest
    Roosters Rest is a quaint cabin situated near Port Sorell, engulfed by stunning acres of natural bushland for you to explore. Renowned for its golden beaches, enjoy the Port Sorell sun and surf, then venture throughout the many wineries, chocolate, cheese and cider factories within the region. 

    If you’re seeking an adventurous getaway, explore the nearby Narawantapu National Park, sands dunes and Bakers beach with your pet by your side. For details, click here

    About Petsy

    Did you know that you can get 5% cashback from all transactions if you are a dog or cat owner and you are a Petsy Member. T&Cs apply.

    Petsy together with is a Sydney-based company offering market-leading pet insurance solutions to Australian pet owners. Some of its cover options allow pet owners to claim up to 100% of eligible vet bills, offering peace of mind against unexpected injuries and illnesses which can occur during a pet’s lifetime. Petsy cover also includes access to GapOnly™, a new service available in participating vets which reviews and calculates the pet owner’s claim while they’re still at the vet so they only pay the gap on eligible claims.

    All Petsy members are rewarded for looking after their pets by getting access to exclusive customer rewards and loyalty bonuses such as discounts and special offers from Petsy’s network of partner retailers. PetSure is not responsible for reviewing the T&Cs of this offer.

    Petsy and are not responsible for your use of the information contained in or linked from this web page. 

    MEDIA RELEASE, 12th February 2020
  • WSAVA Issues Guidance on Pets and the New Coronavirus
    12 February 2020
    The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) has prepared an advisory document offering guidance and a series of Frequently Asked Questions to help its members when talking with pet owners concerned about the risk of infection with the new coronavirus (2019 n-CoV), following the outbreak in China.

    It also calls on veterinarians to urge owners not to panic because it is highly unlikely that they could contract 2019 n-CoV from their dog or cat, or that their companion animal could transmit the virus to people or other animals.

    Dr Michael Lappin, chair of the WSAVA’s One Health Committee, recommends that veterinarians tell owners to:

    ✔️ keep their companion animals with them if they are self-quarantined
    ✔️ keep cats inside
    ✔️ arrange care for any animals left at home if family or friends are hospitalised
    ✔️ contact their veterinarian immediately if they have questions or concerns.

    The WSAVA’s Scientific Committee and One Health Committee have worked together to produce the advisory document, which confirms that there is currently no evidence that pets or other domestic animals can be infected with 2019 n-CoV or that they may be a source of infection to people. They do warn, though, that it is a ‘rapidly evolving situation’.

    The advisory also cautions veterinarians against using vaccines against canine enteric coronavirus available in some global markets in the hope that they may offer some cross-protection against 2019-nCoV. There is no evidence for this, as the new virus is a distinctly different coronavirus variant.

    WSAVA President Dr Shane Ryan said: “There is still much we don’t know about 2019-CoV and, while the priority is to bring the outbreak of the infection caused to people under control as soon as possible, we are concerned for animal welfare with reports of animals being abandoned or killed because their owners fear that they might carry the virus. 

    There is no evidence that this is necessary and we urge our members to ensure owners follow our guidance and keep themselves and their companion animals safe.”

    The WSAVA’s advisory is available here:

    The WSAVA represents more than 200,000 veterinarians worldwide through its 113 member associations. Its core activities include the development of WSAVA Global Guidelines in key areas of veterinary practice, including pain management, nutrition and vaccination, and the provision of continuing education.


    The work of the WSAVA One Health Committee is generously supported by WSAVA Diamond Partner, Purina Institute.
    MEDIA RELEASE, 12th February 2020
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