Protecting Dogs From Pests and Wildlife: A Pet Owner Blog

  • Preventing and treating paralysis tick bites in your cat

    12 August 2016

    Ticks are very common in Australia and tend to peak around spring as the weather warms up and while there is still moisture around from the winter season. The most serious type of tick for pets is a tick known as the 'paralysis tick' or Ixodes holocyclus. This tick tends to inhabit long grass and cannot move far, so it waits for a blood meal such as a pet to come by.

  • Why Mobile Dog Grooming is Good for Your Pet

    29 March 2016

     Some pet owners wonder whether it is worth it to pay a little extra for mobile dog wash and dog grooming services. Read on and discover some reasons why you should consider mobile pet grooming for your dog. Prompt Attention to Your Dog Oftentimes, dog owners drop off their pets at a groom shop long before the appointment they had obtained. This may be because the pet owner is rushing off to work.

  • Dicing With Mice: Tips on Tackling a Rodent Plague in Your Home

    19 June 2015

    Of all the bizarre natural phenomena occurring in Australia, the mouse plagues are perhaps some of the most disturbing, and potentially damaging. These tremendous swarms of house mice occur in the summer months, and usually affect Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales, although Western Australia has also seen mouse plagues in the past. What is a mouse plague, and what causes it? Essentially, a mouse plague occurs when favourable conditions, such as high rainfall, lead to an exponential explosion in the numbers of house mice in an area.

  • Understanding Regurgitation in Dogs

    4 June 2015

    Regurgitation of food is not the same as vomiting. It refers to times when your dog brings up their food as soon as they swallow it. If this happens once or twice, they may just have eaten too quickly, but repeated regurgitation should be addressed by your vet. Here's what you need to know about regurgitation in dogs: Causes            Some breeds, including Labradors and German shepherds, seem to be genetically predisposed to the condition, but it can occur in any breed.

  • Understanding the Causes, Diagnosis & Treatment Options for Gallstones in Dogs

    2 June 2015

    When gallstones form in your dog's gallbladder they can cause abdominal pain, jaundice, vomiting, fever, and obstruct the flow of bile from the gallbladder. The stones are often formed from calcium deposits and can vary in number and size. Certain breeds including Shetland sheepdogs and poodles appear to be more genetically predisposed to gallstones than others. Here's an overview of the causes, diagnosis and treatment options for gallstones in dogs:

  • Understanding The Dietary Requirements Of Your Horse

    26 May 2015

    A nutritious diet is essential for your horse's long-term health, so you should keep their dietary requirements in mind when choosing horse feed. Here's what you need to know to ensure your horse has a balanced diet: Signs Of Nutritional Deficiency If your horse experiences regular dental problems, parasite outbreaks or diarrhoea, they may be deficient in key nutrients and should be reviewed by a vet. A common sign of nutritional deficiency is weight loss.

  • Tell Tail Signs: What Your Dog's Tail Is Trying to Tell You

    22 May 2015

    As a dog owner, the desire for your pet to be able to talk will almost certainly have crossed your mind at one time or another. Even the most patient pup may become wildly unsettled on occasion, and attempting to figure out exactly what your dog wants can sometimes prove to be a frustrating ordeal. Of course, the basics of dog psychology are considered to be well known among humans. For example, a dog wagging his tail is a pet that's content and happy, right?