Cats: Preventing Urinary Tract Problems

Many cats are diagnosed with lower urinary tract disease each year. These diseases include, bladder infections, cystitis, bladder stones and blockages. For their owners, it's a problem which they would rather not see repeated. There are a number of things you can do which may help prevent further urinary tract problems in your cat. The first is to change your cat's diet. Your veterinarian may prescribe a special diet that is formulated to reduce the risk of urinary tract disease. But for many owners, changing to a new diet is not always easy or convenient. To help you and your pet make the important transition, try the following suggestions: ... continue reading

Dog Flea Control Comparison Plus Tick, Heartworm and Intestinal Wormer Review

Disclaimer: Information in this article is offered as a helpful public service. Although this article is written by professional veterinarians, the accuracy of its content cannot be guaranteed, and it is therefore not intended as medical counsel or to take the place of your own veterinarian's professional guidance. No guarantee is given that the information provided herein is correct, complete or up-to-date. Please consult your vet before administering any treatment to your pet. I f you are confused about which flea, tick, heartworm and intestinal worming product combination to use for your dog, you are not alone! With over thirty main products on the market today, each covering a different range of parasites, even... continue reading

Ear Infections (Otitis Externa)

Unlike the human ear, the structure of a pet's ear makes it prone to infection. This is due to the presence of a vertical ear canal in pets (seen in the figure below) which makes it difficult for wax and debri to work its way upwards (against gravity), than simply just horizontally, like in humans. When an ear becomes irritated, it results in an overproduction of wax. Irritation can be caused by: allergic skin disease, ear mites, foreign bodies such as grass seeds or foxtails, or excessive hair growth deep in the canal (common in poodles and schnauzers). The moisture of the wax promotes bacterial growth and often results in an infection. Symptoms of a possible ear infection can include, the pet scatching... continue reading

How To Toilet Train A Puppy

Knowing how to toile train a puppy is one of those crucial aspects of owning any new dog. The best time to begin toilet training your new pup is when it is around 8 weeks of age. At this age, you can teach your puppy where to eliminate before it establishes its own preferences. If you pup is a little older, don't worry, they will still learn, it may just take a little longer. The main times that a puppy will want to go to the toilet are after it wakes up, after play sessions, and 15-30 minutes after meals. Stay with your puppy during these times and closely monitor them for signs of impending elimination. Signs that your pup may be thinking of going to the toilet include sniffing the ground and circling around an area. A normal puppy will need to use the toilet around 6-8 times a day.... continue reading

PetSafe® Brand and SportDOG® Brand Product Recall

Radio Systems Australia has been alerted to a potentially serious safety issue with the plug insert on power adaptors for the PetSafe® Brand and SportDOG® Brand products manufactured between 2009 and 2016. Some of the plug inserts have been found to have a manufacturing fault that causes them to break apart as they are being unplugged from a power socket. This can expose live parts and potentially cause a dangerous electric shock. The plug insert is the part with the two prongs that attaches to the adaptor box to enable it to plug into Australian and New Zealand power points. Radio Systems Australia has issued a safety recall on this product to keep consumers and their animals safe. Replacement plug inserts will be sent to the owners of all impacted products manufactured within the identified 2009 to 2016 window, regardless of whether an individual product appears to have a fault. If you have any affected products plug... continue reading

Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

A lot of pet owners ask us “why does my dog eat grass”? Our answer is usually for any number of reasons. You see, unlike cats, dogs are omnivores meaning they can eat both meat and vegetable matter. Some of the more common reasons for why do dogs eat grass, leaves, plants, dirt, roots and other things in your garden include: To satisfy nutrient deficiencies in their diet As a source of roughage or fibre To stimulate vomiting Boredom / Behavioural Vice ... continue reading