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We would like to invite you all to an upcoming annual HOWL-O-WEEN Doggy Day Care party!!
On Friday the 30th October we be holding out annual Howl-o-ween Doggy Day Care party. Every dog who attends will have time to socialise, play and share in some special Halloween treats. As a treat for you we will have a special discounted party price at $45 for the day!
With special guest Erin King Photographer taking Howl-o-ween themed pet portraits for only $30!Check her out on scial media; https://www.facebook.com/erinkingphotographer?fref=ts Instagram; https://instagram.com/erinkingphotographer/ @erinkingphotographer
Follow the link below and fill in the form to book in your special pet portrait for Friday the 30th ; http://www.erinkingpetphotography.com.au/pop-up-photo-studio-booking/
We encourage everyone to dress up in their scariest outfit (or bring along and the team can dress them up for photos) as we will also have prizes for our ‘best dress pets’!
Limited spaces are available so call us now to confirm your place! - 9646 3696
What : Master Chops is a forum dedicated to connecting the world-wide canine community, all in the spirit of learning. The unique event promises to challenge existing notions and philosophies about animal health and to start a conversation about the role that food plays in preventing and treating disease.
Where: the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre,
When: 14th November!
Visit the website for more information and to book your tickets now! - http://www.masterchops.com.au/
A one year old dog is as mature, physically, as a 15 year old human
As in people, dogs carrying extra kilos of weight place additional demands on virtually all the organs of their bodies. Animals that weigh over 20% of their ideal body weight are considered obese. The health risks to overweight dogs are serious and every dog owner should be aware of them. An overweight pet may be susceptible to health problems such as:
• Damage to joints and bones
• Heart disease and high blood pressure
• Difficulty breathing
• Liver problems
• And reduced life span.
How to assess the body condition of your dog
It’s not enough to simply follow food label instructions and hope for the best. Like people, every dog’s body uses food differently and their nutrient requirements change with age.
If you feed your dog more food than they needs, the extra energy may be stored as fat and could lead to obesity, which can cause a number of health complications.
The best way to figure out how much to feed your dog is by keeping tabs on their body condition from any early age.
Here are three ways to check your pet’s body condition
Step 1. Rib Check
Place both of your thumbs on your pet's backbone and spread your hands out across their rib cage. You want to be able to feel their ribs.
Step 2. Profile Check
Look at your dog’s profile and see if their abdomen is tucked up behind the rib cage. It helps if you’re level with your dog.
Step 3. Overhead Check
Looking at your dog from overhead, see if you can see his waist behind his ribs. Most dogs at a healthy weight should have an hourglass figure.
Maintaining ideal body condition
Here are some tips to reduce your dogs weight:
• Reduce your dog’s calorie intake by feeding a nutritionally complete and balance weight reduction formula. Find out about Purina's brands here.
• Measure their food intake.
• Omit feeding table scraps
• Do not give them high calorie treats
• Do not allow them access to other food sources such as garbage bins or compost bins.
If you believe your dog is overweight, it is recommended to consult your veterinarian, as any predisposing abnormalities can be diagnosed and treated.
Getting your dog into shape
To get your pet in shape, begin with a moderate exercise program. Gradually increase the length of the walks and extend play period times. At the beginning of an exercise program, obese pets may experience fatigue. They also have little tolerance for heat and humidity. Watch for shortness of breath or other signs of fatigue and dehydration and slow down or stop before they experience any problems.
Walking and games are beneficial for both you and your dog. Calories are burned off and the bond between you is strengthened.
PHOTO: More pets have been taken to The Lort Smith Animal Hospital this month with snake bite symptoms than in an entire year. A Cooperhead snake slithers across the garage of a Kinglake home in Victoria. (Steve Fleming (Supplied).)
A spring heatwave has been blamed for the high number of cats and dogs being bitten by snakes in Melbourne in the past few weeks.
The Lort Smith Animal Hospital has treated 20 pets for snake bites this month, which equated to more than the number staff usually treated in an entire year.
• Signs of snake bites in pets:
• Sudden weakness followed by collapse
• Shaking or twitching of the muscles and difficulty blinking
• Loss of bladder and bowel control
• Dilated pupils
• Blood in urine
Dr Andrew Kapsis said the bites were typically from tiger snakes and brown snakes.
"The season started really early this year, most likely related to the unusually warm October weather," Dr Kapsis told Jon Faine on 774 ABC Melbourne Mornings program.
He said pet owners needed to be aware of the signs of snake bites in their animals, and seek treatment urgently.
"Common signs are vomiting, salivating and tremors, and that will go on to produce weakness and collapse," Dr Kapsis said.
"The earlier we start treatment and anti-venom, there's a good chance they will survive... generally we need them within an hour of being bitten for the best prognosis."
Of the 20 pets the hospital has treated this month, 18 have survived.
But survival has come at a cost to owners.
"Unfortunately anti-venom is expensive," Dr Kapsis said.
"A typical hospital stay for animal that has been bitten by a snake is $1,500, minimum."
PHOTO: Bobo the cat is in recovery after being bitten by a tiger snake. The cat was one of 20 brought into Lort Smith Animal Hospital with snake bites so far this month. (Lort Smith Animal Hospital)
Urban sprawl could be to blame
Healesville Sanctuary senior reptile keeper Mike Taylor said there was no clear explanation for the rise in snake bites.
"There is no necessarily scientific evidence to say there are more snakes around, but certainly we are experiencing early summer conditions and it seems the snakes are up and about," he said.
Mr Taylor said the increase in bites could be explained other ways.
"The more plausible explanation for the numbers of snake bites... is it is just the simple result of our increasing human population," he said.
"Our suburbs are expanding; more people also means more pets and these animals are going to face these dangers, as we are."
Snakes are most likely to be found in areas close to permanent water sources, such as the Yarra River and Merri Creek in Melbourne.
"Unfortunately there is no simple answer to preventing pets being bitten," Mr Taylor said.
"I have made a career out of trying to educate people, but unfortunately our pets don't seem to listen to anything unless it is about food."
(source; By Clare Rawlinson, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-22/melbourne-pets-fall-victim-to-snake-bite-spike-in-warm-spring/6875998)
Sarah Westcott and her boyfriend Vincent Bova trucked in 270 kilos of crushed ice so that Charleston could have one last snow day.
LAST July, the doctor delivered news no pet owner ever wants to hear. Seven-year-old Tank’s cancer had spread. He likely had just two months to live.
So Diane Cosgrove, 37, set out to give her beloved rottweiler as many memorable experiences as she could, making a bucket list that included going to a baseball game, getting Shake Shack treats and a pet-store shopping spree.
“I did everything to make his last month and a half special,” says Cosgrove, who lives in New Jersey.
The 2007 Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman movie The Bucket List brought the notion of a “things to do before you die” checklist into the mainstream, but the concept is no longer just for baby boomers. It’s also for pooches and pet owners, who are granting Fido’s every woof in his final days. A mutt’s dying wishes are even the plot of a current Subaru commercial.
“We’re afraid of death. The bucket list is just a way ... of managing,” says Dr Stephanie LaFarge, senior director of counselling services at the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). “Now that pets are part of the family, it’s natural that we extend this practice to them.”
Tank takes in one last baseball game.Source:Supplied
When Lauren Fern Watt, 26, learned her 6-year-old English mastiff Gizelle had bone cancer last year, making an ambitious bucket list for the dog helped her to process her illness. The dog’s final adventures included canoeing, road trips and dockside ice-cream eating.
“It seemed like a good way to celebrate my dog’s life, rather than cry over it,” she says.
Last January, after Gizelle passed away, Watt, a freelance travel writer who lives in New York, put together a photo essay for Yahoo about the dog’s bucket list. It was so popular, it resulted in a book deal.Gizelle’s Bucket List is due out next year from Simon & Schuster.
Lauren Fern Watt took Gizelle boating after her dog was diagnosed with cancer.Source:Supplied
Sarah Westcott, a Brooklyn dog trainer, practically moved the sun and the stars when Charleston, her 5-year-old Labrador, was diagnosed with inoperable fibrosarcoma in the summer of 2008.
She and her boyfriend trucked in 270 kilos of crushed ice and dumped it on her grandmother’s lawn to give the snow-loving dog a final romp in fresh powder. Mini pints of Guinness, unlimited cheese and one last Hamptons jaunt rounded out Charleston’s adventures before he died three weeks later.
“It was good to know that I had done everything I could have for him,” says Westcott.
Vets say that bucket lists are fine, so long as the dying dog’s best interests are kept in mind.
“It should be something that the pet, not the human, is going to enjoy,” says Sonja Olson, a veterinarian with BluePearl Veterinary Partners. “Stressing an animal out can stress their immune system further. Talk about it with your veterinarian. It might need to be dialled back.”
In the end, Cosgrove had to modify Tank’s bucket list. Three items — going to the beach, riding in a convertible and eating at a restaurant — remained when he was euthanised in August.
But he did make it to a New Jersey Jackals baseball game.
“He wasn’t feeling that great,” remembers Cosgrove, “but for the couple hours he was there, he was really perky and alert and enjoyed being outside.”
(source: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/home/bucket-lists-for-dying-pets-help-owners-grieve/story-fngwib2y-1227565825092 , Rose Gordon Sala, NY Post)
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