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Mundaring weight loss challenge for dogs to help shed the kilos

Mundaring weight loss challenge for dogs to help shed the kilos | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

OWNERS of overweight pets are putting their four-legged friends’ health first by participating in a customised weight loss program for dogs.


The idea for the lifestyle change diet came to senior veterinary nurse Julie Parsons after seeing more pets suffer with obesity-related health problems.


She spoke to colleagues at the practice where she works, Mundaring Veterinary Hospital, and in conjunction with Hill’s pet foods organised the 12-week challenge.


“Some people are loving their dogs to death, literally,” she said.
“We frequently see animals with heart disease, diabetes, joint and skin problems, breathing difficulties, exercise intolerance and mobility difficulties.”


The challenge begins on Tuesday, when 10 dogs of mixed breed and age will begin the weight-loss trial.

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No treats for Fido, as dog obesity grows

No treats for Fido, as dog obesity grows | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

THE number of pet dogs in Queensland has quadrupled over the last 40 years with modern day pets well and truly considered a part of the family.

 

Queensland's leading authority on dogs, Dogs Queensland, is advising Mackay pet owners to resist the temptation to treat their dogs as they do the human members of their family.

 

Dogs Queensland General Manager Rob Harrison said dog obesity is growing in Queensland and the strengthening bond between owners and their dogs is part to blame.

 

"It is important to understand that dogs have a less complicated digestive system than humans and actually benefit from eating the same food every day, even if we think it might be boring," he said.

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Ipswich Show bosses turf horses for wild animals

Ipswich Show bosses turf horses for wild animals | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

IT HAS been kept under wraps for months, but the secret is now out for the 2016 Ipswich Show.

 

Vice-presidents Rusty Thomas and Darren Zanow have just signed off on one of the most innovative entertainment packages ever to be presented in Ipswich.

 

“Shows are all about introducing animals and agriculture to the general public, so that is the theme we have honed in on for this year,” Mr Thomas said.

 

“Darren has some strong connections with Dubbo Zoo and we have used that to secure some of their key animal exhibits.

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So your pet is ageing, but are they healthy?

So your pet is ageing, but are they healthy? | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

AGEING is a normal part of life. Unfortunately, we tend to fixate on and fetishise youth. Its the reason we see an abundance of young models in the media — be it people or animals.

 

But it is also why some normal, age-­related changes worry people.

 

The most obvious is grey hair. More common in dogs than cats, age-related coat colour changes typically affect the fur around the face and muzzle.

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Some supermarket cat food brands 'may cause severe illness'

Some supermarket cat food brands 'may cause severe illness' | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

A number of commercial pet food brands sold in supermarkets may cause "severe illness or injury" to adult cats, a Sydney University study has found.

 

Study finds some supermarket and pet shop cat food brands may cause lameness, diabetes, obesity or anaemia
Out of 20 products tested eight products did not meet Australian nutritional standards


The authors of the study will not release the names of the brands
The peer reviewed study, published in the Australian Veterinary Journal, tested 20 supermarket or pet store products.

Nine of them did not adhere to the Australian standards in regards to their "guaranteed analysis" claims.

 

Eight products did not adhere to the standards in regards to nutrient content for adult cats because they had too much, or too little, protein and fat.

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Keeping man’s best friend weather safe

Keeping man’s best friend weather safe | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

WITH summer-like weather continuing, I want to remind dog owners that dogs on utes need extra care in the hot weather.

 

If using a metal cage to transport dogs, ensure it has a roof to provide shade, and that the sides are well ventilated.

 

It is also advisable to cover metal floors of cages, and if tethering, the tray floor, with a surface such as rubber, as metal can heat up quickly. In addition, ensure the cage is the right size to prevent cramping and overcrowding.

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Queensland dairy farmers critical of BJD management plan

Queensland dairy farmers critical of BJD management plan | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

The state's peak dairy lobby group has hit back at what it calls a dangerous and risky revised cattle disease management scheme.

A new strategic plan for Bovine Johne's Disease (BJD) management was released last week, dropping quarantine restrictions.

 

Queensland Dairyfarmers' Organisation president Brian Tessmann is critical of the revised BJD management plan (ABC Rural).


An outbreak in 2012 in Queensland saw more than 170 properties placed under quarantine, prompting debate about response protocols.

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Heartworm warning for pet lovers

Heartworm warning for pet lovers | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

THE importance of preventative healthcare was on show when a Port Macquarie pooch recently tested positive to an unusual condition.


The 10-year-old dog was brought in last week to East Port Veterinary Clinic without symptoms, but needing some basic health checks.


It was much to the surprise of veterinarian Adriarne Heaton and her team when the animal tested positive for heartworm.


"The dog was completely asymtomatic, just here for a routine check-up," Dr Heaton said.

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Fraser Coast introduces Queensland's strictest pet desexing laws

Fraser Coast introduces Queensland's strictest pet desexing laws | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

The Fraser Coast Regional Council in southern Queensland is introducing the state's strictest laws around desexing pet dogs and cats.


From May 1 all dogs and cats sold, given away, or newly registered in the Fraser Coast council area, must be neutered or come with a voucher to cover the cost of the procedure.


If the animal is still whole, the new owner may be issued with a compliance order to have it desexed within 28 days or face a fine.

"We feel it's a fair and responsible thing to do," Fraser Coast deputy mayor Robert Garland said.

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Public service vets say small offer not so great

Public service vets say small offer not so great | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

Australia's food safety could be at risk from the federal government's tough approach to bargaining with its public servants in the Agriculture Department, according to Australian Veterinary Association.


The professional body says there is already a shortage of government vets, who are vital to safeguard the livestock industry and the shortfall is set to get worse as the department tries to crack down on pay and conditions of its veterinary workforce.


The AVA has come to the defence of its members working for the federal government with the vets' group expressing alarm over a proposed new enterprise agreement that would spilt the veterinary workforce and reduce by $21,000 the wage of a junior vet starting out with the department.

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Valentine chocolates can be fatal for pets

Valentine chocolates can be fatal for pets | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

AS the sweet smell of roses fills the air on Valentines Day, be mindful that those chocolates you bought your loved one can be lethal to your pets.


Pet Insurance Australia spokeswoman Nadia Crighton said the rate of chocolate poising skyrockets around Valentines Day each year.


"Chocolate can be very toxic to animals, in particular dogs," she said.

"Many of them simply love a box of tasty chocolates, including ingesting the entire box along with the foil wrapping."


Hiding your chocolate from your pets may not prevent them eating it, Ms Crighton said.

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Adoption: the best way to a pet’s heart

Adoption: the best way to a pet’s heart | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

A CHANCE to adopt a homeless pooch or feline had pet lovers drooling on Saturday at Petstock’s National Pet Adoption Day in Ballina.


The event gave local animal rescue charities such as Northern Rivers Animal Services the chance to promote their stock of rescued pets and educate people about the responsibilities of adopting one.

Most potential new 'parents' were requested to sleep on the idea, but one family couldn't wait.


John Sheean, his partner Martha Delaney, and children Amelia and Lauren Shean, 4 and 2, had a serious soft spot for six-month year old pooch Frankie, whose owner just a few days earlier had to give her up for medical reasons.


Already dog owners, the family recently gave up a family member's dog which they were caring for a year.

"It feels a bit empty in the house so we thought we'd find another dog to save," Mr Sheean said.


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Dog owners less neurotic than cat owners, says study

Dog owners less neurotic than cat owners, says study | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

Even though pet owners like to think of themselves as loving sorts, there's a little edgy rivalry that goes on between them.


When people take their dogs out for a walk, there's the inevitable comparison of "mine is prettier/fiercer/friskier/faster/slimmer than yours."


Scientists therefore like to examine some of the psychology behind such posturing and even wonder why people choose certain pets in the first place.

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Crazy chestnut horse myth debunked: Veterinary professor

Crazy chestnut horse myth debunked: Veterinary professor | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

There is an old adage among horse owners — 'chestnut mare, beware!'

 

It is thought that chestnut horses are hot-headed.

Research has now shown that while horse behaviour can be linked to age, sex and breed, the colour of the coat has very little impact on their character.


Claire Wade, Professor in Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney said it was not clear where this stereotype came from.

 

"A lot of people who ride and work with horses have a very common belief that chestnut horses are a little crazy and maybe a little harder to manage and to train than horses of other colours," she said.

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We’re still wild about Dr Harry

We’re still wild about Dr Harry | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

He turned 72 in February and is celebrating half a century as a vet, but Dr Harry Cooper firmly rejects any notions of slowing down or retiring.

 

“No plans. Why should I,” the popular TV personality says. “I still have plenty to contribute. So long as the brain continues to function, I am fine.”

 

The passionate animal lover marked his 50th anniversary since graduating in veterinary science at Sydney University by getting together with fellow alumni for dinner and a tour of the university.

 

“There were originally 48 of us that started out 55 years ago,” he recalls on the phone from Sydney. “There were only two girls. It’s the reverse today, now the course has about 80 per cent females. Twenty five came for the reunion, some from overseas, which is really great.”

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Cold-blooded show at Berkeley

Cold-blooded show at Berkeley | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

Lovers of scaly creatures will pack the Illawarra Sports Stradium at Berkeley on Sunday for the annual Reptile Show.

Now in it’s 14th year, the event put on by the Illawarra Reptile Society is like any other pet show with awards such as for Best in Show and Best Junior Keeper.

Three judges, including one vet, will roam around assessing the health and beauty of the animals, whilst the general public can also walk around to have a look.

Symbio Wildlife Park and Shoalhaven Zoo will both bring animals to get up close and personal with, while other exhibitors will be doing live demonstrations throughout the day.

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Joondalup Health Campus using pet therapy to give patients a lift

Joondalup Health Campus using pet therapy to give patients a lift | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

SOMETIMES the human touch can only do so much.
So Joondalup Health Campus has begun offering patients therapy from an alternative source.


Toy poodle Lady visits the hospital weekly and has fast become one of the campus’ most sought after forms of care.


Elderly patients in particular have become enamoured with the six-year-old canine, including 83-year-old Marian Lane.
“I just love animals so much,” she said.

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ACT government plans tougher animal protection laws

ACT government plans tougher animal protection laws | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

The Legislative Assembly will hear horror stories of neglect and abuse of animals on Thursday as the government moves to introduce laws to improve welfare, safety and health standards.

 

Transport and Municipal Services Minister Meegan Fitzharris said tougher animal protection standards were needed after RSPCA officers identified the emergence of new trends, including an increasing instances of extreme neglect, threats to the safety of inspectors and owners of seized animals seeking to avoid the cost of their treatment.

 

Ms Fitzharris said recent cases had demonstrated that some provisions of the Animal Welfare Act have created unintended barriers to effective investigation, enforcement and prosecution of animal welfare offences. The changes have been developed after consultation with the RSPCA ACT, the Animal Welfare Advisory Committee and the Veterinary Surgeons Board.

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Whyalla vet's animal welfare efforts recognised

Whyalla vet's animal welfare efforts recognised | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

A local veterinarian has been recognised for his work in animal welfare at a ceremony in Whyalla.

 

Dr Andrew Melville-Smith has received an award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare, for raising awareness of how humans and animals can work together and his efforts in finding new homes for abandoned dogs and cats.

 

He said the number of dogs being abandoned in Whyalla was unacceptably high but his team was working hard to save as many as possible.

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Assistant vet comforts scared puppy after surgery

Assistant vet comforts scared puppy after surgery | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

A Baltimore surgery assistant has comforted a frightened puppy who was coming off anaesthesia by showering her in kisses and cuddles.


The video which was posted on Facebook last week by the Baltimore Animal and Care Shelter (BARCS) has gone viral with more than seven million views.

The shelter welcomes animals all year round no matter their situation, condition or species.

The puppy Meesha was surrendered to BARCS with her brother Charlie when they were just six weeks old.


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Warnings to pet rabbit owners about new risks

Warnings to pet rabbit owners about new risks | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

While Sutherland Shire Council will again not be releasing any rabbit control this year, warnings have been issued to pet owners about a controlled release of a new virus strain - and about an uncontrolled version.


Dr Jackie Bell of Cronulla Veterinary Clinic says rabbit calicivirus is a highly infectious, often fatal in unvaccinated rabbits.


A strain of the virus was introduced in Australia in 1991 to research whether it was suitable as a biological control agent for wild rabbits. It was prematurely released in 1995 and killed many rabbits.


A vaccine was made for pet rabbits, and a yearly vaccination schedule has been in place since then.
Rabbit calicivirus symptoms depend on how rapidly it affects the rabbit.

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Think twice before becoming a pet owner, council warns

Think twice before becoming a pet owner, council warns | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

WHITSUNDAY Regional Council is encouraging local residents to be responsible pet owners.


Acting Chief Executive Officer Barry Omundson said that the period between February and March is typically the time of year when people realise they are not capable of caring for an animal given to them as a Christmas gift.  .


"Unfortunately abandonment is a widespread issue and one that can be avoided with the appropriate planning and research," Mr Omundson said.  

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Find the purrfect pet this Valentine's Day

Find the purrfect pet this Valentine's Day | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

PET dating on Valentine's Day. If you're thinking of the intimate Lady and the Tramp spaghetti slurping scene, it's not quite like that.


This Saturday's pet dating at Lismore Petbarn is about finding the perfect match between owner and adopted pet.


Kats in Traumatic Times Emergency Network (K.I.T.T.E.N.) will be running a stall to talk about responsibilities as a pet owner, and of course find some kittens and adult cats new owners.


"You can't give an unsuitable pet to an unsuitable owner," K.I.T.T.E.N. founder Lucinda Dyason said.


"Just like human beings, there's personality conflicts, there's preferences on attitudes, colour, age and sex.

"So we look to match the owner and the pet that will get on and give the pet a whole life, not a short-term commitment."

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How to protect your pets from heat stress

How to protect your pets from heat stress | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

A University of Queensland veterinary expert has warned Queensland pet owners to be aware of the risks overheating and heat stress pose for their animals.


UQ School of Veterinary Science researcher/lecturer Dr Donna Spowart said heat stress struck when the core body temperature rose above the normal range, potentially damaging organs and tissues.


“It’s a very serious condition and can be life threatening,” she said.

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New Lambton Veterinary Clinic takes the stress out of animal care

New Lambton Veterinary Clinic takes the stress out of animal care | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

FIONA Wallace was down on her luck when she founded her first veterinary business almost 20 years ago.


“I had a big life crisis, became insolvent, I was single with three kids under the age of eight,” she recalls.


Armed with a fierce love of animals, her veterinary training and a Phd in immunology, she opened Fiona’s Vetmobile, trading from the back of her car.


Within five years she’d opened New Lambton Veterinary Clinic, trading next door to her home in Elder Street, and in October last year the business relocated to a purpose-built clinic in Broadmeadow.


“Coming here I feel like, yeah, I’ve done it,” she says quietly with obvious pride.

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