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STORMS: Four signs your pet is freaking out and what to do

STORMS: Four signs your pet is freaking out and what to do | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

WITH thunderstorms tipped daily into next week, veterinarians are urging pet owners to keep a close eye on their animals.


Australian Veterinary Association president Guy Weerasinghe said "storm phobia" could lead to pets hiding, harming themselves or running away.


And while thunder and lightning were obvious triggers, Dr Weerasinghe said even a sudden drop in barometric pressure could trigger anxiety in some animals.

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All cool for the animals at Calmsley Hill City Farm

All cool for the animals at Calmsley Hill City Farm | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

WITH another scorcher forecast across greater Sydney today, Calmsley Hill City Farm has revealed how they help their animals beat the heat and stay cool when the temperature rises.


Farm general manager Noah Moseley said the team were watching the weather closely over summer and were well prepared to ensure all animals were well hydrated and ­protected from the sun and heat.


Similar measures were in place last Thursday when the temperature hit 40.4C in Fairfield by 12.30pm.


“We have sprinkler and misting systems in place which we activated to keep the animals cool,” Mr Moseley said.

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WA vet raises $60k to treat burned horses

WA vet raises $60k to treat burned horses | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

A Western Australian vet raised more than $60,000 to treat horses severely burned during the bushfires near Perth.


Murray Veterinary Services, located an hour outside of Perth, created a GoFundMe crowd-funding page to raise the money which will be used for medication and supplies needed to treat the five horses.

The burned horses can be seen in videos and photos uploaded to the vet's Facebook page covered in bandages, showing deep facial scars and being attached to nebulisers to treat them for smoke inhalation.

"Words cannot express the gratitude for the support that has been given... We now have enough medication, supplies and funding to give each of these horses the very best of care," the clinic posted on Facebook.

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Families urged to consider the health of their pets

Families urged to consider the health of their pets | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

As we welcome 2016, families across Bundaberg begin to set New Year’s resolutions to improve their habits and lifestyle.


But this year families have been urged to also think about the health and wellbeing of their furry members too.


More than 40% of Australian pets are overweight and at high risk of developing health problems such as arthritis, diabetes, cardiac and respiratory disease.


Natalie Taggart, the veterinary director at Greencross Vets Barolin and Bundaberg, says that identifying if your pet is overweight is the first step.

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Burnt horses transferred to Murdoch Veterinary Hospital

Burnt horses transferred to Murdoch Veterinary Hospital | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

Five horses badly burnt in the South West bushfires have been transferred to Perth for further specialised treatment. The injured animals, with burns to their heads, legs and bodies, received first response care from vets at Murray Veterinary Services in Coolup, about 25 kilometres west of Waroona.


The intensity of their ongoing treatment, however, needs meant the major vet hospital in Perth's southern suburbs was the best care option.


MVS head vet Ross Wallace said the injured horses had mainly received second degree burns with some at the milder end of third degree.

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We are losing dogs and cats, and it is a great loss

We are losing dogs and cats, and it is a great loss | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

Millions of dogs and cats have disappeared from Australian households over the past 20 years and it is a great cultural loss. Today, with the population at 24 million (it should hit the 24 million threshold by the end of February) there are about 5.75 million domestic dogs and cats, according to the Australian Companion Animal Council.


That's a decline of almost 20 per cent over 20 years, while the population has grown by six million, or one third.


What has caused this decline?


"Regrettably, increased high-density living, changing lifestyles and government legislation are creating an environment in which pet ownership is under threat," said the Australian Companion Animal Council in its most recent report on the contribution of the pet care industry to the economy.

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Animal Protection League Australia teams up with Purina for the 12 Pets of Christmas

Animal Protection League Australia teams up with Purina for the 12 Pets of Christmas | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

Rescued pets give a unique rendition of the 12 Days of Christmas in a new ad campaign from Nestle brand Purina and the Animal Welfare League.


Created by The Conscience Organisation the ad is designed to remind people how many abandoned pets will spend Christmas locked away in pounds around the country.


Using the ever-popular 12 days of Christmas theme, The 12 Pets of Christmas animation highlights the 12 things pets would love if they  could find a family to adopt them, finishing with a “home with a loving family”.

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Getting Away This Summer? Leave Your Pet In Safe Hands This Holiday Season

Getting Away This Summer? Leave Your Pet In Safe Hands This Holiday Season | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

Pet lovers, rejoice! Because now you can go on holiday knowing your furry friend is in safe hands thanks to recently launched app, Pawshake.


Founded in Belgium by ex eBay colleagues Dries Coucke and Tanguy Peers, Pawshake is an online platform that pairs pet owners with local pet sitters who can be booked with little notice at a price up to 50 percent cheaper than kennels.


The idea was something Peers had thought about for some time having been involved with rehoming pets for the past 15 years in Belgium however, it was something he knew he couldn’t do alone.

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Why Cats Knock Stuff Over (and How To Prevent It)

Why Cats Knock Stuff Over (and How To Prevent It) | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

Cats love to knock stuff over or push things off tables, and that leads to a lot of broken items. Are they mean-spirited animals that hate your stuff? Here’s the truth, and how you can help prevent it.


Dr. Katherine Houpt, Cornell University emeritus professor of veterinary behaviour, suggests that cats knock things over for three main reasons: they’re hungry, they want attention, or they’re practising hunting.


Basically, they’re just being themselves. This reasoning also explains why it seems your kitty only wants to knock things over at night when you’re asleep. You can’t give them attention or feed them if you forgot, and night time is when hunting instincts can kick in.

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This Drug Could Help Your Dog Live Years Longer

This Drug Could Help Your Dog Live Years Longer | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

The human bond to animals is strong, and the goal of the Dog Aging Project at the University of Washington is to increase the healthy life span of dogs by targeting the aging process directly. Kind of like what's going on in the human companion department: We want to live not just longer but healthier too.

So we can all hail the good news that the Dog Aging Project is conducting a trial of the anti-organ transplant rejection drug rapamycin, also known as sirolimus, on 32 middle-aged dogs, trying to determine if we can add a few more good healthy years to our pets' lives.


In low doses, rapamycin appears to slow the aging process, and studies on mice showed it can increase their lifespan. “If rapamycin has a similar effect in dogs – and it’s important to keep in mind we don’t know this yet – then a typical large dog could live two to three years longer, and a smaller dog might live four years longer," researcher Daniel Promislow told  The Telegraph.

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Horses the most expensive pet to keep in Australia, bank survey shows

Horses the most expensive pet to keep in Australia, bank survey shows | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

Horses are the most expensive pet to keep in Australia, according to a bank survey that explored people’s spending habits.


The results suggest Australia may be poised to lift Britain’s title as the biggest nation of animal lovers, with Aussies decidedly reluctant to cut their spending on pets, even if the going gets tough.


RaboDirect surveyed 2500 Australians aged 18 to 65 in August as part of the bank’s annual Financial Health Barometer. The findings show that only 14 per cent of pet owners would reduce spending on their pets if their income dropped.

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Regeneus clinches major animal health partner as dog treatment develops

Regeneus clinches major animal health partner as dog treatment develops | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

Regeneus has partnered with a global Top-5 animal health company to commercialise a proprietary canine stem cell therapy targeting a US$500 million per annum market.


The partnership will further develop Regeneus’ off-the-shelf CryoShot Canine product, an allogeneic stem cell therapy for dogs with osteoarthritis (OA) and musculoskeletal conditions that has undergone extensive successful field trials in Australia.

Under the terms of the agreement, the animal health partner will jointly fund a pre-pivotal study assessing CryoShot as a treatment for canine osteoarthritis in consideration for an exclusive option to develop and commercialise CryoShot.

Osteoarthritis is the dominant musculoskeletal condition in dogs and is associated with pain and degeneration of joint tissues.

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Razor gets lucky as tick bite numbers rise in FNQ

Razor gets lucky as tick bite numbers rise in FNQ | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

SUZIE Roberts remembers the dread of not knowing if her beloved dog Razor would make it after being bitten by paralysis ticks.


At seven years of age, vets feared for the german shepherd’s life but after three days in the vet’s surgery – and a ­couple of successful escape ­attempts which resulted in the clinic’s security alarms being set off – Razor came through.


The pet was diagnosed with three paralysis ticks, one of Far North Queensland’s most fatal parasites to canine and ­feline species.

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Australia Day barbecue could leave family pet sick as a dog, owners warned

Australia Day barbecue could leave family pet sick as a dog, owners warned | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

Pet owners have been warned not to let their barbecues go to the dogs this Australia Day.


Melbourne vet Russell Harrison has urged owners to avoid feeding their pets barbie scraps, saying dogs could become chronically ill or even die after eating unsuitable food.


Dr Harrison, head of hospital services at Lort Smith, said the hospital often saw a rise in patients with gastroenteritis and pancreatitis following Australia Day. 


"At any one day at Lort Smith we would have multiple animals that have got digestive problems like diarrhoea, or [stuck] foreign bodies," Dr Harrison said.

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Animal venoms don't just cause pain, they may soon be a cure for it too

Animal venoms don't just cause pain, they may soon be a cure for it too | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

Bites or stings from venomous animals or insects can be dangerous; they lead to numerous fatalities globally each year despite the development of antivenoms that can neutralise many of their worst effects.


But research into their molecular components shows venoms aren’t all bad. Many contain bioactive components (mini-proteins or peptides) that are so stable to the body’s enzymes and selective of their biological target that they’re increasingly being used as new research tools.


They’re even being used as lead molecules in drug development efforts around the world.


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Smoking is bad for pets too: study

Smoking is bad for pets too: study | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

SMOKING is bad for pets too, the University of Glasgow said Tuesday, citing an ongoing study into the effects of second-hand smoke on dogs and cats.


Research under way at the Scottish institution has found that pets living in a smoky environment have a higher risk of health problems including some animal cancers, cell damage and weight gain.


“Pet owners often do not think about the impact that smoking could have on their pets,” said Clare Knottenbelt, professor of small animal medicine and oncology.


“Our findings show that exposure to smoke in the home is having a direct impact on pets.

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Scores of cats and dogs abandoned at Charmhaven’s SoCares Wyong Animal Care Facility

Scores of cats and dogs abandoned at Charmhaven’s SoCares Wyong Animal Care Facility | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

ANIMAL rescuers are bracing themselves for a glut of unwanted pets with scores of cats and dogs expected to be dumped following the Christmas holiday period.


About 50 animals have already been abandoned at the SoCares Wyong Animal Care Facility at Charmhaven since the start of the Christmas break and volunteer manager Dee Walton expects more to come in over the next few weeks.


“It’s breeding season for kittens and the number of cats has tripled. We normally have one room for all the cats, and now we’ve got three rooms full with many females coming in with litters,” Mrs Walton, who runs the Society of Companion Animal Rescuers (SoCares) facility for Wyong Council, said.

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Keeping pets safe from bushfires

Keeping pets safe from bushfires | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

WITH the summer fire season upon us, a Warrandyte North woman is helping link pet owners with volunteer animal carers on high fire danger days.


Jennie Hill started a small Facebook group for people in Warrandyte last year and was overwhelmed by the response. She said there had even been interest Australia-wide so she created a new non-profit group called Bushfire Bobby.


It allows animal owners to find volunteers willing to mind their animals during times of high fire risk around Australia.

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Have You Ever Noticed Your Pets Paws Smell Like Corn Chips? Yes, Really

Have You Ever Noticed Your Pets Paws Smell Like Corn Chips? Yes, Really | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

Those without pets will think this is odd, and probably disgusting -- though cat and dog owners know all too well the joy of cuddling their beloved pet close to their chest, sometimes catching a wiff of their paws -- which smell like...corn chips?!


A quick search on Google reveals that it's a common belief that cat and dog paws smell like popcorn, Doritos, or Fritos -- an American cornchip brand.


"I always say that I could eat their feet, so as an animal lover, it's not weird at all," Dr Lisa Chimes of Bondi Vet told The Huffington Post Australia.

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Your Fur Baby Won't Have To Live With Arthritic Pain Thanks To New Vet Tech

Your Fur Baby Won't Have To Live With Arthritic Pain Thanks To New Vet Tech | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

An Aussie company has developed a revolutionary treatment that allows old dogs and cats to live out their days without the crippling pain of osteoarthritis. The treatment also does away with having to force your ageing pet to swallow a pill as it's administered by a monthly injection.


The therapy was developed by NexVet, a veterinary pharmaceutical company borne out of Melbourne by scientists Mark Heffernan and David Gearing. Dr Gearing developed a platform called PETization which harnesses complementary DNA data to translate the high-end mAb pharmaceuticals between species.


The major benefit is that the platform creates species specific biologic therapies, which reduces common side effects often associated with traditional non-species specific medications such as internal bleeding, kidney and liver toxicity, diarrhea and vomiting.

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The Christmas present your family needs?

The Christmas present your family needs? | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

WHILE most of us are looking forward to the love and joy of a family Christmas, a dozen lonely, abandoned animals are here to let you know that they just want a family.


Animal welfare groups are calling on would-be pet owners to “adopt, don’t shop” this festive season as shelters fill to capacity.


RSPCA South Australia has 900 animals in care throughout the state, at different stages of rescue, rehabilitation, rehoming or reclaiming.


“We currently have over 100 animals available for adoption at our Lonsdale shelter who are ready and waiting to find their forever homes, including dogs, cats, kittens, rabbits and birds,” chief executive Tim Vasudeva said.

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Why You Should Consider Adding An Older Pet To Your Family

Why You Should Consider Adding An Older Pet To Your Family | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

So, you're in the market for a new pet. You've decided to adopt rather than shop (which is absolutely the better option, in this reporter's humble opinion) and now the time has come to pick your new furry friend.


But before you get distracted by the wriggly puppies and fluffy kittens -- spare a thought for the older guys, who might have less of a chance of finding a new home.


According to Kelly Walton from RSPCA Australia, there are a lot of advantages to adopting older dogs and cats which should be taken into account before choosing your new pet. "There are definitely some benefits to adopting a senior pet," Walton told The Huffington Post Australia. "The first thing I think of, is, behaviour wise, they have grown out of their silly puppy or kitten hood. They are less destructive and as such they may not need quite as much supervision initially in terms of what they are going to chew on or get into.

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Pets in the office are helping relieve workplace stress

Pets in the office are helping relieve workplace stress | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

The sound of a dog barking has been enough to ease tensions in the high pressured environment  of the office.


At the Purina Petcare office in Sydney, employees who bring their pets to work say the animals help lower stress levels and any tension.


The Nestle building which houses the Purina office has also set aside time on Wednesdays and Fridays to help workers relax and balance their workloads.


Lal Meyer, the country business manager of Purina Petcare Australia said bringing pets to work is part of the company DNA. "There are many researched health benefits to owning a pet. We know that pets help reduce stress by helping reduce blood pressure. They help people relax and boost immunity as kids grow up," he said.

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One Welfare: online portal to guide future vets on animal welfare and ethics

One Welfare: online portal to guide future vets on animal welfare and ethics | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

A man takes his healthy two-year-old Jack Russell to the vet and asks to have him put down. He says since he and his wife downsized to a unit without a yard, the dog has no quality of life. If you were the vet, what would you do?


Veterinarians can struggle with the ethical dilemmas that confront them every day. But a new online educational resource will support future vets as they learn about ethics and animal welfare, helping them make informed decisions and reducing stress at work.


The interactive One Welfare portal has been developed by experts from the eight veterinary schools in Australia and New Zealand, and is available to all their students as the first nationally shared resource for animal welfare and ethics. It is being launched on Tuesday at the University of Sydney, which successfully applied for government funding for the project, and aims to ensure veterinarians become leaders in the field as community concerns and expectations around animal welfare continue to grow.

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Protecting pets and wildlife: teaching dogs to avoid snakes

Protecting pets and wildlife: teaching dogs to avoid snakes | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

A vet, a dog trainer and a snake wrangler have teamed up to teach dogs to avoid snakes. Veterinarian Dr Shey Rogers hopes to see fewer clients this year.


Her Youngs Siding practice on Western Australia's south coast has become a meeting place for local dog owners eager to trial snake avoidance training.


"Basically my philosophy is prevention is better than cure," Dr Rogers said. "I'd rather not see dogs come in here with snake bites and then have to treat them."


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