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The Most Common Words People Use When Talking To Dogs Have Been Revealed

The Most Common Words People Use When Talking To Dogs Have Been Revealed | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

People talking to their pets in goofy voices is something that will outlast religion.

 

Even the most stone-hearted individuals can find themselves gushing at the very sight of their pooch bounding down the hallway.

 

Of course, it doesn’t matter that we’re the only ones actually speaking; as long as our canine friends are there, tongues out and tails wagging, it feels just as and often more exciting than talking to some of the humans in our life.

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If only pets could talk

If only pets could talk | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

Clients often tell me they wish their animals could talk – after all, the first sign of illness in humans is often a comment that they aren’t feeling well.

 

People can even tell us how they feel and where it hurts. So how do you know an animal is unwell and needs veterinary attention?

 

The signs of illness in animals are similar, in some ways, to those in people. For example, vomiting, diarrhoea, coughing, sneezing, lumps, bumps, rashes or bleeding may be obvious. But But there are exceptions.

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It’s Take Your Dog to Work Day!

It’s Take Your Dog to Work Day! | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

FORGET who your boss is today — theres new top dog in town.

 

Gold Coast pet owners will be taking their precious pooches to work today for the international ‘Take Your Dog to Work Day’.

 

The annual event on June 24 each year is supported by the RSPCA which says pets provide a number of physical and mental health benefits for people and increase productivity in the workplace.

 

Mermaid Waters designer Byron Hepburn, 42, and his colleagues at Tailored Media company in Palm Beach, say a bit of woof at work prevents everyone from going barking mad.

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4 tips to help care for our ageing furry pets

4 tips to help care for our ageing furry pets | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

YOU might not realise it but dogs and cats are considered senior citizens when they reach eight years of age. Our furry senior friends require some extra special attention to help keep them happy and healthy.

 

Here's a few of our top tips for senior care

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1. Regular Health Check

2. Monitor Changes

3. Diet

4. Lumps and Bumps

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Respect for our pets

Respect for our pets | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

Sunraysia Animal Rehousing Group (SARG) is spreading the message about responsible pet ownership, with its first school education sessions held last week.

 

The group received a $1000 grant from the Merbein and District Community Bank which allowed them to begin a number of education workshops with local children.

 

Last Wednesday, SARG president Trudi Chant was joined by Delta Dog trainer Louise Rowe and dog Rio at Nichols Point Primary School to talk all things pets.

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The value of pet insurance

The value of pet insurance | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

Pet insurance is good welfare. Having the majority of animals insured is good for pets, clients, veterinarians and the performance of the practice.

 

Conversations around client financial constraints are difficult – even when you have had many years of experience dealing with these situations. It is difficult for young veterinarians and graduates who want to provide the best care for their patients but find themselves negotiating and compromising on necessary veterinary treatment with emotional clients.

 

Having a large percentage of your clients insured can remove the need for many of these conversations. Many veterinarians who have worked in the UK and in practices where pet insurance uptake was significant, recognise the value when returning to Australia, where insurance penetration is relatively low.

 

Pet insurance is a way that pet owners can manage their financial risk in terms of veterinary expenses. Pet insurance allows veterinary clients to proceed with emergency treatments and the best options in treatment, streamlining client–veterinarian communication. Insured clients are more engaged with their pet’s daily care and wellbeing. This makes insured clients better long term clients; pet insurance should not be thought of as a way to make money or save money – it is there to soften the financial impact when an animal requires treatment.

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Chance to give a pet your heart

Chance to give a pet your heart | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

Animal rescue groups will join forces this Saturday to help find homes for pooches just like Lucy.

 

The Blue Paw Adoption Day at Willawong aims to create awareness of rescue groups.

 

Acacia Ridge Pet Resort owner Abbey Suter said 17 rescue groups would be part of the adoption day with bull arabs, greyhounds and working dogs on the adoption list.

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A leash could save your pet’s life

A leash could save your pet’s life | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

WITH current leash laws, better control of stray animals and reduced urban speed limits, vets are generally seeing fewer animals that experience motor vehicle trauma.

 

However, this is no reason to be complacent — motor vehicle trauma inflicts serious and potentially fatal injuries.


Dogs are most likely to be hit by a car when off lead.


We’ve treated a few cases recently where excited dogs have jumped out of the car at the park, only to be hit by a car in the carpark.

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Does your pet need a pedicure?

Does your pet need a pedicure? | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

As pets get older, their claws grow longer and longer. Dogs wear their nails down by walking on hard or abrasive surfaces. Cats rake their claws on trees or scratching posts (hopefully not your best furniture) to sharpen them and remove old claw sheaths.


But as activity levels decline, and arthritis may change the way animals weight-bear, claws do tend to grow. And grow. And keep growing.


In dogs and cats the claws curve as they grow, such that overgrown nails will arc back and dig into the paw pads.

 

This is painful and may lead to further reductions in activity or unwillingness to weight-bear on the affected paw.

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CIT vets surgery for veterinary students

CIT vets surgery for veterinary students | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

Students of veterinary nursing at the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) now have a new state-of-the-art surgical environment in which to practice their skills following the official opening of new facilities at the Institute’s Bruce campus.

 

According to animal studies teacher at the CIT, Jackie Trotter, the new training surgery will further prepare the students for the realities of the veterinary world.

 

"It's really important to us that the student experience at CIT replicates the industry environment as closely as possible,” Ms Trotter said.

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Popularity of small dog breeds leading to health complications and reduced quality of life

Popularity of small dog breeds leading to health complications and reduced quality of life | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

A rise in popularity of small dog breeds in Australia is leading to an increase in health issues among the pets.

 

Demand is high for dog breeds with short, wide heads, according to a study published by researchers from the University of Sydney in the Journal of Canine Genetics and Epidemiology today.

 

These breeds, including pugs and French and British Bulldogs, are known as brachycephalic dogs, and are susceptible to chronic, life-long problems.

 

The dogs face breathing issues, can suffer from skin and eye conditions and some have digestive problems.



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Why you should never pat a guide dog

Why you should never pat a guide dog | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

'CAN I pat your guide dog?’ is a question Matt McLaren gets asked all the time, even though most people who ask him already know the answer.

 

“People say ‘I know you’re not supposed to pat guide dogs, but can I pat him?’ and while they’re still asking the question they’re already patting him,” said the 27-year-old from Newcastle, who was born blind and has been with his guide dog Stamford for eight years.

 

“One woman even said to me ‘My dad’s blind’ and she still patted him. The trouble is people think they’re the exception to the rule.”

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Got a canine member of the family? Make sure they don’t eat these foods

Got a canine member of the family? Make sure they don’t eat these foods | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

EVERY dog lover likes to treat their pooch and leftovers are a great way of cutting pet food costs.

 

But there are certain foods you should never feed your hungry hound because they are toxic to dogs, according to a list created by the The Sun.


These are the foodstuffs that could kill your beloved pet.

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This nine foods are:

 

Grapes

Avocado

Chocolate

Macadamia Nuts

Onions and Garlic

Apple cores

Bones

Milk and cheese

Yeast dough

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The Most Common Words People Use When Talking To Dogs Have Been Revealed

The Most Common Words People Use When Talking To Dogs Have Been Revealed | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

People talking to their pets in goofy voices is something that will outlast religion.

 

Even the most stone-hearted individuals can find themselves gushing at the very sight of their pooch bounding down the hallway.

 

Of course, it doesn’t matter that we’re the only ones actually speaking; as long as our canine friends are there, tongues out and tails wagging, it feels just as and often more exciting than talking to some of the humans in our life.

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If you treat your dog like a kid, there’s a good reason for it

If you treat your dog like a kid, there’s a good reason for it | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

THEY are potty trained in a couple of weeks. They will never steal money from your wallet or smoke cigarettes behind a public toilet. And it costs almost nothing besides a handful of treats and a little persistence to turn them into polite, hard working members of society.


So is it any wonder dogs are becoming the practice run, or even the replacement, for human children?


“We don’t plan on having kids any time soon but these boys are all we need and want,” says Jennifer McLean from Brisbane, whose dogs Darren and Phillip have a wildly successful Instagram account The Blue Boys, with more than 238,000 followers.

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5 Health Benefits Of Owning A Dog

5 Health Benefits Of Owning A Dog | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

There’s no denying that having an adorable four-legged creature jump up and down in excitement when you walk through the door after a long day is one of the most satisfying things in the world. It’s astonishing that no matter how bad they’ve messed up, by chewing everything expensive and valuable while leaving the useless trinkets intact, we still love them with all our hearts. But what does science have to say about our need for a furry companion? Here are a few reasons why owning a dog can make your life healthier.

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1. You'll be happier
2. You'll have fewer health problems
3. You'll exercise more.
4. You'll make more friends
5. You'll be a better person

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The Do's And Don'ts Of Decorating Your Home With A Pet

The Do's And Don'ts Of Decorating Your Home With A Pet | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

Your new puppy might be so adorable that he has thousands of followers on Instagram. But how cute is he when he sheds all over your couch?

 

What about when your cat scratches your favorite armchair?

 

Don't worry - having a pet and having a beautiful home are not mutually exclusive. But remember that accidents will happen, so you can't be too precious about anything. (If you are, owning a pet might not be the right decision for you.)

 

The key is to design your home with pet-friendly surfaces and fabrics to minimize damage and cut your cleaning time. Our designers love home decor as much as they love their pets, so they outlined the items that you should consider and those you should avoid when renovating a home or redecorating a rental.

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The latest dog sport is so hot right now

The latest dog sport is so hot right now | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

IT brings a whole new meaning to the terms “using your nose’’ and “playing ball’’.

 

The latest canine sport, K9 Scent Scramble, involves dogs diving into a pit filled with 20,000 balls to find a specifically scented item.

 

The search-and-alert sport will be on display on Saturday when Dogs NSW open their grounds to showcase all the fun sports and activities that can be enjoyed by man’s best friend.


Marion Brand, one of the founders of the Scent Scramble, said: “It (scenting) is the best thing you can do for a dog’s mental health and wellbeing.


“(The) activity has so many wonderful benefits”

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Could your puppy be a TV star?

Could your puppy be a TV star? | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

IT’S the TV show that Sydney owners of puppies have been waiting for. Puppy Academy, the brainchild of Context Media and a yet-to-be-named local pet store, will start filming from June 20 at Rouse Hill and have put out a call for potential contestants.

 

Irish-born John Leahy, the experienced TV producer behind such shows like Dancing With the Stars, I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, The Mole, and the NYE fireworks in Sydney among others, said it’s all systems go from now.

 

“You must have heard of the saying in TV, never work with animals or babies, well, we are dealing with baby animals,’ said Mr Leahy, the executive director of Puppy Academy.

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Top 10 dog parks in Sydney

Top 10 dog parks in Sydney | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

SYDNEY has become a city that loves its dogs. If you’re thinking about taking your dog out this weekend, or if you’re up for some dog watching, these 10 spots in Sydney are your best bet at a fun and safe day for furry fun.

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This top 10 dog parks in Sydney are:

 

1. Sirius Cove
2. Centennial Parklands
3. Hawthorne Canal Reserve
4. Bonna Point Reserve, Silver Beach
5. Warrigal Run, Bungarribee
6. Bicentennial Park
7. Sydney Park
8. Dan Mahoney Reserve
9. Prince Alfred Park
10. St Ives Showground

 

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What the shape of a dog's head reveals about its personality

What the shape of a dog's head reveals about its personality | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

The research, published recently in the journal PLOS ONE may help explain the growing obsession in some countries, including Australia, with short-nosed dogs.


Animal welfare experts are concerned about evidence that such dogs suffer health effects and are more likely to die younger than dogs with longer noses.

 

Dogs are given breed awards for extreme features such as flat faces, but the flatter the faces, the more breathing problems there are, often leading to a need for surgery, said Professor Paul McGreevy, an animal behaviour and animal welfare expert at the University of Sydney, who co-authored the new study.

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Strays and abandoned pets to get $15m home

Strays and abandoned pets to get $15m home | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

A NEW $15 million pound - complete with play areas and exercise yards - will house up to 240 abandoned pets and strays at Blacktown.

 

Blacktown Council approved designs for a replacement to Blacktown Animal Holding Facility at Prospect after its meeting last night.


The home will be built in Owen St, Glendenning, and will be nearly twice the size of the current pound.


The centre will include kennels for 120 dogs, a cattery for 120 felines, an outdoor cat play area, space for poultry and other small animals, exercise yards, reception, offices, an adoption area and a veterinary clinic.

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5 Ways Your Pet Can Make You Healthier

5 Ways Your Pet Can Make You Healthier | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

There is nothing like the love of a pet. I am a mummy of two furry kids – Casper and Maya. They fill my life with joy. If you are a pet owner you know what this bond brings. The emotional bond between owner and pet can be as intense as human bonds and may offer similar psychological benefits.

 

Did you know that like human bonding, pet bonding can equally elevate the levels of hormone “oxytocin”, which in turn lowers anxiety and depression and decreases your heart rate.

 

Pet ownership and its impact on human health have long been studied. The Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Foundation is a non-profit research and education organisation that is gathering, funding and sharing the scientific research to demonstrate the positive health impacts of companion animals on people.

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How do our pets improve our health?

 

1. Companionship

2. Social Support and Interaction

3. Exercise

4. A Sense of Responsibility

5. Daily Routine and Structure

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Project sets vets for success

Project sets vets for success | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

A new project to help veterinary graduates make the transition into professional practice and a lifelong successful career has been launched by a group of pioneering vet schools. VetSet2Go is an international collaboration led by academics from Murdoch University, which aims to bridge the gap between undergraduate veterinary courses and employers, client and graduate expectations.

 

Over the next two years, participating vet schools in Australia, the UK and the USA will be consulting with students, new graduates, veterinary educators, employers and clients to develop an evidence-based employability framework and associated teaching methods.

 

Key goals are to promote wellbeing and resilience among new vets, enable smooth transition to professional practice and develop transferable skills like communication and team work, which are essential to success in the veterinary marketplace.

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How man’s best friend saves lives

How man’s best friend saves lives | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

THE bond between man and dog is so close their hearts actually beat in sync when they are together an astounding new study shows.

 

The heart rates of owners and their dogs become lower when they are in close proximity an experiment that saw heart monitors strapped to dogs and their owners found.


The discovery shows dogs have a fundamental role to play in lowering stress says sports scientist Dr Craig Duncan.

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Why man’s best friend is shrinking

Why man’s best friend is shrinking | Veterinary and Pet Services | Scoop.it

IF it’s starting to feel like every second dog in your neighbourhood is a pug or french bulldog, you’re not totally off the mark. New research reveals there are more of the squish-faced canines waddling into Australian homes than ever before.

 

Analysis by the University of Sydney finds that over the last three decades Aussies are increasingly ditching the classic labrador and going barking mad for smaller pedigree pooches with shorter and wider heads, a la pug — but experts fear there is a lack of understanding of the health issues that afflict such breeds.


The study, published today in journal Canine Genetics and Epidemiology, explored the 180 purebreds covered by the Australian National Kennel Council’s data to investigate changes in dog-owning trends between 1986 and 2013.

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