Bringing a puppy home is a lot like bringing a toddler home (except for the sharp teeth!) They will get into everything - it is natural behaviour to be curious and adventurous - so you’ll need to provide a safe environment for them to play.
Newborn puppies receive nutrition entirely from their mother’s milk until they are around 4 weeks old. After this, solid food is gradually added to their diet until they are fully weaned at about 6-8 weeks. A puppy’s nutritional requirements are more demanding than those of an adult dog; within the first few weeks of life, a puppy’s body w...
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Simparica is simple parasite protection. Simparica has broader external parasite control than any other chew on the market, protecting dogs against fleas, ticks, mange and mites.
Simparica is a tasty Liver flavoured chew that you give to your dog once a month. You can give it at any time of the day and you can give it with or without food.
After you give your dog his Simparica chew the ingredient sarolaner travels in your dog's blood and quickly reaches tissue fluids just under your dog's skin. As fleas and ticks bite their nervous system becomes over-stimulated and they die. This all happens very quickly, fleas start being killed within 3 hours...
SUN SAFETY AND PETS
Living in Australia, we all know the importance of protecting ourselves from the sun’s harmful rays. But did you know that it is just as important to protect our pets?
Slip, slop, slap isn’t just for humans it’s also a message we should keep in mind for our four-legged friends. They may be covered in fur, but the sun can do some serious damage to dogs if they’re not properly protected in the heat of summer....
ENRICHMENT FOR DOGS – KEEPING YOUR CANINE COMPANION HAPPY
Boredom and excessiv e energy are two common reasons for behaviour problems in dogs. This makes sense because they are meant to lead active lives. As pet owners we sometimes forget that our dogs were originally bred for specific tasks. Although we may no longer use them for those tasks, our dogs still want a job to do.
If you think about it – if you were left along for that amount of time with nothing to do, wouldn’t you become bored without any mental stimulation?
In my discussion with Dr. Gaille Perry, a le...
ENVIRONMENTAL ENRICHMENT FOR YOUR BIRD
Enrichment means anything that makes something else better. To narrow this down, enrichment for our companion parrots can be anything offered to a pet bird that in some way enhances the quality of life in direct correlation to the animal’s roots in the natural world.
Parrots are very intelligent animals and require a mentally, emotionally and physically stimulating environment....
HOUSETRAINING YOUR PUPPY
Housetraining your puppy is all about consistency, patience, committment and positive reinforcement. If you instill good habits while your pup is young it will create a dog that is housetrained, and one that you will have a great bond with.
TIPS FOR HOUSETRAINING
Skin and coat care for your pet
We all know the feeling: walking out from the spa or hairdresser's, we feel relaxed, rejuventated, and happy. It goes without saying, then, that our dogs and cats, covered head-to-toe in hair, feel exactly the same way. It's vital to keep our cats' and dogs' pelts in great shape, for their physical and emotional wellbeing. But how best to go about it?
Flea problems in dogs
Fleas are pesky little parasites that cause stress for pets and their owners, but the good thing is they can be stopped. You do not have to put up with these on your pet or in your environment. We have the knowledge and the products to get rid of your fleas and how to help you keep them away.
There are over 2000 species of fleas worldwide but the most common flea found on your pets is the 'Cat' Flea (Cte...
PREPARING YOUR PET FOR TRAVEL
Summer is here and it's a time when many people go on holidays and set out on road trips and travel to various locations around Australia. If you are taking your pet with you on holidays, it's important to consider a few things before you set off on your journey.
RESEARCH YOUR DESTINATION
TRAVEL ESSENTIALS FOR YOU AND YOUR DOG
Whether you are taking your dog on holidays, a run at the beach or lake, or just to the local park then we have some great products to make your journey easier, cleaner and more stylish!
OUT AND ABOUT WITH YOUR DOG
Australians love to take their...
DENTAL CARE FOR YOUR DOG AND CAT
Dental disease (Periodontal disease) is the most common disease in dogs and cats and according to statistics from the Australian and American Dental Societies. Did you know 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of dental disease by 3 years of age! ?
Caring for your Guniea Pig's teeth
Good Teeth are essential to a healthy Guinea Pig. A nutritious, fibrous diet with the essential nutrients will help keep their teeth strong and healthy.
Guinea Pigs have teeth that grow continuously. Teeth in a healthy Guinea Pig are worn down naturally by the chewing and ingestion of rough plant materials.
How to manage can urine ordour
Inappropriate elimination in cats can be a frustrating and smelly issue for cat owners.
Why is my cat not using the litter tray?
Cats are very clean animals, so if this is occurring in your house, it is wise to find out what is causing this to occur.
Certain medical conditions can increase ...
Keep your pet warm this winter
Whether you love the drop in temperature or dread the chill in the air, it is a good idea to be prepared to keep your pets comfortable in the chilly weather. Depending on where you live in Australia or Worldwide will play a large part on the preparations you need to make for your furry friend.
The Vet Shed has prepared some handy information to keep your furry friend as comfortable as possible.
SORE JOINTS AND STIFF LIMBS
Like humans the cold weather can wreak havoc on your pet's diseased joints, mobility a...
LILY FLOWER TOXICITY IN CATS
Lilies (of the genera Lilium and Hemerocallis) are commonly used in many flower arrangements as they are a beautiful decorative flower. However did you know that these are extremely toxic to cats? Lilies can cause kidney (renal) failure and can be fatal in cats.
HEALTH & PET BIRDS
Displaying any signs of illness is not beneficial to any bird. Instinctually it is important for a bird to hide any signs of illness in the wild. This has also transferred over into our companion birds. Many owners do not realise how sick their bird i...
PETS, THUNDERSTORMS & FIREWORKS
With summer fast approaching, this means the start of the storm season in Australia. The loud sounds of thunder and lightening cracks can be sounds that cause extreme anxiety and stress in many dogs, cats and small animals. Dogs and cats’ sense of smell and hearing is so much more sensitive to ours it is no wonder the sound of heavy booms and claps can be terrifying for them.
Bravecto Flea Treatment for Dogs
Bravecto has arrived. Bravecto is the first product to be able to control fleas for 3 months and paralysis ticks for 4 months. Bravecto is new to Australia however has been available in the USA and the UK for some time. They do have different ticks to us so Bravecto had to undergo alot of new testing before its release here in Australia.
Bravecto has been tested and can safely be used in breeding dogs including dogs that are lactating and pregnant. It is safe to use on puppies from 8 weeks. They do however need to be a minimum of 2kg bodyweight.&nb...
Author: Novartis Animal Health
Date Posted: 29 January 2014
Stomach Worms in Dogs
Have you ever wondered why your vet wants to check your dogs stool sample? More often than not, it is to detect the presence and diagnosis of worms. Worms are one of the most common problems in dogs. They can live anywhere in the body, though they prefer the lining of the intestine as it is an ideal place to breed. Intestinal worms can cause many problems for your dog, including abdominal pain, diarrhoea, bloody stools, tiredness/lack of energy, poor growth and weight loss.
Author: Kent Wells - Qld horse Industy Alliance
Date Posted: 2 August 2013
Mandatory Vaccination at Equestrian Events
Qld Horse Industry Alliance Inc response to Mandatory hendra Vaccination at Equestrian Events Thursday, 1 August 2013 Media Release:- Queensland Horse Industry Alliance [QHIA] does not support mandatory HeV vaccination at events. QHIA believe that mandatory vaccination may drive members away from equestrian activities and will do little to prevent Hendra Outbreaks occurring.
QHIA encourages event organizer to follow the Queensland Governments Guidelines for holding an Equestrian Event. http://www.daff.qld.gov.au/animal-industries/animal-health-and-diseases/a-z-list/hendra-virus/horse-industr...
Hendra Vacination Policy announced
Hendra Vacination Policy from ENSW Tuesday, 30 July 2013 Equestrian NSW today announced its policy regarding the Hendra Virus vaccination and requirements for all horses entering EA/FEI events in NSW where any horses stay overnight at the event venue i.e. Hendra Vaccinated Events (HVEs), to be vaccinated against Hendra Virus as of 1st January, 2014.
ENSW is currently in talks with Zoetis, the producer of the Hendra vaccine, to offer the vaccine plus a free follow up shot for EA registered horses only. As part of this initiative, ENSW will also offer a 50% reduction on the cost of online base horse registrat...
Author: Pet industry news
Date Posted: 6 June 2013
Australian bat lyssavirus a worry for vets and horse owners
Confirmation of a horse with Australian bat lyssavirus could increase the risk to Australian vets and horse owners, says the Australian Veterinary Association.
“This is the first time we have seen this virus in a horse, so there are a lot of unknowns at this point,” said AVA spokesperson Dr Chris Reardon.
“In the past, people have become infected with the deadly lyssavirus by being scratched or bitten by a flying fox or micro-bat, and we don’t know whether a horse could i...
Advantix flea treatment for dogs
Advantix is made by Bayer Animal Health. A trusted company for making animal products
Advantix is a topical ectoparasiticide that is used to protect dogs against ticks, fleas, mosquitoes and other parasites. More specifically in Australia, it is used in the treatment and prevention of the paralysis tick, the brown dog tick and the bush tick, which can be life threatening to dog...
We hear all the time that plaque and tartar gives bad bread and leads to gum disease and tooth loss. That is why we are advised to brush our teeth twice a day, mouth wash and floss. But what about our dogs? We know that they get the same condition but sometimes brushing their teeth just isnt practical. That is where Oravet comes in.
Oravet is the new leader is canine dental health chews. Most dental chews rely on the mechancial action of the dog chewing to scrub the teeth. Oravet is different, it is a dual action dental chew. Not only do Oravet chews scrub away the plaque they also contain a special...
CHOCOLATE TOXICITY IN DOGS
With E aster just around the corner many of us indulge in chocolate, probably more so than any other time of year. Although it may be tempti ng to share this delicious treat with your pet, it’s important to be aware of the dangers of chocolate to do...
ENRICHMENT FOR CATS – KEEPING YOUR FELINE FRIEND HAPPY
While cats confined to an indoor environment generally live longer and are at less risk of contracting infectious diseases or injury due to trauma, they are at greater risk for a variety of behavioural problems. These problems include urinating and defecating outside the litter box, anxiety, attention seeking, inter-cat aggression, boredom-related and stress-relieving behaviours such as over-grooming, chewing inappropriate ...
Nexgard flea treatment for dogs
If you have not considered Nexgard for your dog before then read on and find out the benefits of this product.
Nexgard is a new oral treatment that controls fleas and ticks including paralysis ticks for a full month. It is a tasty beef chew that dogs love. So easy and simple and effective.
So how do they do it? Nexgard is manufactured by Merial the same company that make Frontline so you know the company can be trusted.
Nexgard contains a new powerful active ingrediant Afoxolaner. Afoxolaner kills fleas and ticks...
DEHYDRATION IN HORSES
When a horse’s body possesses insufficient fluids to function optimally, the condition is described as dehydration.
Fluids are lost through sweating, drooling, respiration, normal excretion of urine and manure. Horses can become dehydrated because of inadequate fluid replacement following losses through sweating, drooling, respiration or strenuous diarrhea. Dehydration in horses is a serious emergency that can lead to kidney failure if not attended to quickly.
Evaluation of dehydration is a subjective exercise...
Horse riding helmut rules
If you are feeling confused about the new rules about horse riding helmets then you are not alone.
From January 2017 Pony Club Australia and EA Equestrian Australia have new standards on which helmets you can wear at any Pony Club or EA event.
This will be enforced at all events. You will not get away with wearing a non compliant helmet. ...
Having a Pet ID tag could save your dogs life
Pets go missing far more often than most people think. Studies show that over a five-year period, as many as 10-15% of owners go through the heartbreak of losing their pet.
When Sarah’s beloved cat Merlin went missing, she knew his life was in danger – and that she just had days to find him.Sarah loved Merlin dearly – they had been together for nearly 15 years. Merlin was elderly and on medication, so when he went missing, Sara...
Here at The Vet Shed we are passionate about animals - all animals. We are especially drawn to the Australian Orangutan Project and we are pleased that we adopt a little Orangutan called Lear, who is very very cute indeed.