vnp-10-year-bday-4fbOn the 21st of July 2015 vet-n-pet DIRECT proudly celebrated their 10th Birthday!

What began 10 years ago in a small home office has now expanded to a large warehouse with a dedicated and qualified team of staff.

As one of the pioneers in the pet and veterinary supplies category on the Internet, vet-n-pet DIRECT have continued to remain at the forefront of their industry.

To read the full Press Release on vet-n-pet DIRECT’s 10th anniversary click here.

Reaching a milestone of 10 years in business is a wonderful achievement and I feel incredibly privileged to have been a part of the journey. I look forward to seeing how the business continues to grow and develop over the next 10 years.

Until next time,
Bec


de-sexing-4blogAs a nation that believes in animal rights and responsible pet ownership we need to reduce the number of animals being bred. If less animals were being irresponsibly bred then in turn this would reduce the number of unwanted, mistreated, stray and abandoned animals.

I am a strong believer in getting your pets desexed. I feel that there really isn’t any need to keep an entire (undesexed) dog or cat unless you are a registered breeder. I believe that all pets should be desexed before they become sexually mature enough to breed, so by 3-6 months of age.

Many people think that having a litter of puppies or kittens is fun and they are so cute or possibly a way to make some extra money. In my opinion these are not good enough reasons to bring these innocent fur babies into the world. Some people even think that owning a dog or cat and then breeding them is their “right”. Owning an animal is not a “right” it is a responsibility! Dogs and cats are living breathing creatures that require and deserve to be cared for.

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Processed by: Helicon Filter;Brrrr Winter is here. It’s not my favourite time of year, the days are shorter, it is damp and cold but worst of all it is time to rug the horses again.

Rugging horses; it is just so time consuming, putting on their big heavy winter rugs at night and then pulling them off in the morning. But we do it, because we love them and we would hate for them to get cold, even though we probably really don’t need to do it.

The majority of horses, including wild horses and pets, live their lives in paddocks with no shelters and no rugs during the cold winter months and they are able to keep themselves warm. Horses are naturally well equipped to deal with freezing temperatures and have the ability to regulate heat transfer and loss to ensure their body temperature is kept in a suitable range. The most obvious protector from the elements is the horse’s coat, most significantly their winter coat. The horse’s winter coat usually starts to grow during mid to late Autumn when the days begin to shorten and the night temperatures start to drop. The winter coat is longer and coarser than the summer coat. The horse can “fluff” their coat up, causing the hairs to stick up which traps air next to their body and acts like an insulating layer. The only time this doesn’t work is when the coat gets wet and the hair is unable to stand up. This is when the horse relies on the natural oils in their coat to protect the skin from getting wet. The extra oils that accumulate in the coat and on the skin also provide additional insulation from the harsh elements. During the winter months it is best to not bathe your horse, especially if they live outdoors with no rug, as bathing them will strip the natural oils from the coat that have built up to protect them. It is also best to limit brushing as this can move the oils away from the skin.

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boys (468x600)After losing our beautiful dalmatian Lilly, it took a few months before I was ready to look for a new four-legged addition to our family. Lilly was so special and a very important member of our family, so they were going to be big paws to fill.

We know that no dog would ever be able to replace our Lilly, but perhaps, if we were lucky enough, another very special dog would come along.

We were lucky enough!!

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greyhound-4blogRecently there has been a lot of media coverage on the Greyhound racing industry and some of the disgraceful training methods that were being practised and the way the dogs are treated. Rather than rehashing the same story I would like to talk more about the organisations that rescue and rehome Greyhounds and why Greyhounds make such great pets.

There are a number of fabulous organisations in Australia that are dedicated to saving and rehoming greyhounds, providing them a second chance at life. Most of these Greyhound rescues in Australia are non-profit organisations that rely heavily on volunteers and donations in order to keep helping these beautiful dogs. Greyhounds that end up in the care of these organisations have not necessarily been mistreated or subjected to appalling training techniques. Some of them are puppies, some have never raced and others may have raced, been injured or retired.

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cat scratching furnitureMost cat owners have probably experienced their beloved cat scratching somewhere they shouldn’t be like the carpet, rug, curtains or furniture. The scratching behaviour can be incredibly destructive and frustrating for cat owners to deal with.

For cats, scratching is a natural and necessary behaviour that they perform for a number of reasons including;
* to keep their nails in good order by sharpening them and removing the outer husk of the nail.
* just to stretch out and flex their feet.
* due to anxiety or stress
* as a territory marker by displaying the scratch marks it can mark an area as theirs.
* to mark their territory with their pheromones. When they scratch the glands in their feet release pheromones that mark their territory and make them feel happy and relaxed.

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dogswimmingSwimming pools are a wonderful source of fun and amusement, not to mention a great way to cool down. The whole family can enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool, including your dog.

It is important to remember that even though pools are a great addition to our backyards they can also be dangerous. Pool safety is not only for people and it is important to realise that dogs (and other animals) can drown in pools. The following are some important tips on how to keep your dog safe when they are in or around a pool. Remember, dogs often don’t see the same dangers you do, so to them jumping in the pool is just fun and not potentially life threatening.

Dogs are often left unsupervised for long periods of time which allows them to get up to mischief. If they decide that they feel like going for a swim or getting into the pool area they can often find a way either by digging, jumping over a fence or pushing through a fence. You need to ensure that the pool fence is safe and well maintained to try and prevent this from happening. Make sure there is nothing on or close to the fence that they could climb on and then jump over the fence. Some dogs might like to dig under a pool fence so they can squeeze their way into the pool area. Be sure to check around the edge of the pool fence daily to see if your dog has been busy digging. Also make sure you do not leave toys in or around the pool as pets may be able to see them and be attracted to them.

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Image sourced from http://www.yourdog.co.uk

Image sourced from http://www.yourdog.co.uk

With a new year upon us it made me think about how it is said that for every one calendar year that passes it is equivalent to 7 years passing in a dogs life. So is this 1 to 7 ratio the correct way to calculate a dog’s age?

The dogs average lifespan is only a fraction of the humans average life span and this is how the age calculation ratio came about. This 1 to 7 year ratio is a simple way to estimate a dogs age although it is not entirely correct. The rate that a dog ages is also influenced by their breed and weight, with large breed and heavier dogs aging faster than smaller dogs. Dogs mature much faster than people, particularly in the first 2 years of life. Infact, the first year of a dogs life is actually equivalent to 14-15 human years. Small breed dogs are usually considered to be senior at around 8-10 years. Larger and giant breed dogs age faster and can enter their senior years at 5-7 years.

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Image sourced from http://www.chicagonow.com

Image sourced from http://www.chicagonow.com

Pets are definitely a wonderful addition to our lives, but giving them as presents is not always the best idea.

Yes it is lovely to hand someone an adorable ball of fluff on Christmas morning but a pet is not just something cute for one day. Pets are a lifetime commitment. They should not be forced upon someone as not everyone is in the situation to care for a pet or they may not want to.

If you are insistent on buying a pet as a present there a few things that you should consider before doing so.
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