Have you ever wanted to own a “different” pet? Do you want something other than a cat or dog? Well how about one of these weird but wonderful pets!

Australian Tarantula
  • live for anywhere from 5-25 years
  • don’t require much space
  • only need to be fed once or twice a week
  • unique and interesting
  • venomous - although their bite is not deadly to humans it will cause pain
  • won’t interact with humans 
     
    

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I saw a snake the other day near our garage. After the initial jumping, squealing and running away, I calmed down enough to realise it was only a green tree snake and I just left it alone and it went on its merry way.

Living on acreage in South East Queensland means we do occasionally see snakes, so it wasn’t the first time and certainly won’t be the last time that I will have a snake encounter. But it got me to thinking about first aid for snake bites and what I would do if someone or one of the animals were bitten.

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The beautiful hot and humid Australian Summer weather has well and truly arrived! Here are a few things to remember to keep your pet happy, healthy and safe this summer.

Parasites
In the hot summer months parasites like fleas, ticks and worms thrive and can be detrimental to your pet’s health. It is important to keep flea treatments up to date, even if you don’t see any fleas on your pet. It is much easier to prevent a flea outbreak rather than eradicate one. Also be sure to use tick prevention, especially if you live in a tick area. The deadly paralysis tick can kill a pet within days, so be sure to use a tick treatment product and check your pet daily. With more mosquitoes around during summer it means that there is a higher risk of heartworm being transmitted, so be sure to stay compliant with your pets heartworm prevention. Also make sure your pet’s intestinal worming program is up to date.

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Some of the vet-n-pet DIRECT canine team members!

Each year on the first Friday after June 19th, it is Take Your Dog To Work Day. Take Your Dog To Work Day is a day in which businesses are encouraged to allow staff members to bring their canine friends to the workplace. But let’s not forget our furry feline friends as they can be great workplace companions as well. The initiative aims to show people the benefits of companion animals and to encourage people to adopt a pet.

Many studies have shown the benefits of pet ownership on health and reducing stress levels in people, but did you know that there are many positive benefits to having pets in the workplace? Benefits of pets in the workplace include;
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dog-campingCamping is a great way to relax while enjoying the outdoors and being able to share the experience with your dog, or even your cat, can make it even more enjoyable.

It is important to realise that taking your pet away camping with you is something that requires some thought and preparation. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for a camping trip with your furry friend to ensure that you all enjoy yourself and stay safe while camping.

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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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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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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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ticks-on-dogSpring has sprung and so have ticks!

In Australia, adult ticks are in their highest numbers during the warmer months of August to February. These little nasties can make your pets very sick and even cause death. As a pet owner you need to be aware of ticks and do your best to prevent your pet from falling victim to them. It is important to know how to check your pets for ticks and how to remove them if you do find one on your pet. If you live in a tick area it is very important to be diligent in tick prevention as well as checking your pets for ticks and knowing the signs and symptoms that may be seen if your pet does have a tick.

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In the last month it seems that as soon as the sun goes down our yard is taken over by cane toads.  The little bit of recent rain has brought these toads out of hibernation and they are ready to breed during the wet season.

These rather unattractive amphibians are a common cause of poisoning to dogs and less commonly cats.  When toads feel threatened they ooze a milky poison through the glands in the skin.  If a dog or cat is to lick, bite or eat a cane toad the poison can make them quite sick and can have a hallucinogenic effect on them.  Just recently I was reading an article in the Courier Mail that said that some dogs were possibly becoming addicted to the “high” or the effect that the cane toad poison was having on them and were then repeatedly seeking out cane toads.

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