Stylish Homewares and interiors store Temple and Webster are now stocking pet products.
House proud pet-owners will also be pleased to know their range of dog beds are now on sale. The range of Bold coloured, weather resistant beds can be found online here
Humans are not the only ones who enjoy a day at the spa – so do their dogs!
It’s amazing what a couple hours of pampering will do for your pooch, especially around the busy festive season, says award-winning pet stylist Melanie Newman of Spa Bark Dog Grooming & Spa in Victoria.
“The pet industry is seeing an increase in luxury grooming services for pets over the past few years and more recently, people are asking for salon spa services,” she says.
Aromatherapy, mud massage treatments, colour rejuvenation treatments and other high-end pampering, cleaning and brushing therapies not only improve and rejuvenate dogs’ coat, skin and colour, but also offer emotional benefits for both dogs and their owners.
“The dogs love the extra attention and really respond to the massage treatments, sometimes falling asleep during the massage process,” Mrs Newman says. “Their owners definitely notice the difference in coat condition and beautifully smelling pet gets way more pats at home.”
Average spa treatment costs range between $35 to $65 above the grooming price, depending on dog breed and treatment.
“Pet owners are demanding more services for their pets because they love them and want to give them the best care possible to make them happy and healthy. They are also recognising the increased professionalism and quality of skills of pet groomers today,” she says.
Breed: Australian Cattledog X Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Age: 1 Year
Tag Number: 109 4637
Animal ID: 252644
Honey is an energetic and playful young girl looking for a loving family to call her own. She is looking for an experienced family who have knowledge and experience with working breeds. This will help them to understand her physical and mental needs.
Honey requires at least one long daily walk or run as well as interactive playtime to help her burn off her excess energy and keep her mind stimulated. She loves toys and her new family will need to make sure she is provided with a variety of them to keep her occupied, particularly for the times she will be home on her own.
Honey has been social with dogs she has met at the shelter however she does still need to practice her social skills. She would benefit from going to a home with another dog as she doesn’t enjoy being on her own for long periods of time, but she must meet any potential doggy housemates at the shelter before they can go home together.
She will be happiest in a home where she lives as an indoor and outdoor dog, included as part of the family. A secure yard with a minimum of 5ft fencing will keep her safe for the times she is outdoors.
Honey is $310 to adopt, and is desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, wormed and health tested. The RSPCA is open six days, closed Wednesdays, for adoptions. For more information please visit: www.rspcansw.org.au or call 9770 7555
Did you know it only takes six minutes for an animal to die from heat stroke?
In the last week RSPCA NSW has received seven complaints about dogs found in hot cars. RSPCA NSW is once again reminding pet owners not to leave any animal unattended in vehicles, especially as the weather gets warmer.
“Many people are not aware that if you leave your dog unattended in the car, even with windows down and in the shade, there’s still a high risk of heat stroke and potentially suffering a worse fate,” said RSPCA NSW Chief Inspector David OShannessy. “Its forecast to be a sizzling summer so we hope that people can get the message before it gets hotter and more dogs suffer or die.”
Cars parked in the sun can reach temperatures in excess of 80° Celsius, and can remain dangerously hot even if the windows are open. A dog cannot sweat in these conditions and panting increases the heat in the car.
“Cars left stationary in the sun become ovens. Ute trays also become extremely hot, so dogs can suffer a similar fate,” he says. “If a dog is found suffering as a result of being left in a car, the maximum penalty is $5,500 and six-month in prison and if a dog dies from being left in a car, the owner can receive a $22,000 fine and a two-year prison sentence.”
As appealing as it is to take the family pet on outings, if there’s no choice but to leave the pet in the car then choose the better option of leaving them at home with shade and plenty of water.
If you see a stressed animal left in a car, contact your local police or RSPCA on 1300 CRUELTY (1300 278 3589).
The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) is urging pet owners to take precautions to prevent deadly encounters with snakes when venturing outside with their furry friends.
Snakes tend to be their most active towards the end of the day, says Dr David Neck, President of AVA’s small animal special interest group.
“Snake bites tend to occur in the late afternoon or early evening. Snakes also tend to be attracted to rodents and rubbish to hide under,” he says. “Dog owners should avoid snake prone areas, particularly if they are walking their dog at the end of the day. Snakes can also venture into backyards and over the spring and summer months even city dogs and cats can be at risk.”
Dr Neck urges pet owners to be aware of the signs of a snake bite as owners may not actually see their dog or cat being bitten.
“Symptoms can vary with different snakes but sudden onset of seizures, vomiting, weakness in the limbs and inability to move may be observed. Soon after the symptoms occur, the animal may collapse with severely laboured breathing,” he says.
Although snake bites can be deadly, rapid treatment with the appropriate anti-venom can be a very effective treatment if done quickly. Get to your nearest vet immediately!
Too often, older animals end up in the RSPCA’s care that are unwanted, surrendered by their owners or sometimes even abondoned or injured. Providing an older animal with a happy and comfortable home for their final years can be a rewarding experience.
“Older pets make great companions — they are usually calm, gentle and love spending time with the family,” said RSPCA NSW Shelter Manager Adam Farrugia.“They are more settled in their behaviours and you can definitely teach an old dog new tricks!”
It is more difficult to rehome older pets as a lot of people are concerned about getting attached to the animal and them passing soon after, said Mr Farrugia.
“It takes a special someone to acknowledge that the animal deserves to spend their last years being a happy and loved family member — rather than waiting in a shelter environment,” she says.
Smaller breed dogs can live up to 18 years old so have many years to give to their new owners. Animals over eight years old are Golden Oldies and they are $100 to adopt. To know more, please visit www.adoptapet.com.au.