It’s not what you think. Once I tell you you’ll wonder why you didn’t see the problem straight away, and I bet you’ll never take the risk again. In fact, even after my mother pointed it out, I nearly made the same mistake as you’ll see later. Read more
This isn’t just for dogs and cats in Adelaide. If you live near any city in the developed world these days, you need to know these people exist. One day you may be very grateful.
The trust our pets give us seems almost like too much responsibility at times. What if we accidentally don’t do the best we can? That’s why we get our advice from trusted sources.
Can you still trust advice when financial interests and your pet’s interests don’t match? Thankfully, yes, just because animal lovers are some of the best people there are. However, I still want you to know of the ways sellers are being tempted to give biased advice.
I can’t apologise enough for not naming names but at least if they ever happen you should be able to spot these tricks, and even help me fix a few. Read more
Have you heard? Dr Chris Brown is stepping down from the Bondi Vet. The producers are asking pet owners to nominate their favourite vet for his replacement. What a great opportunity for you to do something about what I see as a great problem.
So here we are, in possibly the most female dominated of all the professions, yet all the major celebrity vets are male. Why? Read more
Thanks to my big mouth I was in trouble from the outset. As a litter of five 10kg puppies were brought in by the scruffs of their necks, all I had to do was shut up. Read more
If you want to see the information your vet uses, you need to get access to scholarly journals. This post explains how to:
I love Devon Rex cats (that’s mine above) but they aren’t good for allergies. To cats, that is. (for allergies of cats & dogs, follow this link)
My previous Devon Rex was dumped at a shelter after 18 months being locked in a room. She’d been bought on the misguided belief that she wouldn’t cause cat allergy. It took me years to get her settled after that rough start, and it could have been worse.
I’ve seen plenty of animal lovers who are allergic to their pets. It’s heartbreaking to watch. The good news is there are things you can do to help.
Here’s a rare public comment on a dog breeder forum about what I think is one of South Australia’s dirty little secrets.
In the past week there have been two major advances in the vital fight to reduce the number of dogs and cats euthanased every year. We’ve seen the passage of the Dog And Cat Management (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill through the South Australian parliament. We’ve also see the first Australian state move to ban greyhound racing.
Both of these will have major effects on dog & cat welfare, and people with animals. Here’s how both changes may affect you. Read more
Here’s our list of all the fully fenced off leash dog parks in Adelaide last updated 2017. There’s a map at the start showing where each dog park is. When we know of a Facebook page for a park it’s listed too. Know a new one? Leave a comment below.
We’ve visited every park, taken photos and noted their features. We have not included the large number of other off-leash areas that aren’t officially dog parks. Visit your local council’s website to check where else you can go locally.
Gold medal: City of Salisbury with nine dog parks! Unley, Norwood & Holdfast Bay: still on the starting line. See the full list after the map.
This new park with small and large dog areas will be open in 2017-2018
Small dog park at the western end of a large park & lake with walking paths and sporting facilities.
cnr Alfred St & Hargrave St
Top marks to a private company for creating such an excellent public dog space! A beautifully-landscaped single park with mounds, a grassy hollow, rocks and vegetation.
Access via Jabez Way.
Small single park set between Main North Road and Blakeview.
It only looks like Blakeview DUCK Park in the photos due to a particularly wet winter
Smallish dog park but many owners also let their dogs run on Broadview oval when not in use. Good facilities.
Small single park with obstacles, ramps, tunnels etc adjacent large sports field. Presumably ‘puppy’ means all small dogs.
cnr Happy Valley Drive & Manning Rd.
Single large dog park near a skate park & playground.
Findon Rd & Belgrave Ave.
Single dog park adjacent the River Torrens Linear Park.
Large single open grassed area with muddy patches in winter.
Getting an upgrade in 2016.
Unusual linear layout like a walking circuit (most do it clockwise). The entrance & exit are side by side.
cnr Montacute & St Bernards Rd (behind petrol station)
Popular and attractive park with good variety of amusements and mature shady trees. Illuminated
Small & large dog areas
Lovely setting adjacent an open wooded hillside.
Huge large dog area with central mound.
Separate area for small dogs.
Car parking either off Churchill Rd next to Costco or Kilburn rwy station Carroll Rd
Separate large and small dog areas in middle of secluded large park
Westside Bikeway, Moss Ave.
Separate small and all dog areas, lovely big parks close to the city and Anzac Highway. Good to see vegetation in the small dog park for dogs that like to explore.
Park Way, near Technology Park
Small single dog park at the southeastern end of a beautiful walk along Dry Creek from Mawson Lakes centre. Solar lighting.
Access from end of Zanker Drive (nr Bluestone Estate). Signposted from Flaxley Rd.
Vast large dog area with range of amusements; small dog area good size, mostly grass.
Between Main North Rd, Lefevre Rd, Medindie Rd & Robe Tce.
Vast pair of parks (small & large dogs), to be illuminated in 2016. Parking best via Medindie Rd (closer to LeFevre Rd but shrubby & secluded approach).
Grand Junction Rd.
Nice quiet location.
Has a separate area for boisterous dogs.
Access from Eliza Place
Large dog park in the middle of CC Hood reserve.
Good local amenities.
Single medium sized park close to Maxwell Rd.
Plus adjacent woodland & wetland where dogs can be walked on-leash.
Single park attractively well vegetated with native trees and shrubs.
Adjacent sports oval.
cnr Redhill Rd & Kalina Ave.
Good sized dog park with two separate areas, presumably for small & large dogs. Adjacent sports oval.
Kingswood Crescent Reserve.
Medium sized single dog park.
access either via Bolivar Rd or Caulfield Crescent.
South Tce. Single large dog park. Solar lighting.
Behind Gepps Cross BMX club, near good walks around a lake & the state sports park.
Access via Ashley Ave or Milne Rd.
This dog park isn’t actually fully fenced. Instead it’s a designated area between a series of sports fields and a creek, set well back from the surrounding roads.
A single medium-sized dog park (with solar light) behind the mound that separates Canterbury reserve from Main North Road.
Waterloo Corner Rd.
Single medium park in a large reserve on the Little Para River
Close to Salisbury, near a playground and walking trails on the Little Para River.
Saints Rd. Two separate areas in a secluded setting generally closed at sunset.
Large reserve with parking adjacent good walks along the Little Para.
Wright Rd, Crafers
Large area with walking path and small separate puppy park.
Access via Military Road north of Fort Largs or Ventura Avenue.
Small and large dog areas in a huge setting and even close enough to go for a beach walk! Good facilities although the original dog water concept involving a foot pedal was a tad ambitious.
Massive boomerang-shaped dog park with inner biodiversity area (essentially creating two spaces). Two car parks either via Adams Rd or Reserve St and adjacent BBQ and playground.
Next to the CFS shed on Wells Rd a short walk from the main street.
A single park with shelter, grassed area and good scrubby edge for dogs that like to explore.
This frankly looks like a set of disused bitumen tennis courts but good on the council for being creative. No grass or dirt, but it’s a small enclosed area if you need it.
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By Andrew Spanner BVSc(Hons) MVetStud, a vet in Adelaide, Australia. These blogs are from a series regularly posted on Facebook and Twitter. Like or follow our page or subscribe via email to read the latest.
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