Secret Payments, Incentives & Bias

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

Where Are All The Female Vets?

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

Dog And Cat Allergy

Devon Rex bedI 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.

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Dog Debarking Surgery

Here’s a rare public comment on a dog breeder forum about what I think is one of South Australia’s dirty little secrets.

debarking SA laws

“You need a stat dec signed by a JP stating the dogs barking is a nuisance etc and all the other methods of redicign the dogs barking have already bent tried and failed. Then you can get your dog debarked. I live on the SA/NSW border and thats how ppl here get thier dogs debarked. a letter froma JP and they hop over the border and get the Op done by a SA vet”

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The New Laws For Dogs & Cats

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

Adelaide Dog Parks

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.

Visit this page for dog parks in regional and country South Australia. Please also read our guide to dog park etiquette.

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.

adelaide dog parkAdelaide South Parklands

This new park with small and large dog areas will be open in 2017-2018

Andrews Farm: Stebonheath Dog ParkAndrews Farm Dog Park

Davoren Rd.
Small dog park at the western end of a large park & lake with walking paths and sporting facilities.

Birkenhead: Adelaide Brighton Community Dog Parkcommunity dog park port dog park

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.

Blakeview Pooch ParkBlakeview Pooch park Blakeview Dog Park

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

Broadview Dog Parkbroadview dog park

Collingrove Ave.
Smallish dog park but many owners also let their dogs run on Broadview oval when not in use. Good facilities.

Devon Park Puppy Parkdevon dog park

Bolingbroke Ave
Small single park with obstacles, ramps, tunnels etc adjacent large sports field. Presumably ‘puppy’ means all small dogs.

Flagstaff Hill: Minkarra Dog ParkHappy Valley Dog Park Aberfoyle Dog Park

cnr Happy Valley Drive & Manning Rd.
Single large dog park near a skate park & playground.

Flinders Park: Tedder Reserve Pooch ParkFlinders Park Dog

Findon Rd & Belgrave Ave.
Single dog park adjacent the River Torrens Linear Park.

Glenside: Conyngham Street Dog ParkConyngham Dog Park Frewville dog park

Conyngham Rd.
Large single open grassed area with muddy patches in winter.
Getting an upgrade in 2016.

Golden Grove Dog Parkdog walking circuit Grove Dog Park

Bicentennial Dve.
Unusual linear layout like a walking circuit (most do it clockwise). The entrance & exit are side by side.

Hectorville: Four Paws Parkhectorville dog park

cnr Montacute & St Bernards Rd (behind petrol station)
Popular and attractive park with good variety of amusements and mature shady trees. Illuminated

Hillbank: Jo Gapper Dog Parkall dog park small dog area

Blackburn Rd.
Small & large dog areas
Lovely setting adjacent an open wooded hillside.

Holden Hill: Bentley Reserve Dog Parkholden hill

Gentilly St.
Huge large dog area with central mound.
Separate area for small dogs.

Kilburn: Jack Watkins ReserveKilburn Dog Park

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

Marleston: West Torrens Dog ParkMarleston doggy park marleston dog 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.

Mawson Lakes: Dry Creek Linear Parkdry creek park

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.

Mt Barker: Barka ParkMt Barker dog barka dog park

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.

North Adelaide Dog Parknorth adelaide dog park

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).

Northfield: L J Lewis Reservenorthfield dog park

Grand Junction Rd.
Nice quiet location.
Has a separate area for boisterous dogs.

Panorama: CC Hood ReservePanorama Dog Park

Access from Eliza Place
Large dog park in the middle of CC Hood reserve.
Good local amenities.

Para Hills West: The Paddocks Reservepara hills dog park

Single medium sized park close to Maxwell Rd.
Plus adjacent woodland & wetland where dogs can be walked on-leash.
Solar lighting.

Parafield Gardens: Baltimore ReserveParafield dog park

Oleander Dve.
Single park attractively well vegetated with native trees and shrubs.
Adjacent sports oval.

Para Vista: Golding Ovallarge dog park small dog park

cnr Redhill Rd & Kalina Ave.
Good sized dog park with two separate areas, presumably for small & large dogs. Adjacent sports oval.

Paralowie Dog ParkParalowie Dog Park

Kingswood Crescent Reserve.
Medium sized single dog park.
access either via Bolivar Rd or Caulfield Crescent.

Pooraka: Unity Parkpooraka dog parkunity park dogs

South Tce. Single large dog park. Solar lighting.
Behind Gepps Cross BMX club, near good walks around a lake & the state sports park.

Ridgehaven: Ashley Avenue Dog ParkGully Dog Park Ridgehaven Dog 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.

Salisbury Heights: Canterbury ReserveSalisbury Heights Dog Park

Canterbury Rd.
A single medium-sized dog park (with solar light) behind the mound that separates Canterbury reserve from Main North Road.

Salisbury North: Happy Home ReserveSalisbury North Dog Park

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.

Salisbury Park: Jenkins Reservetwo dog parks salisbury dog park

Saints Rd. Two separate areas in a secluded setting generally closed at sunset.
Large reserve with parking adjacent good walks along the Little Para.

Stirling: Wright Road Dog Parkstirling puppy park stirling dog park

Wright Rd, Crafers
Large area with walking path and small separate puppy park.

large dog park small dog parkTaperoo: Roy Marten Reserve

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.

Trott Park: Reserve Street Reservereserve street parkTrott dog park

Reserve St.
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.

Two Wells Dog ParkTwo Wells dog parkWells Dog Park

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.

Upper Sturt Dog Parkhills dog park

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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