Everyone knows that having an overweight dog is bad. But how bad?
Twenty years ago, Purina demonstrated a two year reduction in lifespan in Labradors kept in a laboratory setting. Now a recent large study in the US has for the first time looked at common dog breeds in the home environment.
Here’s what they found, in graphic form. Continue reading “Which Overweight Dogs Have Shorter Lives?”
Keeping birds can be done well, and to the benefit of both them and us. But too often in doing so we take away the very thing that defines them: flight. So here are some suggested minimum case sizes to allow your feathered friends to enjoy their fullest lives. Continue reading “What Is The Best Size For Budgie & Cockatiel Cages?”
Quick facts (details below):
- Keep the animal calm in a large, dark and quiet box
- Use gloves and a towel for handling if necessary
- If not possible, or for bats, call Fauna Rescue first
- Take them to the nearest open vet for assessment
- There will be no fees or charges
Now dive deeper… Continue reading “Where To Take Wildlife In Adelaide”
“Unfortunately, there are people out there who don’t like cats — hate cats — and too often we see what happens to cats when they are trapped by these sorts of people.” RSPCA South Australia chief executive Paul Stevenson
“A law like this would give the worst elements of society Carte Blanche to abuse their neighbours’ pets” Brian May (guitarist in Queen)
Why are these two so worried?
New cat curfew laws proposed by Marion Council will allow the trapping of any cat found off the property from 9pm to 7am. Not just by council staff either. By anyone at all. Continue reading “Do We Really Want To Live In A Society That Traps Cats?”
Have you heard this? The hair of double coated dog breeds doesn’t grow back properly after being shaved. Continue reading “Can All Dog Breeds Have Summer Haircuts?”
Warning: this post contains descriptions of animal cruelty.
Images of racehorses being slaughtered at abattoirs have put the racing industry in the spotlight. And rightly so. But there’s also a connection that’s much closer to home. Continue reading “Does Pet Food Contain Horse Meat?”
It’s easy to forget how refreshing Grumpy Cat was when she first appeared. If something wasn’t as good as the hype, then there she was with perfect one liner to burst the bubble. Coming from a cat like her, who could argue?
Grumpy Cat will always be the queen of memes, and perhaps the most famous cat of our time. Until now, I’ve refrained from talking about her death. But hopefully enough time has passed, because there’s a story in it about the future of cats. Continue reading “The Death Of Grumpy Cat”
The picture below is Grouch. I guess he’s called that because of what he was, not what he is. Because what he is now is a house cat. Continue reading “Caring For Feral & Stray Cats”
The loss of mental function with age is one of the hardest parts of dog ownership. To some extent it’s unavoidable, but there’s also a lot you can do.
The most important thing is knowing when it isn’t likely. I see far too many dogs written off with ‘dementia’ who really have something else entirely. Usually something that can be treated. Continue reading “Cognitive Dysfunction In Old Dogs”
Sadly, the treatment of mental health problems in dogs is taken much more seriously than in cats. An anxious dog will often get help quickly due to destruction or noise issues. An anxious cat, by contrast, tends to suffer in silence. Even worse, when they do show signs they’re often blamed for it. Continue reading “Fear, Stress & Anxiety In Cats”