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Pets And The Elderly

Pets for the elderly: a four-legged solution to an age-old problem

As repositories of wisdom and experience, older Australians truly are a national treasure. So it’s no surprise that families, friends and doctors alike are concerned about the myriad of illnesses threatening our elders. The good news is there’s a treatment that is proven to increase physical and mental health, and even delay the aging process. Best of all, it’s completely drug-free, and available right now at your local pet shelter.Pets For The Elderly

Animal companions – whether they are dogs, cats, birds, mice, or even lizards – are closely linked with increased quality of life. Here are some of the many ways a pet can benefit your cherished grandparent or aging friend. Read the rest of this entry »

Leaving An Older Pet In The Kennels

Special holiday care for older pets
Aussies just love their animals, and dogs are many people’s favourites. Did you know that 35% of Australian households have a dog? That brings the estimated number of pet dogs in the country to 4.2 million! If you look at it another way, that’s 19 dogs for every 100 people. older pet

But what happens when that energy starts to abate and your dog is gaining in years? OK, a young puppy may be a lot of work, but older pets require lots of caring in a different type of way. Their diet will change, their exercise regime will lessen and they could develop health problems such as arthritis, loss of or impaired vision, obesity, heart trouble and other issues.

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Managing your separation anxiety when you’re away from your pets

man hugging his dogYou know how it goes. You’ve packed your bags, left home and, on the way to the airport, dropped your dog at the pet boarding kennel. Now, there’s nothing left to do except relax and enjoy your vacation. But, for the life of you, you can’t put your mind at ease. In fact, all you can do is think about the way your precious, loyal pet yelped, cried and howled as you walked away. And now, the many different ways in which they might be suffering are racing through your mind. Every five minutes, you check your phone, just in case someone’s calling to tell you something’s gone terribly wrong.

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Separation anxiety for animals and owners

Are you worried that your dog’s cries might represent more than just a minor sulk? Does your beloved canine take things to the next level, with intense howling or repetitive barking? Have you come home to find your carpet, shoes or door partially destroyed?dog separation anxiety

It’s normal for your pet to miss you when you’re away, especially if they’ve spent some time in boarding kennels. After all, a dog isn’t described as “man’s best friend” for nothing. But when missing turns into separation anxiety, you have a much more serious problem on your hands – for both your animal and you.

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Ventilation in boarding kennels: bad air out, good air in

dsc01924Good ventilation is essential in boarding kennels. Ventilation is necessary to reduce odours, provide clean air to those housed inside, and most importantly, to reduce the concentration of potentially infectious airborne diseases and other agents.

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Kennel stress: how climate control impacts stress in pets

balaton_Boarding kennel stress can be extremely dangerous to dogs. In fact, the impact of stress can be seen in the behaviour of dogs as they deteriorate while in captivity in shelters. While there are a number of factors that may contribute to pet stress during kennel stays, there is one important factor that is often overlooked: temperature.  Read the rest of this entry »