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Children and Pet Loss

The death of a much loved family pet can be a tough time for children and parents. Children around two or three years of age have little concept of death and may simply view it as a form of permanent sleep. Children aged between four and six years often have more difficulty in accepting death …
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Unconditional Love

You love your dog but does your dog love you back? They lick us, want to hang out with us, jump up to greet us with wagging tails, romp, play and sleep with us and watch over us when we’re sick. It certainly looks like they love us. A new study has been examining this …
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Cracking Down on Irresponsible Breeders

Victoria recently announced its revised mandatory code of practice for breeding and rearing businesses, claiming it to be strictest set of regulations in the world to protect the welfare of domestic animals. It’s come about as part of that Government’s commitment to crack down on rogue puppy farms. For those interested, the Victorian government has …
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Early De-sexing Saves Lives

It’s kitten season and the cuteness factor of squirmy bright-eyed kittens is hard to beat. They’re playful, comical but also vulnerable. For kittens there’s no safety in numbers. If you have a new kitten, one of the most caring things you can do is tee up their de-sexing operation. Statistically, de-sexed cats live much longer …
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Counting Our Furry Blessings

Tis the season to be thankful for small blessings, including the furry four-footed kind that bring laughter and companionship to two-thirds of households across Australia. The right pet with the right owner equals happier, healthier people. Scientifically we know that interaction with animals makes us feel better, partly because it stimulates production of brain chemicals like oxytocin. …
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