https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au Pet Insurance Australia Wed, 20 Mar 2019 09:03:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10 https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/cropped-logo-32x32.png https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au 32 32 Veterinary Stress – Can Pet Insurance Help? https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/veterinary-stress-can-pet-insurance-help/ https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/veterinary-stress-can-pet-insurance-help/#respond Wed, 20 Mar 2019 08:53:43 +0000 https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/?p=6504 Pet Insurance Australia takes a look at the pressures faced by veterinarians across Australia and investigate if pet insurance can help both the veterinarian and the pet owner. “It’s no surprise, to anyone in the industry, the huge pressures our loving veterinarians ...

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Pet Insurance Australia takes a look at the pressures faced by veterinarians across Australia and investigate if pet insurance can help both the veterinarian and the pet owner.

“It’s no surprise, to anyone in the industry, the huge pressures our loving veterinarians feel in regard to saving pets and the costs that this can mean for pet owners,” Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia says. “Particularly in this day and age when we have so many options open to families to save their animals, and the costs associated with this.”

Pet care and treatment is often an expensive process and leaves many pet owners baffled by the exact cost of diagnosis, surgery and all the specialist equipment and people that go into taking care of a sick pet.

“This can leave some families with the horrible choice of euthanising their pet or saving them,” Crighton says. “This enormous pressure can be felt across Australia by many of our veterinarians.”

Dr Jon Berkowitz, BVSc MBA and Pawssum CEO agrees that the pressure on veterinarians can be difficult.

“I think our personality types are perfectionists,” he says. “We dislike outcomes that don’t go according to plan and take it personally. In the early years I used to sleep in my clinic before 24 hour centres to monitor patients overnight. Although the patients are not ours we treat them as if they are. When money comes into it, it is difficult to ask for expensive surgery and work ups. A single person practice can also be lonely and often practice owners struggle financially.”

This type of pressure has seen numerous news articles published in relation to the amount of stress our veterinarians feel on a day-to-day basis.

So what can help?

“Having great colleagues and staff around,” Dr Berkowitz says. “Usually a few good jokes a day. Being able to spend time cuddling the patients, just looking into their trusting eyes that they know you are helping them makes a big difference. Most clients are fantastic.”

He also points out the important role pet insurance can play to not only help the animal but also allow the veterinarian to treat the pet without any of the worry of the possible financial burden to the owner.

“Insurance has made this much easier for vets as in some way we know the client is not paying the majority of the bill,” he says. “Most people have car insurance and never use it, it should be the same with pets.”

How can you reduce your vet bills?

“Rob a bank, be born wealthy, win the lottery or take out pet insurance,” Dr Berkowitz smiles. “The latter is the most obvious choice! Also, be sure to take your pets to the vet for regular health examinations early on. The earlier a vet can diagnose or catch an illness, the more likely the pet can be treated without the condition becoming overly serious to require more expensive treatment. It might seem like an unnecessary cost in the meantime but can save you a huge expense (and a pets life!) in the long run.”

Crighton also advises pet owners to understand the limitations of what their trusted veterinarian can do and have plans in place on how you will pay for your pet’s medical care before you become a pet parent.

“Understandably, pet owners get very upset when their pet is sick and in need of a very expensive treatment, particularly if they simply cannot afford the lifesaving treatment,” Crighton says. “It’s important to have plans in place to ensure you can afford the treatment of your pet if they do fall ill or experience an injury. This can be pet insurance, or a savings plan.”

“Having pet insurance gives you that peace of mind for any expensive procedure that the vets needs to do for your pet which could save their lives,” Dr Berkowitz concludes.

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Hear All About It – Protecting Ears https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/hear-all-about-it/ https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/hear-all-about-it/#respond Wed, 13 Mar 2019 09:37:47 +0000 https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/?p=6496 With Otitis externa, or chronic inflammation of the ear, being the largest claimed condition in Australia, Pet Insurance Australia takes a look at how you can prevent problems occurring in your dog and the reason why seeking help from a veterinary ...

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With Otitis externa, or chronic inflammation of the ear, being the largest claimed condition in Australia, Pet Insurance Australia takes a look at how you can prevent problems occurring in your dog and the reason why seeking help from a veterinary dermatologist is so important.

“In 2018 Otitis Externa topped the list for the top 10 claims in Australia,” Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia says. “For many Australian dog owners, ear care is a major concern when it comes to the health and wellbeing of their pet.”

Dr Robert Hilton, a practitioner in the field of veterinary dermatology in the Melbourne and Geelong area, agrees that ear health is an important aspect of responsible pet ownership. Chronic and severe disease makes up a significant part of his referral practice
“Chronic changes in the ear canal leading to loss of self-cleaning and perpetuation of one infection after the other,” he says. “Most common primary cause is allergic dermatitis then the disease become self-perpetuating has chronic infection which repeats itself due to loss of self-cleaning.”

If your pet is suffering from a possible ear condition is it important you seek veterinary treatment quickly.

“It’s important that your pet is diagnosed and treated quickly,” Crighton says. “Follow up care is also vital to protect your pets ears from a continuing problem that can lead to narrowing of the ear canal and ear drum damage. The condition also causes a huge amount of discomfort to your pet.”

“Middle ear disease is a serious complication,” Dr Hilton adds. “Once the cycle of infection and loss of homeostasis is set up, the ear disease will progress, independent of the primary cause – often allergy – that initiated it.”

Symptoms

  • Head shaking
  • Ear scratching
  • Discharge from ears
  • Bad odour
  • Redness
  • Whining when ear is touched

More extreme symptoms include:

  • Head tilting
  • Balance and coordination issues
  • Scaling inside ears
  • Hearing loss

“If your pet is suffering from reoccurring issues it’s best to seek the advice from a Veterinary Dermatologist,” Crighton recommends. “Correct and early treatment and prevention is key, as well as regular check-ups.”

Otitis Externa affects the outa-ear of the dog while Otitis Media is the middle ear or just behind the eardrum. The third and more complicated condition is Otitis Interna.

“For all pet owners it’s important to try and find the source of the problem, which in many cases is caused by an allergy,” Crighton says. “With all ear conditions only seek professional advice on cleaning, treatments and prevention.”

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Pet Insurance Worth it for Cats? https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/pet-insurance-worth-it-for-cats/ https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/pet-insurance-worth-it-for-cats/#respond Wed, 13 Mar 2019 09:34:45 +0000 https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/?p=6493 Pet Insurance Australia takes an in-depth look into cat insurance. Plus; some insights into the cost of cat treatments and how to find pet insurance to suit you and your feline friend. Just like our canine companions, our feisty feline friends ...

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Pet Insurance Australia takes an in-depth look into cat insurance. Plus; some insights into the cost of cat treatments and how to find pet insurance to suit you and your feline friend.

Just like our canine companions, our feisty feline friends have also entwined themselves into our lives to become a trusted and loved family member. Like with all members of the family we strive to keep them safe, no matter what may occur.

Due to veterinary treatments advancing rapidly over the past 10years, conditions that were once deemed incurable are now more easily treated. However, this treatment comes at a high cost. Remembering that your humble veterinarian is also, in most cases, a surgeon, radiographer, laboratory technician, your pet’s general practitioner and even a top-quality specialist.

Unlike human medicine, the veterinary sector is not subsidised. Meaning that 100% of the costs and overheads of running a high-tech modern veterinary clinic will be passed onto the pet owner. This can leave many owners feeling a hard hit in their hip-pocket when dealing with an emergency or a very sick pet. This is where cat insurance can help you and your feline friend.

The total amount of the surgery, rehab and hospital costs will need to be paid directly by the owner of the pet. Some of these costs may include*;

  • Cost of surgery
  • Anaesthetic costs
  • Hospital stays
  • Medication
  • Lab testing
  • Radiography
  • MRI
  • And more depending on your pet’s condition

*Note not all costs and conditions are covered by Pet Insurance. Refer to your Product Disclosure Statement for further information including limits, general exclusions and pre-existing conditions.

Why cat insurance?

Pet insurance can help ease the financial burden during a stressful situation when it comes to the wellbeing of your cat. Pet Insurance Australia offers pet insurance for cats that can save you up to 80% of your eligible veterinary bills.

This means that on a high-end procedure costing upwards of $12,000, with adequate pet insurance for cats,you could save up to 80% on these eligible costs, depending on the type of cover, limits, exclusionsand pre-existing conditions.

Most pet owners are completely unaware of how expensive procedures can cost until an emergency strikes. Below is an estimate as at <<insert date>>of how much some procedures can cost. These prices will vary from veterinary clinic to veterinary clinic.

TOP 5 Kitten Claims*
Diarrhoea – $100 – $600
Conjunctivitis – $100 – $900
Lethargy – $350 – $2,500
Foreign Object – $500 – $4,500
Eye Conditions – $100 – $350

TOP 5 Major Cat Surgeries*
Cat Bite Abscess (CBA) – approx. $200 – $1200
Bite Injury – approx. $300 – $900
Wound Laceration – approx. $300 – $1,500
Abscess (other) – approx. $200 – $1200
Desexing – approx. $50 – $750

Approx Cost of Top Claims*
Gastric Dilation – $1,500 – $8,500
Elbow Dysplasia – $1,200 – $4,500
Peritonitis – $1,000 – $7,000
Cataract – $1,000 – $8,000
Intervertebral disc – $1,000 – $10,000
Cruciate ligament – $1,000 – $7,000
Gallbladder – $1,000 – $10,000
Adenocarcinoma Pulmonary (lung) -$1,000 – $5,000
Envenomation – $1,000 – $4,000
Ingestion of a Foreign object – $1,000 – $12,000

*Note not all costs and conditions are covered by Pet Insurance. Refer to your Product Disclosure Statement for further information including limits, general exclusions and pre-existing conditions.

How Much is catInsurance?

The cost of cat insurance can vary from provider-to-provider and for the special needs of your cat and particular breed and lifestyle. To ensure you find a pet insurance policy that suits you and your cat,you can start by getting a pet insurance quote and taking the time to read and understand the fine print of each policy you are considering.

What is covered by cat insurance?

This will also depend on your level of cover. At Pet Insurance Australia we offer three levels of cover:

You can tailor a cat insurance package that will suit your pet and their insurance needs.

 

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How Can I Adopt a Dog? Things to Think About. https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/how-can-i-adopt-a-dog-things-to-think-about/ https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/how-can-i-adopt-a-dog-things-to-think-about/#respond Wed, 13 Mar 2019 09:30:41 +0000 https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/?p=6489 Rescuing a dog can be one of the most joyous events in the world. Giving a pet their ‘forever’ home is not only rewarding for a dog, but also for us two legged variety! Pet Insurance Australia investigates. Talk to the ...

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Rescuing a dog can be one of the most joyous events in the world. Giving a pet their ‘forever’ home is not only rewarding for a dog, but also for us two legged variety! Pet Insurance Australia investigates.

Talk to the countless adoptive dog parents and they’ll tell you – saving a pet and offering a forever home is one of the most grafiying experiences around. With over 900 rescue and rehoming organisations across and a huge 230,000 dogs and cats that remain unclaimed in Australian animal shelters each year. Choosing to rescue a dog, makes good sense.

From older dogs, to young pups, and breeds of all different shapes and sizes. Choosing the perfect pup for your home may take a little time but it will certainly be worthwhile.

How much does it cost to adopt a dog?

The costs depending on which organisation you choose to adopt your new family friend from. Some will charge a fee, that will include the de-sexing and vaccination of your pet, while if it is a private rescue pup you might not pay anything. In some instances veterinary clinics will have unwanted pets for sale.

Remembering that all costs associated with the adoption go towards the effort of rehoming that can include:

  • De-sexing
  • Microchipping
  • Vaccinations
  • Training & behavioural work
  • And basic preparation for going to a new home.

The costs are also much less than purchasing from other sources.

Can I adopt a dog for free?

Yes in certain situations. However, it is always best to have your pet checked by a veterinarian before you decide on taking them home. The best advice is to seek out a reputable shelter organisation. Then you can be 100% sure your pet is in the best health possible and also vaccinated, de-sexed and ready to be rehomed.

Many top rehoming shelters will run specials throughout the year for puppies for adoption. It’s a great idea to give your local shelter a call and ask about any possible future specials.

What do I need to adopt a dog?

You will be interviewed by your shelter to ensure that you and the dog you have chosen are the perfect fit. This may include asking if you already have existing pets, and also your living environment. Some dogs will need special care and attention compared to others.

Taking photos of your home and backyard is a great idea. If you have other dogs many times the shelter will organise a ‘playdate’ to ensure all of the family members get along.

Once you have found your perfect match it’s time to get prepared for your new family member.

  • Food and water bowls
  • Snuggly correct sized bedding
  • A quiet spot or crated area for pups
  • Chew toys
  • Suitable food – check with the shelter and change gradually to prevent tummy upsets
  • Collar and tags
  • Lead
  • Pooper scooper
  • Brush

How long does the dog adoption process take?

This will also depend on the shelter organisation you decide to adopt from. You will be expected to fill out a registration form and once this has been accepted an adoption agent will interview you and ensure that the dog you have chosen suits your lifestyle.

Many shelters also then have a 24hr cooling down period to make sure that the choice you have made is the right one.

Some organisations will also allow you to do a months trial with the pet.

Should I adopt a dog?

  • Think carefully about your lifestyle before you recue a dog.
  • Choose your pet breed wisely, understand the breed traits and its history – if you are not a high energy person rescuing a high energy dog is not a good match.
  • Recusing a dog can be one of the best things you’ll ever do. Be sure to ask the rescue group or animal shelter if you can do a trial for a month with the pet.
  • Stuff happens in our lives, have a Plan B in place if you can no longer look after your pet.
  • If you are not ready for a pet but want to spend some time with animals, consider volunteering at your local shelter.

 

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Calmest Dog Breeds https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/calmest-dog-breeds/ https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/calmest-dog-breeds/#respond Wed, 27 Feb 2019 12:55:54 +0000 https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/?p=6473 Looking for a chilled-out dog breed? Pet Insurance Australia takes a look at the top 10 calmest dog breeds around town. “There is no doubt that certain breeds are calmer than others,” Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia says. “However, it’s ...

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Looking for a chilled-out dog breed? Pet Insurance Australia takes a look at the top 10 calmest dog breeds around town.

“There is no doubt that certain breeds are calmer than others,” Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia says. “However, it’s also important that all breeds can exhibit forms of hyperactivity and excitement depending on their socialization and training.”

Pet Insurance Australia is a big advocate of breed matching and encouraging owners to ignore the look of a breed and concentrate on personality.

“This basically means ensuring that you chose the right breed for your lifestyle,” Crighton says. “Some breeds require a huge amount of physical and mental simulation, while others do not.”

The key with choosing a breed is to research the history and what category these dogs fall into. Some will be working breeds, while other companion animals.

“Sadly, many dogs end up in a shelter situation purely due to the owners not understanding the breeds requirements,” Crighton says. “However, regardless of the breed, all dogs need to be trained and exercised adequately and not left for endless hours alone in a backyard.”

Some breeds will have traits and a long history into behavior such as;

  • Taking chase of small animals
  • Digging
  • Barking
  • Running

“This is why ignoring a breeds aesthetic quality and taking the time to really examine if the breed will suit your lifestyle is so important,” Crighton suggests. “Having a super charged energy breed will not suit a laid-back household. As too, inviting a traditionally known digging breed into a house with prized gardens.”

Many of these undesirable traits can be trained out of your chosen breed, however in many cases it’s a situation where you work with your dog rather than against.

“Many traditional digging breed owners will suggest teaching your pup where to ‘dig’ and where not to ‘dig’,” Crighton smiles. “This way everyone is kept happy, but it takes training and time.”

TOP 10 Chilled-Out Dog Breeds

  1. Great Dane
  2. St Bernard
  3. Newfoundland
  4. Mastiff
  5. Greyhound
  6. Bulldog
  7. Basset Hound
  8. Cavalier King Charles
  9. Pug
  10. Shih Tuz

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Top Tips on How to House Train a Puppy https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/top-tips-on-how-to-house-train-a-puppy/ https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/top-tips-on-how-to-house-train-a-puppy/#respond Thu, 21 Feb 2019 11:48:20 +0000 https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/?p=6468 Have you recently invited the pitter patter of puppy feet into your home? Looking for some tips on how to house train your new bundle of fur? Pet Insurance Australia investigates everything puppy, including basic training, toilet training and the importance ...

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Have you recently invited the pitter patter of puppy feet into your home? Looking for some tips on how to house train your new bundle of fur? Pet Insurance Australia investigates everything puppy, including basic training, toilet training and the importance of manners.

There is nothing quite so magical as bringing a new puppy home. This milestone event is the beginning of a possible 16 years of love, memories and pure delight. However, it is important to remember that your tiny puppy, will quickly grow into a fully-grown dog. The time and effort you put into puppy training now will ultimately provide you with the dog of your dreams or a total doggy disaster.

What is the best age to start training a puppy?

Puppy training should begin the moment your pup arrives home. Basic commands such a ‘sit’, ‘wait’, ‘drop’, ‘give’ and most importantly ‘recall or come’ should be encouraged right from the word go. It’s as simple as asking your puppy to sit before meals and wait before going through a doorway.

TOP TIPS for Basic Commands

  • Sit – remember when the nose goes up the bum goes down. It’s also a good idea not to use your puppy’s name, just use the command word in a strong confident tone. “SIT”. Then praise. You can also use a hand signal for this.
  • Recall or Come – puppies will instinctively come to you particularly if you run in the other direction and pat your leg. This is without a doubt the most important command in puppy obedience training. Remember big praises for the right behavior. Recall should be a very fun experience – “when I come to mum or dad it’s a good thing full of love and games”. Never recall then punish your dog or they simply will not come next time around.
  • Wait – this is also an important puppy obedience training Teaching your pup to wait rather than push past you in a doorway or up-stairs can keep you both safe.

How do I potty train a puppy?

Potty training takes time and patience and some breeds will ace puppy toilet training, while others will take a little longer.

Many owners will use a crate to help with this. Having a crate or a pen area to put your puppy when you are not able to 100% supervise them can help immensely with house training a puppy. Never leave your pup locked in a crate all day and ensure you let them out regularly to toilet.

Tips for How to House Train a Puppy

  • Use a crate correctly.
  • Have a keyword – like “toilet time” or “quick go”. Repeat this over and over when your puppy is going to the toilet. Soon your pup will realize what you are asking of them. This particularly useful for toileting before bedtime, or when you go out.
  • Watch for the signals – pups will sniff and circle before going to the toilet.
  • Smaller dogs will need more toileting breaks than larger breeds.
  • Take regular toilet breaks.
  • Do not punish or yell at your dog for a mistake. A gentle but firm “AH AH” and quickly take your dog outside.
  • Clean the area well. Do not use bleach or any products containing ammonia as this can amplify the smell to your puppy. Meaning; it might smell clean to you but scream “this is where we toilet” to your pup. Use specially designed urine cleaner or any products that contain enzymes like diluted washing powder. White vinegar also works well in eliminating smells to both you and your pup.

How do you discipline a puppy?

Like with all dogs, puppies should only be trained with positive reinforcing and praise/reward-based puppy obedience training. Harsh outdated training methods will only cause fear in your dog and may lead to issues later in life including anxiety and aggression.

Tips for Common Puppy Problems

  • Chewing puppies will chew. This is a very natural behavior. Ensure you have plenty of appropriate chew toys and rotate these daily, so your pup does not get bored with them. Never offer you pup a shoe to chew on. They cannot tell the difference between the old tennis shoe and your brand-new Italian leather lovelies. If you catch your pup chewing something that is not acceptable a quick “AH AH” in a firm and consistent tone, then give them something they are allowed to chew.
  • Jumping – even though this behavior can be very cute in a little puppy, a fully-grown 45kg dog may become a danger if allowed to jump. So, it is best to ensure you train this behavior out before they get too big. Do not offer your pup any attention until they are calm and sitting down and turn your back if they jump up. Eventually your pup will realize this is not acceptable behavior. Encourage your guests to only give you puppy attention when they are sitting nicely and remember your “AH AH” in a consistent tone.
  • Digging – some breeds were built to dig so always do you research before purchase to ensure you understand the traits your pup will have. Some owners believe that it is much easier to encourage digging in ‘dig appropriate zones’ rather than attempting to train the behavior out completely. Children’s paddling pools converted into sand pits work well and only encourage your pup to dig in sand not soil. Also have clear barriers around your gardens and ‘no dig zones’ and consider raised vegetable beds. Again, positive encouragement for the right behavior.

 

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Overweight Pets https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/overweight-pets/ https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/overweight-pets/#respond Mon, 18 Feb 2019 11:02:16 +0000 https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/?p=6464 Pudgy pets may be the source of much laugher on many social media channels, however the majority of veterinarians across Australia are worried that this trend is leading to dire consequences for our pets. Pet Insurance Australia looks at the real ...

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Pudgy pets may be the source of much laugher on many social media channels, however the majority of veterinarians across Australia are worried that this trend is leading to dire consequences for our pets. Pet Insurance Australia looks at the real risk those extra kilograms are posing to the health and wellbeing of our pets.

“Our pets are becoming obese at alarming rates,” Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia says. “It’s not an uncommon sight to see cats and dog carrying much more weight than is healthy.”

Sadly, many pet owners do not realise that their pets are over-weight and in danger of possible side effects later in life.

“An overweight pet is much more likely to suffer from a range of diseases and debilitating problems including cruciate ligament issues, arthritis, diabetes and much more,” Crighton says. “If pet owners were aware of the risks to their pet’s health due to their weight, I believe they would be much more inclined to seek help.”

Pawssum’s WA State Manager Dr Louisa Fenny agrees:

“You should ask your vet at every visit if they are the ideal weight or not. If your pet has a weight problem, I also advise checking their weight every 2-4 weeks at home.
If your vet is focussed upon a medical condition or if they have discussed your pets weight problem previously, they might not bring it up,” Dr Fenny advises. “It’s really important to take ownership of your dogs’ weight. It varies a lot between breeds and some dogs have a weight problem earlier than this, however I find that the majority of dogs are at their ideal weight between 6 and 18 months of age is which is when they have finished growing and are sterilised.”

How can I tell my pet is overweight?
It’s best to look down or at the side of your pet and ask the following questions.

  • Can I see a definite waistline?
  • Can I see or feel my pet’s ribs?
  • From above is my pet a rounded shape or more hourglass?
  • From the side view – can I see the abdomen tuck or is the belly low?

“To be the correct weight, you should be able to feel your pet’s spine and rib cage,” Dr Fenny says. “Dogs should also have a clearly defined waist line when you look at them from the side and from above. If they have a waist, you will be able to see a smaller width of body between the back of his rib cage and his hips (like an hourglass). If your dog has no visible waist and looks wider in the space between his rib cage and hips, then he is overweight. Any extra wideness in your dog’s middle is the equivalent of ‘love handles’ in people and are a definite sign of being overweight.”

Pet Insurance Australia also advises to seek help for your pet and not be embarrassed by speaking up.

“An overweight pet is a sick pet,” Crighton says. “They need your help to beat the bulge to lead a happy and long life. Overweight pets have a decreased quality of life and no loving owner would wish this on their pet, so don’t be afraid to seek help.”

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What is the Best Diet for a Cat? 7 Diet Tips for Cats https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/what-is-the-best-diet-for-a-cat-7-diet-tips-for-cats/ https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/what-is-the-best-diet-for-a-cat-7-diet-tips-for-cats/#respond Fri, 15 Feb 2019 10:38:46 +0000 https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/?p=6459 Wondering how to give your precious cat the best diet possible? Pet Insurance Australia takes a look at the top seven diet tips for cats, and what foods you should, and shouldn’t, be feeding your friendly feline. With so much conflicting information ...

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Wondering how to give your precious cat the best diet possible? Pet Insurance Australia takes a look at the top seven diet tips for cats, and what foods you should, and shouldn’t, be feeding your friendly feline.

With so much conflicting information on the internet, Pet Insurance Australia takes a good look into the nutritional needs of your terrific tabby to ensure you are feeding the healthiest diet possible for your cat.

First and foremost, it is vitally important that you understand that cats are carnivores so in order to live a healthy life they require a good source of animal protein. Some owners have unknowingly offered their cat trending vegan diets, to end up dealing with a very sick pet. With all diet changes it is critical that you seek professional advice from your veterinarian to guarantee that all of your cat’s nutritional needs are adequately met.

What is the healthiest food for cats?

A good quality commercial diet can offer your cat a ‘complete’ diet. Meaning it will contain all of the needed nutrients to ensure your cat, and kitten, are healthy and happy. You can also add in certain foods that your cat simply adores such as cooked or raw meat and fresh fish.

As with strict vegan diets, feeding your cat only canned fish is not an advisable as it will not sustain your pet to ensure optimum health. A fish only diet, or meat free diet, can lead to illness in many pets. Again, before adding or removing any component of your cat’s diet it is best to chat with a veterinarian to ensure you are not putting your pet at risk of health complications.

How much should an indoor cat eat a day?

With all cats, the amount of food they require will depend on their size, weight and age. Obesity, particularly with indoor cats, can be an issue. If you are concerned about your pet’s weight check with your vet and make a constructive plan to keep your friendly feline at their healthy weight range.

Always take into account the amount of nutritious cat treats you are feeding to your pet. Many times, owners will not take this into consideration and these extra tidbits can quickly lead to obesity.

Always read the manufacturer’s instructions when feeding your pet, and make sure you take into account any extra foods you are also feeding such as raw meat, fish and nutritious cat treats.

Cat also love clean water and will not take to dirty drinking bowls, rather opting to drink straight from your own glass of water! Water fountains are wonderful for cats as they will enjoy the steady stream of fresh water.

Kittens will need the healthiest kitten food available within your budget. Due to their growing needs their foods levels will change as they grow. It is important to only feed kitten specific food to guarantee that their bones and joints are growing correctly. Always check with the manufacture on the exact amount to offer your new bundle of fur. It’s also a great idea to check your pet’s weight when you have yearly check-ups and vaccinations. Take note, particularly after de-sexing, if your cat is at a healthy weight range so you are able to adjust their diet accordingly.

What food is toxic to cats?

Always stay clear of cooked bones, these can easily splinter and cause massive problems in cats of all ages. Raw bones only and ensure you monitor your cat while they eat these teeth cleaning treats.

There are many human foods that can cause complications in cats, so it’s best to stick to pet food only. These include:

  • Avocado
  • Chocolate
  • Bread dough
  • Coffee or any caffeinated products and drinks
  • Corncobs
  • Mushrooms
  • Milk – pet milk only
  • Seeded fruits and stone fruit
  • Sultanas and raisins

Top 7 Tips to give your Cat the Healthiest Diet

  1. EXPERT ADVICE – Chat to your Veterinarian about your pet’s diet and any changes
  2. READ – the manufactures instructions on the correct amount to feed and change this as your pet ages.
  3. AGE APPROPRIATE – only feed your pet an age appropriate diet
  4. TREATS – always take into account the number of treats or extra food you are feeding.
  5. WEIGHT – keep your cat at their optimum weight levels during their lifetime.
  6. STAY CLEAR – of human foods that are not suitable for your cat
  7. MEAT – Understand that your cat is a carnivore. Offering a no-meat diet can cause your pet harm.

 

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Valentine’s Day https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/valentines-day/ https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/valentines-day/#respond Wed, 13 Feb 2019 09:11:36 +0000 https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/?p=6445 It’s that time of year again when the sound of champagne corks will be popping across the city as romantic couples celebrate Valentine’s Day. It’s no surprise that many pet owners will also be celebrating the 14th of Feb alongside their ...

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It’s that time of year again when the sound of champagne corks will be popping across the city as romantic couples celebrate Valentine’s Day. It’s no surprise that many pet owners will also be celebrating the 14th of Feb alongside their precious pooch or friendly feline. Pet Insurance Australia has some great tips to keep your true-love’s pet safe, alongside some top tips on how to best spend the day alongside your pets.

Alongside all the roses and admiring gifts, Pet Insurance Australia is also reminding pet owners of the common problems around this celebration.

“This is the time of year that many veterinary clinics will see an increase in accidental poisoning from chocolate and other sources related to Valentine’s Day,” Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia says. “So, it’s important pet owners are vigilant around this celebration.”

Pet Insurance Australia advises sticking with roses for the celebration and keep clear of lilies, particularly If your dream-love, is also a cat lover.

“If you are purchasing flowers for that someone special, check if they have a cat or two,” Crighton suggests. “If they do, it’s best you stay away from lilies as they are highly toxic to cats and can lead to poisoning.”

Chocolate is also still a prominent problem particularly in dogs.

“Theobromine is the toxic component to chocolate that dogs cannot tolerate, unlike humans. Dogs cannot metabolize Theobromine, so in small doses it can cause tummy upsets, vomiting and possibly diarrhea. In large amounts it can lead to death,” Crighton warns.

As little as 100-150 milligrams per kilogram of bodyweight will cause toxicity in dogs. This means that if you have a 30kg dog as little as 3000mg of theobromine could be fatal. The rate of theobromine increases in darker chocolate and how the chocolate was made and the caffeine component. If you suspect your dog is in danger call your local veterinary clinic and seek out professional advice.

“We advise that pet owners treat chocolate like they would human pain medication,” Crighton advises. “Keep it out of reach and out of sight of your precious pooch and feisty feline.”

“Chocolate is also highly toxic to cat’s however; many friendly felines do not have a sweet tooth and will tend to naturally stay away from chocolate,” Crighton says. “Dogs however will happily scoff the whole box, wrappers and all.”

PIA also has some great tips of you are considering celebrating Valentine’s Day alongside your pet.

  1. A special picnic alongside your dog. Don’t forget to pack some water and treats for your canine companion.
  2. Plan a pet friendly weekend adventure – there are some great locations that welcome pets of all shapes and sizes.
  3. Arrange a playdate with their best furry-friend
  4. Dress up for a nice night in, don’t forget to include the cat and dog!
  5. Go for a special adventure alongside the love of your life and your pet. There are some remarkable walking tracks that are also pet friendly around Australia.
  6. Organise a photoshoot.
  7. Spend some quality time together.
  8. Sitting on a beach, admiring the view, with your slobbery ball obsessed best mate! Bliss.

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What Foods Are Dangerous to Dogs? https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/what-foods-are-dangerous-to-dogs/ https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/what-foods-are-dangerous-to-dogs/#respond Wed, 06 Feb 2019 12:58:11 +0000 https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/?p=6440 Pet Insurance Australia takes an important look at the human foods that can cause major illness in dogs. PLUS; top tips to keep your pet safe from accidental poisoning. One this is for certain; our beloved canine companions are well-known for ...

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Pet Insurance Australia takes an important look at the human foods that can cause major illness in dogs. PLUS; top tips to keep your pet safe from accidental poisoning.

One this is for certain; our beloved canine companions are well-known for their scavenger tendencies. It’s not uncommon for many vets around the globe to hear of horror stories of what dogs have managed to find and eat, from socks and underwear to knives and even fish hooks (OUCH!).

Interestingly some human food can be just as traumatic to your dog as the above, leaving many unsuspecting owners at a complete loss to their pet’s illness.

What can’t dogs eat?

There are a few obvious inclusions in the list of what foods are dangerous for dogs to eat however, some are also quite surprising. It is also important to remember the risk of your pet eating rotten foods from rubbish bins, or accidentally ingesting items such as corn cobs and skewers. Always ensure you secure bin-lids with something heavy to prevent your dog sniffing out and finding all of those delectable rotting left-overs.

  1. Avocado – ingestion can cause stomach upset in dogs as it contains a toxic agent known as persin. The seed is the most dangerous as it can cause intestinal blockages that may require surgery to remove. Luckily this type of poisoning is quite rare in dogs.
  2. Chocolate/Caffeine – this is highly toxic to dogs and is very dangerous for dogs to eat. Chocolate contains two ingredients that can lead to illness in dogs including Theobromine and caffeine. If you suspect your pet has ingested any chocolate or caffeine seek veterinary advice quickly. This type of poisoning is very common in dogs.
  3. Cooked Bones – it is advised to only feed your dog raw bones and under strict supervision. Raw bones easily splinter and cause much distress in dogs.
  4. Corn-cobs – these sneaky golden delights are very commonly removed from the stomach of dogs. Keep all corn-cobs away from your precious pooch.
  5. Grapes/Raisins – grapes and raisins can lead to kidney failure in some dogs that are sensitive to the toxin. It is not exactly known what it is about these plump little fruits that can cause sickness, but all experts agree to never feed your dog this toxic treat and to be careful with products that contain grapes or raisins such as hot-cross buns.
  6. Milk – this is not suitable for dogs and can lead to an upset stomach. It’s best to always stick with pet milk only.
  7. Nuts – Macadamia nuts are by far the worst, however due to their high fat content it is advised to not allow dogs to consume nuts of any variety.
  8. Onions/Garlic – both can cause stomach irritation and poisoning and lead to anemia. Keep all take-out food away from your curious pup as most will contain high levels of onions or garlic.
  9. Fatty Foods – such as butter and other forms of fatty foods. This can lead to pancreatitis in dogs and is very damaging to their digestive systems. Fatty foods can also lead to an overweight and sick pet. This includes bacon, trimmings and others fatty foods such as gravy.
  10. Xylitolthis sugar replacement is highly toxic to dogs and is found in many sugar-free alternatives such as gum, soda and cakes (and even in some peanut butters). It can lead lowered sugar levels or hypoglycemia in dogs that can be fatal. Only a small quantity can cause large problems.

What food is toxic to dogs?

The above is a good list of foods that are toxic to dogs and unsafe for dogs to eat. However, it’s also a good idea to remember some of the other foods that can cause a lot of upset to your pet and in some cases – particularly with very old or young, or sick pets – can lead to death. Blue cheese, for example, can contain Roquefortine C that can lead to sickness. All moldy foods will also cause illness in dogs. It’s always paramount that you check your dog’s food for spoiling and do not feed moldy, unsafe leftovers to your pet.

What should dogs eat?

Luckily our dogs are spoilt for choice when it comes to commercially prepared dog foods. Most are very well balanced and known as a ‘complete’ diet or ‘total’ food. Meaning you do not need to add anything else to ensure your dog is getting the very best. Some owners prefer to opt for a home-made diet, however always check with your veterinarian before adventuring down the home-made road to ensure that all of your dog’s dietary requirements are met. You can also add some of your own ingredients that are safe for dogs including;

  • Raw carrots – fantastic for the teeth
  • Small amounts of peanut butter (ensure it is xylitol free)
  • Cooked chicken – great for the treat bag
  • Eggs
  • Low-fat cheese (like Edam, just insure your dog is not lactose intolerant)
  • Salmon
  • Apple – but remove the pips

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