https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au Pet Insurance Australia Fri, 21 Sep 2018 14:34:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/cropped-logo-32x32.png https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au 32 32 The Most Expensive Dog Breeds https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/the-most-expensive-dog-breeds/ https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/the-most-expensive-dog-breeds/#respond Thu, 20 Sep 2018 07:55:10 +0000 https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/?p=6085 Ever wondered what the most expensive dog breeds are around town and the price some owners are willing to spend on their furry family member? Pet Insurance Australia did some impressive digging to find out who tops the list of the ...

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Ever wondered what the most expensive dog breeds are around town and the price some owners are willing to spend on their furry family member? Pet Insurance Australia did some impressive digging to find out who tops the list of the most expensive dogs to own in 2018.

Like fancy cars, expensive handbags and jewellery, the type of dog breed you own is fast becoming something of a social status. As the ‘designer’ dog breeds market became big news back in early 2000, with many new breeds coming to light promising less allergies and better looks.

Today, many canine lovers pride themselves on the ‘pure’, ‘designer’ or ‘rare’ dog breeds that grace their homes.

In China the dog breed prestige was taken to new heights with one particular dog breed being sold for a whopping $2.09million Australian dollars. The one-year old Tibetan Mastiff normally presents a price tag ranging from $2,000-$8,000 on the shores of Australia, however overseas these breeds can reach incredibly high amounts.

These huge dogs represent a prized wealthy symbol among the rich and famous in China. Because of this, their price tags just keep increasing to ridiculous amounts.

In Australia the rise of the very popular French Bulldog has seen puppy prices skyrocket. These breeds can reach anywhere from $2,000 – to $20,000!

The price will also depend on the quality of breeding, and what you intend to use your dog for. Show dogs or those intended for breeding and continuing a prized bloodline are normally much more pricy in comparison to companion and house dogs.

#10 – Yorkshire Terriers
As one of the most popular toy breeds around, the Yorkshire Terrier is certainly a popular canine companion around the world. Their lovely carefree nature and loyalty makes them a wonderful addition to any loving home. They will not only cost you anywhere from $2,000 upwards, depending on your breeder, they will also need professional attention from a qualified groomer.

#9 – Rottweiler
The loyal and loving Rottweiler is a popular amongst many dog lovers. Their strong stature and beautiful nature make them a family winner and an outright breed favourite in many countries. Depending on where you reside, your chosen breeder and what you intend to use your dog for (breeding/showing etc), the Rotty could set you back an impressive $6,000!

#8 – Saluki
This beautiful sighthound is well-known as one of the ‘supermodels’ of the dog world. This quiet and loving canine campion is sure to turn heads down at the local park. They need a good dose of training and care, as their desire to run and ‘give chase’ is unbearably strong. So too is the breeds price tag! Some Saluki’s have been known to sell for $6,000 plus, depending on country and level of breeding and bloodline.

#7 – Pharaoh Hound
With one of the best smiles in the business the Pharaoh Hounds is one impressive breed. They are an incredibly intelligent and affectionate breed, that are known for their happiness and ability to make people smile. Being quite rare they can reach an impressive price tag particularly in some parts of the world. To own one of these adorable dogs you could be looking at paying upwards of $7,000.

#6 Chow Chow
The Chow Chow is famous for their loyal and protective nature. They are an impressive looking breed that need a consistent and strong leader. The Chow Chow comes in two different coat types including rough and smooth and both varieties will need a decent amount of grooming. Being seasonal shedders, some owners call in the experts during this time to help with the masses of hair, that will also come at a cost. Your Chow Chow could cost upwards of $9,000.

#5 – English/British Bulldog
This sweet breed is a crowd favourite when it comes to attention and charm. Being wonderful family companion and pretty low maintenance on the exercise front makes them a welcome addition to many homes. Good breeding is paramount, as being a Brachycephalic breed (a shortened skull, short nose and a flat face), they can face many health problems. Expect to pay upwards of $10,000 for one of these stunning and well-bred dogs.

#4 Samoyed
This beautiful white and bright dog makes an incredible family companion. They are friendly and make a very loyal furry family member. They are also wonderfully active dogs that enjoy spending time in the great outdoors with those special humans who they adore. However, this constant and beautiful relationship comes at a price. For a well-bred Samoyed you could be paying upwards of $10,000!

#3 – Lowchens
This ‘Little Lion Dog’ is a very smart and active companion breed who thrives in a loving and affectionate home. A playful and very soft breed they make wonderful family additions for all ages. However, the rarity of this breed makes them very expensive. Some pups can reach upwards of $10,000!

#2 – French Bulldog
The incredibly popular and loving French Bulldog is certainly a crowd pleaser. This adorable breed is not easy to come by, but they are well worth the wait! The Frenchie was bred for one purpose only, to be a cuddling cute companion – something they are known to excel in. However, they are also a Brachycephalic breed (a shortened skull, short nose and a flat face), so good breeding is vital to reduce possible health problems. These dogs can reach anywhere from $2,000 to $20,000 depending on the breeder.

And…drumroll…the most expensive dog in 2018 is;

#1 – Tibetan Mastiff
Well-known as a statue or wealth in some countries, the Tibetan Mastiff is a powerful and large dog that requires a decent amount of training and grooming. This only adds to the costs of owning one of these impressive dogs. In some places of the world this breed can sell from between $8,000 – $10,000 however, this breed has broken many records over time with the most recent being a huge price-tag of $2.09million Australian dollars to a property developer in China.

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Hug Your Hound Day https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/hug-your-hound-day/ https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/hug-your-hound-day/#respond Thu, 13 Sep 2018 06:19:45 +0000 https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/?p=6046 The 14th of September signals the very fun and important International Hug Your Hound Day. “This is a great day to celebrate everything we love about our dogs,” Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia says. “It’s also a good day to ...

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The 14th of September signals the very fun and important International Hug Your Hound Day.

“This is a great day to celebrate everything we love about our dogs,” Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia says. “It’s also a good day to talk to children in regards to the safety message when it comes to hugging dogs.”

PIA is quick to remind readers that some dogs do not like to be hugged and the importance of reading your dog’s body language.

“You see many photos circulating on social media of children tightly hugging dogs who are showing ‘moon’ eyes, or the whites of their eyes,” Crighton warns. “This is a clear indication that the dog is not comfortable with the affectionate squeeze from the little person.”

On the other hand many dogs simply adore a good cuddle from their owners.

“I think it’s a case of reminding children how to correctly interact with a dog, nice pats on the side or chest, and to never hug or pat a dog they do not know,” Crighton says. “Getting your little people used to asking owners if they can approach their dog is also advised.”

Body language is key when it comes to dogs. Teaching small children how to read a dog, and how to correct interact with a canine companion is very important.

Signs a dog is not happy;

  • Moon eyes/whites of eyes
  • Low growl
  • Hackles raised (hair on the back of the neck)
  • Hiding/running away/anxious behaviour
  • Showing teeth
  • Yawning/licking lips
  • Stiff body

“These special days are a great excuse to bring the subject up with family and friends,” Crighton suggests. “Sometimes just talking about these subjects may enlighten some families to possible behavioural problems their pooch may have. This can then lead to help with training, understanding and veterinary intervention.”

Great way to celebrate Hug Your Hound Day:

  • Take your dog on a special adventure to the beach or park
  • Bake some tasty dog treats
  • Treat your dog with a game
  • New toys and bedding
  • Big pats
  • A good grooming session

 

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What’s That All About – Feline Pads & Paws https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/whats-that-all-about-feline-pads-paws/ https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/whats-that-all-about-feline-pads-paws/#respond Wed, 12 Sep 2018 07:02:40 +0000 https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/?p=6042 Want to know more about your cat’s pads and paws and what purpose they provide for our feisty felines? Pet Insurance Australia investigates this topic alongside some great tips on how to keep your pet’s feet healthy and when to spot ...

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Want to know more about your cat’s pads and paws and what purpose they provide for our feisty felines? Pet Insurance Australia investigates this topic alongside some great tips on how to keep your pet’s feet healthy and when to spot a problem.

There is possibly nothing sweeter in the world than watching a wee kitten padding at a cushion or on your leg. This can, however, not be so sweet when your big snuggly feline is literally ripping holes in your best sofa or your jeans when showing their affection and love for their fav hooooman! But to be completely honest, clawed furniture, a few cushions and even a spot on your favourite rug is something to be expected when you are a cat owner.

PAWFECT FACT – did you know why your cat kneads or pads at soft areas or your legs? No, it’s not from a past life of bread making…in fact, your precious cat has probably kept this important trait from kittenhood. Kittens knead their mothers to encourage milk-flow when nursing. It’s thought that many older cats continue this behaviour as comfort.

The paws of your cat play a very important role in in their busy lives, from helping your cat get a full body stretch, to climbing, and even providing a sense of comfort. So why are the paws, claws and pads so important on a cat?

Firstly, it’s important to understand your cat’s impressive foot and all the wonderful and serious features they provide that allow your cat to do much more than just have a comfortable walk.

PAWFECT FACT – did you know that cats prefer one front paw over the other? One study suggests that you can discover which paw your cat prefers through play. Research also indicates that male cats prefer to use their right paws, unlike female cats who are more often left-pawed!

PAD – this acts as an impressive shock absorber allowing your cat to jump safely from high areas. Have you ever noticed how quiet your cat can also land? This is because the pad acts as a sound softener, giving them the edge when it comes to hunting. The pads are also incredibly sensitive as they contain a huge amount of nerve receptors. This allows your friendly feline to hunt and balance with extreme precision. Research suggests that cats can feel vibrations through their pads to help them sense their prey! The pad also contains scent glands that can help a cat mark their territory and also create a ‘safe’ smell around those they love. MEOW.

PAW – The front paws on your feline are very flexible allowing them to easily balance on tight objects. This makes them the purrrfect climbers and almost acrobatic with their ease of balance. You may notice this flexibility when your cat grooms themselves. Watch as the front paws astoundingly twist and turn to give them a full-face and head clean. The paws also have the ability to sweat to help your precious putty-cat cool down on hot days or stressful situations.

CLAWS – those incredible claws are not only retractable, they also allow our cats to express themselves, climb, and protect. However, did you know that they also allow your cat to have an all over body stretch (cat-yoga). Clawing (preferably on a cat scratcher and not your best sofa) allows your cat to release stress and get a good old stretch. Clawing at areas also releases scent from the pads. It is also suggested that kneading is also linked to releasing scent. Many cats will knead when they are super happy or sometimes super stressed.

PAWFECT FACT – Did you know that your cat actually walks on their toes! They are known as being Digitigrade which means they walk on their tip-toes. Running and walking on your toes actually makes you faster and quieter! All about the hunt!

HEALTHY PAWS
Your cat’s paws should be free from any painful spots or cuts and abrasions. Look for damage to the pads, they should be smooth and soft to the touch. If you are concerned about the health or any painful spots on your cat’s paw a vet visit is suggested to rule out any problems. Common problems include:

  • Painful burns from hot concrete during summer
  • Frostbite from frozen surfaces in winter
  • Chemical burns/reactions from bleach etc – always ensure you rinse the bottom of the shower and bath after using any chemical products.
  • Split and painful nails

 

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Keeping Your Pet Safe – Dog Bites https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/keeping-your-pet-safe-dog-bites/ https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/keeping-your-pet-safe-dog-bites/#respond Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:29 +0000 https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/?p=6035 Pet Insurance Australia investigates dog bite injuries, how to keep your pet safe and what to do in an emergency situation. Plus; we catch up with renowned veterinarian, Dr Gerardo Poli from Animal Emergency Service to discuss the importance of seeking ...

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Pet Insurance Australia investigates dog bite injuries, how to keep your pet safe and what to do in an emergency situation. Plus; we catch up with renowned veterinarian, Dr Gerardo Poli from Animal Emergency Service to discuss the importance of seeking treatment quickly.

Sadly it’s not an uncommon sight. Two dogs going head-to-head at the local off leash park. Owners frantically yelling and squirting water on the two dogs who have quickly switched from ‘play’ mode to a fully-fledged ‘fight’.

Teeth are bared, hackles are raised as the two dogs snarl and grow in a deafening stance of detest towards one another. Finally, they break-free leaving both dogs panting and one bleeding.

Dog bite injuries are one of the most common emergencies seen by veterinarians across Australia. But unlike the fictional situation above, these real life cases can quickly turn from a small wound from a slight altercation, into a full blown emergency.

Keeping Pets Safe

Firstly, is there anything we can do to actually keep our dogs safe in a situation like this? It is almost impossible to prevent a dog bite attack however there are certainly steps you can take as a responsible pet owner to help prevent such a scenario.

1) Get to know your off leash area – before you head off to the local off leash area, pop down without your dog and take a look at the level of control other dog owners have. What types of dog are running free? Are they predominantly large dogs or small dogs? Are there unruly dogs, or are they all pretty well behaved? Do this every day at the same time you intend on taking your dog, for a week. Also, speak to the other dog owners if there are any problems in the park at that time etc.

2) Train your dog – if you want to use an off-leash area, no matter how well behaved you think your dog is, it is vital they are well trained. This is not only so you and your dog can ‘speak’ the same language, training can help keep your dog safe in an emergency situation. They are much more likely to listen to you and ‘come’ if they are trained.

3) Supervision – when visiting an off-leash zone it is imperative you supervise your dog at all times. Many times owners are busy chatting with a hot cup of coffee while a situation is escalating. If you notice another dog becoming overly boisterous in play or showing signs of aggression – hackles up (the hair on the top of the dog), chest puffed, showing teeth, nose to nose stare downs etc – call your dog back to you and break the interaction.

4) Be sensible – if you have a dog that does not like other dogs, or is showing signs of aggression in an off-leash situation, please seek professional advice from a dog handler and only walk your dog on-leash.

After a Dog Bite

If your dog has been bitten or caught up in a fight situation with another dog it is important to seek medical treatment quickly. Sometimes the injuries you can see on the surface hide serious problems.

Dr Gerardo Poli from Animal Emergency Service and the Veterinary Director Jindalee Animal Emergency Service has seen his fair share of dog bite injuries.

“We are lulled into a false sense of security when the only sign of trauma is a small puncture wound,” he says. “A small puncture wound means a tooth has penetrated into the skin but it does not mean it has only damaged superficial structures.”

Dr Poli is also quick to note that a tooth can penetrate deep into vital organs, puncturing lungs, intestines, kidneys sometimes even penetrating the skull.

“The puncture wound is often the tip of the ice burg, what looks benign small on the outside often requires surgical exploration to determine the real extent of the damage and surgical reconstruction and repair. A one inch canine from a large dog is equivalent to stab wound in a human.”

Treatment?

Depending on the wound and affected areas, treating dog bites can be complex.

“The first and most important rule is exploring all wounds to their ends,” Dr Poli says. “When a large dog, bites and lifts up a small dog off the ground and shakes it or when one is running away as it is bitten it can traumatise and separate tissue layers leading to ‘dead space’ which can fill with fluid and become infected.”

In these cases often surgery is required under an anaesthetic to explore, flush and clean and close the wounds.

“Otherwise other important aspects of management include, pain relief, IV fluids and antibiotics, but also often bandaging and Elizabethan collars.”

Our Expert…

Dr Gerardo Poli from Animal Emergency Service and the Veterinary Director Jindalee Animal Emergency Service
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Dr Gerardo Poli completed his Bachelor of Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland in 2008. He graduated with first-class honours and was awarded valedictorian of his year. He achieved Membership with the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in the field of Emergency and Critical Care in 2012 and is currently the head examiner for future Membership candidates. In 2014 he completed his Masters of Veterinary Studies in Small Animal Practice through Murdoch University which focuses on the more advanced aspects of small animal medicine. Dr Poli has a strong interest in the stabilisation and management of critically ill patients, small animal ultrasound and radiology and emergency surgery. He is currently the coordinator of the internship program and the continuing education program for the emergency clinicians at three Animal Emergency Service practices.

 

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Most Insured States in Australia https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/most-insured-states-in-australia/ https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/most-insured-states-in-australia/#respond Wed, 05 Sep 2018 08:49:57 +0000 https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/?p=6031 Pet Insurance Australia has released the most insured pets from around Australia. “We were interested to see how each state ranked in terms of pet insurance,” Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia says. According to research there are approximately 4.2 million ...

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Pet Insurance Australia has released the most insured pets from around Australia.

“We were interested to see how each state ranked in terms of pet insurance,” Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia says.

According to research there are approximately 4.2 million dogs in Australia and around 3.3million cats.

What about ownership?

The Pet Ownership in Australia 2013 document states that South Australia is a stand out with 73% owning a pet, ranging from a dog to a cat, fish birds and other pets. However interestingly half of all South Australian households own a dog. Nationally there are 19 dogs and 15 cats to every 100 people.

For Dogs – NSW 35%, VIC/TAS 43%, QLD 40%, SA 48%, WA 34%.
For Cats – NSW 24%, VIC/TAS 36%, QLD 26%, SA 31%, WA 26%.

“NSW is the most insured state taking out both the cat and dog sections,” Crighton says. “What is interesting is that the states are the same for both cat and dog rankings, regardless of the difference in pet ownership in those states.”

The results also mimic human populations.

“Obviously NSW has a lot more pets and people residing than compared to Western Australia or South Australia.”

Current Most Insured State for Dogs (Descending)
Rank Top Insured State Dogs
1 NSW
2 VIC
3 QLD
4 WA
5 SA
6 ACT
7 TAS
8 NT

 

Current Most Insured State for Cats (Descending)
Rank Top Insured State Cats
1 NSW
2 VIC
3 QLD
4 WA
5 SA
6 ACT
7 TAS
8 NT

 

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Most Insured Breeds – Cats and Dogs https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/most-insured-breeds-cats-and-dogs/ https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/most-insured-breeds-cats-and-dogs/#respond Wed, 05 Sep 2018 08:20:33 +0000 https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/?p=6023 Pet Insurance has released the top 10 most insured dog and cat breeds in 2018. “This gives a really good indication of the types of dogs and cats that are residing in homes around Australia,” Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia ...

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Pet Insurance has released the top 10 most insured dog and cat breeds in 2018.

“This gives a really good indication of the types of dogs and cats that are residing in homes around Australia,” Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia says.

“Many of our cats and dogs, from previous years, have been cross breeds,” she says. “This year the top spot is taken by the adorable Jack Russell Terrier Cross, and for the cats, a British Short Hair.”

These are incredibly popular breeds around Australia.

“It’s great classic popular breeds such as the loveable Labrador and the springing Staffy make an appearance again,” she says. “Alongside some newcomers like the Cavoodle and Ragdoll.”

Top 10 Insured Dog Breeds
Rank Dog Breeds
1 Jack Russell Terrier Cross
2 Staffordshire Bull Terrier Cross
3 Kelpie Cross
4 German Shepherd
5 Golden Retriever
6 Border Collie
7 Staffordshire Bull Terrier
8 Labrador
9 Cavoodle
10 Maltese Cross

 

Top 10 Insured Cat Breeds
Rank Cat Breeds
1 British Short Hair
2 Domestic Short Hair Cross
3 Moggie
4 Domestic Long Hair
5 Burmese
6 Ragdoll
7 Domestic Medium Hair
8 Tabby
9 Domestic House Cat
10 Domestic Short Hair

 

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What is That All About? – Smelly Dogs https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/what-is-that-all-about-smelly-dogs/ https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/what-is-that-all-about-smelly-dogs/#respond Tue, 21 Aug 2018 06:40:41 +0000 https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/?p=6003 Ever wondered why certain dog breeds smell more than others? In another fantastic episode of What’s That All About Pet Insurance Australia catches up with Specialist Veterinary Dermatologist Dr Linda Vogelnest, from the Small Animal and Specialist Hospital (SASH) to get ...

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Ever wondered why certain dog breeds smell more than others? In another fantastic episode of What’s That All About Pet Insurance Australia catches up with Specialist Veterinary Dermatologist Dr Linda Vogelnest, from the Small Animal and Specialist Hospital (SASH) to get the low down on why some dogs smell more than others.

It’s no surprise to many dog owners that some breeds have a certain musky odour while others dogs are virtually smell free. Some dogs only have a pungent smell after rolling in something ponky, while some breeds just seem to constantly emit a strong odour.

This is can be due to certain breeds having more oil glands on their skin surface. As Dr Vogelnest explains;

“Dog body odour can relate to their skin, or sometimes their mouths or ears if there are problems there,” she says. “In relation to their skin, the secretions from skin glands (sebaceous and epitrichial), along with populations of surface bacteria and yeast, can all smell.”

She reminds readers that just like with people, some smell more than others! PHEWY

“Some individual dogs have more glandular (‘oily’) skin and hair coats than others,” she says. “Dogs with inflamed skin (for all sorts of reasons, but commonly due to allergies) tend to have more active glands and higher populations of microbes on the skin, so tend to smell more.”

This is very true for some pet owners struggling with allergies. If you are familiar with an allergy suffering pet, you will be very familiar with the sickly sweet smell they can exhibit.

But what about wet dogs – why does a clean wet dog, always smell like a wet dog?

According to the experts this is due to our dogs having incredibly waterproof and weather proof coats. This is due to the oils on the surface of the hair. It takes quite a bit of scrubbing to remove all the oils and/or bacteria and yeast. Because of this, most pet owners never remove all of the oil, so your dog will omit a ‘wet dog smell’.

If your dog doesn’t suffer from allergies, over bathing them is not a good idea and can lead to a dry brittle coat. It’s also advisable to stay away from human shampoo, even if it does smell super fresh.

“Has been suggested best to avoid, due to human skin having a lower pH than dog skin, and human shampoos aimed for this more acidic skin,” Dr Vogelnest says. “There is a range of sensitive skin shampoos for dogs, which are recommended above human shampoos, particularly for dogs with skin problems.”

However, if your dog is super smelly and allergy free those herbal canine colognes can be beneficial to help beat the stench and still keep your pet happy and healthy.

“I advise to avoid artificial products, which may be irritant to skin, but natural ‘perfumes’ like oatmeal or a range of herbal smells seem fine,” Dr Vogelnest suggests. “Dog’s preference is often to use natural ‘perfumes’ like horse poo or rotting things to roll in … so I don’t think their preferences are the same as ours!”

Understanding Skin
The skin is the largest organ of the body and acts as a barrier from environmental factors while also protecting our cuddly canine from dehydration. The skin is also very delicate and just like with our own, it needs to be taken care of.

The skin of a dog is actually thinner than that of humans, plus us two-legged variety (AKA humans) grow hair in a singular fashion, while canines will grow hair in bundles. When the hair reaches its genetic length, it will then die and shed, unlike with humans that can choose the length of the hair depending on the latest fashion trends.

 

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Dog Bites – Warning https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/dog-bites-warning/ https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/dog-bites-warning/#respond Tue, 21 Aug 2018 06:34:16 +0000 https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/?p=5994 “Dog bites can quickly become a serious injury for many canine companions,” Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia says. “This is being echoed from vets around the country so pet owners need to be aware of how serious a dog bite ...

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“Dog bites can quickly become a serious injury for many canine companions,” Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia says. “This is being echoed from vets around the country so pet owners need to be aware of how serious a dog bite injury could be.”

The statistics are also on the rise. Pet Insurance Australia has noticed a steady increase in claims for dog bite injuries from year to year. Averaging around 1,000 dog bite injury claims back in 2013 to nearly 4,000 cases in 2017.

“We do need to take into account the increased number of pet insurance holders during this time period, but when you also consider those who do not have pet insurance these statistics indicate that dog bite injuries are a major concern for many veterinarians and pet owners nationwide,” she says.

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Dr Gerardo Poli from Animal Emergency Service and the Veterinary Director Jindalee Animal Emergency Service agrees that dog bite injuries are incredibly common.

“Dog bite injuries are one of the most common emergencies,” he says. “It is not uncommon for us to see multiple dog bite wounds every day.”

Dr Gerardo Poli is quick to remind readers not to be lulled into a false sense of security when only signs of trauma are present, and to seek veterinary treatment on all occasions quickly even when there does not appear to be obvious wounds.

“It is important for many reasons, most importantly we are concerned about life threatening injuries for example tooth penetration into vital structures like bite wounds to the head, neck, chest or even into abdominal organs,” Dr Poli says.

“If they are lucky and these structures are not affected there can still be severe trauma to skin, underlying muscle and bone which can lead to not only physical pain but later significant infections if they are not addressed early.”

Ensuring your pet is not suffering from a what could become a life-threatening wound and possible infection is vital in the treatment of a dog bite. The sooner the injured dog can be seen by a veterinarian the better.

“Even if you don’t think it looks that serious, the smaller injury could be hiding a much bigger problem,” Crighton says. “It’s also very important to remember that even if there isn’t a puncture wound, there could be serious internal injuries so dog owners need to seek help.”

Dr Poli agrees;

“The puncture wound is often the tip of the iceberg, what looks benign from the outside often requires surgical exploration to determine the real extent of the damage and surgical reconstruction and repair,” he says. “A one-inch canine from a large dog is equivalent to stab wound in a human with a dirty knife. The weight of a small dog is similar to that of an infant, if a baby was bitten by a dog the parents would rush it to the emergency department immediately.”

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“A small poodle that was attacked by a larger dog. It look like only one wound but then after we clipped there were several wounds. Upon exploration of the wound on the left flank it was evident that the tooth tore through the left flank abdominal muscles and entered the abdomen. This required exploration of the abdomen because teeth can puncture and tear organs. Lucky for this patient everything was ok on the inside but unless we explored and flushed the abdomen there would have been a severe abdominal bacterial infection that could have resulted in the patient not making it.”

 

 

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What’s That All About? – Teeth https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/whats-that-all-about-teeth/ https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/whats-that-all-about-teeth/#respond Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:34:06 +0000 https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/?p=5978 In light of dental month, Pet insurance Australia takes a look at our pet’s teeth and why it is so important to look after them. From pups and older dogs, kittens and fully-grown cats, they all share one important feature…teeth! Just ...

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In light of dental month, Pet insurance Australia takes a look at our pet’s teeth and why it is so important to look after them.

From pups and older dogs, kittens and fully-grown cats, they all share one important feature…teeth! Just like our own teeth, your pet’s chompers are very important for everyday life, and when there is a problem it can be costly and very painful.

One of the biggest misconceptions when it comes to our pet’s teeth, is that they don’t need to be cleaned. This is a major myth and can lead to an assortment of serious problems later down the track. The major one being periodontal or dental disease.

As the mouth is the gateway to your pet’s blood and organs, periodontal disease can lead to an array of nasty issues including;

  • Damage the heart
  • Damage to the liver
  • Damage to the kidneys
  • Sever bone infections
  • Holes in the nasal cavity
Understanding teeth – pups & dogs

Your precious pup will have 28 sharp teeth erupting in their mouth between the third and sixth week of age, these are called milk teeth or puppy teeth. it’s no wonder biting down on things can help with the pain. Then at about four months, just like a young child, they will lose their teeth to be replaced by adult permanent teeth…42 in total! This is why young pups love to chew!

Understanding teeth – kittens & cats

Kittens also have milk teeth and will start this process around two weeks of age when their incisors will begin to show. Then by six weeks of age your kitten should have all of their 26 deciduous teeth (meaning teeth that they will lose). By six to seven months of age, these teeth will fall out and be replaced by 30 adult teeth.

Signs of a problem?
  • Bad breath
  • Staining on teeth
  • Bleeding gums
  • Excessive salivation
  • Soreness around the jaw
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Unusual swelling associated with the jaw
  • Redness around the gum-line
Tips from the expert, Dr Leigh Davidson, Director at Your Vet Online

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“Have your veterinarian check your pet’s teeth every 6 months and perform a scale and polish if required and remember anaesthesia free dentistry does nothing for the disease below the gum line,” Dr Davidson says.

“Occasionally they rub their face. Most often, we smell a nasty stench of bad breath. We call this halitosis and if your pet has this it is definitely time to get their mouth checked at the vets. Your animal’s breath should not have a smell that is unpleasant,” Dr Davidson adds.

Other preventative measures include:
1. daily toothbrushing
2. dental chews – check out VOHC.org for those that have a tick of approval
3. prescription dental diets
4. if your pet can handle it – a large, meaty, raw, non-cut bone
5. cats enjoy cooked, long strips of gravy beef

Our Expert
Dr Leigh Davidson BVSc, BApplSc is registered in both NZ and Australia and has over 17 years’ experience in clinical practice, pharmaceuticals and practice ownership. She is very passionate about education and helping pet owners understand the needs of their animals. Dr Davidson is also a member of the Australian Veterinary Association and helps to moderate two large Facebook groups (Not One More Vet and Australian Veterinary Network) exclusively for veterinarians. Aside from helping pet owners, Dr Leigh finds time to mentor many vets who seek advice with clinical practice and work life balance. Dr Leigh Davidson is also the Director at Your Vet Online allowing pet owners online video consultations, and on-demand care for your animal.

 

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Dental Awareness Month https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/dental-awareness-month/ https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/dental-awareness-month/#respond Wed, 08 Aug 2018 07:37:17 +0000 https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/?p=5958 With August in full steam, Pet Insurance Australia is urging all pet owners to consider their pets dental hygiene. “Dental care is incredibly important for our pets,” Nadia Crighton spokesperson from PIA says. “The mouth and gums are the gateways to ...

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With August in full steam, Pet Insurance Australia is urging all pet owners to consider their pets dental hygiene.

“Dental care is incredibly important for our pets,” Nadia Crighton spokesperson from PIA says. “The mouth and gums are the gateways to the body, so keeping your pet’s teeth in good condition can prevent many possible issues with their overall health.”

With dental disease being so prominent many vets now encourage discounted vet checks during the month of August.

“This is a really wonderful initiative being rolled out around Australia and a great reason to get your pets’ teeth checked.”

Dr Leigh Davidson, Director at Your Vet Online agrees;

“Our mouths are naturally full of bacteria that can lead to infection. This infection and inflammation that it causes isn’t just contained to the mouth though, it actually has far-reaching effects on all our body systems,” she says. “Heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease all have links to problems that start in the mouth. Dental health is something we can all do to keep our pet’s healthy! Dental disease is totally preventable.”

Dr Davidson is also quick to remind readers to be aware of the quality of your professional teeth clean.

“Have your veterinarian check your pet’s teeth every 6 months and perform a scale and polish if required,” she says. “Remember anaesthesia free dentistry does nothing for the disease below the gum line.”

Signs of dental disease

  • Bad breath
  • Staining on teeth
  • Bleeding gums
  • Excessive salivation
  • Soreness around the jaw
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Unusual swelling associated with the jaw

“It’s also important to remember that our pets are masters at masking pain,” Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia says. “So it’s up to owners to be vigilant with checking their pets’ teeth.”

“Occasionally they rub their face. Most often, we smell a nasty stench of bad breath. We call this halitosis and if your pet has this it is definitely time to get their mouth checked at the vets. Your animal’s breath should not have a smell that is unpleasant,” Dr Davidson adds.

“The other sign that your pet has a problem, and this is important, is if you see any redness around the gumline. This is a sign of inflammation called gingivitis. If present we need to treat your pet asap. Gingivitis can be reversed, but if left, it results in periodontitis, an irreversible condition that may result in your pet needing teeth to be removed.”

Look out for the signs and prevent dental disease with basic dental care, routine checks and cleaning.

Other preventative measures include:

  • daily toothbrushing
  • dental chews – check out VOHC.org for those that have a tick of approval
  • prescription dental diets
  • if your pet can handle it – a large, meaty, raw, non-cut bone
  • cats enjoy cooked, long strips of gravy beef

 

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