Pet Insurance Australia Pet Insurance Australia Mon, 19 Aug 2019 18:04:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Pet Insurance Australia 32 32 Finalists’ Announcement media release Mon, 19 Aug 2019 14:56:26 +0000 JETPETS COMPANION ANIMAL RESCUE AWARDS FINALISTS REVEALED Unconditional love changing lives – over 1,000 entries received. The Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards ...

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JETPETS COMPANION ANIMAL RESCUE AWARDS FINALISTS REVEALED Unconditional love changing lives – over 1,000 entries received.

The Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards is thrilled to announce the FINALISTS of the 2019 Awards, which celebrate and recognise achievements in the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of companion animals Australia-wide.

186,000 pets remain unclaimed in Australia’s pounds and shelters every year¹, and thousands of volunteers dedicate their time to finding homes for surrendered and abandoned animals. The Rescue Awards is the platform to showcase excellence and innovation in rescue. In its second year, the program attracted more than 1,000 entries – more than double that of last year’s!

“We received many excellent industry submissions from around the country. The finalists have not only demonstrated best practice in animal care, but also ensure the sustainability of their organisation for the future” said Cathy Beer, Rescue Awards founder and rescue advocate from Pets4Life, an independent education resource for cat and dog guardians.

“Hundreds of entries of pet adoption and foster care were received for theAdvocate® People’s Rescue Story category. The judges were moved by extraordinary stories of resilience and human-animal bond. The entries are an inspiration to rescue organisations to continue their efforts in saving and rehoming companion animals,” she said.

This year, Jetpets is again the Platinum Rescue Hero and naming Partner. Sandy Matheson, Jetpets Managing Director, said: “Jetpets is proud to support The Companion Animal Rescue Awards in its second year. It has been fantastic to watch the program gain momentum as we all continue to celebrate the inspiring work rescue groups and volunteers achieve day in and out for animals around Australia. The awards are a very humbling initiative to be involved in and I congratulate all of the finalists.”


  1. Nell Thompson, Coordinator for Getting 2 Zero (G2Z) and Secretary of the Australian Institute of Animal Management (AIAM).
  2. Tim Vasudeva, Director of Corporate Affairs at Animals Australia.
  3. Vickie Davy, Co-Founder & joint CEO of PetRescue, not for profit organisation that brings thousands of rescue pets face-to-face with thousands of potential adopters every day.
  4. Dr Anthony Bennett, Veterinarian & Co-star of Lifestyle Channel’s TV seriesVillage Vets.
  5. Sandy Matheson, Founder & Managing Director of Jetpets, a pet travel company focused on the safety, comfort and welfare of pets.
  6. Dr Anne Fawcett, Animal Welfare Veterinarian. Dr Anne’s blog
  7. Dr Michael O’Donoghue, Small animal veterinarian and Co-Founder of ‘People and Pets’, a nationwide grief and pet loss counselling service.
  8. Dr Alex Hynes, Emergency Veterinarian &co-star in the new series of Bondi Vet TV show.
  9. Anne Boxhall, Companion animal welfare advocate with 28 years’ experience in sheltering and rescue.
  10. Dr Liisa Ahlström, Veterinarian, Companion Animal Products, Bayer Animal Health
  11. Dan White, Senior Brand Manager, Bayer Animal Health
  12. Cathy Beer, Founder of Pets4Life


Outstanding RescueGroup: Forever Friends Animal Rescue (VIC), Greyhound Rescue NSW, Maneki Neko Cat Rescue (VIC), Perth Rescue Angels(W.A)

Outstanding New Rescue Group: Precious Paws Animal Rescue (QLD), Dandy Cat Rescue (VIC), Small Paws Animal Rescue QLD, Purrfect Paws Rescue (S.A)

Outstanding Animal Shelter: Just Cats Tasmania, Second Chance Animal Rescue (VIC), Cat Haven (WA), Central Coast Animal Care Facility (NSW)

Outstanding Council Animal Shelter: Sutherland Shire Animal Shelter (NSW)

Innovation in Rescue: AMRRIC’s One Health Program (NT), Lort Smith and Pets of the Homeless (VIC), Project Meow Geelong Cat Kindness Initiative &Desexing (VIC)

Community Education and Outreach Program: Second Chance Animal Rescue Outreach Program (VIC), PAWS: Pet Awareness & Safety Program (Camden Council, NSW), MADI Mobile Cat Desexing (Lost Dogs Home, VIC), Spring Valley Program (Claws and Paws, NSW)

Volunteer of the Year: Sue Quartermain of RSPCA Victoria, Jill Pottter of Forever Friends Animal Rescue (VIC), Margaret Panetta of RSPCA Victoria, Robert Morgan of RSPCA Victoria, Angela Hardsof Pakenham Pony Rescue (VIC)

Advocate® People’s Rescue Story: Read the amazing and inspiring stories from our 10 finalists.

To find out more, click here.


The winners will be celebrated at the Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards ceremony on 12 September 2019 during the 8th National G2Z Summit & Workshops at the Mantra-On-View, Sunshine Coast, Queensland. More information to come via the Rescue Awards website.

The Rescue Awards ceremony will be streamed live on Facebook at @rescueawards at 6.15pm AEST on 12 September 2019.


For photos, please visit the website here or contact Cathy at

Photos credited to the Jo Lyons Photography, the Rescue Awards official photographer where applicable.

For updates on the Rescue Awards program, please visit, sign up to the e-newsletter or follow the Rescue Awards on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. #jetpetsrescueawards2019


About Pets4Life: Pets4Life is an independent education resource for cat and dog guardians and those who are thinking of getting a cat or dog. Our goal is to help reduce cat and dog surrender and improve pet well-being in Australia. After over 20 years in the corporate world as a professional marketer, Cathy Beer pursued her passion for pet welfare and created Pets4Life in 2013 after interviewing leaders in the companion animal welfare space. Cathy is completing the Delta Institute of Australia course to attain a Cert IV Companion Animal Services and an accredited Delta dog trainer. Cathy is a voluntary member of Willoughby Council’s Companion Animals Committee and a volunteer instructor at the Sydney All Breeds Dog Club. Visit

 About Jetpets: Jetpets are Australia’s leading pet travel experts. Their in house team of pet travel consultants, pet handlers and resident vets have been caring for people’s beloved pets for over 27 years. Setting the highest standards of care for pets travelling interstate and overseas, the Jetpets team love nothing more than reuniting and bringing families together. Jetpets provide a complete pet travel service, taking care of everything involved in transporting a pet from their home to their final destination. For helpful information on pet travel visit, or to speak with an experienced pet travel consultant on 1300 668 309.

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Top Puppy Pet Supplies Mon, 19 Aug 2019 10:28:31 +0000 Getting ready to invite a new puppy into your home? Pet Insurance Australia takes a look into all the products, and ...

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Getting ready to invite a new puppy into your home? Pet Insurance Australia takes a look into all the products, and services you need to think about before your new family member arrives.

There is nothing more exciting than the anticipation of a new puppy. Inviting the pitter-patter of pads into your home is simply one of the most joyful journeys a pet owner can experience. However, before your new bundle of fluff arrives, it’s a good idea to get prepared with all the important stuff.

Basic Puppy Supplies

There are some basic things that all puppies will need when arriving into their new home. These include:

  • Bedding – ensure your bed is the right fit for your puppy. If it is too big, your wee pup will get lost in all the padding. Too small – will just mean a super uncomfortable situation. Correct sizing is important, as too, looking for a bedding with high sides. Remembering that your pup has come from cuddling up to a few litter mates and their mum, so they will want to feel secure and able to really snuggle down.
  • Leads & Collar – Like with bedding, it is very important that this is the correct fit for your pup. For young pups use a very light lead will allow your puppy to get used to the feeling of being on lead. Collars need to fit correctly for safety reasons. You should be able to snuggly slip two finger widths under your dog’s collar at all times. If it is too tight, it’s time for an upgrade. Too loose? Could cause snagging that can lead to choking.
  • Food & Water – new puppy owners also need a small food and water bowl. Again, depending on the size of your breed this may need to be upgraded as your puppy grows, so go for the cheaper alternative. Keeping your puppy on the same food their breeder was using is also important. If you wish to change this food to a different brand, it is advised to wait until your puppy has settled in your new home (normally a few weeks) and then go very very slowly to prevent tummy upsets. Always feed your puppy the correct food for their age. It is vital at this stage your puppy gets all the correct nutrients to grow into a strong and healthy dog.
  • Toys – think some snuggly ones for bedtime, and some chewing ones for play time. Get a good selection of toys and pop some away. By rotating your toys daily, you’ll keep your pup interested in the toys and not looking for some alternatives – like your best leather shoes. It’s also a great way to check toys for any damage that can cause obstructions.
  • A Pen/Crate – if you haven’t’ considered crate training, it is still a very good idea to have a pen area for your pup that they can go and sleep undisturbed during the day. It’s also a wonderful place to pop your puppy when you are unable to 100% supervise. Having a crate/pen area also helps with basic training and toilet training. However, no dog, or puppy, should spend endless hours in this area. In this area should be their bedding and water bowl, and a few snuggly toys.
  • Travel Crate – you’ll also need a good crate to transport your pup between vet visits. Many pups will fit into a cat carrier at first, but this will need to be upgraded as they grow. Many owners will then invest in a seatbelt type halter for their dogs to keep them safe while in the car.

Other Services?

Other services your puppy may require include:

  • Finding a good vet – Take a walk through your local vets and find the one that feels right for you. Talk to the vet nurses and you can even get your puppy signed up and ready for their first vet health check.
  • Puppy Preschool – these book up very fast, so it is important to book up a puppy-preschool well before you take ownership of your puppy. Puppy preschools are wonderful for safe socialization in the early days, and also basic training.
  • Pet Insurance – When it comes to pet insurance there are some very important things to consider. One of the biggest is; pre-existing conditions. These are conditions that insurance providers generally do not cover. For example; if your pet was treated and diagnosed for a skin condition at the veterinary clinic before you took out your pet insurance policy, skin conditions would be considered ‘pre-existing’ meaning that for the life-time of your policy you would not be able to claim for anything skin related. Signing up to pet insurance during puppy-hood or kitten-hood may help prevent the occurrence of pre-existing conditions.


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Saving for A Rainy-Day Tue, 13 Aug 2019 09:59:03 +0000 Pet Insurance Australia takes a look at the ‘saving for a rainy day’ theory to replace the costs of pet insurance. ...

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Pet Insurance Australia takes a look at the ‘saving for a rainy day’ theory to replace the costs of pet insurance.

“The ‘rainy day’ concept is a wonderful thought, but let’s be completely honest,” Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia says. “In this day and age with increasing costs in nearly every aspect of our lives, it can be difficult to put away enough money to save for the unforeseen events that take a huge toll emotionally and also financially. If this were the easier option for a huge percentage of the population, there would be no reason for insurance, in any sector. Unfortunately, life simply does not work like this.”

Pet insurance Australia has broken down some of the top claims for dogs and the approximate costs:

Approx Cost of Top Claims according to Pet Insurance Australia 2018 data*

Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus – $1,500 – $8,500
Elbow Dysplasia – $1,200 – $4,500
Peritonitis – $1,000 – $7,000
Cataract – $3,000 – $8,000
Intervertebral disc disease – $1,000 – $10,000
Cruciate ligament – $1,500 – $5,500 – has sub-limit of $2,600
Snake bite toxicity – $1,000 – $4,000+
Ingestion of a foreign object – $2,000 – $12,000+

* The above gives an indication of the typical claim amounts received for the conditions listed. Benefits paid for eligible vet expenses can vary across PIA policy plans (refer to the PDS for details).

“A foreign body complication can cost anywhere from $1,000 to an uncomfortable $12,000 ,” Crighton says. “That’s a lot of money for Rover who has eaten a few socks! With pet insurance you could cover up to 80% on these eligible vet costs, depending on the type of cover, limits, exclusions and pre-existing conditions.”

For veterinarians, pet insurance can be the difference between being able to treat the companion animal or looking at palliative care options.

Some cancer treatments can cost upwards of $20,000 per year .” Crighton says. “For these high-end treatment options, the ‘rainy day’ concept simply does not apply to the majority of hard-working Australians.”

With the rate of cancer in our pets increasing due to a few factors, including our pets living longer, specialist treatment is becoming much more common. Cancer can also be a long-term treatment option and the progression of Veterinary Oncology has allowed many companion animals success rates that simply can’t be ignored.

“In some circumstances, cancer treatment has doubled and tripled the life expectancy of a beloved family pet, in other cases even longer,” Crighton says. “But sadly, these options do not come cheap.”

Veterinary Oncologist, Dr Peter Bennett advocates the value of pet insurance for those needing specialist care.

“The top end cancer treatments can vary depending on what is done,” Dr Bennett says. “A pet that has extensive investigations, surgery, radiation and then follow up or chemotherapy, can over a 12-month period have a total cost of over $25,000, sometimes over $30,000.”

The benefits of having pet insurance is echoed by many top Veterinarians across the country, who see first-hand, the real-time benefits pet insurance provides for their clients and their loving owners.

“We see clients who cannot pay for the treatments that could lead to the best outcomes,” he says.
Like with all policies or important documents it’s vital to read the fine print and take the time to fully understand what you are paying for.

“At PIA we strive to make our Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) clear and easy to understand.” Crighton says. “Understandably we all live in a very fast, click-on click-off world and people just don’t have time to spare. We have kept this in mind when developing the PDS and have made it as compact as possible. At PIA we urge all of our clients to take a tea-break, pull up a chair and spend the time reading the PDS and getting a good understanding of what they are covered for, and what they are not covered for.”

The PDS is also available online so clients can easily access this information at any time of the day or night.

“The benefits of pet insurance are echoed continuously by top vets, pet owners and those who work closely in the industry and fully understand the huge costs that can be experienced by those who own pets,” Crighton says. “In a perfect world; having ample savings to cover the unforeseen costs of pet care would be readily available to everyone. For the rest of us, the ‘rainy-day saving fund’ to protect our furry family member against the worst possible scenario… may be a pet insurance policy.”

*Note not all conditions and treatments are covered by PIA Pet Insurance. Refer to the PDS for more information.

Terms, conditions, waiting periods and limits apply. Pet Insurance Australia is general insurance issued by the insurer The Hollard Insurance Company Pty Ltd (ABN 78 090 584 473; AFSL 241436) (Hollard), is distributed and promoted by Pet Insurance Australia Pty Ltd (ABN 85 113 507 850; AR 326233) (Pet Insurance Australia) and administered by PetSure (Australia) Pty Ltd (ABN 95 075 949 923; AFSL 420183) (PetSure). Pet Insurance Australia acts as an authorised representative of Petsure. Any advice provided is general only. Please consider the Product Disclosure Statement available from in deciding whether to acquire or continue to hold, Pet Insurance Australia Pet Insurance.


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Teeth Care in Dogs Wed, 31 Jul 2019 14:20:23 +0000 Concerned about your dog’s teeth? Looking for some advice on how to keep your pup’s teeth in great condition to prevent ...

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Concerned about your dog’s teeth? Looking for some advice on how to keep your pup’s teeth in great condition to prevent serious problems later down the track? Pet insurance Australia takes a look a dental hygiene for our dogs.

From 28 painful erupting puppy teeth to, 42 full blown adult gnashes, your dog’s teeth are a very important aspect of their body. Pain associated with bad teeth and gums can also be hiding some pretty scary consequences.

Like with humans, your dog’s gums are the gateway to their bloodstream. But what does this mean?

Basically, if your dog has an infection or overload of bacteria on the teeth and gums it can enter the blood stream and lead to a whole host of serious complications;

  • Loss of teeth
  • Tooth and root abscesses
  • Bone infections
  • Infection fistulas (holes) in the nasal cavity
  • Damage to liver
  • Damage to kidneys
  • Heart problems

Dental Disease in Dogs

Dental disease in dogs can be serious. If you are concerned about your dog or pup’s teeth a trip to the vet is vital to rule out any immediate treatments such as tooth removal or antibiotic treatments. It is advised that you have your dog’s teeth checked yearly during your annual vaccination appointment to check that they are in good condition. Your vet may suggest a scale and polish under anaesthetic that can help keep your pet’s teeth in good condition and help pick up any underlying dental issues.

Signs of dental disease in dogs

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


The best way to help your dog’s mouth stay fresh, clean and bacteria free is to ensure you have a good dental hygiene program from puppyhood. The safest way to keep your pet’s mouth in top condition is to brush their teeth. However, this is a practise that needs to be implemented from puppyhood as some older dogs will simply not adjust well to this new routine.

With teeth-brushing it is vital that you only use a specially designed dog toothpaste for the job at hand. Start slowly and try short sessions. Increase the length of these sessions as your pup/dog becomes used to the exercise.

Bones are also good for helping your pup remove built-up plague from their teeth that can lead to issues. However, it is extremely important that you;

  • Raw bones only – never offer your dog cooked bones
  • Leave unsupervised
  • Always remove bones once they have been chewed
  • Feed your dog bones that have been cut in half lengthways

It’s also a good idea to not feed your dog weight baring bones. If you do, remove once the knuckle has been chewed. It’s important to note that some extremely hard bones (typically weight baring bones) can cause your dog’s teeth to chip, leading to additional issues. Soft, uncooked bones are the perfect dental addition. Ask your vet for additional advice on feeding bones.

There are also ample foods and treats that can help keep your pup’s teeth clean. Like with all food, ensure you only feed by the manufacturer’s guidelines and take into account the number of treats and remove this from your pet’s daily diet. Or you may end up with a pearly white overweight dog.

Toys can also be beneficial for preventing tooth decay in dogs. These can be wonderful as you can allow your pup to clean their teeth inside, with minimal mess. It’s important to ensure the chew toys are the correct size for your dog and also to remove once they become damaged.

With your dog teeth, prevention is key, as too, yearly consults with your local veterinarian. If you notice anything wrong with your pet’s mouth, teeth, gums or breath seek advice quickly. Getting to the cause of the problem as quickly as possible can prevent ongoing issues and pain in your dog.


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A Guide to Dog Beds Tue, 23 Jul 2019 09:31:40 +0000 Looking for a new dog bed for your furry friend? Pet Insurance Australia takes a look at the top dog beds ...

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Looking for a new dog bed for your furry friend? Pet Insurance Australia takes a look at the top dog beds so you can find the perfect snuggle buddy for your friend. PLUS: the best bed for your dog depending on their age and chewing desires!

It’s winter, it’s cold, and who doesn’t like a good comfy bed to sleep away the day? For many dogs, their bed is a place they spend a lot of time sleeping, so it’s no wonder the pet lovers of the world have been super busy developing and re-developing the humble hounds slumber zone.


For all puppies, a snuggly cuddly is bed is always best. Look for ones that come with supportive sides so your new bundle of fur can feel secure in their new bedding. Remembering that they’ve left a handful of littermates, and their mum, who were always on hand to have a snuggle and keep the bed nice and warm.

Other tips include;

  • Perfect fit – for a growing puppy they need a bed that fits, so not too big, or too small.
  • Damaged – if your puppy has damaged their bed it’s advised to remove and replace. Remember to always have a good array of chew toysavailable and rotate these often so your puppy does begin to consider their bed as another chew toy. If your puppy has destroyed their bed, consider only allowing your puppy access to their bed when they are due to have a sleep. Using a crate or pen area is perfect for this.
  • Moveable – if the bedding you have chosen is easy to move around, the more chance it will become a play-toy for your pup. Bedding that has a specific area – like in the crate or pen area – or has a harder outer shell, is much less likely to end up in shreds across the loungeroom floor.

Young Dogs

As your pup grows it’s time to invest in a good bed for your young dog. If you are having issues with your dog destroying their bed, consider using a trampoline bed. These are very hard to destroy and provide a good support for your dog to sleep on. You can add some heavy blankets to give warmth and extra comfort. Heavy woolen blankets are harder to destroy than your fluffy cushion-type bedding.

If dogs that do not chew their beds; there are a massive array of bedding options available to you. A good quality bed should also be easy to clean. Always be wary of what products you use to clean your dog’s bedding particularly if your dog suffers from any allergies. Younger dogs, and those not suffering from any joint conditions will be happy sleeping on a range of pillow-type bedding they can snuggle into.

Older Dogs

For an older dog, or ones suffering from any joint conditions it’s best to only provide a good quality and sturdy surface to sleep on. There are specially designed orthopeadic mattresses that are wonderfully comfortable but also provide a good support for dogs who need it.

Dogs that need the support should not struggle to get up or down from their bedding. Trampoline-type beds can also be a good support for dogs who need the extra assistance and aid with their joints.


With all dogs; getting the right sized bedding to suit the size of your dog is important. In saying this, if you have a giant breed such as a Great Dane, and a smaller breed such as a Jack Russell, don’t be surprised if they like to swap beds – to your complete amazement!

It’s also a good idea to monitor your dog in regard to their bedding. Are they opting to sleep on the hard floor instead of their pillowtop bed? It might be that their bedding is too soft, try for a floor-mat or a trampoline-bed. Some dogs will prefer to sleep on the hard-concrete flooring no matter how comfortable the bedding is you have offered. Encourage your dog to sleep on a folded-up blanket or a floor mat if this is the case.

If your dog is struggling to get-up, or lie-down on their bed…a vet visit is in order to rule out any joint issues. Chat to your vet about the best bedding to suit your dog’s medical needs.


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Rehoming Cats Facts Wed, 10 Jul 2019 09:38:29 +0000 Just become the proud owner of an adopted kitty-cat? Wondering how long you’ll need to keep your new family member inside ...

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Just become the proud owner of an adopted kitty-cat? Wondering how long you’ll need to keep your new family member inside after the adoption process? Pet Insurance Australia takes a look at rehoming cats. PLUS: how to help settle a new cat into your home.

Rehoming a cat can be one of the most rewarding aspects of pet ownership. Giving a cat a much-needed forever home can be incredibly emotional for both you and your new bundle of fur. Many adoptive pet parents talk of their adoptive cat’s immense amount of love and affection, like they almost know the enormity of the bond they share with the human that ‘saved’ them.

The huge array of heartfelt stories from around the world certainly point to some impressive benefits of rehoming a cat or kitten.

How Long to Keep a Cat Indoors After Re-homing?

If you have just brought your new kitten or cat home from your chosen shelter, it’s a good idea to give them their own little safe place. A bathroom, laundry or even a bedroom works perfectly for this.

#TOPTIP – make this place the same place you intend on leaving your litter box. This way, your new furry family member will always remember where their toilet is.

In this area consider adding;

  • Warm bedding
  • Cubby-hole or a place to hide
  • A selection of fun cat toys – think mice and balls
  • Litter tray
  • Food and water bowls

Once your cat/kitten is happy in this area and showing signs of being confident in their new home – normally after a few days – allow them to slowly explore the remaining home. Remember to pop other animals (like dogs) away for this initial exploration. Some cats will take longer than others to start feeling confident in their new homes, so patience is key. It’s also very important you do not rush your cat or force your rehomed kitten into situations or introductions. Go at their pace.

Your cat may walk around with their mouths open. Don’t worry this is them having a very good smell of their new home. If they are spooked, they will quickly run back into their ‘safe area’.

It is advised that you do not let your adopted cat outside for at least three to four weeks or until they are fully settled into their new home. Kittens should not be left outdoors unsupervised until at least six months of age. Many rehomed cats and kittens prefer the life of an indoor cat.

There are many benefits of keeping your rehomed cats and kittens indoors for life. If you want to allow them to explore the great outdoors there are many cat enclosures that can be built onto cat doors to allow your pets to explore the outside world in a safe manner.

Litter Tray Tips

 For newly rehomed cats, it is strongly advised to go slowly with any changes to the litter tray. Make sure you have one in your safe zone or room and if hooded remove the hood for a few weeks. Once your pet is happily using the litter tray replace the hood and remove the door/flap. Again, once this is not causing any issues replace the cat-flap on the litter tray.

If you have more than one cat in your home, it’s important to have a few litter trays handy. Also don’t rush into swapping over your litter. Use the same litter for your cat that the shelter has been using, and like with food, go slowly with any change and only after your cat has settled into their new environment.

Happy Rehoming!

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Top Low-Shedding Dog Breeds Mon, 08 Jul 2019 16:18:56 +0000 Pet Insurance Australia investigates the top low shedding dog breeds in 2019. PLUS: does low shedding mean less maintenance and what ...

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Pet Insurance Australia investigates the top low shedding dog breeds in 2019. PLUS: does low shedding mean less maintenance and what about hypoallergenic dog breeds? The answers might surprise you.

“The low shedding dog breeds are very popular amongst pet owners for obvious reasons,” Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia says. “However, there is a huge misconception that low-shedding dog breeds are easier to maintain in terms of grooming.”

Like with all dog breeds, low-shedders also need a good dose of brushing. Many low shedding dog breeds also contain double coats, so the reason they do not shed as much as other dogs is simple due to the hair being caught in the extra layer of coat. However, this dead hair still needs to be removed via grooming.

“It’s also important to abolish the popular myth about all non-shedding dogs,” Crighton says. “They do shed. All dogs will shed, however some breeds shed a lot less than others.”

PIA also advises all possible pet owners to be careful with hypoallergenic breeds and highly recommends checking with your doctor in terms of pet ownership and allergies.

“It is important to remember when it comes to allergies to check with your doctor exactly what you are allergic to. For many allergic dog and cat lovers, their allergy will include dander (skin), saliva or even urine of the actual pet,” Crighton says. “Therefore, purchasing a pup that is considered ‘low-shedding’ may not stop your allergic response.”

It’s also a good idea to visit your breeder and have as much interaction with your chosen pup as possible, without the help of antihistamines, to see if you have any reactions that will cause a concern and future heartbreak.

Large Low Shedding Dog Breeds

  1. Afghan Hound
  2. Airedale Terrier
  3. Bouvier des Flandres
  4. Giant Schnauzer
  5. Irish Water Spaniel
  6. Komondor
  7. Portuguese Water Dog
  8. Saluki
  9. Standard Poodle
  10. Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Medium Low Shedding Dog Breeds

  1. Basenji
  2. Kerry Blue Terrier
  3. Labradoodle
  4. Irish Terrier
  5. Puli
  6. Standard Schnauzer
  7. Tibetan Terrier
  8. Welsh Terrier
  9. Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
  10. Whippet

Small Low-Shedding Dog Breeds

  1. Australian Silky Terrier
  2. Bedlington Terrier
  3. Bichon Frise
  4. Brussels Griffon
  5. Chinese Crested.
  6. Havanese
  7. Italian Greyhound
  8. Maltese
  9. Shih Tzu
  10. Toy Poodle


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Dog Behaviour Problems Mon, 24 Jun 2019 14:28:06 +0000 Concerned about your dog’s behaviour? Wanting to know how to deal with dog behaviour problems or where to go? Pet insurance ...

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Concerned about your dog’s behaviour? Wanting to know how to deal with dog behaviour problems or where to go? Pet insurance Australia takes a look at some of the most common dog behaviour problems and how to tackle them head-on.

Congratulations! If you are reading this; chances are you are taking the very first step in really helping your dog. For most dog behaviour problems, the hardest step is actually admitting there is a problem. The great news is there are so many quality dog handlers and experts on hand who can help you understand your dog’s behaviour problems, and, in many cases, help train the issue away or drastically improve it.

The Most Common Dog Behaviour Problems

Some dog behaviour problems are certainly easier to tackle than others. It’s also a good idea to seek help quickly before the behaviour becomes an ingrained habit. Issues that have been left to simmer for a long time, can take slower to cure and in some examples, it becomes more a case of ‘managing’ the issue, rather than curing it.

Common problems include:

  • Consistent barking
  • Escaping
  • Digging
  • Chewing
  • Nipping
  • jumping
  • Not listening

More serious conditions include:

  • Separation Anxiety
  • Inter-dog aggression – barking, snarling, attacking other dogs.
  • Aggressive dog behaviour problems – towards strangers/dogs/children/other pets
  • Fearful/anxious behaviour – hiding, submissive, urination, shaking

How to Deal with Behavioural Problems

Firstly, before attempting to tackle any behavioural issue it’s best to get a clean bill of health from your local vet. Once you know that your pup is in good health you can start to tackle the common behavioural problems like barking, escaping, digging and chewing.

These behaviours are commonly a sign of boredom. To a dog, these are highly entertaining habits.

Ensure you have enriched your pet’s environment and come up with some simple boredom busting techniques when you leave for home – such as puzzle toys, rotating toys daily (home alone toys only – pick them up when you return). Your dog also needs daily exercise. Having a good routine for this can help alleviate these types of problems.

It’s paramount that you train your dog regularly. This can be fun trick-training in the yard or taking them along to a dog obedience course. If you have never trained your dog, and are experiencing problems like the above, consider calling in the home experts who can give you tips in your home.

Once your confidence improves, consider signing up to a weekly group training course. Group training is great to add the element of distraction into the training sessions while also socialising your dog.

It is very important to note that if the training is not working, your dog could be suffering from separation anxiety, causing the destructive or upsetting behaviours. It is vital you seek professional help if you think your dog is suffering from this type of anxiety.

How to Deal with More Serious Problems?

If you are dealing with any type of aggressive dog behaviour problems, it is vital you seek advice from a professional dog handler who has experience in helping aggressive dogs. Never be aggressive to an aggressive dog, you cannot fight fire with fire.

Dogs suffering with aggression can be retrained to ensure they become safe and controllable dogs. A professional dog trainer can help you understand aggression and the triggers for your dog, and how to best prevent these triggers and train your dog to have confidence in you as a leader.

Most dogs are aggressive due to fear – the fight or flight reaction. As with anxious dogs this response is normally flight for the aggressive dog this will be a fight response.

Understanding why your dog is behaving like this, alongside professional advice and solid training can help you and your dog immensely. It will take time, patience and understanding to alleviate these issues. Never be embarrassed to seek help over an aggressive dog or underestimate the behaviour.

As with aggression if you think your dog is suffering from any type of anxiety, or separation anxiety seeking professional help from your vet and dog trainer is advised.

It’s important to understand that these behaviours do not get better on their own. The longer you leave the behaviour to manifest the worst it can become. Seeking help for your dog is essential. Dogs that are aggressive or anxious are not happy canines. With training and the correct advice, and in some cases medication, your pet can lead a very happy and secure life.

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How do you get your cats to stop fighting? Mon, 24 Jun 2019 14:24:40 +0000 Pet Insurance Australia takes a look into cat scraps and how you can help create some peace in your kitty-cat loving ...

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Pet Insurance Australia takes a look into cat scraps and how you can help create some peace in your kitty-cat loving home.

REEEEOWWWWWWW HISSSSSSSSS! For some multi-cat homes this horrific noise is a very common occurrence ringing down the halls or out in the backyard. This is particularly true if you have just invited a new feline friend into your cat loving home.

Why are my cats constantly fighting and what can you do about it?

The fact is; some cats get along well with others, while other cats do not! It’s really important to understand that cats are incredibly territorial creatures and traditionally do not like other cats. With the exception of kittens raised together, or a new kitten being introduced to the existing cat before your existing cat has reached 19 months of age.

But all is not lost – cats can learn to tolerate one another and even learn to love each other. The key is patience.

Introducing Kitten to Cat

When you first bring your new kitten home, it’s a good idea to keep them in a room that can be their ‘safe zone’. In this room have all the necessities such as litter tray, scratching post, warm bedding, something that smells like their mother (and old blanket from the breeder), food and water bowls (kept away from their litter tray) and some toys. Your kitten may be a little afraid at first, and it’s a good idea not to rush them or overload them with cuddles and too many people.

Give them time to explore this new area. Once they are comfortable with this area – normally a day or two, then you can gradually allow them to explore the remainder of the home.

Allow your existing cat to have a sniff under the door or even come into the room when you are holding the kitten to explore. There will be:

  • Gaping mouth sniffs – this is your existing cat getting a really good whiff of the new kitten. They will walk around with their jaws open.
  • Possible low growl – this can be from either you existing cat, or the kitten!
  • Possible hiss – again from kitten or cat.

Do not force your cat to see your kitten and do not punish them from growling or hissing. If your cat looks like they may become aggressive, pop them out of the room, and give them a few more days before attempting the introduction again. They also need lots of reassuring pats and love at this time. You will find that your kitten will learn to stay away from your older cat and vice versa. Ensure your older cat has ‘kitten free’ areas they can go. If things get very nasty call your breeder for advice or seek veterinary treatment. Your older cat may need some products that can help calm the situation. Using pheromone diffusers can also help. But it’s important to seek advice before the problem escalates and toileting/spraying issues arise. Normally time and patience are the only remedies in your older cat accepting their new family member.

HELP! How do I stop my cat from fighting with the neighbour’s cat?

This is a tricky question and sometimes impossible to prevent. Cats being so territorial will fight for their areas, this can lead to massive problems for owners…and hefty vet bills. Cats who commonly fight are prone to painful abscesses caused from nasty bites.

However, this doesn’t mean you need to prevent your cat from going outside. A few clever ideas can allow your cat to have the freedom you want, without leaving your yard!

  • Consider building a cat enclosure. You can get super creative with these and your cat can basically have the entire run of your yard without the risk of cat fights or wildlife issues.
  • Make your backyard fence cat proof. There are also some creative ideas to ensure no cats can get in, or out, of your fence.
  • Only have supervised outdoor time. Indoor cats tend to live longer, have less risk of injury and sickness and lead very happy lives.

Are My Cats Fighting or Playing?

Some owners are not sure if their cats are playing or fighting. If you suspect your cats are consistently fighting and the stress levels are high in your home. Seek professional advice from your local vet.

Signs of Play:

  • Chasing each other
  • Light bopping/swiping with no claws
  • Meowing/chattering
  • Rolling around/wrestling
  • Light biting
  • Ears in normal position
  • Cats who are playing will not be hissing or growling at each other while wrestling. Their hair will also not be raised, and they will not look anxious or fearful.

Sign of fighting:

  • Growling – very loud
  • Hissing – very loud and aggressive
  • Claws out and swiping at each other
  • Hair raised – tail bushy
  • Harsh biting causing pain
  • Cats who are fighting will make a lot of noise and fluff themselves up to appear bigger. There will be claws and teeth and it will be obvious that your cat/s are not happy.

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300% Increase in Pet Burns Over Winter Mon, 24 Jun 2019 14:20:48 +0000 Pet Insurance Australia is issuing a timely reminder to pet owners about the dangers heaters and fireplaces pose to our pets. ...

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Pet Insurance Australia is issuing a timely reminder to pet owners about the dangers heaters and fireplaces pose to our pets.

“It’s important for all pet owners to treat heater and fire safety like they would with their children, when it comes to their pets,” Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia says. “Pets can quickly become burnt and injured when getting too close to hot surfaces.”

During the winter period claims for burn related issues rise by a whopping 300%.

“This big spike in burn related claims can be anything from scolding due to hot drinks or bursting hot water bottles, to backs, bottoms and pads needing medical attention from getting too close to the roaring fireplace,” Crighton warns.

It is advised for all pet owners to consider;

  • Using a fireguard around your heaters and fireplaces to prevent your pet from getting too close.
  • Never leave hot drinks unattended and in reach of wagging tails or curious cats.
  • Train your puppy not to sit on-top of the fire place. Have a clear distance and be consistent.
  • Teach your cats not to perch on tables, benchtops and side-tables, where hot drinks are commonly placed.
  • Discourage cats from jumping on heaters.
  • Purchase safe heaters that turn off when knocked over.
  • Never leave electric blankets on when you are not at home.
  • Do not use hot water bottles with pets – consider pet friendly heat packs.

Pet Insurance Australia also advises against using cheap electric heat pads from overseas.

“These can pose a huge fire risk and injury concern to your pet,” Crighton warns. “If you are wanting to use these products only buy local and speak to your pet shop about the most reliable products, and also never leave them unattended and switch them off when you are not at home.”

PIA advises to consider ‘safely warming’ your pet’s environment with the use of heat packs, utilising the sunny warm spots in your home, and safe dog coats.

“Pets are masters at finding the sun and the warm spots in your home,” Crighton smiles. “Adding some warm soft bedding into these areas will ensure your pet is warm throughout the day when you are not at home, without the use of possibly dangerous items.”

For dogs spending days outside consider:

  • Picking your dog kennel up off the floor and turning the door away from the weather. Also placing the kennel in a warm area and also out of the harsh winter weather. On a sundrenched deck or undercover area is perfect for this.
  • Adding warm bedding or straw under your pets bedding inside their kennel.
  • Ensuring your pet has ample weather protected areas to keep warm and dry during the day.
  • Consider using a kennel with a flap for extra warmth.

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