https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au Pet Insurance Australia Wed, 22 May 2019 09:29:26 +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 How Often Should You Walk Your Dog? https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/how-often-should-you-walk-your-dog/ https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/how-often-should-you-walk-your-dog/#respond Tue, 21 May 2019 09:41:13 +0000 https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/?p=6722 Can a dog be over-exercised or over-walked? What about puppies? Pet Insurance Australia takes a look at the importance of walking your dog and how to keep your puppy safe when pounding the pavement. Dogs of different ages and different breeds ...

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Can a dog be over-exercised or over-walked? What about puppies? Pet Insurance Australia takes a look at the importance of walking your dog and how to keep your puppy safe when pounding the pavement.

Dogs of different ages and different breeds need to be exercised accordingly. It is extremely important, before purchasing any purebred or cross-breed, to examine the energy traits of the particular dog.

Some dogs are much more partial to lazing about on a warm winter’s day, while other breeds – hail rain or shine – will expect a good dose of exercise to keep them happy and out of trouble.

How often should I Walk My Dog?

All dogs, regardless of their age, breed or size should be walked regularly on-leash. Most dogs require at least one daily walk per day.

On-leash walking can help provide your pet with leadership and a sense of security – AKA my human’s got this! It also makes vet visits much easier and allows you and your dog to bond and work in harmony. Training and on-leash walking allow you and your dog to share the same language.

If you are having trouble walking your dog on-leash, consider enlisting the help from a professional dog handler or obedience training professional.

How Long Should I Walk My Dog?

This will depend on your dog’s age and breed.

Highly energetic dogs may require a good hour of exercise per day. This can be broken into two 30 minute sessions. As a general rule a 30minute brisk walk in the morning, followed by a good off-leash run in the evening.

For non-working/herding breeds – a decent 30min run or walk would be sufficient to keep your dog happy, alongside some daily training sessions.

For smaller breeds a good play session or short walk, daily, is enough to keep them energized and healthy.

Care must be taken with puppies and older dogs. A pup should not be over-exercised. Short play and training sessions are advised for all young dogs.

For our golden oldies – restricting long runs and any form of jumping is advised. Go easy and note after each walking session how your dog is feeling. Are they stiff the next day? Or do they seem sluggish? If so, reduce the walk until your pet is at a suitable walking pace and level.

If you suspect your dog is in pain after any exercise, or is having difficulty lying down or getting up, or is starting to lick their joints, seek veterinary advice.

Can you over-walk a dog?

It is strongly advised, particularly for puppies, older dogs and giant breeds, not to over-exercise.

Do your homework and research on the exercise levels for each individual breed. Some breeds make the perfect jogging and adventure companions, while others do not.

Pups need extra care when exercising until they are fully grown to protect fast growing joints. Never over-exercise or over-walk your pet and learn the warning signs on when to stop.

A puppy needs a lot of sleep to grow into a well-rounded dog. If they become tired, pop them into a secure location like a crate or pen area so they can sleep undisturbed. It’s important with exercise to go with your pup’s pace. If they are looking tired, do not push them to keep walking or exercising.

Puppies should not be off-leash or walking in public spaces until after their last vaccination. For socialisation consider safer environments such as a puppy-preschool.

If your pet is showing signs of exhaustion stop immediately. It’s also a good idea to check the pavement before walking! If it is too hot for the back of your hand…it is too hot for your dog’s sensitive pads.

Giant breeds, such as Great Danes, should not be over-exerted, particularly during puppy-hood. It can cause damage to their large fast-growing joints that may lead to possible debilitating conditions later in life. Consult your breeder on the right amount of exercise for giant breeds.

Having pet insurance from puppy-hood may help with the costs if your pup or dog is injured.

What About Pet Insurance?

Over-exercising and over-walking may lead to joint problems, arthritis and other issues such as damaged pads and nails.

With pet insurance you could save up to 80% on eligible vet costs, depending on the type of cover, limits, exclusions and pre-existing conditions.

Routine Care Cover, is included in our Major Medical pet insurance plan for pet insurance for dogs and can assist towards the basic care essential to your pet’s everyday treatments and costs, with no excess. You should refer to the Product Disclosure Statement for further information.

When it comes to pet insurance there are some very important things to consider. One of the biggest things to consider are; pre-existing conditions. If any symptoms or signs of a condition occur in any form prior to you taking out your policy or during the applicable waiting period, then it will be considered to be a pre-existing condition and will not be covered by your policy.

For example; if your pet was treated for a joint condition before you took out your pet insurance policy, any joint issues would be considered ‘pre-existing’ meaning that for the duration of your policy you would not be able to claim for anything joint related.

Signing up to pet insurance during puppy-hood may minimise the number of conditions which are considered pre-existing conditions and help ensure your pet is protected.

Please note any advice is general only and has not taken into account your objectives, financial situation or needs and may not be right for you. Please read the PDS to decide if this product is right for you.

 

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Top Tips for Moving with Pets https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/top-tips-for-moving-with-pets/ https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/top-tips-for-moving-with-pets/#respond Tue, 14 May 2019 09:38:33 +0000 https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/?p=6684 Considering a big move overseas? Or even just a hop across the neighbourhood with your pet in tow? Pet Insurance Australia has some top tips to help your pet adjust to the uncertainty of moving home. “Moving home can be a ...

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Considering a big move overseas? Or even just a hop across the neighbourhood with your pet in tow? Pet Insurance Australia has some top tips to help your pet adjust to the uncertainty of moving home.

“Moving home can be a very stressful situation for anyone!” Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia says. “For our pets, this heightened stress can lead to anxiety and a general feeling of insecurity, so it’s important for pet owners to prepare well in advance for their pets.”

When moving overseas Pet Insurance Australia advises desensitising your pet to their travel crate well ahead of time.

“Ask the travel company if you can have access to the travel crate as soon as possible,” Crighton recommends. “It’s important that your pet sees this crate as a comfortable zone and not something to fear.”

When you get the crate consider:

  • Feeding your pet inside – start slowly at the door and gradually move the food until your pet is eating all the way inside.
  • Add your pets favourite toys and blankets
  • Make it smell like home

“Many pet owners make the mistake of washing everything before their pet leaves for the big trip,” Crighton says. “Remembering that you want your pet to feel comfortable – the smell of home will give them a huge sense of security. Washing blankets, soft toys will only remove the scent of their family and familiar environment.”

When moving closer to home it’s also a good idea to get prepared.

Top tips include:

  • Ensure your pet is kept in a room safe from all the hustle and bustle of the move.
  • Lots of visits and cuddles.
  • Take your pet over to your new home when a suitable ‘safe’ room has been set up.
  • Play classical music to drown out the loud noises.

“Again; smell plays a big role, so when you do move your pet make sure they are going into a room that smells like home, like a bedroom,” Crighton suggests. “This space will then become their ‘retreat’ area when they first exploring their new dwelling.”

FOR CATS:

  • Allow your pet to slowly explore the house – do not force them.
  • Keep your cat indoors for at least one week after the move.
  • Ensure collars, tags, microchips and registration are up-to-date.
  • Consider using a pheromone diffuser to help with the adjustment.

FOR DOGS

  • Take them on an adventure before the move to their new off-leash area.
  • Double check fences are secure in your new home.
  • Allow them to explore slowly – when it is quiet – and do not overwhelm them.
  • Make sure collars, tags and microchip/registration details are up-to-date.
  • Stick to your daily doggy routine.
  • Consider using a pheromone diffuser to help.

“It’s important to take it slowly and be patient with your pet,” Crighton says. “If you are concerned about any unusual or new behaviours your pet is exhibiting after a move, seeking veterinary advice is paramount.”

 

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Is Pet Insurance Worth It for a Puppy or Kitten? https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/is-pet-insurance-worth-it-for-a-puppy-or-kitten/ https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/is-pet-insurance-worth-it-for-a-puppy-or-kitten/#respond Mon, 13 May 2019 09:03:23 +0000 https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/?p=6661 Wondering if you should sign-up your new furry family member for pet insurance? Pet Insurance Australia takes a look at the importance of insuring your puppy or kitten. Inviting a new puppy or kitten into your home can be a wonderful ...

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Wondering if you should sign-up your new furry family member for pet insurance? Pet Insurance Australia takes a look at the importance of insuring your puppy or kitten.

Inviting a new puppy or kitten into your home can be a wonderful experience. The pitter-patter of tiny pads is a delightful journey full of love and laughter. Before the kitten or puppy arrives home many pet owners are super-organized with collars, leads, bedding, bowls and ample toys ready at hand. But what about 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.

For many first-time pet owners, understanding the costs involved in veterinary care can be rather shocking on their first serious trip to the vet. It’s a good idea for possible pet owners to get a good understanding of how much their pet could cost during common sickness, illness or injury to weigh-up whether pet insurance would financially help during these possible scenarios.

Is pet insurance worth it for indoor cat?

Pet insurance can help pet owners cover unseen medical expenses that can occur with any pet, regardless of their living situations.

Depending on your level of chosen cover, pet insurance can also help towards the day-to-day care of your pet. This can include eligible vet visits, however it’s important to read your Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) to understand the terms and conditions of your policy and know what limits, exclusions and waiting periods apply for regular vet visit claims.

At Pet Insurance Australia, all pet insurance policies receive a $300.00 annual limit for eligible veterinary consultations.

Pet Insurance Australia offers pet insurance for pets that can save you up to 80% of your eligible veterinary bills, depending on the type of cover, limits, waiting periods and pre-existing conditions.

How much is pet insurance for a puppy or kitten?

Pet insurance costs for a puppy can vary depending on your chosen pet insurance company, where you and your pet primarily live and the species, breed and age of your pet. At Pet Insurance Australia, a free quote tool at www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au can offer a quick and easy idea of costing for your level of cover.

Policyholders also need to understand that premiums will increase yearly, due to your pets age and the cost of available medical treatments for pets.

What do I need for a puppy?

There are a few things you will need to buy and organize before your new puppy arrives home. Some of these include:

  • Collar & lead
  • Bedding
  • Food and water bowls
  • Food – same as the breeder
  • Snuggle/chew toys
  • Crate or pen
  • Pooper scooper
  • Pet Insurance
  • Book into a puppy-preschool
  • Organize first vet visit
  • Training aids
  • Boredom busting toys

 

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Top Signs of Sickness in Dogs https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/top-signs-of-sickness-in-dogs/ https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/top-signs-of-sickness-in-dogs/#respond Thu, 09 May 2019 11:27:44 +0000 https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/?p=6585 Wondering if your dog is sick or in pain? Pet Insurance takes a look at the common symptoms that could indicate your pet is not well and in need of veterinary treatment. As a pet owner, there is nothing worse than ...

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Wondering if your dog is sick or in pain? Pet Insurance takes a look at the common symptoms that could indicate your pet is not well and in need of veterinary treatment.

As a pet owner, there is nothing worse than discovering that your furry family member is sick. Particularly if you have been suspecting that your pet is a little under the weather, only to discover they are actually seriously ill.

This is not uncommon. All dogs are masters at masking serious illness and pain, leaving some owners feeling terrible at the discovery that their beloved animal has been suffering in silence. So how can we tell if our pets are not feeling their best and in need of a visit to the local vet?

Excessive drinking/urination

If your dog is clearly drinking too much or urinating more than unusual it is very important to seek veterinary advice quickly. Excessive drinking and urination could be a sign of bladder or kidney problems or even possibly indicate liver issues or even diabetes. Your vet will run a test on your dog’s urine and also undertake blood tests to understand the underlying reason as to why your pet is exhibiting this behaviour. Other symptoms to be aware of are:

  • Blood in urine
  • Straining to wee
  • Straining to toilet
  • Incontinence

Licking

Licking is a very normal part of being a dog! Some dog’s lick to say hello or ‘I love you’ while others may lick to clean themselves or even for comfort. Interestingly it has been proven that when a dog licks it creates those lovely endorphins that help calm and soothe.

However, if your dog starts to lick – obsessively – it could be a sign of pain or upset, and a trip to the vet is in order. Licking can be one of the main symptoms of arthritis or sore joints. Licking and biting of the feet can also indicate allergies. Other causing of sudden or persistent licking could be caused by:

  • Pain in joints
  • Upset tummy
  • Allergies
  • Anxiety

If you are concerned about your dog licking or it gets worst, it is important to seek veterinary treatment.

Appetite Changes

If your dog is suddenly eating more, or eating a lot less, it may be time to book in to see the vet. Dogs that are not feeling their best may stop eating all together. Also; sudden or unexplained weight gain or weight loss can be a symptom that something may not be right with your pet. If you are concerned about your dog’s eating habits, it’s a good idea to book in for a check-up and to check that all is well with your pet. Also feeding a good quality ‘complete’ dog food is paramount. Ensure you follow the manufactures instructions on feeding and ask your vet if you wish to supplement your dog with any additional nutrients.

Other common symptoms include:

  • Change in activity levels
  • Over sleeping
  • Stiffness when moving
  • Trouble lying down or getting up
  • Coughing or difficulty breathing
  • Discharge from nose or eyes
  • Consistent shaking of the head
  • Scratching/biting skin or feet
  • Behavioural changes
  • Bowel changes
  • Red eyes
  • Bad breath
  • Excessive drooling

The bond that pet owners share with their canine companions is unparalleled.For this reason; it’s a good idea to tap into your own intuition. If you feel like there is just something not quiet ‘right’ with your pet it’s best to get it checked. Early diagnosis can help prevent your pet from feeling unneeded pain.

 

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JetPets Companion Animal Rescue Awards 2019 https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/jetpets-companion-animal-rescue-awards-2019/ https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/jetpets-companion-animal-rescue-awards-2019/#respond Thu, 02 May 2019 13:08:36 +0000 https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/?p=6568 Pet Insurance Australia is once again, proud to be supporting the JetPets Companion Animal Rescue Awards for 2019, as a Gold Sponsor. “This is such an incredibly important event,” Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia says. “To have the opportunity to ...

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Pet Insurance Australia is once again, proud to be supporting the JetPets Companion Animal Rescue Awards for 2019, as a Gold Sponsor.

“This is such an incredibly important event,” Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia says. “To have the opportunity to recognise those rescue groups and animal shelters who work tirelessly to save countless companion animals.”

The successful awards in 2018 are set to be a repeat in 2019. Last year the awards attracted 517 heart-warming entries from around Australia.

“Entries open this Wednesday at midday and we encourage all Australian’s to get behind this wonderful event,” Crighton says.

“Every year, 186,000 pets remain unclaimed in Australia’s pounds and shelters, and thousands of volunteers support over 900 rescue and animal shelters across Australia,” said Cathy Beer, Rescue Awards founder and rescue advocate from Pets4Life, an independent education resource for cat and dog guardians and those thinking of getting a pet.

With so many pets needing their forever home, Pet Insurance Australia urges all pet owners to consider adopting a pet, and to also to ensure they lifestyle match their intended breed with their environment.

“Many animals end up in shelter situations due to the owners not fully understanding the particular breeds requirements,” Crighton says. “This is why PIA has recently developed breed match lists to help the public make an educated choice when choosing a breed in hope of reducing the number of pets ending up in a rehoming situation.”

PIA recommend that all possible pet owners think carefully before choosing to become a pet parent.

“It is a 16-20 year commitment and needs to be carefully considered,” Crighton says. “When choosing a new family member many factors needs to be taken into account to ensure that your furry friend will always fit in your home and environment.”

JetPets Companion Animal Rescue Awards 2019 – Categories

  1. Outstanding Rescue Group
  2. Outstanding New Rescue Group (new in 2019)
  3. Outstanding Animal Shelter
  4. Outstanding Council Animal Shelter
  5. Innovation in Rescue
  6. Community Education and Outreach Program
  7. Volunteer of the Year
  8. Advocate® People’s Rescue Story

Category 4 Innovation in Rescue is now open to individuals/ organisations including veterinarians, who are doing things differently to help improve welfare outcomes for companion animals who need a home.

Category 8 ‘Advocate® People’s Rescue Story’ is for Aussie pet guardians who have adopted or fostered a pet.

“It’s clear, pet adoption changes lives for the better. This year we’re looking for 1,000 Advocate® People’s Rescue stories about how an adopted or foster pet has transformed and changed their human’s life,” Cathy says.

‘The @rescueawards is open for entries! Share your pet adoption story and enter the Advocate® People’s Rescue Story Award to win fabulous prizes. ENTER NOW via http://bit.ly/RescueStoryEntry

 

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Keeping Your Dog Happy When Moving House https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/keeping-your-dog-happy-when-moving-house/ https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/keeping-your-dog-happy-when-moving-house/#respond Wed, 24 Apr 2019 08:56:32 +0000 https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/?p=6557 Thinking of moving homes? Want to ensure Rover is kept happy during the big move? Pet Insurance Australia takes a look at moving and dogs, and how to keep your dog happy when relocating. Moving homes can be a very stressful ...

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Thinking of moving homes? Want to ensure Rover is kept happy during the big move? Pet Insurance Australia takes a look at moving and dogs, and how to keep your dog happy when relocating.

Moving homes can be a very stressful experience for everyone involved. From the endless packing and cleaning, to the realisation of how much ‘stuff’ you’ve managed to collate over the years.

Our pets can also feel this stress. Dog’s in particular can pick up on the elevated stress levels of their owners, which can be very heightened around this time. Dogs are also naturally territorial so moving can cause stress and unease regardless of if you are moving overseas, or across the neighbourhood.

Moving with your Dog Overseas?

If you are planning a big move overseas there are a number of things you need to prepare well in advance. Talk to your vet and also your animal moving service for advice on what you need to do before you actually move. This will include the relevant vaccinations and any information about possible quarantine you will need to understand before preparing your dog.

When moving overseas your pet will travel in a specially design pet-crate. It’s a good idea to get this crate as early as possible so your dog can become familiar with this area.

Some top tips include:

  • Take the lid off (if you can) and feed your pet in this space.
  • Keep their favourite toys and blankets in this area also.
  • Pop something inside that smells like you (pillow case or t-shirt)
  • Once your pet is comfortable in the space put the lid back on.
  • If your pet is reluctant, start feeding – just at the opening of the crate -and gradually move the food into the crate each day.
  • Leave the crate around so they can play/sleep/eat in the space.
  • This can be a very slow process so be patient.
  • Do not clean the create before they leave, or any of their toys/blankets etc. The more they smell the better. Scent will provide comfort to your pet.

Moving with Your Dog – Closer to Home?

If you are moving a little closer to home, there are also some important steps you need to take to take the stress off your pup. Basic things such as visiting the local off-leash or dog walking area before you head over is a good way to familiarize your dog with your new space. Planning is key.

During the move, when things start to become chaotic, it’s a good idea to place your dog in a ‘safe zone’ such as a bedroom or laundry or their kennel area. Ensure you pop a note on the door so people know your pet is inside and safe. Add their favourite toys, some tasty treats, water, bedding and visit them often for a game and plenty of snuggles. Ensure this room has lots and lots of ‘stuff’ that smells like them and more importantly…you. Leave your pet in this room when you cannot supervise them and also when the actual move is occurring so they do not become anxious or stressed out with all the commotion in the home. If it’s loud, consider playing the radio or some classical music.

In your new home; create a space inside where you can put your dog so that they can become familiar with their space. This could be a bedroom or laundry. Again; you really want this area to smell like them and you. So make sure you pop lots of familiar stuff into this room before you move them over. Also consider using a Pheromone diffuser in this space that can create a calm environment.

Gradually introduce your pet to your new home, when everyone has gone and it’s nice and quiet. Let them sniff around the home and retreat to their ‘safe zone’ if they become scared.

Other tips include:

  • Check fences in your new home – are they pet safe?
  • Update your microchip and council registration information
  • Make sure your dog is wearing a collar – all day
  • Keep a ‘pet moving box’ with your pet containing bowls, food, leads etc
  • Lots and lots of love, snuggles and cuddles
  • Routine – stick to your daily routines
  • Lots of toilet breaks in the new home – go back to puppy training with the basics

 

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Top 10 Adventure Seeking Dog Breeds https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/top-10-adventure-seeking-dog-breeds/ https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/top-10-adventure-seeking-dog-breeds/#respond Fri, 19 Apr 2019 12:46:57 +0000 https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/?p=6553 Looking for the ultimate running companion or hiking adventurer? Pet Insurance Australia takes a look at some of the top dog breeds who simply adore getting out and about in nature on some seriously cool explorations. “If you are a fan ...

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Looking for the ultimate running companion or hiking adventurer? Pet Insurance Australia takes a look at some of the top dog breeds who simply adore getting out and about in nature on some seriously cool explorations.

“If you are a fan of Instagram and also a pet lover you will be more than familiar with the dogs who are doing some incredible voyages alongside their two-legged humans around the world,” Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia say. “From impressive long-distance running, to hiking all across the globe and going off-grid to camp in some of the most beautiful places known to man.”

These stories of pure adventure highlight the amazing bond that humans and canines share.

“There are tear-jerking stories of rescue pups taking to a life off-grid to enjoy the great-outdoors like never before, and they certainly emphasize how wonderful the company of a lovable canine can be, in any situation.”

But what about closer to home? What are some of the best breeds for an active, adventurous family?

“It’s no surprise that some dog breeds are more built for the adventurous life than others,” Crighton smiles. “Some of our loveable breeds are much more suited to the sedentary life of snuggles and cuddles, while others simply thrive on a good dose of daily adventure.”

Pet Insurance Australia urges all new dog owners of the importance of breed matching for their lifestyle and not for looks alone.

“With so many dogs in shelters looking for new homes because they have not matched their previous owners’ lifestyle is a big issue,” Crighton says. “It’s time dog lovers looked past the aesthetic qualities and focused on lifestyle matching.”

The active dog / working dog needs an energetic and loving home. They need to be simulated with boredom busting activities during the day, when left alone, a good amount of training from puppyhood, socialisation and adequate exercise. Without this owner are very likely to invite a whole host of behavioural problems.

“A bored dog, who is also a high energy breed, will find entertainment in all the wrong places,” Crighton warns. “Remembering that for a dog; digging, barking, escaping and ripping apart mums favourite cushion to reveal endless soft snow, is a huge amount of fun. If your dog finds entertainment in bad behaviour it can be terribly difficult to out-train.”

Prevention is always the best cure to keep an active dog happy consider;

  • Daily exercise – 30mins x 2 runs/brisk walks per day
  • Training
  • A good diet
  • Boredom busting/home alone techniques
  • Dog sports
  • Obedience training
  • LOVE and understanding

“Some owners also make the mistake of purchasing the ‘bored’ dog a ‘friend’,” Crighton says. “However, it’s important to understand that if your dog is not happy, and is bored, you will just have two unhappy, bored and possibly destructive dogs on your hands.”

PIA also advises seeking professional advice from a quality dog handler or Veterinarian in regard to any behavioural issues.

TOP 10 Most Adventurous Dog Breeds

  1. Siberian Husky
  2. Alaskan Malamute
  3. Border Collie
  4. Hungarian Vizsla
  5. Collie
  6. Kelpie
  7. Labrador
  8. Australian Shepherd
  9. German Shorthaired Pointer
  10. Australian Cattle Dog

….and don’t forget all the wonderful mixed breeds!

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What are the Signs of a Healthy Dog? https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/what-are-the-signs-of-a-healthy-dog/ https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/what-are-the-signs-of-a-healthy-dog/#respond Wed, 17 Apr 2019 10:20:52 +0000 https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/?p=6544 Pet Insurance Australia takes a look at how to tell if your dog is healthy and happy. PLUS, the top 10 symptoms that action a trip to the vet. Our canine companions are masters at expressing their joy for life with ...

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Pet Insurance Australia takes a look at how to tell if your dog is healthy and happy. PLUS, the top 10 symptoms that action a trip to the vet.

Our canine companions are masters at expressing their joy for life with their entire body. When they are happy, their whole body and personality will show that they are happy. But it’s important to understand that this exuberance for life, also allows them to mask their pain very easily.

Because of this, it is no surprise that some pet owners wait for long before heading off to the vet to discover that their loveable friend has been sick or in pain for a length of time.

Every dog owner wants their dog to be happy and healthy. But what are some of the more common signs that your dog could be feeling under the weather? And when should you take your pet to the vet if you are worried about their health.

What do my dogs symptoms mean?

If you dog is not well, symptoms can range from the extreme, like lameness, or the subtle; like a dry nose. The most important aspect of monitoring your dog’s health is to monitor their overall behaviour, and to trust your gut instinct.

If you suspect something is not quite right, seek veterinary advice.

TOP 10 Symptoms that warrant a vet visit:

  1. Vomiting more than twice or with blood
  2. Diarrhea more than twice or containing blood
  3. Loss of appetite
  4. Excessive drinking
  5. Lameness
  6. Reluctance to move
  7. Unexplained weight loss or weight gain
  8. Head shaking
  9. Swelling
  10. Constantly licking or biting paws

How to keep dog healthy?

Keeping your dog healthy starts in puppyhood. As a responsible pet parent your dog should be visiting the vet at least once a year for a good check-up and any outstanding vaccinations. For older dogs this could be every few months.

  • DIET – feed a complete and well-rounded, balanced diet. Check with your vet on the best food for your pet and always feed by the manufacturer’s instructions and also for the correct age group.
  • VET CARE – vaccinations and regular check-ups are important to ensure that your dog stays healthy and happy their entire life. Picking up on problems quickly can also prevent your pup from being in long term pain.
  • PET INSURANCE – With adequate pet insurance for dogs you could save up to 80% on eligible costs, depending on the type of cover, caps and pre-existing conditions. There are many dog insurance plans to choose from that can help you cover your dog in times of injury or illness.
  • TRAINING – All dogs need a good dose of training. Behavioral training not only helps keep your dog under control and socialized, it also allows you and your canine companion to communicate and bond.
  • EXERCISE – adequate exercise is vital for all dogs, as too ensuring that your pet is not overweight. Pudgy pooches are not happy dogs and can suffer a whole host of illness’ and issues when older due to their unhealthy weight. If you are unsure about your pet’s weight check with your veterinarian.

Do dogs get viruses?

Dogs can suffer from a range of viruses that can cause illness and, in some cases, death. For this reason, it is paramount that your dog is fully vaccinated.

Some of these viruses can live in soil and other contaminated areas for a very long time, meaning the only form of protection for your dog is vaccinations.

Common Pup Schedule –  Australia Only

Pups Age Protect Against
6-8 weeks Parvovirus
Infectious Hepatitis
Distemper
12-14 weeks Parainfluenza (kennel cough)
Bordetella (kennel cough)
Corona Virus
Leptospirosis (certain areas)
Parvovirus
Infectious Hepatitis
Distemper
16-18 weeks Corona Virus
Leptospirosis (certain areas)
YEARLY BOOSTER

It is important to make an educated choice when choosing to vaccinate your pet. If you are in doubt speak with your local vet about vaccinations and why it’s important. Keeping your dog safe through avoidance is almost impossible, especially considering some high mortally diseases such as, Parvo, can live in the soil for up to 12 months.

 

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The Dangers of an Egg-tastic Easter https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/the-dangers-of-an-egg-tastic-easter/ https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/the-dangers-of-an-egg-tastic-easter/#respond Thu, 11 Apr 2019 09:26:30 +0000 https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/?p=6540 It’s that’ time of year again when diets are put on hold and the joys and festivities of Easter arrive. As children across Australia lie awake patiently waiting for the pitter-patter of bunny feet, Pet Insurance Australia issue a timely warning ...

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It’s that’ time of year again when diets are put on hold and the joys and festivities of Easter arrive. As children across Australia lie awake patiently waiting for the pitter-patter of bunny feet, Pet Insurance Australia issue a timely warning in regard to keeping our pets safe, while also allowing them to join in on all the fun!

“Easter is a wonderful time of year for our pets and also signals the school holidays for many States around Australia,” Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia says. “So, pets simply adore this time of year.”

It’s no surprise that during the school holidays, the family pet gets extra spoilt with pats and cuddles and the occasional yummy treat – cue the vegemite on toast crust.

“It’s a good time of year to bring up the conversation around chocolate with your children,” Crighton suggests. “Many people simply do not understand the huge risk chocolate and sweets can pose on the health of a dog.”

With Easter only around the corner, having this type of conversation can prevent an emergency situation with your pet.

“It’s not uncommon for even older children to forget,” Crighton says. “I recently had my older child accidentally leave a packet of lollies laying on the bedroom floor after a visit to the movies. This accident resulted in a late-night trip to the vet due to the xylitol content in the lollies. Needless to say, she was very upset that she had put our precious pooch at risk of serious illness.”

PIA reminds all dog owners that their loveable canine companions are scavengers at heart and will quickly devour chocolate and lollies that could result in a very sick pet.

“The best way to keep your pet safe is to constantly have conversations around dangerous foods during high risk times of the year like Easter and Valentine’s Day,” Crighton says. “And keep the chocolates and sweets up and away from your pet.”

According to the statistics this happens more than most pet owners would expect. PIA recorded 1,497 claims for chocolate poisoning in 2018. However, the number could be much higher if you consider those pets who do not have pet insurance.

“As little as 100-150 milligrams per kilogram of bodyweight will cause toxicity in dogs,” Crighton says. “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.

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School Holiday Fun https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/school-holiday-fun/ https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/school-holiday-fun/#respond Mon, 08 Apr 2019 13:26:22 +0000 https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/?p=6537 With the school holidays quickly approaching. Pet Insurance Australia investigates some fun ideas to share the extra time at home with your beloved pets. Pets simply adore the school holidays. With the kids back at home, their forever playmates and constant ...

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With the school holidays quickly approaching. Pet Insurance Australia investigates some fun ideas to share the extra time at home with your beloved pets.

Pets simply adore the school holidays. With the kids back at home, their forever playmates and constant companions are available 24/7. It’s no wonder our pets love this time of year. The extra cuddles and paly sessions make for an interesting and fulfilled day of adventure and companionship, which is pure heaven to our pets.

So, what are the best types of activities for pets over the school holidays to take full advantage of this great time together?

Dog Friendly Outdoor Adventures

In Australia, we are blessed to have so many wonderful spaces available to take our dogs. In fact, many dog owners would be surprised at the sheer list of areas you can actually take your canine companions. Get researching and write a list of all the wonderful spaces you can visit together this school holidays. Some great ideas are:

  • Dog Friendly Beaches
  • Trail walks
  • Bushland
  • Dog parks

Make sure you pack enough water and food for you adventure, and don’t forget a towel particularly if you are visiting anywhere with water. Ensure you get all the info you need, including if the area is an off-leash area. Some reserves and beaches will only be off-leash during certain times of the day and year. A good sturdy lead and collar will also be needed and also your trusty poop-bags. Always ensure your microchip details and registration is up-to-date.

Teach and Old Dog New Tricks!

“MUM I’m BORED!” is a typical sentence echoed around during the school holidays. A great way to beat the boredom is to set the kids a task of teaching the family dog or cat, a trick. There are plenty of fun training tricks you can teach your pet, plus this type of training is super fun for your kids and pet, and also increase the wonderful bond they share.

Other advantages are:

  • Keeps the kids entertained.
  • Keeps the pets entertained.
  • For dogs; learning new things can help with boredom and general behaviour.
  • Children will feel a huge amount of pride teaching their pet something new.
  • You can happily teach fun training indoors during rainy days.

This can be anything from the basics such as “fetch” to teaching your dog how to “play dead” or more advanced dog training such as target training.

Your imagination and creativity are really the limit with training fun. Do some research and write some ‘training goals’ for the school holidays.

Easter Fun

This school holidays many families will also be celebrating Easter. This is the time of year to take extra care, particularly with dogs, who will simply love to devour a chocolate egg… wrapping and all!

Chocolate contains a very toxic agent to pets, known as theobromine. 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 quickly.

It’s a good time of year to remind the children of the importance of keeping their dogs safe from chocolate and keep those delicious chocolate eggs, up and out of reach from Rovers impressive nose!

For cats -the popular Easter flower; Lilies are the main culprit when it comes poisoning incidents. It’s a good idea to keep this in mind when purchasing flowers over Easter for a known cat owner.

Many novelty shops now sell special containers to hide eggs inside. So, the Easter Bunny can also help keep the family dog safe when on the annual egg hunt. Why not add some pet treats along the way to allow your dog to celebrate in all the fun?

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