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Keep an eye out for signs of a bee sting.

Protect local birds from your cat with a bell.

Walk your pooch in the early morning to avoid snakes.

 

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Beach Weather

During your outdoor adventures, keep an eye out for blowfish along beaches and rivers, as well as fish heads and hooks from careless anglers. When playing fetch, do not throw sticks or small balls to your dog as these can get stuck in their throats, so use Frisbees instead. While you’re at the beach, keep in mind that water can easily get into dogs’ ears. If this is a recurring issue for you, speak with us about a management solution for chronic swimmer’s ear. Finally, some dogs swallow sea water while playing on the shore, so make sure they don’t bring it back up in the car by settling them down before the long trip home.

Home Activities

As the pool cover comes off be sure to keep your pool gate locked at all times to keep elderly pooches from falling in. If you’re hosting spring-time get-togethers, make sure your guests don’t feed your dog any fatty off-cuts or onions, as these can be very toxic. Also keep a firm eye on the barbecue hot plate, as your dog will burn their tongue if they get a hold of it! Finally, if you’re introducing a new kitten to your home, ensure they’re sterilised, as spring is mating season for unsterilised cats which brings a host of neighbourhood issues.

Garden Spring Tips

Spring brings us a wonderful opportunity to work on our green thumbs, so when planning your backyard facelift this season, be sure to pick your plants selectively. Opt for native plants that attract local creatures such as frogs and birds, and avoid those that can be toxic to our pets, such as Oleander, Lily and Frangipanis. Fallen fruit that rots on the ground can also be quite harmful. Signs of poisoning include mouth or skin irritation; depression, lethargy and lack of appetite; plus vomiting, convulsions and spasms. If your pet is showing any of these signs, take them to an emergency vet or to see us as soon as possible. Pets can be discouraged from chewing on plants by giving them bones, ropes and chew toys. When working in your backyard, opt for natural fertilisers and pet-friendly snail bait.

Backyard Creatures

Spring means mating season for territorial birds such as magpies, butcher birds and honey-eaters. These birds are prone to diving and swooping walkers and their furry companions if they come too close to their nests, so ensure you and your pet remained protected by carrying an umbrella or wearing a hat. Other local birds found in your backyard are much friendlier, so give them a chance to flee from your predatory cat by donning a bell on your feline friend. Our reptilian neighbours have also come out of hibernation, including snakes! To avoid snakes this spring, walk your pooch in the early morning instead of during the heat of the day, and stick to the footpaths instead of bush-trekking!

 

Reptilian Regulations

Reptiles make exciting, unique pets, and the bond you develop with your scaly sidekick can be very special indeed. Before you purchase a reptile though, you’ll need to obtain a license. The process behind this can vary from state to state, but you can obtain information from us or a reptile breeder.

Reptilian Regulations

Reptiles make exciting, unique pets, and the bond you develop with your scaly sidekick can be very special indeed. Before you purchase a reptile though, you’ll need to obtain a license. The process behind this can vary from state to state, but you can obtain information from us or a reptile breeder.

Reptilian Regulations

Reptiles make exciting, unique pets, and the bond you develop with your scaly sidekick can be very special indeed. Before you purchase a reptile though, you’ll need to obtain a license. The process behind this can vary from state to state, but you can obtain information from us or a reptile breeder.

Reptilian Regulations

Reptiles make exciting, unique pets, and the bond you develop with your scaly sidekick can be very special indeed. Before you purchase a reptile though, you’ll need to obtain a license. The process behind this can vary from state to state, but you can obtain information from us or a reptile breeder.

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