Keeping Your Dog Happy, Healthy and Safe

Information Sheets

Canine Connections

Babies and Dogs
Canine Escape Artists
Dog Doors
Dogs in Cars and Utes
Dog Sports
Good Behaviour Bonds
Happy Families
Inside or Outside Dog
Keeping Your Dog Safe
Over Exercise in Dogs
Pets at Risk
Saying Goodbye
Teaching Your Dog to Come When Called
Tellington Touch Massage for Dogs
Walking Your Dog on a Loose Lead
What is Bite Inhibition?
Working Dogs

Caring for Dogs

Caring for Your Dog During Winter

Caring for Your Dog in Summer

Dogs and Cats

Grass Seeds a Problem for Dogs

Hip Dysplasia

House Training Your New Dog or Puppy

Microchipping, Desexing and Vaccination

Recipes for Success – Food Chew Toys for Dogs

Renting With Pets

Separation Anxiety

So Your Pet is Having Surgery

The Fun Way to Train Your Dog

When Barking is a Problem

When Dog Meets Dog

Responsible Dog Guardianship

Fireworks and Thunderstorms

Fireworks and thunderstorms can cause stress and trauma to animals and they may escape the yard in an effort to get away from the noise. Pet owners are advised to keep their pets inside the house during scheduled fireworks displays. Horses may also need to be securely stabled or relocated. For more details phone 1300 366 322 .

Registering your Dog

Every June, dog owners receive registration renewal notices from their local councils. The registration fee of around $15 for a desexed dog is money well spent in the event that your dog strays, becomes lost or is injured. Dogs wearing a registration disc on their collar can immediately be identified and safely reunited with their owners. Ideally, every dog is identified by a registration disc and a microchip. Microchipping guarantees that your dog can still be identified even if their collar has come off, (or been wriggled out of!). Dogs that roam are far more likely to be injured or hit by a car. Dogs depend on us to keep them safe so having them registered with your local council is a must in helping to ensure their safety. It is also a legal requirement of the Dog Control Act that all dogs over six months of age be registered, a requirement designed to assist owners, dogs and the community. Preventative measures are always necessary – a check that fencing is secure and gates are kept closed prevents many a dog from going wandering in the first place. As the saying goes, properly trained, man can be dogs’ best friend.

Lost and Found

Microchips are a relatively new and popular system for ensuring companion animals are permanently identified. Here’s how they work. Imagine your gate is accidentally left open and your dog gets out. Your dog is found perilously close to busy traffic and is taken to the Dogs’ Home for safe keeping by a concerned member of the public or council officer. Upon arrival at this unfamiliar place, your dog is unsettled and possibly anxious so staff act quickly to trace the owner. Unfortunately during his adventurous escapade, your dog’s collar may have broken, slipped off over his head or the metal ring is all that is found dangling from his collar where the council ID tag used to be. But because your dog has been microchipped, there is a happy ending. Staff use their microchip scanner to scan the dog and obtain a reading which ultimately reveals your contact details. A quick phone call and you and your animal companion are happily reunited. Microchips are very small and are inserted under the dog’s skin by a vet, much like giving a vaccination. The insertion and scanning are simple and painless procedures. The microchip will last for the entire life of the pet and does not contain chemicals or batteries. Microchips are commonly placed in cats and dogs but are suitable for most other companion animals.

Nestle Purina Petcare are proud sponsors of the Animal Welfare League Australia, providing food and pet care support for dogs and cats in their care.

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