ANZAC Day Lest We ForgetThe Purple Poppy Pet Stays would like to remind you and All Australians and New Zealanders about not only the men and women who went to war, but also the animals. ANZAC DAY 25th April 2018. Show your respect and gratitude and remember them everyday. Every Poppy supports the Australian War Animal Memorial Organisation. Show your support and follow this link and buy a purplepoppy. www.purplepoppies.com.au/buy.php ANIMALS are put to many uses in war. Sometimes they have jobs to do — horses and donkeys used to transport soldiers and equipment. Dogs tracking, locating and carrying messages. Other animals were mascots and pets.
The “Animal” Poppy Most people are unaware that as well as the traditional red poppy worn to mark the Armistice Day of 11 November 1918, that there is also the purple poppy, remembering animals that died during conflict.To commemorate all the animal deeds and sacrifices in war, the Australian War Animal Memorial Organisation (AWAMO) has issued a purple poppy, which can be worn alongside the traditional red one. Just like other countries including the United Kingdom people are encouraged to wear the purple poppy alongside the traditional red poppy as a reminder that both humans and animals have and continue to serve.
The Australian War Animal Memorial Organisation
Throughout our nation’s history in theatres of combat around the world, animals have served and protected members of Australia’s Armed Forces.
AWAMO is a volunteer organisation made up of community members from diverse backgrounds that have the like-minded aim to recognise the deeds of animals during Australian military service and to educate the next generation of Australians to understand the sacrifices of our four legged diggers have made. Funds raised from donation and the sale of purple poppies are used by AWAMO to establishing memorials around Australia and overseas in places like France and Gallipoli to recognise the sacrifice animals have made in the aid or comfort of defence personnel. We all remember the story of Simpson and his donkey and as far back as the Boer war horses that carried our soldiers across the veldt in the Boer War. Animals continue to serve in places like Afghanistan, where explosive detection dogs and their handlers work the frontline and animals have helped soldiers cope with post-traumatic stress. Your support will help Australia’s war animals receive the recognition they deserve “Lest we forget our four legged diggers served too”. You can find more information about AWAMO here
A Pooch Affair Doggie Day OutThis is a boutique indoor event for dog lovers in the Canberra region that unites those active in the dog community with those whose domestic animals are a part of the family.
Event DetailsWhen Saturday 16th June 2018 Where Exhibition Park in Canberra, Mitchell Time 10am – 4pm Theme Denim and Diamonds Door entry is $15 per adult, $10 concession , Child FREE ( 12 yrs and under) Dogs are a gold coin donation to RSPCA ACT
- Doggie Retail Mall and Diner
- Breed Play Area
- Doggie Day Spa
- Entertainment, Presentations and Demos
- Competitions and Giveaways
- Come and Try Agility
- Animal Rescue & Not-for Profit Community Groups
- High Tea with Dogs ( pre purchase online only) http://www.apoochaffair.com.au/hightea.php
High Tea With Your DogThis unique dining experience allows you and your four-legged friend to get dressed up and indulge in gourmet treats. Packages include a selection of sweet and savoury treats, a glass of champagne, coffee and a range of teas. Your canine companion will enjoy gourmet treats provided by Pupcake Bakery, puppycinos and a takeaway doggie treat bag. Numbers are limited for each session and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. If your preferred time is unavailable at the time of booking we will contact you to offer you an alternative. Each High Tea session runs for one hour and will start on time so please don’t be late. This year’s theme is “Denim & Diamonds”. Make sure you dress your dog up as there will be prizes awarded on the day for the Best Dressed! Pre-purchase online only http://www.apoochaffair.com.au/hightea.php Includes entry to A Pooch Affair Doggie Mall A complimentary “Paws and Pose” photo booth will be available for you to take lots of happy snaps of your special doggie day out!
Meet the exhibitors for A Pooch Affair 2018There are two sections to the Doggie Mall – retail exhibitors in Budawang Pavilion, and Not-For-Profit / Animal Rescue / Community Group exhibitors in Coorong Pavilion.
Activities & AttractionsThere’s lots to see and do at A Pooch Affair 2018 Check the Event Schedule so you don’t miss out at www.apoochaffair.com.au!
The launch of The One Stop Pet Directory & Booking Platform is now here
WE ARE LAUNCHING NOWIt is all about the who’s who in the world of pet products and pet services. Everything from vets to groomers, pet sitters and dog walkers, rescue centres and pet events, dog friendly cafes, wineries and restaurants, dog trainers, pet businesses for sale or to buy, dog friendly parks and beaches, pet insurance, first aid and industry training, giveaways and prizes and so much more. This is a great opportunity for the pet industry to collaborate with us, your peers and definately to your target audience. In conjunction with rescue centres, I am offering promoting adopt a pet profiles on my website and social media to try and find our furry friends loving homes. If you have a cat or dog in your shelter or rescue centre that needs to shine like a star and is needing to be rehomed, please contact us and we will aim to put them up in lights. If you or anyone you know have any pet events coming up, you are welcome to list them on my website. Coming soon will be an affiliate program for referrals who introduce business to my site. I imagine it to be a great fundraiser for charitable organisations such as rescue centres. I am also in the process of creating a Pet Industry Forum for all us pet and animal lovers to network with one another. Sign up to our newsletter and stay tuned for all our new projects. Do you or someone you know involved in the pet industry or just love animals? Share our page and jump to www.petstays.net.au to join with us. For businesses, head to the sign up page and create your listing and add any photos and text you would like included. I look forward to welcoming you all to Pet Stays and I appreciate your support. Please leave any suggestions or comments and if you require any further assistance please contact team Pet Stays. Stay safe, happy and well. Jeannene Pet Stays Owner www.petstays.net.au PS: I would love if you would like and share my website and Facebook page, spreading the word of my new venture with all your fellow pet lovers and carers www.petstays.net.au https://www.facebook.com/PetStays.net.au/
Do you spoil your dog?Australians love spoiling their dogs with everything from treats to customised doggy outfits. Is it possible to take our pampering too far? As a nation, us Aussies love our dogs. Every dog owner knows that there’s no better way to show your dog just how much he means to you than by spoiling him rotten. Whether he’s a fashionista, food-obsessed or simply loves any toy he can wrap his teeth around, we’re willing to do just about anything to set that tail wagging.
StatisticsAccording to the Animal Health Alliance, Australian pet owners spend over $1.6 billion per year on pet products and accessories such as collars, leads and bowls. Crunch the numbers and you’ll discover that we spend almost as much on our dogs each week as we do on our household gas and electricity costs. Are your pets are fully immersed into the family life? They can enrich our lives just as much as we enrich theirs. Coming home from a difficult day at work to a pet that is really excited to see their owner positively reinforces the amazing bond that pets and people have. This unconditional love that pets have for their owners inspires people to love their pets in return.” Treating your pet is one of the great joys of dog ownership. After all, when you consider all the joy he brings into your life, the least you can do is brighten up his day as well.
Health BenefitsMost pets absolutely love to spend time with their owners and it doesn’t have to be hands-on or high-energy activity all the time. Simply allowing your pet indoors to watch TV with the family before bedtime keeps everyone happy. Of course, spending time with pets can have plenty of benefits for people as well. Studies have shown that pets can reduce our stress levels, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and reduce anxiety. In addition, owning a dog encourages you to get outside and live an active lifestyle, at the same time increasing your level of interaction with other people. Can we take our desire to pamper our pets a little too far? Pet owners sometimes go ‘over the top’. Pets can develop hyper-attachment to their owners. It may lead to separation anxiety. While spending plenty of quality time with your pooch is vital, it’s important that she also feels comfortable on her own and won’t panic when her human family leaves. Much loved member of the family? You should neglect to train desirable behaviours. Importantly for pets to be taught manners. It requires investment in training as well as consistency from all members of the family. Use positive training techniques rather than punishment, as punishing your pet can result in fear and anxiety. Treating a dog as though it were human can create confusion for canines in certain circumstances. Maintaining consistency in the dog’s rules around the house is vital. Feeding your dog a proper diet designed to meet her nutritional needs, not one designed for humans. As long as you don’t go overboard, pampering your pet is a great way to give her love.
StatisticsMost Australian households own at least one pet. For many, our pets have really become like human members of the family. Sharing our homes, they have different characters just like us. They add so much love and fun to our lives that it’s understandable that we want to spoil them.
How much do we love our pets?A whole lot, according to a national pet report from Hill’s released earlier this year. The report revealed that: 1 in 2 pet owners get more affection from their pets than their partners or prefer to spend time with their pet than their friends 9 in 10 Australian pet owners see their pets as a valued member of the family 87 per cent of pet owners feel their pet has improved their relationship with their partner, brought balance to their lives or calmed their children Women are almost twice as likely to talk to their pets about their problems Over 17 per cent of pet owners felt they slept better with their dog or cat in the bed
Pet Stays Partners with MND VictoriaMND News: March/April 2017 & Fundraising and Donations. Pet Stays created by Jeannene Anchen whose father Richard died from MND in February 2015. Richard and Jeannene fundraised for MND together wherever they could and Jeannene promised her Dad that she would continue the fight to raise awareness and funds for MND, in the aim to help find a much-needed cure for this disease. Since her father’s death, Jeannene has established a business Pet Stays, which provides a caring and safe home boarding option for pets. Jeannene will donate 10% of the profits from all pet bookings made through her website www.petstays.net.au to MND. In time she will be offering pet-related products. She plans to also donate 10% back to Motor Neurone Disease (MND). If you’re planning to be away and need someone to look after your pet please check out Jeannene’s website. Contact via email on firstname.lastname@example.org MND Victoria provides and promotes the best possible care and support for people living with Motor Neurone Disease (MND). This includes a range of services to support people with MND, their carers, family, friends and health professionals. Find out more information about Motor Neurone Disease or to make a donation just go to http://www.mnd.asn.au
About Pet StaysPet Stays assists pet owners to find a trusted local pet sitter when they go away or even for pet daycare and walks. Offering peace of mind for your extended pet family, 24/7 customer service and we may even send photos of your pet on request. We guarantee liability insurance but only when you book direct through www.petstays.net.au 24/7 customer service Super easy to book online Client reviews and ratings My pet sitting community are passionate about pets offering personal and loving attention in their own homes or even yours. Do you want to be a pet sitter with Pet Stays? We offer you the opportunity to meet and greet new people and pets Opportunity to promote your service and receive an income which you feel is appropriate. Flexible hours and working environments Secure online payments Included is Pet Stays insurance cover if certain accidents unfortunately occur Our aim is to ensure pet owners find a trusted local pet sitter when they go away or even for pet daycare and walks. Our pet sitting community are passionate about pets offering personal, loving attention in their own homes or even yours We can even text photos of your pet on request whilst you are out about on business or holidays
The opportunity to donate to MNDGiving back: To give something back to the wider community through my donate now to MND. Your support is greatly appreciated Please assist if you can. No donation is too small. https://www.mnd.asn.au/
A little about Motor Neurone Disease:Motor neurone disease (MND) is the name given to a group of diseases in which the nerve cells – neurones – controlling the muscles that enable us to move around, speak, breathe and swallow, fail to work normally. With no nerves to activate them, muscles gradually weaken and waste. The patterns of weakness vary from person to person. There is no known cure and no effective treatment for MND Average life expectancy is 2.5 years* MND is a progressive, terminal neurological disease MND can strike anyone Each day in Australia two people die from MND Each day in Australia two people are diagnosed with MND People with MND progressively lose the use of their limbs and ability to speak, swallow and breathe, whilst their mind and senses usually remain intact More than 2,000 people have MND in Australia or whom 60% are male and 40% are female* Mean time from onset to confirmation of diagnosis is 10 to 18 months* Prevalence of MND in 2015 was 8.7 per 100,000 people or 1 per 11,434 Australians* Approximately 58% of people with MND are under the age of 65* The total cost of MND in Australia was $2.37 billion in 2015. This equates to $1.1 million per person* For every person diagnosed with MND it is estimated that a further 14 members of their family and their friends will live with the effect of MND forever
HIP DYSPLASIA IN DOGSHip dysplasia in dogs is a deformity of the hip joint (coxofemoral joint) occurring during an animal’s growth period. Many large breed dog owners have heard of it. Anyone owning a dog should become familiar with this condition. The ball of the femur can not fit properly into the hip socket. Affected dogs may show absolutely no signs of this condition. Others may show severe signs.
What causes hip dysplasia?Several factors contribute to the development of this problem. Some breeds are more likely to genetically inherit hip dysplasia. German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Rottweilers, St Bernards and Old English Sheepdogs are just a few. Environmental factors also play a role in the development of dysplasia including diet, weight gain and exercise.
What to look out forHip dysplasia develops in young growing dogs. Signs maybe noticed as early as four to six weeks of age. There is no link between age and severity of this condition. Avery young puppy can be debilitated very early. In other cases dogs may not show any abnormalities until one or two years of age. In some cases may not become painful and lame until they are geriatric (6-10 years of age depending on breed). Here are some signs you should look out for:-
Hind leg lamenessLack of coordination in the hind quarters (swaying and staggering) Reluctance to run and jump Difficulty when attempting to lie down or stand up Abnormal gait Diagnosing hip dysplasia Your veterinarian will undertake a physical examination checking the motion of your dog’s hip joint. X-rays maybe taken to confirm the condition, and highlight the amount of associated arthritis.
TreatmentVarious medical and surgical options are available today to help restore your pet’s mobility and ease discomfort. The method of treatment depends on a number of factors including age and severity of the problem. Surgery is generally a last option and is usually recommended when other forms of treatment are not effective, when athletic performance is desired in young patients or to slow the progression of degenerative joint disease to enhance the probability of good long term limb function.
Non surgical optionsNon surgical treatment is essentially the same as treatment for arthritis including a weight management program (including nutritional supplements), medications to help support and repair cartilage and medications to relieve pain and reduce inflammation.
Surgical optionsFemoral head ostectomy (FHO) The hip joint is a ball and socket joint. FHO is the removal of the ball part of the joint. This gives excellent results in small dogs because a functional “false joint” forms. Some large dogs may not form this “false joint” as well however this is recommended for patients with severe arthritis, if the hip dislocates, or if the expense of the other procedures is prohibitive. Triple osteotomy is a procedure in which the pelvis is cut in three places around the hip joint. The bone is rotated to create better alignment with the femoral head (the ball). It is reattached so that the joint functions in a more normal fashion without looseness and pain. This should only be performed in a dog with no arthritic changes in the joint and is only an option for younger patients. Total Hip Replacement (THR) is possible, as is done in humans. The hip joint is replaced with an artificial ball and socket. Often made of plastic and stainless steel attached to the pelvis and femur in place of the abnormal joint. This procedure can give many years of pain free use of the hips. However, is generally only an option for patients who have not responded to other forms of treatment, and is a very specialised procedure.
Diet and exercise in growing dogsThere is a growing body of evidence indicating that dogs that grow very rapidly are more likely to have hip dysplasia. Authorities recommend feeding a specifically formulated puppy food to puppies of high risk breeds so their growth is slower. Puppies will still reach their full genetic body size. Just not as rapidly. Avoid excessive exercise in a growing puppy. Any abnormality in the structure of the hip joint is magnified if excessive running and jumping occur. It is not necessary to treat your puppy as if it were disabled. Long sessions of running or repetitively chasing thrown objects, running on the beach or alongside a bike can be detrimental to joints.
Caring for a dog with hip dysplasiaThere are a few things you can do to assist your pet:- If you suspect your pet has hip dysplasia, seek advise immediately to minimise the arthritic changes that will develop as the problem worsens. Monitor your dog’s body weight and avoid obesity, ask your vet or healthcare team for a nutritional plan Avoid strenuous exercise but provide moderate exercise as indicated by your veterinarian.
Getting ReadyMake your dog’s birth process as smooth as possible. Help her get set up for the big day. Pick out the coziest, calmest and most silent area of your residence to arrange a relaxing whelping box, blankets and all. The goal is to ensure the mother dog feels as secure and self-assured as possible before going into labor. Try to arrange all of this a week prior to your pet’s expected labor date. Doing this allows your dog plenty of time to get used to the setting.
Birthing StylesWhen it comes to birthing styles, canines, just like people, are all different. Many dogs appreciate the company of humans as they go through parturition. Many dogs also, on the other hand, favor doing things more privately. If your dog is in the latter camp, stay as low-key as possible. Also make a point to be accessible should your assistance be necessary. A “primigravida” pooch is a first-time mom, and therefore requires even more diligent supervision than a more experienced one. All the way from the beginning to the end, in the event of difficulties.
Emergency ContactIt’s important for you to be nearby while your dog goes through labor. At the same time, it also helps to stand slightly back and allow your pet to do her thing, naturally. The goal is to carefully monitor her and any puppies she delivers for indications of whelping concerns. Make sure you have access to a telephone and contact information for your veterinarian, should a problem arise. Keep your vet’s phone number available, along with a second number in case the clinic isn’t open.
Signs of Possible ComplicationsDogs generally whelp without any issues. However, exceptions are always possible. If you notice that your dog has had contractions for between 30 minutes and an hour without any puppy coming out, notify your veterinarian pronto. Do the same if you pick up on any indications of severe pain. If you’re sure more puppies are inside and more than four hours go by without any of them emerging, vet assistance is imperative. If your dog gives off blackish-green vaginal discharge without delivering her youngsters in a time span of between three and four hours, help is vital.
BreedsCertain canine breeds often, for health purposes, need Caesarean section births. Therefore veterinary assistance during delivery. This applies to both primigravida and experienced doggie moms. Many brachycephalic canines need c-sections because of their notably big heads. These breeds include pugs, Boston terriers, Chihuahuas, Yorkshire terriers, bulldogs, border terriers, Pekingese and boxers. Talk to your veterinarian about the safest and most appropriate birthing options for your bet, natural or otherwise.
Cryptococcal infections in pets. Contact Your VetCryptococcus, a relatively common infection caused by a yeast-like fungus called Cryptococcus neoformans. The fungus is widespread in the environment. Cats, dogs, humans, and other animals can become infected. The condition is much more common in cats than dogs. It is primarily a problem in animals that have weak or compromised immune systems.
How Pets Acquire a Cryptococcal InfectionCryptococcal infection is acquired most commonly by inhaling the infectious spores in bird droppings. Particularily, pigeon droppings. The fungus has also been found in soil, fruit, and even in the skin of healthy people. However, the main source of exposure and contamination is pigeon poop. Pigeons rarely become infected with cryptococcus, because their body temperatures are too high to support the growth of the fungus, which passes through their GI tract and is concentrated in their feces. If the fungus is deposited where it is protected from sunshine and drying out, it can actually survive in the environment for up to two years. Once your cat inhales the spores, the fungus sets up shop in the upper respiratory tract, typically in the nasal passages or the lungs. In immunologically healthy animals, the fungus remains isolated and doesn’t create any problems at all. In cats with suppressed immune systems (for instance, those that are dealing with feline leukemia or FIV), the disease can take hold and spread to other organs. This includes the brain, eyes, lungs, and the central nervous system. This type of disease progression can result in granulomas, pneumonia, or systemic disease. Cryptococcal infections are not zoonotic, which means they are not spread between humans and animals. The only way to acquire this illness is through direct exposure to the fungal spores themselves.
Symptoms and DiagnosisSymptoms of cryptococcus vary depending on the organ systems affected by the fungus. Often, symptoms are systemic and nonspecific, such as diminished appetite, weight loss, or lethargy. Other signs to watch for in your cat or dog are sniffling, sneezing, raspy breathing, or a runny nose. Sometimes infected animals can have hard lumpy swellings over the bridge of the nose, skin lesions on the top of the head, or swollen lymph nodes. If the fungus has invaded the central nervous system, there can be head tilting, nystagmus (a strange, abnormal back and forth eye movement), the inability to blink due to paralysis of the facial nerves, or loss of coordination, including circling and seizures. Eye problems are also very common. It can include hemorrhage in the retina, as well as inflammatory conditions of the eye like chorioretinitis and anterior uveitis. Diagnosis of a cryptococcal infection can be done quickly and easily through examination of either discharge from the kitty’s nose or skin lesions. The fungus is usually very easy to spot under a microscope and easily cultured in the laboratory. There’s also a widely used blood test that identifies the fungus, called the latex agglutination test. If a lump is biopsied, diagnosis is made by microscopic examination of the removed tissue. Once a definitive diagnosis is made, the cat should also receive a complete workup to determine if there’s an underlying disease that has compromised the immune system. Any underlying conditions must be treated in order to successfully treat the cryptococcal infection.
Cryptococcosis in DogsCryptococcosis is a localized or systemic fungal infection caused by the environmental yeast, Cryptococcus. This fungus grows in bird droppings and decaying vegetation, and is generally associated with Eucalyptus trees. However, it is found worldwide and some areas of southern California, Canada and Australia have been found to be more prone to the fungus. The fungus is contracted through the dog’s nasal passages. It then passes into the brain, eyes, lungs and other tissues. It is usually rare in dogs. The condition or disease described in this medical article can affect both dogs and cats.
SymptomsSymptoms will vary and depend greatly on the organ systems affected by the fungus. However, animals may have a history of problems for weeks or months, be especially sluggish, and (in less than 50 percent of animals) have a mild fever. Other symptoms include:
- Nervous system signs — seizures, wobbly, uncoordinated or “drunken” movements weakness, blindness
- Skin ulceration
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Vomiting and diarrhea
- Lack of appetite
- Nasal discharge
CausesCryptococcus yeast normally is inhaled through the nasal passages. Occasionally, these organisms may reach the terminal airways, although it is unlikely. It can also infect the stomach and the intestines, entering through the gastrointestinal tract.
DiagnosisYour veterinarian will be making a diagnosis based on findings from the following tests:
- Samples will be taken from the nasal passages, or a biopsy from the bumpy tissue that protrudes from the nasal passages; flushing the nose with saline may dislodge infected tissue
- Biopsy of skin lesions of the head
- Aspirates of affected lymph nodes
- Blood and urine cultures
- Blood tests to detect the presence of Cryptococcus antigens
- If your dog shows symptoms of neurological disease, a spinal tap and examination of cells needs to be done