How to Determine the Gender of a Kitten

Deciphering the gender of a kitten can be tricky unless you know what you are looking for. Click on the link for some tips on how to determine the gender of a kitten /cat.

Pet Safety at Christmas

Many human foods can be toxic to our pets and Christmas ornaments and decorations can become a choking hazard. Here you may find some helpful tips to avoid a trip to the emergency at Christmas. 

Helping Your Pet Through Storm Season

Dogs and cats can suffer from storm related anxiety with signs including pacing, drooling, eyes wide open, shaking, and vocalisation (bark/howl/meow). Here you can find how to help your pet weather the storm.

Hot cars can kill!

Keeping windows down an inch or just enough to fit the head of a dog out the window will not enable your dog (or any other animal) to regulate their body temperature. Even cars in the shade can get very hot quite quickly. Signs of heat related illness may include panting, drooling, restlessness, vomiting and/or diarrhoea, collapse and seizures. 

Potential plant toxicities in and around the home  

There are many indoor and outdoor plants that are poisonous to pets. Signs of toxicity range from minor skin irritation, gastrointestinal upset, kidney or liver failure and even death in some cases. If you suspect your pet has ingested a toxic plant, please call your local veterinarian or emergency veterinary clinic immediately. You can find a list of some toxic plants here. 

Is indoors, outdoors or a bit of both best for your cat? 

 When you first bring a kitten or adult cat home it is best to decide right from the beginning if you will keep your cat indoors or allow them the freedom to come and go as they please. There are benefits and risks to having an indoor or outdoor lifestyle and they all need to be considered when working out which is best for each cat. 

Keeping our pets warm during winter

Brrrr it’s cold! If you are feeling the cold outside, chances are your furry friends are too! Here are some helpful tips on how to keep dogs and cats warm during winter.

Coronavirus  COVID-19

Currently, there is no scientific evidence to suggest that pets can spread COVID-19 to humans. However, transmission to a pet from a COVID-19 positive human is possible. Here are some tips on how to keep you and your pet(s) safe during this pandemic.

Paralysis Tick - what you need to know

The paralysis tick is one of the pesky critters Queensland pet owners need to be aware of when ensuring their pets are well protected. Although the paralysis tick prefers warm, humid climates and is more prevalent in spring and summer, they can still be active throughout the year and this is why year-round tick prevention is extremely important. 

Keeping pets safe at Easter time

Easter is the time for chocolates, Easter egg hunts and hot cross buns. However, Easter can also be a dangerous time for our pets. Have a read to see what potential toxicities may be lurking in your home and how you can keep your pet safe at Easter.

Keeping pets cool during summer time

Knowing the signs of heat stress (including excessive panting, red gums, diarrhoea and/or vomiting, restlessness) and taking precautionary measures to prevent it (extra access to water, shade, exercise at cooler times of the day, provide air-conditioned or cooled environment), can help keep your pet safe. 

The Double Merle Dog

You may have come across the term “Merle” (also referred to as Dapple/Harlequin/Marbled), a coat colour pattern characterised by irregularly shaped patches of diluted pigmentation. The Merle coat pattern is very popular due to the unique and unusual colourings. Read on to find out why breeding two Merle dogs together is discouraged. 


Ringworm is a highly contagious fungal infection of the skin, hair and nails in cats, dogs and humans. Preventing the spread is key. If you notice any thickened round patches of skin with scaling or alopecia on your pet or you suspect your pet may have ringworm, consult your veterinarian who can devise a treatment plan for your pet.

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