Thursday, March 13, 2014

Ruff Riders Hit Noosa, Australia



Yes, you heard it right! Surfing dogs shredded the waves to a packed shoreline last weekend in Noosa, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, as part of the 2014 VetShopAustralia.com.au Surfing Dog Spectacular (VetShopOnline.com’s sister website).

These ‘ruff riders’ included seasoned surfing dogs Rama a Border Collie cross and Murf, an Australian Shepherd, Patches, a Jack Russell x Fox Terrier x Cattle Dog, Indi, a Border Collie,  Hugsley, a Cocker Spaniel x Labrador, and northern New South Wales newbies, Pepper, a Staffie x and Kosta, a Bulldog x Mastiff.

Pulling off some PAW-some surfing manoeuvres these dogs and their owners proved that any breed of dog can be trained to surf; and revel in the fun.

For more information and pictures from the 2014 VetShopAustralia.com.au Surfing Dog Spectacular visit our Facebook page or visit www.surfingdogspectacular.com.au.


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

5 Tips for Pet Care on Easter

It is time for the Easter bunny to make his rounds now that spring has sprung and there are a few tips to keep your pet happy and safe during the spring season and the Easter holidays.

Keeping Your Pet’s Peace

When planning parties or family gatherings in your home, consider your pet’s needs as well. Crowds of people and children can cause erratic movements and loud noises which can cause pet stress. If Fido or Cuddles does not seem up for the egg hunt this Easter or the dinner with the entire family, put him in a quiet room in your home for the duration of your guest’s visit. Make sure you leave clean water and food in their bowl as well as their sleeping blanket in case the party goes on all night long.

The Danger of Décor

Decorations to fill an Easter basket including grass that is made of plastic can be a danger to your pet if they eat this. Within the intestines of your pet, décor such as this can harden and if not caught quickly enough, can be a health hazard. Small toy parts like plastic eggs and Easter egg wrappers are also dangerous to pets. Consider using tissue paper as a plastic décor alternative this season. Also, after Easter celebrations, remember to clean up thoroughly.

New Pets

You may be tempted to buy adorable ducks, chicks and bunnies this Easter but it is a good idea to resist purchases such as these on impulse. Keep in mind that these types of pets do grow up into fully grown animals and your existing pet cat or dog may not adjust the way you had hoped. On the other hand, if you feel strongly that you want a new pet in the household, think about all the care requirements before you go through with a purchase such as these and find out from your veterinarian how to make the transition easier for Fido.

Easter Plants

Popular spring plants such as the Easter lily can be poisonous to pet. In the event your pet ingests these flowers, he or she will need emergency care services immediately. Ensure that your garden and the surrounding area of your home are free of this type of Easter flower as well as other dangerous plants.

Easter Sweets

Sweets and Easter do go hand in hand and most folks forget that these delicious treats may not be the best thing for your pet. Make an effort to keep Easter sweets away from your pet’s reach. 

Steven Perissinotto is a passionate pet lover and a pet health professional. Since establishing Vet Shop Online with his veterinary surgeon brother in 1999, Steven has helped establish the business in to one of the world's leading online retailer of frontline plus cats.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

4 Springtime Tips for Pet Cats and Dogs

With the weather getting warmer, your pet pooch will be eager to start exploring and get outside. On the other hand, being cautious of other curious dogs and cats as well as buzzing insects can help protect your pet’s nose from getting a bee sting.

For the Birds

Often, you know spring is here when you hear the gorgeous trills of songbirds that return. Throughout nearby parks and neighbourhoods hatching eggs will occur as well. This is why your pet cat or dog could be posing a serious threat. If you allow your pet cat outside, make sure that your cat does not make a meal out of the local feathered friends.

Keep the Birds Safe from your Cat

There are a few things you can do to keep the neighbourhood birds from being brought to your doorstep by your pet cat. The first thing you can do is fasten bells on the collar of your cat. The noise will be a warning to any bird before the worst case scenario occurs. Your cat should be well-fed as well. This will suppress her hunting urges. Prime bird flocking times in the park are around sunrise and sunset. Make sure your cat is indoors at these times to avoid frenzied feeding. It is not a good idea to put bird feeders near the ground. Rather elevate these. Even if you have a cat that loves climbing an elevated bird feeder will take more effort while giving the birds time to get away fast.

May Flowers from April Showers

Aside from green, lush grass, you’ve heard the saying April Showers bring May flowers. Do not be alarmed if now and again your pet munches on some grass as this is normal for the most part. For one reason or another, from time to time many dogs do nibble on grass. If you notice that your pet pooch seems to be munching on large grass quantities, you might want to take him to the vet for a check-up. The reason or this is that grass eating can be a sign of an upset tummy. Grass is a natural remedy dogs instinctively chew on for stomach conditions.

Stung By a Bee


On the other hand, in the event your pet does get stung by a bee, you might want to describe the symptoms to your vet immediately. Just like their owners, the allergic reactions of animals do vary. As soon as you notice a bee sting on your pet, you can avoid complications further by acting fast. 

Steven Perissinotto is a passionate pet lover and a pet health professional. Since establishing Vet Shop Online with his veterinary surgeon brother in 1999, Steven has helped establish the business in to one of the world's leading online retailer of frontline plus cats.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Stress and Your Pet Cat

From the latter part of the twentieth century up until today, stress has been this generation’s catchword. For human beings, this has become a style of life. As a matter of fact, the amount of pressure that people are under and the activities that need to be done are proudly displayed as an important statement. What most pet cat owners forget is that the stress they feel is also felt by pets that share their lives. The difference is that pet cats do not have the same options to manage or minimize this. For human beings, felines are known to be great relievers of stress, decreasing depression and anxiety and lowering blood pressure. This is why it is quite important for you to help your cat be less stressed out as well.

Life Savers

Both and anxiety actually are responses of adaptation that are made for saving lives. The burst of adrenaline energy helps the response of fleeing or fighting which can help you stand up to your adversary or get you out of danger. The hormones that are excessively provided are not intended for the body to use in periods that are extended and can cause harm if stress is chronic. Over time, effects that are harmful can include reduced functioning of the immune system. For this reason, there must be relief for chronic stress.

Stress Causes

In cats, there are a few things that cause stress. This includes any kind of change, confinement, cat shows, visitors or parties, new animal or human family members, traveling, moving to a different home and overcrowding in households where there are more than one cat. Other causes of stress can include new cats in the neighbourhood, injury or medical conditions. When you notice stress in your cat, it is a good idea to change the stress-causing situation or help your pet cat learn to respond differently to the stressor.

Cat Stress

Stress manifests itself in your cat through various ways. You don’t have to have a doctorate degree in cat behaviour to realize that your cat is not acting like his relaxed self. Some manifestations include hiding from the world behind curtains or under beds. Excess meowing, trembling, pulling fur out, loss of appetite, pacing backwards and forwards at fence perimeters, elimination that is inappropriate and spraying. Illness and physical symptoms such as acne have been known to be stress-related in pet cats. Stress can also be a response to illness physically. For this reason, checking with the vet the moment you notice any strange behaviour can immediately help rule out a condition that is medical.

Steven Perissinotto is a passionate pet lover and a pet health professional. Since establishing Vet Shop Online with his veterinary surgeon brother in 1999, Steven has helped establish the business in to one of the world's leading online retailer of frontline plus cats.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

3 Tips for Giving Your Dog a Happy Life

Pet dogs tend to thrive on basic needs of water, food and attention from their owners or whoever means the most to them. Dogs rely on leadership and inclusion in their families since they happen to be pack animals. This can be either a quiet Sunday afternoon nap or a raucous game of fetching. No matter what age or breed your pooch happens to be, a happy life will really depend on connecting with those he is closest to.
Just like human beings, dogs need more than just basic care and part of being responsible is to do more than just meeting basic needs. You also need to respect your pet dog as a living being that thrives on attention and love. Failing to realize this can result in a relationship that is less than mutually rewarding or gratifying for you both.

A Walk in the Park

Choose activities that are enjoyed by both you and your dog. Throwing Frisbees, hiking or walks in the park aside from agility and obedience training are ways to help your pooch bond and improve both well-being and health. Depending on your dog’s breed, play and exercise are necessary to minimize destructive or bored behaviour and to keep his mind active. For instance, agility is where herding dogs excel in while German Shepherds and Golden Retrievers as well as other working dogs enjoy tracking and retrieving.

Vet Visits

For the health of your dog, regularly visiting a vet is a good idea. Keeping your dog’s vaccinations up-to-date will keep any possible sickness at bay. To ensure the optimal health of your dog, the veterinarian can recommend changes to your dog’s exercise and diet. At all times, it is a good idea to offer fresh, clean water. Food that is of good quality which will provide the right nutrients will keep your dog’s muscles and bones strong plus, a healthy body. Regularly groom your dog to keep his coat and skin lustrous and clean. You might also want to consider getting him groomed professionally.

Social Animals


Being social creatures, spending time with your dog is highly recommended. They need to get the chance to interact and be included in their families. Giving your dog praise and showing him affection plus the provision of playtime will challenge and engage him. Quiet time with your dog is just as important. It will also remind him that in a time of stress, you are a source of comfort.

Steven Perissinotto is a passionate pet lover and a pet health professional. Since establishing Vet Shop Online with his veterinary surgeon brother in 1999, Steven has helped establish the business in to one of the world's leading online retailer of frontline plus cats.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

4 Tips for Establishing a Good Pet Routine at Mealtimes

For your dog, mealtimes are important every day. Your pet will know around what time he gets to eat each day if you feed your dog at specific times. If you don’t follow the usual time, this can upset or cause anxiety in your pet. Whether you noticed it or not, routine is something pets love in their lives. It gives them a sense of security and order. Generally, a good routine is something you should try and establish.

Free Feeding is Not Recommended

It is never a good idea to feed your dog freely. This means putting a large supply of dog in his dog dish and letting him eat whenever he pleases. When it comes to free feeding, there are many disadvantages. As a matter of fact, many freely fed dogs end up obese or near obese, which can add to their health risks. Also, when you free feeding and own 2 or more dogs, you don’t know if each dog gets an amount that is fair. One dog could be over-eating and the other one may be underfed.

Pick a Time

It is ideal for you to pick a feeding time that is convenient for you as well. This can be once in the afternoon and once in the morning. It is not a good idea to feed your pet too late at night as they will need to go out and do their business. The important thing to remember is to feed your pet the same time daily. Dogs happen to have a good timing sense and your dog will expect food to be given to him around the same time each day.

Routines for Meals

You can easily establish a good routine by getting your dog fed 1 or 2 times each day. Many pets do well on two meals a day while other smaller dogs are fine with just 1 meal. Giant or large breeds that may get bloated include breeds like Labradors, Great Danes or German Shepherds. These breeds might do better by getting fed two times a day as this prevents them from bloat.

You are the Pack Leader


Mealtime is a time you can use to establish your role as the leader of your pet, while brushing up on manners. Many dogs bark, jump and demand their food, sometimes knocking down their plate from their owner’s grip. When this happens, require your dog to sit before placing his food on the floor. Your dog will realize you are the leader and that he must behave before he can get his plate of food.

Steven Perissinotto is a passionate pet lover and a pet health professional. Since establishing Vet Shop Online with his veterinary surgeon brother in 1999, Steven has helped establish the business in to one of the world's leading online retailer of frontline plus cats.

In Australia, the dogs go surfing.


We just love this surfing dog meme created to help promote the upcoming Surfing Dog Spectacular sponsored by our sister website www.VetShopAustralia.com.au . For more surfing dog pics and videos of previous years events, visit http://www.vetshopaustralia.com.au/Surfing-Dog-Spectacular--C316.aspx