PROTECT YOUR PET THIS GUY FAWKES

Protect your pet this Guy Fawkes

Chances are your pet will suffer from some degree of anxiety and fear at Guy Fawkes time. This is because sudden loud sharp noises coupled with bright flashes are all reasons for animals to be afraid and seek safety. The fact that it only happens once a year and that Guy Fawkes turns your pets usual controlled environment into a battle ground adds to the confusion and anxiety most pets feel.

It is worth remembering that our pets’ senses are far more sensitive than our own. A dogs hearing is twice, and a cats hearing is three times, more sensitive than ours. So not only are the sounds of fireworks very loud they can also be painful for our pets. There are some great alternatives to drugs that...

Sound extreme? Well just ask those neglected pot plants that have not been watered enough, if they could talk, I am sure they would agree! Now, I may be drawing a long bow when I compare dying pot plants to your faithful pets but water is the single most important nutrient to all living things and there are some very important things to know about the water requirements of cats and dogs.

  • Dogs and cats need to consume 60-70ml of water per kilogram of body weight each day. This means that for an average 4.5kg cat it needs about 300ml per day. For a 25kg dog, the water requirement is about 1600ml per day. 
  • Dogs are naturally more inclined to drink than cats. They will drink enough water to replenish any dehydration within 24hours...

A range of healthy new dog treats are now available from K9 Natural. These tasty bites are the ideal “responsible” treat for your dog, thanks to their all-natural ingredients and nutritional benefits. And judging by the in-house trials, our furry friends would do just about anything for a taste of them!

The Healthy Bites (available in chicken, beef and lamb) and Green Lipped Mussel Healthy Snacks are made with natural, locally sourced New Zealand ingredients and are also:

  • Packed with protein
  • Free of grains
  • Free of gluten
  • Free of artificial flavours and preservatives

Perfect for training, rewarding or just being your best friend, these treats also add a little nutrition boost for your dog – so you can ensure...

If you have felines at home, you may have noticed something odd about their water-drinking habits: it’s not much of a habit at all! Cats can withstand a spectacular amount of fluid loss before they replenish their body’s water stores; they can sometimes take up to 6 days to completely rehydrate themselves. That thought alone is enough to make anyone reach for a glass of water…

My cat doesn’t seem to need much water, is it really that important?

Proper hydration is central to your cat’s health. Cats evolved from desert-type environments, where they hunted fresh prey (with a moisture content of 70-80%) to get their hydration fix. This likely explains why cats are less intuitive about drinking regular water; they prefer to derive...

Worms are a common problem for cats and dogs – especially young kittens and puppies. The nasty parasites live inside their stomach and intestines – getting first dibs on the nutrients and goodness in their food.

Worms come in many shapes and sizes, from the large, stringy roundworm to the tiny hookworm. The two most prevalent are the tapeworm and roundworm.

Tapeworms develop inside fleas that have eaten tapeworm eggs, which the pet then swallows when grooming. Widespread in your pet’s environment, they can grow up to half a metre long and deprive your pet of valuable nutrients from their ideal spot in the intestinal tract.

Roundworms live in the stomach and are contracted when, via an innocent sniff or accidental tread, your...