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...

HOW TO ATTRACT WILD BIRDS

Do you love birds and bird watching? Wild bird feeding is a great way to attract birds to your garden daily and provides regular food during the cold winter months when insects, berries, nuts and seeds can be scarce. In addition to the enjoyment of having birds in your garden, many of them will help with pollination of plants in your garden and search for common garden pests such as caterpillars and snails all year round. Here is a guide to attracting birds to your backyard.

Step one: Provide quality food

Wild birds eat a variety of foods. Some are mainly nectar feeders such as Tui and Bellbirds whereas others like Fantails prefer insects and bugs. Other species like Finches and Sparrows are mainly seed eaters. However, in...

Winter is here! Dig out those winter jumpers, dust off the skis and chop the firewood – but don’t forget to spare a thought for your pets that also need special attention in the chilly months. Here are some tips to keep your pet happy and healthy through the winter.

Cosy cribs
Top of the list is a warm bed. Cats, especially older moggies, just love warm spots near the heater or a cosy box lined with warm blankets.. As a special treat, include a snugly heatpad and hear that puss purr! Cats always seem to find the spots where the warm sun hits, but beware – their curious nature can lead them to some dangerous places, such as the tumble dryer, or under a car. Always check for your feline friend before you back the car out of the...

Attracting wild birds to your garden is a great way to add something extra to your garden. During winter especially wild birds have a lack of food available to them so helping them out with some wild bird food is a pretty awesome thing to do.

To do this you need some form of wild bird feeder, there are many to choose from, two things to consider are:

  • What size birds are you likely to attract?
  • What do you want the feeder to look like?
  • Do you want the bird feeder to sit on a table or fence top? Or would you like to hang it from a tree?

Most wild birds in urban New Zealand are likely to be smaller, as you get out of the cities and closer to native bush there is a higher chance you will attract some larger birds. So keep...