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...

My new kitten acquired the nickname ‘Fat Freddie’ because she had the cutest, round pot belly I’d ever seen. However, I was in for a surprise when on her first visit to the vet I discovered her roly-poly tummy was a symptom of intestinal worms!

Thankfully, Freddie would be fine (and a little slimmer) after a few days of treatment, and the vet reassured me that even the most loved, happy and healthy pets can get worms.

A wormy world
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...

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...

It’s a very exciting time adding a new lorikeet to the family, at Pet.co.nz we want to make sure that we help you successfully introduce your new lorikeet to your home and make the experience as stress free as possible.

Before the big day, ideally before the lorikeet arrives, you want to set things up as they will be, so that they don’t come home to an environment that then changes again once they have started to settle in. Here is what we suggest to help make sure that your lorikeet settles in. 

It’s a very exciting time adding a new cockatiel to the family, at Pet.co.nz we want to make sure that we help you successfully introduce your new cockatiel to your home and make the experience as stress free as possible.

Before the big day, ideally before the cockatiel arrives you want to set things up as they will be when the cockatiel arrives, so that they don’t come home to an environment that then changes again once they have started to settle in. Here is what we suggest to help make sure that your cockatiel settles in.