As we have become more aware of not only the impact of our own diet on our health, but the impact that the production of our food has on the environment. This has had a flow on effect to what we are feeding our pets. With pets so often seen as an extension to the family there is a higher demand for high-quality food, owners are paying more and more attention to the ingredients in the food they select for their animals. They are increasingly looking for pet food that includes all the nutritional value needed to ensure their pets live a long, vibrant and healthy life. But owners are looking further than just the ingredients list when choosing their pets food. They are becoming increasing interested in purchasing locally made products...

We would all love for our pets to stay young forever, but unfortunately that is not possible. Although aging is inevitable there are some things you can do to keep them healthier. Bone and joint pain are part of the aging process for dogs and humans alike. Read up on some ways to help prevent or slow down the onset of arthritis and other joint and bone issues for your beloved pet.

There are two major categories of joint problems, developmental and degenerative problems. With developmental problems, you have things like hip or elbow dysplasia, where the joint does not develop correctly in a number of different ways. Degenerative problems are commonly caused by factors such age, weight or stress on joints. With degenerative joint...

We all know how important it is for us to stay hydrated, but it’s just as essential for our pets. Their bodies are made up of approximately 80% water, which plays many important roles from regulating body temperature to providing cushioning support for joints and internal organs. It also helps digest food, transport nutrients and eliminate waste. For these reasons, it’s important to provide your pet with access to fresh water at all times – especially during summer when animals lose more fluids through panting or sweating, and their water sources evaporate more quickly. Although it might seem ridiculous that you have to cater to your pet’s water preferences, it’s crucial to do it. After all, we prefer certain types of drinks over...

Many of us assume our dogs are getting enough exercise to stay fit and healthy. But this may not always be the case. Between busy work schedules and family responsibilities, it can be hard to keep up with your dog's daily exercise needs. There are many ways to prevent excess weight and promote a healthy lifestyle for your dog, and the benefits you will see when your dog is fit and well-exercised are so worth it! Including helping them maintain a healthy weight, good body condition, better health and calmer behaviour.

Jogging or running

Dogs love to run! Running or jogging with your dog is a good way to help your pet maintain a healthy weight, improve muscle tone, maintain a strong cardiovascular system, and build fitness....

With the summer season upon us there’s no time like the present to enjoy the beach with your dog. For most dogs dipping their paws in the sea or chasing a ball across the sand makes for the best day ever! But in summer, when our beaches are at their busiest, it is important to be a responsible dog parent so it remains an enjoyable experience for all beach-goers. To ensure it is a fun experience for all involved prepare yourself with poo bags, sunscreen, a leash and plenty of fresh water. And be sure to understand the restrictions and know your dog’s swimming and recall abilities.

Know before you go 

Although dogs are welcome on many beaches across New Zealand, owners need to be careful to read signs at each local beach to...