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...

Keeping your cat in ideal body condition is crucial as overweight cats are more likely to suffer from health conditions such as osteoarthritis, diabetes and urinary problems. Focusing on diet and exercise is the best way to keep your ensure that your cat stays at a healthy weight. After all, prevention is always better than cure, so be sure to keep up activity levels especially if you have an indoor cat. The majority of indoor cats do not get enough exercise to keep their bodies fit and minds stimulated. But exercise is good for more than your cats waistline. By sticking to a regular feline workout plan, you’ll have a major positive impact on your cat’s overall health, behaviour and overall quality of...

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...

KEEP YOUR PET COOL THIS SUMMER

With the start of daylight savings and the summer season upon us, we are all eager to venture outside and enjoy the great outdoors with our dogs.

While summer outdoors can be loads of fun be sure to take steps to protect your dog from heat stroke. Whether going for a walk, a ride in the car, or just playing out in the yard, the heat can be harmful and lead to heat stroke or even worse more serious conditions such as a stroke or cardiac arrest.

Learn more on identifying the signs of heat stroke and how to keep your furry friend cool and safe this summer.

Understand the causes

Any hot environment can cause heat stroke in dogs, but the most common cause is a careless action by a pet owner, such as leaving a dog in a car or...