Heading into the Australian summer, it’s not just our own safety we have to think about. The truth is, animals don’t have the same cooling systems as we do (such as sweat) and can easily get overheated. In severe cases, this can lead to death. However, the best cure is prevention, which involves creating the right environment, and understanding the causes and signs of heat stroke.
Whether you’re already a pet owner, planning to get a pooch before summer starts, or thinking of gifting a cat for Christmas, here’s the rundown on which breeds of cats and dogs are most at risk, and how to help them properly keep their cool.
Owning a pet is one of life’s biggest joys, but just like having a child, it’s also a huge responsibility. Loving them is more than just giving pats and cuddles – it’s about keeping them safe at all costs, particularly in the summer months. Firstly, it’s important to understand the main causes of heat stroke. These include:
The good news? You can easily help prevent heat stroke by creating the right environmental conditions, and fully understanding the symptoms. So to help your best friend stay cool this summer, make sure the space they spend most of their time in is ventilated and they have plenty of drinking water.
For outdoor pets, make sure they always have access to shade – no matter what time of day it is. Don’t ever leave your pet in a car, even on mild days, and avoid over-exercising them in hot weather. One more thing – avoid hot sand, concrete, asphalt or any other areas where heat is reflected and there is no shade about.
So what does heatstroke look like? As hard as we try to keep our pets safe, sometimes the heat can be overbearing. Here are some symptoms you need to look out for:
If you suspect heatstroke in your pet, immediately get them to a cool environment, spray cool water (not iced) on their skin and fur, and take them to a vet immediately. Don’t forget – heatstroke is an emergency and should never be ignored.
Your pet’s lifestyle is just as important as yours. So it’s important to consider the environment you live in and how active you expect them to be. The fact is, certain breeds of cats and dogs are more susceptible to heat stroke than others. So if you and your pet are planning to have some fun in the Australian sun, do your research into which breeds can handle the heat better than others.
When it comes to dogs, the breeds that are most vulnerable are those with short noses, broad skulls, and structural issues with their upper respiratory system. These include:
While any cat can develop heat stroke, it’s also the flat-faced breeds (brachycephalic) that are most prone, such as:
These breeds (in both cats and dogs) are even more at risk if they’re very old, very young, sick or obese, have medical conditions, or are pregnant and nursing.
Just remember, our pets rely on us to keep them safe and comfortable. Heat stroke is one of the biggest problems facing our furry friends, particularly in the Aussie summer. So get up to speed on the causes of heat stroke, how to prevent it, what to look out for, and what to do if your pet’s in trouble.
By Dr Karen Phillip, Counselling Psychotherapist and Clinical Hypnotherapist
When we leave for the day or week, our loving dogs may sometimes fret for us, anxious for our return, distressed when we are absent.
Reports on dogs barking excessively, digging, scratching, causing mischief or becoming aggressive can all be part of their anxiety. What then do we do to relieve our beloved furry friend? How do we prepare them if we are going away for a while and another person is house sitting or looking after them?
Saying goodbye to your pet, seeing their confused sad eyes, hearing them fret or bark as you leave, feeling their confusion or pain, can really affect any pet parent. We want to take them but know we can’t. We want to have them close, settled, happy but worry. How then can this most common issue be relieved or alleviated so both dog and parent can separate for a while and still remain connected without the anxiety?
A new audio has been designed to address this most common issue. It is called ‘No More Lonely Dog
There are sessions for humans to remove issues in their lives and become free from anxiety to move forward happier and healthier. After numerous requests from customers about their anxious dogs, work was commenced to scientifically design music to settle and soothe dogs. It is combined with hypnotic subliminal messages through the track to soothe and reassure the dog, allowing the dog to settle and relax. It isn’t a matter of hypnotising the dog, it is about ensuring they settle using technically designed music and sounds a dog responds positively to.
The music is unlike any currently on the market as all other tracks are synthesized loop music, without the sounds dogs need. The music used in this session has been designed by an actual musician and composer, researched and tested, and the musician plays every instrument individually. Not only this, it was discovered the didgeridoo has an amazing calming effect on dogs. The musician worked with an Aboriginal elder who suggested using the didgeridoo. In the past, when sitting around the campfire, they played the didgeridoo to settle the dogs and dingoes. Once the didgeridoo was added the effects on the dogs were amazing.
We so love our furry friends, they are part of our family and leaving them either for the day or when travelling away can make us fret, let alone what it does to our dogs who may not understand when we will return. If you’re using a house sitter, they may also become anxious not knowing who this strange person is or when their mum or dad are coming back home.
Using this music track in the way instructed will really help your gorgeous dog to settle and remain happier. When the house sitter plays the track in your absence your dog will receive a calm effect as if you are close by. This helps the carer and you as the worried pet parent.
You can read all information about the track on the at Virtual Hypnotherapy
There are so many questions surrounding taking your pet on an aeroplane with you. Can I take food? Can I let them out of their carrier? What even are airline approved pet carriers?
This article will dive into what the best airline approved pet carriers are and some of the most important features you need to lookout for when buying one.
Wheels make life so much easier for you and your pet. Most of the time your pet is under a lot of stress when in a cage and you want to make the journey as easy as possible for them. Get a carrier with wheels. The smooth ride will calm your pet down, not to mention make it easier on yourself!
You can never have too many pockets. Especially when it comes to travelling. Make sure you choose a carrier that has ample pockets. You never want to run out of room to put something. A good idea is to find a model that has a range of pockets with different closure systems. Get a good mix of zippers, velcro, sleeves and adjustable closure systems so you are sure to have a pocket for every item you need to bring.
Be sure to give your pet as much ventilation and natural light as possible. Again this will calm down any pets who dont feel to comfortable in confined spaces. Carry bags with adjustable ventilation / windows are perfect!
Additional carry straps are a grand option to have for those places where you just can't wheel though. Be sure to find a model with comfortable straps and good adjustment options.
When travelling safety is a top priority. You want to make sure that nothing is able to easily fall from your bag, or for that matter fall into your bag. We all know that can cause big life changing issues you really don't need. Make sure any bag that you go for has sturdy zippers and ideally can be locked so you can be sure no one will tamper with it!
Disclaimer! Because each airline is different and have slightly different rules with carry on luggage and pets we can not guarantee every pet carrier will fit in with every airlines guidelines. We strongly suggest getting in touch with your specific airline before purchase and travel to get the exact details for luggage dimensions, their policy on pets, and luggage allowances & restrictions!
Small: 16" X 10" X 9" - Designed for pets up to 12 lbs
Medium: 18" x 11" x 11" - Designed for pets up to 16 lbs
Large: 19" x 12" x 12" - Designed for pets up to 20 lbs
Comfortable, removable and washable mat inside
Pet entry at top and both ends
Dual zippers on pet entries
Double expandable sides for extra room
Folds down completely flat for easy storage
Mesh sides and top for ventilation and enhanced vision
Small: 14" X 6" X 8"
Large: 19" x 10" x 13"
Padded carry handle
Padded and removable shoulder strap
Mesh sides and top for ventilation and enhanced vision
Double expandable sides for extra room
Inside safety leash
Folds down completely flat for easy storage
Comfortable, removable and washable mat inside
Single Size: 22" x 10.5" x 10.5"
Folds flat for easy storage
Car seat belt straps on both sides
Lots of zippered side pockets
Tough tear resistant mesh
Comfortable carry handle with adjustable shoulder strap
Warmer pad - sold separately
Tear resistant meshing
Small: 15" x 10" x 8.5" / for pet up to 8 lbs
Medium: 18" x 11" x 10.5" / for pet up to 16 lbs
Large: 19" x 11.8" x 11.5" / for pets up to 22 lbs
Spring wire for easy on plane compression
Durable carry handles
Padded and removable non slip shoulder strap
Seat belt strap
Removable and washable faux lambskin lining
Top and side entries
Mesh sides and top for ventilation and enhanced vision.
Small: 17.5" H x 12" W x 8"D
Medium: 20" H x 14" W x 11"D
Large: 23" H x 15.5" W x 12.25"D
Packs flat for easy storage
Durable retractable pull handle
Multiple storage pockets with zip closure
Super easy wipe clean
Lots of side and front breathable mesh
One Size: 17.7" x 11.8" x 11.8"
Flexible rods to easily adjust height
Super lightweight construction
Lots of side and front breathable mesh
Comfortable 4-way adjustable shoulder straps
Leather carry handle
Waking up in the middle of the night to cats fighting is terrifying. All that shrieking, yowling and hissing is definitely no peaceful way to wake up. Is all this noise as serious as it sounds?
Is it just kittens playing? Or do you have a real cat war on your hands? To find all this out we first need to find out why it is you have cats fighting in the first place.
Cats fighting is a natural instinct. A natural instinct that can be brought on by many different things. Here are our top 7 reasons why your cats are fighting and how to stop them.
When you bring a new cat into your home your existing cat is going to be agitated by this newbie invading its space. Some cats will be more agitated than others with their new house guest.
There are a couple of ways to tackle this problem.
When you get a new cat you will almost always give it more attention than your existing cat. Just like humans, cats can get jealous too. Jealousy is especially strong in breeds such as the Siamese Cat since they create such a strong bond with their owners.
The Cure: Remember to give your cats equal attention. This way you won’t have to put up with a jealous cat attacking your new cat (or yourself!)
Aggression between cats can be quite common, especially between male cats who have reached social maturity. This is generally between the ages of two and four. You will find this happens more in males who are competing for mates.
The best thing to do to try and stop these confrontations is to have your cat spayed and neutered. If your cats are spayed and neutered and they still persist to have aggression against one another try and cover each room of your house in pheromone products. Or if you would prefer they also now have great pheromone collars.
Cats are very territorial by nature. When a new cat or new cat smell is introduced to your home your cat will feel threatened and feel the need to defend their territory. Your new cat will also need to establish their own new territory in your home. This causes huge clashes and in tern big cat fights.
So, what to do?
You might find that your cats were once the best of pals but one day they just stopped liking each other. This is possible. A traumatic experience can have your cat associate anything/ one that was in the room when that incident occurred. Other cats included.
Because every cat has a different personality it is hard to give a one solution fix all case here. Some cats will eventually come back around and others will take a little bit of work.
Just like humans, cats get sick. When they are sick they like to be left alone. If your cat is sick there is a good chance that it will try and swipe or hiss at anything that comes near it. This includes humans, cats, and dogs.
The best thing to do is leave your cat out its favourite food. When it is feeling better it will come around to both you and your other cats.
Cats have a pretty stressful life. (Yeah right!) Sometimes they can get overwhelmed and are just in a bad mood. If your second cat gets up in up in your existing cat's established area, it might be in the firing line for a swiping and a bite.
What to do:
Take your cat on a much needed holiday to The Bahamas. Kidding. Try to find out what is agitating or stressing your cat out and eliminate it if you can.
So you have tried as hard as you can but you just can't stop them from fighting by fixing the root of the problem. What do you do?? We have a couple more tricks up our sleeves to stop your cats fighting mid-fight.
If you walk in on your cats fighting the first thing that comes to your mind is to squirt them with water, run at them with a broom or get in there yourself to physically stop them. Try to stay away from these tactics as this could make things worse or cause the cats to turn on you. Or even worse to stop liking you!
Here is a couple of things that you can do that will help stop the fight:
If you have done everything and you just can’t get your cats to like each other and stop fighting, there is one last tactic you can try to use. The jail tactic.
Get yourself a fairly sizable dog cage. You're looking for something that will be big enough to fit in a bed, food dishes and a litter box.
In a large room, have one cat in the cage at a time and the other cat free to roam around the room.
Do this for a week or so and alternate where the cats are each day.
When they seem to be getting more comfortable with each other try to have them both in the room out of the cage. They should have became more comfortable around each other and have stopped fighting - hopefully!
Are you having a hard time grooming your Yorkie? Read more and you will find simple tips to make it easier and fun. Grooming will never be the same again!
Grooming your Yorkie is essential to there health. Constant grooming helps also in early detection of probable health problems. At least, you can act on it immediately before it worsens.
Let us make time and have fun. Here are some tips on how to groom a Yorkie!
Just like us, our Yorkie’s fur needs the same care. They also need regular bath, brush, and cut. But if you are as artistic and playful like me, I tend to do more!
Brushing is where the fun is. However, you need to dump the fur a little bit before doing it. It will make the fur easier to manage so it will not give pain to the dog. It will also avoid a lot of tangles and breakage.
Brushing your Yorkie is just like giving a gentle massage to your dog. Do this routine daily. My dog falls asleep during my brushing so it gives me time to put ribbons on her.
Is your dog hyperactive? How often does she get dirty? Well depending on how dirty she gets, you can give her a bath once or twice a week. Applying shampoo and conditioner to her fur will help maintain its shiny look.
Remember not to share your shampoo to your Yorkie. Dogs and humans have different ph level.
You can schedule trimming once or twice a month for your dog. You can choose any style you fancy but it is advisable to bring her to a professional trimmer. Trimming will get rid of those problematic hair tangles as well.
Keep your dog’s nails short enough to keep her from harm.
Do not cut into the quick when trimming your Yorkie’s nails. If you do not know how to clip dog nails, better seek help from experts.
Using good nail clippers, will help you trim the nails easily. If you accidentally cut the quick, apply Chap Stick to keep it from bleeding.
It would be easy to trim the nails after a bath since the nails are soft.
I do check the ears every now and then to detect infection. Regular cleaning keeps your dog’s ears healthy. Use a cotton swab and ear cleaning solution to do this. Be sure not to poke down the ear canal. It may destroy the eardrum.
Like us, we need to brush our dog’s teeth. It prevents gum disease and maintains our Yorkie’s clean teeth and fresh breath.
If you make this grooming a routine, your Yorkie will get used to it. It will become a comfortable bonding moment for you and your dog, making it fun to look forward to!
There is no denying it. Dogs chasing their tails is one of the cutest and most hilarious things out there. It’s not just for your puppy who still can't figure out exactly what their tail is; nor is it just for your active & playful dog. So why do dogs chase their tails? We have a few theories:
For some dog breeds such as Bull Terriers, Dobermans & German Shepherds tail chasing is much more than just a good way to kill 5 minutes inside when it’s raining.
These breeds are known for them to have a genetic predisposition to chase their tails. For these breeds, tail chasing is a way of life, not a lifestyle choice.
Just like humans, dogs get bored too. Especially when it is a rainy day and they can't go frolic outside. It’s not uncommon to catch both puppies & the older generation spinning around in circles for minutes on end to get that sweet sweet trophy that is their tail. Although a lot of dogs will grow out of this game... sadly leaving you without entertainment.
Is your dog excessively chasing its tail? Is your dog missing its tail and just going in with a bite to its hind? This could be a sign that they have fleas or worms.
For older dogs that are not so playful anymore, this can be a real strong sign something is up. Be sure to get in touch with your vet right away if you do have concerns that your dog does have fleas, fleas can be horribly uncomfortable for any pet.
Sometimes all your dog wants is a little attention... and they know just how to get it. Your dog knows that being all cute and chasing its tail will get you excited and want to play with it.
Go on cave under the pressure, throw a ball for it to chase, get its favourite stick out or give them a good old fashioned belly rub they will love you for it! This is what we have found the most likely answer to the question: 'Why do dogs chase their tails?'
Some breeds of dog are naturally energetic and need to be exercised often. Breeds such as Siberian Huskies, Weimaraners, Border Collies, Dalmatians are known to need lots of exercise and when they don't get it can use resort to games like chasing their tail to let out some of that energy. If you notice is chasing its tail (and everything else in sight) it's definitely time to take them for a run!
Like humans, dogs can suffer from OCD. Compulsive disorders can be caused by physical abuse, confinement, separation anxiety, past injury and/or trauma. With every nerve-racking event that your dog goes through, there's a unharness of neurotransmitters attached the strain response.
Once a dog is annoyed or stressed, he could begin to perform a standard behavior like chasing their tail to alleviate that stress. If chasing their tail truly reduces the neurotransmitters (chemical messengers) attached the nerve-racking event, the dog is probably going to keep doing it more & more once he's stressed.
For a few dogs, this behavior becomes a ritualized and repetitive attributable to the reward that's associated; reduction of the physiological feeling of stress or frustration.
Over time, compulsive behaviors progress and get worse. Dogs usually begin to perform the compulsive behavior with any nerve-racking event, not simply the original scenario.
The behavior can end up taking over the dog’s life, sleep, and feeding habits. It can end up causing injury to the dog because the impulse to perform the actual behavior becomes stronger and stronger. If you think your dog may have a compulsive disorder get in touch with your vet right away! You could save your dogs sanity!
If you have your own answer to 'why do dogs chase their tails' please leave a comment below.
While living here and pet sitting in Dublin we have noticed it can be difficult to find somewhere dog friendly to stop off for a quick meal or pint when out walking. We have slowly started compiling a list of places we have stumbled into (or out of) with the little doggies around the place.
We have been living down in South Dublin so at this stage the list is mainly in the South Dublin area. We hope to keep adding to this as we move around the Dublin!
With the perfect setting right in the heart of Dalkey 1909 Restaurant and Wine Bar is not one to be missed. We stumbled upon 1909 while at the Dalkey Lobster Festival. We headed down the side of the restaurant and got a table next to the outside piano. They had some lovely live music playing. We had 2 chihuahuas with us and they were welcomed with open arms (and blankets). We would highly recommend 1909 for the wine and dog lover, the wait staff were even happy to get the chihuahuas a carrot from the kitchen!
One of our favorite pubs here in South Dublin. The Kings Inn is a great place to stop off and get some shelter when it starts to rain. The staff here are extremely welcoming and will take care of all your needs and keep the dogs hydrated too! They have reasonable prices, a fantastic atmosphere, and live music! What more could, you want?
We came across The Druids Chair Pub while making the hike up from Killiney beach to Killiney Hill with the dogs. With a Great location and a fabulous view from out the front, we could not say no. The staff loved the dogs and made sure they were hydrated and happy. The Druids Chair is a charming classic Irish pub and does an amazing pie (and an even better Bloody Mary!) You might even be lucky enough to spot their close neighbors Bono or Enya while you’re there!
We were put onto Pupp by a friend who said it is a must! We packed up the dogs & went for a walk around Portobello. Ending up in Pupp for a coffee and a fabulous brunch. What a marvelous place for any dog lover! They are the most pet friendly cafe ever! They have everything covered for your dog, form drying towels, pet accessories & a healthy treats menu.
They do have a couple of rules to abide by so make sure your dog is :
On a lead
Calm & quiet (and doesn’t mind strangers patts!)
If you are you in the Portobello area or taking a stroll along the Grand Canal MVP is a perfect dog friendly spot to drop in with your furry little friend. This beautiful little two story pub arguably stands for Most Valued Pets because of the owner’s love of dogs and humans alike. They have an awesome Wine & Tapas menu on a Thursday and serve up a great selection from Spudbox. Be sure to take advantage of their Pint of Becks & A Potato deal for 11 Euro before 7 pm daily. We also recommend you head in for the smoked brisket. They smoke it in they on-site gas smoker daily! Also, keep an eye out on every 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month for events upstairs, this is aimed at humans but what dog doesnt like cinema night?
We were lucky enough to get around to Howth one weekend too and stopped in at the conveniently located Dog House Blues and Tea Rooms. The smell of wood fire pizza lured us in and to our delight, they would even seat the dogs with us! They have a great atmosphere with a large outdoor area with lots of unique seating and a great food menu. They also have a cigar menu which was a really cool surprise, the Macanudo was great. The staff are welcoming and love to see your four legged friends in tow!
We are always out looking for new dog friendly places to take ourselves for a well earned pint or coffee when out and about with the dogs. If you have any places for us to check out please let us know! Otherwise stay tuned for updates of our latest discovery’s.
A cat sneezing has got to be one of the cutest things ever. It can turn your little kitty into (even more) of a heart melter.
Generally, there is nothing to worry about; just like us cats also randomly sneeze. This is usually just from a tickle in the nasal passage.
However, there are some signs you need to watch out for that can mean your cute little feline friend may have something a little more serious going on:
• Smelly breath
• A cough
• Coughing blood
• Discharge from eyes
• Re occurring sneezing fits
If your cat shows any of the signs above you should consult your vet ASAP. Your little guy might have a bit more going on that just an adorable little sneezing fit.
Just like humans cats teeth need looking after. If you notice abnormally smelly breath this may be a sign of a dental disease. Tooth infections, gum disease & dental abscesses are very bad news for cats. Infections can cause bacteria to grow in the nasal sinus; this can cause inflammation and cat sneezing. If you notice bad breath (aside from that delicious cat food smell) or discomfort while your cat is eating, get in touch with your vet right away and discuss your options.
Another common cause of sneezing is associated with a respiratory infection, most often a viral infection. That’s right, our feline friends can get colds too!
Likely infectious diseases include:
Some signs to watch out for include:
Fungal infections are less common in cats than in humans, however, they can cause big problems for felines with inflammation of the nasal passage and big discomfort. All of these cases will require a trip to the vet and a course of antibiotics.
Cats have sensitive noses. Chemicals in the air such as tobacco smoke, perfume, cleaning products & other foreign household chemicals can cause inflammation and a cat sneezing fit. This is the natural way for the cat to rid itself of the foreign irritation. Generally, it's not a big deal and the best cure is to isolate the chemical to stop your cat sneezing.
Allergies are less common in cats than they are in humans, but still not unheard of. Allergies can be broken down into three main groups. Food, environment and flea allergies. Environment allergies are the same as what causes those aggravating hay-fever-symptoms in humans and can cause big discomfort for your feline friend.
Flea allergies are the most common in cats and are caused by fleas, to be more specific the fleas spit. (Eww) Flea allergies cause huge itching & discomfort in your cat and can be fixed with a trip to the vet and some flea treatment.
Food allergies are most commonly caused by lamb, beef, seafood, corn, dairy products and some wheat products. Obviously, these can differ from cat to cat and if you have any queries you would be best to speak with your vet.
• Vomiting or diarrhoea
• Itchy, discharging eyes
• Sensitive or swollen paws
• Paw chewing or swollen, sensitive paws
• Cleaning products
• Some cat litters
• Pollen, plants, grass
• Mold, mildew
• Perfume & Cologne
• Prescription drugs
The best fix is to isolate your cat from the route of the reaction. As always consult your vet if you have any concerns (especially with fleas) and they will get your little guy purring again in no time.
Chances are your cat is a very active little guy and loves poking his head around in the yard. This is prime territory for foreign objects to find their way into your cat's nose. Things like dust, grass, sand etc are very common. Usually, your cat will sneeze and dislodge anything that has made its way in. If something was lodged in there be sure to check your cat has sneezed everything out. Anything that is remaining in there could turn into a nasal infection. If you have any doubts or concerns consult your vet.
If your cat has recently been vaccinated it is possible that they will get a case of the sneezes for a couple of days. This is nothing to worry about and quite normal. Do monitor your cat sneezing for a couple and days and if they do persist (or get worse) be sure to contact your vet for best advice.