The Dog Diaries: Simba the cavoodle

Meet Simba, one of our favourite cavoodles at PledgeforPaws!

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“Simba loves going out and being outside. I can tell that he gets really restless when he hasn’t been walked for a couple of days. Whenever someone signals that they’re going to go outside, Simba gets really excited and if he doesn’t get to go too he starts to cry. I’ve learnt the importance of walking Simba regularly; he really does become a happier dog. I try to walk him as much as possible.”

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Flea, Tick and Worm treatment information

Fleas, ticks and worms are detrimental to your dogs and they should be protected against them regularly:

  • Ticks: Tick bites put your dog at risk for Lyme disease, spotted fever and other diseases. They can also put humans at risk. If a tick is found, remove it carefully with tweezers and be careful not to crush it!

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  • Ringworm: Have you ever seen a round bald patch on your dog’s coat? This could be a sign of ringworm. People can get ringworm by merely touching the dog. Ringworm causes a reddish, ring-shaped rash on the skin or even bald spots if it infects the scalp. If you think your dog has this, see your vet immediately.

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  • Fleas: Fleas quickly set up shop on untreated pets and can fill up your house with their eggs and young. This means that you can end up being covered in itchy sores. Fleas can also transmit serious diseases to people including bubonic plague. Medication is available, usually on a once-a-month basis.

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Medications to prevent infestation of these can be found at your pet shop or vet. Make sure you grab them all and also keep regular reminders to reapply medication – better safe than sorry!

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Celebrating the life of your dog at their death

At some point on our dog-owning lives, we have to face the fact of saying goodbye to our dogs. Dealing with the death of a pet is akin to dog owners as dealing with the death of a family member.

Maria Sharp, a photographer, dealt with the death of her adopted dog, Chubby, in a way that really celebrated their life together throughout the years.

These photos touched our hearts at PledgeforPaws, because it goes to show that you can be a responsidble dog owner even after the death of your dog – by remembering and respecting their time on Earth with you.

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Read the full story here.

The Dog Diaries : Billy and Ollie

Here’s Billy’s puppy Ollie, our favourite Cavalier King Charles Spaniel at PledgeforPaws:

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 In response to our Benefits Of Grooming post:

“I didn’t groom him for a long time and he got quite messy. I read the Pledge For Paws post on the importance of grooming and realised that there are benefits for Ollie himself, not only his appearance. I’m going to regularly make appointments to get Ollie groomed now. Thanks Pledge For Paws.”

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The Dog Diaries: Sarah and Suni – Surgery Woes

Meet the other half of PledgeforPaws – Sarah and her beautiful Chihuahua x Silky Terrier, Suni.

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 “Suni’s due in for surgery next month. Two weeks ago, as I was playing with her in my study break, I noticed a small lump under her arm. I took her to the vet and the scan showed it wasn’t serious, but it would be best to get it removed. It was pretty scary waiting for the scan results, but she’s okay and I’m glad I detected that early.”

 We wish Suni all the best for the surgery and a speedy recovery!

The importance of grooming

Grooming your dog can be considered a chore to all our busy people at PledgeforPaws. But did you know that grooming your dog maintains both their physical health as well as their appearance?

  • Brushing: Removes dead hair, dirt and dandruff. Regular brushing also brings out the natural oils in the dog’s fur, you’re enhancing their Pantene shine!
  • Abnormalities: You can check your dog for any skin problems whilst grooming them, such as ticks, fleas, dry patches and/or any issues with their nails, teeth, ears and eyes such as infection or inflammation. Regular grooming means that you can detect them at its early stages before there’s a chance that anything gets more serious.
  • Better mentality: An improved mental state results from regular grooming. Dogs that feel good, are good. For example, a dog whose hair has grown too long around their eyes could impair their vision, causing them to act out and be fearful. Also, they may be less energetic and active if they have long nails because they are in pain from when they run around and play. This can lead to serious conditions such as depression, aggressive behaviour and generally, being an unhappy dog.

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What kinds of food can your dog eat?

If there’s something that all of us dog owners know, it’s that they eat just about anything. No, wait. They do eat anything.
It’s a regular occurrence, whenever we’re eating they’re glancing up at us with puppy dog eyes or maybe hitting us with their legs to remind us that yes they are there, and yes they can eat what we’re eating.

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For those of you who are worried what ‘human-food’ you’re allowed to feed your dog, we’ll give you the list:

  • Peanut butter – Say what? Now we can share spoonfuls out of the tub with our pooch. Peanut butter is a good source of protein, contains healthy fats and vitamin B.
  • Cooked chicken – A core ingredient in most specifically made dog food, cooked chicken makes a good replacement if you want to give your dog something different.
  • Yoghurt – High in calcium and protein, we too can share the benefits of this dairy product with our dogs.
  • Eggs – A new breakfast for your dog? Eggs are a good source of protein, easily digestive riboflavin and selenium making them a healthy snack.

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The Dog Diaries: Jules, Teddy and Chubby – One big happy family

PledgeforPaws talked to Jules about growing up with her two dogs, Teddy and Chubby.

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 “I’ve had Teddy since 2003 and Chubby was soon born in 2005 – they’re father and son. I was quite young when we got Teddy, so my parents had a lot of responsibility for them and I just showed them love and care. As I grew older, I naturally assumed the responsibility and now I’m pretty much the ‘mother’ to both Teddy and Chubby – feeding them, taking them on walks and washing them. They’re really good dogs, they trust me and they’re well behaved around strangers. I think it has a lot to do with the love they receive in our family.”

Sculpture (and dog walk) by the Sea!

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One of Sydney’s most loved events, Sculpture by the Sea, is back for the stunning Bondi to Tamarama coast walk from 23 October – 9 November!

What better way to enjoy it than with your fellow best friend walking right next to you, enjoying the view, the walk and the fresh air!

 Tips:

  • Your dog(s) must be on a leash
  • It can get really busy with joggers, art-lovers and fellow dog-walkers – your best bet is to avoid the weekends and go either really early in the morning or after 3pm on weekdays, when the school groups have gone and the after-work joggers aren’t at it yet.
  • Dogs aren’t allowed on the beaches of Bondi, Bronte or Tamarama.
  • They are allowed in certain areas of the parks – see here for more details: http://www.waverley.nsw.gov.au/residents/animal_services/dog_walking_areas

 Find out more at the SxS website here or check out the Facebook event here!

Image sourced from here.