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.

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!

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The Dog Diaries: Chris and Millie – Dogs in Apartments

PledgeforPaws caught up with local North Shore resident Chris and his gorgeous blonde babe – Millie the Moodle (Maltese x Poodle). They’ve recently moved from a house with a backyard to an apartment, so it’s been a tough change for Millie, especially being 14 years old (that’s 98 years old in human years!).

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“With regular walks around the block, ending at the local park, Millie’s kept active and gets fresh air,” says Chris. “She loves a good walk, but surprisingly, she loves to run around the apartment too, so it’s a win-win for her! People living in apartments think they shouldn’t get a dog, but in reality, it’s not any different if you put in the effort, time and care.”

The Dog Diaries: Phil and Rappa – Pitbulls ARE friendly

Phil, a friend of PledgeForPaws, tells us that his dog Rappa is a prime example of a friendly pit bull.

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“Rappa is a really docile pit bull. He’s nothing like what the media portrays pit bulls to be like. He’s like a little kid – he’s got separation anxiety, he starts crying when he can tell that someone’s about to leave home. When he’s sad he’ll go sit on his chair like this photo-

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And, he’s scared of small dogs. He’ll start whimpering or even run away.”

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The Dog Diaries: Jenny and Charlotte – Managing time apart

PledgeforPaws talked to Jenny and her beautiful Labrador, Charlotte. Jenny is currently overseas on exchange, and as time only makes the heart grow fonder, she was more than happy to talk to us about Charlotte.

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“This is me and Charlotte spending some good quality time on our backyard patio. I miss Charlotte everyday. Being away from her has made me realise how much I enjoy the little things with her – just having her as company when I watch TV, getting some fresh air together, and even spending summer with her in the pool. I know when I come back, I’m going to appreciate her more and show that to her.”

Dog Aggression

We received a comment on our previous Breed Specific Legislation post and thought we’d take this post to answer some of the questions raised by our reader!

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We all like to think that dogs are cute, playful and friendly animals but unfortunately, it’s not always the case. Extending from our discussion about Breed Specific Legislation, we at Pledge For Paws think that it’s important to bring light the importance of a dog’s ‘temper’.

Contrary to ‘popular’ belief (*cough BSL), dog aggression stems from a dog’s frustration and dominance. We often hear of people incorrectly blaming breeds but to put it simply – any bread can cause trouble. You can have an aggressive pit bull or even an aggressive chihuahua. It’s also been considered that the size of the dog matters. Damage done by a ‘violent’ pit-bull will be much greater than damage done by a ‘violent’ chihuahua! However, in saying that, it’s definitely not the fault of the breed. It all depends on how we, as owners, treat and manage our dogs.

We’ll describe the root causes of some forms of aggression:

  • Fear and aggressive dogs: Lack of dog exercise is the root problem. Dog exercise burns the dog’s excess energy and helps maintain the dog’s healthy state of mind.
  • Dog on dog aggression: This is where the owner plays a big part. They want YOU to be the leader here. You need to earn your dog’s trust, loyalty and respect so that they establish you as the leader and not other dogs.

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