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We would love to wish everyone a safe and happy New Year :)  Thank-you everyone for your support throughout the year...and for     all your beautiful gifts, food and Christmas cards during the festive season. We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas Break.  I'm sure we will be seeing most of you in the New Year :) 

   

   
   

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Contents of this newsletter
     
      01  Pet of the Month Winner for December
     
      02  Top tips for a safe New Year
     
      03  Best beach behaviour
     
      04  Mistakes new dog owners make
     
      05  Top 3 funniest looking cat breeds
     
      06  Cat diaries

     
 
   
   

   
                       
 
   
   

   
     
                                                                                               
     
   

   
   

01 Pet of the Month Winner for December   

   

   
   

   
                       
     

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Our Pet of the Month for December winner was "Tigger" sent in by Karinda.  Naughty but nice. Thank you for sending in your photo, we all loved it.  I'm sure both of you enjoyed the extra Christmas presents!   

Pet of the Month for January is open now, so send in your     photos!

   

   
     
         
                                                                                               
   
   

   
   

02 Top tips for a safe New Year

   
   

   
   

   
                                                       
     

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As the New Year rolls in so do some potential hazards for     your pet. Remember these top tips to make sure your pet has a Happy New Year!   

1. Heatstroke   

Our pets can overheat very easily. (Read this article on our website to get a better understanding as to why). Always make sure your pet has access to substantial shade and plenty of fresh water. Never exercise your pet in the heat of the day and NEVER leave your pet in your car, even if it is just for a few minutes. A 25 degree day can lead to a car cabin temperature of near 50 degrees in just 30 minutes.    

2. Parasite Prevention   

Pesky parasites are out and about at this time of the year. Fleas, flies, disease carrying mosquitoes and parasite ticks want to party with your pet so you need to be on top of prevention. Prevention is easy - just ask us!    

3. Snakes    

The warmer weather means snakes may be out enjoying the sunshine. We have had a heap of snake bites come in already this summer. Take care walking your dog - especially around bodies of water or near long grass. Curious cats are also at risk. Signs of snake bite include dilated pupils, drooling, trembling and collapse. If you think your pet may have been bitten, ring us straight away.  

   

   
 
         
                                                                                               
   
   

   
   

03 Best beach behaviour

   
   

   
   

   
                                                       
     

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Taking your pooch to the beach on a hot summer's day is a great way to relax, enjoy the sunshine and cool off. No one likes to cause a scene so don't forget your beach etiquette!  

  • Remember that not all beaches are dog friendly. Click here for the City of Geraldton-Greenough list of dog exercise areas. Some of these areas are off leash.
  • Always make sure you are in control of your dog, never let your dog bound up to strangers or annoy others
  • Always pick up your dog's poo. Take some doggy bags. - no one likes to go swimming with a 'Barker's Egg'!
  • Keep dogs off native vegetation areas. Shore birds such as Oystercatchers, Plovers and Terns nest along the high tide mark and will not breed if disturbed. Look out for signs warning you of sensitive nesting areas
  • Take care near the water, dogs that swim in the surf can easily drown if they are swept under by a wave; consider a canine friendly life jacket 
  • Don't let your dog eat any dead sea slugs (highly toxic), fish or birds, these can be toxic if ingested (such as the puffer fish).  Geraldton is a hot spot for dog deaths from sea slugs during summer. Check out     our website for more information on the sea slug danger.                    
   

   
   
         
                                                                                               
    
   

   
   

04 Mistakes new dog owners make

   
   

   
   

   
                                                       
     

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Bringing home a new pup is an exciting time. Whether it is your first time as a dog owner or you are a seasoned pro, there's lots to consider.    

Avoid these three common mistakes:   

1. Not anticipating the amount of responsibility involved   

Dogs need plenty of attention, playtime, feeding, walks,     veterinary care and lots of love. Many dogs end up in shelters because people don't anticipate the level of care involved. Remember that dogs deserve the same amount of loyalty they give you!   

2. Lack of training   

Short training sessions using positive reinforcement is one of the best ways you can bond with your pet. Dogs aren't mind readers but they respond brilliantly to positive rewards - they can even be taught to drive - check this out   

A small amount of positive reinforcement dog training will set your dog up for life!   

3. Lack of socialisation   

Socialisation is one of the most important things you can do for your canine friend. This is especially important in young pups as     it sets them up for life. Give your pup small doses of time with other dogs, children and adults. Ask us for more information.   

Click here to check out a very cute little dog socialising with the family cat!

   

   
   

   
     
         
                                                                                               
     
   

   
   

05 Top 3 funniest looking cat breeds

   
   

   
   

   
                                                                                       
     

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Last month we introduced you to 3 funny looking canines, now meet the felines!    

1. Sphynx: This naked little guy has very little hair and originated in Toronto in 1966. The very first Sphynx was apparently nicknamed 'Prune'! Because the Sphynx cats have no coat to keep them warm they huddle up against other animals and people. They even tend to cuddle up and sleep with their owners under the covers!   

2. Scottish Fold: The Scottish Fold is a breed of cat with gene mutation that causes its ears to bend forward and down towards the front of its head. The original Scottish Fold was a white barn cat named Susie, who was found at a farm in Scotland in 1961. These little furballs are playful and affectionate and make great pets.    

3. Manx: The Manx has long hind legs, a very small tail and appears to hop so some suggest it is the offspring of a cat and a rabbit! But the Manx has a natural spine mutation leading to either none or a very short tail. Manx cats are known as skilled, fearless hunters that will take down much larger prey and thus they are often sought by farmers with rodent problems.

   

   
     
         
                                                       
    
   

   
   

06 Cat diaries

   
   

   
   

   
   

Here's a treat for all you cat lovers out there. We thought we'd share this little film with you. It is the first movie ever filmed by cats. Enjoy!

   

   
   

   
     

 

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