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Contents of this newsletter
     
      01  Shame on you!
     
      02  What on earth is my cat up to?
     
      03  Safe beds for pets
     
      04  Big dogs
     
      05  Secrets of the perfect diet revealed!

     
 
   
   

   
                       
 
   
   

   
      
                                                                                               
      
   

   
   

01 Shame on you!

   
   

   
   

   
                       
     

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Is your pet a misbehaving beast? Do you own a mischievous mutt or a crazy kitty? If you have ever asked yourself 'why does my pet behave like that?', then this is your lucky month!   

March celebrates the Australian Veterinary Association     Polite Pets Month, an annual campaign which aims to raise awareness among pet owners about pet training and pet behaviour issues.   

Animal lovers of all types can access information here to     find out more about how best to have courteous cats, delightful dogs and beautifully behaved birds.   

For specific advice about pet behaviour, you should always ask us - especially if there's a problem as the sooner you take action, the easier it will be to fix.   

In the mean time you should check out these hilarious     websites to see what some naughty pets have been up to: www.dogshaming.com and shameyourpet.com

   

 

   
   

   
   
         
                                                                                               
   
   

   
   

02 What on earth is my cat up to?

   
   

   
   

   
                       
     

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We can help to reduce your cat's anxiety

     
   
   

   
   

It is definitely not a cat's best party trick - backing up     against a vertical surface and peeing! It is called urine spraying or urine marking and it can cause you much stress and leave the nasty smell of secret urine around your house!  

The act of spraying involves a cat backing up to a vertical     surface (walls, furniture, curtains- about 20cm from the floor), quivering his raised tail and treading with his back feet as a the urine is directed backwards. You can watch a cat spraying here   

Spraying is commonly brought on by stress often associated with territorial or competitive behaviour. It is especially common with a male entire (not desexed) cat although female cats may spray too. A new cat in the household or another cat wandering the neighbourhood may be enough     to bring on stress.   

Once we've ruled out any medical problems with your cat we  have plenty of tools up our sleeve to help reduce your cat's anxiety. A  relatively new and exciting technique is using pheromonatherapy.  Ask us for more information and check out http://www.feliway.com/au.

   
   

   
      
         
                                                                                               
      
   

   
   

03 Safe beds for pets

   
   

   
   

   
                       
     

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A new program was launched recently by RSPCA NSW. It is called Safe Beds For Pets and provides temporary housing for pets of people who require refuge from domestic violence.    

It is common practice for the perpetrator of domestic     violence to lure family members back home by threatening to harm the pet but through this initiative, families can now leave domestic violence situations and not fear for the safety of their pets.   

The safe beds program gives domestic violence victims peace of mind and allows them to secure their own safety and make arrangements for the future.    

You can find out more about the program via this YouTube video

   
   

   
     
         
                                                                                               
      
   

   
   

04 Big dogs

   
   

   
   

   
                       
     

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How crazy is this dog!?! We are not sure if he thinks he's a horse or a human!    

There's more from where he came from - just follow this link. 

If you think you've got a big dog to compete with these,     take a photo and share it on the My Pet Stories Facebook page

   
   

   
      
         
                                                                                               
      
   

   
   

05 Secrets of the perfect diet revealed!

   
   

   
   

   
                       
     

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We all want the best nutrition for our pets, but how do you choose the perfect diet we hear you ask? It's easy! By consistently feeding a premium food, you can ensure your pet stays healthy and lives longer. Premium foods are high quality and prepared with the correct balance of nutrients and calories.    

Research confirms premium food is more economical than     supermarket brands - you need to feed less quantity of a premium food for greater benefits.   

Here are just a few of the pros of a premium, highly digestible food:   

  • excellent coat and skin 
  • maximum absorption and uptake nutrients
  • reduced tummy upsets
  • minimal, well formed faeces that are easy to pick up (who wouldn't want that!?)               

Premium foods offer options for every stage of your pet's life so be sure to ask us about the best nutrition for your pet.... and don't go offering your dog the foods mentioned in this video!       

   

   
   

   
      
         

 

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