How often should I bath my dog?

If the dog is an inside dog then it is advisable to bath it once a week. If you have an outside dog then every 2-3 months is acceptable if it is not a long haired breed.


How often should I have my dog professionally groomed?

Minimum every 6 weeks & every 4 weeks in high summer. You can also alternate between a Face Feet and Tail and a Full Clip year round. Over the summer period a dog should be clipped 3 to 4 times over the summer months in Queensland.


I have a long hair breed and would like to keep it in full coat, how do I manage that?

You need to brush and thoroughly comb the dog with a proper steel “Poodle Comb” prior to the bath NOT AFTER the bath. Once the knots hit the water it causes matting.


What causes Matting?

1. Neglect

2. Lack of Professional Grooming

3. Fleas

4. Grass  or Skin Allergies


Can Matting affect a dog’s health?

Yes, they can become depressed due to their inability to move freely as matting under the arms and hind legs restricts movement. The skin in extreme cases can become Necrotic and die off causing septicemia. This will be a very expensive visit to the Vet.


What is a Hot Spot?

Hot Spots are caused by an infection of the epidermis. Caused by either fleas, mites or matting. It becomes a breeding ground for Bacteria which is exacerbated by excessive scratching due to the nails breaking the skin of the animal during scratching and therefore leaving the door open to infection.


What is Clipper Rash?

This is a common skin condition experienced by dogs that have very sensitive skins. It generally occurs in the nether regions by either young dogs who’s skin is not yet conditioned to being shaved or white and apricot breeds. This condition usually dissipates after 3 days and needs little treatment. DONT PANIC !The baby product “Curash” works wonders if you have a dog that is very Hypersensitive.


My dog has an Ear Infection?

Ear infections don’t happen over night, they have a joe fortune casino review 7 day incubation period. Dogs have an L shaped ear canal and it is quiet  common due to moisture building up in their lower canal due to lack of ventilation in long ear breeds. Constant ear cleaning does not solve this condition. Please seek Veterinarian advice. The high standard of breeding can also exacerbate this condition due to genetic faults.


Anal Glands?

Most small breeds that are not obese can have their anal glands expressed with little hassle. Overweight dogs or impacted Anal Glands will need to be seen by a Veterinarian.


 Are Ticks a Real Problem?

Ticks are prolific in QLD and we only get a little relief in June July and August due to the cooler weather. There are two types of Ticks, the deadly Paralysis Ticks that are Blue/Grey in colour and the Bush Tick that is brown. 

If your pet has a Paralysis Tick you will notice symptoms within 24 hours, eg. Excessive panting, excessive salivation, a drunken stagger, reluctance to walk up steps or unable get up at all. You need to get the animal to your local Vet ASAP. The Bush tick could give your animal a good case of Anemia but unlike the Paralysis Tick will not kill it.

Ticks are transferred by Possums and Rats. They do not jump up onto your animal they actually drop down on to it from above. So please keep your animal out of the Bush, overgrown gardens, long grass and bushes by the beach. Stick to concrete walking paths and freshly cut lawns.

DO NOT trust Tick Collars alone. Spray with Frontline in conjunction with a Collar for maximum effect and bath your dog in Fidos Flea & Tick Concentrate Shampoo regulary if they frequent these environments.    


When am I supposed to Worm my dog?

Puppies need to be wormed every 2 weeks until they are 3 months of age. So that is @ 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 10 weeks and 12 weeks. You must use an ALL WORMER tablet or syrup not just a Tapewormer. After the 12 week mark you need to worm every month for 3 months then every 3 months for life. Puppies can easily die from worm infestation. Puppies feaces will be like string after the first worming. Please remember that you will also need to worm the whole family at the same time including any other animals in the household and your children.

If any of your animals suffer from a flea infestation, chances are that your pet is riddled with worms as well. Best practice is to worm directly after the flea and tick bath and ensure that their environment is also parasite free eg. Bedding, carpets, gardens etc sprayed or bombed. In some instances you may need to engage professional pest control to rid you of the problem and stop the breeding cycle.

Supermarket brand wormers are better than nothing but I would reccomend you drop into your local vet so your dog can be weighed and given the proper dosage. Please don’t get the New annual Heartworm injection now available from your vet mixed up with gut worms as they are not the same. The new product Sentinal helps control Fleas, Heartworm and Gut worms but is not suitable for puppies under 3 months of age.


Is it important to Vaccinate my pet?

Yes. Pets should be vaccinated to protect them from specific highly contagious and infectious diseases. Natural immunity is initially provided by their mothers milk, but as the protection wears off puppies are highly susceptible to disease.


What are the main infectious diseases affecting dogs in Australia?

Canine Parvovirus: A severe and highly contagious disease that effects dogs of all ages, but is most severe in young puppies. It is transmitted to a dog when it comes in contact with faeces from an infected dog. It attacks the gastrointestinal tract and symptoms of the disease include vomiting, bloody diarrhoea, severe abdominal pain and depression. Dogs can die within 24hrs of contracting the disease.

Canine Hepatitis: Once again it is also a highly infectious disease which can effect dogs of all ages, but puppies are most at risk. Transmitted by ingestion of infected urine, faeces and /or saliva. Symptoms include fever,lack of appetite, diarrhoea,abdominal pain due to an enlarged liver, jaundice, depression and eye lesions. All dogs young and old can die within 36 hrs or contracting the disease.

Canine Distemper: Highly contagious and fatal disease. Transmitted by inhalation of secretions from an infected dog and from contaminated dust. It attacks the nervous system and symtoms initially include fever, discharge from the eyes and nose and respiratory problems, loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhoea.

Canine Cough: Highly contagious.Commonly transmitted by close secretions from an infected dog – possibly in kennels, at dog shows or even at the park. Main causative organisims are parainfluenza (a virus) and Bordetella bronchiseptica (a bacteria). Symptoms include a harsh, dry hacking cough that may persist for weeks, conjunctivitis, tonsillitis and nasal discharge.


When should I vaccinate my puppy?

At six to eight weeks of age puppies should receive their first vaccination. This needs to be followed up with another vaccination after 12 weeks. You can then take your puppy out into public areas. Please refer to the vaccination guideline detailed below.

Vaccination boosters are required every 12 months to ensure ongoing and strong immunity.


Top 10 Reasons why my Dog’s Haircut costs more than mine?

10. Your hairdresser doesn’t wash and clean your bottom.

 9.  You don’t go for eight weeks without washing or brushing your hair.

8.   Your hairdresser doesn’t throw in a free Brazilian !

7.   Your hairdresser doesn’t clean out your ears.

6.   Your hairdresser doesn’t have to clean boogies from your eyes.

5.   You sit still for your hairdresser.

4.    Your haircut doesn’t include a manicure or pedicure.

3.    Your hairdresser only washes and cuts the hair on your head.

2.    You don’t bite or scratch your hairdresser.

and the number 1 reason your dog’s haircut costs more than yours:

1.    The likelyhood of you pooing or weeing while your hair is being cut is fairly slim! 


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