Fleas are the most common parasite found on dogs and cats. They inhabit all areas of Australia and your pet will be exposed to fleas all year. Flea bites cause severe skin irritation, can transmit infectious disease including tapeworm and can result in anaemia. Skin disease is the number one health complaint requiring veterinary treatment and flea bite is the primary cause of the majority of these visits. Year round application of a quality veterinary recommended flea treatment such as Frontline Plus for Dogs is recommended.
TOP 10 TIPS FOR FLEA FREE PETS
1.Start treatment in early spring , however year round treatment is best
2.Treat all animals in the household
3.Choose the right treatment for your pet
4.Make sure you pick the correct packet size ,don't split larger doses over smaller animals
5.Ally at least as frequently as the instructions recommend
6.If you are using a top spot product like Frontline , remember washing your animal will reduce the effectiveness of the product
7.Some dog products are toxic for cats ....so be careful to purchase the correct product
8. Vaccum indoors regularly , wash bedding once a week and dry in the sunlight ....fleas hate sunlight
9.Treat the environment with a household grade of insecticide that includes an egg killer
10.Dogs and cats that have an allergic reaction to flea bites may need medication to control the allergy
REMEMBER FLEAS ARE FAR EASIER TO PREVENT THAN TO ELIMINATE SO USE A MONTHLY TREATMENT ALL YEAR ROUND
The Right Food for Your Puppy
Congratulations on being a puppy owner! This is a special time for both of you, filled with opportunities to get your puppy off to a great start in life.
Just like a baby has different needs than an adult, puppies have different needs than the dogs they'll grow into. Giving your puppy a good start in life is the best thing you can do to ensure she'll be happy and healthy for years to come.
All puppies need the basics - precise nutrition, time to play and lots of love - but puppies have individual needs, as well. We tend to think of the early years as the "healthy years" and therefore may not give enough consideration to feeding practices. But because of factors like size, breed, age, environment, exercise, heredity and many others, a "one size fits all" approach to nutrition just won't work. Improper feeding can increase your puppy's risk of obesity, excessively fast growth, growth-related skeletal problems, poor muscle and bone development and poor immune response.
A growing puppy needs precise levels of essential nutrients to stay her healthiest. To meet the growth and development requirements of puppies, their bodies require a puppy food with increased amounts of energy, protein and calcium compared to adult dogs' needs.
Your large breed puppy (who will grow to be more than 55 pounds at maturity) needs a puppy food formulated to ensure proper bone and muscle growth and the right amount of energy.
Your small breed puppy's small mouth may enjoy a puppy food with smaller kibble
How Much and How Often to Feed Your Puppy
Once you've found the best puppy food for your puppy, you're on the right track to providing the healthiest life possible.
It's important to feed your puppy the right amount of food at proper intervals, but that can be tricky, as feeding requirements vary greatly from one puppy to another. Feeding guides on the food can or bag are just a starting point. It's critical to your puppy's health that his physical condition be monitored regularly and the feeding amount be adjusted as needed.
Ask your veterinarian which of these three feeding methods is best for your puppy:
Free Choice: Food is available to your puppy at all times. Time-Limited Feeding: Food is available to your puppy for a limited time. Meal Feeding: A measured amount of food is available to your puppy at specific meal times each day.
To help your puppy grow up healthy, we recommend following the simple steps in this cycle:
1. Weigh your puppy.
2. Feed him based on feeding guide and veterinary recommendations.
3. Evaluate your puppy's physical condition using our body condition scoring system every two to three weeks for the first six months.
4. Adjust the amount you feed accordingly.
6. After the first six months, we suggest that you or your veterinarian evaluate your puppy's physical condition every few months. For some puppies, your veterinarian may suggest more frequent evaluations
The Right Food for Your Adult Dog
Pet owners in the United States own more than 57 million dogs. And as with other dog owners, your dog is an important part of your household. So take care of him with love, exercise and precisely balanced nutrition - all of which are essential to maintain his health for a long and happy life.
For dogs that get an average amount of exercise through daily playing and walks, choose a dog food that provides the optimum balance of nutrition and energy for an adult dog. Ingredients should help your dog maintain healthy teeth, skin and coat. Smaller breeds may prefer a food with smaller kibble.