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Study shows regular dog walking could be key to beating decline in later-life activity

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A new study from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) at the University of Cambridge found that regularly walking a dog can boost levels of physical activity in older people; and even help combat the effects of bad weather. More than 3000 older-adults participating in the study were asked if they owned a dog and if they walked one. They were also provided with an accelerometer, a small electronic device that constantly measured their physical activity level over a seven-day period. Lead author of the paper, Dr Yu-Tzu Wu, said "We know...

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Dealing with Worms in Cats and Dogs

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Worming is and should be a vital part of your dog or cat’s health care program. Approximately 80% of dogs and 75% of cats in Australia harbour intestinal worms - which isn’t surprising seeing that some worms can produce thousands of eggs per day and some eggs can survive dormant for up to 5 years in the ground. Dogs Worms are the culprit for some of the most common health problems for dogs. Certain types of worms are easier to spot than others. For example, when infected with tapeworms, it’s common to see what resembles grain of rice in the...

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Dealing with Fleas in Cats and Dogs

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Fleas are probably the most annoying and prolific type of pet pest; causing relentless discomfort and distress for our four-pawed friends (and us). They’re an external parasite whose mouthparts are adapted for piercing skin and sucking up blood – a practice known as hematophagy. They are wingless and have long hind legs for jumping, making it easy for them to travel seamlessly through fur and evade physical attacks. There are over 2,000 different species of these little blood-sucking terrors, all with their own preferred feeding hosts. While they may prefer dogs and cats, most fleas will suck blood from any...

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Why pets shed and how to control it

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Cats and Dogs have 3 types of hair and they are: Primary Hairs – Long and CourseSecondary Hairs – Soft and FluffyTactile Hairs – Like WhiskersIt is mainly secondary hairs that are more prone to shed and usually it is the dead or damaged hairs that are the main contributors to the amount and frequency of a pet shedding.Most of our pets shed hair but often it is seen as the longer hair breeds to be the most in need of grooming after and during shedding but this is often the illusion due to the length of hair.There are a...

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Tips for Cat Lovers: Choose the Right Litter, Tray, and Placement

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If you have a cat, you will definitely need a litter tray, as well as litter. You also need to place it at the right spot to minimize the odour and visibility, as well as ensure your pet will actually use it, as cats are notorious for NOT going where you want them to go. The placement of the tray is an issue you should consider with extreme care. Choose a spot in your home that is out of the way so that you or your guests don’t stumble upon it by accident. However, it should be easy for the...

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