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Lifestyle : Everything Pets 2012
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Our purpose built play area gives your pets the opportunity to exercise, play and make friends with the other dogs staying with us! Our customers regularly rave about our outside dog kennels and how happy their pets are to be running around and playing all day. This is what keeps our customers - and their pets - coming back again and again. Kurrajong Kennels - Dog Boarding Sydney We charge a reasonable price of $26 per dog / per night. Call Orry now on (02) 4576 1229 for the ultimate pet holiday. Kurrajong Boarding Kennels 32 Blaxlands Ridge Road, Kurrajong, NSW 2758 www.kurrajongkennels.com.au AG4896188AA-040312 2 SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2012 THE SUN-HERALD Everything Pets The social network Fido driving you barking mad? Tiddles decimating the wildlife? Help is at hand to curb beastly behaviour, writes Jason Mountney. Out and about ... Bowie enjoys a puppycino while, left, Sydney Dogs and Cats Home has lots of cats in need of loving homes. Photos: Ryan Osland; Jane Dyson About 10 per cent of dogs suffer separation anxiety, which often leads to excessive barking. Withdogsnowallowedoutside many inner-city cafes, local authorities such as the City of Sydney extending the number of leash-free areas and a rising percentage of people living close to neighbours in small flats, dogs and cats are more likely to interact with people other than their owners. There is a growing industry in making such pets more socially integrated and so less likely to bother other people or animals. Pauline Garner, of SecureaKat, says her Adelaide company is selling more secured outdoor cat runs throughout the country, including Sydney, as owners and authorities act on the damage that roaming cats can cause. Adam Kilpatrick, from the University of Adelaide, has studied the effects cats – feral and domesticated – have on native animals. And the results aren’t pretty. ‘‘A lot of people think their cats, particularly if they already feed them, don’t do anything when they go out at night. They do,’’ he says. ‘‘Often they just kill for sport and don’t eat all the prey. Sometimes they will try to bring it home to show the owner.’’ Kilpatrick says marsupials under three kilograms are prime targets. Keeping cats inside at night can help ensure they don’t decide life in the wild is more fun than with a family. ‘‘Sometimes domestic cats just go stray,’’ Kilpatrick says. Garner says her company’s runs and cages not only stop cats from killing wildlife, they also keep cats away from dangers such as roads and out of other people’s yards, particularly in gated or retirement communities that have bylaws prohibiting wandering felines. Prices range from $395 for a simple cage to much more for ornate runs that give pets access to the home and a large amount of the yard. Making your pet more socially acceptable can also mean limiting the number of its progeny. Carol Mihaka, of the Gold Coast’s National Desexing Network, says her organisation can arrange vouchers for low-income earners who are put off desexing by high vet bills. ‘‘Desexing is important for a lot of reasons,’’ she says. ‘‘It stops overpopulation from unwanted litters and gives health benefits by preventing certain cancers. Council registration is usually cheaper if the animal is desexed, and the pet usually has a better temperament.’’ Socialising animals can also involve training the people who deal with them to behave accordingly. Dog-training chain Bark Busters runs seminars for workers, such as local-government employees, who deal extensively with dogs. They learn how to better deal with animals and minimise their chances of antagonising, say, an angry mutt. As the organisation’s name suggests, Bark Busters also runs courses to stop dogs making too much noise. According to the lobby group Dogs NSW, about 10 per cent of dogs suffer separation anxiety, which often leads to excessive barking and howling when an animal’s owner is at work or out of the home. According to the Companion Animals Act, if a barking dog ‘‘unreasonably interferes with the peace, comfort or convenience of any person in any other premises’’, local authorities can order an owner to take steps to improve the animal’s behaviour. However, many councils prefer that people affected by barking dogs approach neighbours first or mediate through Community Justice Centres. SPECIAL REPORT SUNDAY 20 MAY 24 WALKS ACROSS NSW ENTERTAINMENT • PET ADVICE • FUN FOR EVERYONE HELP A MILLION PAWS TO RAISE A MILLION DOLLARS! 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Glen Upton, above right, has changed the way he cares for 11-year-old Fa-Tass, a Labrador-Weimaraner cross, to minimise common age-related complaints linked to those breeds. As our animals age, we need to ensure they get the best care, writes Jason Mountney. G len Upton, 43, doesn’t have a young dog any more. This month, Fa-Tass, a Labrador-Weimaraner cross, turned 11, but even when she was nine, Upton, a self-funded retiree from Kensington, felt it was time to alter her diet. ‘‘About two years ago, I decided to completely change what I used to feed her,’’ he says. ‘‘I used to feed her a very good dry kibble-type food supplemented with chicken and bones. Now I feed her raw grated carrot, raw grated beetroot, mashed sweet potato and potato, boiled bok choy, steamed peas, raw minced meat, raw chicken wing, plus supplements of Wellbeing for Dogs, Joint Guard, silymarin tablets, cod liver oil, olive oil and the occasional raw egg.’’ The labour-intensive diet and supplements are designed to slow breed-specific ailments that are likely to afflict a dog of Fa-Tass’s age. ‘‘As Labs age, they tend to get arthritis in their back legs, which she does, and the Weimaraner is prone to hip dysplasia,’’ Upton says. ‘‘To fight arthritis, Fa-Tass gets acupuncture, chiropractic and massage treatments. I do have to admit, though, I’m not sure if that stuff works.’’ The shorter lifespans of pets means owners usually see their animal’s entire life cycle, eventually seeing them die. However, the right diet, supplements and an appropriate amount of exercise can usually delay the often-heartbreaking loss of a pet. And exercise is not just to keep the kilograms and arthritis at bay. Professor Paul McGreevy of the University of Sydney’s faculty of veterinary science says although older dogs slow down, they are usually not content to just sit out their twilight years on the couch. Even if they aren’t bolting around the park, they still crave stimulation and company. ‘‘Dogs are the Peter Pans of the canine genus; they’re forever young’’ he says. ‘‘They play well into old age in a way wild canids don’t. We overlook that at their peril.’’ Rosy Guastella, who runs a pet-care business called Rosy the Pet Nanny, says older dogs can be less adaptable than puppies so they’re less likely to cope well with a boarding kennel. ‘‘Like us when we get older, they get used to a routine,’’ she says. Guastella says older dogs still need ‘‘environmental enrichment’’, particularly if left alone. In the case of cats, a reduced sense of taste and smell means owners may have to buy more palatable food to encourage their pets to eat. Several years ago, researchers at Britain’s University of Edinburgh confirmed elderly cats can develop a form of dementia but an antioxidant-rich diet and plenty of stimulating contact can reduce the likelihood. When the inevitable does occur and your pet dies, there are several organisations that can give pets a more lavish send-off than burying them under the vege patch. Pets at Peace, in Liverpool, individually cremates pets, returning the ashes to grieving owners in an urn. SPECIAL REPORT
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