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Dog Eye Injuries can be a Vet Emergency

Eye injuries in dogs and cats are common and are usually caused by trauma (such as a fight with another animal), a foreign body in the eye, infection, an inability to form lubricating tears, or an abnormality in the eye. 
Presentations for these include squinting, pawing the eye or face, watery eyes, a discharge from the eye, the eyes can look red or inflammed, the pupil size may be abnormal, or the pet simply appears uncomfortable or in pain. But when is this an emergency and when should pet owners seek veterinary help?

Most injuries that appear superficial occur to the cornea. This is the outer layer of your pet’s eye. There are many very thin layers to the cornea and the seriousness of the injury depends on how many of the layers have been damaged. Injuries to the outermost layer can heal quickly with medication in little time. However, the deeper the injury, the greater the chance of scarring or blindness which often requires surgery to prevent fu…

Dogs NSW Dog of the Year - Jan 28

Close to 200 award-winning pedigree canines will gather at Orchard Hills on Saturday 28th January to compete in the Dogs NSW - Dog of the Year event, promising a night of great excitement and atmosphere!

Labradors, French Bulldogs, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers and more! “The dogs on show are the crème de la crème of the dog world,” said Lyn Brown, President of Dogs NSW, the controlling body of purebred dog breeding and exhibiting in NSW and a member body of the Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC).

“These top dogs will compete for the ultimate award which celebrates the best overall appearance, construction, unique breed features, health and temperament.”
For the Dog of the Year, an entrant must have won a Best in Show at an All Breeds Championship Show in order to qualify to participate.
For Puppy/ Neuter of the Year, the entrant must have won a Puppy/ Neuter Class in Show at an All Breeds Championship Show.

Canine winners and runners-up will be determined by nine mystery judg…

Australian Shepherd - Breed Profile

The Australian Shepherd known simply as the "Aussie" is a medium-sized breed of dog that was, despite its name, developed on ranches in the United States during the 19th century.

The Australian Shepherd has a great deal of stamina and is loving, bold, alert, confident, independent, smart and responsive. For many years, Aussies have been valued by stockmen for their versatility and trainability.


The Australian Shepherd's history is vague as is the reason for its misleading name!
The breed was initially called by many names, including Spanish Shepherd, Pastor Dog, Bob-Tail, New Mexican Shepherd, California Shepherd, and Austrian Shepherd. 

It is believed by some that the breed has Basque origins in Spain and was used there by shepherds. Those shepherds might then have emigrated to the West Coast of the United States via Australia. 

However, scientific evidence has shown that the breed has lineage from American dogs that originally came over the Bering Land Bridge. What …

Miele Compact C2 Cat & Dog Powerline - Review

Light and easy to store, the Miele Compact C2 Cat and Dog Powerline with its powerful TurboBrush floorhead and anti-odour filter that neutralises pet smells is perfect for dog owners.


The Miele Compact C2 range is the smaller, lighter sibling of the C3 model. This Cat & Dog version weighs under 5kg, includes a TurboBrush head ideal for picking up pet hairs. It is also fitted with an air filter with activated charcoal to keep unpleasant pet odours at bay. It’s not large enough for on-board storage of accessories, but it compensates with a handle-mounted holster for the three detailing tools as well as a side clamp to store the telescopic metal handle upright.

The key point however, is that the Miele Compact C2 cleans just as well as the larger vacuum cleaners so if you're after a bagged cylinder vacuum cleaner that won’t take up too much space, this model is a great option.



Hunter Animal Rescue Pets Picnic 2017 - Feb 12

The 11th Hunter Animal Rescue Pets Picnic will be held on Sunday 12th February 2017 at Speers Point Park (near Newcastle).

With a quarter of a million healthy dogs and cats put down every year, the organisation will be educating dog and cat owners on how to look after their pets to ensure they don’t end up in the pound and put to sleep. 

“A four-legged friend is a lifetime commitment that can bring you endless joy, and we urge the people of the Hunter to please save the life of one who's already at a pound by giving them a loving home,” said a Hunter Animal Rescue representative.

Hundreds of pet owners and their pooches are expected to turn out for this free family event which will feature competitions including best dressed pet, best trick, fastest eating and the most unique pet as well as a dog kissing booth, demonstrations, market stalls and more!

This is also a time to acknowledge and celebrate the valuable role of foster carers, volunteers and the wonderful animals HAR have re…

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Dogs & Dog Lovers

More than one in three pet owners (or 3.4 million Australians) were planning on giving their pet a gift on February 14. The biggest spenders were dog owners who were expected to shell out $23.3m, or an average of $6.82 per dog. [1] Americans were tipped to spend in excess of $700 million on Valentine's Day for their pets last year! [2]
It's hardly surprising with so many wonderful gift ideas now available for our canine friends: from custom accessories to themed treats and pink cuddly toys not to forget bespoke gifts for dog lovers, here's what we love for Valentine's Day!

Every collar at Collar & Ruffis 100% made to order, completely by hand, from a single piece of leather so your collar will be truly special to your dog.
The stunning Heartbreaker design by Collar & Ruff is a dual layer collar (50mm wide) with a 38mm top layer decked out with heart conchos, gemocite stones and matching studs.
Choose two stone colours and select which one you want closest to the ce…