Category: Health and Safety

Cane Toads and Dogs - Jordan Dog Training

Cane Toads and Dogs

Are Toads Poisonous to Dogs? Can Dogs Die From Biting a Toad?

Cane toads can kill dogs. Due to the toad’s natural defence mechanism, the toxins they release can cause serious health issues to dogs and they are considered highly poisonous.

At this time of year, cane toads are prolific. This can be a major challenge for those of us that have dogs, especially those dogs with a high prey drive. Dogs are often drawn to chase cane toads, and they may lick, nose-nudge or pick up cane toads in their mouth.

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Pet insurance: What the right coverage can do for you

More often than not, a visit to the vet involves a great deal of trepidation not only for your dog’s health concerns but also the potential costs involved.

With advancements in veterinary technologies and diagnostics, caring for our pets is becoming more and more expensive, and all owners want to be financially able to give their pets the best treatment possible. Injuries and illnesses are often unexpected, and these costs can cause major stress, particularly when after-hours emergency treatment is required.

Thankfully, you can be prepared for when accidents do occur!

What is pet insurance?

Pet insurance, like health insurance, is designed to assist with covering medical bills or in this case, veterinary bills. Some plans can assist with paying up to 80% of the bill.

Pet insurance can cover accidental injury, illness and extras including routine care, dental and alternative treatments.

Why should I get coverage for my dog?

Unless you have savings that can cover the costs for unexpected vet bills, pet insurance is crucial if your dog is to recover from an illness or injury. Your best friend is a member of your family and we all want to have the ability and means to offer help when they need it most.

There are several great benefits to having pet insurance for your pup:

·       Peace of mind

·       Receive the optimal treatments, not based on a budget

·       Maintain their health

·       Unexpected vet bills won’t cause financial burden

·       You will save money in the long run if an accident does happen

Take out an insurance policy for your puppy when they’re still young and do not have any pre-existing conditions. This will ensure your dog is covered for any conditions that arise throughout their lifetime.

Who do I call?

Pet insurance is becoming increasingly popular as owners experience its benefits. There are many insurance policies available to Australians, however we recommend coverage from Bupa. We’ve received a lot of good feedback about Bupa from our clients who’ve experienced excellent service and coverage for an affordable price.

Bupa offers 3 types of coverage to dog owners; basic, standard and ultimate. You have the freedom to select the amount of coverage suitable to you and your pooch, based on their needs and your financial situation.

Read more about Bupa’s pet insurance (PDS) online and ask for a free quote so you can assess your budget.

It’s a good idea to place pet insurance in the ‘essentials’ category when preparing to find a new friend, and factor the   cost in from day one. Your best friend loves you unconditionally; pet insurance helps you to support and care for them when they need you the most.

No ham bones for dogs

Keep your dogs safe this Christmas

What not to feed your dog this Christmas

Many of us love to indulge over Christmas, and it can be very tempting to include your dog in the Christmas cheer. Unfortunately, many of our Christmas favourites can make our dogs sick.

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Travelling with dogs

Travelling with Your Dogs

Travelling with your dog over the holidays is a great way to include your best friends in your adventures. Some important things to bear in mind are warm weather safety and car safety.

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Everything you need to know about BLOAT (GDV)

Bloat is a life-threatening condition which many dog owners are unaware of. It involves the stomach twisting, which creates an obstruction to major blood vessels and limits the heart’s ability to pump blood, damaging vital organs.

Bloat is a veterinary emergency.

Any symptoms should not be taken lightly with a “wait and see” approach. The longer it takes to see a vet, the less likely it is that your dog will survive. Death can be the result in just a few hours without appropriate treatment.

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‘Stop the 77’ program to reduce risk of dog bites

When 77% of bites come from their family or a friend’s dog, that’s an opportunity for education that anyone who loves kids or dogs simply cannot ignore.

Dog Park Etiquette

Dog parks are a great place to let your pup socialise, explore and get some exercise. A dog park is a shared space, and as with any communal area, there are some common courtesies that should be followed. Read on to educate yourself about dog park etiquette; being aware of the simple dos and don’ts is the first step to ensuring that you don’t end up in the dog house! read more

Keeping Your Pup Cool: How To Help Your Dog Beat The Heat This Summer

We’re only a couple of weeks into summer and, if the recent weather has been any indication, we’re in for a hot few months.

Most of us would agree that being a dog owner is a huge responsibility; however we tend to forget that there are certain times of the year when our furry friends need us most. Summer is one of these times – with temperatures climbing into the forties, it’s not just humans who face dangers from the heat. Dogs too can fall victim to heatstroke or worse if proper precautions aren’t taken. read more

How To Take Care Of Elderly Dogs

As your dog gets older, you might need to adapt your routine and start rethinking the way you take care of your best friend. If you want to make aging the most comfortable possible for you and your dog, here are a few things you should consider.

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Foods dogs should not eat

Foods a dog should not eat

What not to eat!

Make sure you keep your dog or puppy healthy and happy by avoiding these FORBIDDEN foods:

  • Chocolate
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Very fatty foods
  • Cooked bones
  • Caffeine
  • Mushrooms
  • Nutmeg
  • Rhubarb
  • Salt
  • Xylitol (sugar substitute)