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Is that poisonous for your dog?

Posted by Bonnie Senior on 13 July, 2015

Share your food with your dog? 

It is always tempting to share what we're eating with our dogs isn't it? 

We want them to taste and enjoy what we are, but it's essential that we know what is a good treat for or a poisonous one for our dogs. 

We hope you enjoy the infographic Vet Medic have put together :) 

 

Information source: Vet Medic

7 Ways to keep your dog or cat warm this winter!

Posted by Bonnie Senior on 30 June, 2015

It's that chilly time of the year and while we're always able to get rugged up, we've found 7 ways you can keep your pet warm too this winter!

 

1. A Hot Water Bottle goes a long way

To keep your pet comfortable and warm at night, a hot water bottle is a great idea. 

Keep in mind not to use water that is too hot just in case they chew through the container and end up burning themselves. A simple and cheap option is a plastic soft drink bottle filled with warm tap water covered with a towel, thick sock or a sleeve of an old woolen jumper work well. 

 

2. Warmed up rice packs

Another alternative is to fill up an old thick sock with rice. Heat the sock with rice in the microwave for a minute or two. Tie up the sock and it should be good to go! Another good thing about this option is the fact that even if your pet eats the rice they are safe. Remember that the sock must be thick in order to prevent burns. 

 

3. Vet Check

It is a good time to take your pet to the vet for a check up. This is especially true for the older pets that can find winter tough on their joints. Arthritis is a common cause for difficulty in pets during winter. Warmth is a great way to help ease their pain, but remember that medication plays a vital role in treating their arthritis. 

 

4. Location, location, location. 

If your pet's kennel is outside, they will need a warm one. A wooden kennel with an elevated floor is ideal. Placing thick bedding in the kennel for extra warmth is also a great idea. You can purchase rubber matting pieces from Bunnings here. 

 

5. A Good Bed

Winter is also a good time to consider replacing the worn out bed and blanket for your bed. Beds can come in many shapes and sizes. Check out our beds for dogs and cats for some ideas. 

 

6. Exercise 

Exercise is one of the best ways to warm up not only yourself but your pet also. You can see our walking collection for outdoor ventures and dog toys and cat toys for indoor exercise.   

 

7. A Good Coat goes a long way

Finally. a good coat can go a long way in ensuring that your pet stays warm all the time. Check out our dog clothing collection to see what look and warmth is available for your dog.  

Children 'more likely to confide in pets than siblings'

Posted by Bonnie Senior on 02 June, 2015

Children who are facing adversity, such as illness or parents splitting up, are more likely to confide in their pet than brothers or sisters, according to research.


Matt Cassels at Cambridge University says far too little attention has been paid to the significant role of pets in young people's emotions. "They may feel that their pets are not judging them," said Mr Cassels.His research is based on a 10-year study of 100 families in the UK. Mr Cassels, a postgraduate psychiatry researcher, says that the place of pets in the lives of young people has not been adequately recognised and the scale of its importance has been underestimated.


Emotional support

Family break-ups mean that in the United States children are more likely to live with a pet than their natural father, says the research.
According to US data, about two-thirds of children live with their father while about four in five of families with school-age children have a pet.
Mr Cassels examined data from a longitudinal study carried out by the Centre for Family Research at Cambridge University, which tracked children from the age of two.
The information on pet ownership was based on when children were aged 12.

"The data on pet relationships stood out, as it had never occurred to me to consider looking at pet relationships, although I had studied children's other relationships," says Mr Cassels.
He suggests that people have associated pets with children's play and have not approached it in terms of a relationship.
Mr Cassels says the research shows that children facing emotional difficulties, such as "bereavement, divorce, instability and illness" place a particular importance on their pets.
"These children not only turn to their pets for support when faced with adversity, they do so even more than they turn to their siblings.
"This is even though they know their pets don't actually understand what they are saying," he adds.

Pets are best

The research suggests that children were also likely to have a stronger relationship with their pets than their peers.
Such relationships, particularly when it was girls with pet dogs, encouraged more social behaviour, such as "helping, sharing, and co-operating".
There was a therapeutic side to this relationship, he suggested, with the pets playing the role of the listener and being more "empathetic" for children than writing problems into a diary.
The study, he said, showed that it was "valid to talk about child pet relationships in the same way we talk about sibling relationships".
Furthermore, it was not an example of anthropomorphism, where human characteristics are attributed to animals, says Mr Cassels, a Canadian studying at Cambridge on a scholarship funded by the Gates Foundation.
Despite pets being so common in families with children, Mr Cassels says there has been a lack of evaluation for "how important they are to us".

Information Source: BBC

Why Owning a Dog is Good for you

Posted by Bonnie Senior on 15 May, 2015

Need more reasons to own a dog? We thought so too. 

1. Mood booster

Dog  owners are known to have lower rates of depression. This is because dogs offer a constant presence, unconditional love and distraction.They allow us to focus on something else when things are tough.

2. Strengthening Kids Immune Systems

A recent study suggests that children who grow up with dogs actually have stronger immune systems and assist in treating asthma and allergies.

3. Good Health

Studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) have found that dog owners have lower levels of cholesterol and triglycerides and blood pressure.

4. Sit Back and Talk to me...

Dogs are great listeners. They may not verbally give you specific advice, but they will stay by your side and never judge you. They offer unconditional support and affection, no matter what you are going through. 

5. Body Guard

Dogs are natural protectors of their families. They alert you to intruders, fire and other dangers. But most of all they want to protect you. 

6. Staying Active 

Dogs make us head outdoors, explore and have fun. Dog owners are more likely to get 30 minutes of exercise a day that lowers risk for heart disease. 

Information Source: 3milliondogs.com

Frozen Kong Treat Recipes!

Posted by Bonnie Senior on 01 May, 2015

The team from K9instinct shared a terrific way to make the Kong become a frozen treat that will have your dog chewing and chewing on this long-lasting snack! 

Quick reminder that these delicious snacks aren't for everyday consumption. So please feed in moderation and take them out for exercise daily! 

For all of the following recipes, all you need to do is mix everything together, fill the Kong toy with the mixture and freeze it. Some ingredients require cooking, but most of these recipes can utilize raw ingredients which is better for their health.

Blueberry Yoghurt

1 cup of plain, unsweetened yoghurt.

1 handful of fresh or frozen blueberries.

 

Sweet Potato, Turkey and Liver Bites

2 small jars of turkey and sweet potato baby food.

1 cup of plain unsweetened yoghurt.

1 handful of beef liver treats.

 

Cheesy Potato Pie

1 cup of boiled white potato, chopped into small cubes.

1/2 cup of shredded cheese.

1/2 cup of plain cottage cheese.

 

Peanut Butter and Cheese

1 cup of cottage cheese.

1 cup of organic crunchy peanut butter.

1 teaspoon of raw, local honey.

 

Coconut and Banana

1 cup of mashed bananas.

2 tablespoons of virgin, unrefined coconut oil.

1 cup of plain, unsweetened yoghurt.

 

Peanut Butter Yoghurt Bites

1 cup of crunchy organic peanut butter.

1 cup of plain unsweetened yoghurt.

Small handful of dehydrated liver treats.

 

Cookie Crunch

1 cup of plain, unsweetened yoghurt.

1 cup of plain cottage cheese.

1 large handful of your dog's favorite cookies.

 

Enjoy! 

Information Source: K9 Instinct

13 Dog-friendly beaches in Australia!

Posted by Bonnie Senior on 15 April, 2015

We all love to take our dogs out to the beach, but it's always handy to know which beaches allow us to take our best friends out to enjoy the beach too!

NSW

Silver Beach, Kurnell 

Dogs Allowed Time: 24 hours a day off-leash, all week, between the third and fourth jetty. 

There is also a coffee shop nearby :) 

 

Clontarf Reserve, Clontarf

Dogs Allowed Time: 10am-6pm on-leash on weekends, school holidays and public holidays. 

There is a children's playground, BBQ grills, table seating and a great place for families. 

 

Greenhills Beach, Cronulla

Dogs Allowed Time: 4pm-10am off-leash daily. 

There is parking nearby. 

 

Yarranabbe Park, Darling Point 

Dogs Allowed Time: All times off-leash. 

There are stunning views of the city and the harbour bridge. 

 

Sirius Cove, Mosman 

Dogs Allowed Time: all day Monday to Friday, before 9am and after 4pm on weekends and public holidays. Off-leash.

Parking close by. 

 

VIC

Sandridge Beach, Melbourne

 Dogs Allowed Time: All times off-leash between the groyne (jetty-like rock formation) opposite Barak road and the groyne opposite Cumberland Road. 

There is a BBQ, playground and a great view of Port Philip Bay. 

 

Brighton Beach, Brighton 

Dogs Allowed Time: 1April - 31 October off-leash. 

The iconic bathing boxes. 

 

QLD

Palm Beach, Gold Coast

Dogs Allowed Time: all day on-leash, a 3km stretch of sand at the southern end of the beach is off-leash. 

 

Coolum Beach, Sunshine Coast

Dogs Allowed Time: all-year round off-leash on a 1km stretch of beach at the northern end of Coolum Beach Holiday Park and extends up to Stumers Creek beach access 67 to 72. 

There are pet-friendly accommodation spots in the town :).

 

WA

North Floreat Beach, City Beach

Dogs Allowed Time: All year round on-leash. 

 

Dog Beach, Hillarys

You can't go wrong with a name like this! 

Dogs Allowed Time: after midday Monday to Saturday and all day Sunday off-leash. 

 

TAS

Tyndall Beach, Bonnet Hill 

Dogs Allowed Time: All year round off-leash. 

Dog refuse bins and bags on-site. 

 

SA

Henley Beach, Henley Beach

Dogs Allowed Time: During daylight savings, 10am-8pm on-leash. Other times, all times off-leash. 

Great cafes and food! 

 

Information Source: http://bit.ly/1C5PLju 

 

Five steps to check when your dog stops eating

Posted by Bonnie Senior on 23 March, 2015

Dogs love to eat, that's why when we see a meal that isn't finished or hardly touched, it can raise our concerns. Many, many problems can cause dogs to not touch their food — some are trivial but others are potentially life-threatening.

Knowing if we need to take immediate action or do some watchful waiting can prevent your dog from suffering and unnecessary vet expenses. 

1. Look back at the past few days

Think back at the past few days and see if you can remember if something has occurred that might be responsible for your dog's lost desire to eat. Some examples can be: 

- a change in diet

- an overturned bin 

- changed environment

- have you noticed any other symptoms that may be related? 

Make a note of when your dog first showed symptoms and if they're not looking/ feeling too well after 24-48 hours, calling a vet is probably the right thing to do.

 

2. Ask the other people that look after the dog about possible causes 

You may not be the only person to look after the dog, so ask others who have taken care of the dog about any possible causes.For example: 

- eating something strange during a walk

- they were sick when they were around the dog

- interacted with some other dogs

 

3. Examine your dog

You can perform a short physical exam on your dog to help see if there is a problem.

- Gently press your dogs belly. It should be soft and your dog should not react in pain.

- Look for evidence of diarrhea in the fur around the rectum or vomit around the mouth. 

- Their gums should be pink (unless pigmented) and moist. 

- Dry or pale mucous membranes can be a symptom of dehydration and/or other serious conditions. 

If you find anything worrisome as you examine your dog, please call your vet immediately. 

 

4. Inspect the food

Remember that when you feed a commercially prepared or homemade diet, there may be something wrong with the food itself. This is especially true if your dog has just been fed their first meal of the new batch of food. Check if the food looks or smells "off," if so, try feeding your dog again a different lot of food. Making a diet change at this point is not recommended since it will be difficult to determine if your dog is not eating because they do not like the new food or is unwell.

 

5. When in doubt, call your vet

It's always better to be cautious than have a bigger problem later that is more serious.

Dr. Jennifer Coates

Information Source:  Petmd

The Pets Palace Story :)

Posted by Bonnie Senior on 27 February, 2015

Tell us a bit about yourself...

My name is Bonnie, and I’m the Director of Pets Palace. I wanted to do something every day that I loved, so I created Pets Palace with the help of my partner by joining two of our passions: pets and shopping.

Has Pets Palace always been an online business, or did the idea originally begin as more of an in-store project? 

Actually, things happened for us the other way round: we began with an online store, and opened a retail store a few years later. We started with a little online store and an even smaller warehouse. We didn't have much stock, but nevertheless we would enjoy waiting for an order to come in and pick and pack it with such enthusiasm. The good news is that hasn't changed - even though we are a much bigger business now than when we first started!

As the online business grew, we decided to open a retail store at Shop 28 on King Street in Newtown, Sydney. It was December of 2010 when we opened our doors, and it was immediately a huge success. Having the store really helped us engage with our customers, and let us pat a lot of dogs too! Now some four or more years later we still love the whole experience. Dealing with people who love their pets on a daily basis is fantastic and we love it. We pride ourselves in doing what’s best for your pet and also you, the owner, because really we are all consumers. We like to treat people how we would like to be treated: with respect and honesty. 

'I know that starting online was the right thing for us'

It seems quite an unusual step for a Pet Store to choose to sell online first. Do you feel that you benefitted from starting your business like this?

I think starting online just seemed like an easier way to enter the market for us.  Now that we also have a bricks and mortar store, I know that starting online was the right thing for us. It’s a lot easier and you can afford to make more mistakes while you are learning - if things didn’t work out, it wasn’t as big a loss. I like to shop from online stores that have a shop front as well now as I know they know what they are doing.

I see that you’re now also running a blog along with the store! How are you using this online space, and what are your plans with it?

Well, we just launched our new website in December, so we’re excited to be able to keep our blogging activity going on there too. We’re using it to provide helpful information about pet care and sharing exciting news about the store. We hope it becomes a place for pet lovers to take some helpful tips home, and also hear about how we’re doing our best for pets near and far. 

'Our vision is to keep growing as a store that actively gives back to its community'

I also hear you’re involved with some of the local animal charities in and around Sydney. Can you tell us a bit more about this?

For over a year now we’ve partnered with Sydney Dogs and Cats Home to re-home kittens. All our kittens are Vet checked, de-sexed, vaccinated, wormed and given flea medicine - so they are 100% ready to go home with some lucky person. 

The idea behind it was to give people - who perhaps were open to adding a kitten to their lives but didn’t want to go to a shelter or hadn’t found the time to do anything about it - the opportunity to come into our store and meet a kitten over a period of a few days to see if they’re the one for them. We successfully rehomed 36 kittens last year, and have rehomed 8 this year already. 

So, if you do pop into the store you’re welcome to have a cuddle and even adopt one if they capture your heart. In addition to that, we also support other various animal friendly organisations such as Monika’s Doggie Rescue, Give a Dog a Bone, and Keep Kitty Happy Appeal - just to name a few! 

Finally - what is your vision for the future of Pets Palace? Anything exciting in the pipeline that you’d be happy to share with us?

Our vision is to keep growing as a store that actively gives back to its community. As mentioned before, we launched our new website in December, so we’re looking to increase the products and brands we offer to make sure our customers know that we go out of our way to find the perfect products for their pet. 

Super Simple Carrot & Sweet Potatoe Dog Biscuit Recipe!

Posted by Bonnie Senior on 20 February, 2015

Sometimes we'd love to make a treat with our own hands to show the love we have for our pets. But there may never seem to be enough time as the usual recipes we see may be a little too time consuming. Never fear! We have found a simple recipe that not only you'll love, but your dog will love too. 

This recipe was seen at that dog dancing guy's blog. We tried it. We loved it. We couldn't keep it to ourselves :) 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of wholemeal flour
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 cup of sweet potato, diced
  • 2 generous tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 1 egg

Recipe:

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius 
  • Chop the carrot and sweet potato into cubes and place on the boil
  • In a mixing bowl, combine flour, egg and peanut butter
  • Once the sweet potato and carrot are soft, take them off the boil and drain the water out. With a potato masher (or a fork) mash them to whatever consistency you like
  • Add this to the mixing bowl and then combine all the ingredients with a wooden spoon, you may need to get your hands dirty at this point to combine it all into a ball
  • Roll out the dough mix between two sheets of baking paper to your desired thickness, make sure you sprinkle a little extra flour to stop it sticking
  • Get your cookie cutters out and cut out the shapes, placing them on a lined baking tray
  • Put them in the oven for about 20 minutes until they get a nice brown colour
  • Wait for them to cool a little before they're ready to eat, and there you go!

It's recommended that you keep these in the fridge. 

Did you make a batch? What are your favourite homemade treat recipes? 

Let us know on our Facebook Page

Helping Our Friends as much as we can

Posted by Bonnie Senior on 02 February, 2015

If you don't know already, the Pets Palace story all started from a love of pets. We're proud to say that this hasn't changed at all as we continue to partner with various organisations and causes we strongly believe embody our love for animals. So it is always a delight to hear from the organisations we support about how it has made a difference. 

Just recently, we received a very welcome email from Give a Dog a Bone, Keep Kitty Happy who presented us with a certificate to show their appreciation.

We'd like to thank Nicole and the team at Give a Dog a Bone, Keep Kitty Happy for all the great work they've done. We're sure the animals that received their gifts at the shelters loved them. 

Thank you Give a Dog a Bone, Keep Kitty Happy for your love-filled efforts, we really appreciate the email and certificate you sent us.

The Team at Pets Palace

Hi Bonnie and Ilana

Please see attached certificate. I am sending this to you in appreciation of your involvement and support of this appeal. Also something for you to pop in the window to say thank you to all your customers and others who make a donation to this appeal.

Thank you for supporting this appeal and therefore making a difference in the lives of many of the animals in shelters at Christmas.

I look forward to having you on board again next year.

My very best wishes,

Nicola