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Cat plague is back after nearly 40 years in hiding – here’s what you need to know

A deadly feline disease is now spreading between cats after hiding in nature for nearly 40 years. Multiple cases of feline parvovirus, also known as cat plague, or panleukopenia, have been reported in stray kittens in the greater Melbourne area.


Dog paralysis condition linked to eating chicken necks

dog paralysis

Chicken necks are a common treat for dogs, but pet owners are being warned they have been linked with a potentially fatal form of dog paralysis, writes Dr Nerissa Hannink, University of Melbourne


Guide dogs – retraining the underdogs

guide dogs

Dogs that don’t graduate seeing-eye school are being trained up as special assistance dogs and helping people with younger onset dementia live fuller, happier lives writes Annie Rahilly of the University of Melbourne


Top dogs found in nationwide search


After hundreds of camera-hungry Australian hounds put up their paws to be among the country’s working dog idols, the search is now over.


Frequent Flying Pets

frequent flying pets

We all love to travel but many pet lovers hate to leave their beloved pets behind. When it comes to long distance travel, preparation is the key writes Dr Jo Righetti.


Nationwide microchip blitz to keep Aussie pets out of pounds


Have you ever considered what would happen if your dog or cat went A.W.O.L.? How would you find your furry buddy if he or she were to wind up in a shelter? Microchipping can be the key to reuniting lost pets with their owners and can even save a pet’s life.


Dr Chris Brown is prescribing pet ownership to the government

Dr Chris Brown

Pet owners are saving the healthcare system $2 billion dollars a year according to new statistics. On the back of this new data, and to help relieve the pain of ballooning healthcare budgets, well known veterinarian Dr Chris Brown is prescribing pets to Federal and State governments.


Man’s best friend keeps older owners active

man's best friend

Walking the dog may boost older people’s physical activity, come rain or shine, is linked to less daily sitting time and could be part of exercise on prescription, say researchers. It’s hard to ignore a dog desperate to go out for its daily walk, and UK researchers say the sad puppy eyes guilt trip is what helps


Our pets strengthen neighbourhood ties


Talk to any pet owner and you are bound to invoke stories about the joy and companionship of having a pet. But evidence is mounting that the effect of pets extends beyond their owners and can help strengthen the social fabric of local neighbourhoods. Now a cross-national study involving Perth, Australia, and three US cities


Do dogs make people healthier?


The University of Sydney is seeking non-dog owners for a world-first study examining how living with man’s best friend can influence human health.