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Guide dogs – retraining the underdogs

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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

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Top dogs found in nationwide search

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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.

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Nationwide microchip blitz to keep Aussie pets out of pounds

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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.

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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.

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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

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How viewing cute animals can help rekindle marital spark

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One of the well-known challenges of marriage is keeping the passion alive after years of partnership, as passions tend to cool even in very happy relationships. Psychological scientists have now developed an unconventional intervention for helping a marriage maintain its spark: pictures of puppies and bunnies.

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Our pets strengthen neighbourhood ties

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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

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The comfort and costs in retirement – how much super do you need to have a pet?

If, in retirement, you want the comfort of a pet, whether it’s the devotion of a dog, the cool companionship of a cat or the financially less frittering friendship of a fish, you need to find the funds to invest in the ongoing relationship.

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A NEW strain of the deadly canine parvovirus has been confirmed on Australian shores for the first time.

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Researchers at the University of Adelaide have found cases of the contagious virus, CPV-2c, in South Australia and Victoria over the past two years. A number of suspicious cases have also been red flagged in Queensland and Northern Territory.

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Does a wet nose mean a healthy dog?

It’s every veterinarian’s go-to scenario when contemplating the oldest of laments: “If I had a dollar for every time an owner brought their dog in saying ‘She must be sick – she’s got a dry nose’,” or, ‘He can’t be sick – he’s got a wet nose!’” A Dog with wet nose equals pooch in

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