Monthly Archive for April, 2011

Holidaying Safely with Your Pets

In today’s modern society, it has become increasingly more popular to take your pets on holiday with you because; lets face it, their part of the family! Until recently, many types of accommodation banned cats and dogs from staying in their facilities, but the niche in the market for pet friendly accommodation has been seized! Dog in tent

Simply type in ‘pet friendly accommodation’ and your Google will light up with hundreds of hits.

Many camp sites (aside from National Parks) now take properly restrained cats and/or dogs throughout Australia, although it is essential you contact the camping park to find out any conditions/requirements that they may have, and to also ensure the safety of the facility for your pets. Ensure you have properly flea and tick treated your animals before going camping or near the beach, to save yourself the vet bills associated with these problems!

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Breed Test – Siberian Husky

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siberian-husky

The Siberian Husky is the closest related dog to the wolf, and is one of the oldest breeds of dogs.

Their unmistakable looks were bred for cold and harsh conditions, with their dense coats and pointed ears.

The Siberian Husky was originally found in the Siberian Arctic, but was imported to Alaska and Canada for sled racing. They were soon discovered to be fantastic family pets, and earned their right into households.

Their appearance is similar to that of other Spitz breeds, such as Alaskan Malamute and the Samoyed. They range in colours, but mostly have a white face and paws. ‘Facial masking’ is common among huskies, with the white brows and bright eyes. Heterochromia is common in huskies, where they have two different coloured eyes.

The beautiful wolf-like Siberian Husky is a fantastic family pet; however they are highly active and energetic, so they require a lot ... Click here to read more....

Chocolate Toxicity in Dogs

We’ve all heard it – “Don’t give your dog chocolate, it will kill him!”  You’re probably all wondering how true this statement is.  Do we have to rush our mate to a vet if he ate an M&M’?

The truth is chocolate contains theobromine which is toxic to dogs in sufficient quantities.  It is a xanthine compound in the same family of caffeine, and theophylline.  It actually takes, on average, a fairly large amount of theobromine 100-150 mg/kg to cause a toxic reaction.  Although there are variables to consider like the individual sensitivity, animal size and chocolate concentration.

On average,
Milk chocolate contains 154mg per 100g
Semisweet chocolate contains 528mg per 100g
Baking chocolate contains 1356mg per 100g

Toxic Amounts of Chocolate:

Dog’s Weight

Amount of
Milk Choc

Amount of
Semisweet Choc.

Approx. Mg.
Theobromine

2.2 kg. 113.4 g. 14.1 g. 200
4.5 kg. 226.8 g. 28.3 g. 400
9.0
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Important Advice – Canine Influenza

While daycare reports are very rare we feel the need to mention this as we have heard from local vets that there is an outbreak at the moment.  If your dog is sick, please don’t bring them into Daycare, as they may be contagious and need rest.

Canine Influenza (a.k.a. Canine Cough or Kennel Cough) is a contagious, airborne virus, so if the dog that lives next door or down the street from you has it, your dog could be at risk.  The most commonly known places it can be caught are at dog parks and vet surgeries.

There is no major concern to be had if your dog is healthy and up to date with his C5 Vaccination.  The vaccine however, will not prevent your dog from getting Canine Influenza, but it will help fight it off quicker.

The main symptom of Canine Influenza is a deep ‘honking’ cough ... Click here to read more....

Price Increase

2009 was the last price increase we had at Paddington Pups and while I have strived to keep prices as low as possible for as long as I can, unfortunately I will need to increase our daycare and grooming prices to help us recover from the cost of the rebuild after the floods and our ever increasing rent.

Paddington Pups still remains very price-competitive, with prices of daycare in other parts of Brisbane at $42 and $55 a day and Sydney and Melbourne average prices $56 a day.

The following prices will increase 1st of June 2011; anyone who would like to pre-purchase daycare packages at current prices is welcome to do so and the packages will be honoured at current prices until any credits run out or within 12 months of purchase (whichever is sooner).

1 Dog

2 Dogs

1 Day a Week

$36

$60

2 – 4

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Japanese Dog Rescued After 3 Weeks At Sea

Japanese Dog Rescued After 3 Weeks At Sea!

As we know, dogs are resilient and tenacious amongst the fiercest odds. The video below, forwarded to me by Dr Marc Dussault,  is truly inspiring.

I thought you’d enjoy seeing hope amongst all the ruin in Japan.

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Paddington Pups Store Update

We are officially ¼ of the way through the year!  Let’s give ourselves a big pat on the back!  We’ve made a lot of progress in the store this past month and we are well and truly on our way to getting back to normal.  We’ve seen an increase in our daycare dog numbers as we get to see regulars coming back, and we have seen a lot of new faces too which is great!  We’ve made a few changes to go with the new layout of the store, and we have some more to come in the not too distant future.  Here’s a few things you need to know about what’s going on now and what is yet to come:

Food Supplies: There is a national issue with dog food stocks right now.  It may be another week or so before we get our supplies in, it just depends ... Click here to read more....

Paddington Pups Dog of the Month Rufus!

Paddington Pups Dog of the Month Rufus

Rufus is a Boston Terrier who absolutely loves coming to daycare!  He doesn’t get overly excited about cuddles, but he’ll let us get our fix whenever he comes in.  He will love you forever if you throw a ball for him – he could chase a ball all day – and he’s one of the few pooches we get in who actually brings it back!

Rufus has many friends here at daycare, including Ella the French Bulldog and Fred the Staffy x Kelpie.  He loves to vary his playtime between the small and the big dogs – he doesn’t care how big they are, he’ll make friends!

Rufus has always got a smile on his face and never seems to stop.  We’re sure he sleeps for days after spending a day with us!  Enjoy your prize pack Rufus!!

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