Dogs NSW is calling for all pet owners to learn and understand first aid for all companion animals.

“I have given CPR to dogs many times. Cardiac massage can save lives. When needed, it is not the time to be squeamish,” declares Dr Peter Higgins, Veterinary Adviser.

When a loved one passes away, a difficult time ensues for the whole household. People grieve, and dogs grieve. The loss of a loved household pet also initiates a grieving process. Surviving pets react to a family loss, and go through their own grieving process.

Spring has sprung; the grass is risen. All our dogs are now being bitten.

The flea season is upon us, and our pets are at risk. In the warm, humid months of spring and summer, fleas multiply. Ten fleas can multiply to 7000 in just a fortnight. At this rate of population growth, it is important to understand how to soothe the days, and nights, for our canine friends.

Every year, family dogs are poisoned unnecessarily by human drugs. Just as we keep our drugs out of reach of our children, we should also keep these drugs out of reach of our dogs.

Pets are special, yet only 3% of Australian pets are covered by health insurance. This is one of the lowest rates in the world. Dogs NSW supports pet insurance and believes it is an important part of responsible dog ownership.

Dogs NSW supports the expansion of programs for dogs in aged care facilities. Companion canines can contribute constructively to aged care communities. Research over more than twenty years has shown that pet assisted therapy has beneficial effects on the physical and psychological well-being of aged care residents.

They will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint. Jogging with your dog has many benefits – both tangible and abstract. Dogs need exercise and there is no more basic exercise format than running, for a dog, or a human. Running allows the muscles to stretch and the body to experience a freedom to be enjoyed. Jogging with your dog is a simple thing to do. Keep your dog responsibly restrained and there is every reason to try this efficient and thrifty form of exercise.

Man’s best friend has hidden benefits. There are many situations where a dog is a handy work asset. A dog that can guard tools, equipment and vehicles is a valuable member of a work environment. Expenses associated with the upkeep of a canine companion can be partly claimed as legitimate work costs.

As human baby boomers approach their twilight years, man’s best friend is providing important insight into how we grow old gracefully.

Dogs NSW is strongly opposed to sub-standard dog breeding operations, which sell either purebred or mixed breed dogs to unsuspecting buyers to the detriment of the dog.