Life after COVID-19

Chances are that your greyhound has now become used to the extra attention they’ve been receiving at home, the extra walks and play-time, and perhaps the additional treats that they’ve been spoiled with while owners have been in isolation or working from home.

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Magnus the therapy dog

While many of us feel our pants becoming a little more snug from the ‘Rona snacks’ we have all been having during isolation, a video has emerged on Twitter of a man working out with his dog Magnus that has since gone viral with over 12 million views.

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How to spot arthritis

Like us, dogs in old age begin to show signs of wear and tear in their joints. It’s not uncommon for dogs to develop arthritis in their hips, knees, shoulders and elbows which may cause discomfort and reduce their mobility.

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Recognising and managing chase behaviour in greyhounds

All animals have instinctive behaviours designed to help them acquire food. For omnivores like the dog, this includes the sequence of behaviours that allowed them to catch and eat other animals when they had to survive in the wild. Selective breeding has altered how certain breeds of dogs express this behavioural sequence that was essential to their survival before they had us humans to provide for all their needs! For example, certain herding breeds, like the Border Collie, have been bred with an emphasis on the ‘stare’ portion of the sequence. Similarly, greyhounds have been bred with an emphasis on the ‘chase’ portion – this is what makes them such fabulous athletes!

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Return to sender

During the pandemic, we have witnessed regular household items become hot commodities in supermarkets, and unexpectedly, so too did dog adoptions.

Pet stores, animal shelters and breeders were inundated with enquiries as people turned to animals for comfort and to ease the anxiety of looming job losses and the threat of a recession.

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Managing Dog Flu

Canine influenza or dog flu, can cause dogs to be uncomfortable, sick and in severe cases, pose a serious risk to their life. While most cases are not fatal, it’s important to be prepared and know the symptoms you should look out for.

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How to manage excessive barking

Barking is a natural behaviour for any dog, it’s a means of expressing themselves and communicating with you.  Expecting a dog to never bark is unreasonable, much like expecting humans never to talk. The key to achieving a peaceful household is to understand what your dog is trying to tell you and then work together to find a solution that benefits both you and the neighbourhood!

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Foods to avoid feeding your dogs

It’s so easy to reward your best mate with a bit of food from your plate, as they intently stare at every bite you take. While the occasional dog-friendly treat is ok, what you feed your dog may actually be dangerous and sometimes poisonous to your dog.

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NSW restrictions have eased

While physical distancing and handwashing are still the new way of life, restrictions in NSW have eased a little which means life for you and your pooch are slowly returning to normal.

While the road to get back to complete normality is a little way off, there are plenty of options for you and your 4-legged companion to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air again.

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Dogs are not immune to the cold – recognising and treating hypothermia

As the daylight hours become shorter, the nights become cooler and Winter rolls in, it’s important that we limit the health risks to dogs associated with a drop in temperature.

When we get cold, we just put on a nice thick jumper or jacket but dogs can’t do that. Regional NSW can regularly drop below zero and if your dog lives outside they could get very cold. Greyhounds in particular, are susceptive to hypothermia due to their low level of body fat and thin skin. One of the risks of prolonged exposure to the cold is hypothermia. This occurs when the dog’s core body temperature is below 37º.

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