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  1. Choice Pet insurance review

  2. Article on Greencross sale

    The best thing that can happen to a small privately run grooming salon is for a corporate (such as Petbarn) to move in nearby, for the same reasons as outlined in the story above. I know several groomers that have been approached with buy out offers from big box corporates. They’ve all gone on to flourish in the face of the corporate competition.
  3. Raincoat

    Anything here?
  4. Pimple like thing - what is this

    Good plan. Of course it’s possible it’s something else, so a vet check will give you peace of mind
  5. Pimple like thing - what is this

    If it’s small and the hole the muck comes out of is tiny, I’d probably manage it by expressing it regularly. If the hole is or becomes larger it becomes more difficult to manage that way. Sometimes they can get quite large and impacted and trying to express it manually could cause quite a large hole and other problems. Also sometime the hole can exude material that hardens into what looks like a cutaneous horn. As a groomer I see a lot of these. Many are manageable with home care , but some should definitely have veterinary intervention. If in in any doubt talk it through with your vet.
  6. Pimple like thing - what is this

    It sounds like a sebaceous cyst
  7. What are they rolling in?

    There’s obviously something there. I’ve seen dogs fully neck dive onto an itty bitty incy bit of bird shit! In the apparent absence of anything visual, it’s probably that something else peed there previously and it’s dried up, or the poop has been picked up but the scent lingers. One theory I run with it’s its the domestic dog version of powerful innate instinct in regards to catching dinner. If for example they might want to hunt the local ducks, they roll in duck shit, therefore smelling less like a dog, more like a duck, enabling them to get closer to their prey undetected.
  8. Which store allow dogs?

    Yep! Running grooming salons, I frequently had clients let their dogs urinate on my shop front, and other nearby shopfronts, crap on the footpath and surrounds as they came up to the salon, and make no attempt at all to clean up or even notify me of the issue, AND let them piss all over my reception area and just stand there and watch, make no attempt to assist or ask about cleaning up, and even, I kid you not, be the ONLY dog in reception, let their dog crap on the floor and then claim it couldn’t have been their dog! Reception is about 2 square meteres, I think I know what’s going on in there! And then of course there’s the people who deliberately or cluelessly, let their dogs behave and interact with people and animals in the surrounding area, in completely inappropriate manner, and don’t, can’t, whatever, make any attempts at rectifying things or removing themselves. Until the wider population gets a grip on truly responsible pet ownership, not much is going to change sadly.
  9. What type of dog should I get?

    what about a small wire haired dog like a Griffon or Affenpinscher. The coat isn’t as big as many of the wire terrier breeds. It will barely shed if brushed and combed properly. It’s a good in between coat, between the higher maintenance of the true ‘non shedding’ types, and the short coats that shed a lot. The breed is quite small but relatively sturdy. Would enjoy exercise and family activities but could be kept stimulated with games, play and training within the home too. The other breed that springs to mind is the Italian Greyhound. The Miniature Dachshund comes in 3 coat varieties, I especially like the wire coats, but the long and smooth coats are also low maintenance and shedding can be kept to a minimum pretty easily with all 3 coat varieties. A lot of the digging/barking etc is down to training and effort that you put in.
  10. Looking for funky pet ID tags

    https://www.brightstarbuddies.com.au/dog-tags.html#template_id=3762 these just popped up on a banner ad right here on DOL! They are a bit pricey but they have sooooo many design choices!
  11. Solvensky Cuvac Breeders?

    If there were any here you’d probably find them as Kuvasz as the closest thing or like above the Tatra
  12. I recently purchased a terrier table off Liberty. They’re not as public as they used to be. I contacted them through messaging their Liberty International Facebook page.. They are good tables at very reasonable prices. And good old fashioned service as well.
  13. Take a look at Petnetwork.com.au. They sell to the public. it says you’re in SA? If that’s right, look up Clipper Jack He usually has a few on display/for sale in his workshop and is very helpful. Or join HERE and keep a look out. Tables often come up. Just a few days ago someone put up 4 professional tables with accessories!
  14. I think it’s time to say goodbye. Think about how you’d like to remember your precious pet. If you take him home to pass, drugged up or otherwise, do you really want to see him gasping for air or screaming in pain, or such outcomes, and possibly have to rush him to an emergency vet to find all of you in that situation. Or would you rather take a deep breath and take the most peaceful and painless of options, of which we are so privileged to be able to choose for our pets. There are vets who will visit you at home to perform this service. Your pet can be passed over peacefully in his bed or favourite chair, or gathered with his family in the yard in the sun, however you’d like it. Can anyone here in Melbourne recommend a mobile vet? . Or you could ask your vet if they offer this service or know of one who does. It is a very difficult time, but please act quickly. Ease your dog over peacefully rather than let him drag on just for the sake of a few days. if you have never been present for the euthanasia process, it is so quick. Your pet will appear to rapidly drift off to sleep and that’s it.
  15. Dogs are sentient beings

    This is what jumps off the page at me. All animals are sentient beings. And animal welfare absolutely should get in the way of the economy if it’s right for the animals!
  16. Debarking

    I just randomly came across a video of a cute little client I used to have who is de barked. How can I post a video from iPhoto?
  17. Debarking

    I’d debark a chronic barker no problem at all. I’ve been around several dogs who’ve been debarked and yes they still make noise but it’s a raspy hollow version of their former bark. The dogs don’t seem to know that their voice is different and behave the same as before. Which is why if the barking is found to be anxiety based, that the dogs anxiety continues to be supported long after the bark is modified. From whhat I understand in SA at least it is not illegal, but you have to meet certain criteria. Ther are certainly vets in SA who will do the procedure. unfortunately it’s an emotional topic but firstly find out the legal facts for whatever state you reside in. Personally as long as the dogs mental health is being supported it’s a no brainer. It’s people who think ‘the dog can’t expeess itself’ or other emotion charged BS. Things that will change are the dogs volume. And also stress reduction is reduced by default because every one around the dog is less anxious about the barking, and the dog isn’t having to be managed too quite the same level as before. In fact, the dog will be MORE free to express itself! links. All states would have similar information available. Vic SA
  18. Instead of extending the fence, I’d block off the whole corner with some board of fencing panel or similar, the same height or higher than the existing fences. You can tie it to the pool fencing easy enough, and sit the other side in one of the lows in the iron fence, which will brace it somewhat. Sit something heavy along the inside bottom to prevent pushing. But it should naturally brace itself into the corner if pushed .
  19. The old puppy exercise question

    I feel the same way. I think forced exercise, especially on hard surfaces, is definitely to be avoided, but letting young dogs freely romp and run without force seems normal and logical to me.
  20. separation anxiety .. one person's idea .

    Needs to put a comfy dog bed by the dummy!
  21. Hydrobath's who to repair

    They say they go all over Melbourne to service groomers and the like. I got the heads up from the guy himself so no harm in looking them up.
  22. Seasonal flank alopecia

    I’ve had clients have outstanding results even for Alopecia X with this line of products. Apparently they are very helpful if you contact them and ask for advice. I have no affiliation, just witnessed amazing results! CLICK THIS LINK
  23. Hydrobath's who to repair

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  24. Question for moderator

    @Troy I tagged Troy who runs the forum. Hopefully theyll see the tag and drop in to help with your question. Or you could message Troy
  25. New breed in Australia

    As far as I can tell the Catahoula Leopard Dog is an AKC recognised breed, but is not as FCI recognised breed, and is not included on the list of ANKC recognised breeds. That doesn’t mean someone hasn’t brought them into the country, just they won’t be running around the show ring. But I’d be more inclined to think the alleged ones over here are a general hunting mix with probably merle Dane genes in there, like bullarab, Am Bulldog, G Dane mixes or such, maybe even Koolie, and anything boofy looking with that muddy Merle colour gets called a Catahoula or mix of.......