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Dogs, cats, noise phobias and fireworks

Fireworks season can be difficult for pets with a sound sensitivity; their anxiety levels rise in anticipation of fireworks as they can associate changes in seasons with an event. As pets will start to become increasingly anxious about fireworks, you need to start thinking and planning for this annual event in advance.

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The facts about Microchipping and Registration

Please, FOR THE LOVE OF YOUR PETS - Next time you’re at the vet, ask them to check the microchip and confirm your details are registered on NZCAR and current!

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List of Ingredients

List of Ingredients

Contrary to popular belief, chicken, lamb or beef listed as the first ingredient on a label is not an indication that the diet is of higher quality or contains more protein.

Legally, ingredients must appear in descending order according to their weight in the diet before they are cooked. The total weight of the ingredient usually includes the water content and fresh meat is generally 75% water.

Some pet food manufacturers list ingredients based on the weight before they have been dehydrated. This leads to confusion about the level of protein in a diet. Dehydrated protein sources, commonly referred to as a meal (e.g. chicken meal), are a more concentrated source of digestible protein.

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Summer Warning: Barley grass is here!

WARNING: Barley grass and foxtail awns are abundant during late spring and summer - they stick to fur, and can pass easily through the skin, they are capable of invading your dogs body through the feet, ears, eyes, mouth, or infact, any body surface. Because of the orientation of the minute barbs on the bristles, the awns can travel relatively quickly through the body. If they enter the abdomen or chest cavities the effects can be potentially fatal. In the eye, the barbs cause ulcers, and in the ear they may rupture the ear drum.

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