Easter with our Furry Friends

 

column_002_Easter-dogEaster is a time for celebration with the family, and even we are partial to an Easter Egg Hunt or two! But at Easter time, it’s important to plan ahead to avoid any nasty surprises, including consumption of chocolate by our dogs (and other unfavourable food and drinks including sultanas from hot-cross buns, caffeine and alcohol) that can have a potentially deadly affect on your dog.

Jetpets Vet Dr Lucy explains that “chocolate contains a chemical compound called theobromide and is toxic to our furry friends.” Therefore it is important to keep chocolate out of reach and when planning your Easter Egg Hunt, avoid hiding Easter eggs close to the ground if your dog is on the prowl! Remind your children and guests not to feed the dog any type of chocolate or toxic foods. Better yet? Make sure your dog is supervised at all times, so there is no chance for a sneaky snack on an Easter egg.

If your dog does manage to eat chocolate or another toxic substance, it is important to stay calm and contact a Vet immediately. There is a window of approximately 15 to 60 minutes after ingestion that a Veterinarian may be able to successfully flush the chocolate from the dog’s stomach.

Symptoms:

If you’re worried that your dog has eaten chocolate, these are the key symptoms Dr Lucy wants you to look out for:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Hyperactivity (restlessness, muscle twitching)
  • Lethargy
  • Inappetence and excessive thirst

Even if there are no signs and symptoms, if you suspect your furry friend has eaten some chocolate, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your Vet for a thorough examination as this could save your dog’s life.

Jetpets and Velocity

Jetpets is very excited to announce we are now a proud partner of Virgin Australia’s frequent flyer program Velocity.

Now when Velocity members book their pet, including cats, dogs or other pets, on a Virgin Australia domestic or international flight through Jetpets, they will earn 3 Points per $1 spent, even if their pet is travelling unaccompanied.

Until the 31st March members can earn double Velocity Points when they book their pet to travel on any Virgin Australia flight through Jetpets.

Visit the Velocity website for more details on benefits – https://www.velocityfrequentflyer.com/content/ProgramBenefits/pets/index.htm

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Yoshi the dog found safe in Preston

photo  Yoshi nice oneIf Yoshi could talk, imagine the story he’d have to tell!

Poor little Yoshi was stolen from his yard 8 months ago, and on Wednesday we were so happy to be able to return him to his family!

“The Japanese Chin was stolen from the backyard of his Hobart home in June 2013 – along with the family’s Labrador.

Yoshi’s family feared they would never see him again after repeated calls for information about his whereabouts went unanswered.

In a bizarre twist, Veronica O’Brien found Yoshi wandering aimlessly around the streets of Preston on Sunday night, eight months after he went missing.

The question remains just how did this pet pup travel across the Bass Strait?

Yoshi’s remarkable journey will almost certainly remain a mystery, but his owners are just delighted to to have him back.”

 

Read all about Yoshi’s story here: http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/pet-dog-yoshi-goes-missing-from-chigwell-and-turns-up-eight-months-later-on-streets-of-melbourne/story-fnj4f7k1-1226819063174