Articles on Pets

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When dog owners meet, it helps build a safe and connected community. Wrote/flickr

Our pets strengthen neighbourhood ties

A study of Australian and US cities has demonstrated that pet ownership strengthens people's connections with their neighbours.
Abused women were concerned that their pets may also be harmed by their abuser. (Shutterstock)

Fears for pets can put abused women at further risk

Concern for their pets' safety can lead women to delay leaving their abusers. Better on-site pet services in women's shelters would enable them to seek help without fear for their animals’ well-being.
Next best thing to a hidey-hole box? Maggie Villiger

Why can’t cats resist thinking inside the box?

Twitter recently blew up with posts wondering about the feline fascination with taped squares on the ground. An animal behavior expert explains it's not magic that draws Fluffy to the #CatSquare.
Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world and increasingly, we’re monitoring our pets’ behaviour. Shutterstock

Careful surveillance and pet wearables: at home with animals

Australians are keen pet owners and increasingly, we're monitoring the behaviour of our domestic animals. Webcams, GPS tracking, dogs joining Skype calls ... pets are becoming entangled with technology in myriad ways.
An engorged female tick on the forehead of a dog. To get this big, they need to suck blood for about four days. While this is happening, the tick is injecting neurotoxins into the bloodstream. Rob Webster

Ticked off: let’s stop our dogs and cats dying of tick paralysis this year

Tick paralysis affect 10,000 dogs each year in eastern Australia, and the treatment can be very expensive. Fortunately, a new drug available is available.
In countries where many if not most households have pets, ‘no pets’ rental policies are a serious obstacle to housing security. Mike Hoff/flickr

As pet owners suffer rental insecurity, perhaps landlords should think again

Landlords and property agents often apply 'no pets' rules even though many households see them as part of the family. Their difficulty in finding rental housing then becomes a source of great stress.

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