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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.
Unlike clownfish (Nemo), Pacific blue tang fish (Dory) cannot be bred in captivity. nostri-imago/flickr

Finding Nemo – and Dory – is easy. Deciding whether they should be pets is harder

The release of the movie 'Finding Dory' comes with renewed calls to leave fish in reefs – a good idea in this case – but catching some ornamental fish can have a positive impact on reef communities.
More than 60% of Australian households include at least one companion animal, which are seen as family members by 88% of these. from www.shutterstock.com

With the rise of apartment living, what’s a nation of pet owners to do?

With a majority of households having pets and growing numbers living in apartments, a review of regulations on keeping animals in such communities is timely.
Buddy is a sucker for the silly season. danperezfilms/flickr

Spare a thought for our furry friends this Christmas

Christmas is here again, and we're excited for decorating, parties, and summer getaways. But before we dive into the silly season, let's first make sure our pets are properly taken care of.
According to some surveys, more than 90% of owners view their pets as members of the family. 'Dog' via www.shutterstock.com

When is it ethical to euthanize your pet?

In the past, owners were quick to put their pets down. Now, with many viewing pets as family members, are they waiting too long?

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