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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?
Not hard to read. Eddy Van 3000

Do animals feel pain like we do?

Pain is a subjective experience that often relies on talking to patients so it's harder to know what animals think.
The story of Johnny Depp’s dogs and their potential fate attracted global media attention. AAP/Dave Hunt

Johnny Depp’s dogs show evolving ideas of animal ‘citizenship’

Behind the uproar over Johnny Depp's dogs lies a serious and evolving idea: our animal companions have an important place in our lives that entitles them to rights akin to a sort of citizenship.
RSPCA inspectors seized these dogs from one of the puppy farms that meet much of the pet shop industry demand. AAP/RSPCA

War of words: how cute puppies become 250,000 abandoned dogs

The pet industry meets 'demand' driven by the 'right' to own a puppy. Animal welfare advocates respond with a 'vigil' to mark the 'shameful' fate of 250,000 dogs abandoned each year.

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