Very often, the quiet, immobile members of the family can be forgotten. Their cage may in the sunny corner of the room and we overlook giving them a treat or noticing a change in their health. Hopefully this may make some of us more aware.

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 Happy Mother’s Day to all of you who have “children” that are a bit hairier than others and walk on four paws.

This is for the mothers who have sat up all night with sick dogs in their arms saying “It’s okay baby, Mummy’s here”. To the mums who do the walks in the rain and the mud when we are sick and exhausted but go anyway and worry about our own health and comfort after theirs.  How many of us show up at work with dog hair on our suits, unexpected scratches on their wrists and poo bags in their pockets?  Who goes to the special pet store to collect the proper nutritious treats, wholesome healthy food and safe, fun toys no matter if that takes 5 stops and many traffic lights?

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Over time, the feeding regime of animals has changed dramatically.  We are now better educated as to the nutritional requirements of our animals for a healthier, longer life.  Originally, we fed our animals as carnivores-meat eaters as their sole diet.  Advances in science have given us a better understanding of their requirements, leading to quality, professional dry dog food formula’s.

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The University of Queensland is set to help thoroughbred horse breeders combat a hairy caterpillar threat that causes horse abortions and is costing the Australian racing industry millions of dollars every year. 

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