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Fun Springtime Activities To Do With Your Pet in Melbourne

posted by The Daily Fluff November 5, 2016 0 comments

After a somewhat prolonged winter here in Melbourne, it’s finally time! Spring has officially arrived (well, most of the time, it is Melbourne after all). So now it’s time to get out of your dressing gown, get that adorable sweater off your furry friend and get outside!

Unsure what to do? Here are some of our favourite activities for you and your pet to do this spring:

Coffee date:

Now that it’s getting a bit warmer, you can finally have your Sunday brunch outside again (praise hands emoji)! When the sun is shining, take your pup along and enjoy Melbourne’s awesome café culture and our beautiful spring days! Most cafes welcome dogs along in all outside areas. If you’re looking to really treat your pup, then check out Doghouse! A café made entirely for dogs, sounds pretty good if you ask me!

Explore the laneways:

Melbourne is famous for its hidden laneways. Whether you’re on the lookout for some of Melbourne’s best coffee, or if you want to admire some of the best graffiti there’s bound to be something for you and your fur-baby to enjoy. Here are some of our faves:

  • Centre Place and Degraves Street, between Flinders Street and Collins Street: Grab some coffee or breakfast in the bustling laneways. Avoid peak times (generally any time after lunch) if your pup doesn’t like big crowds.
  • Hosier Lane: Famous for its ever-changing graffiti, Hosier Lane is a must see. Grab your camera and take some happy snaps of your pup amongst the art.

Beach time:

After what seemed like an endless winter, it’s finally warm enough to take a trip to the dog beach! Whether your pup is a water-baby, or a land-lover they are sure to enjoy some time under the sun. Before you head down for a swim, be sure to check the local council restrictions and regulations.

Here are some of our favourite dog beaches:

  • Brighton Dog Beach, Sandown St, Brighton VIC 3186
  • West Beach St. Kilda, 330A Beaconsfield Parade, St Kilda West VIC 3182
  • Sandringham Dog Beach, Jetty Rd, Sandringham VIC 3191 

Wine-time:

Yep, you heard us right. Turns out wineries and pups are a match made in heaven. Gourmet Pawprints specialises in organising dog-friendly winery tours.

Whether you want to head to the Mornington Peninsula, or to visit the Yarra Valley, Gourmet Pawprints will plan a day for you and your dogs to enjoy. Best part is, everything is organised for you! All you have to do is show up with your best fur-friend and enjoy the local wine. Bliss!

What are some of your favourite springtime activities in Melbourne? Comment and share them with us below!

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5 Tips for Looking After Your Pet’s Health in Spring

posted by The Daily Fluff October 18, 2016 0 comments

Spring is FINALLY starting to come around in Melbourne (hallelujah), which means longer days, blue skies and days spent in the sun. While spring is pretty much all fun and games for us humans, unfortunately it isn’t all sunshine and butterflies for our pets.

Here are five tips to make sure your pets are as happy as can be this season!

Looking fresh:

While we may be starting to put away our winter jackets, our furry friends may start losing theirs. If you’ve got a dog with fur (as opposed to hair) or a longhaired cat, you might notice that they start to shed more.

To help move along the process, grab a firm brush or comb and make sure to brush them daily. This will help cool down your pet and will probably lessen vacuuming time! If your pup is hypoallergenic, take them to the groomers for a quick trim!

Keeping cool:

Make sure you’re leaving out plenty of water for your pets to drink as the temperature starts to increase, and change it frequently. It’s super important to make sure that they’re hydrated! If your pet will tolerate it, try and give them baths on warm days to keep their body temperature down.

Our friend Freddie Mercury always tries to stay cool in the warm spring heat:

“Spring has sprung! And for a big fluffy cat like me, that means I have to start thinking about keeping cool. I highly recommend popping a few ice cubes in your water dish for a refreshingly cool drink”

Stay away from baddies:

If you’ve got a green thumb, then you’d know that the backyard could be a bit of a scary place for pets in springtime. Here are a few things to watch out for in your backyard or local parks.

  • Snail bate/poisons: Anything you might use to get rid of unwanted pests, or weeds can be seriously toxic to our pets! If you are using any sort of pesticide, make sure it is in an area that is closed off to your fur-babies.
  • Bee stings: Unfortunately, bees and wasps don’t discriminate and our pets are just as likely to get stung as we are! If you notice any hives developing in your area, be sure to keep an eye out on your pet as they play outside.
  • Poisonous plants: Those gorgeous lilies or birds of paradise sprouting in your yard under the spring sun may actually be a bit of a danger for your pets!

Dogs in particular can have quite a bad reaction to aloe, apricot trees and buttercups.

Cats should stay away from carnations, chives and daisies. Both cats and dogs can also be highly allergic to lilies!

Here is a full list of plants that may be toxic to our pets: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants.

Time to visit the vet:

We can practically see your dog or cat rolling their eyes at us from here. Yep, that’s right its time to visit the vet! Spring is a great time to check that your pet is up to date with all of their vaccinations and medication including heartworm tablets. We all know that warmer weather means that it’s mosquito season, and these little pesky bugs actually can spread heartworm so it’s vital that your pet is properly protected.

Fleas also flourish in the warmer weather; so make sure you’re on top of your flea treatments!

Kick back and relax:

We know it can be super tempting to get out of the house as soon as the sun starts shining, but be careful that you aren’t over-doing it. If your pets aren’t used to lots of exercise, especially after our long winter, make sure you ease into it.

Frankie Sunny knows how important it is to stay cool, calm and collected:

“When the sun comes out in spring it’s pawesome and we feel like we could spend the whole day running around outside. Just be careful that your pets don’t overdo it and of course, always have fresh, cold water available.”

Like Frankie said, if you are planning on spending the day out with your pup, make sure you bring along a water bowl, and plan to spend some time relaxing in the shade to keep them cool.

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