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New Year fireworks: tips for keeping your pets calm and areas to avoid

posted by The Daily Fluff December 28, 2016 0 comments

Although New Years is celebrated worldwide, it can be quite the opposite affair for animals, with the loud parties, large groups and fireworks increasing levels of anxiety in certain pets. Although every animal can react differently, there are a few characteristics that can be quite common in anxious pets. These may include dogs barking, pacing, shaking and even chewing (or destroying) whatever is close to them.

To help ensure your pet doesn’t act out and is as safe, calm and as happy as possible, we have compiled a list of advice to implement over the New Year period.

What to do:

  • Don’t yell at your pet. If your pet is scared of fireworks, they will naturally come to you for help. By scolding at them for barking, jumping or chewing you can make them even more stressed and anxious.
  • Give them affection, but don’t overdo it. Pat them to keep them calm and treat them as you usually do, as too much attention may result in them thinking there really is something to be afraid of.
  • Put on some music or television that they are used to, to help calm them and cover up the other noises. Be sure there is nothing loud or scary on TV!
  • Bring them inside if possible and close the curtains to block out any visuals or frantic glances.
  • Take your dog for a walk, your horse for a ride or play with your cat during the day, so they are tired at night time and ready for a big sleep!
  • Give them a treat that may take a while to eat and some chew toys. This could include bones and Kong toys filled with treats.
  • In the weeks prior (or even begin months before in future years), play audio of fireworks your pet becomes used to the sounds and understand they are not a threat.
  • Ensure all your fences and gates are secure, as the ‘flight’ response may kick in when they are afraid. Also ensure they have an up to date tag on their collar and microchip just in case.
  • Make sure your pet has somewhere to hide, whether it is a kennel, blanket, small room or under a table.
  • If possible, having someone home with them will make them much calmer! Find out if any loved ones are looking for a relaxing night in if you’re unable to be home.
  • Buy a thunder jacket for your dog. They can be very calming!


Where to avoid taking your pet after dark:
Never take your pet to a firework display, even if you think they will be fine. If you’re unsure on where firework displays will be taking place, here are a few key areas that you should avoid taking your pet:

  • Large ovals
  • Beaches/lakes
  • Showgrounds
  • City and surrounds

Click here to see a list of large Melbourne events, or contact your local council for more details on what is happening in your local area.

Travel

Heading away for the holidays? Don’t Leave Your Pet Behind!

posted by The Daily Fluff December 19, 2016 0 comments

Planning a holiday with the family? Now you can take your pets with you too!

The team at Jetpets Holidays have recently launched a series of pet-friendly holiday packages, so that you can enjoy many popular destinations throughout Australia with the whole family, including your pets! Whether you’re after 5 star urban luxury or a cozy country retreat, there’s a pet-friendly destination for every ‘fur-family’.

Ready For Take Off?

Not sure how to go about booking your pet a plane ticket? Never fear! Jetpets Holidays take care of everything for you and your pets, from booking flights (for the whole family,) to organising pet travel crates, accommodation, transfers/car hire and other pet services – you name it, they’ve got it covered!

Because we’re all busy, especially at this time of year, your consultant will organise the entire process for you, and where possible your pet will travel on the same flight in a comfortable Airline Approved Travel Crate.

Transfers/Car Hire

Jetpets Holiday packages include transfers and car hire from the airport to your accommodation. Their transfers are all pet friendly, ensuring the whole family arrives together in comfort!

Accommodation

The team at Jetpets Holidays have hand picked a selection of pet-friendly accommodation venues across Australia. From five star luxury, to urban hideaways and cozy country retreats off the beaten track, they have the perfect accommodation venue for your next holiday. Better still, all of Jetpets Holidays venues are pet-friendly and some offer amazing extras like pet sitting, bedding for your furry friend, and meals prepared specially for your pet.

Travel tips

There are a few things to keep in mind when travelling with pets. Make sure your pet is up to date with their vaccinations, as well as their worming, flea and tick treatments.

Pet Holiday Checklist

Don’t forget:

  • Lead and collar
  • Your pet’s favourite toys
  • Heading to a cooler climate? Make sure you pack a coat or a jumper for your pet to rug up
  • Make sure that your pet is microchipped and their details are up to date

Are you ready to book a holiday with your pets? Click here to get started.

 

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Fun

Signs You’re The Best ‘Purr-ent’

posted by The Daily Fluff November 15, 2016 0 comments

Here at The Daily Fluff, we like to treat our pets as if they are a part of our family! Whether you like to pamper your pet with their favourite treats, or just love and affection, you know that no matter what, to them you’re the best human in the world.

Here’s a list of reasons The Daily Fluff thinks you’re the best ‘purr-ent’ out there!

You look after their health:

Like us, our pets probably aren’t feeling their best without yummy, nutritious food and some exercise! Trust us, your dog thinks you’re the best person on earth when you grab their favourite ball and have a game of catch. Keeping your pets active, keeps them happy!

When it comes to their physical health, you know what’s best, that’s why you take them to the vet, regardless of how much they don’t want to go!

You show them affection:

It’s important to show your fur babies how much you really love them. Set aside some time every day to pamper your cat or dog with love and affection. Whether this is some quality belly rub time, or just some cuddles, this fosters an emotional connection between you and your pet, and it shows them that you love them as much as they love you!

You let them hang out with their friends:

Socialisation is so important for pups! If your dog is an only (fur)child, make sure that every now and then you take them out to a dog park so they can interact with other dogs. Not only will your pup love making new friends, it will teach them important lessons.

They get super-dooper excited to see you:

You know your pet really loves you when they get excited every single time you walk back through the front door. There is nothing nicer then being greeted with pure happiness everyday when you get home! Whether your dog runs around in circles, or your cat rubs against your legs, this their way of showing you that they are glad to see you.

They treat you like you’re part of the pack:

This is how you know your pet truly believes you’re the best parent out there!

It’s natural for animals to cuddle up when they’re having naps, so this is why they might try and sneak into your bedroom in the middle of the night.

If they’re feeling playful, they might even try and give you a sneaky love-bite! If they give you a little nibble on the chin, or on your fingers, they are trying to tell you that they love being in your pack, and that you’re the ultimate purrent!

Our Insta-friend Bentley said

My mum is the best purrent because when she comes home from work after leaving me by myself all day she makes up for it with endless cuddles and kisses! She also puts up with my fussy eating habits and doesn’t get angry when I don’t eat my food!

How does your pet show you they love you? Leave us a comment down below!

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FunTravel

5 Dog Friendly Beaches in Melbourne

posted by The Daily Fluff October 21, 2016 0 comments

Sun, sand, surf and snapping at seafoam. You know who loves where that kind of alliteration leads? Your best furry friend!

Here in Melbourne we’re lucky enough to boast a large selection of dog-friendly beaches. The following are our top picks:

1. Brighton Dog Beach:

Down in St Kilda there’s room for all sorts, from dachshunds to great danes, in the fenced-off area specifically designed for pups to run rampant in. Feel free to use the time to sidle up to the owner of your pup’s doppleganger and make a new friend. The dog’s area at Brighton Beach is a super social scene, don’t forget to treat yourself to a seaside salted caramel gelato while you’re there!

2. Safety Beach:

Head down to the famous Safety Beach on the Mornington Peninsula for fun in the sun of all kinds.  Slip, slop, slap this spring and summer and get some salt in your hair, and your pets! Safety beach is open year round with no leash restrictions so head down this weekend.

3. Altona Beach:

Burns reserve down in Altona boasts one of the largest, best dog-friendly beaches local to Melbourne. While there are a lot of kiteboarders hanging out around the water, one can still let their pups off leash and roll around in the sand.

4. Port Melbourne Beach:

Just five kilometres west of the CBD you’ll find Port Melbourne Beach, which is our furry friend Monty’s favourite place to go.

“I have the time of my life at my most favourite place, Port Melbourne Beach. I love playing in the water and doing  zoomies in the sand, I love life!”

The palm-lined shore front presents the perfect setting for an afternoon of play with your favourite pup.

5. Clayton Reserve:

Head over to North Melbourne toward the Clayton Reserve for a Sunday romp with rover. The picturesque setting and abundance of other furry friends will ensure a relaxing weekend rendezvous. Take a picnic if you like, and let your pup enjoy the sun and sand.

What better way to spend a spring summer weekend in Australia than out and about with your favourite hound?

Fun

4 Ways to Spoil Your Pet Today

posted by The Daily Fluff September 27, 2016 0 comments

We LOVE our pets, and we love to spoil them – which is why we’ve rounded up our four favourite ways to spoil your furry-friend today!

Find out what they are below.

Food:

Admit it, you totally like to spoil yourself with your favourite dessert every now and then and let me tell you, our pets love being spoiled with food just as much! Try swapping out your pet’s usual food for something a bit extra special.

Another great idea is to try making your own dog or cat food. You can make a large quantity and freeze it to bring out on special occasions to surprise your fur-baby.

Toys and playtime:

If you’ve got a ball-crazy dog then you know how much they just love playing catch. Sure, throwing the ball 50 times in a row can get a little boring, but you know your dog absolutely loves it.

Don’t forget our feline friends either! Grab your cat’s favourite toy and really invest in a good exercise session. This will keep their mind and body active, as well as acting as some great boding time for the two of you!

Adventures:

If there is one thing that dogs love, it’s exploring new places! Treat your dog by taking them for a walk to a new dog park, or even a dog friendly beach!

If you’re up for a more relaxing day then you could take your dog to a dog friendly café and relax with a latte while your pup explores.

Volli the Dachshund loves going to new places:

“I know I have little legs, but I can keep up with you – don’t you worry. All those smells and trees to pee on, it’s like an amusement park for my senses!”

Cuddles:

Well, maybe this one is a treat for us too. One sure way to spoil your pet is to give them all of the love and attention they need!

Volli has explained this perfectly:

“When you are home, just let me hang out with you – all the time. You are my best friend and being by your side is happiness.”


What are your favourite ways to spoil your pet? Share with us below!

Fun

Our Favourite Pet Friendly Cafes in Melbourne

posted by The Daily Fluff September 8, 2016 0 comments

Here in Melbourne it’s no secret that we love coffee and our pets, which is why we are bringing the two together and are sharing with you our favourite pet friendly cafés so you can enjoy a delicious latte with your favourite furry friend by your side!

Here are a few of our top Melbourne favourites:

Kew Nursery and Café:

If you are looking for a vibrant and welcoming place to head to this weekend, why not go to the Kew Nursery and Café? It’s vegetarian, kid and pet friendly and has a delicious menu including all day breakfast sure to please!

Highlights on the menu include the vegetarian stack, smashed avocado, BLAT and zucchini fritters… yum!

  • 2 Gladstone Street,
  • Kew, 3101
  • (03) 9853 5669

Crowded House:

If it’s a hearty breakfast or lunch that you’re after, head down to Crowded House in Williamstown and bring along your pooch. There’s a great outdoor area with water bowls for your dog and the best part? It’s close to many local beach walks, making it a great weekend outing.

  • 8 Ferguson St
  • Williamstown, VIC 3016
  • (03) 9397 5526

Collingwood Children’s Farm:

Want to have a fun day out with the whole family? Why not bring the kids and your pets down to Collingwood Children’s Farm and play with the animals and your furry friend too! The Collingwood Children’s Farm has a gorgeous café that is both kid and pet friendly so you can treat yourself to delicious breakfast or lunch after visiting the farm animals.

    • 18 St Heliers St,
    • Abbotsford VIC 3067
    • (03) 9417 5806

Grub Food Van:

If you’re after a funky café vibe, delicious food and a dog friendly setting, head to Grub Food Van in Brunswick. This great hidden gem is very welcoming to our pooches, with water bowls at every corner and an abundance of friendly dogs that can be spotted relaxing under tables while their owners feast on Grub Food Van’s delicious menu.


Have we missed any great pet friendly places in Melbourne? We’d love to hear where you’ve been! Comment and share them with us below.

 

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