Dogs Life Updates

Kristie Bradfield looks back at the origin of pack theory and the role of the alpha dog. There was a time in recent history when becoming the alpha in your own familial pack was what a lot of dog owners aspired to. There were television shows about it, websites and YouTube channels devoted to it, […]

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Pet Insurance: What to consider

Wondering if pet insurance is a life saver or a bank account drainer? Mel Hearse investigates When pet insurance first came out (and I’m about to show my age here), it was a solid no from my husband and me — there was pretty much one option on the table and a list of exclusions […]

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Keep your dog’s teeth and breath clean and fresh with the Oral Care Dental Sticks, available now from Joseph Lyddy. With a firm, chewy texture designed to massage your dog’s gums, these sticks aid in eliminating plaque build-up. For more information, visit josephlyddypetindulgence.com.au. DOGSLife​ has three Joseph Lyddy Oral Care Dental Stick packets to give away.  […]


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Down near the Pier On a sunny Semaphore Day Ed the kelpie Is enjoying the bay He loves to wander Ed used to be wild But it’s now a meander A walk that is mild Ed runs in the sea The shallows and weed Sniffing the sand An ingrained need His best friend is Jessie […]

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Dog diabetes

For some dogs, diabetes is a part of everyday life that must be managed with care. Danielle Chenery explains why some dogs get diabetes, outlines the symptoms and describes how it is treated For Sarah’s 12-year-old Border Collie, Merlot, treatment for her diabetes has been a part of everyday life for the past two years. […]

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Heartworm: keep your dog safe

On April 12th, 2017

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heartworm prevention for dogs

Heartworm: keep your dog safe

On April 12th, 2017

Mel Hearse talks to Dr Kate Adams, veterinarian and part owner of Bondi Veterinary Hospital, about all things heartworm and how to prevent it Most dog owners have heard of heartworm. It’s one of the many routine treatments your vet will recommend and if you’ve had your pooch for more than a year and opted […]

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dog ear infections

Both annoying and painful, ear infections can cause our pets great distress, Carrol Baker writes If you’ve ever had an ear infection, you’d know how horrible and painful they can be. Our canine friends can suffer from ear infections, too, often more frequently than us humans do. Just like people, there are many reasons why […]

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One of the largest dog events in the world, the Dog Lovers Show is a celebration of the friendship we share with our four-legged friends. The Melbourne Dog Lovers Show runs from Friday May 5 to Sunday May 7, and includes doggy face painting, the KONG Celebrity Vet Stage and even a tribute to Australia’s […]


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How many words should your dog understand and how can you increase their vocabulary? Tim Falk reports The ability to effectively communicate with your dog is a skill every canine owner should have. From understanding his or her name and basic commands, through to more complex behaviours such as coming when called, you and your […]

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Lure coursing is one of the latest doggy sports to hit our shores, but is it the sport for your pooch? Katie Cincotta tells us more. Some dogs would rather smell the daisies, while others just love to run. It’s wired into their DNA to take off in the pursuit of prey. Anyone who has ever […]

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