Ruby wanting a loving family in 2016

The Animal Welfare League is hoping a Gold Coast family will visit their rehoming centre on the Gold Coast and adopt Ruby.

Ruby is a loving and calm Australian Cattledog / Samoyed who is 3 Years 2 Months 2 Weeks old.

She has beautiful eyes and will make such a lovely companion to a quieter household. She doesn’t mind spending her time with other dogs, but prefers those with a calm disposition – just like hers.

If you are interested in Ruby and have another calm dog at home, please bring them and yourself along to meet her at AWLQ’s Gold Coast rehoming centre, Shelter Rd, Coombabah 4216.

ANIMAL ID: 42446
PHONE: 07 5509 9030
WEB: http://www.awlqld.com.au/
ADDRESS: Shelter Road, Coombabah, Qld, 4216

Warning: Christmas treats can kill your pet

Pet owners are being warned that just 50g of chocolate can be toxic and kill a dog or cat.

RSPCA Qld’s Senior Veterinarian Dr Anne Chester said cats and dogs cannot tolerate theobromine, which is one of key ingredients of chocolate. ”Theobromine can cause a range of problems in domestic animals because it triggers the release of adrenaline, which can lead to a greatly accelerated heart rate and an irregular heartbeat. Pets can vomit, suffer diarrhoea and excessive urination and become hyperactive. This can be followed by depression, coma, seizures and death.”

Dr Chester said pet owners must also be wary of onions. “Onions can also be toxic -Even the small amounts contained on pizza slices. People often give their family pet the barbeque left overs and more often than not there are onions mixed in with the meat. For some dogs this can be a fatal oversight.”

Christmas of course has always been the season of good cheer and humans traditionally eat and drink, if not to excess, at least more than they would at other times of the year. With most pets considered part of the family, there’s a quite normal inclination to share the food with the family pet.

“The problem is that a sudden increase in fatty foods affects the animal’s pancreas and this can lead to pancreatitis,” Dr Chester continued. “Cooked bones can also cause major problems. They’re brittle and the sharp slivers can either lodge in the throat or pierce the stomach lining.”

Dr Chester emphasized that she was not trying to be melodramatic. “We want everyone to have a very merry Christmas. But please! Think carefully before you feed your pets food designed for humans.”

Zoo animals cool down with ice blocks in SA

South Australia is sweltering through a heatwave for the third consecutive day, so zoo keepers have a come up with a clever (and super cute) way to help the animals cool down at Adelaide Zoo.

In between enjoying sprinklers, water misters and wading pools, many of the animals are staying cool by licking ice blocks.

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It’s hoped the ice blocks (which are much larger than the ones us humans typically consume) will help prevent the animals from heat stress.

Shelter animals play Santa’s elves in cute video

These adorable dogs and cats dressed as Santa’s elves are sure to brighten your day!

Gourmet pet food company, Freshpet, have created a cute Christmas video featuring shelter dogs and cats dressed in elf costumes, but in a twist the animals have human hands.

The ‘elves’ can be seen making and wrapping toys, and even taste-testing the chew bones and treats before stuffing them into stockings

The video, while sweet to watch, is also helping animals in need, with Freshpet donating one meal to a shelter animal for every share on YouTube.

Watch the video below, and don’t forget to share!

A fitness club is helping overweight pets

Most of us love to spoil our pets with treats, but feeding them too much can lead to our furry friends packing on the the pounds.

Pet obesity is a growing epidemic and one that a UK charity have come up with a cute strategy to combat.

PDSA have developed a six-month diet and exercise program, called Pet Fit Club, to help overweight pets get back into shape.

PHOTO: PDSA – Help a vet help a pet / Facebook

PHOTO: PDSA – Help a vet help a pet / Facebook

The program also creates awareness of the serious issue and teaches owners what they should be feeding and how often they should be exercising their pets.

On Thursday, the first round of pets completed the program. Former bulging Bullmastiff Kayla, who used to enjoy a roast on Sundays and cornflakes for breakfast, was crowned the inaugural pet slimmer of the year after shedding nearly a third of her bodyweight.