Christmas books 2014 - 01/12/2014

Hi everyone,


It's the 1st of December and Christmas is fast approaching - yipppeeee! If you are going away over the Christmas/New Year period and need the furry family looked after, particularly between 24 December - 2 January, please let me know as soon as possible as I am getting very busy.

Before and after these dates are busy but I should be able to fit in any last minute bookings.

Have a great one.

Fiona :)

Sydney Dog Lovers Show - 28/10/2014

For all those dog lovers out there the Sydney Dog Lovers Show is coming to town Friday 7 - Sunday 9 November 2014 at Moore Park.

Over 20,000 dog lovers attended the last event in Melbourne and the Sydney Show will be just as big with over... 30 Breed Club members, 20+ Rescue Groups, the country's leading celebrity vets, over 10 educational and entertainment based visitor zones plus 160+ Exhibitors offering the latest and greatest doggy gear.

Visit: for more information

Hope to see you there.

ALERT for rabbit owners - calicivirus in wild and pet rabbitsț - 21/03/2014

Veterinarians warning killer virus to threaten pet rabbits

Veterinarians are urging owners of domestic rabbits to vaccinate against a killer virus to be soon released in Sydney to control the wild rabbit population.

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife's ongoing feral rabbit control program helps to reduce the negative impacts of feral rabbits on native animals and plants, but it is a serious threat to domestic rabbits, says Dr Jayne Weller, exotics, avian and aquatic veterinarian from the Animal Referral Hospital in Sydney.

The Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV) - also known as the Rabbit Calicivirus - is used in a solution applied to chopped carrots, and once eaten by a rabbit, the virus spreads quickly through rabbit-to-rabbit contact and via biting insects, such as mosquitoes.

The virus is not harmful to native animals or other domestic pets, but will kill pet rabbits that are not vaccinated against it. The disease damages the rabbits' internal organs, such as the liver and gut, and can also cause haemor- rhage or bleeding, explains Dr Weller.

"The virus is released periodically every few years in different Council areas and we are seeing a marked increase in the number of affected pet rabbit cases," she says. "The virus spreads and kills within 48 hours, and there's no treat- ment for it."

Rabbit owners can protect their bunnies by bringing them inside during mosquito prone times or keeping them in an insect proof enclosure or hutch if they are outside, which will also minimise the chance of them coming into contact with wild rabbits.

"The virus will remain in population, so the best protection for pet rabbits is to vaccinate against the disease," says Dr Weller.

Signs of exposure to the virus include lethargy, being off food, sitting still/quietly and possibly bleeding from the nose, eyes, mouth or anus.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service reported that RHDV baits will be laid around northern Sydney late March or early April. The council areas that will be directly affected by this release are: Hills Shire Council, Hornsby Shire Council, Hunters Hill Council, Ku-ring-gai Municipal Council, Lane Cove Council, Manly Council, Mosman Council, North Sydney Council, Parramatta Council, Pittwater Council, Ryde City Council, Warringah Council, Willoughby City Council.

For best protection, vaccination is recommended prior to March 1st. "The Calicivirus is the only annual vaccination recommended to protect pet rabbits from three months old," says Dr Weller. "Contact your local vet or Council for further information." 

No more Christmas bookings for 2013 available - 17/12/2013

Hi everyone,


Unfortunately, I cannot take any more Christmas bookings for 2013. Apologies to those who have missed out.

Hope you all have a fabulous Christmas and New Year.


Fiona :)

Christmas bookings 2013 - 18/11/2013

Christmas is fast approaching so if you are going away over the Christmas / New Year period please book in now as spots are quickly filling.

Richmond Tafe WSI courses - 07/03/2013

For those that are interested Richmond Tafe have some fantastic short courses for your pets. They cater to everything from dogs and cats to reptiles. I have been along to the Natural Therapies - Massage and the Hydrotherapy courses and they were boh excellent.

If you would like some information about the courses they run please let me know and I can email you a PDF of the courses. Otherwise you can contact Helen Bodil from Richmond Tafe who will more than happily pass on any information you require.

Fiona :)

Avoiding puppy heatstroke - 30/11/2012

Heatstroke and heat stress in dogs

During summer, dogs can easily suffer from heat stress and heatstroke - conditions that, without the right treatment, can prove extremely dangerous or even fatal.

Heat stress occurs when a dog’s body temperature rises significantly and it can’t cool itself down fast enough. At this stage, they usually:

  • pant persistently and quickly
  • look stressed and agitated.

Heatstroke occurs when the heat stress isn’t corrected fast enough and the dogs body temperature continues to rise, resulting in:

  • lethargy
  • collapsing and having a seizure
  • multiple organ failure, and eventually
  • death

That’s why it’s so important to prevent your dog from developing heatstroke in the first place.

How do dogs get heat stroke?

Unlike us, dogs don’t sweat. So they can only really reduce their body temperature by panting. That’s why breeds of dogs with shorter airways, like Pugs and British Bulldogs, develop heatstroke far more easily than many others.

How can I protect my dog from getting heat stroke?

Don’t leave your dog unattended in the car

We wouldn’t dare do it to children these days, and the same should go for your dog. Unfortunately, leaving dogs in parked cars is one of the major causes of heatstroke. Even with the windows slightly wound down, temperatures inside can rise quickly and beyond your dog’s ability to cope. On very hot days it happens even quicker.

Provide shade and water

When you’re at home, always ensure your pooch has easy access to plenty of water and adequate shade, especially if they are outdoor dogs. When temperatures reach 35⁰C +, keep your dog indoors and, if possible, in an air-conditioned room as they can still overheat with water and shade.

Make your dog ‘summer friendly’

Groom your dog to avoid a matted coat or have its fur clipped. Be extra careful with longhaired, overweight, young and older dogs.

Avoid midday exercise

Australia’s summer sun can be brutal in the middle of the day, so keep your walks and play sessions to early mornings and late afternoons when it is cooler.

How do I treat heat stress?

If your dog is getting overheated and suffering from early heat stress symptoms, such as:

  • panting fast,
  • panting a lot,
  • getting agitated,
  • and appearing stressed, then

you may be able to prevent heatstroke developing by:

  • giving them plenty of cool water,
  • placing them in front of a fan,
  • wetting their coat with a cool water shower
  • placing a cool wet towel over them

Does my dog have heat stroke?

If you are not sure whether your dog has heat stroke follow the steps above and then take them to your vet immediately.

What if my dog collapses or has a seizure?

If your dog has developed heatstroke and has collapsed and / or is convulsing:

  • wet their coat with a cool water shower
  • take them immediately to the nearest veterinary emergency centre

Canine vaccination - 13/11/2012

A very interesting article and well worth a read:

Toxic plants to pets - 03/09/2012

Many households contain plants and flowers that may actually do harm, or be fatal, to your family pets.

The US animal welfare organisation ASPCA runs a national poisons control centre for pets which includes a list of the most frequently encountered plants that have been reported as having systemic effects on pets and/or intense effects on the gastrointestinal tract. The link to the list is:

WARNING: A special warning must be made regarding lily toxicity in cats. Lily toxicity is an extremely devestating toxicity which, despite the best treatment from vets, causes many cats to die. Asian, Day, Easter, Glory, Japanese Show, Peace, Red, Rubrum, Stargaszer, Tiger and Wood lilies are all toxic to cats. Even ingesting the smallest part of any of the lily plant may cause intoxication and death. Signs of ingestion and poisoning include lathargy, depression and vomiting. If untreated, acute kidney or renal failure may occur. If you suspect that your cat may have injested part of a lily and is showing signs of lily toxicity, please visit your Vet or Animal Emergency Hospital immediately.

The following plants have also been found to be dangerous for pets:

Aloe Vera
American Bittersweet
Andromeda Japonica
Asian Lily (Liliaceae)
Asparagus Fern
Autumn Crocus
Bird of Paradise
Boston ivy
Branching Ivy
Buddhist Pine
Calla Lily
Castor Bean
Ceriman (Cutleaf Philodendron)
Chinaberry Tree
Chinese Evergreen
Christmas Rose
Corn Plant (Cornstalk Plant)
Day Lily
Deadly Nightshade
Devil's Ivy
Dumb Cane
Easter Lily
Elephant Ears
Emerald Feather (Emerald Fern)
English Ivy
European Bittersweet
Fiddle-Leaf Philodendron
Flamingo Plant
Florida Beauty
Fruit Salad Plant
German ivy
Glacier Ivy
Glory Lily
Gold Dieffenbachia
Gold Dust Dracaena
Golden Pothos
Green Gold Nephthytis
Hahn's self branching English Ivy
Heartleaf Philodendron
Heavenly Bamboo
Horsehead Philodendron
Hurricane Plant
India rubber plant
Japanese Show Lily
Japanese Yew (Yew)
Jerusalem Cherry
Lace Fern
Lacy Tree
Lily of the Valley
Macadamia Nut (aka Australian Nuts, Queensland Nut, Bauple Nut, Bush Nut and Maroochi Nut)
Madagascar Dragon Tree
Marble Queen
Mauna Loa Peace Lily (Peace Lily)

Mexican Breadfruit
Mistletoe "American"
Morning Glory
Needlepoint Ivy
Orange Day Lily
Peace Lily (Maana Loa Peace Lily)
Philodendron Pertusum
Plumosa Fern
Potted chrysanthemum
Precatory Bean
Queensland Nut
Red Emerald
Red Lily
Red-Margined Dracaena (aka Straight-Margined Dracaena)
Ribbon Plant (Dracaena sanderiana)
Rubrum Lily
Saddle Leaf Philodendron
Sago Palm
Spotted Dumb Cane
Stargazer Lily
Striped Dracaena
Sweetheart Ivy
Swiss Cheese Plant
Taro Vine
Tiger Lily
Tomato Plant
Tree Philodendron
Tropic Snow Dumbcane
Variable Dieffenbachia
Variegated Philodendron
Warneckei Dracaena
Weeping fig
Wood Lily

The following plants and shrubs have been known to poison livestock:

Monterey Cypress
Yew Taxux accata
Nerium Oleander

Welcome - 23/08/2012

Welcome to Fifi's Pet Minding. This is my first blog. To all my current clients, welcome and I hope you enjoy the site. For those that I haven't met yet I hope to soon :) Through my previous training I hope to be able to pass on some useful informtion from basic training through to behaviour problems. If there is anything you would like help with or you just have a general question please don't hesitate to drop me a line. I look forward to catching up with you all.

Fi :)

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