Recent research has proven what a lot of veterinarians have known for many years. A dog in the home results in healthier children.

"Puppies shouldn't be chosen as a last minute present to make children smile on Christmas day, but that doesn't mean bringing one into the family as a Christmas present is careless," warns veterinarian Dr Peter Higgins.

Depression in dogs can have serious and potentially life threatening consequences that could be made worse by long periods of isolation now the school holidays have finished. While some people are sceptical of the existence of depression in animals, veterinarian, Dr Peter Higgins believes it does exist in dogs, and that prevention is the key to avoiding it.

Pets are commonly seen as a culpable source of allergens, and a majority of allergy sufferers simply do not entertain the possibility of owning dogs. The good news for the one in four Australians suffering allergies is that there are a number of solutions available allowing them to live comfortably with canine companions.

This Anzac Day, Dogs NSW pays tribute to those dogs that provided assistance to soldiers during times of war overseas. “Dogs have served in the Australian military going right back to World War 1.

Dogs NSW is calling for consistency across Australia and across all public transport forms. “Responsible dog ownership means that suitably trained dogs should be permitted on all public transport whether they are dedicated assistance dogs or family pets,” explains Dr Peter Higgins, Veterinary Adviser.

Children learn through play. Dogs love to play. Our children can, and do, learn from playing with their dogs. Our society encourages stimulation of social and intellectual development for our children in their homes. “Dogs can play an important part of the development of children in ways that enhance their life experiences.

The close bond between man and dog is a great joy to many. We enjoy and encourage this friendship in our daily lives. If your dog, however, becomes too dependent on you and your presence, dog separation anxiety can develop.

On Australia Day, we celebrate our proud heritage. We are the lucky country, and without our Australian dogs – born and bred here in Australia - we would not be the lucky country.

I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains. Australia is the sunburnt melanoma capital of the world. Dogs are able to smell changes in our bodies and have helped to alert owners of skin cancers, potentially saving lives.