PetSafe® Brand Raises Awareness of Pet Hydration this summer with Nationwide Campaign

Pet Hydration logoDecember, 2017: A recent survey (1) conducted by pet product expert, PetSafe® Brand Australia found that Australian pet owners show a surprising lack of awareness when it comes to their pet's hydration and are happy to let them drink puddle, river or gutter water, or even from the backyard pool.

edit image webAussies love their pets and money seems to be no object when it comes to their health. New research reveals 54 per cent of pet owners have, or would consider, pet insurance. Even without insurance, 50 per cent would spend more than $1000 on treatment and recovery if their pet had an accident or was diagnosed with a serious illness and 34 per cent would spend more than $2000.

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Summer is a great time to be out and about with your dog; swimming, taking long walks, exploring parks, camping and more. However, Dogs NSW warns the hot weather also brings unexpected dangers that can be deadly for our four-legged friends!

Pet owners need to protect their pets from many summer threats, such as bushfires, snake and tick bites, sunburn, thunderstorms, heat stress and dehydration, said veterinarian Dr Karen Hedberg BVSc.

Dr Hedberg is spokesperson for Dogs NSW, the peak body in New South Wales responsible for promoting breeding, showing, trialling, obedience and other canine-related activities, and the ownership of temperamentally and physically sound purebred dogs across the state. She is also a Dogs NSW registered breeder and chair of the Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC) Canine Health and Wellbeing Committee.

Dog with bookNow, in the supposed information era, there is much mis-information about dogs, and yet there is so much to learn.

“While ever I work with dogs I learn something new about them – everyday!” Dr Robert Zammit.

Consequently, we have embarked on the presentation of a series of seminars, gathering experts in the field of canine science, be it behaviour, nutrition, reproduction, genetics and the host of other headings under the husbandry and science of this species.

No Dog Should Die tileAustralia's leading emergency veterinarians issue a strong warning to dog owners as official paralysis tick season commences. 

1 November 2017: As Australia’s peak paralysis tick season officially starts, some of Australia’s leading emergency veterinarians have an urgent warning message for dog owners – protect your pet against tick paralysis, a preventable disease, now, or face the deadly consequences.  

Director and Veterinary Specialist at The Animal Emergency Service in Queensland, Dr Rob Webster comments: “Tick paralysis is a preventable disease. When we lose dogs, a terrible outcome for all involved, we are losing dogs that could have been saved by administering a long-lasting paralysis tick treatment.”  “Once the paralysis from a tick bite has taken hold, even the very best we can do using tick anti-serum and supportive care is going to save 8 out of 10 patients. This leaves a large number of dog owners in the dreadful position where they essentially watch their dog die from a preventable disease.”

DiggerOn Saturday, 28th October 2017 at West Croydon RSL in South Australia, a long awaited dog memorial was unveiled, in honour of the heroic efforts of a dark brown and white bulldog called 'Digger.'

This memorial was possible through the fine efforts of AWAMO, the Australian War Animal Memorial Organisation, and very appropriately timed, as it coincided with the recent opening of the Animal War Memorial at Pozieres France in July this year (also organised by AWAMO and their supporters): the site where Digger was wounded.

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Like many other Dogs NSW members, breeder Lesley Shirley and her English Setter do fantastic work teaching kids about safety around dogs and responsible pet ownership, as part of the NSW Government's Living Safely with Pets program.

Dog with bookNow, in the supposed information era, there is much mis-information about dogs, and yet there is so much to learn.

“While ever I work with dogs I learn something new about them – everyday!” Dr Robert Zammit.

Consequently, we have embarked on the presentation of a series of seminars, gathering experts in the field of canine science, be it behaviour, nutrition, reproduction, genetics and the host of other headings under the husbandry and science of this species.

Dogs NSW E sticker Kids Dogs Die in Hot Cars girl dog 2Dogs NSW, the controlling body of purebred, pedigreed dog breeding and exhibiting in New South Wales, is turning up the heat on leaving kids and dogs in hot cars, as the Bureau of Meteorology forecasts record high temperatures over the coming months.

group webAustralia' Favourite veterinary-inspired school holiday program for young pet lovers is now taking registrations for its 2018 camp. The program also includes a presentation by Dogs NSW on breed identification!

Future Vet Kids Camp is a fun, educational 5-day program offered during January in Sydney.

Applications also open for the PetSure Scholarship for 2 deserving kids!

Logo Transparent 2 Spring FairFor the first time in three years we had very little rain leading up to the weekend but the grounds were presented in very good order and the weather over the weekend was excellent, with the exhibitors, Judges, sponsors, and vendors ensuring that the 2017 Spring Fair was most successful.

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Pets are important members of the family for most Australians, but what would happen to your pet if you were unable to care for it?

Therapy dog tileHe asks no questions, he passes no judgement and offers no advice, but a Newcastle therapist is making his mark in the Hunter by helping people with post-traumatic stress and depression talk about the tough stuff.

Bushfire preparation

Are you and your pets ready for the fire season? With 80% of New South Wales covered by grasslands, the warmer months ahead bring an increased risk of fires and threaten the lives of humans and their animals.

Dogs NSW urges dog owners to attend their local NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Get Ready Weekend event this weekend (Sept 16 & 17) to prepare themselves, their properties and their pets for the fire season.

Ask the breeder logo webFor members of the public wanting to know more about purebred dogs and about to choose a breed of dog to suit their lifestyle, what better place than the 'Ask the Breeders' stand at the recent Sydney Dog Lovers Show, on the weekend of August 5 and 6. Crowds flocked to the Moore Park show all weekend and the 'Ask the Breeders' stand was a very popular destination, with great crowd attendance at all of the talks over both days.

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Royal NSW Canine Council International Spring Fair to open on Saturday, September 1, by His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales.

More than 5,000 purebred dogs are preparing to compete in one of New South Wales’ premier dog show events – the International Spring Fair - held at Orchard Hills from Aug 31 to Sept 3.

Dogs deserve the title ‘Man’s Best Friend’ for many reasons. They make wonderful companion animals, offering their humans unconditional love and many benefits to their physical and mental health.

shutterstock 11824288 webAs the peak body for all purebred dogs in NSW, Dogs NSW celebrates and honours these amazing and loyal four-legged companions on National Dog Day on August 26.

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80 per cent of dogs have some degree of periodontal disease by three years of age,  and despite dental disease being highly common amongst dogs, most pet owners are unaware of the warning signs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dogs on Show tile for webWe once again showcased our pure breed dogs and all facets that encumbers our hobby, with the annual ‘Dogs on Show’ event.  The weather held nicely and the event was supported by exhibitors and public alike.

The day began by honouring the dedication and legacy left by the passing of Mrs Frances Wickens, with the Public Relations Committee presenting a perpetual trophy for the Best In Toy Group. Frances’ family members were present to receive the award and say a few words. Those present were her husband Wally, daughters Marie and Cassandra, as well as son-in-law Terry and grandson Joshua.

A large gathering around Ring 1 saw the show officially opened by His Worship the Mayor of Penrith, Councillor John Thain. Mr Mayor was escorted around by Mr Phil Brown and he seemed to thoroughly enjoy his time with us, even having his photo taken with Penrith Council’s mascot, ‘Boomer’ (see pictured above).


Ask the breeder logo webThe Sydney Dog Lovers Show is fast approaching with many of our breeders and Affiliated Breed Clubs once again gearing up in readiness for the big two day event - August 5 and 6.  

Dogs NSW 'Ask the Breeders' talks have now been finalised into a timetable for each day and we are very excited to present these talks to the general public, educating them about purebred dogs and the benefits of purchasing a puppy through a Dogs NSW member.

Each talk will cover a brief description of the breed, including temperament, training and care requirements, what Dogs NSW breeders provide in ongoing care and support, questions to ask a breeder and what to ask of them, with time at the end to take questions as well as meet the breed. Please view the attached schedule for the two day event: Adobe Download

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Thanks to our sponsors Merial – makers of Nexgard Spectra and PETPLAN – insuring pets health for a happy future.

You and your friends are invited on Tuesday 5th September, 2017 to the first Members and Friends Education evening to be held at the Bill Spilstead Complex, 44 Luddenham Road, Orchard Hills.

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The ANKC Ltd Retrieving & Field Trial Hall of Fame pays homage to those PERSONS and DOGS that have made outstanding and significant contributions to the sports of Retrieving or Field Trials.

Ask the Breeder TileThe Sydney Dog Lovers Show is a fabulous event on the August calendar, which Dogs NSW supports every year.

As Dogs NSW and its members work closely with the organisers, they have kindly permitted Dogs NSW an extra stand, 'Ask the Breeder,' in order to promote our breeders and their purebred dogs.

The stand will be in close proximity to the Dogs NSW Information stand, however, we do need Dogs NSW members/ breeders and their dogs to come to the stand and talk to the attending public about their breed and the benefits of purchasing a purebred puppy through a Dogs NSW member.

Talks will be limited to a maximum of 15 minutes and should cover your own experience as a breeder, a brief description of your breed, including temperament, training and care requirements; what you provide in ongoing care, questions to ask a breeder and what you ask of them. At the conclusion, if there is time left over you can take questions as well as meet the breed sessions with your dog. Should you wish to do so, you can also bring along your own business cards or your breed club's details as handouts. We also ask that anyone who is speaking with the public, to please have their dog with them. A judging table will be provided for your dog to stand on.

Frances for webIt is with deep sadness that Dogs NSW informs the dog world of the passing of Frances Wickens on Thursday, 8th June 2017.

As we look back on the yesterdays that we shared with Francis, we remember her with gratitude:




Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life

It turns what we have into enough; and more.

It turns denial into acceptance

It turns chaos into order

It turns confusion into clarity

Gratitude make sense of the past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow

And that is Frances’ legacy to us. Her vision, her passion and her remarkable aptitude to educate. Frances’s vision was that the Members and Judges should be educated and to that end she devoted the last 35 years of her life.

Mina CroppedThis evening is part of the 2017 Dogs NSW Royal Canin International Spring Fair event.

There are many myths about the nutritional requirements of dogs. This talk will address the feeding behaviours of dogs, including their digestive capability and nutritional needs for general health and wellbeing. This will follow into a discussion to uncover the truth behind some common myths surrounding nutrition.

Bio: Dr. Mina Magelakis graduated with honours from the University of Melbourne in 2011 and practiced for close to four years in a busy small animal hospital in the north eastern suburbs of Melbourne. During this time, she worked with a variety of small animals, including reptiles and specifically offered consultations in cat and dog behaviour under the mentorship of a renowned veterinary behaviourist.