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Christmas gifts to spoil your cats so they don’t get into mischief around the house

Pet Circle has released its range of Christmas gifts for pets including some adorably festive and tasty options to keep them immersed for hours.

The festive range includes a variety of items to add to your pet’s Christmas wishlist, from cuddly companions to delicious delights for your dog, cat and small pets.

Dogs will love scoring a treat everyday from the Rosewood Luxury Deli Advent Calendar Dog, enjoy digging through the ZippyPaws Holiday Zippy Burrow Donut, and tossing around the FuzzYard Cookie Kringle Puppuccino and Cookies.

Cats can indulge in the Rosewood Christmas Dinner Cat Stocking, chase the FuzzYard Cat Toy Elf and Santa Bellies Rope, and will look stylish in the FuzzYard Bowtie Tree Rex.

Small pets can even get in on the action with the Rosewood Patchwork Reindeer Gnaw Small Pet Toy and Rosewood Christmas Wreath Small Pet Toy.


Pet Circle Head Vet Dr Tegan Lever says that distracting your pets with pet specific toys and treats during holiday celebrations can help keep them out of harm’s way.

“There are many hazards around the house during the holidays that can pose a risk to our furry companions, so try to keep them away by containing them to a safe place in your house and keep them occupied with a treat or toy,” said Dr Lever.






“Give your pets their own treats when eating your holiday spreads and make sure human food is out of reach including, ham and fatty offcuts which can sometimes cause pancreatitis, grapes, sultanas and raisins often found in cakes and mince pies which can cause kidney failure in cats and dogs, bones which can cause blockages and fractured teeth, and macadamia nuts, chocolate, onion and garlic which are toxic.”

“Also be mindful of your pets around Christmas decorations and your own presents. They can often become too curious about new items in the home and ingest them, including children’s toys, tinsel, beads, string, ribbon, baubles, and Christmas lights. 




If ingested, these objects can get stuck in your pet's digestive tract and they’ll require immediate surgery. To avoid this, clean up promptly after you unwrap your gifts and move them to a safe place.”

Order your pet treats and toys with Pet Circle in the next week to receive your delivery before Christmas. 

Western Australian stock and deliveries are being affected by rail network disruptions and may be delayed, so please check estimated delivery times when ordering from www.petcircle.com.au

MEDIA RELEASE, 1st December 2022





RSPCA NSW is encouraging animal lovers across the state to have their say about pets in rental homes.  

Currently, landlords in NSW can refuse to allow a tenant to keep a pet without providing a reason unless it’s an assistance animal. With 70 percent of Australian households owning at least one pet, these current restrictions can present serious obstacles for renters and their companion animals, often resulting in traumatic and heartbreaking outcomes.  

In other states and territories, rules have recently changed to make it easier for renters to keep pets in their homes. The NSW Government is giving NSW tenants, property managers, landlords, and anyone interested in this topic the opportunity to provide feedback through either answering a quick pollcompleting a short survey or writing a submission


RSPCA NSW will be lodging a submission to voice why we think current rental laws need to change and encourage anyone who is passionate about improving human and animal welfare to also have their say.

Nearly 20% of surrenders at RSPCA NSW are from devoted pet owners who have had no choice but to give up their companion due to a shortage of pet-friendly housing.




“We know that circumstances like these are not a reliable indicator of a person’s capacity to love and care for their pet, which is why these laws need to be updated,” said RSPCA NSW Senior Manager of Outreach Programs, Dr. Ann-Margret Withers.  

In addition to forcing people to part with their pets, the current rental rules in NSW are also a barrier for women leaving domestic violence situations, said Dr. Withers.  

“One of the reasons that women delay leaving their violent relationship is because they have concerns about their pet’s welfare and don’t want to leave them behind. 

Our community domestic violence program helps combat this issue by providing temporary housing and care for victims’ pets, allowing women to prioritise finding safe refuge for themselves and their children. Our goal is to reunite survivors with their animals as soon as possible.” 

Current restrictions not only place stress and hardship on pet owners but can also be detrimental to the safety and wellbeing of the animals in their care.  

A Golden Labrador puppy named Harvey was rescued by an RSPCA NSW inspector after being trapped inside a suitcase less than 50cm wide by his previous owner, in a failed attempt to hide the puppy during a real estate inspection

Harvey as a puppy with RSPCA inspector Tyson Hohlein and the suitcase he was trapped in.

The suitcase had been dumped in the fire escape stairwell of the apartment and was discovered by a tradesman. Harvey’s owner was prosecuted for animal cruelty.

The sad reality is that Harvey’s case is an example of the unacceptable and desperate lengths some tenants will go to, in order to avoid the repercussions of lying to their landlord about owning a pet.

“Every day, our organisation supports individuals and animals who have been negatively impacted by rental restrictions. The NSW Government is giving us the chance to create positive change in this space, and we encourage anyone who has a spare few minutes to get involved and have their say,” added Dr. Withers.

“Never before has it been more important to be kind and compassionate to one another. These times are incredibly challenging, and our team is always here to help people and their animals, in whatever way we can.”

Public consultation for ‘Keeping Pets in Rental Homes’ is open until 5 pm, 2 December 2022

Those who want to have their say can do so by clicking here.

MEDIA RELEASE, 29th November 2022


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It’s that time of year again. Pet Insurance Australia has compiled the list of the top pet names trending in 2022. With some all-time favourites topping the list once again.

“It’s lovely to explore these lists every year to see the current trends with pet names,” Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia says. “It’s great to see some classic names topping the lists alongside some unique choices, while some names are clearly making a comeback in 2022.”

For our feline friends, we have some very interesting names, such as ChinoAngelBiscuit, and an old one making a resurgence – Audrey.
While for dogs - Ziggy and Murphy make an appearance for the very first time, while popular names such as LunaBella, and Archie are still topping the charts. 

These names are for pets born in 2022, so it gives us a really good snapshot of the current trending names Australians are choosing to name their beloved fur babes.”



Top Tips for Choosing your Pet's Name

✔️ Does the name carry well when you call it out?
✔️ Consider two-syllable names that are easier to hear for our pets.
✔️ Have a few names ready and see which one your pet best suits.
✔️ Choose a name that will suit your pet as they age.

“Taking the time to find the perfect name for your pet is always best advised,” Crighton says. “And also considering will this name suit my dog when they are a 45kg dog? Choosing a good solid name that you will love as your pet changes from a cute puppy or kitten is always recommended.”

Out of the thousands and thousands of PIA pet insurance policies sold across 2021, here are the rankings for pets born this year:

Top 10 Female Cat Names

1. Luna

2. Pepper 

3. Maple 

4. Winnie

5. Angel 

6. Audrey 

7. Baby 

8. Biscuit 

9. Candy 

10. Charlotte 

 

Top 10 Male Cat Names

1. Ollie 

2. Archie 

3. Charlie 

4. Chino 

5. Floyd 

6. Loki 

7. Sam 

8. Snowy 

9. Teddy 

10. Ziggy 


Top 10 Female Dog Names 

1. Luna 

2. Daisy 

3. Bella 

4. Ruby 

5. Coco 

6. Molly 

7. Nala 

8. Lola 

9. Winnie

10. Maggie 


Top 10 Male Dog Names

1. Milo 

2. Teddy 

3. Archie 

4. Charlie

5. Buddy 

6. Murphy 

7. Ollie 

8. Alife 

9. Leo 

10. Ziggy 

MEDIA RELEASE, 29th November 2022 



Study reveals the care habits and spending of Australian cat owners

Australia’s most comprehensive pet population survey has revealed the boom in pet ownership seen during the COVID-19 pandemic has levelled-out to a “new normal” of strong pet ownership in Australia, with 69% of households across metropolitan, regional and remote Australia now home to one or more pets.

Animal Medicines Australia’s latest Pets in Australia study found an estimated 28.7 million pets are now calling home to around 6.9 million households across Australia. 

Dogs and cats have led this sustained growth in pet ownership, with almost half of all households having at least one dog [1] and a third of all households housing at least one cat [2] with the estimated number of pet cats at 5.3 million. While the numbers of other pets have remained largely steady since 2019 [3].



Many of these people are first time pet owners, having brought their pet into their home during the pandemic. Around two in five cats in Australia (40%) have been acquired since the onset of the pandemic.

For many pet owners, typical reasons for getting a pet include companionship, rescuing animals, relaxation and mental health, with 85% saying their pet had a positive impact on their physical and mental wellbeing.



“The research identified four distinct segments of pet owners.

The largest cohort (30%) are driven by affordability and convenience, meaning they are less likely to spend money on non-essential items.

Others (25%) - many of whom are retirees and empty nesters - are looking for simplicity and reliability to maintain a happy and well cared animal companion,” AMA CEO, Ben Stapley said.

“For 27% of pet owners - who are typically middle to higher income families - ‘care and quality’ is a key driver in their approach to pet care, with them willing and able to spend money across all pet products and services, including preventative care. Interestingly the least experienced cohort - but arguably the ones more likely to have more pets - are driven to care and share experiences with their pets, even if it means stretching the budget.”

Despite the growth in ownership, housing constraints and costs are key barriers holding back would-be owners and current owners hoping to grow their 'pack'. Current non-owners – particularly renters and apartment dwellers – are especially likely to point to unsuitable homes or issues with landlords, body corporates and strata laws as a reason not to bring a pet into their lives.

“In some circumstances, these challenges can lead to difficult decisions to find alternate care arrangements for a beloved pet,” Ben Stapley said.

While a family member or friend remains the most popular choice for rehoming a pet if they can no longer care for it, more people are now likely to take their pet to a shelter (20%, up from 15% in 2019).

SEC Newgate's Mood of the Nation August 2022, a nationally representative online survey of n=1,804 adults indicates that as Australia emerged from its pandemic-driven pet acquisition boom, there was also a surge in 
pet surrendering occurring in parallel – in part driven by difficult circumstances and amongst pet owners with greater financial and social vulnerabilities.

Despite extolling the benefits of pet ownership, 79% of current owners acknowledge experiencing some challenges (up from 66% in 2019): from ongoing costs, cleaning up after their pet and concerns about leaving their pet alone amongst the most frequently mentioned. The boom in less experienced pet owners could play a role with 45% of current pet owners being considered inexperienced (12% of new pet owners had never lived with a pet previously).

“This data paints a portrait of some people who are stretched thin and stressed out, dealing with increased living costs and having to give up their pets. It suggests a need for supporting services to help keep pet owners with their animals through difficult times, particularly given the findings regarding the mental health benefits of companion animals,” Ben Stapley said.

“To ensure that as many Australians as possible can access the myriad benefits associated with pet ownership, we seek a policy environment that facilitates responsible pet ownership practices,” AMA CEO, Ben Stapley said.
“This could be achieved by improving strata laws, providing support for vulnerable pet owners, or through greater national consistency in companion animal policy settings.
“We need to encourage informed and thoughtful decision-making by governments, policymakers and others when considering issues that impact Australia’s estimated 28.7 million pets in 6.9 million households,” Ben Stapley concluded.

Highlights of the Animal Medicines Australia Survey 2022:

More than two-thirds of Australian households now own a pet.
  • 69% of households across metropolitan, regional and
  • remote Australia are now home to one or more pets.
  • An estimated 28.7 million pets are now calling Australia home in 6.9 million households across Australia.
  • 85% pet owners say their pet has a positive impact on their life, noting mental and physical health as key positives.
  • Australians are estimated to be spending over $33 billion annually ($9.1 billion for cats down from $10.2 billion last year) to keep our pets fed, healthy and well-accessorised.
  • 68% say they had considered not going to the vet when they needed to, driven partly by cost considerations.
  • Despite the increase, housing constraints and costs are key barriers holding back would-be owners, particularly renters and apartment dwellers experiencing issues with landlords, body corporates and strata laws.

Find the Pets in Australia 2022 study at animalmedicinesaustralia.org.au

[1] 48%, up from 40% in 2019 but on par with 47% in 2021

[2] 33%, up from 27% in 2019 and 30% in 2021

[3] fish (12% vs. 11%), birds (11% vs. 9%), small mammals (4% vs. 3%) and reptiles (3% vs. 2%)

Animal Medicines Australia is a peak body representing leading animal health companies in Australia, and we provide up-to-date, authoritative data on pets and pet ownership in Australia to help deliver better animal health and industry outcomes across the country.

The study was conducted by Newgate Research, one of Australia’s most sought-after market and social research firms. The study included deep focus group conversations with dog and cat owners from around the country, validated through a nationally representative online survey of more than 2,000 adults – resulting in a robust maximum error margin of +/- 2% at the 95% confidence level.

Newgate is a founding member of the Australian Polling Council, with a full methodology disclosure statement for this study available on its website.

MEDIA RELEASE, 17th November 2022



Bark, meow, ribbit… calling animal lovers to Future Vet Kids Camp this summer school holidays!

Want to help your animal loving child make the most out of these summer holidays?

Future Vet Kids Camp is an exciting veterinary-inspired face-to-face and virtual school holiday program that caters to kids aged 9 to 16 years, and encourages responsible pet ownership, the profession of veterinary medicine and a love and appreciation of all animals and their habitats!



Treat on the top – Pet health company PetSure is awarding 5 youngsters a scholarship (valued at $655) to attend the January 2023 face-to-face camp in Sydney!

The 5-day program is designed by veterinarians and run by vet twins Drs Audrey and Alison Shen from the Bondi Vet TV show and Aussie Mobile Vet.

The Sydney camp will be held at Waverley College in Waverley on January 9 - 13 and 16 – 20, 2023. A Virtual Online Camp will run concurrently to the HQ Sydney Camp with the ability for kids to join the classroom virtually and participate with questions in real time.

Campers learn about different animal-related professions, genetic diseases, pet nutrition, exotic animals, surgery, animal rescue and wildlife conservation. 

Plus, they visit state-of-the-art veterinary hospitals for exclusive behind-the-scenes experiences and many other exciting excursions!

The camp also features presenters who are experts in ultrasound, surgical, reptiles, grooming, animal rehab, dog training, wildlife and much more.
“Kids across the age groups love the hands-on activities, including making enrichment toys and doing a CPR workshop!” said Dr Audrey.

The older kids – Junior Vets – learn how to work through real life cases, interpret blood work and imaging, learn how to draw blood and observe real life surgery.

Dr Alison explained the camp is for all animal loving kids, not just wannabe vets.

“Whether or not the kids end up following the path to a career in veterinary medicine, just being around different animals and making like-minded new friends has such a positive impact on them,” she said.



5 x Scholarships available now, courtesy of PetSure!

Future Vet Kids Camp is proud to announce the 2023 PetSure Scholarship for five deserving participants to attend face to face camp. 

Deadline: Wednesday, 7th December 2022
For more information, selection criteria and how to apply, please visit the camp website here.

PetSure CEO Alex Thomas said, “PetSure are proud to support the Future Vet Kids Camp by offering five scholarships to young aspiring vets to give them a unique opportunity to learn about animal health and related professions, and to visit state-of-the-art veterinary hospitals.
 
At PetSure, we’re committed to pet health education and we’re thrilled to be part of a program that inspires young animal lovers to join the veterinary industry and pursue their passions.”
The January 2023 camp is anticipated to fill up just as fast as the last summer, so register now

January 2023 Registration Open Now! 
 
  • Face-to-Face Camp DatesJan 9 - 13 and Jan 16 – 20, 2023
  • Location: Waverley College, Waverley NSW Daily hours: 9am – 3:30pm
  • Cost: $655
  • Virtual Online Camp runs Jan 8 – 20, 2023 and costs $240.
  • Deadline: 30 Dec 2022
For more information and to register online, visit futurevetkidscamp.com or phone 0435 267 252.

Discover the 2023 Program Schedule here

More Camps & Locations to Come!

Future Vet Kids Camp will also run face-to-face and online (Virtual Camp) during the school holidays in Melbourne in April 2023 and Brisbane in June/July 2023.

Register your interest here: www.futurevetkidscamp.com/contact

About Future Vet Kids Camp

Future Vet Kids Camp offers a safe, comfortable environment that explores and nurtures the human animal bond all under the supervision of highly qualified, enthusiastic instructors and specialised animal handlers. The goals are to promote responsible pet ownership, the profession of veterinary medicine and to encourage the children to love and appreciate animals of all kinds. The camp has more than 20 partners that offer years of specialised animal experience and professionalism that contributes greatly to the programming.

The January Camp operates out of Waverley College in Waverley and runs every January for two weeks during the school holidays. Programming is split into three separate age groups running simultaneously each week: Wombats (ages 9-11)Kookaburras (ages 12-14) and Junior Vet program (ages 14-16)
To discover more, visit www.futurevetkidscamp.com

MEDIA RELEASE, 15th November 2022

Australia’s first national Pet Show took place at Sydney Olympic Park earlier this month (November 5 - 6), marking the first of four events to be held across Australian capital cities.

Bringing together a range of experts and exhibitors from the pet industry, the multi-zone event gave attendees the opportunity to hear from celebrity vets, be entertained with stage shows and activations, interact with pets and breeders and participate in photo opportunities. 


High-profile talent involved in the show included Dr Katrina Warren, Dr Kate Adams, Dr Kate Mornement, Dr Audrey and Dr Alison Shen, Ben Dessen and Dr Kiara Simonis.

A huge success, the show donated part proceeds to assist Sydney Dogs and Cats Home and saw adults and children attend the event across the two days, all eager to celebrate positive pet ownership and learn everything they could about cats, dogs, fish, birds, reptiles and small animals.










Cameron Just, Managing Director of The Pet Show, said: “Launching a new show is always a large undertaking. We’re so grateful for the support from Sydneysiders and are overwhelmed by the positive feedback received from those who attended.”

“The weekend was a great experience not only for our audience but also for all of the experts and exhibitors involved - many who will be joining us again for future shows. We can’t wait until the new year when we get to do it all over again and bring the show to a new group of pet lovers.”

As part of the capital city rollout, The Pet Show is set to take place in three additional capital cities.

Kicking off 2023, will be the Melbourne Pet Show, taking place at Melbourne Showgrounds (Ascot Vale) on February 11th - 12th. 

Then the show will head to Brisbane (April 22nd- 23rd at Brisbane Showgrounds, Bowen Hills) and Adelaide (July 8th - 9th at Adelaide Showground, Wayville) before returning to Sydney in November.


About The Pet Show

The Pet Show is Australia’s first national pet show. It’s a multi-zone consumer show that enables potential pet owners, existing pet owners and animal lovers of all kinds to immerse themselves in all things pets. The Pet Show’s vision is to create the perfect pet owner experience incorporating education, entertainment, and products for dogs, cats, fish, birds, reptiles and small animals.



MEDIA RELEASE, 14th November 2022

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