After Christmas and the New Year, the RSPCA always reports an increase in stray dogs.
There is the combined problem of dogs given as unwanted presents at Christmas are impulse and later regretted gifts, plus the dogs who take fright with the fireworks on New Year ’s Eve running away.
Darwin's RSPCA says the number of stray animals they've picked up after New Year’s Day increases by 40 per cent from other times of year.
Operations manager Gillian Priddy says the centre is has difficulty finding the owners because many dogs aren't microchipped.
"It's always a big problem after New Years with the fireworks.
"We seem to be inundated with quite a few animals over the following days after that, ones that have taken off from storms and the noise of the fireworks."
Ms Priddy says that number is likely to grow substantially when people return from their holidays.
"We tend to sort of get more in later on in the month.
"People seem to get new dogs and puppies for Christmas and then they suddenly grow up and they feel that they're too much for them to look after, and that's when we start to get a lot more in."
I am alarmed at how often I find out about pet food that is being recalled for food safety laws. Also the very fact that pt food is frequently sold as unfit for human consumption makes me ask WHY?
Our pets are valuable to us and we do not want them consuming unsafe chemicals, bacterial levels or foreign bodies like sawdust in the food. Frankly safe dog food should be fit fort human consumption.
Today's dogs have grown up eating the scraps from humans have fed them for centuries. A good dog's diet is the same as a healthy human's diet. Every meal should contain a mix of unrefined healthy carbohydrates like grains and vegetables and a small amount of healthy oils, wonderful for the dog's coat and a good protien source which ca be a mixture of egg, poultry fish or red meat, the same way health concise humans vary the diet.
Processed pet food is convenient and economical our Indigo has her favorite brand and we try to choose a brands with a good mix of ingredients, nonetheless we compliment with a mix of healthy table scraps making ourselves aware of those foods humans can eat but dogs should not, like milk (lactose intolerance) onions, and those that are poisonous to dogs like chocolate, not that we would feed our dog sweets.
A good dog food mix for an allergy prone dog is a mix of whole grain rice, carrot, cabbage and eggs. Add to that basic mix a variety of what ever is going, including dog kibble if you choose. While your dog may love to live of a pure red meat diet, just like I could easily live on prime grilled streaks, it isn't healthy for them long term. This was the mixture I was told to cook and feed the Labradors at the Lady Nell Seeing Eye Dog School when i was training the dogs there.
When I was veterinary Nursing the recipe was similar they added soaked kibble biscuit, oily fish and some red meat or poultry to the mixture and less rice and a wider range of mixed vegetables.
Has your dog eaten his vegetables and grains today?
Here are the latest Pet food recalls.
Food health safety for animals is important in all countries.
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'Indigo thinks sleep time is the most important part of a dog's life.'
I am constantly amazed and impressed by hard working handlers and their skilled sniffer dogs.
Police say these bags of cannabis and ecstasy were found on a bus at Alice Springs.
A bus passenger allegedly caught with $130,000 worth of cannabis had tried to mask the drug with pepper, Northern Territory Police say.
They allege the 22-year-old was caught with marijuana and ecstasy after arriving in Alice Springs on a bus from Adelaide.
The man is charged with possessing and supplying commercial quantities of both drugs.
He is set to appear in the Alice Springs Magistrates Court today.
Detective Acting Superintendent Lauren Hill says the drugs were found by a police dog.
"People try to conceal drugs in many forms and in many ways," she said.
"The drug dogs pick up the scent quite easily.
"It is difficult for people to conceal the scent [of marijuana].
"It's too easy for the dog to pick it up."
Queensland police say they will use dog squads over the holiday period to minimise damage and prevent people breaking into schools.
Mount Isa Sergeant Glenn Arrold says the state-wide program will also involve foot patrols through schools and people are being urged to report any suspicious activity.
He says there are around 50 dog teams working in Queensland including two in Mount Isa.
"During the school holiday season, our dog squad works almost around the clock," he said.
"The great thing about the dog squad is they are on foot when they are through the schools so it's nice and quiet and it's not as if you'll see them drive in in their cars all the time.
"Obviously with the talents and abilities of the dog, they are able to identify people in the area a lot sooner than humans can