Yesterday I decided to tag along with our RSPCA ACT Inspectors for the afternoon. They investigated seven different complaints within a two-hour period and all but one was related to what we would call a ‘nuisance’ complaint – most frequently that of dogs barking.
On the 25th February, an eight-year old Australian Bulldog named Jaxon was surrendered to RSPCA ACT. Like so many other dogs of his breed, he came to us with significant health issues related to his exaggerated features.
In order for him to live a healthy and longer life, our vet team would have to perform significant surgery just to help him breath. In Jaxon’s case, his teeth are overcrowded and the soft palate was too loose and floppy to allow for adequate air flow resulting in a daily struggle, much like a person with chronic asthma.
Summer is well and truly here and many people are already planning their holidays! If you plan to bring your furry companion along with you there are things you should consider.
Here are our top tips to ensure that your holiday is everything to remember – for the right reasons!
1. Pet-Friendly? Make sure wherever you’re going allows animals. Some beaches and campsites that normally allow them may have different rules during the busy holiday period. Give them a phone call and do your research.
‘Twas the night before Million Paws Walk, when all through the Shelter
All the creatures were stirring, even the mouse;
The banners and signs were hung by Stage 88 with care,
In hopes that lots and lots of dogs would soon be there:
The puppies were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of the Paw-Olympics Games danced in their heads;
And volunteers in their green shirts and staff in blue caps,
Had just finalised the rosters hoping there were no gaps,
When out on the lawn there rose such a clatter,