Tips & Guides

Our expert tips & guides help you looking after your furry friend

Pet Care Guides

Talentail is dedicated to providing animal lovers everywhere with the proper resources and education that’s needed to ensure they know how to take care of pets.

Getting a new pet is an exciting time. But it can also be confusing. To help you enjoy every minute with your mate, we’ve broken down what you need to know.

IS IT REALLY NECESSARY TO VACCINATE MY PET?

The advice from the Australian Veterinary Association is that the decision to vaccinate should be determined by factors such as the individual animal’s health status, the animal’s age and likely effects of maternally derived antibodies(MDA). In addition, the particular disease and environmental risks to the animal, and the duration of immunity (DOI) and availability of vaccines also need to be considered.

WHAT'S THE BEST DIET FOR MY PET?

Unfortunately, the answer isn’t a short one; it will depend on the individual animal. We recommend you to check the ingredients list on any food you are feeding your furry friend. Where possible, avoid artificial flavours, additives and preservatives. We suggest you look for specific sources of protein and try to avoid vague names; for example, ‘meat proteins’; and ‘by-products’.

IF I TRAIN MY DOG WITH TREATS WILL IT GET FAT?

This is a common and fairly valid concern. After all, we all know the risks associated with pet obesity. we recommend you break up treats and only give to your barking buddy a little bit at a time. This way the dog is not eating anything extra; he’s just having it spread out over the day.

WHY DOES MY DOG EAT GRASS?

The truth is there are lots of reasons why dogs eat grass. It’s also very normal. Most pet parents believe their dogs eat grass because they’re feeling unwell and it induces vomiting. This is true, but other reasons include the following.

Grass can provide nutritional benefits, such as fibre. So it might pay to suggest the pet owner checks their animal’s diet to ensure it’s giving them all the nutrients they need.

Certainly, some dogs simply like the taste and texture of grass. They eat it because they enjoy it! Just advise pet owners to keep their dogs away from grass that may have been recently sprayed with pesticides.