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How to get rid of fleas on your dog

The bane of a dog’s existence, fleas are small flightless bugs that survive by sucking the blood of animals and even humans. Thriving in moist, humid environments and during warmer seasons of the year, fleas hop from host to host, latching on to their unknowing prey, piercing the prey’s skin to suck on its blood, Read More...

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The bane of a dog’s existence, fleas are small flightless bugs that survive by sucking the blood of animals and even humans. Thriving in moist, humid environments and during warmer seasons of the year, fleas hop from host to host, latching on to their unknowing prey, piercing the prey’s skin to suck on its blood, and laying eggs all over its body. 

No matter how often you groom your dog or how much you sanitise your home, there are no surefire ways to keep your pet and your household 100% flea-free. Your fur buddy may easily get fleas when he comes into contact with other domestic or wild animals with infestations, or by simply walking through outdoor areas with long grass and shaded leaf piles

With this quick guide, we’ll teach you how to properly get rid of fleas on your dog, and, more importantly, prevent a flea infestation at home. But first…

How can you tell if your dog has fleas?

Answer these questions with a YES or NO:

  • Is your dog constantly scratching his body?
  • Is your dog losing hair or getting bald/sore patches, especially in his neck or tail?
  • Are there spots, redness, and irritation found on your dog’s body?
  • Are there thickened skin in areas such as his ears?
  • Can you see tiny dark specks (flea dirt) or small, fast-moving brown or black insects (fleas) in his fur?
  • Do you also suffer from inexplicable insect bites?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, your dog may have a flea (or more!) dwelling in his fur that you don’t know about. 

TIP: If you’re not sure what flea dirt is, it’s actually flea feces that are a mixture of blood and flea waste. They look like small dark brown or black clumps, similar to pepper flakes. If placed on a wet paper towel, these specks will leave reddish brown marks on the towel. 

What happens if your dog has fleas?

When your dog gets bitten by a flea, it will leave him feeling itchy and uncomfortable. Worse, the flea bite may cause other complications such as dermatitis (a skin allergy that is caused by the flea’s saliva), tapeworms (your dog can get these by accidentally ingesting infected adult fleas in an effort to groom themselves), and blood loss (which can lead to death to sickly, frail, and young dogs). 

How can you remove fleas on your dog?

We strongly suggest you take your dog to the vet as soon as you suspect fleas. For ideas on what to do while you wait for a vet appointment, read on…

1 Give your dog a bath.

Loosen the fleas residing on your dog’s fur and skin by giving him a bath consisting of lukewarm water. You can also use flea soap or shampoo to help kill those nasty critters. Just make sure the product doesn’t end up harming your dog’s skin, especially if it tends to be on the sensitive side. Consult with your veterinarian for advice on the best flea treatment products before buying and using these products on your dog. 

When bathing your dog with flea shampoo, make sure that he will be able to stand still and be lathered up for approximately five to 10 minutes. This is the length of time needed for the shampoo to sink in and take effect. Younger dogs may have a harder time keeping still.

2 Comb your dog’s fur with a flea comb. 

A fine-tooth flea comb will help you remove fleas, flea dirt, and other debris from your dog’s fur. When combing, get as close as you can to your dog’s skin and be careful when you glide it through his neck and tail because these are the areas where fleas usually feed. To kill the fleas you take out, immediately immerse the comb in a bowl of hot soapy water. Don’t attempt to squish the fleas using your hands because their exceptionally hard exterior will make it difficult for you to crush them. Plus, they can quickly hop off your fingers.

Try this pet flea comb from Kmart 

3 Use vet-approved flea treatments on your dog.

Following your veterinarian’s advice, purchase the recommended treatment and use it on your dog. You can get either oral medication (in chewable or pill form), topical medication (spot-on medicine applied over hard-to-reach areas), or dog flea and tick collars that don’t need a prescription. These treatments work to kill the adult fleas and/or eggs and larvae that may be living on your dog’s fur. 

When picking the best type of treatment for him, consider the following factors

  • His age – Check the label to make sure it can be used by your dog. Many flea treatments are not recommended for young puppies.
  • His breed – Some dog breeds have thicker coats, making it harder for topical flea treatments to sink into the dog’s fur and skin.
  • His health – It’s important to check your dog’s current medication and conditions because these might not go well with some ingredients found in flea medication. For example, medications with spinosad are not recommended for dogs with epilepsy.
  • His lifestyle – Regular exposure to children and cats should also be taken note of as certain ingredients from flea collar or topical medication may be toxic for them. 
  • His environment – You may be living in an area where parasites are common all year round or they are resistant to specific preventatives. 

When purchasing your dog’s flea treatment, it’s essential to use clinically tested products from reliable sources. It should be consumed or applied according to your vet’s instructions so that the product works effectively. 

TIP: If you own more than one dog or other animals at home, the others should be treated for fleas as well. 

4 Rid your home of fleas.

It’s not enough to physically remove the fleas found on your pet. You must also work to remove them in the indoor and outdoor areas your dog frequents to prevent reinfestation. Fleas can live in carpets, skirting boards, beddings, and furniture, and survive in the surrounding environment for months without a host, so you must consistently and diligently treat your home to eradicate them. 

Beddings—yours and your pet’s—and toys should be washed in hot, soapy water. Hardwood floors, carpets, area rugs, upholstered furniture, and even furniture bottoms should be thoroughly vacuumed, with the vacuum bag immediately disposed of outside the home. 

Steam cleaning can also work to kill flea larvae, but applying chemical treatment may be your best option in eliminating them. Hire a local exterminator to use foggers with boric acid, sodium borate, and/or methoprene to help kill full-grown fleas and all its other life cycle stages. 

Be sure to also thoroughly clean your doghouse or kennel found outside your home. Regularly mow the yard, trim hedges and bushes, and remove leaves or garden debris where fleas could hide out. Insect growth regulators, sprays, and pelleted insecticides can also assist you with keeping fleas at bay.  

Don’t forget to regularly inspect your home for fleas. You can do this through two easy methods

  • White socks method – Wearing white socks, walk around the different areas your dog regularly stays in. Check your socks for fleas or flea dirt particles. 
  • Light trap method – Place a small bowl of water with dishwashing soap under a nightlight in the evening. Since adult fleas are attracted to light, they will try to jump toward the light and may fall into the bowl.  

To recap

With this article, we hope you discovered everything you needed to know about fleas. By learning how to tell if your dog has fleas, what happens if your dog has fleas, and how to remove fleas on your dog and prevent reinfestation from occurring, you can be the best pet parent  to your furry companion. 

For more helpful tips, read up on other pet parenting guides in our blog!

The Ultimate Gift Guide for the Vegan in Your Life

Buying a gift is not as easy as it sounds. When selecting a present for someone, you must put into consideration the recipient’s personal taste, varied interests, and current needs (not to mention your budget). If the receiver is a vegan, the gift giving process can be a lot more interesting and rewarding as you Read More...

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Buying a gift is not as easy as it sounds. When selecting a present for someone, you must put into consideration the recipient’s personal taste, varied interests, and current needs (not to mention your budget). If the receiver is a vegan, the gift giving process can be a lot more interesting and rewarding as you include your friend’s animal loving and climate neutral ethics – to give them something they’ll love and appreciate. Waldo’s Friends is here to help you find the best vegan-friendly gift suggestions.

What is a vegan?

By definition, a vegan is a person who does not consume animals and animal by-products such as meat, seafood, honey, and dairy. A vegan also chooses not to use animals, their derivatives, and their by-products. Examples include fur, leather, wool, lanolin, beeswax, and silk. 

What should you consider when buying gifts for vegans?

When selecting a vegan-friendly gift, you must make sure that:

  1. The item you buy isn’t made of animals, animal by-products, and animal derivatives. Though by-products and derivatives don’t technically harm the animals, taking them might diminish the animal’s resources and habitat. 
  2. The item you buy is made of natural, plant-based ingredients or synthetic, recycled materials.
  3. The company does not test on animals. Vegans are against animal cruelty and exploitation, so check for cruelty-free logos such as Beauty Without Bunnies and Leaping Bunny on the packaging. You can also look for the PETA-Approved Vegan logo to make sure the item is ethically made using all-vegan materials.

What kind of gifts are vegan-friendly?

Take your pick from 30 vegan-friendly products across five categories: face/body, fashion, kitchen, home, and travel. Check them out for some handy ideas about how to make the special vegan in your life happy!


O&M Maintain the Mane 

34.95 AUD for 350 ml/79.95 AUD for 1 L

Original & Mineral is a hair care brand that uses natural extracts and active minerals in its products. All their products are devoid of harsh chemicals such as parabens, sulphates, and triclosan. 

Containing oils of evening primrose and macadamia seed as well as amino acids and antioxidants from banksia flowers, O&M’s Maintain the Mane Shampoo can be used regularly to gently clean the hair and scalp. The vegan in your life will definitely love using this all-natural, moisturising hair cleanser on a daily basis! 

Buy the product here

Aesop Fabulous Face Cleanser

35 AUD for 100 ml / 53 AUD for 200 ml

Committed to formulating skin, hair, and body care products of the finest quality, Australian brand Aesop searches for plant-based and laboratory-made ingredients, and uses only those with a proven record of safety and efficacy. 

Their Fabulous Face Cleanser is a mild, olive-derived facial cleanser that can be used by people with normal and combination skin, or those with dry skin during warm seasons. The bergamot rind, chamomile bud, and rosemary leaf work together to help the skin feel calm and refreshed without stripping away its natural oils. A coin-sized dollop of the low foaming gel can be massaged into the face every morning and night, then rinsed with warm water. 

Buy the product here.

INIKA Organic Face in a Box – The Essentials Starter Kit

99 AUD for a nine-piece set

With its humble beginnings in Sydney, this Australian company has grown into a global brand that’s known for creating certified organic, cruelty free, vegan, halal, and sustainably sourced products. They use the finest Australian botanicals and pure minerals to whip up organic makeup and skincare that nourish the skin.

Available in four shades (Unity, Nurture, Patience, Trust), Face in a Box contains nine beauty essentials: Loose Mineral Foundation SPF 25 (3 g), Loose Mineral Bronzer (3.5 g), Vegan Kabuki Brush, Certified Organic Liquid Foundation (10 ml), Certified Organic BB Cream (4 ml), Certified Organic Perfection Concealer (4 ml), Certified Organic Pure Primer (10 ml), Mineral Mattifying Powder (0.7 g), and Mineral Blush (0.7 g). From a nourishing primer to a hydrating foundation, this essential starter kit will help the vegan in your life kick-start her flawless beauty routine.  

Buy the set here.

HURRAW! BALMTOO Lemon Balm Coconut Pulp 

29 USD at 30 ml

HURRAW! ensures the quality and integrity of their products by creating them in a dedicated National Organic Program and EcoCert certified manufacturing facility. Using only trusted organic, vegan, and raw ingredients, the materials are clearly listed on their packaging and website in their commitment to being transparent to their users. 

Bee free, shea free, soy free, and palm free, the BALMTOO Lemon Balm Coconut Pulp is a vegan balm that’s stored into a 100% recyclable aluminum tube. One tube is equivalent to about seven sticks of lip balm. The enzyme-packed papaya seed oil and rich avocado fruit oil blend well with the delicate coconut and calming lemon. This balm can be used anywhere on the body—face, lips, fingers, neck, feet—and doesn’t contain water or hydrogenated butters. 

Buy the product here.

Oh Deer Sugar Tall, Dark & Foamy Waffle Bath Bomb

11.50 AUD for 180 g

Oh Deer Sugar is a non-edible bakery that handcrafts vegan “food for the skin” products all the way from Brisbane, Queensland. Popular for creating dessert-inspired bath bombs that look good enough to eat, their Donut Bath Bombs and Waffle Bath Bombs are sensory treats for vegans who love a good soak in the tub. 

With a deep, dark, and earthy scent, the Tall, Dark & Foamy Waffle Bath Bomb can be used by simply placing it in a tub filled with water. Watch it fizz and foam as the earthly palette melts into the water like liquid magic. Your vegan recipient will surely love this indulgent gift!

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Eco by Sonya Driver Hand Wash and Hand Cream Pack

83.80 AUD for a four-piece set

Another proudly Australian made and owned company, Eco by Sonya Driver creates certified vegan, organic, toxic-free, and cruelty-free body care products that everyone can use. 

This special gift set contains Lemongrass Cleansing Foam (375 ml pump bottle), Coconut Mint Body Wash (500 ml pump bottle), Organic Personal Outdoor Spray (100 ml spray bottle), and Eco by Sonya Hand & Nail Cream for Rafiki Mwema (75 ml). Made with effectively purifying and refreshing ingredients, the cleansing foam and body wash can be used for the entire body and are suitable for most skin types. Meanwhile, the outdoor spray contains a blend of essential oils and organic ingredients (including lemon eucalyptus, citronella, basil, lemongrass, and cedarwood) that are suitable for children and adults. The hand and nail cream is made of organic mango butter, sea buckthorn, sunflower seed oil, and organic aloe vera juice. Another reason to get this set: 100% of the profits from the sale of the hand and nail cream goes to Rafiki Mwema, a charity that provides protection, support, and love for young children in Kenya. 

Buy the set here.


Waldo’s Friends My Lucky Charm shirt

35 AUD 

Waldo’s Friends is all about creating and selling ethically produced goods that raise awareness and funds for animal rescue. Available in three sizes (small, medium, and large), the ecru-coloured My Lucky Charm shirt comes in a classic fit that can be worn by both males and females. A unique cat-themed graphic design is screen printed by OCCC Apparel using eco-friendly techniques on an all-natural organic cotton shirt from EarthPositive. Produced from Indian Cotton, each climate neutral shirt is manufactured in accordance with the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), and certified by the Control Union and Soil Association Certifications. Aside from supporting fairtrade clothing, buying this vegan-friendly shirt also supports animal rescue since 50% of profits from each sale is donated to animal rescue shelters. Definitely a win-win for both the giver and receiver! 

Buy the product here.

Tree Tribe Leaf Leather Bifold Wallet – Black 

52.92 AUD

Drawing inspiration from nature, Tree Tribe crafts eco-conscious lifestyle products while partnering with organisations that plant trees to naturally replenish the environment. For every item sold on their website, a tree is planted somewhere in the world. To date, they’ve planted 440,120 trees in 12 different countries

For their innovative Leaf Leather line, Tree Tribe uses fallen, sustainably harvested teak tree leaves, which were soaked in water, dyed, arranged flat together, and set out to dry. The leaf layer was then mended with cotton fabric and a non-toxic BOPP outer film to provide backing, structure, waterproofing, durability, and longevity. There are 6 card slots, 2 inside pockets, and 1 cash pocket that fits most currencies. Every handcrafted bifold wallet (9.3 cm x 11 cm  x 1 cm) is special because of the varying textured leaf patterns, and how the leaf sheet was cut and coloured. 

Buy the product here.

VEJA Vegan Sneakers Nova HT White California Butter Sole 

95 EUR 

A French footwear and accessories brand, VEJA was established in 2005 to make sneakers differently by infusing each stage of production with a positive impact. VEJA focuses on not just producing beautiful retail items, but helping its raw material suppliers and their environment through eco-friendly and fair trade practices. 

The Nova HT White California Butter Sole sneakers from its vegan line are created using organic cotton from Brazil farms, wild rubber from the Amazon forest, and recycled E.V.A. Distinct yet understated, the unmistakable V logo is silk screened in a cool blue shade and stands out against the white cotton fabric and cream sole. Sizes are available from 36 to 46, so these stylish kicks can be given to both female and male vegans. 

Buy the product here.

Ahimsa Collective Zip the Lip Backpack – Smoke

289 AUD

Ahimsa means “respect for all living things and avoidance of harm toward others.” With that, Ahimsa Collective was founded by passionate change agents who wanted to prove that sustainability and luxury goods could coexist. They wanted to offer a bag that was not only environmentally friendly, but also environmentally beneficial. They found the solution by producing handbags out of existing resources, would-be-waste, and innovative plant-based textiles. Their noteworthy materials include recycled water bottles, certified washable paper, and reused hardware. 

Zip the Lip Backpack – Smoke is Ahimsa Collective’s first backpack that also doubles as a bucket bag. Made from durable pineapple leather (piñatex), this black, 24.5 cm x 20 cm x 12 cm-sized bag will be a hit with the fashion-savvy vegan in your life. Plus, she would be thrilled to know that 5 AUD of this bag’s sale will go to Ahimsa Collective’s social enterprise partners.

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NOX-BRIDGE Classic Vega Viridi 41 mm watch 

339 NZD

Vegan fashion and watch-making can go hand in hand, as proven by this group of New Zealanders who created NOX-BRIDGE in 2014. Produced without compromising ethical practices, their elegant watch designs and waterproof leather straps are 100% vegan.

The Classic Vega Viridi 41 mm timepiece is made and assembled in Japan. It consists of a surgical grade 316 L stainless steel green face encased in gold, and 20 mm x 18 cm (19.5 cm with buckle) vegan straps in a rich forest green shade. Water resistant and with quick release straps, this striking men’s watch can go from day to night.

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Boody Cosy Knit Wrap – Storm

99.95 AUD

An Australian brand that’s focused on making eco-conscious, sustainable clothing, Boody crafts everyday apparel for men, women, and kids using materials that are better for the environment. 

Make your vegan friend feel like she’s receiving a warm hug from you each time she uses Boody’s Cosy Knit Wrap. Made from pure, organically grown bamboo viscose harvested in FSC-certified fields in Sichuan, China, this 180 cm x 80 cm knitted shawl can be used at home on a cold winter night or worn softly draped around the neck during a chilly outing. Naturally antibacterial, hypoallergenic, thermo-regulating, and breathable, the two-toned fabric feels good against the skin, and, more importantly, matches any attire.

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BOSH! The Cookbook

29.99 AUD

Best friends Henry Firth and Ian Theasby both turned vegan in 2015, and a year later, started BOSH!—the largest plant-based video channel on Facebook. With a mission to help everyone eat more plant-based food, the duo published this cookbook in 2018 containing 140 easy and tasty vegan dishes to try. 

With BOSH! The Cookbook, new or longtime vegans can take a crack at making breakfast staples, crowd-pleasing party dishes, hearty dinners, sumptuous desserts, and sharing cocktails using fresh and supermarket-available ingredients. This 288-page cookbook will surely inspire the vegan in your life to spend more time in the kitchen and whip up satisfying plant-based recipes. And if you’re lucky, you might end up tasting and loving the culinary creations!

Buy the product here.

Green + Kind Eco Box 

64.95 AUD for a five-piece set

Green + Kind is committed to making products that are vegan, cruelty free, planet friendly, ethically made, and biodegradable or reusable. Their primary purpose is to change the way people shop through education and creation of eco alternatives to products that are used daily, helping minimise people’s impact on the planet. 

This zero-waste eco set will help vegans (or practically anyone!) get started on their eco journey. It can be used for mealtimes, and can also be brought out for picnics, road trips, and outdoor adventures. Each box contains two natural coconut bowls, a set of utensils (knife, fork, and spoon), certified organic cotton carry pouch, a pack of 2 stainless steel bent straws, and a handy pouch that contains 8 30 cm x 35 cm produce bags.

Buy the set here.

Green Living Australia Non-Dairy Yoghurt Bundle 

81.75 AUD for a three-piece set

Green Living Australia is a business that resulted out of a need to create homemade, preservative-free, additive-free foods, and chemical-free body products. The company aims to provide pure cultures, equipment, and education to conscious foodies, and to make all-natural and sustainable body products.

Their Non-Dairy Yoghurt Bundle is the perfect gift for vegans who want to create their own tasty probiotic snack. Each vegan-friendly culture set contains a BPA-free electric yoghurt maker (which can hold up to 2 litres and maintain the needed temperature for prolonged periods of time), 100 litres of non-dairy yoghurt culture with probiotics (which can be turned into soy, coconut, or almond yoghurt), and 250 grams of smooth gel (which helps create a thick, creamy texture).

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Waldo’s Friends This is a Cat Loving Household Tea Towel 

18 AUD

Waldo’s Friends carries Able and Game tea towels, which are made of pure linen and hand screen printed in Melbourne. The 50 cm x 70 cm print features a beautiful set of illustrations accompanied by typography in the centre that says: This is a cat loving household. The white and red tea towel can be used to line a serving basket, to dry and store salad greens, to protect pots and pans from scratches, or can even be displayed as eye-catching wall art. Perfect for the feline-loving vegan in your life! 

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Treat Dreams Dream Bars

12.50 AUD for 80 g

The chocolates and desserts by Treat Dreams may be dairy-free and vegan-free, but they’re just as rich and decadent as their non-vegan counterparts. Lis Armstrong founded Treat Dreams after turning vegan in 2013, and wanted to recreate classic treats that were made of plant-based and animal-friendly ingredients. 

Their square-shaped vegan chocolate Dream Bars come in five delicious flavours: Creamy White (direct trade white chocolate bar and almonds), Berries + Cream (creamy white chocolate bar with freeze dried raspberry pieces), Cookies + Cream (creamy almond white chocolate bar with crunchy chocolate biscuit pieces), Creamy Milk (direct trade milk chocolate bar), and Peanut Crunch (milk chocolate bar with toasted peanuts and crunchy toffee pieces).

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Urban Greens Co Micro Herbs Windowsill Grow Kit

49.95 AUD

With a mission to create gifts that are purposeful, sustainable, and gratifying, Urban Greens Co allows the vegan in your life to receive a growable gift and gain satisfaction from it for a longer period of time. 

The Urban Greens Grow Kit has all the essentials needed to grow a windowsill full of nutritious and flavour-packed herbs. Perfect for the aspiring urban gardener who is limited to small spaces, the kit includes a 40 cm x 8 cm x 7 cm porcelain windowsill box (includes a bamboo lid and drip tray), 3 micro herb varieties (basil, chive, and parsley seeds), sustainable organic coir propagation mix, plus growing instructions and hot tips.

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Mojo Candle Co. Reclaimed Beer Bottle Diffuser – Freshwater 

44.90 AUD

Add flair to the home of an alcohol-loving vegan through the nifty creations of Mojo Candle Co. With a passion for the planet, founders Monty and Jo found a sustainable way to reuse old beer and wine bottles from Australian breweries and restaurants, and turn them into candle and diffuser vessels. The results are stunning, sophisticated fragrance keepers containing natural soy wax or premium oils.  

One of Mojo Candle Co.’s most popular scents, Freshwater is masculine with sharp citrus top notes that include blackcurrant and pineapple. It is rounded off with base and middle notes of honeydew, muguet, water lily, and the bold scent of vetiver, amber, and a touch of mulberry. Each beer bottle diffuser is hand-poured in small batches and sold with natural fibre reeds. The diffusing time takes approximately six months depending on the surroundings.

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kikki.K A5 Quilted Notebook Holder Blush: Self

49.99 AUD

Prettify your vegan friend’s home working space with Swedish brand kikki.K’s 165 mm x 30 mm notebook holder. Set in a delicate shade of blush pink and a gray inner lining, the quilted vegan-friendly holder contains an elastic pen loop, 4 internal card slots, and a 76-page, limited-edition lined notebook. 

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Velvety Monkey Farts Soy Candle 

27 AUD for 160 g

A personal project by Lorena Estelle, Velvety sprung from a desire to offer vegan-friendly, sustainable, and ethically made items in a singular online platform. Velvety lets you choose affordable and cruelty-free fashion, beauty, and home items for the vegan in your life. 

Think of a vegan who will get a kick out of this hilariously named soy candle. Monkey Farts has a complex citrus scent that starts with a subtle base of vanilla, mango, kiwi, and bubblegum, and finishes off with top notes of banana, grapefruit, and strawberries. Velvety Soy Candles are handmade and poured using natural soy wax for an eco-friendly, clean burn. The lead-free cotton wick is covered with vegetable-based wax and premium fragrances or essential oils. Each tumbler burns for approximately 40 hours.

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Bamboo Bed + Bath Bed King Bed Sheet Set 

199 AUD for a set

Proudly Australian owned and operated, Bamboo Bed + Bath has been crafting quality certified organic products for bed and bath since 2000. Their bamboo fibre products are from trusted and respected manufacturers with Oeko-Tex Standard 100, USDA, and FSC certifications.

Made with 100% bamboo, the pure organic sheets are luxuriously soft on the skin. They are also known for being thermo-regulating—warm in winter, cool in summer—so they can be used all year round. Each Bamboo Bed + Bath King Bed Sheet Set contains 1 flat sheet (290 cm x 270 cm), 1 fitted sheet (183 cm x 203 cm x 40 cm), and 2 pillowcases (48 cm x 73 cm) in fresh white or rich taupe shades.

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Resparkle Ultimate Natural All Purpose Cleaning Kit

20.45 AUD 

Resparkle manufactures plant-powered products that make homes naturally clean. The brand promises to save the planet while keeping homes dirt-free through their toxin-free items found in reusable, zero-plastic packages.

This best-selling cleaning kit from Resparkle is an awesome present to give to a vegan neat freak as it will allow him or her to breeze through housework faster and more effectively. The nature-powered cleaning kit includes a 500 ml Natural All-Purpose Reusable Bottle, Natural All-Purpose Concentrate Refill Pod (which can be used for any tough-to-clean surface), a 100% copper scrubber (which can help scour away grease and grime on any kind of cookware), and a 100% natural bamboo microfibre cloth (which can save the ocean from micro-plastic pollution).

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ecoLinen Organic Cotton Bath Towel

29.90 AUD

Make the vegan in your life feel pampered with ecoLinen Premium Organic’s cotton bath towel. The brand uses all-natural cotton, which is free from toxic dyes, harmful pesticides, insecticides, and harsh chemicals.

EcoLinen’s thick organic bath towels are used in some of Australia’s top luxury resorts. They are made with the softest, sturdiest, and most absorbent materials, which are hypoallergenic and safe for the entire family to use. Available in white or charcoal grey, each plush bath towel comes at a generous size (75 cm x 150 cm) and with 650 gsm for maximum absorbency.

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MATT & NAT COAST Vegan Carry On Luggage – Black

265 AUD

MATT & NAT is focused on exploring the beautiful synergy between material and nature. Choosing to find innovative ways to remain sustainable and eco-friendly, their fashionable designs do not use leather or other animal-based materials. Instead, they have experimented with different recycled materials such as recycled nylons, cardboard, rubber, and cork. 

COAST Vegan Carry On Luggage is a must-buy for vegan jetsetters. The 14 inch x 20.5 inch x 9-inch bag (excluding wheels) comes in a sleek black colour, with a double zipper detail, a short handle drop, and an extendable, easy-carry handle. Inside, the luggage offers a removable snap pouch, a zip around zipper compartment, and a double interior.

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Bass The Green Brush 19 

16.95 USD

Founded in 1979, Bass has been manufacturing premium grade brushes, body, and skin tools with an emphasis on using the finest natural, sustainable, and durable materials. Their high quality items have been used by professional stylists, barbers, and aestheticians worldwide.

Combining luxury design with sustainable resources, Bass Green Brush Series uses 100% eco-friendly premium bamboo for its pins and handle. The two-toned semi S-shaped brush is expertly designed for easy gripping, while its bamboo pins are created with radius tips for extra comfort in the tresses and scalp. This organic brush is suitable for all hair types.

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Felvarrom Recycled Inner Tube Passport Holder 

44.90 AUD

With a name that means “I’ll stitch it up,” Felvarrom upcycles discarded bicycle parts and materials and creatively transforms them into durable fashion accessories. The Hungarian brand keeps their entire making process sustainable and environmentally friendly, from recycling bicycle parts to using biodegradable cleaning materials to properly disposing of their waste. 

Made from old inner tubes from bicycle tires, the black and orange passport holder has a deep safe passport slot, 2 card holder pockets (each slot can hold 4 cards), and a zip pocket for coins. Because of the varying scuffs, marks, and patches the inner tubes have previously received, no two passport holders will look exactly alike.

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GROWN Sustainable Wooden Eyewear Lennox 

169 AUD

GROWN chooses to get all their organic materials from ethically sourced and managed forests that are bound by the sustainable forestry management standards of the FSC. Using durable bamboo and hardwoods (such as maple, ebony, and walnut) to handcraft their wooden eye frames, each pair of sunglasses has a distinct finish because of the unique wood grain. As a bonus, GROWN provides a 100-day warranty and a 180-day accident coverage for their buyers.

The Lennox has a lightly polished red ebony wood finish. It comes with a keyhole bridge, Canadian maple accents, premium spring loaded hinges, and European standard (CE) UV400 (100% UVA/UVB) polarized lenses. Aside from this being an ultra-stylish gift for the vegan in your life, it is also animal-friendly because for each pair purchased, GROWN will help support one orphaned or injured Australian animal via WIRES.

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Ettitude Bamboo Lyocell Luxe Travel Kit 

75 AUD

Ettitude is an eco-conscious brand that guarantees luxury and comfort using sustainably sourced materials and renewable methods. They’ve created a breakthrough bamboo lyocell fabric, CleanBamboo, whose manufacturing process is designed to save energy and water. The result is a breathable, hypoallergenic, and thermo-regulating cloth with a silk-like texture.

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Let’s talk rescue and what it means to “adopt, don’t shop”

Let’s talk rescue and what it means to “adopt, don’t shop”

What is an animal rescue?  An animal rescue organisation aimed at taking companion animals from situations where they are at risk of euthanasia for reasons not related to behaviour or health. An example would be a rescue that pulls dogs from shelters with a policy of euthanising dogs that are not adopted within a certain Read More...

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What is an animal rescue? 

An animal rescue organisation aimed at taking companion animals from situations where they are at risk of euthanasia for reasons not related to behaviour or health. An example would be a rescue that pulls dogs from shelters with a policy of euthanising dogs that are not adopted within a certain time frame. Then that rescue would place the dogs in foster homes and advertise that the dog is available for adoption. 

This also happens with cats, particularly strays or colony cats. Cats are far more social than advertised and will form large groups. Some of these cats are not suitable for adoption due to their feral nature but they are trapped, neutered and released. Any kittens found will be taken in, socialised and be made available for adoption once they are neutered. 

Similar rescues exist for pocket pets such as rabbits and guinea pigs, usually sourcing animals from individuals who purchased them without realising the extent of their needs or prolific breeding capacity. 

Well organised rescue groups will consist of volunteers who coordinate to collect animals from situations where they are at risk, have them treated for any medical conditions including spay and neuter surgery. It is vital that animals in rescue be desexed to prevent a further increase in the population of ‘unwanted’ animals – animals without a home to go to once they are old enough to be separated from their mother.

Where does the unwanted pet population come from? 

The population of stray and unwanted animals, including feral cats, consists mainly of pets who were not desexed within the reasonable timeframe; and their offspring come of breeding age very quickly. Even if these pets have owners, the failure to desex these pets can lead to an exponential increase in the stray population. 

There is currently no system for recording the movement of stray and unwanted pets but RSPCA statistics show that over 250,000 pets were euthanised in a twelve month period because homes could not be found for them. When you do the math for cats and dogs, it shouldn’t be a surprise: 

Cats become fertile at 4 months of age. A female cat can have between three and five kittens but litters of up to ten kittens are possible. Each of those kittens can contribute to the creation of another five kittens on average. In one year, that’s three generations of kittens. That means 150 kittens that now need homes from one undesexed cat breeding one time (she will go into heat every three weeks on average and her pregnancy will last about two months). If you want a kitten, they will be in rescue.

Dogs become fertile at 6 months of age and go into heat twice a year on average. A female dog can have between 3 and 12 puppies depending on size and breed. One undesexed female dog can contribute an average of 260 puppies to the population in three generations with just one breeding. 

What does this mean if you’re looking for a pet to add to your family? 

That there are a lot of animals out there, and you have a good chance of finding the one that needs you in rescue. Puppies and kittens are available, as well as adult animals who were not able to be kept by their original owner for various reasons. 

Why should I consider an adult animal?

Similar to humans, animals have an infant stage where they are learning about the world and what they can and can’t do in it. There are a lot of pets in rescue who are there through no fault of their own – their original owners have become unable to care for them for a variety of reasons beyond their control. These pets have an understanding of house training and acceptable behaviour – and those that don’t are still completely able to learn. It is very possible (and rewarding) to teach an old dog new tricks. 

How to find a legitimate rescue

We often see groups and posts on social media regarding individual animals in care requiring fundraising or adoption as part of a rescue group or charity. If you want to adopt a rescue animal, ensure that you are dealing with a legitimate rescue or shelter. This will also help you avoid being scammed by individuals representing themselves as a group in order to garner funds that may not reach the intended party. 

There are several requirements for rescue non profit status that incur oversight into financial transactions.

To elaborate, every legal nonprofit rescue will at least have these four things:

  • An Australian Business Number (ABN)
    • All legitimate rescue groups will have their ABN available and displayed on their website. You can also look up on the ABN Register:
    • Clicking through the ABN register for their ABN will also show you if they are endorsed by the ATO to be Deductible Gift Recipients. Not every rescue is eligible so don’t panic if they’re not
  • Public Liability Insurance
    • This covers all of their staff, volunteers, foster carers, property and anyone attending adoption events
  • Be on the Australian Charity and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC) Register. 
    • ACNC oversees transparency in financial transactions and record keeping
    • For animal rescue this includes animals in care. You can use their website to search for a rescue via their ABN:
  • Obtain a fundraising license 
    • any rescue that solicits donations via any medium must have a fundraising license

Currently there are no legal obligations on behalf of rescue groups to the public. So if you have found a rescue that ticks all those boxes, how can you still be sure that the pet you adopt from them is healthy and as described?

  • Social media is a blessing and a curse – a lot of content is heavily curated to avoid backlash from some of the more unattractive occurrences in rescue; extreme sickness being one. 
  • A well-intentioned and well-versed rescue will encourage potential adopters to enter an application for a pet, either a specific animal shown or for a match with their lifestyle.

What to expect from an application

An application is an interview that goes both ways. It’s important at this stage to remember that rescues are often under-staffed and very overworked with a lot of pressure to ensure the safety, health and longevity of the animals in their care. Rescue staff can be very particular due to bad experiences with people unaware of the reality of rescue so they will be looking very carefully at applications to ensure the best outcome for the animals in their care.

A good application will allow an accurate snapshot and overview of your life: where you live, who lives with you, what kind of environment you live in, what other pets you may have. Rescues will attempt to accurately temperament test their animals but sometimes they cannot accurately emulate the conditions of a home, your home, to account for things like planes, mailmen, school bells, trainlines, noisy neighbours. 

Which choice of breed, age and animal is best for you? 

Many adopters will ask a rescue: “Which animal would suit me?”

The question that should be asked is; “What lifestyle can I offer a pet?”

  • How much time are you at home? How much of that time is actually free?
  • What kind of activities do you like to do? Are you very active or just hoping that an active dog will magically make you active? 
  • Are you experienced with animals who may require behaviour modification?
  • Do you have the time and patience to house-train an adult animal?

There is no shame in wanting a relaxed sofa partner who just needs to know where the doggy door is. However, it is extremely important to be honest with yourself about what your lifestyle actually is, not what you want it to be. 

If you already know which breed you’d like, you can also reach out to breed specific rescues. 

  • To find a rescue for a particular breed, search the breed, then rescue and your country: e.g. “Samoyed Rescue Australia.”
  • They often have lots of resources for understanding the breed, including the reasons people give them up, which are very important to know if you want a particular breed.
  • You can also learn from current owners within the rescue circle about their experiences. 

Foster to adopt and trial periods 

Many rescues will offer foster to adopt programs and trial periods for each animal that they have available. These are vital because it can take some time for a pet to settle into a new family, a new home, a new routine:

3 days to decompress – to start to recover from all of the new stimuli that they’re dealing with – smells, sights and sounds

3 weeks to learn the routine – just like it takes us 21 consecutive days to make a habit, pets learn by repetition. Predictability of consequences is a cornerstone of psychological stability and by setting a routine for your new pet will help them settle in

3 months to feel ‘at home’ – the same amount of time it takes for language immersion to start to form new pathways in the human brain. Pets will learn and understand their human family members’ communications and the expectations. 

Pets who have felt the need to be guarded in their behaviour will often show a more playful and relaxed demeanour once they know that they are safe. It is very rewarding to have a rescue come out of their shell in your home. 

Now what? 

Your ideal pet is more likely to be found in rescue than anywhere else, whether your lifestyle suits a puppy, kitten or adult pet. You can use resources like Find a Shelter to start your search today! 

Can you adopt a dog when you have a cat?

Here at Waldo’s Friends, we love sharing heartwarming stories that involve animals finding their furever homes. While every rescue tale is special, we have a soft spot for adopters who welcome different animal species—specifically cats and dogs—into their homes because it reminds us of how Salsa and Waldo came together and eventually became fur siblings.  Read More...

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Here at Waldo’s Friends, we love sharing heartwarming stories that involve animals finding their furever homes. While every rescue tale is special, we have a soft spot for adopters who welcome different animal species—specifically cats and dogs—into their homes because it reminds us of how Salsa and Waldo came together and eventually became fur siblings. 

If you’re interested in adopting a dog when you already own a cat, know that it can be done successfully. Though there are many factors that should be considered by cat owners, the benefits definitely outweigh all the challenges that may come up. You save two lives instead of one, and receive double the love!

The primary concern is everyone’s safety at home, so make sure to read up on these tips before signing the dog’s adoption papers and letting him into your cat-dominated home. 

Find out about the animals’ backgrounds  

Ask the shelter or rescue if the dog you want to adopt grew up around cats. If he did, then he will less likely be curious about your cat. The same goes for your pet. If you know that he has been previously exposed to dogs and has shown no aversion to them, then there’s a greater possibility that he may not feel threatened by the dog.  

Factor in the animals’ ages       

Puppies and kittens have a bigger chance of getting along since they are highly adaptable. Some adult cats react badly to change and might have a harder time accepting a puppy, especially one that’s very active, playful, and encroaches on his space. If you plan on bringing home a pooch that’s younger than your cat, it’s best if he can follow basic commands such as “sit” and “stay” so that you can control him when they finally meet. 

Consider the dog’s breed 

Some breeds are known to have high prey drives, compelling them to hunt, chase, and take down smaller animals. This can be a problem when your cat tries to move away, and your dog continues to go after him. Though a dog can be trained not to run after a cat, you might want to consider adopting a dog with low prey drive. 

Request for a trial run       

Ask the shelter if you can do a trial adoption with the dog to discover how he will adjust to being with your cat, and vice versa. It may take some time for both animals to get used to each other’s scent and personality, so find out how much time you can get before paying the adoption fees and signing on the dotted line. Make sure to start the trial only if you are around at home to help the two animals adjust to each other.

Prepare for their first meetup

Once you’ve made up your mind about adopting a dog, you should make the necessary arrangements to optimise your dog and cat’s first few encounters. Read up on our best practices on how to introduce a cat to a dog, which includes how to desensitise the animals to each other as well as how to maintain peace between the two species. 

Remember that all their interactions should be supervised with your dog held on a short leash, then eventually without it. If your cat is shy or skittish, you can also place him inside his carrier. Observe each animal’s reaction and reward good behaviour with positive words and tasty treats. 

Provide for each pet

During the trial period, create safe spaces for each animal that they can escape to if and when they feel threatened. Make sure that the dog cannot access the cat’s food (it is not recommended for dogs to eat cat food) or get into the litter box (he may accidentally barge in while your cat is peeing or pooping, or worse, eat the feces). More importantly, make it a point to devote equal amounts of time and attention so both animals feel loved and cherished. 

Have realistic expectations

Depending on the personalities of your pets, it might take them days, weeks, or sometimes even longer to adjust to one another. Let them be. As long as they do not hurt each other when they come into contact, they will eventually grow closer and form their own special pawsome bond.  

Can you adopt a dog when you work full time?

Adopting a dog may seem like an impossibility for full-time workers who need to leave pooches by themselves for hours. Though it may be frowned upon by some, it is a reality that can be successfully and responsibly done. In fact, when you do a quick search on Pet Rescue, there’s a filter option under Read More...

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Adopting a dog may seem like an impossibility for full-time workers who need to leave pooches by themselves for hours. Though it may be frowned upon by some, it is a reality that can be successfully and responsibly done. In fact, when you do a quick search on Pet Rescue, there’s a filter option under “about my home” that allows you to check out prospective dogs that are suitable to be left alone while you go to work. 

Factors to consider

Before adopting a dog, various factors should be considered by full-time employees. These include the dog’s age, personality, previous upbringing, and breed. 

The dog’s age

It will be harder for you to adopt a puppy because he will need more of your time, care, and attention. If you end up with a puppy, you will need to establish a daily schedule for him, which includes feeding times, potty training, crate training, play time, and waking/sleeping times. A young dog can be left alone for two hours at most.

Elderly dogs, on the other hand, may have health-related needs that require attending to every few hours. This isn’t the case for all senior dogs (some of them can be left for two to six hours a day), but it’s a reality that must be considered. On the upside, owning a senior dog could also mean less exercise times since he’ll be content with just chilling most of the day. Aside from that, he has most likely been crate and toilet trained before coming to live with you.  

Compared to puppies and senior dogs, adult dogs over 18 months can be left alone for longer periods of time. However, it is not recommended to leave them longer than six hours each day

The dog’s personality

Adopting a dog also means choosing the best personality that matches your circumstances. If you’re absent for eight to nine hours every day, would an active, playful pooch that constantly needs human interaction and physical stimulation be happy while being by himself? You might be better off with an independent, mellow dog that doesn’t mind sleeping all day while you’re gone.   

The dog’s previous upbringing 

Ask the animal shelter or rescue about the dog’s past. He may have been previously owned by full-time workers or lived with a foster who was out for longer periods of time, making him accustomed to being home alone.  

The dog’s breed

Though you shouldn’t adopt primarily because of a dog’s breed, some breeds are said to be content being left alone and thrive without human contact. These are Basset Hound, Bullmastiff, Chihuahua, French Bulldog, Greyhound, Maltese, Shiba Inu, Shar Pei, and Whippet.

Other things to consider

The dog’s safety and health should also be factored in when you decide to leave him alone. Keep your dog safe by pet-proofing your home. Store toxic food ingredients properly, and remove dangerous objects that may cause him harm. Leave him with clean drinking water in a confined space where he is free to roam around. It is best not to leave him in a crate all day.  

When left alone for prolonged periods of time, some dogs may develop separation anxiety and exhibit bad destructive behaviour such as chewing on furniture and clothes, biting, scratching, binge eating, howling, barking at random things, pacing, escaping his confinement area, urinating, and defecating. Change of guardian, home, or schedule are possible causes of separation anxiety, so try to ease the adopted dog into your home by setting his schedule as quickly as possible.

Also, keep him mentally and physically stimulated. Take him for a walk first thing in the morning, and take him on another walk as soon as you get home. Devote enough time to the dog by feeding him, playing with him, and giving him cuddle time. While you’re out, leave your dog with safe and interactive food-dispensing toys that’ll keep him entertained for hours. (Don’t leave him with toys that could be chewed apart and cause accidental choking.) You can also build him a sensory garden or create a fun scavenger hunt around the house. Just make sure to hide tiny amounts of tasty treats that he can find without destroying anything. Play white noise, classical music, or nature sounds to help keep him calm. 

If your dog isn’t used to being alone

If your pooch is still adjusting to his new home setup or is the type that can’t be left alone, you can find ways to make it work for the two of you. 

Place him in dog daycare 

Dog daycare may be the next best thing for a pooch who can’t be with you 24/7. There, he can receive human supervision (physical activity, meals, and medication administration) and make friends with other dogs (that is if you choose to bring him to a daycare facility). Some establishments even provide add-on services such as bathing, grooming, and training.   

Hire a dog walker 

If you don’t have the means to spend for daycare, you can opt to hire a trusted walker that can take him out for his daily exercise. If you’re gone for more than eight hours a day during weekdays, it’s recommended that you get a dog walker at least thrice a week.

Take him to work 

Many Australian companies now allow pet owners to bring their furry companions to work. If adopting a dog is something you’re seriously considering, ask your current employer if they offer pet-related perks such as bringing your pup to the office once a week.  

Get a second dog 

If you can afford to adopt another pet and your home can comfortably accommodate two pets, consider getting another dog to keep your dog entertained while you’re away. Having two dogs can help ease separation anxiety, improve their socialisation skills, and keep each other fit and preoccupied through play. 

After you’ve considered the age, personality, previous upbringing, and breed of the dog, ask these 12 other questions to find out if you’re truly ready to adopt a dog while working full time.

Things You Should Know Before Adopting a Cat

Whether you’re considering bringing home a full-grown cat from a rescue shelter or taking in a friend’s foster kitten, adopting a cat is a lifetime commitment. Choosing to adopt means you’ve thought about all the aspects of responsible pet care, from providing quality food and healthcare to keeping your cat groomed and entertained all year Read More...

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Whether you’re considering bringing home a full-grown cat from a rescue shelter or taking in a friend’s foster kitten, adopting a cat is a lifetime commitment. Choosing to adopt means you’ve thought about all the aspects of responsible pet care, from providing quality food and healthcare to keeping your cat groomed and entertained all year round. On the upside, it also means having a companion for life.

If you’re still on the fence about adopting a cat, here are some of the things you need to know before taking the plunge. 

What should I expect when I adopt a cat?

Before everything else, you need to take a closer look at your home, your routine, and your lifestyle. Make sure that you’ll be able to devote enough time to care for the newest member of your home, as well as support him physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially. Money Under 30 reports that the cost of owning a cat can easily exceed USD 1,000 in the first year. It includes expenses such as adoption fees, start-up supplies, cat food, microchipping, licensing, neutering, vaccinations, vet visits, grooming, litter, toys, and other surprise costs. 

Another important factor to consider is the cat’s age. You’ll need to devote more time and patience to younger active kittens who might need to be taught how to use a litter box. They also have to receive their vaccinations and get neutered. Meanwhile, older cats’ potty training skills and personalities are more or less set, making it easier for you to know what to expect from them.   

Speaking of personalities, research on the cat personality that you feel would match your energy and lifestyle, as well as the type of home you have. Cat traits to consider include skittishness, outgoingness, dominance, spontaneity, and friendliness. The foster parent or rescue volunteers could provide you with details such as which cats are open to being touched, which kittens are most playful, and which cats are good with children and other pets. 

If you’ve had previous experience in caring for a dog, note that cats display different behaviour that may take some time to decipher. Some cats won’t budge an inch when you get home from work to say hello or won’t appreciate being belly rubbed after he exposes his stomach, but that doesn’t mean he loves you any less.  

The breed of your adoptee should never be your primary focus, but if you are allergic to cats and still want to bring one home, you can research particular breeds that are known to be hypoallergenic. The length of its coat could also be a factor in choosing a cat that’s right for you. Though long-haired cats are gorgeous, they need to be groomed regularly to prevent matted fur, hairballs, and irritations caused by feces being stuck to their fur or skin

You’ll also be surprised to know that some cats need to be adopted as a pair. These are bonded cats that have formed strong emotional connections with each other, and may become depressed or develop behavioural problems if they are separated. Bonded pairs usually happen with siblings who have grown up together, or with kittens who were introduced to each other when they were still little. 

What do I need? 

Before bringing your newly adopted cat home, you’ll also need to prepare a cat starter kit. Come up with the following essentials and you’re one step closer to making him feel at home:

  • Cat bed or bedding
  • Water and food bowls 
  • Cat food and treats
  • Litter tray and litter
  • Scratching post
  • Cat toys
  • Grooming equipment
  • Cat carrier

Cats may take more time to warm up to a new environment, so make it a point to place him in a safe room that he can grow accustomed to. Place all of his essentials within the area (tip: keep the litter box away from the feeding area) and give him the freedom to go beyond this space when he’s ready. You can also provide him with small hiding places and tall perches to make him feel more secure. 

Also, do not rush introductions with new people or animals. Let the cat come to you when you come for a visit in his safe space, and remind children to be gentle when touching him. Cats can be introduced by sniffing each other through the closed door, then gradually moving on to supervised interactions in a neutral place. A dog and a cat should also be supervised when they are introduced to each other for the first time.  

Cat-proof your home by safely storing fragile items and removing toxic flowers and plants that may be found inside your home. Get him a scratching post to wear down his claws and discourage him from scratching on your furniture. To prevent accidents, keep your windows and balcony safely locked. Keep electrical cables, yarn, rope, and items that get tangled easily out of his reach. Always put the toilet seat down, and keep the sink and/or tub empty if you decide to make him stay in your bathroom for the first few weeks.  

How do I initially care for the adopted cat?

Schedule a visit with your trusted veterinarian before exposing your adopted cat to young children or other pets at home. Ensure that he is in tip-top condition and his essential vaccinations are up-to-date. Provide him with preventive care such as deworming, flea and tick prevention, bloodwork, and fecal tests. 

Ask the shelter or rescue if the cat has already been spayed or neutered. If the procedure hasn’t been done yet, make an appointment with your vet. Spaying a female cat before her first heat cycle is said to eliminate the risk of cancer (specifically breast, ovarian, and uterine cancers), while neutering a male cat reduces unwanted behaviours such as displaying aggression, roaming, and marking its territory. Pet MD recommends having your cat neutered as early as six to eight weeks of age, or waiting until he’s five months old. 

Be a responsible cat owner by having your adopted pet microchipped if the rescue or shelter hasn’t gotten around to doing it yet or doesn’t have the means to do so. Having him microchipped through your vet or a local authority increases the chances of him being reunited with you if he wanders away and gets lost. Input your correct contact details, and update them if you transfer homes or change numbers. Wait until he is at least eight weeks old or about two pounds before having the microchipping procedure done.

To recap

Now that you’ve read up on: a) the things you should expect if you’re thinking of adopting a cat, b) what you need to prepare before your adopted cat comes home with you, and c) how you can initially care for an adopted cat, we hope it convinces you to bring home a rescue cat soon! 

12 Questions to Ask When Adopting a Dog

Congratulations on taking the first step to welcoming an adopted dog into your family! Animal adoption is a noble act that will benefit not just the canine you take in (by giving him a second chance to live happily in a loving home), but also the shelter or rescue you adopt from (by allowing the Read More...

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Congratulations on taking the first step to welcoming an adopted dog into your family! Animal adoption is a noble act that will benefit not just the canine you take in (by giving him a second chance to live happily in a loving home), but also the shelter or rescue you adopt from (by allowing the organisation to give the slot left behind by your dog to another creature in need). The deed also discourages the proliferation of puppy mills and inhumane breeding practices. More importantly, it can teach children how to be more responsible, help manage loneliness and depression, and improve your overall health.  

Adopting a dog is an exciting and rewarding decision that should be made conscientiously. As a prospective adopter, you should not let a dog’s cuteness be your sole reason for adopting him. Before you sign papers to welcome a dog into your life, be sure to seek answers to the following questions below so that you can make the most informed choice.

Questions to ask yourself

1 Do I have the resources to care for a dog?

Are you physically, emotionally, and financially ready to have a dog? Owning a dog means providing for his day-to-day needs (food, exercise, training, and attention), looking after his overall welfare (taking him to the vet regularly, paying for his medicine and vaccinations, having him neutered, and getting pet insurance), giving him a safe space to call his own, and supplying him with all the tools he needs to be at his best physically, mentally, and socially.

2 Do I have the time and energy to train a dog?

Dogs love attention and company. Depending on your dog’s age, breed, and personality, you’ll need to devote at least one to two hours a day to him, which could be in the form of play, exercise, training, or cuddle time. From potty training to crate training, puppies need constant instruction and guidance since they’re still learning the ways of how to dog. Meanwhile, fully grown or senior dogs can be left unsupervised for longer periods of time if the shelter has assessed them as independent and without separation anxiety. 

3 Is my family or home companion/s on board with my decision to adopt?

Before adopting a dog, prospective adopters who share a home with other people should get the latter’s approval because of a variety of reasons. Some people are allergic to dog saliva and/or dander, not happy about dogs taking over their personal space, or simply not keen on the added responsibility of caring for an animal (like being forced to wake up extra early to let the dog do his business outside instead of sleeping soundly in bed until it’s time to go to work).

If everyone is okay with having a dog around, take a moment to discuss where he will stay (for example: will he be staying in your room the whole time or roaming freely in the common areas?), how little/much interaction they’re comfortable having with the dog, and which responsibilities they’ll want or need to take on when the time comes.  

4 Is my home ready for a dog? 

Whether he’s a playful puppy or a full grown pooch, be sure to come up with a starter kit with all the things your dog would need before he arrives. The basics would include a crate, collar and leash, feeding and drinking bowls, a blanket or doggie cushion, food, and treats.

Aside from putting together a starter kit, check to see if the environment is safe for a dog. Hide electrical cords, safely store breakables within his reach, check to see if your fence is tall enough (so he won’t be able to jump over it), and review the plants you have to guarantee that they are not toxic for him.  

If you are renting an apartment or house, ask for permission from the landlord to make sure that having a pet in the property is allowed.

5 Did I do enough research about the kind of dog I’d like to bring home?

The breed of a dog should not be your main factor in choosing your adoptee. However, learning about a particular breed could clue you in on its general characteristics—helping you find out about the breed’s original purpose, physical and personality traits, energy level, exercise requirements, lifespan, as well as possible health problems and challenges. Through your research, you can also discover information such as which dogs are hypoallergenic, good with young children, or helpful in protecting your home.

Also, do your research about the shelter or rescue you plan to adopt from. A shelter is typically a stand alone location, where rescues are housed in a kennel type environment, while a rescue is usually found in an individual’s home, with the rescue animals being fostered in multiple volunteer homes. Questions to ask include: Is it a trusted organisation? Do the volunteers treat their animals fairly? Do they do regular health checks on their rescues? Will they give you support after you’ve adopted from them? Find one that will answer all your questions and fulfill your needs.

Questions to ask the rescue or shelter

6 What is the dog’s background?

Get to know the dog’s history by asking the following questions: Where and how was the dog found? Was he previously owned or a stray? What were his past owners like and why was he surrendered? Was there a history of abuse or trauma? Is he housebroken? 

The answers the volunteers give you can help you learn if the dog’s previous conditions match your current setup and if you’re capable of handling him. It can also guide you in discovering potential behaviour and training needs you’d have to prepare to handle.  

7 What is his personality and temperament?

After looking into his background, you should also learn more about the dog’s personality and how he acts toward people and other animals. Asking about the dog’s disposition and energy can help you determine if he will match your own personality, lifestyle, and expectations. 

Moreover, find out if the rescue group has conducted a canine temperament test (which evaluates a dog’s prey drive, level of aggression, protectiveness, ability to distinguish between a threatening and non-threatening situation, stability, confidence, and friendliness) and ask for their findings. However, it’s important to note that not all temperament tests are foolproof. Animals placed in kennels may display fearfulness or aggression but behave differently once they’ve settled into a less stressful environment.

It’s also worth remembering that not all dogs will be known to the rescue shelter. While volunteers try their best, they sometimes might not be able to fully profile the animal as it’s in a new environment and may behave differently to when it’s settled in your home. It’s important to be conscious of the fact that you’re adopting a family member and not a replaceable animal that needs a loving home. Work with the information you get, but leave room for surprises.

8 What is his medical history?

It’s important to find out what the rescue or shelter is planning to cover in terms of the dog’s health while under their care. Get a record of the dog’s completed vaccinations (here’s a guide to core and non-core vaccines a dog should get) and treatments, including pre-existing conditions or special needs that you should be aware of. Also, inquire if they’ll cover the dog’s neutering and microchipping requirements. 

Be wary if the rescue or shelter fails to give you medical records of the dog you’re interested in. It could mean that they didn’t administer the proper medical checks through a veterinarian, they didn’t pay enough attention to the dog at the centre, or—sadly true in some cases—they simply didn’t have the funds or time needed to be thorough. As a general thumb rule, your first stop would be the local vet you’ve researched as your new family vet.

9 Can I spend one-on-one time with the dog I want to adopt?

Take time out to bond with your prospective adoptee before taking him home. Make an appointment with the shelter or rescue, so you can take the dog out for a walk or play with him. Visit him at least four to five times, so that you can observe how the dog responds to you and see his true nature emerge during those times. Also, let him meet your entire family and other pets you have at home. If the interactions are not as positive as you had hoped they would be, don’t get discouraged. Be open to meeting other dogs that you might not have considered adopting, or taking this particular dog home for a two week or so trial—as is mostly allowed by shelters. 

10 How much is the dog’s adoption fee?

Each shelter or rescue has their own price point for adopting dogs. Most fees are set based on the age of the dog, the medical services he received when he arrived, and his food, lodging, and accessories. A few also consider the dog’s breed and popularity in the market. 

For instance, you might think that a dog’s adoption fee is low, not realizing that he has not had any of his first year vaccinations, microchipping, or neutering done yet. If these are not included in his adoption package, assess if you can handle these additional costs and time requirements. 

11 What is the organisation’s adoption timeline and policy?

Once you’ve decided to adopt a particular dog, find out their adoption process. Many organisations publish their requirements and timeline on their website, so you can get a rough idea of how long it’ll take to adopt a dog from them. 

Due to the nature of shelters, it’ll be easier for you to simultaneously see more pets at their facility and likely take home an animal on the same day. On the other hand, rescues take longer and are more particular about adopting out their animals. Most require an interview and a home visit before they give the go signal. 

Speak to the volunteers to find out what their policies are in terms of adopting a dog, such as finding out if they have a trial adoption period and if they offer a two-week health guarantee

12 What kind of post-adoption assistance does your organisation offer?

You’ll need all the help you can get if it’s your very first time owning a dog. Ask the organisation if they offer support to new owners, such as providing a week’s worth of dog food (so that your dog can transition slowly into the food you’ve bought for him) or sharing knowledge on how to treat medical problems that suddenly appear after you’ve taken him home. Inquire if they could suggest a veterinarian or ask if you can gain access to their official vet and have medical treatments at discounted rates.  

May the answers to these 12 questions lead you to the best adopted dog that will cover you with sloppy kisses and greet you with affectionate barks!

Keeping Pets Safe During Bushfire Season

Responsible pet parents value their furbaby’s welfare just as much as they give importance to their family, property, and belongings during emergencies. As bushfires continue to burn across Australia, it is essential for pet owners to have a written bushfire plan, especially if they live near places with significant bush, coastal, forest, or long grass Read More...

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Responsible pet parents value their furbaby’s welfare just as much as they give importance to their family, property, and belongings during emergencies. As bushfires continue to burn across Australia, it is essential for pet owners to have a written bushfire plan, especially if they live near places with significant bush, coastal, forest, or long grass scrub. The bushfire plan should be discussed and assigned to each member of the family, answering questions such as “Which fire danger rating will be our trigger to leave?” and “What provisions should we organise for our pets?” 

Whether your domestic animals are at risk of being exposed to fires or inhaling harmful smoke, you can keep pets safe and protected throughout bushfire season.

If You Live Near a Bushfire-Prone Area

1 Prepare a bushfire relocation kit for your pet. 

Your kit should be portable, within easy reach, and contain the following:

  • Food and water
  • A bowl for each pet
  • A second collar and lead
  • A carrier for cats and smaller pets
  • Beddings and wool blankets
  • Towels
  • Pet first-aid kit
  • Your pet’s favourite toy
  • Your pet’s medication and a written list of what they are
  • Your pet’s medical history (including proof of vaccination and other special needs)
  • Your vet’s contact details 

2 Check your pets’ identification tags. 

Be sure your pets are microchipped and are wearing their identification tags at all times. Update your name and contact details on the microchips and collars if needed. Visit Central Animal Records for free identification of dogs and cats.

3 Decide what to do with your pets in different scenarios.

Sit down with the family and discuss what to do with pets during an emergency. This includes finding places where you can house them temporarily (i.e. boarding kennels or a friend’s place) if you decide to leave early, or discussing arrangements with neighbours who can care for your pet when you’re not at home. Of course the option we hope everyone can take is to take them with you wherever you decide to leave.

4 Practise moving your pets.

Do a dry run of how you will take your pets and their provisions into the car, and see how long it will take to complete the task. Think of ways to cut down the time since you’ll be attending to other tasks during an actual emergency. 

During a Bushfire Emergency

1 Stay calm and secure your pets.

Pets can sense danger and feed off nervous energy coming from their owners, so when disaster strikes, try to stay as level-headed as possible. Place your pets in a secure room and give them plenty of water to drink. Do not tie up your pets so they can freely move in case of emergency. Bird owners should place a damp towel over their bird’s cage, and provide ample food and water. For livestock owners, animals should be contained within a large, safely fenced area that contains water, has clear access, and is well grazed with minimum fuel to carry fire.  

2 Relocate them to a safe place early.

Put your pets on leads or in carriers, and take your pet bushfire relocation kit. Keep the animals cool and hydrated by giving them enough water to last throughout the trip. Have towels and wool blankets ready to cover and protect them. Before leaving your property, check to see if the selected relocation place for your pets is accessible.

3 Call the appointed person.

If you’re not at home during a crisis, contact the appointed family member, neighbour, or friend so that they can check on your pets. 

4 Bring them to the vet.

If your pet suffers from smoke or burn-related injuries, take them to the vet or emergency clinic as soon as it is safe to do so. If you cannot take your pet to the vet immediately, treat burns with cool water and watch for signs of shock.  

During Hot Weather Days 

1 Stay updated.

Keep abreast of daily weather reports and bushfire conditions in your area. Always check for fires and closures before considering a trip to a nature park or reserve. 

2 Keep pets cool and comfortable. 

Allow your pets to stay in the coolest areas of your home and give them fresh, cold water at all times. Treat them with ice cubes in their water bowls, or place ice cubes in pillowcases that they can lie on. Wipe down your dogs with cool, damp towels, or rub damp hands over your cats’ coats. Also, consider giving your pet a haircut if his coat or fur grows too long and thick during the summer.

3 Minimise exposure to bushfire smoke and pollution.

Bushfire smoke contains a mixture of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, soot, and other pollutants that can trigger respiratory problems or cause respiratory damage to your pets.

Secure all doors and windows on days when the air quality in your area is poor. Keep your pets indoors and limit their exercise and toilet time outdoors. Consider placing a portable air cleaner in a space where you and your pets can stay. Keep indoor air fresh by not frying or broiling food, burning candles, or smoking. 

4 Observe your pet. 

Your pet may experience heat-related stress during Severe, Extreme, and Code Red fire danger days. Look out for excessive panting, salivating, whining, nervous movement, or vomiting. Your pet may also be affected by wildfire smoke that could irritate his eyes, lungs, and/or heart. Symptoms may include coughing or gagging, red or watery eyes, nasal discharge, throat or mouth inflammation, reluctance to eat hard foods, difficulty in breathing (i.e. open-mouth breathing, more noise when breathing, or fast breathing), fatigue or weakness, disorientation, uneven gait, stumbling, and reduced appetite or thirst. 

If your pet displays any of these symptoms, call your vet immediately. Remember that as pet owners, we are responsible for the safety and well-being of our pets.

15 ways to take the best pet paw-traits

Full disclosure: Waldo and Salsa are used to fawning photographer entourages every single day – because we can’t get enough of Waldo’s bluey freckles or Salsa’s little mo. How about your four-legged friend? Smiling, running, cuddling, hiding, jumping, snoozing—how many of these types of images have you captured of your beloved pet? Pets are integral Read More...

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Full disclosure: Waldo and Salsa are used to fawning photographer entourages every single day – because we can’t get enough of Waldo’s bluey freckles or Salsa’s little mo. How about your four-legged friend? Smiling, running, cuddling, hiding, jumping, snoozing—how many of these types of images have you captured of your beloved pet? Pets are integral members of a family, and it’s no surprise that animal owners take countless pictures of their four-legged friends to share with their family, friends, and fellow animal lovers. 

Make your pet’s images stand out from the pack by following these 15 quick and easy photography tips. No matter what mood he’s in, what he’s up to, or where he’s currently at, you can capture him in his best form with a simple camera, a few adjustments, and loads of creativity. Trying these tips and tricks will produce beautiful paw-traits that will serve as lasting mementos of your pet.

1 Take pictures when he’s in the mood

The quickest way to produce the best pet photos is figuring out when your pet is most sociable. It could be just before his first meal, right after one of her relaxing cat naps, or as he eagerly greets you when you come home from work. Study your pet’s regular schedule, and in it, you’ll find pockets of opportunities for gorgeous photos.

If you’re really set on taking photos on a particular time or day, make the experience a fun one for your pet by rewarding him with toys and treats once you get your ideal shots.

A kiss on the nose is definitely one sign of cat affection

2 Make use of natural light

Use the sun’s glorious rays to add a shiny sheen to your pet’s fur, coat, or hair. The best time to shoot when you’re outdoors is a few hours after sunrise or before sunset (also called the golden hour). Shooting midday would cast harsh shadows on your pet’s face or body. When you’re indoors, you can add a healthy glow to your pet by opening your shade or window to let natural light stream in.

The sunlight gives this rabbit’s body a warm, healthy glow

3 Bring him to his favourite place

Get ready to see pure bliss on your pet’s face once you take him to his favourite spot, whether it’s by the sea or at the neighbourhood bark park. Give him a chance to run around and explore the spot, and when he’s settled down, start snapping. Be sure to include the background to give more context to the photo.

This happy pooch can’t get enough of the sun, sand, and surf

4 Sink down to his level 

Sit on the floor or go down on all fours to capture your pet at a closer and more intimate level. Do a bit of stretching beforehand, so your muscles don’t cramp up as you sustain that low or awkward position. When you’re ready, move down in a silent and unrushed manner so as not to startle him. You’ll be rewarded with a glimpse of the world through your pet’s point of view, and a stunning direct gaze to boot!

Let the staring contest begin

5 Let him experience something new

A new flavor, a new season, a new toy—all of these can elicit candid reactions from your pet depending on how much he enjoys or dislikes it. Watch his reaction as his paws step over a fresh pile of frozen snow or how he sniffs and licks a homemade treat you baked just for him. 

A smattering of snow adds character to this dog’s face

6 Catch him in his relaxed state

Some animals aren’t keen on people invading their personal space or weird objects (i.e. your mobile phone or digital SLR) thrusted at their face. Make your pet feel comfortable by acquainting him with your camera and letting him feel that you’re just there to enjoy the moment. Refrain from over-exciting him with toys or calling out his name repeatedly. This way, you can capture him at his most languorous state. Watch for slow blinking, relaxed ears, tongue lolling, purring, lying down, stretching, kneading, and/or sleeping.

A cat’s flexible body has inspired some yoga moves

7 Show off what makes him special

Zone in on what makes your pet unusual. Is it his striped fur, her two distinctly coloured eyes, or his extra paw pad? Take pictures of it in varying angles and in different backgrounds to make this trait stand out!

The striped black and brown hair of this guinea pig pops out against the green grass

8 Clean up the setting 

The background also adds to the overall composition of your paw-trait. Before shooting your pet at home, tidy up the area and remove unnecessary objects (no one wants to see a dirty sock next to your pet!). You can choose to include home elements to liven up the space, but make sure they’re pet-friendly. You wouldn’t want your pet to accidentally munch on a poisonous plant!

A white wall and potted plant are all this kitty needs

9 Let him interact with his best friend

Add another animal to the mix and see how playful or sweet your pet gets. The two may engage in playful nips and run circles around each other (until one of them eventually gets tired) or they may opt to sniff each other and sit side by side (a prime photo opportunity!). Whichever the case, make sure the animal is someone your pet is already in great terms with. If your pet and his fur friend are known to be highly active playmates, it’s best to use your camera’s action or burst mode to capture their fun moments together. 

Double Fido’s fun with game of tag with his best fur friend

10 Dress him up 

Take advantage of special seasons or celebratory events to jazz up your pet’s look. You can make use of simple outdoor elements such as freshly picked leaves or flowers to level up your pet’s style quotient, or go full-on costume designer and set decorator in time for his birthday!

A branch of leaves shows spring has sprung
Go all out for your pet’s birthday with gifts, treats, and decors

11 Capture his changing moods

Go beyond the usual happy paw-traits and try capturing your pet when he’s bashful, pensive, or even annoyed. Clue in on his current emotion by observing the way his ears, eyes, and mouth appear, where he places his paws, and his other body movements.

This puppy is feeling shy for the camera

12 Frame him in a unique way

Instead of taking your pet’s photo in front of a plain wall, make use of his favourite nooks and crannies to show different perspectives. Capture your new pup inside his doghouse or let your cat play hide-and-seek with you through her cat tree enclosure. You can also frame your pet using paper boxes, wooden gates, window sills, and more!

Peek-a-boo, he sees you

13 Let him be with his choice hooman

Bring out the big guns by placing your pet next to his all-time favourite human. Expect to generate a lot of warm, fuzzy feelings as you capture their tender moments together. After you take enough pictures, you’re more than welcome to join in on the snugglefest.

Somebunny loves your kid, and it shows

14 Make use of textures and colours

Zoom in on your furbaby when he’s wrapped in a bright-coloured blanket, casually lounging on a textured rug, or standing on a heavily patterned tile floor. The different tints, textures, prints, and designs will be a welcome contrast to his hair colour.

The pink blanket contrasts with kitty’s white fur (but matches her nose and ears!)

15 Tell a story

Join your pet for a fun self-portrait. Instead of simply taking a selfie (a cop-out, in our opinion), take it to the next level and shoot it from a different angle (try taking a picture from a higher angle) and with accompanying props. The result would be something that you would want to print, frame, and display for everyone to see.

Just another day at the park

Which pet photography techniques work best for your pet? Let us know by sharing your comments below!

Buyer’s guide: 6 types of dog collars

Choosing a dog collar is not as simple as selecting a stylish one that catches your eye. It involves assessing your needs as a dog owner, picking the right one that fits your pooch’s size and activities, and most importantly, complying with the pet ownership requirements of your country. This guide will acquaint you with Read More...

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Choosing a dog collar is not as simple as selecting a stylish one that catches your eye. It involves assessing your needs as a dog owner, picking the right one that fits your pooch’s size and activities, and most importantly, complying with the pet ownership requirements of your country.

This guide will acquaint you with the different types of dog collars, their various functions, and some noteworthy dog collar products sold in the market today.

Types of dog collar

1 Flat Collar

Practical and durable for everyday use, the flat collar is the most common type of collar used by dog parents. It comes in a flat strip of material (usually made of cotton, leather, nylon, or polyester), a quick-release buckle or belt closure, and a D-ring loop that can be connected to a leash. Sometimes, an identification tag (to help identify the pet and its owner) or extra padding (to provide maximum comfort) is included.

Sold in an assortment of colours, designs, and sizes, this type of collar is relatively easy to put on or take off your pet’s neck. It is also known to evenly distribute the pressure on your dog’s windpipe when he pulls at his leash. Dogs that stay mostly indoors can use flat collars made out of cotton, while more active, outdoorsy ones can benefit from using flat collars consisting of leather, polyester, nylon, neoprene, or biothane materials.

Up your dog’s style quotient with this multi-coloured leather and polyester webbing flat collar by Blueberry Pet.
Accentuated with spike studs, this Good 2 Go Black Staffy Leather Dog Collar will make your large-sized pooch look and feel stylish.

2 Rolled collar

The rolled collar practically has the same parts of the flat collar except for the fabric strip that goes around your dog’s neck. Instead of a flat strip of fabric, this type features a rounded piece that looks thinner in plain sight, but is actually thicker in diameter. Commonly made out of leather or faux leather, the rolled fabric creates a stronger and more durable collar. 

A long-haired dog will benefit from having this type of collar since it is said to reduce matting, flat spots, and coat damage. However, the rolled collar isn’t recommended for pooches who are known pullers since it applies more pressure on his windpipe when he tugs the leash.   

Circle T’s handcrafted Latigo Leather Round Dog Collars can be worn by dogs with long hair or sensitive skin.
Collar Direct Personalized Rolled Round Leather Dog Collar comes with a customisable ID tag. Up to three lines of  information can be laser engraved on it.

3 Slip collar

This type of dog collar doesn’t have the typical buckle or belt. Instead, you’ll have to insert one end of the collar through a ring that acts as its lock. The ring is then placed at the back of your dog’s neck and connected to a leash. Common materials used for slip collars include braided and rolled fabric, nylon rope, or metal chain.

The slip collar is used by experienced trainers to correct dog behaviour. When your dog pulls on his leash, it should appropriately tighten around his neck without hurting him. The pressure will discourage him from repeating unwanted actions. If you plan on using a slip collar, always use it with proper training and during supervised times, or it may cause strangulation or permanent damage to your dog’s body.

Available in 10 fun hues, Mendota Command Slip Collars are made of braided fabric, leather accents, and metal slip rings.
Measuring at 609 x 3mm, the Animates Chain Dog Collar suits pooches that require more discipline training. 

4 Martingale collar

This double-loop collar was originally created for dogs with narrower heads and thicker necks (such as Greyhounds and Whippets) that could easily slip out of traditional flat collars. The first adjustable loop goes around your dog’s neck, while the second loop holds the ends of the first loop via two metal hoops. The second loop serves as a moving triangular section that tightens and loosens around your dog’s neck when needed. 

The martingale collar is an effective collar to use for dogs that are in the process of learning leash manners or those that are easily distracted by other outside factors. It comes in a combination of materials such as heavy-duty nylon and steel chain. Because of its more complex design, this type of collar shouldn’t be left on your dog when he is unattended or taking an off-leash walk. The collar loop might accidentally get caught on something and cause injury to your pooch.

We’re in full support of Max and Neo, a brand that donates one collar to a dog rescue for every identical collar sold! Their Stainless Steel Chain Martingale Collar comes in five sizes and seven beautiful colours.
An affordable option, the PetSafe Martingale Collar reduces the risk of your dog slipping out of his collar.

5 Smart collar

Invest in a smart collar if you’d like to know more about what’s happening to your dog when you’re not around. With it, you can instantly find out where he’s at (GPS tracking), what he’s up to (activities and behaviour monitoring), or how he’s feeling (temperature tracking). While pricier smart collars have impressive high-tech features, others are presented as affordable add-ons to be attached to your existing dog collar.

The Whistle Go Explore is a convenient health and location tracker for your dog. The waterproof device can be easily attached to a collar and has real-time location tracking, instant escape alerts, and three night light modes.
The Link AKC Smart Dog Collar (in classic or sport design) is a fun accessory that’ll help keep your dog safe and healthy. With it, you can monitor your dog’s location, activities, and vet records from your phone!

6 Elizabethan collar

Not all dogs need medical collars, but it merits a mention because your pooch may need to wear it at least once in his life. Inspired by the ruff worn during Elizabethan times, the Elizabethan collar or e-collar is a truncated cone that is placed over a dog’s head to help him heal faster. It serves as an obstruction that prevents him from scratching his head and neck as well as licking and chewing his body—which isn’t good if he has a major wound, skin allergy, or fresh suture somewhere. Commonly made from foam, nylon, plastic, or cardboard, the cone is secured around your pet’s collar through adjustable strings or straps. It can be worn by your dog 24/7 until he has completely healed.

With a lycra neckline and flexible collar shape, the KONG EZ Soft Collar is a machine-washable e-collar option for your dog.
A great alternative to rigid plastic cones, the All Four Paws Comfy Cone is made with patented foam-backed padded nylon and velcro closures. It comes in XS to XXL sizes.

In conclusion

Talk to your veterinarian to discover the best collar options for your pup! Do the necessary research to make sure you choose the right collar for your dog’s body type, temperament, and lifestyle. Be a responsible paw parent by regularly checking if his collar fits right. Most importantly, make sure to use the appropriate collars that will not harm your pooch in any way.