FIV: What is Feline Immunodeficiency Virus?


We need to safeguard our favourite furry friends from Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) because, like the human equivalent HIV, it’s a serious condition and there’s no cure. Some infected cats can still live a relatively happy life but, like all health ailments, it’s best to avoid it altogether. Did you know us Kiwis own 4.6 million … Read more

6 Physical Benefits of Owning a Dog or Cat

physical benefits of owning a dog include improved fitness

Many of us are aware of the mental and emotional benefits of pet ownership. We know they give us purpose, show us the meaning of unconditional love and guide us to be our better selves. Now, however, evidence is showing there are physical benefits of owning a dog or cat too – plenty in fact! … Read more

Spoil Pup in Other Ways These 12 Days of Christmas (Treat Alternatives)

spoil your dog

The 12 days of Christmas are nearly upon us, and we all know that during this time it’s all about the food. But too many treats can cause a host of health problems for both humans and dogs. So this festive season we’re sharing ways to spoil your dog without turning to Christmas dinner scraps. … Read more

Christmas Cooking … For Your Pet!

ethical Christmas gifts for pets come in all shapes and forms

We all want to spoil our pets at Christmas. After all, it’s the season for giving. Have you been pondering what cat or dog Christmas dinner recipes you could cook as you dream about the festive feast that lays in store? Dogs and cats can’t eat everything that we do (turkey bones hazards! chocolate dangers!), … Read more

Possible Reasons Why Your Dog Isn’t Eating

A cavalier king charles spaniel lying down with its chin resting on its paw, not eating its dog food.

Dog not eating their food? Whether you’ve had dogs for years or just adopted your first puppy, it can be very distressing when your dog won’t eat. There are a variety of reasons for dogs not eating- some worrying, some not so – and it’s important to determine the cause in order to design the best … Read more

How to Safeguard Against Arthritis in Dogs and Cats

dog gut health

Arthritis in dogs and cats is a common issue among pets once they reach middle age. As it does with humans, the condition can cause pain, discomfort and left untreated may also lead to other conditions. Arthritis can negatively affect pets’ lives, but early detection can make an enormous difference. Find out below what signs … Read more

Keep Kitty Content With These Cat Toys for Christmas

brown cat with blue toy

Cat toys are a crowd-pleaser for most felines, and everyone deserves a little festive joy this Christmas. Plus, they’re kind of a gift to the humans too. There’s nothing better than watching a cat or kitten leaping through the air and attacking their toys like they’re the apex predators they believe they are. Here’s a … Read more

Pet Insurance for Cats and Dogs: Why Kiwis Want It

Kiwis want the best pet insurance for pets

Pet insurance for cats and dogs is all about being a responsible pet owner. There’s no doubt about it pets are our companions, our kids and our cheerleaders; they’re always there to lend a supportive paw through thick and thin. In fact, pet love helps us navigate COVID. This bond that we share is just … Read more

The Tail of Two Kiwi Labrador Puppies

Shilo and Rex are Labrador puppies that live in New Zealand

Labrador puppies Shilo and Rex are best buds that love sleeping on the porch deck when they’re not out making mischief. But not so long ago both happy healthy puppies got into a pickle… First there was Shilo’s broken bone that required immediate surgery. And then there was Rex and the dead bird that caused … Read more

Our Top Tips for Pet Friendly Accommodation in Taupo

couple with pet dog on bench in Taupo

A trip to Taupo is never a bad idea, whether you’re heading there for a summer vacay or a romantic long winter weekend. COVID travel restrictions allowing, of course. And since our pets have been with us through thick and thin over the last couple of years of pandemic madness, maybe they should come along … Read more