Aches and Pains: When your Pet has Arthritis

Just like humans, dogs and cats can suffer the effects of arthritis as they get older. It can cause significant distress, and sometimes humans won’t realise their furry family member is suffering until the condition is quite advanced. You need to know the signs to look for and how to make your pet more comfortable.

What is Arthritis? More

Doggie Issues: Tear Staining


One issue which many dog owners will be familiar with is that of tear staining. It’s most commonly seen in dogs that have white or light coloured fur, and some breeds are more prone to it than others.

What is Tear Staining? More

Intestinal Worms and Your Dog

Worms. The word is enough to make most of us cringe. Especially when it applies to worms in your pet.

We’ve talked about intestinal worms in dogs in a previous article in the past, but it’s a topic worth revisiting.

Intestinal worms are parasites that dogs, cats, (and kids!) can easily contract More

The Benefits of Doggy Day Care

Bringing your dog to doggy day care in Yarraville at our Urban Paws Dog Day Care Centre has many positive benefits for you and your dog.

Not only can you feel comfortable to go to work or out and know that your dog is being cared for well in your absence, there are a myriad of positives specifically for your dog when he or she goes to day care, whether it’s for a couple of hours, a whole day, or on a regular basis.

The Benefits of Dog Day Care Include:

  • Reduced Boredom. A bored dog can be a destructive dog. With dog day care, there is no time for boredom and your home and garden will be much better off for it. It also removes issues like barking which annoys neighbours.


  • Alleviates Separation Anxiety. Many dogs don’t cope when their master or mistress is absent, especially if they are left alone. Loneliness leads to anxiety, depression and unwanted behaviours. The company of other people and other dogs is the antidote to this!


  • Provides Routine including Exercise. Too many of us are too busy or tired after work to exercise our dogs properly. Dog day care takes this responsibility on for you and at the end of the day you come home with a tried, happy dog who is thrilled to see you yet ready to relax.


  • Playtime at dog day care allows your dog to express normal canine behaviour in a fun environment with other dogs. Dogs develop friendships just like humans do.


  • The right dog day care centres offer a safe, well supervised environment for your dog. Yards and play areas are secure, dogs are grouped according to compatibility, and all dogs are continuously monitored closely.


  • Human Contact. Dog really is man’s best friend, and he thrives on human company. Dog day care means your dog need not spend the day alone while you are out nor need he be locked up if you are entertaining and can’t have him join you. Dog day care staff interact with the dogs in their care, offering cuddles, pats, treats, and playtime.

Urban Paws Dog Day Care in Yarraville offers your dog a safe, fun, and healthy environment in which to socialise, exercise, and be supervised and taken care of while you work or see to other commitments. Our centre offers both indoor and outdoor areas and your dog will be assessed and placed with other suitable doggy companions. Choose Urban Paws for the ultimate happiness and wellbeing of your dog – whether on a casual or more regular basis. We even offer a pet taxi service! Check out our website to discover more…

Beat the Summer Heat – Keeping Pets Cool

The Australian summer can be, quite simply, brutal. We humans complain plenty about the heat and humidity – there’s a lot to complain about some days! – but imagine how much worse it is for our furry friends?

Heat exhaustion can be a major issue for animals in the summer, including our beloved pets. Both dogs and cats (as well as rabbits and other animals) release heat by panting. They can’t sweat the way humans do, with only their paw pads having the ability to perspire. The more your pet is panting, the greater heat stress it is under. More

The Beauty of Mixed Breed Dogs

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A lot of people, when they decide to bring a dog into their family, automatically decide on a pedigree or purebred dog without even considering a crossbred or mixed breed dog. While many of us do have our favourite purebreeds, there are many benefits of choosing a mixed breed dog – and sadly it’s more often the mixed breeds that wind up in rescue shelters or the RSPCA desperate for a home… More

Giving a Pet as a Gift: Think Twice



Christmas will be here before we know it. Santa is making his list and checking it twice. But there is one gift idea that you too should really be thinking twice about before you take the leap – that is giving a pet as a gift.

It seems that at this time of year more than ever, pet stores are full of cute, cuddly, adorable little four legged furry friends who are so tempting to give a home to on a whim.  What could be a better Christmas gift?


Summer Pet Safety: Snakes


Spring, summer, and early autumn in Australia mean snake season. Snakes come out during the warmer months to hunt, feed, find water, mate, and breed, and it’s very common for them to make their way into backyards where they are less than welcome. This is especially the case for venomous snakes, which Australia has a very large number of. This is in no small part a result of development and suburban sprawl – reptiles lose their homes to people and, being very territorial creatures, have nowhere else to go. Your yard may be their home territory More

Summer Holiday Pet Minding – Get Organised Now!


Before we know it summer will be here – the season of Christmas, New Year, parties, and holidays.

While there are some holiday destinations that are pet friendly, most are not, so you need to make arrangements to have your pet boarded or minded while you are away.

It’s really important that you don’t leave it until the last minute to make these arrangements! Places in boarding kennels, catteries, vet boarding facilities and pet minding book up very quickly at this time of the year, and if you aren’t organised well in advance, you may miss out. More