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Dr Michael Archinal is a regular television presenter for Channel Nine, hosts a talkback radio segment on the ABC, writes articles for a popular pet magazine, Dog's Life, and is the owner of four veterinary practices. He lives in Canberra with his wife, three teenage boys, two dogs and one cat.

Feeding the growing puppy

 

Wednesday
February 04,
2017

Ideally, our pups should come to their new homes at about 7-8 weeks of age. This is the best time for social development, and they will have had their first injection as well.

I recommend splitting the feeding up to four times a day when less than 16 weeks of age as it is difficult for them to eat enough in one feed to get all the energy they need for the day. By 6 months reduce the frequency to twice a day and then by 12 months into adulthood, once or twice a dayAt this puppy time, their energy needs/kg, can be up to double that of the adult dog of the same

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The benefits of owning a pet

 
Monday
November 17,
2016

I was recently asked to give a series of talks in the US at a major veterinary conference. Some very interesting facts came from this that I thought I would share with you about the changing attitudes of us as pet owners.

When asked if they could take their dog to the workplace:...

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Feeding the adult dog

 
Tuesday
September 16,
2016

By far the most common problem I see with the feeding of dogs that come into one of my hospitals is to do with overfeeding. In fact, over 40% of people and their pets are overweight! We are obviously too good at feeding our dogs.

As a rule of thumb, you should be able to easily feel your dog's last four ribs...

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Tips on travelling with your pet

 
Wednesday
June 25,
2017

We all love going on holidays, and so do our pets. But every year I see cases where pets have been injured during the trip. By following a few simple rules you can help ensure you all arrive safely to enjoy your well-earned break.

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Dog and cat nutrition

 
Monday
April 21,
2017

Pet nutrition can be confusing, so here is a brief outline as it applies to our pets. Food is made up of proteins, carbohydrates and fats. All have very different but important roles. It is essential that the food you feed your pet is properly balanced and completely satisfies their specific needs at their specific life stage.

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How to choose the ideal pet

 
Tuesday
February 05,
2017

Time and time again I am asked questions about how to solve problem behaviours in dogs. The basic cause is often as simple as they have chosen the wrong sort of dog for the wrong sort of situation. In fact, many dogs are surrendered to shelters because of a mismatch between what owners are looking for in a dog, and the breed they have actually chosen.

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