Issues Magazine

Articles about pets

Pet Obesity: Big and Getting Bigger

By Anne-Katrin Oatley

Pet obesity and obesity-related disease are growing problems. Seeking advice early could avoid poor pet health and expensive treatment.

When was the last time you took the dog for a walk? If you have a dog, hopefully the answer is “this morning”!

The fact is, dogs love exercise. Big or small, most dogs love nothing better than going for a walk. The minute you pick up that lead, the dog is beside himself with joy … unless the dog is overweight and unwell.

Improving Animal Welfare in Indigenous Communities

By Ian Rodger

The “Smiling Animals in the Dreamtime” project is improving the health and well-being of animals and community members by improving how children care for pets.

The “Smiling Animals in the Dreamtime” project, developed by the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, is supporting communities and changing the behaviour of primary school children by building knowledge, awareness and understanding of the needs of animals.

The two-year project was funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy (AAWS; see box, p.48) to improve animal welfare in Queensland’s indigenous communities.

Vets Versus Pets: Methicillin Resistance in Animals and Their Doctors

By Darren Trott, David Jordan, Mary Barton, Sam Abraham & Mitchell Groves

Humans and animals intimately sharing the same environment will inevitably be exposed to each other’s microbiota. When one of those organisms is a drug-resistant pathogen, disease prevention gets complex.

Staphylococcus aureus is responsible for a wide range of opportunistic infections in both humans and animals. In humans, infections with methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA), which first appeared in the 1960s, have traditionally been acquired in hospital.