4 September 2010

Hi we are looking for some more casual pet minders for the Berwick area, all you would need to do is contact me at We would be delighted to hear from you.

Pet cancer drug

21 July 2010

I was so pleased to come across this article about a new drug that has been successfully used to treat cancer tumours in 150 pet dogs, cats, horses and even a ferret. The dog who was treated for a tumour with one milligram of EBC-46 … and the drug destroyed the tumour within a matter of days.”

He was about to be put down before a breakthrough Queensland cancer drug cured him of a lethal facial tumour.
EBC-46 would be the first drug discovered from Australia’s unique rainforests to enter human clinical trial

Easter Pet Minding

19 February 2010

We are starting to get fully booked for Easter.  If you want to go away over the holidays please get in touch now to secure your place.


Pet Friendly Boosting Property Prices

5 September 2009

Dogs and cats – also known as Fur Kids – are changing what we look for in a property and even a suburb. While it might seem over the top for Paris Hilton to hire an interior designer to craft a luxury doghouse for her Fur Kids (that’s Paris’s Twitter pic of her luxury dog kennel, above), more Australians are preferring to pamper their pets

In fact, with the rise in single-person households, pets will become an even larger influence in the type of property we look for and the amenity of the suburb around us. Leash-free parks, cafes that serve Pupaccinos (don’t laugh, there’s one here) and well-planned pet-friendly apartment developments are set to become tres desirable.

“I’ve had clients who moved house so their cat would have a bigger backyard,” says prestige agent Jennine Leonarder-Collins, saying most pet owners no longer banish their beloved animals to the backyard but allow them to sleep in bed with them. Inner city suburbs are also becoming home to doggy day care centres where professionally pampered pooches can spend the day being entertained, and their owners can watch them via a web-cam.

Politicians like Clover Moore say pet-friendliness is the hallmark of quality suburbs, in much the same way that good schools, playgrounds and parks with councils supporting pet ownership, dedicating more off-leash areas and even free obedience classes and supported vet services.

“Humans have a whole lot of love to give, and if they don’t have kids, they give it to their pets,” says demographer Bernard Salt, who says the importance of pets is only going to grow in the next decade.

“For now, people might laugh and just think it’s the gays or the very rich that treat their animals like children, but by the 2020s it will hit the middle market in a big way,” he says, pointing out that ageing households of single people will adopt animals for companionship and personal security, challenging local governments, legislators and urban planners to adapt quickly or lose a powerful political constituency.

So what makes a property pet-friendly? Urban planning specialist Virginia Jackson, a director of Harlock Jackson, says there are easy ways to improve your home to make it more enjoyable for pets, including:

* ideally allow some outdoor space, although some breeds of dogs can be kept happily in apartments provided they are exercised and offered outdoor stimulation play
* have a window from which the dog can view the street — Jackson even suggests cutting viewing windows into solid fences to allow pets to see the street
* dog-friendly additions include tiled or lino floors that remain cool on hot days, or shaded outdoor areas
* self-closing gates that ensure dogs can’t escape without you knowing
* plenty of natural ventilation and — obviously — access to clean food and water.

* make sure cats have window sills wide enough to sit on or areas high off the ground for cats to climb.
* people like Cat Walk City founder Steve Tarrant build secured outdoor cat runs for pet owners that want to confine their cats yet give them outdoor space to exercise.
* adding pull-down screens that can be secured to the ground around al fresco dining areas can also create a low-cost confined cat run, which prevents cats escaping into neighbours’ homes or attacking wildlife.

The biggest problem with being pet-friendly is that it causes problems in apartments — not all buildings are happy to allow barking dogs or screechy cats into their hallowed halls.

But real estate agent says pet-friendly apartment buildings are worth more than those that prohibit pets. “Any small apartment block that doesn’t allow pets is crazy,” Leonarder Collins says. “Owners are just doing themselves out of money.”

Australia’s strata rules governing apartments vary from state to state, but most apartments create their own regulations about pets with some allowing cats or dogs.

It can take a lot of work to fight a strata and have rules changed to allow pets but some of the best tips to beg apartment buildings to allow pets include:

- writing a letter to the board or executive committee in charge of the strata body corporate to ask what the current rules are governing pet ownership.

- propose changes that allow the keeping of pets with the board or committee’s approval.

Pet-loving apartment dwellers are then advised to compile a ‘pet resume’ in their letter of permission outlining:

- a description of the pet, including size, age and appearance

- the pet’s disposition and whether it has had obedience or other behavioural training

- attaching details of registration, microchipping and vet records to prove responsible ownership

- references from previous landlords, neighbours or other strata schemes vouching for the behaviour of the pet.

Phew! It sounds like harder work than house-hunting or even emptying a litter tray.Are we ready for a property market dominated by pets’ choices as well as humans? Or should our furry friends be relegated to the outdoors and forgotten about?

Pets and Domestic Violence

4 September 2009

We would like to congratulate the Animal Aid at Coldstream for the great work that they do for the welfare and protection of animals across Victoria.  One of the services they offer that I feel is very important is The Pets in Peril Domestic Violence Service, this is a new initiative in Victoria to provide safety and shelter for pet animals belonging to women who are escaping domestic violence. A partnership has been established between the Eastern Domestic Violence Service and Animal Aid to assist women living in the Eastern region of Melbourne. The program is not funded at this stage. It is hoped that other agencies will join together to cover the Metropolitan area and country regions in the State.

Research both here in Victoria and in North America has established that pet animals are threatened and abused in order to coerce and control women to remain in violent relationships. Women’s refuges in Victoria are based on a communal model and it is not possible to house the companion animals. It is a known fact that women delay leaving because of concern for the safety of their animals.  A solution to this obstacle needed to be found and as a result the Pets in Peril Service was launched in August this year.  Women have been accessing the service and a delightful variety of pets are now in shelter. Women and children can now leave knowing that their pets will be safe and that they will be reunited in the future.

Pets in Peril is a collaboration between the Eastern Domestic Violence Service, Animal Aid and a network of participating veterinary clinics in the Eastern area. Referrals are accepted from Police, women’s refuges and other family support agencies in the Eastern region providing the woman is escaping domestic violence. All referrals must be coordinated by the Intake Worker at the Eastern Domestic Violence Service; she will be in direct contact with the woman and can tell her the location of a veterinary clinic willing to take the animal/s. The veterinary clinic has agreed, as part of the model, to hold the animal/s for up to twenty four hours, free of charge until Animal Aid is alerted by the Eastern Domestic Violence Service to collect the animal for boarding.

Presently in Victoria a Common Risk Assessment form is being designed for agencies that might be approached by women who have experienced domestic violence. It has been recommended that women should be asked if their companion animals have been threatened or harmed. Victoria Police are keeping statistics on pet abuse in domestic violence situations and this will give us new data on the prevalence of animal abuse.

It is vital that animal welfare agencies and domestic violence agencies form a closer working relationship. For example, a woman may bring an injured animal to the veterinary clinic but the injury is not consistent with the explanation given. The veterinarian could ask if things are all right at home. If the woman discloses that there is violence happening then a referral to a domestic violence service could be given.

Domestic violence, child abuse and animal abuse are interwoven in violent relationships and a multi-disciplinary approach is required to intervene and assist the
multiple victims of violence.

Please support the Animal Aid at Coldstream, you can find out more about them and the services they offer at:

Jobs Available with Melbourne Pet Minders

30 July 2009

Do you want to work with animals?
Then you have come to the right place!!!
Melbourne Pet Minders are currently looking for trustworthy, reliable carers to join our current team of staff.

To be considered for a position you will need to:

You must also be:

Other Conditions:
If you meet the above prerequisites and are invited to an interview you will be asked to:

Before being accepted for a role at Melbourne Pet Minders, all successful applicants need to supply a current police check. This is totally at the applicant’s expense. Being asked to apply for a police check to expedite the application, is in no way an assurance of a successful application.

Due to the high volume of applications we have received previously we regret to inform you that we are unable to respond to every application that we do receive. If we do not currently require a minder in your area, we will keep your application on file and contact you as required.

Only successful applicants will be contacted.

If you have sent your CV previously to Melbourne Pet Minders please feel free to send it once again if you are still looking for a vacancy.

Please Note: Due to the high volume of enquiries expected it may be 2 – 3 weeks before you here from us.

How To Apply

We ask that you forward us some information about yourself, what days and hours you are available, if you currently have any pets and also a copy of your CV/Resume. Please see our contact section for details on how to get in touch.

How to Clean up Cat Urine

28 July 2009

How to Clean Up Cat Urine

One of the most common questions we get asked is “Why does my cat keep urinating in the same place”?  Well the reason behind this is that your cat has a sense of smell 14 times greater than yours!!  So all though you think you have done a wonderful job of cleaning up, your cat can still smell where it last used the toilet and will continue to go back to that area until the smell has totally gone.  So, you may be asking, how do I get rid of the smell, well below are some methods that you should find will solve the problem, if not please feel free to email us and we can discuss other methods with you.  Statistics show that the main reason people surrender their cat is due to inappropriate elimination and we don’t want you to be another statistic.  Also remember that it is not just the male (Tom) cat that sprays and marks their territory, female cats can also do this.
Consider Pet Cat Training.

Cleaning Methods:


  1. Get some paper towels and blot up as much as you can as soon as you are first aware the cat used the area.
  2. Cover the area with a towel or a pile of paper towels and stand on them. You may have to do this several times.
  3. When you have soaked up as much as you possibly can, get out the carpet cleaner or use a few drops of dish detergent mixed with water. Saturate the area with this, and just let it sit on the area for an hour or two. No scrubbing
  4. Rinse the area by gently blotting. Wet a sponge with tap water and rinse the area again.
  5. Soak the area with a mixture of soda water and salt for ten minutes.
  6. Blot up the mixture and place fresh paper towels or a fresh towel over the area.
  7. Weigh down the towels with something heavy, e.g., books, furniture, etc., and leave overnight.
  8. In the morning, spray the area with a bio enzymatic cleaner. In Australia you can use Urine Off
  9. Never use ammonia or ammonia-based products on the carpet. The smell may attract the cat to that area and can encourage cats to urinate in the area.
  10. DO NOT EVER use any chemicals that contain Phenol, this is HIGHLY TOXIC to cats and can cause serious liver damage.
  11. Keep the cat away from the area.
  12. If the smell is bad and the cat continues to use this area despite all the cleaning, replace the padding underneath and clean the area under the carpet.


  1. Wipe up the puddle with paper towels or a mop soaked in soapy water.
  2. Clean area thoroughly and rinse with warm water.
  3. Wipe the area with a sponge dampened with white vinegar.
  4. Let the area air-dry.

Hardwood and Cement

  1. Blot up as much liquid as you can, then use a bio enzymatic cleaner.
  2. If the smell is strong then bleach and refinish your hardwood floors.


  1. Machine-wash your laundry using a cup of white vinegar and no detergent.
  2. When the laundry cycle finishes, add detergent and wash regularly.

Cat Scratch Posts

26 July 2009

If anyone is in need of cat scratch posts, the following may be of interest to you.

“Well I just finished up another big order for a Cat Breeder and am working on having a stock hold of posts on hand. So if you require any post let me know. Encase you have for gotten I have 3 main designs which I have attached some pictures of, all my posts are made with quality materials.

Bases & Tops: Laminated board (similar to ones used for cabinets and bench tops)
Posts: Posts are made from either hardwood or pine and then have a thick cardboard sleave over them which the carpet is attached to.
Covering: All my post are covered with high quality carpet.

My pricing is very fair as this is a hobby for me, I love to build.

Single Post: $15
Double: $30
Triple: $45

This is a fraction of what you will pay for the poorly made shop variety.

Hope this is of interest to you and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

0421 491 190″

Parvovirus epidemic in Victoria

9 July 2009

Whilst the influenza A virus subtype H1N1 (swine flu), sweeps through the human population, it has largely gone unnoticed that Victoria’s dogs are being hit hard by a potentially fatal parvovirus epidemic.

The condition causes distressing symptoms and usually means admission to a veterinary hospital for treatment.

The Lost Dogs’ Home vet clinic has treated more than a dozen cases in a fortnight when normally there are none.

Causing bloody vomiting and diarrhoea, parvo can cause fatal cardiac problems in puppies.

Lost Dogs’ Home’s head vet Larry Colson said there was no obvious explanation for the recent outbreak of the virus.

“There is no clear scientific explanation for the current prevalence of the disease,” Dr Colson said.

“We can only stress that owners make sure their dogs are up to date with their vaccination schedule.”

The resistant virus is transmitted through the environment via dog faeces and can remain infectious for months and even years.

It cannot be killed with domestic disinfectants and prevention is only through vaccination.

Dogs with symptoms should receive immediate veterinary treatment.

Guide Dogs Victoria ‘Top Dogs Day’

9 July 2009

TDD_logo_colourGuide Dogs Victoria’s fund raising event, – ‘Top Dogs Day’ will round off a month of fundraising for their special ‘Top Dogs’ on the 31st July 2009.

The aim of Top Dog Day is to help raise much needed funds to support Victorians who are blind or vision impaired – along with recognising the vital role that Guide Dogs play in the community.

Throughout July, Top Dog Day merchandise (pens, badges, trolley coin key tags or a gorgeous Guide Dog Puppy soft toy) will be available for purchase through retail partners including IGA and Ritchies Supermarkets, Pet Goods Direct, Pets Paradise, Video Ezy, Spotlight and Community Pharmacy – giving people the perfect opportunity to celebrate their ‘Top Dog’, as well as raise funds for Guide Dogs Victoria.

You can help by displaying or selling a box of merchandise at your school or workplace. It doesn’t cost anything to take a box and at the end of July you just bank what is sold and send the remaining merchandise back to us free of charge.

For more information, Top Dog Day events and a full list of retail outlets, please visit or contact 03 9854 4522.

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