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Take a Walk Down Pet Street

Thursday, 09th June 2011

Meet the team from Pet Street

So you are trying to live with a pet and a pre-schooler in the one apartment? Let Pet Street help train your little ones to look after their pet.

“A child who learns to care for an animal, and treat it kindly and patiently, get invaluable training in learning to treat people the same way.  Careless treatment of animals is unhealthy for both the pet and the child involved.”  American Society of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

Pet Street is a unique and entertaining TV series and ‘live’ show aimed at pre-schoolers.  Pet Street is designed to entertain and educate. Based in the magical world of Pet Street with characters like Mother Nature, Bobo the Bunyip and of course the real life animal stars of the show like Schmoogle the pink poodle, Zippedy the fastest dog in town and the coolest pet of all, Cool Cat.

Pet Street wants to give every child the opportunity to grow up as a kind, patient adult by learning how to treat animals. Through Pet Street, we know that even those children who do not have the possibility of owning a pet can share in the fun with all the pets of “Pet Street”. They learn what it takes to look after these pets and kind ways to treat them.

Children are also learning invaluable educational lessons such as counting, the alphabet and phonics, which they will use when learning to read.

Venture with your child through the wonderful world of Pet Street.

And here is a tip from Dr Rob...(of Vineyard Veterinary Hospital)

What to do about worming

While worms in dogs are a terrible yet preventable disease, worse still is the transfer of those worms from canines to young children. When you think about it, puppies and kids go together as naturally as fish and water.

But if the pups harbour worms it becomes easy for children to pick up worm eggs and/or larvae.

Rule 1. Worm your dog regularly. Once per month if they are always walking where there are other dogs or, at least, once every three months if they don’t often associate with other dogs.

Rule 2. Always pick up dogs’ droppings as soon as possible, keeping your environment free of contamination, not just from faecal material but also from worm eggs.

Rule 3. Teach children to always wash their hands after playing with the dog.

Rule 4. Never feed your dog offal (liver, kidneys, heart etc) as these can contain larvae from a seriously nasty tapeworm called hydatid worms.

If you have children at home then when you introduce a new puppy to the household it is best to assume it has worms.

Pups should be wormed on the first day they arrive into your home. Repeat the worming weekly for the next two weeks then commence monthly heartworm preparation that also covers intestinal parasites.

ANALYSE THIS

1. Is your dog on regular preventative medication for heartworm?

2. Do you administer a worming preparation for hook, round and whipworm at least four times per year?

3. Do you have adequate flea control for your dog?

4. Is a tapeworm medication given each spring, summer, autumn and winter?

5. Are you certain that your dog never has access to offal?

6. Are the droppings from the dog immediately removed from your yard?

7. Do your children wash their hands after playing with the dog?

If you answer “no” to any of the first five questions then you probably do not have adequate worm control for your dog.
Answer “no” to any of the last three questions, then you are putting your family at a risk of being infected with worm larvae.

For more information about Pet Street and how to get your very own copy of the Pet Street DVD go to www.petstreet.com.au

 

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