• Do octopi and lobsters feel pain?

    Based on the available scientific data, there is evidence that both octopi and lobsters, do exhibit signs of ‘discomfort’ or ‘pain’ in response to noxious, or painful, stimuli. Octopi and lobsters are two types of marine animals (cephalopods and crustaceans respectively) and are part of a larger group of animals…

  • How can pain be recognised and monitored in cats?

    Due to the unique nature of and often subtle changes in feline body language, recognising pain in cats can be a challenge for their owners. Being able to identify changes in behaviour is essential in determining if a cat is in pain and, if so, ensuring that they receive timely…

  • What do I need to do to safeguard my pets’ welfare during the COVID-19 pandemic?

    There are some COVID-19 related situations that everyone with an animal should prepare for, to safeguard their animals’ welfare, including if: You are practising social distancing You are self-isolating but are not sick or suspected of having COVID-19 infection You or someone in your household is has or is suspected…

  • What are the impacts of discarded face masks to animals?

    Since the global pandemic of the COVID-19 virus began in March 2020, there has been a massive increase in litter and plastic pollution due to the unprecedented use of gloves and face masks by the general public for personal protection. Often these materials are not disposed of properly, leading to…

  • What are the welfare issues associated with spinal abnormalities and “screw tails” in brachycephalic (flat-faced) dogs?

    Animals with exaggerated physical features, like brachycephalic or flat-faced dogs, have loving personalities and form strong bonds with their owners. However, there are some serious health and welfare problems associated with their conformation due to breeding practices. Some brachycephalic breeds including the British Bulldog, French Bulldog, Pug and Boston Terrier…

  • What type of cat collar should I use?

    To balance your cat’s safety with providing easy identification, a collar with a breakaway clip and ID tag is recommended. This type of collar will snap open if snagged on an object, lowering the risk of your cat getting stuck or injured due to the collar. Collar considerations The main…

  • Should I feed bones to my dog?

    Bones can provide dogs with nutrients and mental stimulation, plus remove tartar from the surface of their teeth. However, bones can break teeth, cause internal blockages, as well as carry bacteria that can make both animals and humans ill. It is important to consider these factors so you can make…

  • What are the 3Rs in animal research?

    The 3Rs (Three Rs) of replacement, reduction and refinement have guided research involving animals through the use of humane principles around the world. The 3Rs have been adopted in various ways through policy, guidelines and legislation. In Australia, people involved in animal research are trained to understand and implement the…

  • Why and how should I groom my dog?

    Grooming the dogs in your care is important. There are health and welfare benefits over and above making their coat look great and well-cared-for. Benefits of grooming Some of the benefits are obvious such as keeping the coat tidy, removing knots, and making the coat look well-cared-for. Other benefits which…