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How Your Pet Can Benefit Your Health

While you're looking after your little mate, they are also helping you to keep fit and healthy.

Dr Chris shows you some of the ways your pet benefits your life...


Physical exercise is extremely important, and our pets offer us the perfect excuse to get out and about. Walking the dog is more valuable than you may think, and even a short walk every day is enough to stay in shape.

Studies show that when owners exercise with their pets, they both lose weight more effectively. Pet owners visit the doctor less, have lower cholesterol, handle stress better and recover from illness more quickly.

While most are aware of the health benefits to elderly people, pets provide a real health boost to children as well. Associating with pets from a young age makes kids less vulnerable to allergic reactions.

As well as the physical benefits, pets also encourage owner socialisation. Walking the dog is a great way to go out and meet people at the local park or beach.

A pet is not just a ball of fun to have around. They can seriously benefit an owners health and well-being.

Hip Surgery for rescued puppy

2 weeks ago whilst we were in Fiji we rescued an abandoned puppy that we estimate is about 3 months old. She was starving, filthy, covered in ticks and could barely stand or walk. We fed her, washed her, removed all ticks and just gave her love. We called her Pretzel as she was so skinny when we found her that all her bones were sticking out and her hip bones looked like a big twisted pretzel and her long skinny legs looked like Pretzel sticks. Our intention was to find her a home in Fiji but after a week or so she had gained weight, but we noticed that her left hip bone was still protruding and that when she walked we noticed that her left back foot turned out slightly. Also, when she ran she would use both back legs together and hop like a bunny. We took her to an animal shelter in Fiji called Animals Fiji and they examined her and advised that they thought it might be dislocated. They X-rayed her and then sedated her to try and manipulate the bone back into the socket. This was unsuccessful. The vet advised that it appeared that the end of the bone where the ball should be round was malformed either from a trauma/injury when young or by birth. He advised that he does not have the equipment in Fiji to treat her properly and that she would need surgery to correct the bone and to tighten the ligaments to her support her leg. We are exporting her to Australia on the 7th of March and are trying to raise some funds to assist us. We are hoping that you can assistance to find a Vet in Melbourne that could assist with the operation at a reasonable price.