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Choosing a Bed For Your Pet

When it comes to pet beds, the world is your oyster. Dr Chris show's you some of the options available...

"We humans spend a lot of time and a lot of money trying to find the perfect bed for that perfect night sleep, and it shouldn't be any different for our pets, so let's look at the options.

Like us, animals come in all ages, shapes and sizes, so what's good for one, won't necessarily be good for all.

Now just like Pauly and Murphy here, I've got to say I'm a big fan of the raised bed. It gets them up off the cold wet ground and also allows the air to circulate underneath the mattress here. It's also very handy for arthritic dogs that can walk in and out of bed very easily.

Hammock beds range in price from $50AUD to $115AUD. And of course nowdays, designer beds are all the rage, but you will pay for fashion like this, but you can't forget about practicalities. I know dogs can dirty up beds, so make sure the cover is always machine washable, it's very important.

Designer beds cost anywhere from $40AUD to $120AUD. If your companion is a little old, or just a little spoilt, what about warming things up a bit. And what about this, for those pets who are extremely stiff in their joints, or just plain spoilt, there's now the electric pet bed warmer, just like our electric blanket it keeps them warm all through winter, but I don't think we will be moving Squeak anytime soon."

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.