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Kidsafe Victoria has issued a red alert to parents and carers about the dangers of leaving children unattended in cars, with a string of days over 30 degrees forecast across the state

Jason Chambers, General Manager of Kidsafe Victoria said “The temperature inside a car can be 20-30 degrees hotter than outside, which means that during summer the temperature inside a parked car could easily reach over 60 degrees in a matter of minutes.

“Children are particularly at risk because they can lose fluid quickly, become dehydrated and suffer from heatstroke which can be life threatening”, said Mr Chambers

Ambulance Victoria Paramedics were called to 1623 cases of children locked in cars between August 2015 and July 2016 – 190 more than the same period a year before.

Kidsafe Victoria and the Victorian State Government are working together as part of the ‘Never Leave Kids in Cars’ campaign to remind people that their most precious valuables – their children – should never be left unattended in the car

For more information about the campaign and the dangers of leaving children unattended in cars, please visit

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We wish you Safety, Good Health, Happiness, Prosperity and Good Fortune.

May they all be with you in the coming year.


SARS, Hendra virus, avian influenza – emerging infectious diseases that can be devastating. And in 70% of cases, the source of outbreaks of diseases like these is an animal. So, is culling wildlife the best way of protecting humanity from deadly viruses?

Dr Chris Degeling from the University of Sydney will be speaking at the Australian Veterinary Association Annual Conference tomorrow about disease control and wildlife which are the major reservoir for zoonotic diseases (that can pass between animals and people). Wildlife is the primary source of emerging infectious disease threats to human populations.

“When a disease outbreak occurs, such as the rabies outbreak in Bali last year or avian influenza in Asia, the aim of culling is to eradicate a host species. And most agree that depopulation will be most effective when infection rates are high in the animals and where large numbers can be found in close proximity to each other.

“However, infection control strategies for animal-borne diseases that hinge on depopulation are becoming increasingly controversial. Both experts and the public have legitimate conservation and animal welfare concerns,” Dr Degeling said.

Culling domestic animals and wildlife populations is also contrary to the One Health concept which continues to gain momentum within the scientific community and the general public.

“The One Health concept focuses on the common good which is concerned with what’s in the best interests of humans, animals and the environment,” he said.

According to this concept, human, animal and ecological health are explicitly linked. And yet despite this, culling domestic animals and wildlife populations remains a key component of institutional responses at times of heighted zoonotic risk. This, Dr Degeling says, is not the best course of action when it comes to long-term disease control.

“Widespread culling of animals, like we saw in Hong Kong with the culling of poultry in response to H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza, can be an impossible challenge with unpredictable health and environmental consequences. In the case of H5N1, 250 million poultry were destroyed resulting in a $10 billion loss. Culling poultry was a decisive measure and eradicated avian influenza in discrete and contained populations, but it has not been effective in eliminating the disease completely as outbreaks still occur in some poultry production systems in South East Asia.”

Dr Degeling argues that evidence as to the overall health benefits and cost-effectiveness of culling as a sustainable solution to many zoonotic risks also remains inconclusive.

“If we are going to effectively control animal-borne infectious disease, we need to establish methods and processes for sustainable collective action that promotes the health and wellbeing of humans, animals and the environment. For this to happen, we need to consider all the options in terms of a response including public education, biosecurity processes and legislation as well as vaccines,” he said.
The AVA Annual Conference is being held 22-27 May at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

A survey of more than 780,000 cattle slaughtered in New South Wales between 2013 and 2015 revealed that 5.5 per cent were infected with hydatid disease. Hydatid disease results from accidental ingestion of eggs of the tiny “hydatid” tapeworm that infects domestic and wild canids.

According to Dr David Jenkins, who will discuss the impact of the disease at the Australian Veterinary Association’s Annual Conference, these figures represent a financial loss to the abattoir of more than $450,000 from disposal of offal not fit for human consumption.

“Other annual losses included $1,200,000 due to reduced body weight of animals infected with hydatids –an unrealised loss for farmers.

“These results suggest that there are important financial impacts in cattle production due to hydatid disease. A vaccine developed for sheep against the disease has been trialled with cattle but it will be sometime before this vaccine could become commercially available,” Dr Jenkins said.

Hydatid disease leads to fluid-filled cysts in the lungs and liver, and less commonly in the spleen and heart. The major source of infection in cattle is from worm eggs shed by wild dogs and foxes, not domestic dogs.

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For the fourth time, the award winning Melbourne Dog Lovers Show returns to the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton from Friday 29 April to Sunday 1 May 2016.

Building on last year’s record breaking attendance, around 30,000 dog-tragics are expected to descend on the event which this year will be headlined for the first time by Dr Chris Brown, beloved family favourite Dr Harry Cooper and the popular Village Vets Dr Anthony Bennet and Dr James Carroll.



Many other new faces will be joining the show line-up including renowned animal trainer, Peta Clarke (film dog training credits include the likes of Babe, Red Dog, Superman Returns and Wolverine), Australian Working Dog Rescue Int. (AWDRI) ambassador and Miss World Australia 2013, Erin Holland and one of Melbourne’s media favourites, 3AW’s Pat Panetta. 

Continuing to support the show’s celebration of our best friends, Laura Vissaritis and Tony Knight will also return in 2016 to captivate, educate and inform visitors with their extensive knowledge and insights into dog training and behaviour with tips for a healthy, happy dog.

The KONG Celebrity Vet Stage

Playing host to an exciting line up of live demonstrations, educational talks and hands on advice from some of the biggest names in vet and pet care, including Dr Chris Brown, the KONG Celebrity Vet Stage will host daily presentations on everything from a dog Q&A with Dr Harry to Laura Vissaritis explaining exactly what your dog wants you to know.

The Royal Canin Arena will also showcase man’s best friend impressing with acts of agility, skill and intelligence, Frisbee catching and flyball.   Chris Brown

CANIDAE Rescue Dog Zone 

Since the 2013, the Melbourne Dog Lovers Show has been responsible for pairing 2,000 dogs from Victorian shelters with canine adorers and relocating them to loving homes.

The Rescue Zone plays an integral role in helping visitors select the perfect pooch companion, including expert advice on what the adoption process entails. The Dog Lovers Show remains committed to raising awareness for dog rescue and increasing the number of rehoused abandoned and homeless dogs in 2016.

Military Working Dogs Tribute  

Launched in 2015 to commemorate the ANZAC centenary and one of the ongoing show highlights, the emotive Military Working Dogs (MWDs) tribute will be expanded at this year’s event. Moving presentations and personal stories from veterans and ADF personnel will accompany in-depth historical information on MWDs in war along with artefacts and heraldry.

OPTIMUM Breed Showcase 

OPTIMUM presents the ever popular Breed Showcase with the largest number of DOGS Victoria breed clubs in one place this year! From cheeky Chihuahuas to boisterous Boxers, literally hundreds of dogs of all shapes and sizes will be on site, with dedicated experts to answer any and all questions about the breeds. New to the event is a “Meet the Breeds” presentation in the Royal Canin Arena, where visitors can meet and learn more about a wide array dogs and what it’s actually like to live with them.

PatAPooch Zone 

The new-look PatAPooch Zone is set to be an endorphin-releasing hub as visitors pat, cuddle and snuggle a plethora of pooches and puppies in a relaxed setting.

Attendees will also get the chance to build Australia’s most loved breeds block by block in LEGO® with experts on hand to provide guidance and ignite inspiration during the one-of-a-kind, hands on experience.   

Guinness World Record Attempt 

Some of Australia’s highest flying pooches will take a leap of faith in an attempt to break the canine high jump World Record of 172.7cm, currently held by Cinderella May, a Holly Grey from the USA.

Visitors will also be able to find the latest and greatest stuff to spoil their pooch, with loads of free samples and fantastic new products and services being launched at the show – it’s like a giant supermarket for dogs.

As the ultimate event for dog lovers of all ages, the Melbourne Dog Lovers Show gives dog devotees an opportunity to celebrate and learn more about the companionship, unconditional affection and joy that our furry friends bring to our lives every day.


LOCATION Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton, Melbourne

DATES Friday 29 April – Sunday 1 May 

TIMES 9.30am – 5pm daily

TICKETS   20% discount available for tickets purchased via the website (OnSale Now, advance tickets limited

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On Friday 1st April 2016, Climb groups enjoyed an unexpected animal encounter at the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, when a Koala climbed 134 metres up the iconic steel arches to make a new high altitude home at the summit.


Climb Leader Mitch said “It’s not surprising that this ambitious little koala chose to scale the great Bridge to its highest point. The Eucalyptus tree is known as one of the tallest plants on the planet and can grow up to 60 metres high. Our new resident feels right at home up here”.


The unaware climbers began ascending the iconic bridge to tick off a bucket list experience, when they reached the top they were greeted by a 5’7” Koala who onlookers described as more interested in catching up on her sleep than in her curious spectators.


Each climber had the chance to approach and gently pet the koala, some were even fortunate enough to win her affections and take a memorable photo.


Maxine Cody from London, one of the surprised climber said, “We were excited to get a photo at the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge with the Sydney Opera House in the background. We never imagined we could kiss a koala in that same photo. Our Australian adventure is complete!”


The koala joins the ranks of temporary Sydney Harbour Bridge residents, which have included a nest of ravens, countless cockatoos and a 15 meter long Chinese Dragon invited to celebrate Chinese New Year.


Once the sky high animal experience had concluded, the climbers resumed the journey of 1,332 steps along the impressive steel structure. Back on the BridgeClimb, they continues to enjoy unobstructed vistas spanning as far east as Bondi and as far west as The Blue Mountains.


This is the third April’s Fool prank organised by BridgeClimb to surprise and delight climbers. 2014 saw the world first Flash Mob on the Sydney Harbour Bridge: and 2015 invited climbers to attend a Mad Hatters High Tea Party


BridgeClimb prides itself on creating fun experiences for locals and international visitors to Sydney. It offers a truly memorable experience, perfect for special occasions, family adventures, team building and corporate events.


For more information, please visit or call +61 (0) 8274 7777.

Newcastle-based business The Posy Post is raising money for the incredible Hunter Animal Rescue (HAR). On 29 January 2016, $5 from every bunch of flowers delivered will go to HAR!

Near and dear to The Posy Post founder Brooke Cousin’s heart who adopted her two Posy Pups Bobby and Dora through HAR, the not-for-profit organisation is a volunteer run group, who foster animals that would otherwise be facing euthanasia.

To help the wonderful volunteers and animals at HAR and to send or receive a posy, make sure to order your posies to be delivered on 29 January, pre-orders are available. Currently The Posy Post are only delivering to the Newcastle/Lake Macquarie area.

For more information contact The Posy Post on or 0425 248 061.