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Surviving winter with your pet

Surviving winter with your pet

Posted by PetDirect on 20th May 2022

Winter is nearly here, the days will get shorter, the nights longer and the temperature will drop. Raining cats and dogs will be a thing and, depending where you live, snow will be a reality … read more

How to stop kittens and cats biting

How to stop kittens and cats biting

Posted by Pet Direct on 18th May 2022

Sure, cats and kittens might have small mouths, but they can give big bites if they feel like it! Especially when you’re least expecting it, like when you’re in the middle of givi … read more

How to stop puppies biting

How to stop puppies biting

Posted by PetDirect on 16th May 2022

Puppies might be tiny and adorable but their tiny, super sharp teeth aren’t quite so adorable, especially when they’re attached to your hand or busy destroying your favourite cush … read more

Keeping cats and dogs warm in winter

Keeping cats and dogs warm in winter

Posted by PetDirect on 16th May 2022

As the days get colder, you'll be reaching for that blanket, chucking on an extra jacket, or digging out the heater. Some might be looking forward lacing up their ski boots. Even if you live … read more

How to toilet train a puppy

How to toilet train a puppy

Posted by PetDirect on 26th Apr 2022

Toilet training your puppy is one of the hardest things you’ll do as a pet parent. You’ll need lots of patience, kindness and consistency as your puppy gets to grips with going to … read more

How to train a puppy not to bark

How to train a puppy not to bark

Posted by PetDirect on 7th Apr 2022

A puppy makes a range of adorable noises, from little squeaks and whines to practice barking. But when they really discover their voice, a constantly barking puppy can be miserable for you, y … read more

Keep your dog safe this Easter

Keep your dog safe this Easter

Posted by PetDirect on 7th Apr 2022

Easter is right around the corner and that often means chocolate - dark, white, melted, egg-shaped, bunny-shaped - and don't forget those hot cross buns! But did you know that chocolate and h … read more

Covid 19 Update

Covid 19 Update

Posted by PetDirect on 21st Feb 2022

Dear Pet Parents, We hope you and your pets are well. As always, we are here to support you during the Covid outbreak. We are operating throughout all NZ Traffic Light levels - all of NZ is … read more

Top tips for grooming your dog

Top tips for grooming your dog

Posted by Pet Direct on 31st Jan 2022

Good grooming will help your dog look and feel their best. Routine grooming sessions also allow you to examine your dog’s coat, teeth, eyes, ears, and nails for signs of problems. How o … read more

Choosing a lead for you and your dog

Choosing a lead for you and your dog

Posted by PetDirect on 23rd Jan 2022

A dog lead is one of the most important dog accessories for your furry friend. Surprised? It’s more than just a way to keep your dog close when you go for a walk. T … read more

Leash-training your cat

Leash-training your cat

Posted by PetDirect on 23rd Jan 2022

Cats are known for being natural-born homebodies. Between their catnaps, couch lazing and early-morning cuddles, it’s no wonder many owners think of their cats as i … read more

Summer Safety for Pets

Summer Safety for Pets

Posted by PetDirect on 19th Dec 2021

With the weather heating up and the days get longer, it’s a great time to get outdoors and get some exercise for humans and pets alike! Whether it’s a walk around the block, playi … read more

Tips for travelling with pets

Tips for travelling with pets

Posted by PetDirect on 19th Dec 2021

When traveling with your pet, it can be a grand adventure or a total nightmare. The key is preparation, especially when you’re traveling with new pets. A positive, peaceful attitude als … read more

Holiday movies to watch with your pets

Holiday movies to watch with your pets

Posted by PetDirect on 4th Dec 2021

During the holidays, nothing beats kicking back with a few snacks and cold drinks to watch a classic Christmas movie. What’s even better is having your furry friends snuggled up on your … read more

Keep your pets safe from holiday hazards

Keep your pets safe from holiday hazards

Posted by PetDirect on 28th Nov 2021

The holiday season is supposed to be merry and bright, however, those glittering lights, trimmed trees and tempting treats can make this time of the year dangerous for our furry friends. To k … read more

Keep your pets safe on Howl-o-ween!

Keep your pets safe on Howl-o-ween!

Posted by PetDirect on 20th Oct 2021

Halloween may be more popular overseas and a bit different this year than normal, but it’s always good to know how to keep your pet safe if you are celebrating Halloween. We’ve p … read more

Introducing a food for the first time

Introducing a food for the first time

Posted by PetDirect on 29th Aug 2021

A new pet food should always be introduced gradually, even if your pet appears to like the new food. This will help reduce the chance of a stomach upset following a food change. Changes to di … read more

Proudly NZ Made: ZIWI

Proudly NZ Made: ZIWI

Posted by PetDirect on 27th Aug 2021

Everyone knows the secret to a great recipe (and health!) is the ingredients. For New Zealand pet food company, ZIWI®, the focus on ingredients and recipes is at the heart of what they do … read more

How to work from home as a pet parent

How to work from home as a pet parent

Posted by Pet Direct on 27th Aug 2021

Working from home means a whole new set of distractions, especially of the furry kind. Whilst pets can provide a great excuse for a much needed break during your working day at home, having y … read more

Interactive play time with your cat

Interactive play time with your cat

Posted by PetDirect on 27th Aug 2021

Cats often don't get enough exercise, especially indoor cats, so it's important to provide plenty of mental and physical stimulation such as hunting or, at least, engagin … read more

Lockdown with your dog: A beginner's guide

Lockdown with your dog: A beginner's guide

Posted by Pet Direct on 22nd Aug 2021

Ok, so you’re in lock down… and probably the first time you and your fur friend will be spending weeks in each other’s company – poor fur kid. This is an amazing time … read more

Care guide for your puppy

Care guide for your puppy

Posted by Pet Direct on 20th Aug 2021

Getting a new puppy is exciting for the whole family, it’s important to know what to expect during your puppy’s first year and also what supplies you’ll need to provide them … read more

Wet and dry feeding your dog

Wet and dry feeding your dog

Posted by Pet Direct on 20th Aug 2021

When trying to decide what to feed your pet, you might feel like you need to decide: dry or wet dog food? The truth is that both dry and wet dog food have their benefits. It’s entirely … read more

How to ease puppy biting

How to ease puppy biting

Posted by Pawshake on 20th Aug 2021

How to ease puppy biting Is it normal for a puppy to bite? Puppies bite and nip as they grow and develop, however, it’s important to train them early during the teething stage. Training … read more

Bravecto: Wondering if your dog has fleas?

Bravecto: Wondering if your dog has fleas?

Posted by PetDirect on 20th Aug 2021

Most dogs pick up fleas at least once in their lifetime. Fleas are the most common external parasite found on dogs, and whether you live in the city or the country, there are plenty of oppor … read more

Puppies need schedules too, here's why

Puppies need schedules too, here's why

Posted by Pet Direct on 20th Aug 2021

Puppies sure are cute. But raising one can certainly have its challenges. Creating a schedule and sticking to it helps your puppy settle into your home but also helps everyone in the family u … read more

Keeping your dog sane whilst in isolation

Keeping your dog sane whilst in isolation

Posted by Pet Direct on 15th Aug 2021

While most dogs are probably over the moon to have their owners home with them at the moment, they will also have to go through an adjustment period. Just like us humans are giving up a lot o … read more

13 Reasons to Love Black Cats

13 Reasons to Love Black Cats

Posted by Pet Direct on 13th Aug 2021

Black cats have a hard time getting adopted out of shelters for a variety of silly reasons. Some people think they’re scary and others think they won’t show up well in selfies. No … read more

Bringing a new puppy home

Bringing a new puppy home

Posted by PetDirect on 8th Aug 2021

Getting a new puppy can be an exciting and busy time, but it’s always important to be prepared. Here are our top 7 essentials to help make your puppy’s experience of their new hom … read more

Bringing a new cat home

Bringing a new cat home

Posted by PetDirect on 8th Aug 2021

A cat can be a wonderful addition to your family, but it’s important you know what you are getting yourself into! Whether adopting a kitten or cat from a shelter or rescue organisation, … read more

Bravecto: 9 signs your cat has fleas

Bravecto: 9 signs your cat has fleas

Posted by PetDirect on 1st Aug 2021

No doubt, cats are probably one of the cleanest creatures on earth. If you’ve ever watched your cat groom, then you know it can do this for what seems like hours on end. Most cats spen … read more

Why feed a premium food?

Why feed a premium food?

Posted by Pet Direct on 1st Aug 2021

We all love our pets and would like them to be their healthiest selves and live for as long as possible– even forever if we could make it so! Accordingly, we want to feed them nothing … read more

Pet Talk: Aaron and his rescue dog Milly

Pet Talk: Aaron and his rescue dog Milly

Posted by Pet Direct on 1st Jul 2021

When it came to getting a dog for his family, Pet Direct CEO Aaron decided to adopt an older dog named Milly. Aaron's experience in the pet industry, owning dogs and with Milly have made him … read more