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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

It turns out you can bottle love

It turns out you can bottle love

Posted by PetDirect on 1st Sep 2021

Cats and dogs love the taste of milk, however most are unable to naturally process the lactose in milk and often get digestive issues. K9 Natural and Feline Natural have created a great daily … 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 do not get enough exercise, especially indoor cats, so they need plenty of mental and physical stimulation and that means hunting, or at least engaging in hunting behaviours. Cats need t … 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

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

Top tips for grooming your dog

Top tips for grooming your dog

Posted by Pet Direct on 20th Aug 2021

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

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

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

Best ways to play with your cat

Best ways to play with your cat

Posted by Pet Direct on 1st Jul 2021

Play is an important activity for cats; it provides exercise, mental stimulation and bonding with their pet parent. The best way to get your cat to play with you is by provoking their instinc … read more

Why Hill's pet food?

Why Hill's pet food?

Posted by PetDirect on 4th Jun 2021

We all want the best diet for our pets but choosing the best diet can sometimes be quite difficult. Let’s take a look at why Hill’s Science Diet pet foods are a great choice for y … read more

Your cat's diet impacts their teeth

Your cat's diet impacts their teeth

Posted by Pet Direct on 3rd Jun 2021

Did you know that periodontal disease is one of the most common and overlooked disease in cats? It is caused by bacteria in dental plaque that’s built up on the teeth and gums. We brush … read more

The myth of "Hypoallergenic Cats"

The myth of "Hypoallergenic Cats"

Posted by PetDirect on 1st Jun 2021

There is a common belief that some breeds of cats, especially hairless breeds, are ‘hypoallergenic’. The popular belief is that ‘hypoallergenic’ means ‘allergen- … read more

Pawshake: Why use a pet sitter?

Pawshake: Why use a pet sitter?

Posted by Pet Direct on 1st Jun 2021

Why use a pet sitter? Hiring a pet sitter is a great solution when you are busy with work or heading away on a holiday. With summer only weeks away and many of us jumping in the car to enjoy … read more

Beco: Behind the brand

Beco: Behind the brand

Posted by PetDirect on 1st Jun 2021

BECO: The Award-Winning Pet Company That’s Flying The Flag For Sustainability Beco Founder George Bramble joins us for a Q&A to explain the ethos ‘Behind The Brand&rsquo … read more

5 tips to help you and your cat become besties

5 tips to help you and your cat become besties

Posted by Pet Direct on 1st Jun 2021

The simple companionship that we get from cats not only provides emotional support for us but also leads to better health outcomes. Having a pet brings relaxation into our lives, lowering str … read more

The truth about cat allergens

The truth about cat allergens

Posted by PetDirect on 1st May 2021

Humans can be sensitive to a different number of allergens that when summed all together present an additive effect called the “total allergen load”. When an individual has increa … read more

Biologically Appropriate Pet Food

Biologically Appropriate Pet Food

Posted by Pet Direct on 1st May 2021

What does biologically appropriate mean? When pet foods began to be mass produced, the focus was on convenience. Kibble made it easy for people to bring pet food … read more

Keeping your dog safe in the sun

Keeping your dog safe in the sun

Posted by PetDirect on 17th Dec 2020

Summer is a time for adventures, and there’s nothing quite like taking your best furry friend along for the ride. When out for a day at the beach, we take measures to protect ourselves … read more

Could your dog's collar be damaging their neck?

Could your dog's collar be damaging their neck?

Posted by Pet Direct on 23rd Nov 2020

Collars are a vital part of dog ownership. They allow you to walk your dog on a leash and they provide a place to hang an ID and registration tags. However, it is important to make sure you a … read more

Is your cat overheating?

Is your cat overheating?

Posted by Pet Direct on 16th Nov 2020

When you feel warm or even hot, chances are your cat does, too. And our feline friends can be susceptible to overheating, heatstroke, dehydration and other heat-related illnesses just like us … read more

Caring for dogs with allergies

Caring for dogs with allergies

Posted by Pet Direct on 16th Nov 2020

If you have ever suffered from hay fever, chronic sneezing or a sensitivity to gluten, you’ll understand just how annoying and uncomfortable allergies can be. But allergies aren’t … read more

Bad doggie breath – what can I do?

Bad doggie breath – what can I do?

Posted by Pet Direct on 16th Nov 2020

While we all love the enthusiastic cuddles and kisses we receive from our furry friends, a bad bout of smelly dog breath can really ruin the moment and leave us struggling to get away, fast! … read more