Blood Hound Donor Campaign

Blood Hound Donor Campaign

Do you know about the need for donated blood for our dogs? According to our friends at Pooches at Play and veterinary nurse, Bella, "The need for a dog to have a blood transfusion can be caused from a surprisingly large number of medical conditions. This could be from severe anaemia to a traumatic injury, immune illnesses to poisoning and many other things in between! Vets often rely on staff pets or a willing client to donate blood which can put a lot of pressure on an animal to act as a donor, especially when they are not always the best candidate for blood donation (due to age, size, recently having donated blood etc). By increasing donor lists at pet blood banks and also at general practice clinics, the demand for blood can be shared around which is better for everyone." In this post, Bella talks us through the important process for canine blood donation. 
Category:Pet Care
Crispy Fish Pie

Crispy Fish Pie

Looking for the perfect winter warmer recipe? Look no further, check out this Crispy Fish Pie recipe by HIF foodie, Helen from Scrummy Lane. Helen told us "This version is a slight twist on the classic dish with a delicious (and easy) crispy, cheesy crushed potato topping." We hope you enjoy. 
Category:Recipes
National Dental Checkup

National Dental Checkup

When was your last dental checkup? According to dental health professional, Dr. Emma, "The entire nation just had theirs, and the results are troubling. Tooth decay is now the most common chronic disease in the country, with the majority of it being entirely preventable. March 2018 saw the release of the Australian Dental Association's Oral Health Tracker. The program is designed to track and improve the oral health of our country as a whole, and it seems we have plenty of room for improvement." With this in mind, we caught up with Dr. Emma to hear her thoughts on the latest findings and her top tips on managing oral health. 
Category:Dental Health
Intervertrebal Disc Degeneration Case Study

Intervertrebal Disc Degeneration Case Study

Did you know that intervertebral disc disease, or IVDD is very common in dogs? In particular daxons, or commonly known as sausage dogs, with their long back and little legs, they need to take special care of their backs. Especially because of their predisposition to intervertebral disc disease, or IVDD. In this short clip with our friends at Pooches at Play, Gyton catches up with daxon owner, Sarah to hear their personal experience with IVDD.
Category:Pet Care
10 Ways to Stay Calm, Cool and be Patient

10 Ways to Stay Calm, Cool and be Patient

Have you ever wished you could keep your cool more often? According to mental health professional, Dr. Happy, "Well, if you’re human then you probably answered “YES”. Why? Because we all get frustrated and we all feel upset sometimes and we all find patience much more difficult than we’d like! This is normal; this is part of being human!" In his latest article for HIF, Dr. Happy shares his top ten tips on how to achieve calmness more often. 
Category:Mental Health
Preparing for a New Baby

Preparing for a New Baby

Have you ever wondered how to prepare your dog for your newborn's arrival? According to Dr. Melissa, "You want to make sure that there’s a positive association between them and the baby. When the baby is getting lots and lots of attention, it's important to praise the dogs. The more they’re rewarded, the more positive they’ll feel about the new situation." In this short clip, Melissa provides her top tips on how to provide a loving home to the humans and fur-kids in your family equally.
Category:Pet Care
Top Reasons for Vet Visits

Top Reasons for Vet Visits

There are many reasons that our dogs visit the vets and for the most part this is for a general checkup, but other times things can be a little more serious and it’s important to know why. In this short clip, Dr. Melissa Meehan talks us through the top reasons why our dogs pay a visit to the vet and shares her top tips on preventive measures to put in place and the best treatment for our pooches.

Category:Pet Care
The Best and Worst Things to Eat For Your Heart

The Best and Worst Things to Eat For Your Heart

We all know when it comes to the heart, nutrition is absolutely important. According to heart and lung surgeon, Dr. Nikki Stamp, "There is some great information to support eating more of some foods for heart health and less of others. This isn’t about diets, fads or bikini bodies. Rather, these foods are what science has so far told us is likely to keep your ticker nice and healthy." In her latest article for HIF, Dr. Nikki shares the best and worst foods for your ticker.
Anxiety in Cats

Anxiety in Cats

Anxiety in dogs is pretty easy to spot, but what about anxiety in cats? According to animal behaviourst, Laura V, "Whilst we believe cats are less likely to suffer from anxiety than dogs, there is increasing evidence that cats benefit from owners who take preventative measures for anxiety. Because cats are less expressive, we may be missing critical signs of their emotional state." With this in mind we caught up with Laura to hear the signs we should watch out for and her top tips to help our felines overcome their anxiety. 
Category:Pet Care
7 Ways to Switch Off From Work Without Feeling Guilty

7 Ways to Switch Off From Work Without Feeling Guilty

Do you struggle to switch off from work without feeling guilty? According to mental health professional Dr. Happy, "Technology advances have meant we can do almost anything from almost anywhere which can be wonderful in so many different ways but it can also be stressful and problematic if we feel we can’t ever “switch off” and get away from work. We all need to take breaks, and if we believe we can’t do this because we need to always be available then “burn out” can occur; a form of stress, anxiety and depression that in the worst-case scenarios can have significant health and wellbeing consequences." With this in mind, Dr. Happy shares his guilt-free guide on how to switch off from work. 
Category:Mental Health
Health During Pregnancy

Health During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time when everyone has a piece of advice on how to do it. Eat this if you want a boy, exercise or don’t exercise and so on. Even if it is a lot of information to process, keeping mum healthy during pregnancy is incredibly important. After all, pregnancy does put her body through its paces. It’s also vital for baby, as what the mother does can affect the health of her child. With this in mind, we caught up with Dr. Nikki Stamp to get her top tips on keeping healthy throughout pregnancy. 
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