What Is a Therapy Dog and What Do They Do?

What Is a Therapy Dog and What Do They Do?

Did you know over 20,000 Australians enjoy a visit from a therapy dog each week? According to animal behaviourist, Laura V, “For the everyday person, the hug of a dog, the wagging of a tail and their unconditional love makes us all feel better. Therapy dogs though are carefully selected and trained to assist with the mental and physical wellbeing of people, who are often experiencing some sort of chronic illness or stress.” With this in mind, Laura V shares some of the incredible ways canines are helping people with a variety of disorders or disabilities to get them through their day.

Why Vet Bills Can Sometimes Seem Expensive

Why Vet Bills Can Sometimes Seem Expensive

A vet clinic is a one stop shop when it comes to your pet’s health. Vets are the surgeon, the dentist, the anaesthetist, the radiologist, the pathologist, the pharmacist. Not to mention all the medical equipment required to diagnose and treat all the different species and diseases that they see. In this short clip with our friends at Pooches at Play, veterinary expert, Dr Melissa Meehan sits down with ‘Hif’ to discuss why vet bills can sometimes seem expensive.
Category:Pet Care
The Simple Question That Could Change Or Even Save A Life – R U OK?

The Simple Question That Could Change Or Even Save A Life – R U OK?

Did you know that 8 people take their lives each and every day in Australia? And for every one of these people who takes their lives approximately another 20 make an attempt to take their lives.  According to Psychologist and mental health expert, Dr. Happy, “Not everyone suffering mental ill-health will be curled up in a corner or tucked under their doona. Many more, in fact, will be sitting beside you on the bus or train, at work, or chatting to you over coffee or lunch. Take a minute, then, to ask ALL your friends and family, your colleagues and acquaintances if they’re OK today; it won’t take up much of your time and I guarantee it won’t be something you regret.”  In this article, Dr. Happy shares his own personal experience with mental health and the advice he has to offer.

Category:Mental Health
Health Insurance or “Self-Insurance”? What You Need to Know

Health Insurance or “Self-Insurance”? What You Need to Know

Have you ever heard of the term “self-insurance”? It’s being referred to as an alternative to the traditional process of taking out a health insurance policy as a safety net. But can you really afford to self-insure and is it the safest option? According to finance and insurance expert, Bessie Hassan from finder.com.au, “The answer is probably not. You never really know when a medical issue can pop up and how much it’s going to cost you, the reality is that not everyone can afford to fork out $35,000 when the time comes.” With this in mind, Bessie  discusses the importance of having health insurance and being covered if the worst happened.

Category:HIF News
Easy Tuna Salad

Easy Tuna Salad

Do you need an easy healthy and delicious salad that will have you making it week after week? HIF foodie Helen, shares her go to easy tuna salad, with ingredients you will nearly always have in the fridge. We know you won’t be disappointed.

Category:Recipes
Do Dogs Dream?

Do Dogs Dream?

Did you know that during Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep the human and canine brain can become indistinguishable? According to Animal behaviourist Laura V, “If you’ve witnessed your dog in REM sleep, their eyes will move around and paws may also twitch a little too. They do this because they are actually looking at the images of their dream and there’s a good chance they’re re-living that time they played in the park with that new toy you bought them.” In her latest article for our blog, Laura V shares her knowledge on the topic - “Do Dogs Dream”.
Category:Pet Care
How to Ensure My New Puppy Settles in Well

How to Ensure My New Puppy Settles in Well

Taking a new puppy home is a very exciting and nerve-wracking time! But did you know that everything your puppy learns in the first 16 weeks they’ll remember for life? In this short clip, we caught up with our friends at Pooches at Play to hear their top tips on how to make your pup feel safe, comfortable and loved in its new home.

Category:Pet Care
What Are Hiccups?

What Are Hiccups?

What old wives’ tale have you used to get rid of your hiccups? Some people say the cure is to drink upside down, whilst others suggest a small shot of vinegar or even holding your breath. We’re sure you’ve heard of a few more, but did you know that in some people hiccups can stay around for weeks, even months! We caught up with Dr. Nikki Stamp to discuss all things hiccup related, including what they are, what causes them, and how you can treat them.
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