Midge gets some pampering from Dawn Peck of Aussie Pooch Mobile, ahead of the Pet Recovery Day being staged to help owners and pets in flood-affected areas of Ipswich.
Midge gets some pampering from Dawn Peck of Aussie Pooch Mobile, ahead of the Pet Recovery Day being staged to help owners and pets in flood-affected areas of Ipswich. Rob Williams

Dogs have their day

IPSWICH pooches can enjoy a well-deserved day of pampering this weekend.

The Pet Industry Association of Australia (PIAA) will hold a pet recovery day on Sunday to help dogs and their owners in flood-affected areas of Ipswich stay healthy as they recover.

PIAA CEO Roger Perkins said recovery from the floods was an ongoing challenge for people and their pets, with pets also feeling stress in the aftermath of the disaster.

“The health and welfare of dogs is a priority for the PIAA. Our members have rallied to help those in need and alleviate some of the stress for families in the aftermath of the floods,” Mr Perkins said.

As part of the day there will be free dog washes and vet checks, as well as pet games and activities.

To refresh their dog, pet owners are asked to show their license at the registration desk, with people living in flood-affected postcodes recognised by Ipswich City Council as eligible.

Mr Perkins said with floods creating unpleasant and unhygienic living conditions for many pets, it is important they be kept clean and healthy to limit the spread of disease and infection.

As part of the day Aussie Pooch Mobile have donated their services and will offer free dog washing and grooming.

Operator Dawn Peck said she had seen first-hand the impact of the floods, with Aussie Pooch helping to clean more than 200 dogs at the Ipswich evacuation centre.

“Lots of people are doing things for people,” she said. “This is something we can do for pets.”

The pet recovery day will be held from 10am at the Ipswich Showgrounds on Warwick Road.

SIGNS YOUR DOG MIGHT BE STRESSED:

  • Loss of house training
  • Hiding or avoiding interaction
  • Aggression
  • Decrease or loss of appetite

(Australian Veterinary Association)



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