Useful things to know
A quick reminder to try and avoid areas where there are a lot of grass seeds. Try to cut grasses before they seed if you have property or large lawn areas. If not your dog could be at risk of getting grasses in ears, eyelids, in paws, up genitalia and can cause abscesses anywhere in the body.
Grooming regularly helps reduce the risks and checking your dog daily, especially after walks, paying particular attention to between the toes, under arms and in the eyes,ears and groin area.
Any areas of irritation on the skin, ears or eyes should be investigated by a vet in case a seed had become embedded.
YOU, THE LAW AND YOU DOG
It is an offence to transport your dog in the open tray of a untility, truck or other similar vehicle unrestrained. Please do not tie your dog by the collar, if you have to suddenly brake the dog's neck could easily be broken. Please use a a proper body harness.
Below is an extract from the current Act ;
Extract from the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995
45—Transporting unrestrained dogs in vehicles
(1) If a dog is not physically restrained while being transported in the open tray of a
utility, truck or other similar vehicle, the driver of the vehicle is guilty of an offence.
Maximum penalty: $750.
Expiation fee: $105.
(2) If a dog management officer reasonably suspects that a vehicle has been used to
transport a dog contrary to this section, the officer may apply to the Registrar of Motor
Vehicles for the name and address of the registered owner of the vehicle.
(3) For the purposes of this section, a dog is physically restrained while being transported
in the open tray of a utility, truck or other similar vehicle if—
(a) the dog is being transported within a cage or other like enclosure; or
(b) the dog is securely tethered to the vehicle so that the dog cannot fall or escape
from the vehicle.
(4) This section does not apply to the transport of—
(a) an accredited guide dog; or
(b) a dog that is being used in the droving or tending of stock or is going to or
returning from a place where it will be, or has been, so used.
Page update January 2012