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As a member of RSPCA Australia, we’re part of the country’s leading animal welfare charity. We’ve been advocating on the behalf of animals for over 150 years, and have a wealth of knowledge and experience. Sharing that knowledge with our community is vitally important, as education is often the first step to better welfare and meaningful change for the lives of the animals.

We have information, FAQs and helpful articles covering all aspects of daily animal care, prevention and what to do if you need help. You can also sort by topic, view seasonal advice, and learn about general pet care. Whatever pet information you’re searching for, you’re likely to find it in our knowledgebase.

Fish
Fish

Fish Fish are very relaxing and beautiful to look at and many species are kept for these reasons. They are suitable pets for people living in flats or other confined…

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Guinea pigs
Guinea pigs

Guinea pigs How to care for guinea pigs Having guinea pigs in your life can be a wonderful experience and very rewarding, but only if you think through your decision…

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Frogs and reptiles
Frogs and reptiles

Frogs and reptiles Tortoises, lizards, snakes, crocodiles and frogs require special care. Venomous snakes should only be kept by people who are experts at handling them. Most reptiles are shy…

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Caring for your mice and rats
Caring for your mice and rats

Caring for your mice and rats Mice and rats can make excellent little pets and are very popular with children. However, their average life-span is only about two years. Having…

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Pet grooming
Pet grooming

Pet grooming In general terms, a clean pet is a happy pet. No hair in the eyes, clean fur and skin, clipped nails and clean teeth all make for a…

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Bringing your new dog home
Bringing your new dog home

Bringing your new dog home Bringing your new shelter dog home can take a little adjustment from both you and your new furry friend, so here are some general tips…

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A new cat in the family
A new cat in the family

A new cat in the family Bringing home a new cat is exciting for the whole family, but your resident pets might be a bit cautious about this new arrival.…

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Caring for your bird
Caring for your bird

Caring for your bird Before you purchase a bird, please ensure that you have thought carefully about the needs of birds as pets. Speak to your local veterinarian and other…

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Caring for your horse
Caring for your horse

Caring for your horse Responsibilities of horse ownership Owning a horse is a huge responsibility and a long-term commitment. And it's not a cheap one. Be prepared to devote time…

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Managing a multi-dog household
Managing a multi-dog household

Managing a multi-dog household It is estimated that 67% of Australian households own a pet. This puts Australia as one of the highest pet-owning countries in the world. To top…

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Caring for your dog
Caring for your dog

Caring for your dog With a lifespan of 10-13 years, having a dog is a big responsibility. Your loyal doggo buddy will be by your side from day one, so…

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Caring for your cat
Caring for your cat

Caring for your cat Felines make excellent friends, but are a big responsibility. With a lifespan of 10-15 years, cats are among the longest living pets and are a big…

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