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What’s better than puppies? That’s right: your own puppy. So, what do you need to know before you take the plunge into pet parenthood?

0-2 months
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0-2 months

Welcome to the world little one. It’s all grow-grow-grow for your puppy right now, so there’s many things to prepare.

2-3 months
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2-3 months

Your puppy is ready to come home and turn your world upside down. It’s time to put your preparation into practice – and remember to take it all in!

3-6 months
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3-6 months

You’re entering a period of immense growth, lots of learning and new adventures. Bring on the play date with the big wide world!

6-12 months
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6-12 months

Your fur-baby is nearing adulthood. Can you see their grown self coming through? Sigh…they grow up so fast, don’t they?

12-18 months
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12-18 months

Your puppy has turned one and they might not be so little anymore. Make sure to book their first annual check-up.

18 months - 3 years
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18 months - 3 years

Your dog is one an established family member now. Enjoy who they have become and the bond you now share at this special stage.

3 - 8 years
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3 - 8 years

Your dog is a full-grown adult now. They understand where their place is in your home and the wider world.

8+ years
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8+ years

Just like many senior citizens, senior dogs have some extra needs. Learn to look after your best friend and support their health as they grow older.

Is a rabbit right for you?

Is a rabbit right for you?

There are over 20 different breeds of rabbit in New Zealand, and colour variations within those breeds, but the most popular pets are the Lop (including mini and dwarf), Netherland dwarf, Californian, Angora and Flemish Giant.

Like a dog, a rabbit is smart, loves to run around and play, and is a social animal that adores the company of other rabbits and its owners. However, would-be owners may mistake the rabbit as a low or no-maintenance pet.

Most rabbits don’t like being picked up and cuddled, and should be handled in a specific manner, which can be difficult for young children.

Rabbits have special diet requirements, need a quality (and spacious) run or a rabbit-safe home, vaccinations, and yearly vet dental checks.

Budget warning!

Desexing is important, but can be more expensive than desexing cats or dogs cost more than for a cat or dog. Rabbits, like cats and dogs, can get a variety of diseases where some may even require intensive care at a vet hospital. Be prepared and make sure you have an emergency fund or sign up for pet insurance in case your rabbit is ill.

The house bunny

If your rabbit is going to live inside your home, you will need a night-time pen, a litter tray, food and water bowls. Portable pet pens for puppies and kittens are cheap and work for rabbits. Move them outside so your rabbit can enjoy grass under its paws.

It’s vital to bunny-proof your house. Get down to rabbit height and check for potential chew toys for your rabbit like wooden furniture, and power and computer cables. Either restrict your rabbit’s access to some rooms or lift cabling off the floor and cover anything you don’t want scratched or chewed.


Grass hay, such as timothy or oaten hay, is the main food for any pet rabbit and should always be on offer at all times.

A rabbit is designed to eat grass, vegetables, greens and herbs. This fibrous diet is an important component in keeping their teeth and digestive system healthy.

Leafy green vegetables, about the size of the rabbit, should be offered daily. A healthy rabbit diet should contain 85% hay or grass, 10% leafy green vegetables, and less than 5 % pellets or nuggets.

The following are vegetables and herbs that are recommended for rabbits:

  • Basil
  • Broccoli
  • Apple leaves and twigs
  • Beetroot greens
  • Blackberry leaves
  • Blackcurrant leaves
  • Cabbage (dark green varieties)
  • Camomile
  • Cauliflowers including leaves
  • Celery
  • Coriander
  • Curly kale
  • Dandelions
  • Fennel
  • Fireweed
  • Echinacia
  • Hawthorn
  • Marigold
  • Mulberry
  • Mint
  • Marrow
  • Parsley
  • Pepper
  • Pumpkin
  • Radish greens and root
  • Rocket
  • Roses leaves and flowers
  • Spinach
  • Squash (including cucumber)
  • Sunflowers
  • Strawberry greens
  • Shepherd’s purse
  • Thyme
  • Watercress
  • Willow leaves
  • Yarrow

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