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How Can My Pharmacy Support Me During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Mario Calanna – Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy

Dear Mario, How can my pharmacy support me during the Coronavirus pandemic?

If you’re feeling fluey, or simply don’t want to risk entering a public place, call your local Calanna and you can arrange someone to pick up your shop, or we’ll bring it out to your car. For medication, download the MedAdvisor App, choose Calanna, and then place your order and collect when convenient. It’s a good time to boost your immune system, Vitamin C, Immune Booster Tonic, and Zinc are great things to be taking. Come see us for your personalised plan. If there’s anything else we can do for your family at this time, please let us know.

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How Can I Successfully Toilet Train My Puppy?

The puppy stage is a wonderful time to bond with your pet and set up good behaviours that last a lifetime. There are few behaviours that are more critical to get right than toilet training. Some pups are faster learners than others, but don’t worry, with enough time and perseverance you can toilet train any dog. Here are some tips to get them there as quickly as possible.

Positive Rewards

The main principle to follow with toilet training is to give your pet the opportunity to urinate/defecate in the correct area. Then, immediately provide positive reward in the form of praise and treats. Over time, they develop a strong positive automatic association with voiding in the correct area. To do this, every hour or so take your puppy outside to the desired spot. Taking them out immediately after eating and drinking is also important, as these are high-risk times to urinate and defecate. As soon as they are going, cheerfully praise them. Once they’re finished, produce a small treat reward from your pocket and offer it.  

At Night

When your puppy sleeps indoors at night, take them out for one final ‘pee visit’ just before bed. ‘Crate training’ sleeping them in a crate can discourage soiling at night. This is because pups instinctively prefer not to soil where they sleep. Ideally the crate should be just large enough for them to stand up and turn around in, and is lined with cleanable bedding. They may cry at night to be let out to urinate. Provided they are crying to urinate (and not just for attention), take them outside to do their business. Over time, their muscles to control their bladder strengthen. Eventually they can go for longer periods of time without toileting.

During the Day

During the day, make sure it’s easy for them to go outside to their desired spot. This may mean installing doggy doors and keeping them open, or cracking the door open. They need every opportunity to express the behaviour that you’re encouraging.  

You could also try using a command such as “go pee” when your puppy urinates. Over time, your pup develops an association between these words and urinating. This can be used later to help encourage them to go.  

Occasionally, having another dog come and visit your yard to mark the desired area can help to stimulate your pup to urinate over this spot.  

Consistency is Key

Most pups will take up to a couple of months before they are properly toilet trained, though this time can vary considerably. Factors such as stairs, distance to the outdoors, intelligence, and response to reward, can all affect how quickly you can toilet train your pup. Usually you can expect to see a trend of fewer and fewer accidents, starting within a week or two of training. If you’re not seeing this sort of improvement, check through the list above. Also consider looking at ways to improve your consistency of training. With enough time and consistency, most pups can be reliably toilet trained.  

You can more advice articles on the Cairns Veterinary Clinic website


Is There Any Way to Improve My Child’s Handwriting?

Helping Hands – Hand, Wrist & Arm Clinic

Dear Juliet, What can I do to help my child improve their handwriting?

Handwriting problems are common, especially as children start to progress through primary school. Common problems such as poor pencil grasp, messy writing or painful hand cramps when writing can often be a symptom of a more complex issue.

Solutions can be as simple as working on hand strength to improve pencil grasp or as complex as overall fine motor skills/dexterity and a customised  remediation program. The first step is to identify the underlying problem and give the child time and plenty of opportunity to work on the skills required to improve their handwriting.

Call Helping Hands on 4755 2337

Read and watch ‘Should I be concerned about my child’s handwriting?’ blog and video HERE for more info on how Helping Hands can help.