Kerstin Keimling

Kerstin is our Digital Manager at Bow Wow Meow Pet Insurance. Growing up on a farm in Germany, her love for animals is no surprise. Kerstin runs her own Sydney based dog training business K9Fun and holds degrees in Business Administration, Information Technology, and in Dog Behaviour and Training. Her dog training endeavours have lead her to places like Bali and India, and if she stays regional she competes in Agility and Scentwork with her own dog. She is  an instructor at the Agility Dog Club of NSW and a foster carer for multiple dog rescue organisations.

Benji Bruce & Sheila

She shares her life with her canine comrade Benji, a German Spitz and her two cats Sheila and Bruce. All of them were rescued from local animal shelters in Sydney. If she is not playing around with dogs and cats, you will likely find her scuba diving or standup paddleboarding with Benji.

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November 9, 2021

Dietary requirements of adolescent dogs

As puppies grow into adolescents, their metabolism decreases, their growth rate slows down and they are very likely to become overweight. Learn more about the dietary requirements of adolescent dogs.

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October 29, 2021

Puppy development stages: newborn milestones & growth charts

Read our guide for puppy development & know what to expect from your growing newborn. Be prepared from birth to adolescence & every puppy stage in between!

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October 27, 2021

How to crate train your new puppy

Learn how to crate train your new puppy easily. Our puppy crate training 101 gives guidance on the how and why of crate training.

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October 17, 2021

Puppy care & health: how to care for your new puppy

Taking care of your puppy's health is a big responsibility. Be sure you know about general puppy health essentials, like vaccines, worming, fleas & more.

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October 17, 2021

How to train a puppy: Puppy training tips & advice

Establishing puppy house rules is an important part of puppy transition. Read about our puppy training tips and how to make this process smooth as possible!

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October 11, 2021

Christmas presents for your dog – The gifts our pooches really want!

With Christmas fast approaching you may still be looking for the perfect present for your furry canine friend. There are lots of things out there that make our heart beat faster but we put a list together of things your dog would really want.

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August 16, 2021

Hair coat and skin conditions in dogs

The skin is the largest and most extensive organ of the body, comprising 12 to 24% of a dog’s weight, depending on its species, size and age. The state of health of the animal, as well as the presence of illness, can be indicated by the skin.

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August 14, 2021

Maintaining your pets’ dental hygiene

70-80% of dogs and cats develop a dental disease by age 3, but dental issues often remain undiagnosed. Learn how to identify these & tips to prevent them.

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August 12, 2021

Tips on how to care for older dogs

Caring for older dogs can be both challenging and rewarding. Learn more about how to best care for your dogs when they are ageing.

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August 11, 2021

Puppy Diet, Food & Schedule

All puppy owners want the best for their fur baby. Keep your puppy happy with a tasty food plan, a healthy diet & the best nutrition in food for your puppy!

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July 28, 2021

How to brush your dog’s teeth

The key to maintaining good oral health - for us and our pets - is prevention. Without regular brushing, plaque and tartar will build up in our dog’s mouths the same way that they do in our own.

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July 21, 2021

The best outdoor runs and enclosures for cats

Indoor cats enjoy the exposure to the outdoors in a safe and contained environment and the trend of outdoor cat runs and enclosures is growing. Here are our recommendations for runs and enclosures - from DIY enclosures to fully enclosed backyards.

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July 21, 2021

Bringing a new kitten home for the first time: Tips & advice

Bringing a new kitten home or a new cat? Don't fret! Our guide is full of useful tips to introduce your kitten into your home & what to do for the first night.

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July 21, 2021

Puppy socialisation and its importance

The puppy socialisation period is a sensitive stage. Learn how to balance their different encounters and experiences without overwhelming your puppy.

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July 17, 2021

Wounds in dogs and cats

Animals can get wounded in many ways, and different wounds require different treatments. They may include puncture wounds, abrasions or lacerations.

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July 17, 2021

Diabetes in Dogs: Causes, symptoms, treatment and diabetes-friendly diets

Diabetes in dogs is a relatively common chronic conditionin dogs. Read about the causes, symptoms, treatment and management of this condition.

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July 16, 2021

Road trip 101: Driving with pets

All you need to know when driving with your dog. Restraint options, road rules by state and what you need for longer trips.

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June 17, 2021

How to stop a dog from barking

Learn how to stop your dog from barking at night, at neighbours, when left alone & at other dogs. Stop excessive dog barking with our training tips & tricks.

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May 6, 2021

Cat tail signs (What your cat’s tail tells you)

Do you have any idea what your cat is communicating with their tail? Learn to understand your cat's complex communication system.

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March 24, 2021

Indoor workouts for dogs

Drawing inspiration from simple children's games to dog sports like scent work and agility, there are many great options for exercising and stimulating your dog indoors.

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March 23, 2021

Brain workout – Mental exercise for dogs

Keeping your dog in good physical shape and feeding her a good diet ensure overall good health, which contributes to mental well-being. However, dogs need specific mental exercise, too.

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March 18, 2021

Exercising your senior dog

Although she might not be moving as fast or as far as she used to, your senior dog can still partake in many safe and beneficial forms of exercise. Learn more about how to best exercise your senior dog.

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March 18, 2021

How much exercise does my puppy need?

Most puppies are little balls of energy who love to play and run about, but even so, they need regular exercise to stay physically healthy.

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March 17, 2021

Adopting a stray cat – do’s and don’ts

Taking in a stray cat with an unknown history may very well turn out to be very rewarding in the long run, but is likely to require some adjustments. Learn more about adopting a stray cat, the do’s and don’ts.

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February 25, 2021

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) in dogs and cats

Progressive retinal atrophy describes a group of conditions in which an atrophy or degeneration of retinal tissue occurs. PRA occurs commonly in dogs but rarely in cats.

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February 18, 2021

Cataracts in dogs and cats

A cataract is an opacity of the lens that prevents light from reaching the retina. They can develop in one or both eyes, leading to vision impairment and/or blindness.

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February 12, 2021

Feline Asthma or Feline Allergic Airway Disease (FAAD)

Feline asthma or FAAD is similar to asthma in humans. Affected cats become allergic to allergens in the environment, commonly causing coughing.

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December 29, 2020

The Best Apps for Pets in 2021

Being a fur parent & pet lover can be tricky business. We’ve found the best apps for pets to make sure you’recovered for training, dog walking & much more.

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October 22, 2020

A Christmas gift guide for dog lovers

Giving a gift to a dog lover for Christmas this year? Choose from our Christmas gift guide. Dog Lovers will love these cute & useful gift ideas.

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October 22, 2020

A Christmas gift guide for cat lovers

Choose a gift for a cat lover for Christmas this year from our Christmas gift guide for cat lovers. They will adore these cute & useful feline gift ideas.

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October 21, 2020

The importance of exercise for adult dogs

Exercising your dog every day is a very important part of ensuring her ongoing health and well-being throughout her adult life. Unfortunately, the need for dogs to exercise daily is often taken too lightly and many dogs are under-exercised.

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October 21, 2020

How much exercise does my dog need?

Regular physical exercise is essential for the ongoing good health of your dog ! A very broad guideline is that the average adult dog requires at least thirty to sixty minutes of exercise per day. Learn more about how much exercise a dog needs.

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September 17, 2020

Ringworm in dogs and cats

Ringworm is a highly contagious infection that causes itchy and irritated skin indogs and cats. Find info on causes, symptoms, treatment & prevention.

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September 16, 2020

Allergies in cats – What you need to know

Learn more about allergies in cats, symptoms, causes and treatment options.

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September 12, 2020

Lessons to teach your children about dogs

Kids & dogs belong together, but it's important to teach your kids some dog safety lessons to get these interactions right. Learn ways to keep everyone safe.

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August 13, 2020

Health concerns facing older dogs

What are the signs of ageing in dogs? Learn more about the health issues commonly faced by older dogs at Bow Wow Insurance.

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August 12, 2020

Good and bad human foods – What to feed and what to not feed your dog

Reduce health risks & prevent serious accidents with our dog food guide. Learn what foods can be harmful to dogs and what you can & can't feed your dog.

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July 22, 2020

Dog body language – Understanding dog signals, expressions & behaviour

Dogs communicate primarily through their body language, with signals we can easily miss if we are not observant. Read more about dog communication signs.

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May 7, 2020

How long are dogs pregnant? Labour, symptoms & development

Find out what to expect when your dog is expecting. Learn more about how long dogs are pregnant for, stages of pregnancy & how to know your dog is pregnant.

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May 6, 2020

Puppy grooming tips

Check out our puppy grooming tips & advice for keeping your pooch squeaky clean all year round! From head to paw read all about puppy baths & dog grooming.

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April 29, 2020

Emergency cat food: The human foods cats can eat

There are many human foods cats can eat if you’ve run out of cat food. Read our list of safe cat food substitutes to give your cat or kitten.

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April 29, 2020

Emergency dog food: Safe foods for dogs to eat

There are many foods dogs can eat if you’ve run out of your regular dog food. Check out our list of safe dog food alternatives to give your dog or puppy.

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April 21, 2020

Understanding your dog’s hip surgery

Find out more about treatment options for Hip Dysplasia in Dogs & similar conditions, including total hip replacement surgery. Learn about costs & recovery.

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April 7, 2020

Coronavirus COVID-19 and taking care of your pet

The novel Coronavirus COVID-19 raises concerns for pet owners like ‘Can my dog get coronavirus?’. Read our guide on how to care for your pet during this time.

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August 22, 2019

26 August is National Dog Day!

On National Dog Day we take a moment to appreciate our beloved dogs who give so much to us, and the wonderful impact they have on our daily lives.

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July 23, 2019

Uveitis in dogs and cats

Uveitis refers to inflammation of a structure inside the eye called the uveal tract. The uveal tract lines the inside of the eye.

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July 23, 2019

Skeletal abnormality in dogs and cats

Skeletal abnormalities are described as any deformity of the animal's skeleton. They may be caused by a wide range of causes.

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July 23, 2019

Pruritus in dogs and cats

This is the medical term used to define an animal's desire to itch, or the sensation that provokes its desire to scratch, rub, chew, or lick its hair and skin.

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July 23, 2019

Polyuria and Polydipsia in dogs and cats

Polydipsia refers to an increased level of thirst in dogs, while polyuria refers to an abnormally high urine production.

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July 18, 2019

Intoxication (poisoning) in dogs and cats

Intoxication refers to some kind of poisoning. This could come from medication, toxins, plants or foods.

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July 18, 2019

Fracture of thoracic limb in dogs and cats

Fractures of the thoracic limb include fractures of the scapula, humerus, radius and ulna as well as manus. They cause acute, non-weight bearing lameness of the front legs.

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July 18, 2019

Fracture of the skull in dogs and cats

Fractures of an animal's skull often result from traumatic injuries such as car accidents, bites, or falls.

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July 18, 2019

Fracture of pelvic limb in dogs and cats

Fractures of the pelvic limb include fractures of the scapula, humerus, radius and ulna as well as manus. They cause acute, non-weight bearing lameness of the hind legs.

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July 17, 2019

Pain as the presenting complaint in dogs and cats

Animals suffer from pain just like we do. Pain is a complex and dynamic phenomenon that can be extremely challenging to manage and causes suffering and distress.

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July 17, 2019

Mass lesion in dogs and cats

A mass lesion is a tumor or an abscess that takes space up in an animal's body. It can be benign or malignant.

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February 28, 2019

Abnormal faeces in dogs and cats

Abnormal faeces describe any state of the any faeces that are different than normal. They could be very hard, liquid, with blood etc.

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February 28, 2019

Congestive heart failure (CHF) in dogs and cats

Congestive heart failure (CHF) occurs in animals when the heart is unable to pump an adequate amount of blood through the body. As a result, fluids will leak into the lung and elsewhere.

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February 28, 2019

Urinary tract infection (UTI) in cats

When animals get a Urinary tract infection (UTI), they may strain or have difficulty urinating and they may have blood in their urine.

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February 26, 2019

Bite injury in cats and dogs

Injuries from animal bites can range from bruises and small scratches to life threatening wounds requiring intensive medical care.

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February 21, 2019

Urethral disorder in cats

Urethral disorder in cats is a condition in which there is a deviation from or interruption of the normal structure or function of the urethra.

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February 21, 2019

Renal (kidney) disorder in dogs and cats

Renal diseases refers to any type of condition which damages the animal's kidneys and can lead to kidney failure.

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February 20, 2019

Nail disorder and torn nails in dogs and cats

A nail or claw disorder is any disease or potentually injury to the animal's toe and nail.

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February 14, 2019

Brachycephalic airway obstruction syndrome (BAOS) in dogs

Brachycephalic airway obstruction syndrome (BAOS) refers to a set of upper airway abnormalities that affect brachycephalic (meaning "shortened head") animals.

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February 14, 2019

Sarcoma in dogs

Soft tissue sarcoma is a group of benign or malignant tumors that form in an animal’s soft and/or connective tissues. 

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February 14, 2019

Intervertebral disc disorder (IVDD) in dogs

Intervertebral disc disorder (IVDD) in dogs is a condition where the intervertebral discs (the cushioning between the bones of the spine) will swell or rupture over time. This can lead to damage of the spinal cord.

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February 14, 2019

Pyrexia of unknown origin (PUO) in dogs and cats

Fever, referred to medically as pyrexia, can be defined as a higher than normal body temperature in animals.

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February 13, 2019

Hepatobiliary system disorders in cats

The hepatobiliary system refers to the liver, gall bladder and bile ducts, and how they work together to make bile.

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February 12, 2019

Epilepsy in dogs and cats

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder in which brief, recurrent changes in the electrical activity of the brain lead to seizures or 'fits'.

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February 7, 2019

Canine ear (aural) disease

Ear diseases are common in animals and often caused by bacteria and yeast, or ear mites in puppies. Common signs are ear rubbing, head shaking, abnormal odor from te ear or redness or swelling.

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February 5, 2019

Biliary tract disorder in cats

Biliary tract disease affects the bile ducts, gallbladder and other structures involved in the production and transportation of bile, a fluid produced by the liver that aids digestion.

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February 5, 2019

Anal sac disorder in dogs

Anal sac disorder is very common in animals. It starts off with an impaction of the sacs and can progress to an infection or abscess.

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February 5, 2019

Abscess from a bite in cats and dogs

An abscess is a collection of pus that has built up within the tissue of the body. In this case it has been caused by a bite wound.

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November 6, 2018

Tip 1. Understand your pet’s behaviour

Understanding your dog's behaviour is like learning to communicate with your dog. Learn to read your dog's body language and understand how it applies to different situations. When is your dog happy, when is he excited and when is he anxious? Learn also to observe your dog and pay attention to changes in its behaviour. Here are some tips on understanding dog behaviour.

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