Pet behaviour

Dog parks: how to enjoy them safely and comfortably


Dog parks are a popular feature of South African suburbs. They’re green spaces where dogs can enjoy exercise and socialising with other dogs and people.  Dog parks can be wonderful places, but they aren’t meant for everybody. Let’s look at why this is and also review some etiquette. Dog parks when they’re good Everyone loves […]



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My dog is urinating in the house: what’s the problem?


My male dog has recently started urinating in the house. He urinates in the same spot, lifting his leg on a cabinet I only recently bought. He is doggy-door trained so he is able to go outside to pee whenever he wants. I have cleaned both the cabinet and floor with bleach and vinegar and […]



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Hypothyroidism in dogs: how to recognise it


Hypothyroidism in dogs is a relatively common condition. Some breeds, like Golden Retrievers and Dobermans, are at higher risk as are middle-aged dogs and dogs that have been sterilised. At Country Animal Clinic our resident dog Bobo had been gaining a significant amount of weight over the last year (7kg) and her coat had become […]



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How to litter box train a kitten


How your kitten uses the litter box from an early age will set him up for adulthood, so a bit of effort in training him young will ensure the best outcome for you both. Here’s the good news: your kitten is already hardwired to make litter training easy, so it’s up to you to encourage […]



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5 secrets to a happy kitten


Every cat owner wants a happy cat and the best way to ensure that is to build positive associations for your cat in kittenhood. Kittens learn and develop a big part of their adult personality by 16 weeks of age so if you want a happy cat that takes life in joyous stride, the clock […]



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House training a puppy successfully


House training a puppy is a minefield of good intentions, frustrations, misinformation and myth and doing it incorrectly can have serious long term implications for you and your puppy. The good news about house training Your dog’s wired to make house training possible. But it’s up to you to set her up for success. Wild […]



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Welcoming home a new bird


When welcoming a new bird into your home you’ll want to make sure his environment is as safe, comfortable and stimulating as possible. Follow these tips for a happy, healthy feathered friend: Create a comfy haven for your bird A roomy cage where he can stretch his wings is essential. Avoid tall, narrow cages which […]



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Walk for fun, not out of fear


Walking your dog should be fun, not frightening for you and your dog. And the more pleasurable it is, the more likely you are to get into a daily habit, which is essential for your dog’s health. Why should I walk my dog? Like humans, dogs need encouragement to exercise. When they’re puppies they’re playful […]



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Does your cat have whisker stress?


Whisker stress may explain why your cat pulls her food out of the bowl before eating it, or is being more fussy than usual about her food. What are whiskers used for? The whiskers on your cat’s face are sensitive feeling organs that cats use to gather information about their environment. Cat whiskers collect and send […]



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Stress-free tips for taking a cat to the vet


Stress-free is what every cat owner wishes when it comes to taking their feline friend to the vet. But not all cats play along. However, there are a few key things you can do to make the experience less stressful for you both, and more positive for your feline friend. 1. Regular preventative check-ups. A […]



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