PET BEHAVIOUR

Anxiety in dogs: what you need to know


Anxiety in dogs is more common than we think.  Though there has been a huge upsurge in mental health awareness in humans (especially because of Covid), as vets we see many cases of anxiety and other mental health conditions in dogs that owners haven’t detected. Few appreciate that there is treatment available for anxious pets […]



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Rabies: what you need to know now


Rabies kills more than 60 000 people a year worldwide with more than 95% of deaths occurring in Africa, and is endemic to South Africa. It is 100% fatal but also 100% preventable through vaccination. It has the highest case-fatality rate of any infectious disease known to man, because there is no proven cure or […]



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Moving house with your pets


Moving house is one of the most stressful experiences a family can go through, and even more so when pets are involved. Here’s what to do to keep stress to a minimum to ensure a smooth transition for your dogs and cats. Moving house: before leaving your old home 1 Microchip! Moving house creates the […]



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Snakebites and pets: info for pet owners


Snakebites are common in South Africa and many dogs are bitten because they will attack a snake. Most dogs don’t understand that snakes can be deadly and will either attack a snake or at the very least try to sniff it or poke their nose down its hole. Snakes strike defensively so if you keep your […]



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Noise phobias and your dog


Noise phobias, especially of storms or fireworks, are common in dogs. These dogs will act out by hiding, pacing, panting, trembling, peeing, pooping, drooling, and destroying things. Some dogs will even take it to the extreme of hurting themselves jumping through windows or biting and scratching at doors.  Some dogs become so fearful they do not […]



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Eye contact with your pet is important


Eye contact teaches your dog to focus attention on you and check in with you regularly. When you teach your dog to look you in the eye, you’re making you more interesting than his environment and are therefore more easily able to control his behaviour, especially when leash walking or when other animals are around. […]



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Kitten-proofing your home


Kitten-proofing your home before welcoming the new baby into your family is essential to prevent potentially fatal accidents. Here’s what to look out for: Kitten-proofing checklist Check for these safety hazards and take the proper steps to make your home safe for your kitten. • Stow away dangling or exposed electrical cords that are tempting […]



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When is the right time to sterilise my pets?


When is the right time to sterilise my pets is question all new pet owners should be asking themselves. Not if. There is no doubt that sterilisation is essential for your pet’s health and longevity, however, some pets can be sterilised before others. Unfortunately, too many of us rely on social media to guide us […]



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Why cats love being high up


Why cats love being high up is a mystery to most cat owners but offer a cat a countertop, a shelf or a table to jump onto and you can be sure they’ll do it.  Cats love to be up high! But why? Why cats love being high up It’s instinct. Cats make use of […]



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Bee stings: what to do if your dog is stung


Bee stings are a common scourge with dogs as they like to chase buzzing, flying insects but bee stings can be deadly. It’s part of a dog’s nature to be curious about insects but unfortunately some dogs can be highly allergic to stings and if your dog shows any of the symptoms below you must […]



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