PET CARE INFO

Important questions to ask your vet


Responsible pet owners generally ensure their pets get to the vet once a year for their annual checkup but in the rush to get there, sometimes we forget those important questions we should be asking or we feel too shy. However, a good vet will welcome your questions as it shows that you are concerned […]



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Preparing for the holidays: a pet owner’s guide


Preparing for the holidays can be an exciting time for families, and especially after the year we’ve just had, but don’t forget your pets. They have specific needs too before we all head off to the beach. It’s a good idea to have your pet microchipped, whether he’s going to kennels, staying at home or […]



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Pet groomers reach for the stars


The wonderful pet groomers at Country Pet Spa in Somerset West and Cottage Pet Spa in Gordon’s Bay recently graduated with top honours from the prestigious PawStar Grooming and Training School in Milnerton, Cape Town after six weeks’ intensive learning. Our heartiest congratulations to Monica Swarts, Thandi Christene Steenbok (both of Country Pet Spa) and […]



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Fostering kittens: what you need to know


Fostering kittens might sound like the best job in the world but it can be tougher than you think. If you’d like to foster, here are a few important tips to take into consideration before bringing home that bundle of fluff. Kittens raised by their own mother is obviously healthiest for the kitten. In the […]



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Constipation in dogs: what to do


Constipation in dogs is usually a sign of a more serious disease or ailment so if your dog is struggling to poop,  it’s important to see your vet as soon as possible. Picking up poop is a job almost all dog owners know, and almost all dog owners hate. But not having any poop to […]



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Cognitive dysfunction in dogs


Cognitive dysfunction in dogs is one of the many challenges they may face as they age. Nicknamed ‘dogzheimers’, canine cognitive dysfunction (CCD) causes dogs to become confused, disorientated, anxious and even incontinent. It should not be ignored by pet owners simply as a pet’s natural ageing process as it can manifest in anxiety and poor […]



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Cognitive dysfunction in cats


Cognitive dysfunction is cats occurs in up to 28 percent of cats between the ages of 11 and 15, and 50 percent of cats over the age of 15, studies show, although it is not as common as in dogs. The exact causes of declining mental function in older cats cannot always be identified but […]



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Adopting a pet from a shelter


Adopting a pet from a shelter is a wonderful act of compassion. There are thousands of animals abandoned, surrendered or confiscated from situations of abuse and neglect in our country every year.  Covid-19 has only made things worse. Fortunately there are dozens of animal welfare organisations – most of them private, some big and some […]



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Microchipping saves the day


Microchipping is a quick and easy, painless and relatively cheap procedure yet there are still pet owners who neglect to have it done, or are reluctant to do it. Here’s a story that should convince you of its benefits. Microchipping: how it saved this cat’s life Ten months ago, Alet Willers had her prized Maine […]



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Itchy ears and weepy eyes


Itchy ears are a common complaint in dogs. Certain breeds like Spaniels with their long ears and Labradors that like to swim, are more at risk. Itchy ears: symptoms to look out for • Repeated, vigorous scratching of the ear • Discharge • Bad smell from the ears Itchy ears: diagnosis and treatment It’s absolutely […]



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