Your pet's health

Feeding cats to make them happy and healthy


Feeding cats isn’t simply throwing food into a bowl twice a day and letting them get on with it. What we feed our cats is very important, but so is how we feed them. How we feed our cats can affect them physically and emotionally. All cats are carnivores (meat eaters), so they have a […]



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Xylitol is deadly to dogs


Xylitol is a sugar substitute found in many foods. It is deadly to dogs. Always check labels, and keep items containing xylitol out of your dog’s reach. If you’ve ever owned a puppy you’ll know that anything that isn’t kept out of his reach will be chewed or eaten. Puppies love to exercise their teeth; […]



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Feeding your dog from the table is not a good idea


Feeding your dog from the table might seem like a kindness; a show of love as he looks it you with those big brown eyes and your heart melts. But the high-calorie, high-fat foods we take such pleasure in are some of the worst foods for our pets. Just one generous helping of a fat-laden […]



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How to keep your pet’s weight under control


How to keep your pet’s weight under control is easier than you may think. However, before tackling your pet’s diet, you’ll need to tackle your own perception of what ‘overweight’ is because it’s a fact that 9 out of 10 of pet owners don’t see their pets as overweight while the reality is that more than […]



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Dandruff on your dog: what you can do


Dandruff on your dog isn’t something you might feel comfortable with taking to the vet. She’ll think you’re fussing about nothing, that you’re making a big deal about a silly cosmetic issue. Not true. Dandruff-like debris on your dog’s coat could be the sign of a condition that goes beyond simple cosmetics. And if it is […]



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The risk of rabies: why we need to be alarmed


The risk of rabies in South Africa is particularly high. It is endemic in our country. Rabies is the deadliest disease on earth. It’s fatality rate is 99.9%, with more than 95% of deaths occuring in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Dogs, and not farm animals as we like to believe, pose the greatest risk […]



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Raw food diets for pets: the pros and cons


Raw food diets may be all the rage but are they good for our pets? We live in an age of intense nutritional awareness with more of us than ever before trying to make informed choices about what we eat in order to stay healthy and live longer. Given that our pets are family too, […]



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5 summer essentials for happier pets


We may look forward to summer with great enthusiasm but for our pets summer can also bring misery. To help them enjoy the season as much as we do here are 5 things every pet owner should consider before the heat sets in: 5 summer essentials Grooming. As soon as the weather warms, winter fur […]



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Ear mites in pets: what to look out for


Ear mites in pets are unpleasant for pet owners (they usually result in smelly ears) and sore and uncomfortable for pets. Unfortunately, not all pets display obvious symptoms so vigilance is necessary to detect and then treat them. Ear mites affect both dogs and cats, though they are more frequent in cats. Ear mites in […]



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Feline Leukaemia Virus: a guide for cat owners


Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV) is widespread in South Africa and cats infected with it are predisposed to other illnesses and infections that could kill them. They’re also a danger to other cats. Here’s what you need to know to protect your cat: What is Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV)? Feline leukaemia is a virus that infects […]



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