Your pet's health

Sterilisation could save your pet’s life


Sterilisation is not something that dog owner Lloyd Schmidt ever considered for his German Shepherd, Helga. “I was brought up to believe you leave the dog as it is; as nature intended, and that you don’t sterilise,” he says, “especially as the dog never got out and was protected from other dogs.” Then Helga became […]



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Ear infections in dogs: facts not fiction


Ear infections in dogs are more common than pet owners may think. And, unfortunately, there are several myths around them that could exacerbate recurrent infections. 5 facts to fight the fiction MYTH All ear infections are the same; I can use the same medicine I used the last time. FACT Your vet needs to examine […]



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A bored dog is a destructive dog


Being bored isn’t something we usually associate with animals. However, as much as dog owners may regret having to go back to work after a long festive season break, so dogs resent their owners’ sudden absence. Dogs are sociable creatures that thrive on contact, play and attention. Being left alone at home from 8am to […]



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Birds as pets need special care


Birds make great companions for young and old. However, it is essential that prospective owners properly research bird care before buying a bird. Birds need just as much care and attention as puppies or kittens; and they can cost money. Although a bird’s diet depends on the species, life history and how they’re housed, it […]



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Hot spots plague dogs in summer


  If your dog is licking consistently in one spot and a raw, red, moist sore develops, he or she probably has a ‘hot spot’.   Hot spots (or moist dermatitis) appear spontaneously anywhere on a dog’s body. They are usually caused when broken skin is contaminated by bacteria. Moisture – a recent bath, a […]



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Large breed dogs have special food needs


Large breed dogs have special food needs. Though they are popular with South African pet owners, few people understand that bigger dogs like Rottweilers, Boerbuls, Pitbulls, Retrievers and Labradors require a diet that is different to the Yorkie or Jack Russell. Years ago, feeding a large breed puppy was easy. Because we had the time, […]



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Reasons why your cat’s peeing on the bed


Cats peeing on the bed is more common that you might think but its causes are complex. Patience is needed firstly to establish the cause, and then to try to break the habit. Why is my cat peeing on my bed? Your cat may be suffering from bladder stones or a bladder infection. These cause […]



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Pets and allergies: what you can do


Pets, like humans, are prone to allergies especially at this time of year. Constant scratching, biting and licking are sure signs of a skin allergy, a more common ailment than one might think. Allergies cause great discomfort to your pets,  leaving them with bald, bleeding patches and raised bumps or blisters on the skin. What […]



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Rabbits get fat too: help yours to slim down


Rabbits, like dogs and cats, are prone to obesity. Rabbits that are obese are not able to function normally because of their large size and body fat percentage. Although certain breeds of rabbit, including the dwarf rabbit, are more at risk for obesity because of their shorter stature and inactivity, obesity occurs most often among […]



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If your pet’s behaving badly, he may be bored


Your pet’s behaving badly, tearing up the furniture or chewing your shoes. You don’t know why. He has food, shelter, a warm bed and plenty  of love. But how often do you play with your dog or cat? Are they simply ‘there’; part of the household that is fed and offered shelter but otherwise ignored. […]



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