PET CARE INFO

Cat carriers: how to get your cat to love hers


Cat carriers come in a variety of shapes and materials but one thing is for sure, most cats will try to avoid them. That’s probably because we tend to haul out the carrier only when the cat needs to go to the vet or to the cattery which, for your cat, is a journey they’d […]



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Hamsters as pets: what you need to know


Hamsters are adorable to look at and take up very little space. However, like all animals they do have particular needs to stay healthy and happy. Here’s a guide to the basics: Hamsters as pets: what you need to know If you are thinking about getting a hamster for your child, it would be best […]



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Small furries: rabbits, Guinea pigs and hamsters


Small furries are those little pets like hamsters, guinea pigs and rabbits. They’re particularly popular as pets among people who don’t have the space needed for a dog or cat, and they are relatively easy to care for. Small furries have essential needs Like all pets, small furries have particular needs to live healthily and […]



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Household poisons dangerous to dogs: our top 5


Household poisons can be useful for a variety of household pests and problems but they can also be deadly to pets. It is important to know what the risks are before introducing them into your home; and to know what to do if your pet accidentally ingests one. Household poisons: our top 5 1. Household […]



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Rescuing a baby bird is not always a good idea


Rescuing a baby bird that has fallen from its nest seems like an obvious thing to do but it may not be the smartest thing, and the baby’s chances of survival are minimal. What we should be doing, says veterinarian Dr Jean Russell, is leaving them where we find them. Here’s why: Rescuing a baby […]



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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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