Category: Lifestyle

How that cute puppy came to cost you R 150 000

How that cute puppy came to cost you R 150 000
The true cost of owning a pet
We are approaching that time of year when people are considering what to gift people for Christmas and as is often the case, a cute puppy or kitten comes to mind. Many people do the noble thing of going to a shelter or a we...
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From Kitten to Cat

From Kitten to Cat
Kitten Behaviour
Tiny fuzz-balls of cuteness - the perfect description for every kitten. We cannot resist them creeping into our hearts.  You have brought your new kitten home and realise it is dependent on you for its every need. For the kitten, the world is huge, brand new and ...
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My dog is really getting old

My dog is really getting old
Geriatric dogs - The senior years
Taking your elderly dog to the vet for an annual check-up can sometimes feel like a waste of time and a big inconvenience to the pet involved. The stress involved and the difficulty of transporting a big elderly dog, which is not so mobile anymore, may make you wonder if it is really necessary. T...
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My cat is really getting old

My cat is really getting old
Geriatric Cats - The senior years
Due to improvements in nutrition, veterinary and home care, cats are living a lot longer than they did twenty to thirty years ago. In the past when a cat reached the age of 13 years old, we believed them to be really old. This is definitely no longer the case. We see several cats that are now rea...
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Help! My pet has just drank some Anti-Freeze

Help! My pet has just drank some Anti-Freeze
Ethylene Glycol Toxicity
Winter has arrived and many people, as a precautionary measure, are putting antifreeze into their cars’ radiators, to prevent the water from freezing. Ethylene glycol is the main ingredient found in antifreeze. Antifreeze is not as commonly used in South Africa as on other very cold par...
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My dog seems sore in its front leg

My dog seems sore in its front leg
Elbow dysplasia in dogs
What is elbow dysplasia? Elbow dysplasia is the collective term that describes a number of conditions that affect the growth and development of a dog’s elbow. It is most commonly seen in large and giant breed dogs. Labradors, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds an...
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My puppy is trying to chew the cord of my laptop charger

My puppy is trying to chew the cord of my laptop charger
Electrical Injury in our pets
Although this may sound like a very unusual topic to discuss it is something that happens far more frequently than we would like. The most common reason for our pets to get electrocuted is chewing on electrical cords. In general the age groups affected in both cats and dogs are approximately 2 mo...
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My pet is battling to pass a stool

My pet is battling to pass a stool
Bowel movements - a serious situation
Ever notice your dog or cat in a hunched-up position either in the garden or in their sandbox and just not being able to “come right” with passing whatever it is they want to pass? In cats and female dogs, the posture of the animal when passing stool and passing urine is the same. It ...
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Can I, or my dogs or cats contract bird flu from my pet birds?

Can I, or my dogs or cats contract bird flu from my pet birds?
Avian Influenza South Africa 2017
The information provided here is not an official statement but is meant to provide some general information on bird flu because of the break out of bird flu in September 2017 in South Africa.
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I love the mean look a dog with cropped ears have

I love the mean look a dog with cropped ears have
Ear cropping in dogs - Why vets do not do it anymore
Ear cropping in dogs was a procedure done by vets in the previous century whenever dog owners requested it. Cropping is the removal of part, or all, of the outer ear, or the pinnae (externally visible flap) of the ear of an animal. Cropping the ears also involved taping the ears up after the surg...
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