Entries by Bronwyn Hayes

Take your dog on holiday this festive season, book your pooch-friendly accommodation now

Dogs love a change of scenery just as much as we do. Discovering new sights, sounds and smells in our beautiful country can be particularly rewarding when shared with our furry friends. So, why not take your pooch along on the next family holiday? With the festive season fast approaching, you probably need pet-friendly accommodation. With this in mind, Pedigree is pleased to present some pet-friendly holiday venues to consider when planning your break: Eastern Cape Jack-Pot Beach House overlooks the stunning Cape St Francis main beach and nature reserve. The house offers self-catering accommodation for up to seven people […]

Breaking news: EPA moves to end animal testing

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson In a landmark announcement, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced plans to end all animal testing on dogs, mice, rabbits and other mammals for chemicals and pesticides in coming years. Instead, the agency will focus on investing in nonanimal alternative technologies that are more reliable and do not cause animal suffering. The EPA plans to substantially reduce animal tests, including those it commissions in-house as well as those that it requires businesses to conduct, by 2025, and to end them altogether by 2035. The agency will also devote $4.25 million to the development of non-animal […]

Can You Get Another Kitten After One Dies From FIP?

By: Naomi Millburn Feline infectious peritonitis is a deadly disease in kittens and adult cats, and if one of your pets recently passed away from it, any concern in adopting a newbie may have some validity. When the words “infectious” or “contagious” are involved, it can be difficult not to be slightly wary. What is FIP? Feline infectious peritonitis is the name of a viral disease that results from the presence of feline coronavirus, a prevalent virus that wreaks havoc onto a cat’s intestinal cells. If a cat is simply a carrier of feline coronavirus, he may not notice any […]

Three ways that pets can help families learn, bond and stay healthy

It’s not always easy to balance work, family, and life’s responsibilities. Our schedules are busier than ever and it feels like the last stretch of 2019 is rapidly running out with little to no time left to prioritise time for yourself and with family. Family man and Montego Pet Nutrition CEO, Johan van Jaarsveld, intentionally makes time to bond with his family, by using fun elements like caring for your pets as activities that can bring the whole family together. He shares three quick ways that your pets can help you learn, bond as a family and stay healthy. Three […]

Pet Grieving: How Pets Mourn the Loss of a Companion

By: Gary Le Mon You may have seen the photo* taken at the funeral of Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson who died recently in Afghanistan. TODAY.com contributor Scott Stump wrote, “Tumilson’s Labrador retriever, Hawkeye, was photographed lying by Tumilson’s casket in a heart-wrenching image taken at the funeral service in Tumilson’s hometown of Rockford, Iowa, earlier this week. Hawkeye walked up to the casket at the beginning of the service and then dropped down with a heaving sigh as about 1,500 mourners witnessed a dog accompanying his master until the end, reported CBS.” The loss of a beloved pet is painful for […]

Environmental Enrichment for Indoor Cats

While cats confined to an indoor environment generally live longer and are at less risk for contracting infectious diseases or injuries due to trauma, they are at greater risk for a variety of behavioral problems. These problems include urinating and defecating outside the litter box, anxiety, eating disorders, attention seeking, aggression, self-injury and compulsive disorders like excessive grooming and scratching. The best type of play for keeping a cat happy is interactive, where you use a toy to mimic the behavior of a cat’s prey animals, either birds or rodents. Wand toys are exceptionally good for this. Make the toy […]

The ultra-rich are illegally buying cheetahs as pets and it’s leading to their extinction

Three tiny balls of fur huddle together for warmth inside a cardboard box. The baby cheetahs are just a few weeks old, but they’ve had a traumatic start to life. A smuggler was attempting to spirit the cubs out of Somaliland, a breakaway state from Somalia, when he was caught red-handed by the authorities.   The cubs, who will soon be taken to a safehouse, are the lucky ones. Some 300 young cheetahs are trafficked out of Somaliland every year — around the same number as the entire population of adult and adolescent cheetahs in unprotected areas in the Horn […]

More than 50 elephants starve to death in Zimbabwe drought

At least 55 elephants have starved to death in the past two months in Zimbabwe’s biggest national park as a serious drought forces animals to stray into nearby communities in search of food and water, authorities say. “The problem is real, the situation is dire,” said National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokesman Tinashe Farawo. Other animals such as lions at Hwange National Park have been affected. This is the worst drought in years in the southern African nation that also suffers from a collapsing economy. Massive food and water shortages have resulted. As animals stray from Zimbabwe’s wildlife parks they […]

Edenvale SPCA and BAT add their voices to concerns about circus coming to town

Edenvale SPCA added its voice of concerns about McLaren Circus coming to Edenvale. Inspector Jade Nel of Edenvale SPCA said the SPCA is opposed to the use of wild animals in circuses. “No wild animals should be in captivity and subjected to cruel means of training purely for human entertainment,” said Nel. She described the wild animals use in circuses as outdated and unnecessary. “The council is opposed to any degree of confinement, or the use of any animal in sport, entertainment or exhibition likely to cause distress or suffering, or which may adversely affect the animal’s welfare. Furthermore, the […]

People Need To Be Taken Seriously When They Grieve The Death Of A Pet – Here’s Why

One of the most difficult days for any pet owner is the day their pet passes away. That’s because pets are more than just furry creatures that live in our homes — they’re part of our families. If we take a moment and think deeply about our relationships with our pets, it’s easy to see why they’re so beloved. If we’re upset or depressed for any reason at all, our pets can often cheer us up. Their loyalty and devotion are unmet by most humans, and they each have their own personality. Because pets play such a pivotal role in […]