Entries by Bronwyn Hayes

CATastrophes – When Your Cat Needs an Emergency Room

Here’s a sobering fact. At some point in your cat’s life, they will experience a life-threatening emergency – what I like to call CATastrophes. You don’t know when it will happen, but it will happen. And it will probably happen in the middle of the night. When your family veterinarian isn’t available. So, you’ll need to head to your local veterinary emergency room. But knowing what is and isn’t an emergency isn’t always straightforward. CATastrophes – Trouble Breathing Cats do a great job of masking illness. For this reason, sometimes it isn’t obvious when there’s a problem. In the wild, […]

Pet Obesity Month: Benefits of a balanced diet

October is National Pet Obesity Month and Whiskas is all about feeding your cat’s curiosity with a balanced diet. A cat’s nutritional requirements depend on their stage of life but with so many cat food options out there, how do you know which will be best for your cat or kitten? Should you give your cat dry food or wet food? Is it enough to provide your cat dry food alone? Whiskas is here to help you structure a perfectly balanced diet for your pet – whether your cat is getting on in their years, or still a kitten. For […]

Getting a handle on cats: What types of restraint lead to stress?

By: Mikel Delgado If you’ve ever worked in a shelter or veterinary setting, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ve spent some time scruffing cats. Maybe you’ve taken your cat to the vet and the veterinary staff placed your cat in a “scruff-hold.” For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, scruffing is a way of restraining cats, by holding them firmly by the loose skin at the back of the neck. For some cats, this type of handling restricts their movement, which can facilitate handling and various procedures like getting a blood sample. Although scruffing […]

SA reclassifies 33 wild species as farm animals

By the stroke of a legislative pen, a list of iconic and in some cases endangered wild animals can now be manipulated as farming stock. What happens next is anyone’s guess. Lions, cheetahs, rhinos and zebras were among 33 wild species which became farm animals as of May this year when the South African Parliament approved a brief amendment to the Animal Improvement Act (AIA) which governs livestock breeding. There has been virtually no mention of this in the media, as the legislation was slipped through without public consultation. There’s no international precedent for such an extraordinary “domestication” of wild animals. This act permits […]

Having a dog may boost survival after a heart attack or stroke

Plenty of research has suggested that owning a dog can be beneficial to health. Two new studies now add to the existing evidence, finding an association between dog ownership and a significantly lower death risk following a stroke or heart attack. “The findings in these two well-done studies and analyses build upon prior studies and the conclusions of the 2013 [American Heart Association] scientific statement ‘Pet Ownership and Cardiovascular Risk‘ — that dog ownership is associated with reductions in factors that contribute to cardiac risk and to cardiovascular events,” says Dr. Glenn Levine, chair of the writing group that authored […]

Parvovirus outbreak kills 71 dogs at Roodeplaat police K9 training centre

Dogs are dying at an alarming rate due to the parvovirus outbreak at the SAPS police hub for dog training and breeding, based in Roodeplaat north of the city. The K9 Academy is responsible for training all the police dogs in the country and is continually visited by numerous dog handlers, sparking fears that the virus could spread. A total of 71 dogs have died since the outbreak was first reported to the National SPCA last month. While it has been contained to the breeding section, an investigation has been launched into the outbreak. SAPS spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said […]

Canine Hip Dysplasia – Lessons learned from a Pet Insurer

The three big questions What is Canine Hip Dysplasia? Is my dog likely to develop it? How much is it going to cost me? In this short article, we hope to address these three important questions to help you make decisions about what breed of dog to adopt and how to be prepared for the financial implications of your beloved pet developing this fairly common condition. Most pet owners have heard of hip dysplasia, usually in reference to large breed dogs like German Shepherds. It’s actually found in all breeds of dog but is more common in medium to large-sized […]

Why Do I Use Baby Talk With Pets? Experts Say Your Habit Has Its Perks

As I get older, I’m becoming more aware of my quirks, such as my ability to fall asleep in the middle of a crowded room, and the fact that I throw a hot popcorn bag in the sink instead of the trash. But when it comes to my interactions with cute animals — ranging from fully grown dogs to tiny kittens — I take things to another level. I’ve gotten into the habit of changing my voice to a higher pitch when I speak to animals. It didn’t occur to me until recently that some might consider this odd, but now I kind […]

Acne & Your Cat – When Your Feline Gets Zits

Who can forget one of the joyous wonders of puberty? Which one, you ask? Acne of course! Our furry feline friends aren’t immune to developing this annoying skin condition. Yet many pet parents don’t recognize this problem in their cats.  Acne – What is it? This skin condition is defined as a disorder of follicular keratinization and glandular hyperplasia. Huh? Basically, hair follicles become obstructed. Various underlying causes have been identified as contributing to the formation of feline acne, particularly: Poor grooming Immune system suppression Stress Hair cycle changes Viruses Abnormal and/or excessive production of sebum (oily secretion of sebaceous […]

Pawsome Tails: A safe place for your pet

Pets, especially dogs, need a lot of love and attention. But at times, they also need their own space. Most pets need a place that they know are their own and they can often become territorial over this space. But these spaces are important to them. As a pet owner myself, I would ideally love to work from home, or even bring my pets to work, but unfortunately, this is not an option. Luckily though, pets can handle short periods of time alone, especially with another furry friend around, and a safe zone to keep them comfortable and entertained. The […]