The big chill: make sure your pets are properly taken care of this winter

The Big Chill

Just like people, our pets can feel the cold too. Unfortunately, unlike us, our pets aren’t able to speak out when they’re in pain or sick and, with winter around the corner certain underlying conditions, such as arthritis, and cold weather illnesses like sniffles, can become problematic. “That’s why it’s extremely important to keep your furry family members warm, safe and healthy throughout the next few months so as to prevent any emergency vet visits and unnecessary costs, especially during these uncertain economic times,” explains David Roache, Managing Director of

Roache provides the following tips to advise pet parents on how to care for their pets during the winter months:

Take your pet for a check-up – Under Level 4 of lockdown, vets are open for all non-emergency procedures and appointments. Dr. Lara Brown from Pinetown Veterinary Hospital explains that along with their vaccines your vet will do an overall physical and, if your pet has any underlying conditions that may flare up in winter, such as arthritis, they can advise you on a treatment plan. “A yearly check-up is important for all pets to update their vaccinations and to evaluate their overall health.  In older patients or those on chronic medication, a check-up every six months is even more beneficial.  Conditions such as heart murmurs and dental disease are often picked up at these check- ups before owners are even aware of a problem. This can allow for earlier treatment and management of any problems before they have progressed significantly.  A check-up before winter also gives you the chance to ask about any signs of arthritis in your pet and the vet can then guide you on treatment and diagnostic options available.”

Pain management – If your pet does have arthritis, their aching joints, and colder outside temperatures, will mean that they may become less active. This can lead to weight gain, which then puts extra strain on already sore joints. “There are many joint supplements available for senior pets which can be hugely beneficial to managing arthritis, even in very early stages.  Chat to your vet about what supplement is right for your pet,” adds Dr. Brown.

Long hair, don’t care – It’s advisable not to cut or shave your pet’s coat too short during the winter months. A longer coat and fur will provide your pet with extra warmth, however, with a longer coat comes added grooming needs, so make sure you brush your pet regularly to minimise the risk of their fur knotting and becoming matted.

Keep your pet indoors – Temperatures are at their coldest in the early mornings and at night, so it’s recommended to keep your pets indoors during these times. If your dog or cat isn’t a ‘sleep on the bed’ pet, why not create a warm, cosy nook for them in the kitchen or TV room? A soft bed with a couple of blankets and their favourite toy is perfect.

Warm threads – Some pets won’t wear a jersey, no matter how chilly they may be. In fact, when it comes to cats, they’re unlikely to wear an extra layer. However, if your dog will tolerate it, a jersey can help, especially when they are outside. It is important to remember though that your pet loses most of his body heat through the pads of his paws, ears, and respiratory tract, so there’s a limit as to how much warmth a jersey can provide.

ID tag, chip and insurance – Lost. Accident. Hurt. It’s words like these that make pet parents panic. Even just the thought of it is too much. However, it’s important to have all your ducks in a row for any possible situation. Make sure the information on your dog’s ID tag is up to date so you’re able to be contacted if he gets lost. If your cat refuses to wear a collar, make sure his chip details are current, and if he isn’t chipped, consider getting this done. In the event of an accident, unexpected illness, or injury, pet insurance is a necessity when it comes to getting your pet the best possible care, without leaving you wondering how you’re going to afford it.

Fewer baths – Unless your dog is visibly dirty, there’s no need to bath him too often in winter. Frequent washing can remove essential oils from your dog’s skin and increase his chance of it becoming dry and flaky. If bathing is the only option, your vet will be able to recommend a moisturising or medicated shampoo and rinse.

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Montego’s premium Karoo range of wet food for dogs and puppies is ideal for sensitive tummies, skin and coat, supporting great health from the inside out, and is available at selected pet and vet stores nationwide, at a recommended retail price of R36.00 per tub.

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‘Why is it an essential service?’: Lockdown has not stopped slaughter of endangered sharks

Demersal shark longliners offer few jobs, harm biodiversity

Lockdown has not stopped slaughter of endangered sharks

An endangered hammerhead shark, washed up in the wake of shark longline fishing off the Cape south coast l Image: Supplied

The fishing of hundreds of sharks a day is being allowed off Cape shores during lockdown, even though the industry provides relatively few jobs, harms marine biodiversity and offers no food security.

“There is scientific data that shows demersal shark longlining is not sustainable. It is not properly enforced but it is taking place under lockdown,” says marine biologist Dr Enrico Gennari.

“Why is it an essential service?” asks Gennari, the co-founder of Oceans Research Institute in Mossel Bay.

“At most there are about 250 people employed by them. The construction industry employs thousands of people, but they are not allowed to work.”

The demersal shark longline fishery consists of six vessels and each operator employs about 40 workers, said Zolile Nqayi, communications director for the environment, forestry and fisheries department, on Friday.

It plays a negligible role in commercial fishing, which employs about 28,000 people.

White shark expert and naturalist Chris Fallows says: “It is a disgrace that a fishery which is, according to scientific evidence, unsustainably killing already collapsed shark stocks, is allowed to continue. When this is done under the banner of an essential service it becomes a tragedy.”

Lockdown has not stopped slaughter of endangered sharks

A de-finned bronze whaler female with two aborted pups miscarried on the beach as she could not swim and was washed aground, on the Cape south coast, after shark longliners were in the area. l Image: Supplied

The demersal (the term for creatures living close to the seabed) shark longline industry exports its catch to Australia, where it is sold as “flake and chips”.

Sharks mature and reproduce slowly, and the populations of the smoothhound and soupfin sharks legally targeted by longliners have dropped by more than 40% since longlining was permitted in 1991.

Gennari says: “Tourism is under strain now and we need to preserve shark and whale tourism for the local and international market.”

Under lockdown, we can’t attend to a whale if it gets entangled in fishing lines. That is not considered essential.”

The Port Elizabeth-based shark longlining boat, the White Rose, can keep fishing under lockdown even though a criminal case against it looms for allegedly fishing the De Hoop Marine Protected Area, according to the department.

The court date has been postponed for three months, after lockdown regulations -extending the window in which the White Rose can operate.

Fallows, who is fighting to stop the extinction of sharks, says the longliners are “vacuuming up thousands” of these predators on each trip.

Local fishermen have been up in arms about the impact of longlining on their jobs, says Wilfred Chivell, a great white shark cage-dive operator in Gansbaai.

A live shark provides five times more jobs than a dead one, he said.

The renewal of licences for demersal shark longline fishing forms is part of the fishing rights allocation process (FRAP 2021), for which the extended deadline is December 31 2021.

By Claire Keeton

Dogs trained to protect wildlife have saved 45 rhinos from poachers in South Africa

The dogs, who vary from a beagle to bloodhound, began training from birth before working at 18 months-old at the Southern African Wildlife College in Greater Kruger National Park

Dogs trained to protect wildlife have saved 45 rhinos from poachers in South Africa

The pack of dogs have saved the lives of 24 rhinos (Image: Sean Viljoen / SAWC / Ivan Carter WCA / Caters News)

A pack of dogs that trained to protect wildlife have already saved 45 rhinos from poachers in South Africa.

The dogs, who range from a beagle to bloodhound, began training from birth and learnt how to handle all the pressures of real operations before working at 18 months-old.

Sean Viljoen, who is based in Cape Town, shared photographs of the dogs in action at the Southern African Wildlife College in Greater Kruger National Park.

The 29-year-old is the owner of a production company called Conservation Film Company which aims to bring cinematic storytelling to the characters on the frontline of conservation and share stories of hope.

Johan van Straaten, who is a K9 Master at the college, said: “The data we collect for this applied learning project aimed at informing best practice, shows we have prevented approximately 45 rhino being killed since the free tracking dogs became operational in February 2018.

Dogs trained to protect wildlife have saved 45 rhinos from poachers in South Africa

Johan van Straaten with the trained dogs (Image: Sean Viljoen / SAWC / Ivan Carter WCA / Caters News)

“In the areas where the Southern African Wildlife College patrol, the success rate of the dogs is around 68 per cent using both on and off leash free tracking dogs, compared to between three to five per cent with no canine capacity.

“The game changer has been the free tracking dogs who are able to track at speeds much faster than a human can in terrain where the best human trackers would lose spoor.

“As such, the project is helping ensure the survival of southern Africa’s rich biodiversity and its wildlife including its rhino which have been severely impacted by wildlife crime. South Africa holds nearly 80 per cent of the world’s rhino.

“Over the past decade over 8,000 rhino have been lost to poaching making it the country hardest hit by this poaching onslaught.”

Dog handlers Precious Malapane [left] and Robynne Wasas [right] (Image: Sean Viljoen / SAWC / Ivan Carter WCA / Caters News)

Dog handlers Precious Malapane [left] and Robynne Wasas [right] (Image: Sean Viljoen / SAWC / Ivan Carter WCA / Caters News)

Dogs trained to protect wildlife have saved 45 rhinos from poachers in South Africa

The dogs start working at 18-month-old after being trained from birth (Image: Sean Viljoen / SAWC / Ivan Carter WCA / Caters News)

The dogs which include a Texan Black-and-Tan Coonhounds, Belgian Malinois, Foxhounds and Blue Ticks are trained to ‘benefit required counter poaching initiatives’ which includes free tracking, incursion, detection, patrol and apprehension dogs.

He adds: “They begin training from birth and are socialised from a very young age.

“They learn how to track, bay at a person in a tree and follow basic obedience.

Dogs trained to protect wildlife have saved 45 rhinos from poachers in South Africa

The rhinos have been saved from poachers (stock image) (Image: AFP)

“At six months we put all that training together more formally – they do have the necessary skill set to do the work at a younger age but are not mature enough to handle all the pressures of real operations.

“Depending on a number of factors dogs become operational at around 18 months old.”

By Lucy Harvey & Lorraine King

How policing on horseback continues to be one of the most effective crime fighting tools


Why do we need mounted police in 2020?

Modern police have been quick to embrace technology, with body cameras recording arrests, computers able to pull up your details in seconds and drones equipped with lights and sirens flying around to monitor social distancing.

But an ancient method of policing has retained its place despite the march of technology.

The centuries-old police horse has re-emerged as an extremely effective crime-fighting tool, beyond just keeping the drunk and disorderly at bay.

That is to say, they’re not just one-trick ponies.

“If you’ve got one horse, it’s like having 10 coppers on the ground,” said Senior Sergeant Glen Potter, the head of Western Australia’s Mounted Police section.

How policing on horseback continues to be one of the most effective crime fighting tools

Police horses and their handlers often find themselves in chaotic and dangerous situations. (AAP: James Ross)

“I mean, there’s no denying there is an intimidation factor there — if I need to break up a brawl, I can manoeuvre the horse into the brawl and separate it.

A community charm offensive

Police horses are etched into the public memory for being both a point of stability and force in turbulent situations, keeping order at mass protests, riots and large-scale events.

But they are also regularly required in remote areas of the country for search and rescue operations.

“We can cover a lot of ground with less people and at great height. We can go through some pretty thick bush, we can see far ahead,” Senior Sergeant Potter said.

How policing on horseback continues to be one of the most effective crime fighting tools

Horses are frequently deployed to rural areas to assist in land searches for missing persons.(ABC News: Kit Mochan)

“We save [a] significant amount of human resource and financial expense on a number of large searches where in the first hour, hour and a half, the team have located the missing person.”

But for Senior Sergeant Potter, who has been around horses his whole life, the true value of the mounted section lies in people’s fascination with the animals.

“There’s nothing like a horse to draw people in for discussion and to be remembered,” he said.

“If you see a police vehicle driving down Rokeby Road [a prominent cafe strip in Perth], you wouldn’t think twice … you wouldn’t remember it.

“And that’s the beauty of it. When people see horses and police officers on horses, they remember.

“If we put horses in a neighbourhood, we see a reduction in crime.

“It’s consistent, and it lasts for a few days after we’ve left, which is a good thing.

How policing on horseback continues to be one of the most effective crime fighting tools

Senior Sergeant Glen Potter oversees the WA Police Mounted Section, which was established in 1834.(ABC News: Gian De Poloni)

“We actually make a point of talking to people when we’re on horseback.

“They’re a fantastic way of engaging with people, not just crooks, but also good people, the general public.”

Senior Sergeant Potter said horses could bridge gaps with sections of the community that otherwise might not feel comfortable interacting with police.

“I’ve been on many jobs in the country with Indigenous people and quite often, suddenly they love the horse, and they want to come up and see the horse and touch the horse,” he said.

“Then the kids come up, and it’s just a great thing … it’s just wonderful. It really does break down barriers.”

Cutting edge police drones are a far cry from the traditional approach of horses

Police horses a rare breed

Finding the right horse for the job is a rare feat. It’s a balancing act of the animal’s temperament, size and stamina to work long, gruelling hours on the beat.

“People think ‘my old horse, he’ll be great police horse’, but that’s not the reality,” Senior Sergeant Potter said.

By Gian De Poloni

Emaciated captive bred lions found again at Slippers facilities

Emaciated captive bred lions found again at Slippers facilities

The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) are in the process of laying animal cruelty charges in terms of the Animal Protection Act (APA), 71 of 1962, against Mr Walter Slippers, owner of two captive predator breeding facilities in Alldays, Limpopo.

During inspections in April and May 2020, the NSPCA found deplorable conditions with underweight lions, lack of adequate shelter, lack of veterinary treatment, as well as unhygienic and small enclosures. Slippers has 72 lions on his farm that is in liquidation and he allegedly feeds them one giraffe every two to three weeks.

On 12 May 2020, the NSPCA was informed that seven of the lions housed at one of Slippers’ facilities had escaped, which only supports their findings that he is not only negligent in the way these lions are kept from a welfare point of view, but also in terms of public safety.

“We believe that permits should never have been granted to keep lions, or any other predators like the tigers, as not only was the fencing wholly inadequate, but there are specific dramatic shortfalls on the welfare of these animals – and their welfare has consistently been compromised”, said Senior Inspector Douglas Wolhuter (Manager NSPCA Wildlife Protection Unit).

The NSPCA has issued further warnings in terms of contraventions of the APA to all role players concerned. A deadline has also been issued for an action plan regarding the animals and the NSPCA is taking further legal action, which will see criminal charges brought about.

Sadly, this is not the first time that evidence of shocking animal neglect and cruelty has emerged from Slippers farms, with images of malnourished lions surfacing in 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2020.

Emaciated captive bred lions found again at Slippers facilities

In 2016, Slippers accepted responsibility and promised the NSPCA to address the frequency and quantity of his lion feeding regime, as well as providing them with ongoing vet records. With subsequent evidence of abuse in 2018 and now again in 2020, this shows that a consistent pattern of neglect is emerging from his farm, putting Slippers clearly in breach of his permit conditions and in further non-compliance with the APA.

“In the absence of national norms and standards for the captive keeping and breeding of big cats for commercial purposes, sadly animal cruelty and issues of neglect are rife in this industry”, says Dr Louise de Waal (Blood Lions Campaign Manager). “Considering there are at least 8,000 lions in captivity in South Africa, but probably many more, the scale of such welfare issues is of huge concern.”

In October 2018, the Lion Coalition wrote a letter to Mr. Sam Makhubele (LEDET’s Director for Wildlife Trade and Regulation) asking for Slippers predator breeding permit to be revoked and to ensure he would never be allowed to breed big cats again. Notwithstanding, Limpopo’s provincial nature conservation authority has renewed his permit every single time.

Slippers has a history of controversy going back as far as 2010, when he attempted to purchase two white rhino bulls for pseudo-hunts involving Vietnamese citizens. It is also reported that he used to transport cubs from his breeding facility to his restaurant, Toeka Plaas Kombuis, for visitors to interact with.

The NSPCA is the statutory body tasked with responding to wild animal welfare complaints, conducting its own welfare investigations and attempting to regulate good welfare practices without state funding or resources. They need your help to carry out their duty of looking after the welfare of our wild animals. Please help by donating HERE.

More information:

  • Contact: Dr Louise de Waal
  • Email[email protected]
  • Blood Lions is an award-winning documentary feature film and campaign that blows the lid off claims made by the predator breeding and canned hunting industries in South Africa.
  • Blood Lions website:

Images from Walter Slippers Lion Breeding Farm

Emaciated captive bred lions found again at Slippers facilities

February 2015

Emaciated captive bred lions found again at Slippers facilities

July 2016

Emaciated captive bred lions found again at Slippers facilities

April 2018

Emaciated captive bred lions found again at Slippers facilities

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Lockdown: Caracal spotted strolling the streets of Simon’s Town

Locals were given a once-in-a-lifetime experience after spotting the elusive caracal as it walked through the Murdock Valley.

Caracal spotted strolling the streets of Simon’s Town

Image via Yolandé Oelsen

A caracal was spotted casually strolling the main road in Murdock Valley, Simon’s Town earlier on Tuesday 12 May.   

Yolandé Oelsen, a Facebook member of the Simon’s Town Community page shared the incredible images of the rare sighting. 

“‘As die kat weg is, is die muis baas.’ No wait… That’s not right. If the humans are in lockdown, the cat is boss. I finally saw this beautiful resident this morning. He came walking calmly down the road, into the undergrowth and appeared on the rocks across from us, chasing dassies, who loudly protested,” shared Oelsen.

Caracal spotted strolling the streets of Simon’s Town

Image via Yolandé Oelsen


Although these wild cats are often spotted around Table Mountain and other areas, they are known to be elusive and are cautious around humans. Also, these felines are known for their solitary behaviour and are often spotted alone. 

Almost as if the caracal is aware of the attention she garnered by nearby viewers, Oelsen adds that they spotted the wild cat later in the day as he put on a “show” looking straight at the camera.

“And around 17:00, his normal showtime, we checked again and there he sat right across from our house soaking up the winter sun. He then proceeded to walk down the road again, crossed the road and went up the valley.”

Caracal spotted strolling the streets of Simon’s Town

Image via Yolandé Oelsen


The word caracal has its roots within in Turkish word karakulak which directly translated means “black ear”. 

Often found in various parts of Africa, Southwestern Asia and the Middle East, the caracal can be predominately found in the Eastern Cape. These medium-sized cats are also referred to as the rooikat or lynx. 

Contrary to popular belief, these beautiful creatures create a purr-like sound like that of a domestic cat. The purring noise is often used to communicate a sense of content.

Urbanisation is currently the biggest threat to the population numbers of these wild cats. Caracals are viewed as threats to livestock and are often killed in farming communities. 

During the lockdown period, caracals have been spotted in various locations across Cape Town. Members of the public are encouraged to share their sightings of caracals to the Urban Caracal Project, an organisation based in the Western Cape that focuses on the conservation and study of wild caracals.

Reporting the sightings will aid the organisation in understanding possible threats to the caracal population in the urban environment. 

by Ishani Chetty

Level 4 lockdown: Can you adopt an animal yet?

Potential adopters are being turned away from animal organisations who are unsure whether they can adopt animals or not.

Level 4 lockdown: Can you adopt an animal yet?

Until the government allows it, adoption of animals is not permitted.

There is much confusion among animal welfare groups as to whether adoption is permitted under Level 4 restrictions.

The Covid-19 lockdown in South Africa has affected us all. Now imagine knowing there are people out there wanting to give you a second chance but you can’t go to your new forever home? This is the life of thousands of animals in shelters across the nation.

Frustration grows as eager community members are dumbfounded as to why animal adoptions are not allowed. Societies have been inundated with adoption requests leaving many unanswered questions and irate potential adopters. These are unique circumstances as many would-be adopters have much more valuable time on their hands to integrate a new furry member to their family.

Level 4 lockdown: Can you adopt an animal yet?

Shelter animals across South Africa plead to be adopted. Photo: File


Under Level 4 Covid-19 restrictions it is unclear whether animal adoption is permitted. According to Lungi Mtshali from Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), adoptions of animals is not permitted as animal adoption is not an essential service.

“If it has not been mentioned in the gazette, then it is not allowed. As you can imagine, we cannot list every action that is not allowed, the list would be too long,” said Mtshali.

Read the full gazetted document here.

Further questions have been sent to COGTA in regards to animal adoptions such as:

  • Why the adoption of animals has not been permitted?
  • When or which level will the adoption of animals be allowed?
  • If animal adoption organisations follow strict social distancing and sanitation protocols, would adoptions then be permitted?

The National Councils of SPCAs (NSPCA) sent a request to the Covid-19 Nerve Centre Committee on behalf of all SPCAs and animal welfare organisations around South Africa, asking for their permission to allow adoptions to re-open under the Level 4 restriction. To date, the NSPCA has not received a response.

The concerns surrounding adoptions are that access to the SPCAs is strictly restricted – this is for the health and safety of the staff members who are vital for their community’s animals’ welfare, as well as the moral health of society, as well as the health and safety of members of the public.

A statement by the NSPCA said, “We would like to assure the public that rehoming animals is important to the SPCA Movement, however, we are obligated to adhere to any law or regulation set out by the South African Government.

Once adoptions are permitted, NSPCA’s public relations officer Meg Wilson said, “Pre-home inspections are a legal requirement for SPCAs to undertake – these would need to be undertaken with great care, ensuring that the correct PPE is worn, that the inspector and respective home follows social distancing protocols and sanitation.”

Source: Rosebank Killarney Gazette (Caxton Local Media)

Covid-19: Support local animal shelters during the lockdown

FOURWAYS – Although it’s the humans in lockdown, dogs and cats are also in need during this difficult time. Here is how three Fourways-based shelters are dealing with the lockdown and how you can help.

Covid-19: Support local animal shelters during the lockdown

Shelters, like the 4Paws Animal Shelter in Riversands run by Tammy Knepscheld, have been deeply impacted by the lockdown and need support from the public. Photo: Robyn Kirk

As nearly 60 million South Africans bunker down as much as possible during a national lockdown in order to fight the spread of Covid-19, thousands of animals in shelters and rescues are also being affected.

The Fourways Review reached out to three locally-based animal shelters to find out what measures they have put in place for the lockdown, how things are going and how the public can help without leaving their homes. The three shelters are Ark Animal Centre, 4Paws Animal Shelter and the Pet Empowerment in the Townships (Pets).

Ark Animal Centre

The Ark Animal Centre in Chartwell mostly focuses its work on helping pregnant dogs and puppies get the care they need, although it also cares for adult dogs.

Candice Eilertsen of the shelter spoke to the Fourways Review, “The gates to Ark have been locked for the duration of the lockdown and we also have a sign outside explaining that we can’t accept visitors. “We’re very lucky because all the dogs [in our care] who are able to be fostered out have been fostered out – the only animals we’re still caring for at the shelter are those who are injured, pregnant dogs and moms and puppies that can’t be fostered yet.

“I’m not actually sure how we’ll get through the lockdown, especially if it lasts longer than the three weeks that were planned. But everyone is struggling right now, so we can’t ask others to support us if they can barely support themselves.

“For those who can, please give what you can, but we understand it’s difficult for everyone right now.”

She added that while the main phone lines to the shelter will not be answered during this time, members of the public can still reach out via social media or via email to find out more information about potential dogs for adoption. “I’d also recommend that pet owners find out which vets in their area will still be operating in case there is an emergency.”

Details:; the Ark Facebook page.

Covid-19: Support local animal shelters during the lockdown

The dogs and cats of 4Paws still need donations from the public to survive. Photo: Robyn Kirk


Located in the Riversands area, 4Paws Animal Shelter cares for about 300 dogs and cats in need. Tammy Knepscheld, who runs the organisation, explained how 4Paws will be operating during the 21-days.

“We’ll be running on ghost staff. One person every day will come in to check in and care for the dogs, a second person will be in charge of the cats and I will be in to oversee things and to make sure that any animals that need medical care will get help,” she said. “We don’t want people coming through at all, so no volunteers until the lockdown ends and we won’t be adopting out any animals.

“Although, if anyone is interested in adopting once lockdown ends, they are welcome to contact us and we can send photos of the animals available.”

The shelter, unfortunately, does not have enough food or funding to survive the lockdown and are in desperate need of support from the public.

You can make a donation using the banking details on their website, add them as a beneficiary on your MySchool card or SMS the word ‘paws’ to 40707 to donate R20. “Please stay safe,” Knepscheld advised the public.

Details:[email protected]; 083 377 3219.


The Pets non-profit organisation is slightly different from the others on this list in that it has no formal premises, but instead is a collection of volunteers who use a network of foster homes to care for dogs and cats in need from townships around Gauteng.

Nicole Badenhorst of the organisation said, “We’ve decided that fostering out our animals for only a few weeks is too unsettling for the animals, so we haven’t done that unless people can commit to foster continuously.

“Fortunately, we have enough food, but we still have a lot of money to pay in vet bills, and that may increase if there’s an emergency during lockdown, so anyone who can donate financially is urged to get in contact to help.

“If you see any of our animals [on the website or social media] that you’d like to adopt after lockdown ends, please get hold of us and we can send you photos of them. People who want to foster [when restrictions are lifted] are also welcome to be in touch, but again, please only do so if you can really commit as these animals have already been through so much.”


Source: Fourways Review

Pet welfare during Covid-19

JOBURG – The South African Veterinary Association shares tips on on pet health during the lockdown.

Pet welfare during Covid-19

Here are some guidelines to follow when thinking of taking your pets to the vet l Photo: Pixabay

Veterinarians, being the custodians of animal health and welfare in South Africa, have been designated as essential service providers.

The South African Veterinary Association has provided guidelines for veterinarians, assisting them in determining which services have been deemed necessary.

If animal owners are concerned about the health of their animals, it is important to first call the veterinary clinic to discuss the concern and if deemed necessary by the consulting veterinarian to take the animal to the clinic, maintaining social distancing at all times. Both animal and owner welfare (i.e. human-animal bond) play an important part in these uncertain times, particularly as companion animals may be a critical support mechanism to many people.

Using the guidelines below, veterinarians will guide their clients on when and how they will consult.

Wellness visits


Food sales

Continue but maintain social distancing if purchasing directly from your preferred veterinary clinic or make use of online delivery service. Should you need to visit your veterinary clinic, disinfect packaging with a sanitiser when you have arrived back at home, and wash your hands for 20 seconds thereafter.

Medication refills

Continue but maintain social distancing if purchasing directly from your preferred veterinary clinic or make use of online delivery service. Should you need to visit your veterinary clinic, disinfect packaging with a sanitiser when you have arrived back at home, and wash your hands for 20 seconds thereafter.

Rabies vaccination

Routine vaccinations (including previously unvaccinated animals) can be reasonably postponed if the owner can manage the animal in such a way to minimise the risk of exposure until your animal can be vaccinated.

Other vaccinations

If deemed necessary, have your veterinary clinic administer boosters of vaccine series based on your animal’s condition and circumstances (e.g. risk of exposure), alternatively postpone other vaccinations if the risk of exposure can be managed in the interim.

Flea/tick preventives

Maintain social distancing if collecting from your veterinary clinic or arrange with your clinic if they offer the option for drop-off or delivery. If you are a new client/patient at your veterinary clinic, establish a veterinarian-client-patient relationship via telehealth (distribution of health-related services and information via electronic information and telecommunication technologies).

Life-threatening conditions

If your animal suffers from a life-threatening condition and you are both from a low-risk household, manage using social distancing when visiting your veterinary clinic. With cases from high-risk households, consult your veterinary clinic to discuss alternative options.

Management of painful conditions

Could be managed by telemedicine (this allows health care professionals to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients in remote locations using telecommunications technology, it also allows patients in remote locations to access medical expertise quickly, and without travel) when possible. If an examination is required and your animal is from a low-risk household, your veterinary clinic should admit your animal for examination, but always maintain social distancing.

Management of chronic conditions

Could be managed by telemedicine when possible. Schedule an appointment if an urgent examination is needed but always maintain social distancing.

Surgical procedures for painful disorders

If your animal can be temporarily maintained on analgesics (medicines that are used to relieve pain) with a low risk of negative consequences, delay the surgery. If the surgery cannot be delayed, do proceed if the household is low-risk. If the household is high-risk, consult your veterinary clinic to discuss alternative options. If possible, isolate your animal from any high-risk individuals for two to three days to minimise the risk of possible contamination.


Elective sterilisation for animals from a high-risk household should be discontinued until further notice. Animals from low-risk households could be sterilised, but always maintain social distancing.