Entries by Bronwyn Hayes

Important: Virbac Backhome joins ChipnDoodle

Important: Virbac Backhome joins ChipnDoodle In the interest of reuniting even more missing pets with their owners, Virbac is pleased to announce that All Backhome Microchips that have been registered on the Backhome database will now be available for searching for Pet Owner contact details, on ChipnDoodle. Please note that this is only a Search Engine. All Backhome microchips, still need to be registered on the Backhome database on www.backhome.co.za, to be available on ChipnDoodle. Backhome microchips can also be searched on a microchip lookup tool for vets and welfare organisations. Should you have any queries, please email backhome.support.external@virbac.co.za Source: Virbac […]

Khayelitsha Animal Clinic suffering in storm but still fighting for the animals

Khayelitsha Animal Clinic suffering in storm but still fighting for the animals The current Cape Town storm has caused significant damage to the Mdzananda Animal Clinic in Khayelitsha, leaving both their clinic and shelter flooded. The hospital and theatre roofs have sustained damages amounting to R20 000, and their sterilisation clinic requires R10 000 in urgent repairs. “These unforeseen expenses are putting immense strain on our already tight budget, and we are in urgent need of public support,” says Marcelle du Plessis, Fundraising, Communications and Programmes Executive. Despite needing to address the damage to their facilities, their dedicated team is […]

Khayelitsha animal shelter appeals for homes amidst cold weather

Khayelitsha animal shelter appeals for homes amidst cold weather The Mdzananda Animal Clinic is urgently appealing to the public to provide forever homes to their homeless dogs as the current weather conditions are not ideal for them to remain in the shelter. Despite their efforts to ensure their comfort with enclosed units, beds and blankets, the concrete structures of the shelter kennels retain the cold and is accessible to the harsh wind which is not conducive to the well-being of the animals. “Our shelter is currently operating at 150% capacity and is unable to accept any more surrenders. We are […]

FIP treatment GS-441524 – now available in the U.S.

FIP treatment GS-441524 – now available in the U.S. We are excited to inform the cat-loving public and veterinary professionals that Stokes Pharmacy, working in collaboration with the Bova Group, announced on 5/30/24 that it will be making a compounded oral formulation of GS-441524 available for the treatment of feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) in the United States which became available on June 1st, 2024. Considered an almost routinely fatal disease until the development of this unique compound in 2018, GS-441524 has been shown to be a safe and effective therapy for the treatment of FIP in cats in a number […]

Build a kennel for a cold township pet this Mandela Day

Build a kennel for a cold township pet this Mandela Day After a three-year break, the Mdzananda Animal Clinic kennel building event is back by pawpular demand. On the 18th of July, International Mandela day calls people across the world to take 67 minutes out of their day to make the world a better place. This year, the Clinic in Khayelitsha will be hosting its seventh kennel building event in honour of Mandela Day. To cater for both the public and work groups, two events will be hosted. A public kennel building day will take place on Saturday the 20th […]

Vet Checkups & Blood Work for Senior Cats

Vet Checkups & Blood Work for Senior Cats Although it might be tempting to skip regular trips to the veterinarian when your aging cat appears healthy, however, appearances can sometimes be deceiving. Blood work on your cat needs to be done regularly in order to screen for common diseases in older cats. Here’s why it’s so important to take your older cat to the vet. Wellness Checks for Senior Cats Cats age much more rapidly than humans. Although the rate varies somewhat cat to cat, depending on factors such as body weight and lifestyle, generally speaking, a cat is considered […]

Largest Land Mammal Migration on Earth confirmed in South Sudan

  Largest Land Mammal Migration on Earth confirmed in South Sudan It’s a fact: South Sudan is home to the largest land mammal migration on Earth The recent aerial survey in the Boma Badingilo Jonglei Landscape conducted in collaboration with the South Sudanese Government, Ministry of Wildlife Conservation and Tourism, and The Wilderness Project, confirm that the Great Nile Migration contains approximately six million migratory animals!  This is a critical first step in understanding what species exist here, their estimated numbers, where they move, and how best to protect them. South Sudan’s remarkable natural heritage, a cornerstone of its future […]

Vet Visit Tips

Vet Visit Tips Making veterinary visits better for your pet, yourself, and the vet! Veterinary visits are an essential part of maintaining your pet’s health, but they can be a source of significant stress for pets, owners, and even veterinarians. According to research, nearly 80% of dogs experience fear, anxiety, and stress during vet visits, and for cats, the stress can be even greater due to the added trauma of being placed in a carrier and transported. However, there are several strategies that pet owners can adopt to make these visits less stressful and more manageable for everyone involved. Here’s […]

TEARS Animal Rescue – Sustainability through thrifting – Call for donations of pre-owned items to cover funding shortfalls

TEARS Animal Rescue – Sustainability through thrifting – Call for donations of pre-owned items to cover funding shortfalls TEARS Animal Rescue has been rescuing, treating, rehabilitating and rehoming homeless, sick, abused and injured companion animals for the last 25 years. As a level 1 B-BBEE contributor and Public Beneficiary Organisation, TEARS relies 100% on donations to remain sustainable and cover the R22M per annum it needs to deliver its welfare community services and operate its full-time welfare Veterinary Hospital, three Mobile Clinics, and the TEARS Kennel and Cattery that support up to 320 rescued pets ~ including those registered via […]

Senior pet tips

Senior pet tips Handy tips to help your senior pet The following senior-specific tips will repay the loyalty and companionship your pet has shown over the years: Help them reach their food better by raising their bowls off the floor. Give your pet the opportunity for regular exercise to help preserve muscle tone and to keep bones and joints strong. Remember, your senior pet is slowing down, so make sure the exercise is less strenuous – easy relaxed walks are great! Consider using a ramp to help them get into difficult areas, for example the car. Be on the look […]