Entries by Bronwyn Hayes

Nutrition For Healthy Pet Skin and Coat

Nutrition For Healthy Pet Skin and Coat There are plenty of pet food brands that advertise their brand of cat or dog food for a healthy coat, but how do you really know which will provide the right nutrition for your pet? As a responsible pet parent, you want to feed your dog or cat food that helps them thrive. Looking for a few key items on a pet food label might help you know if the food you choose promises a certain benefit. However, choosing a dog or cat food for a healthy coat isn’t the only way to […]

Cleaning Your Dog’s Paws: Tips for Success

Cleaning Your Dog’s Paws: Tips for Success You know your dog needs to be groomed regularly, but did you know that cleaning your dog’s paws is an important part of their grooming routine? On daily walks and romps in the yard, your pup’s feet are exposed to rough surfaces, wet ground, dirt and debris. And the pads on the bottom of your pup’s paws serve an important purpose. As the ASPCA explains, they “provide extra cushioning to help protect bones and joints from shock, provide insulation against extreme weather, aid walking on rough ground and protect tissue deep within the […]

TEARS Animal Rescue -TEARS announces rescue intake capacity and warns of pet homelessness and adoption crisis

TEARS Animal Rescue -TEARS announces rescue intake capacity and warns of pet homelessness and adoption crisis TEARS Animal Rescue has announced that it can no longer accept rescue intakes as the organisation has 363 pets in its care at its Kennel and Cattery and in foster care. Of those, 75% are considered adoptable while the remaining 25% are in its rehabilitation programme either convalescing from illness, injury, and/or abuse; or are too young to be adopted and are still with their mothers or being bottle-fed via its Puppy Foster Programme. Says TEARS Operations Manager, Mandy Store, “This is a last […]

Dumped ‘pet’ lions start new life in Africa

Dumped ‘pet’ lions start new life in Africa Purchased as status symbols, then abandoned when no longer wanted, six young lions rescued from the illegal wildlife trade in Kuwait have been flown to a new life at the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary, South Africa. The lions – males Muheeb, Saham, Shujaa, Saif, and females Dhubiya and Aziza – were all recaptured after being dumped by owners in the streets of Kuwait City or the surrounding desert, where it is illegal to have them as pets. The young lions were recaptured by staff and volunteers at Kuwait Zoo, after they were advised […]

Understanding Why My Cat’s Stomach Gurgles

If your cat’s gurgling stomach is keeping you up at night, you may be wondering how healthy your cat’s digestive system is. In most cases, when a cat’s stomach is making noises, it’s the result of simple digestive movement. Although typically unrelated to more serious health disturbances, it’s always worth investigating these sounds to determine whether they’re a sign of something more. Is your cat’s stomach making noises? Read on to learn what may be causing it and when to reach out to your veterinarian. Breaking Down Why My Cat’s Stomach Gurgles The grumbling, gurgling sound that a feline stomach […]

Why Your Cat Likes to Hide in Small Dark Spaces

It’s no secret that when things get crazy in the house, cats will seek the quietest, most secluded spot to escape the chaos. But why is your cat hiding in the farthest corner of your bedroom closet? Why do cats like to hide in general? It’s all part of your feline friend’s instinctive behaviour. Why Do Cats Hide? Although they’re domesticated, your cat’s ancestors sought secluded spaces to birth their kittens and seek shelter from predators, according to Feline Behaviour Solutions. That’s likely why your cat gravitates toward the unassuming cardboard box left over from your latest online purchase. There may be times […]

Weaning Your Baby Bird Off Porridge Made Easy!

  Are you a proud owner of a baby pet bird, but now it’s time to transition them from porridge to solid food? Don’t fret! Weaning your feathered friend off porridge can be a smooth and rewarding process with the right approach. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to transition your baby bird to a wholesome diet, ensuring they grow up healthy and strong.           Timing is Key: Start the transition process when your pet bird has 80% to 90% of its body covered in feathers. At this stage, they are more developmentally ready to explore solid foods and […]

The power of prevention: Acknowledging World Veterinary Day

The power of prevention Acknowledging World Veterinary Day World Veterinary Day takes place this year on Saturday 27 April. Created in 2000 by the World Veterinary Association (WVA) to highlight and promote the lifesaving work performed by veterinarians around the globe, as well as  their advocacy for preventive care, this day shines a spotlight on a crucial aspect of responsible pet parenting – regular veterinary check-ups. As members of the family, our pets’ health is a priority. However, many pet parents miss their pets’ regular veterinary visits. “This is not for lack of love for our pets, but rather busy […]

TEARS urges pet owners to vaccinate their pets as it records an increase in Infectious Canine Hepatitis cases

TEARS Animal Rescue has announced an increase in laboratory confirmed cases of Infectious Canine Hepatitis (ICH), which results in a 95% death rate in unvaccinated animals or if they receive treatment too late. Due to the infectiousness of the disease TEARS is urging pet owners to speak to their local vet regarding the risks to their pets and confirm if their vaccinations are up to date. ICH (which does not affect humans) is a fatal disease affecting dogs. It is caused by canine adenovirus 1 (CAV-1), which occurs worldwide, and is most commonly found in the environment because it can […]

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month: DIY Wire Paw Print

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month: DIY Wire Paw Print April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, emphasizing the ongoing need for animal welfare. Wire Fence promotes awareness by creating a wire paw print designed to accompany the official emblem, the orange ribbon. What is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month? The ASPCA initiates Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, raising awareness about animal welfare issues globally. It advocates for responsible pet ownership, fights against factory farming, wildlife trafficking, and abuse in the entertainment industry. Despite legislative efforts, challenges persist, highlighting the crucial role of education and advocacy in […]