Entries by Bronwyn Hayes

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 […]

WSAVA Unveils Updated Global Vaccination Guidelines

WSAVA Unveils Updated Global Vaccination Guidelines The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) has updated its Global Vaccination Guidelines, which set out the latest scientific thinking on the vaccination of dogs and cats globally. The Guidelines have been produced by the WSAVA’s Vaccination Guidelines Group (VGG), and are now available for free download from the WSAVA website, following peer-review by the Journal of Small Animal Practice, the WSAVA’s official scientific journal.  The new version includes a range of updates and additional content including: A revised definition of ‘core’ vaccines A new section covering maternal antibody (MDA) Updated sections on current […]

Barrel shape vs lean – What’s the difference?

Barrel shape vs lean – What’s the difference? We all know that there is a visible difference between Barrel chested and lean bulldogs. However, people also tend to refer to overweight bulldogs as barrel shaped. It is indeed healthier for your bulldog or Frenchie to “have a waist”, it prevents extra strain on the back, hips and knees if your dog is kept at a healthy weight. However, having a barrel-chested dog doesn’t refer to the weight on your dog’s waist. So, what does this mean? Let’s explore the differences. A barrel-chested dog has a distinctive appearance characterized by a […]

Dine for dogs – helping the homeless pets of Khayelitsha

Dine for dogs – helping the homeless pets of Khayelitsha The Mdzananda Animal Clinic in Khayelitsha is thrilled to announce its first ever Gala Dinner taking place on April 27th at the prestigious Durbanville Hills Wine Farm in Cape Town. This exclusive event aims to raise vital funds for the animals of Khayelitsha, while offering guests an unforgettable evening of entertainment, gourmet dining, and philanthropy. Event organizer and fundraiser, Kelly Arendse says, “We are very excited about this event. Dine with dogs gala dinner is going to be an evening of dining and philanthropy not to be missed.” The Gala […]

Necessity of euthanasia

Necessity of euthanasia The unfortunate necessity of euthanasia (PTS) Most people will never walk into an animal shelter and most animals will never walk out… The recent closure of the Highveld Ridge SPCA has left many angry after the NSPCA came here twice in three months and euthanized many animals.  Look, although I am not a supporter of the NSPCA or SPCA movement and think the NSPCA inspectors acted in a disgraceful manner, I believe many do not understand the reality of what is going on in terms of animal numbers. The NSPCA and SPCA movement is a whole other problem […]

Engage don’t cage

Engage don’t cage The cruelty of grounding those who were meant to fly. In a world where exotic and wild birds are often kept as pets, the harsh reality of their captivity remains a pressing concern. Birds, inherently designed for flight and freedom, find themselves confined to cages that restrict not only their fundamental physical movement but also compromise their overall well-being. The allure of owning a feathered friend, often misguided by well-intentioned pet enthusiasts, has led to an increase in inadequate living conditions for these avian creatures. This article aims to shed light on the inherent cruelty of keeping […]

Over 300 paws to walk the Sea Point promenade

Over 300 paws to walk the Sea Point promenade Humans and four-legged friends are invited to strut their stuff at the sixth Paws on the Promenade – a dog walk fundraiser by the Mdzananda Animal Clinic, Khayelitsha, in partnership with Vondi’s Holistic Pet Nutrition. After a three-year break due to Covid-19 and venue issues, the event is back by pawpular demand. The dog walk will take place on Sunday the 17th of March at 9am. Starting at the Mouille Point lighthouse, the five-kilometer route will extend to the Sea Point swimming pool and back. Shorter turnaround points for old, tired […]

Ear Mites

Ear Mites Ear mites are highly contagious parasites that live inside and around ear canals. The dog ear mite belongs to the Psoroptidae family, which is a group of parasitic mites that live on the surface of the skin rather than burrowing into it, as some types of mites do. Their scientific name is Otodectes cynotis. They tend to be less than half of a millimeter long and can be seen best under a microscope. These mites affect various species, including dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, and occasionally livestock. Symptoms of Ear Mites in Dogs: Ear mites cause an intense itch. […]

Understanding Feather Plucking in Birds: Causes and Solutions

Understanding Feather Plucking in Birds: Causes and Solutions The Puzzling Behavior of Feather Plucking Feather plucking in birds is a behavior that often puzzles and concerns pet owners. This habit, where a bird repeatedly plucks or tears out its feathers, can lead to noticeable bald spots and sometimes skin injuries. Understanding the underlying causes and effective treatments is crucial in helping our feathered friends. Unbalanced Diet: The Biggest Culprit One of the most common causes of feather plucking is an unbalanced diet. Birds require various nutrients for health maintenance, and a lack in essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids can […]

Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day!

Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day! We wish you and your pet a day filled with tail wags, purrs, and endless love this Valentine’s Day! Take our quiz “What’s your pet’s love language?” to dive into your pet’s heart and make this Valentine’s Day even more special. Take the quiz What is your pet’s love language? Discover how your pet expresses affection and make this Valentine’s Day even more special. Source: Hill’s Pet Nutrition