Entries by Bronwyn Hayes

See any of these signs? Better not ignore them!

See any of these signs? Better not ignore them! We so often hear families say, “if only we knew what to look for”, if you notice warning signs or changes in your dog, it may indicate something more serious is going on. Mittens and Max had a piece indicating 5 warning signs that we thought was worth a share. Heavy Panting: we all know what heavy panting looks like, often this will stop once your dog has cooled down a little bit, but if your dog is experiencing deeper laboured breathing that lasts longer than normal, this could be an […]

Does your dog seem aggressive?

Does your dog seem aggressive? Animals being aggressive is a complex behaviour and should be identified correctly and addressed immediately by qualified individuals! Aggressive behaviour is probably the most common behavioural problem in dogs seen by behaviour professionals and the most dangerous one seen in companion dogs. Behaviour is one of the most common reasons why people surrender animals to shelters, especially dogs, and aggression is one of them although many behaviours that people perceive as aggressive are actually normal forms of communication. As the Whole Dog Journal shares: “The broad spectrum of “aggressive behaviours” is technically called “agonistic behaviours” and […]

Give your valentine a custom doggy e-card

Give your valentine a custom doggy e-card Need a perfect Valentine’s Day gift? We’ve got your paws covered. Sponsor one of our homeless dogs in your valentine’s name and we’ll send him/her a custom e-card. How it works: Pick a pet you wish to sponsor (see images below) Choose a sponsorship option Make your sponsorship donation Send your proof of donation, name, valentine’s name, valentine’s email address and a message you wish to include to donations@mdzananda.co.za We will make the e-card and send it to your love Sponsorship options R 40: Flea and tick treatment R 70: Vaccination R 100:  Food for a week […]

Registration Opens for First WSAVA World Congress in China

Registration Opens for First WSAVA World Congress in China Suzhou set to welcome veterinary professionals from around the world Registration is now open for the first World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) World Congress to take place in China, one of the world’s fastest growing veterinary markets. With a scientific program offering a host of international speakers, the three-day event takes place from 3-5 September 2024 at the International Expo Center in Suzhou, a city with a rich historic and cultural heritage to the west of Shanghai. WSAVA World Congress 2024 will feature its trademark high quality, evidence-based lectures on […]

The Importance of Blanched Peanuts for Parrots: A Healthier Choice for Your Feathered Friends

The Importance of Blanched Peanuts for Parrots: A Healthier Choice for Your Feathered Friends When it comes to providing the best nutrition for our beloved parrots, every detail matters. One such detail is the type of peanuts we offer them. Many parrot owners are unaware of the potential health risks associated with feeding peanuts with their skins on. At Nature’s Nest, we prioritize the well-being of your feathered companions, and that’s why we insist on using blanched peanuts in our pellet mixes, like Avian Complete, and as an essential ingredient in our Avian Deluxe mix. But what exactly are blanched peanuts? Blanched […]

WSAVA responds to the decision to ban the dog meat industry in South Korea

WSAVA responds to the decision to ban the dog meat industry in South Korea The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) welcomes the decision by South Korea to ban the dog meat trade. Currently up to one million dogs a year are factory farmed and killed for human consumption in the country. The ban, which comes into force in six months’ time with a three-year phase out, will make the breeding, slaughter and sale of dogs and dog meat for human consumption illegal from 2027. While the WSAVA is sensitive to cultural variances, it strongly discourages the consumption of dog and […]

500 Khayelitsha dogs to be sterilised in one month

500 Khayelitsha dogs to be sterilised in one month Four local animal welfare organisations are joining forces to launch a groundbreaking sterilisation project in Khayelitsha, targeting 500 female dogs between February 6th and mid-March 2024. The collaboration aims to combat overpopulation in the Khayelitsha township which has an estimate of 300 000 companion animals. Dr Roos from EnviroVet CVC approached National Sterilisation Project and Dancers Love Dogs to secure funding. The sterilisations will be performed by Mdzananda Animal Clinic and EnviroVet CVC at Mdzananda’s hospital in Khayelitsha. Sr Heidi May, General Manager of Mdzananda Animal Clinic, says that the collaboration […]

Why Is Training Your Puppy Early So Important?

Why Is Training Your Puppy Early So Important? How does a puppy learn? Happy, sociable, well-behaved puppies are every owner’s dream. However, you’ll have to put in the effort to get the best outcome, and it’s always wise to start training your furbaby when they’re still young and impressionable. They may have even had some basic toilet training and obedience training from their puppy raiser. But now that they’re home, the task is now yours to reinforce. Puppies tend to learn very quickly, and as obvious as it might sound, they don’t learn what they’re not taught, so you’ll need […]

Pet New Years Resolutions – part 3

Pet New Years Resolutions – part 3 Your pets can be healthier and happier in 2024 with some or all of these pawsome pet new year’s resolutions! A new year brings new goals and more than 300 days of opportunity for you and your pet to bond, develop healthier habits and discover new ways to live a full life. Your pet can live a better tomorrow with your help. An important first step is to avoid becoming overwhelmed thinking you need to make big changes overnight. Baby steps in the right direction are the way to go. The important thing […]

Pet New Years resolutions – part 2

Pet New Years resolutions – part 2 Your pets can be healthier and happier in 2024 with some or all of these pawsome pet new year’s resolutions! A new year brings new goals and more than 300 days of opportunity for you and your pet to bond, develop healthier habits and discover new ways to live a full life. Your pet can live a better tomorrow with your help. An important first step is to avoid becoming overwhelmed thinking you need to make big changes overnight. Baby steps in the right direction are the way to go. The important thing […]