Entries by Bronwyn Hayes

Montego Acquires Nine Distribution Facilities, and Appoints Over 100 New employees

Montego Pet Nutrition (Montego), Africa’s largest privately owned pet care manufacturer, has recently acquired nine independent depots across the country, and has appoint over 100 new staff members in May 2022. This aligns with the company’s strategic objectives to have more control over supply chain and addresses the rapid growth and customer demand experienced over the last 18 months. Montego takes ownership of the various depots on a national scale, aiming to improve the efficiency of the last mile delivery process and give value back to its customers. Warehouses found in Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban, Gqeberha, East London, Bloemfontein, Barkley […]

How to Avoid High Vet Bills

ANIMALS 101 – Proactive Strategies to Cut Down on Veterinary Costs As a pet owner, it’s important to understand that all veterinary practices have unavoidable built-in costs, and when choosing a provider, the cost is just one of many variables you should consider.  When you’re creating your household budget, it makes sense to include pet health care expenses and emergency funds as well as to be as proactive as possible when it comes to preventing lifestyle-related diseases. Consider pet insurance. Safe a bit every month. Get involved in animal welfare. Volunteer your time. This way you can build great relationships […]

Managing Clingy Cats: Do I Have a Velcro Kitty?

Do you have a Velcro cat? If your cat sticks to you like Velcro, you’ve probably got a clingy cat on your hands. Whether or not this is a good thing depends on a few factors, including your perspective and the reasons your cat is clingy. To some cat parents, any cat that exhibits more dog-like behaviours — such as following you around the house, running to greet you when you come home or being extra affectionate — is considered clingy when compared to cats who are more independent and aloof. But some cats can be clingy to an unhealthy […]

South African veterinarian wins the Animal Welfare Award from Africa at the 37th World Veterinary Association Congress

South Africa, Johannesburg: The South African Veterinary Association (SAVA) congratulates Dr. Caryn Rademeyer, from Johannesburg South, South Africa on winning the Animal Welfare Award for Veterinarian from Africa at the 37th World Veterinary Association Congress in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The Global Animal Welfare Award 2021 aimed to recognise people and institutions for their dedication and outstanding work going ‘above and beyond’ to protect and safeguard the welfare of animals and promoting the animal welfare concept and approach in their daily life. Dr Rademeyer has introduced animal welfare throughout her numerous responsibilities as a veterinarian working across the species in South […]

TEARS launches fundraising campaign to vaccinate more pets against deadly virus

TEARS Animal Rescue, based in Sunnydale, is currently being inundated with pet owners seeking help for unvaccinated puppies that have been infected by the lethal Canine Distemper Virus (CDV or Distemper). This highly contagious airborne virus, mainly affects the respiratory, gastrointestinal and neurological systems, includes symptoms like fever and diarrhoea before spreading to the brain and resulting in death. Because there is no cure for the disease, and based on its high contagiousness, the standard animal welfare response, mandated by the SPCA, is to euthanise any dog that is diagnosed with Distemper. Says TEARS Head Veterinarian, Dr Tania Heuer, “Distemper, […]

Don’t let your pet outsmart you by getting out

Escape-proof your yard and keep your pets safe. There are constantly pets in the streets and this holds many dangers in a cruel world. If your pets are out-and-about, they might get injured, hit by a car, attacked by other animals or hurt other animals, get poisoned, get shot, get stolen to sell, breed or for dog fights. They may also become a nuisance to others, especially cats. We understand that accidents happen and some animals are really escape artists, but one of a few reasons why animals get out is because IT IS EASY! You get climbers, runners, jumpers, […]

Tips for walking your dog

Exercise is crucial for pets, but walks are also about more than just exercise.   Walks are essential for the well-being of canine companions and done correctly, with the right attitude, they can be very beneficial for us, as well. It is a commitment responsible pet parents make. Walks are an opportunity for dogs to: Relieve themselves. Move their bodies. Get fresh air. Help with weight control. Reduce anxiety, boredom and depression. Interacting with their environment and “earthing”. Socialize with other humans and dogs. Strengthen their bond with you. If you can’t do this daily (30-60 minutes) or walks are […]

Can Cats Eat Cheese?

The slight crinkle of a cheese wrapper can send cats flying into the kitchen in search of the salty treat, but can cats eat cheese? Here’s the scoop on whether cats and cheese are a good combination. Cats and Cheese: Is It OK? Can cats eat cheese? According to experts, yes — but only in moderation. If you give your cat cheese at all, just give them a small piece once in a while, about the size of a dice. For example, you might want to limit their cheese intake to times when you need to hide a pill for […]

World Veterinary Day – Celebrating and supporting our brave vets and the hardships they face

Today we join together to celebrate World Veterinary Day and give thanks for the extraordinary work and tireless devotion of all those who work in the crucially important field of veterinary services, saving lives and giving support to all innocent animals. Both wild and domestic, animals fill our world and lives with joy and countless meaningful moments, be it in our homes or in the wild. What would we do without the selfless commitment of veterinarians all around the world? We tend to give little credit to these brave soldiers (men and women) who, behind the scenes, dedicate their lives […]

Celeb Hippo’s Penchant for Rooibos

Meet Jessica the Hippo – one of the world’s most famous animal stars. She’s played the lead in several National Geographic documentaries, appeared on the Discovery Channel, SKY news, BBC, Japanese, German and Australian telly and even made it onto the Oprah Winfrey Show. Annually, thousands of tourists flock to the 6 ha reserve in Hoedspruit, situated along the Blyde River to catch a glimpse of Jessica. Her favourite snack is homegrown Rooibos, and she eagerly gulps down 20 l a day. Honorary game ranger, Tonie Joubert and his wife, Shirley, raised Jessica since she was a calf. They rescued […]