Entries by Bronwyn Hayes

New years resolutions for pets – part 1

New years resolutions for pets – part 1 Your pets can be healthier and happier in 2024 with some or all of these pawsome pet new year’s resolutions! The presents are opened, the Christmas leftovers are done…….and now it’s that time of year again when we think about what we shouda-coulda-woulda done differently last year and vow to do better this year. I wish you and your pets a Pawsome 2024! May life treat you the way you treat your pets! A new year brings new goals, renewed hope and 365 days of opportunity for you and your pet to […]

Helping animal welfare – Extending a helping hand!

Helping animal welfare – Extending a helping hand! How YOU can lighten the load for animal welfare organizations Animal welfare is a challenging and demanding endeavor that goes beyond the confines of a regular workday. Rescuers tirelessly dedicate themselves to saving lives, often without financial compensation, as they navigate the physical and emotional toll of their responsibilities. The holiday season, in particular, exacerbates the challenges faced by these unsung heroes. Here’s how you can get involved and make a meaningful impact in animal welfare. GET INVOLVED Connect with Local Shelters: Reach out to a reputable shelter or organization in your […]

Tiny Khayelitsha puppy protects his family from gangsters

Tiny Khayelitsha puppy protects his family from gangsters Four-month-old puppy, Trouble, has been hailed as a brave hero by the Mdzananda Animal Clinic staff in Khayelitsha. The crossbreed puppy put his life at risk trying to protect his human family and furry mom. On Tuesday morning, a group of gangsters tried to break into his home. His fur mother scared the criminals off by growling and chasing them down the road. Fearlessly, the tiny puppy ran after them too, barking all the way. In his pursuit, the criminals attacked him, breaking his radius and ulnar of the front left leg. […]

Here’s how you can spoil your pet this festive season

Here’s how you can spoil your pet this festive season Treats and spoils tend to be a staple during this time of year and often we include our pets, as who can resist those adoring eyes as they look to you for their treat? As humans it’s natural for us to want to show our love by offering food treats, and most of the time we aren’t aware of the risks our pets can face when we treat with unhealthy tidbits. Marycke Ackhurst from Hill’s Pet Nutrition says something to keep in mind this year when spoiling your pet, is […]

Pet loss & Grief

Pet loss & Grief Many are excited about the festive around Christmas Holidays, but for some, after a pet loss, it is a time they dread. With their shorter lifespans, pet loss is inevitable, and saying goodbye is something every pet lover faces eventually. Saying goodbye is the hardest part of our relationships with our pets. As someone mentioned in a pet grief group, you joined a club you never wanted to be part of. Regardless of the type of pet, furry, finned, or scaled, no matter the species, we love them with all of our hearts and feel their loss […]

Animals are NOT gifts

Animals are NOT gifts Pets should not be given as gifts or be a surprise! The holiday season often tempts well-meaning individuals to gift animals—puppies for Christmas, bunnies for Easter, or kittens for birthdays. However, this seemingly heartwarming gesture can have serious consequences for both the animals and their unsuspecting recipients. In this article we will explore the reasons behind this cautionary stance and delve into the essential considerations for responsible pet ownership. WHY YOU SHOULD NOT GIVE ANIMALS AS GIFTS Whether acquired for personal satisfaction or intended as a surprise for a loved one, purchasing or taking animals on […]

Ensuring a Safe and Joyful Festive Season for Pets: The Importance of Pet Insurance

Ensuring a Safe and Joyful Festive Season for Pets: The Importance of Pet Insurance As the festive season approaches, The South African Veterinary Association (SAVA) underscores the significance of pet insurance in ensuring the well-being of our beloved animal companions. With the holiday season often accompanied by increased activities and potential risks for pets, SAVA urges pet owners to consider the benefits of comprehensive pet insurance coverage. The holiday season is a time of joy and celebration, but it also brings about certain hazards for pets. From festive decorations to rich holiday foods, there are numerous potential risks that could […]

TEARS temporarily closes its Kennel and urges the public to embrace pet adoption as adoption crisis grows in animal welfare sector

  TEARS temporarily closes its Kennel and urges the public to embrace pet adoption as adoption crisis grows in animal welfare sector TEARS Animal Rescue has announced that its Kennel is temporarily closed as the organisation is currently 88 animals over capacity with 338 animals in its care ~ including those in foster care. As a result the Shelter has confirmed that no new adult dogs or puppies will be admitted to TEARS until adoption numbers increase. Says TEARS Operations Manager, Mandy Store, “Our foster network is stretched thin and our Veterinary Clinic and stray runs are at capacity with […]

Updated WSAVA Essential Medicines List for Cats and Dogs Published

Updated WSAVA Essential Medicines List for Cats and Dogs Published The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) has launched the second edition of its Essential Medicines List for Cats and Dogs. Recently published in the Journal of Small Animal Practice, the document supports companion animal veterinarians in many regions of the world to access vital veterinary medicines by supporting the availability of drugs required for minimum standards of clinical practice. The new edition contains updates received from WSAVA members and other stakeholders following the launch of the original version in 2020. It includes a number of recently-introduced drugs and the […]

Reducing Holiday Party Stress for Your Dog

Reducing Holiday Party Stress for Your Dog The holiday season is here and everyone is getting ready for big celebrations and family gatherings. While it’s an exciting time for you, it can be stressful for your dog. Most pet parents take dog socialisation seriously, but a raucous party can worry even the friendliest dogs. Celebrating holidays with dogs requires a little extra management to ensure your pup is safe, well-behaved, and happy. Preparing your dog for a large group of people is important and should not be overlooked. So how can you best keep your dog comfortable? Here are a […]