18 JUN 2021
Create A Home Office Space That Works For You And Your Pets
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Rabbits | Dogs | Cats | Ferrets
The legacy of lockdowns means that more and more of us are working at home – and it’s something that looks set to become a regular arrangement for many people. While this new way of working suits most pet owners – who are loving the extra time they get to spend with their furry friends – it doesn’t come without it’s challenges.   If you’ve been in the middle of an important Zoom call and your cat has leapt onto your laptop or your dog has exploded in an unexplained barking frenzy, you’ll know exactly what we mean... So, what’s the solution? The answer could be creating a pet-friendly office space that’s safe and cosy, with pet toys and things to do to keep your office dog or office cat happily occupied – leaving you to get on with your work in peace... Carry out a risk assessment Start by taking a tour of your home office space from your pet’s point of view. This is a bit like new parents thinki.. [More] Home-Officecat.jpg
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13 OCT 2019
Safety Tips For Travelling With Pets
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Dogs
Pet ownership in South Africa is on the rise with an estimated 9.2 million dogs residing in South African households, according to a 2016 survey. As a result, many South African motorists regularly drive with their pets on board when running errands in their neighbourhoods or even when taking long road trips. Taking pets on trips provides mental stimulation and gives them a chance to experience different environments.   However, what seems to be a fun experience for you and your pet can quickly turn tragic if you don't take the necessary safety precautions. Luckily, there are many things you can do to ensure you and your pet always make it to your destinations safe and sound. Have the right vehicle    Not all vehicles will be comfortable for your furry friend. If you know that you will be travelling regularly with your pet, you should have a vehicle that is well-equipped to suit your pet's needs. For instance, if you own a .. [More] travellingdog.jpg
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15 SEP 2019
Food Allergies Under Investigation
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Dogs | Dog Food | Cats | Burgess Sensitive
What’s the difference between a food allergy and food intolerance? And how can you tell if your dog or cat is suffering from one or the other? Itchy skin, upset tummy, weight loss? These can all be symptoms caused by diet – although there could be many other reasons why your pet is out of sorts and you should always ask your vet for advice. But if you suspect food could be the issue, where do you start?   Food allergies and food intolerance are two different conditions which often have similar symptoms. While they are both examples of adverse food reactions, food allergies involve the animal’s immune system while food intolerances do not. Food allergy or hypersensitivity This occurs when a particular component of food (usually a protein) triggers the susceptible animal’s immune system to react, for example, cells may release histamine which causes itching. Food or dietary intolerance This occurs when something in the food doesn’t.. [More] dogallergies.jpg
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05 AUG 2018
Why Sniffing Is Important To Dogs?
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Dogs
With busy lives, daily dog walks can sometimes become a routine march, with no time for an olfactory detour. However, not letting your FBFF (furry best friend forever) stop for a sniff or two means the walk will most definitely lack the wow factor – for your dog at least. This is because smelling stuff is a really important part of being a dog.   Sniffing for dogs is an activity like no other. Quite simply, dogs are born to sniff – it’s how they interpret the world around them and doing it makes them feel good. Canine charity Dogs for Good in UK, which trains assistance dogs to support adults and children with disabilities and autism, states: “Allowing a dog to sniff on a walk means it does take you longer, but the dog is taking in more information from the environment. Using their nose on familiar routes is also important, investigating who has passed through that area. All this information the dog is gathering could add to feelings of familiarity a.. [More] dogsniffing.jpg
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29 JUL 2018
Pet Remedy For Anxious & Stressed Pets
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Rabbits | Guinea Pigs | Chinchillas | Birds | Degus | Gerbils | Dogs | Cats | Pet Remedy | Ferrets | Hedgehogs
Pet Remedy is now available in South Africa at speciality pet retailers and veterinary clinics. It is perfect for calming stressed pets. It works alongside your pet's brain’s natural ‘messengers’ called neurotransmitters, which work by telling the nerve receiving the message either to calm (via GABA pathway) or get ‘fired up’. In times of stress or anxiety the nerves get over stimulated, which leads on to the many different signs of stress we see in our pets.   The special Pet Remedy blend of essential oils is valerian based and works alongside these natural relaxation pathways to help calm the nerves of anxious or stressed pets. Always consult your vet if your pet shows signs of stress or you observe any behavioural changes. Suitable for all mammals, birds, & reptiles; including cats, dogs rabbits, rodents, horses, and parrots… Starts to help immediately Helps calm your pet without sedating Helps stressed pets bec.. [More] petremedysouthafrica.jpg
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06 JUL 2018
Is Too Much Ball Throwing Stressing Your Dog
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Pet Care | Dog Toys | Dogs
Most dogs love chasing and fetching a ball, but could too much of this classic canine game have negative consequences? Some experts believe that repetitive high-energy exercise boosts a dog’s adrenaline levels to the point where powerful chemicals, such as cortisol, are released.   Cortisol has many functions including working with certain parts of the brain to control mood, motivation, and fear. It’s best known as the stress hormone, helping fuel the ‘fight or flight’ instinct in a crisis. While very useful in times of danger, prolonged exposure to cortisol can lead to a number of health problems. According to canine behaviourist Sindhoor Pangal , there are cases where adrenaline in dogs is known to have remained in circulation for seven days and cortisol for up to as much as 40 days. Pangal explains it like this: “When an animal hunts in the wild, after that adrenaline rush, he sits down to eat his meal and lets the hormones wear off. But w.. [More] dogsplayfetch.JPG
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26 MAR 2018
Keeping Your Dog Safe When Travelling On The Road
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Dogs
South Africa’s majestic landscapes, pristine seascapes and excellent roads make it an excellent choice for those seeking to enjoy the ultimate in freedom travel: a road trip. With stunning places to visit such as the lush Knysna Forest, the stunning Marakele National Park or the rugged Wild Coast, road trips are the perfect way to throw caution to the wind and bond with family members - logically, this includes your dog! In this post we focus on a few safety issues to watch out for, so that  driving ‘into the wild’ with man’s best friend is a totally stress-free experience.     Reducing Anxiety in Dogs   Road travel can be anxious for dogs who are not used to being in cars. Therefore, from the time your pooch is a pup, it is important to take him for rides in your car, which increase in length. Don’t fear if your dog is an adult, though; desensitise him to his fear if it exists, by taking him for very short driv.. [More] dogoutside.jpg
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10 MAR 2018
Anxiety Issues In Today’s Pets
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Pet Care | Dogs | Cats | Pet Remedy
With anxiety in humans on the rise, it is hardly surprising that anxiety is now a huge issue for many pets.  Dogs, in particular, are often afflicted.  This can be triggered by loud noises e.g. fireworks or thunderstorms, being alone and also by social interactions with other dogs.  Depending on each individual dog, they may be affected by one or more triggers.       When feeling anxious dogs often bark, pace, pant, and lick excessively.  In addition, they can exhibit destructive or aggressive behaviour.  One treatment that often helps break the trigger/reaction cycle is the use of calming sprays and wipes or plug-in diffusers which can alter the brain’s neuro-transmitters thereby deflecting the anxiety state.     Super hearing, super pets   The amazing hearing capabilities of dogs and cats, where sound is perceived as 5 times louder than for humans, may well account for the fact that.. [More] dogstressed.jpg
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03 FEB 2018
5 Steps to Correct Destructive Dog Chewing
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Dogs
According to an IOL article, there are 9.1 million dogs in South Africa compared to 2.4 million cats effectively making it a dog country. Many dogs are avid chewers as it is one of their inbuilt traits. The ASPCA notes that dogs use this instinct to explore objects, alleviate teething discomfort, relieve anxiety and frustration, and to keep themselves amused. When your pet directs the chewing towards inappropriate items such as furniture, you need to take some steps. Below is a guide to eliminating destructive chewing in dogs.     Find a Suitable Chew Toy   It can be frustrating when you find out that your dog has gnawed on your table, chair, cabinet or door. According to an expert analysis about dogs chewing on furniture, the smartest thing to do is give them something else to chew and make sure that they know it belongs to them. Finding a chew toy is one of the best options to curb this behaviour. Chewies ensure your dogs stay happy and .. [More] dogwithballinmouth.jpg
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21 DEC 2017
Crucial Elements of Pet Friendly Lawn
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Pet Care | Dogs | Cats
South Africa has the largest number of pets in Africa, with numbers totaling 7.4 million for dogs, and 2 million for cats. If you are one of these many lucky pet owners, you probably love nothing better than spending time in the Great Outdoors playing, walking, or just relaxing with your pet. Both dogs and cats love running and jumping in the garden, and dogs also benefit from at least one walk a day. Keep your lawn safe for your dog by removing the biggest risks and toxins, and stopping your dog from escaping.   De-Cluttering Your Garden   Your dog will probably run at lightning speed from one end of the garden to another, pouncing on leaves and rolling in the grass. Reduce the chances of injury by keeping the yard completely free of sharp tools and machines your dog can fall on or trip over.   Store all chemicals and cleaning products in a garden shed, to avoid ingestion.   Avoiding Toxic Plants   If your garden is filled with v.. [More] catongrass.jpg
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