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JULY 6, 2020

THESE ARE THE HOMEMADE WET FOODS YOU CAN FEED TO YOUR PET DOGS AND CATS
There are so many healthy and easily available foodstuff you can feed to your pets. Read on to know more about homemade wet food for pet dogs and cats. >>

JULY 3, 2020

ANIMAL CARE ORGANISATION STARTS FEEDING HUMANS AS COVID-19 EATS INTO INCOMES
A Durban-based animal welfare organisation has highlighted on Friday that in addition to feeding animals, it has also begun distributing food hampers to a number of the pet owners themselves, who are feeling the harsh effects of the coronavirus pandemic on South Africa’s economy. >>

JUNE 26, 2020

HSI BRINGS MUCH-NEEDED FOOD, MEDICAL HELP TO COMPANION ANIMALS AFFECTED BY PANDEMIC AROUND THE WORLD
The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact on companion animals around the world. >>

JUNE 22, 2020

THIS CAT LOST ALL HER KITTENS AT BIRTH SO SHE ADOPTED A LITTER OF PUPPIES AS HER OWN
The grief and pain one feels when they lose someone they love is beyond our imagination. Even animals grief the loss of their loved ones just like us. >>

JUNE 20, 2020

KLOOF SPCA’s SUE SHARES HER LOVE FOR ALL ANIMALS
The Highway Mail chats to the Kloof and Highway SPCA’s inspectorate manager, Sue Noakes. >>

JUNE 19, 2020

SEARCH TEAM RESCUES STRANDED DOG ON TABLE MOUNTAIN
A successful rescue of a dog stranded on Table Mountain has gone viral in South Africa. During a time when the nation is yearning for good news, this beautiful story hit the spot. >>

JUNE 18, 2020

CAPE ANIMAL RESCUE GROUP SUPPORTING STRUGGLING PET OWNERS THROUGH DONATION DRIVE
Households are battling to make ends meet. Tears Animal Rescue is providing support to pet owners who can’t afford to feed their furry family members. >>

JUNE 11, 2020

DOGS TRAINED TO DETECT PEOPLE WITH COVID-19
A group of researchers in France have looked to dogs as an alternative to helping diagnose Covid-19, and found that the animals can detect its presence. >>

JUNE 5, 2020

FAMOUS ANTI-POACHING HERO DOG, K9 KILLER, SADLY PASSES AWAY AFTER LONG ILLNESS
South Africa’s famous anti-poaching hero was sadly put down due to ill health. >>

JUNE 4, 2020

FURRY GODMOTHERS IN IT FOR LOVE OF ANIMALS
The familiar white bakkie trudges slowly over dirt roads, while dodging a myriad of potholes – armed with medicine, bags of food and warm blankets for the dozens of dogs foraging for scraps to eat. >>

JUNE 1, 2020

GUIDE DOGS ARE NOT TRAINED FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING
Members of the public are urged to take the initiative and distance themselves from visually impaired people by giving them space in queues and on pavements. >>

MAY 23, 2020

EVEN PETS SUFFER DURING LOCKDOWN… HERE’S HOW TO INTRODUCE THE NEW NORMAL
As South Africans this week entered almost two months of the Covid-19 lockdown, pets have also had to adjust to this “new normal”. >>

MAY 20, 2020

SOME DOGS MAY BE AT RISK FOR DEVELOPING SEPARATION ANXIETY WHEN THEIR OWNERS RETURN TO WORK
Separation anxiety is one of the most challenging behaviour disorders for dogs – and their families – to overcome. >>

MAY 19, 2020

UNUSUAL SPIKE IN PARVOVIRUS CASES RECORDED AMONG DOGS ON CAPE FLATS
The Animal Welfare Society (AWS) has recorded an increase in the number of animals brought to their clinic with parvovirus. >>

MAY 18, 2020

CAPE TOWN ‘SOUP KITCHEN’ FOR CATS AND DOGS WORKING OVERTIME
Ingrid de Storie, Corrine Wilson and the other volunteers at 1 Kennel at a Time are doing wonderful work in communities where people now have even less to spend on their pets because of the strain the lockdown has put on their finances. >>

MAY 18, 2020

THE TALE OF SPOTTY THE DOG
With no one knowing it, the building of “Spotty the dog began in 1937 at the hand of Ralph Barnes, a struggling musician who decided to try his hand at a new form of art. >>

MAY 16, 2020

WHY PETS – AND THEIR CARE- ARE IMPORTANT TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
Researchers have linked a close relationship with a pet to lower blood pressure, increased cardiovascular health and fitness and even improved immunity. >>

MAY 13, 2020

ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUP PETA ENCOURAGES AN ANIMAL-FRIENDLY QUARANTINE
With South Africa on lockdown, PETA’s latest public service announcement urges anyone who’s still out and not an essential worker to head home and spend some quality time with their animal companions. >>

MAY 8, 2020

CAPE SPCA LAUNCHES CUTE ANIMAL FACE MASKS
You can now stay safe and sport adorable dog or cat masks, thanks to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA’s new series of animal face masks. >>

MAY 7, 2020

GET ACTIVE AND RAISE FUNDS FOR GUIDE DOGS
Take 100 000 steps in seven days to support guide dogs. >>

MAY 3, 2020

OWNERS WHO TUG ON THEIR DOG’S LEASH RISK INJURING THE ANIMAL’S NECK
Owners who yank at their dog’s lead when out walking risk injuring the animal or causing it breathing difficulties, according to new research.
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APRIL 29, 2020

VETERINARIANS SHARE 13 SURPRISING SIGNS YOUR PET COULD BE STRESSED, AND HOW TO HELP THEM
Keeping your pet well means being on the lookout for signs they might be uncomfortable or unhappy. And, like humans, animals can experience stress and anxiety. >>

APRIL 23, 2020

CAN ADULT DOGS EAT PUPPY FOOD? HOW TO SIMPLIFY MEALTIME
If you have more than one pet, mealtime might be something of a pain. Your puppy eats this food, your other dogs eat that. >>

APRIL 20, 2020

HORSES AND DOGS SHARE UNIVERSAL PLAY LANGUAGE
All animals play. Running, rolling and wrestling with each other is a way for them to have fun, of course. But it also seems to be how they communicate and strengthen bonds with each other. >>

APRIL 19, 2020

10 THINGS THAT MAY HELP CALM A DOG WITH ANXIETY, ACCORDING TO A VETERINARIAN AND DOG TRAINERS
Like all animals, dogs can experience a variety of forms of fear, stress, and anxiety. >>

APRIL 16, 2020

12 MOST EXPENSIVE CATS IN THE WORLD
A lot of people look for the most expensive cats for the same reason they look for designer clothing. >>

APRIL 13, 2020

ANIMAL LOVERS MOVE INTO SHELTER FOR SOUTH AFRICAN LOCKDOWN
Dedicated staff at a South African animal shelter have gone into lockdown with dozens of dogs, cats and horses to make sure its four-legged residents are not left to fend for themselves during the coronavirus crisis. >>

APRIL 8, 2020

CAN DOGS SNIFF OUT COVID-19?
In the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, dogs might soon be on the front lines. >>

APRIL 7, 2020

HOT CROSS BUNS ARE TOXIC FOR DOGS SO DON’T GIVE IN TO THEIR PUPPY EYES
As UK households start stocking up on hot cross buns for the Easter weekend, vets have issued a stark reminder to pet owners that raisins are toxic for dogs. >>

APRIL 1, 2020

8 BASIC COMMANDS TO TEACH YOUR DOG WHILE YOU’RE QUARANTINED TOGETHER
Stuck inside with nothing to do? Teach your dog something new! >>

MARCH 31, 2020

HOW TO PROPERLY INTRODUCE A DOG TO A MUZZLE, ACCORDING TO A PROFESSIONAL DOG TRAINER
Muzzles and the dogs who wear them tend to have a bad reputation. >>

MARCH 28, 2020

LOCKDOWN: LOW-INCOME PET OWNERS FORCED TO GIVE UP THEIR ANIMALS
For some of us, the biggest inconvenience about a nationwide lockdown is boredom and not being able to meet up with friends for a drink. >>

MARCH 26, 2020

DURBAN FELINE LOVERS WIN COURT BID TO FEED CATS DURING LOCKDOWN
Cats of Durban, a non-profit organisation involved in the feeding of feral cats, secured a last-minute Durban high court order on Thursday, allowing feeding to continue during the lockdown. >>

MARCH 25, 2020

TEARS LETS THE DOGS OUT IN LOCKDOWN EMERGENCY TEMPORARY REHOMING
Stray and abandoned dogs housed at the Tears animal shelter in Cape Town will have an unexpected break from their kennels as the charity launches its “Great Escape” campaign to temporarily re-home their animals ahead of the Covid-19 lockdown. >>

MARCH 4, 2020

CAT DANDRUFF: 5 SIMPLE SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR CAT’S DRY SKIN
Does your cat have a bad case of dandruff? Dandruff and dry skin can leave your cat feeling itchy and uncomfortable, not to mention increasing the spread of dander and shedding in your home. >>

MARCH 8, 2020

THE DOG THAT KNOWS THE NAMES AND CATEGORIES OF ITS 100 TOYS
There’s a dog in Norway who knows not only the names of her toys but also the names of different categories of toys, and she learnt all this just by hanging out with her owners and playing her favourite game. >>

MARCH 3, 2020

40 OF THE BEST HYPOALLERGENIC DOG BREEDS FOR FAMILIES
Every four-legged friend is perfectly suited to an owner — unless, of course, that owner is allergic to dogs. >>

MARCH 12, 2020

MAJORITY OF DOGS SUFFER FROM ANXIETY, STUDY FINDS
The life of a dog may seem carefree, but according to new research, the animals are often dealing with anxiety. >>

MARCH 8, 2020

VETERINARIANS ANSWER 8 QUESTIONS ABOUT CATS THAT YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO ASK
Whether you own a cat or not, there are probably a few things you’ve always wondered about them. >>

MARCH 1, 2020

15 SIGNS YOU SHOULD BRING YOUR PET TO THE VET
Since pets can’t talk, sometimes it can be difficult to detect when they don’t feel well or they aren’t in perfect health. >>

FEBRUARY 28, 2020

WHAT IS SPAYING AND NEUTERING OF DOGS AND CATS?
It is the surgical removal of reproductive organs of dogs or cats. >>

FEBRUARY 26, 2020

HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST DOG HARNESS, ACCORDING TO EXPERTS
From no-pull dog harnesses to the best harnesses for small dogs and ones designed with ID tags in mind, find the best one for your dog >>

FEBRUARY 15, 2020

PET TALK: DON’T BRUSH OFF YOUR CAT’S DENTAL HEALTH
February is Pet Dental Health Month, an opportune time for pet owners to check in on the health of their furry friend’s mouth. >>

FEBRUARY 12, 2020

‘FAREWELL, BRAVE COLLEAGUE’ – EMOTIONAL EASTERN CAPE COPS SAY GOODBYE TO HERO DOG
An Eastern Cape police dog who had apprehended almost 50 suspects and helped recover stolen goods worth more than R1m has lost its battle with cancer. >>

FEBRUARY 15, 2020

PETS 4 HOME ENTERTAINMENT: WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF TV FOR CATS AND BOOKS FOR DOGS
Many of us are at least partly addicted to streaming services… and now your pets can be too. The entertainment market for animals now includes Amazon Prime, Spotify and Audible. >>

FEBRUARY 8, 2020

VETERINARIANS REVEAL 10 OF THE MOST COMMON MISTAKES PET OWNERS MAKE
Helping your pet live their best life isn’t always easy.  But there are a few ways you could unknowingly be making their life a bit more difficult or even be missing out key warning signs related to their health. >>

FEBRUARY 7, 2020

DO CATS REALLY ALWAYS LAND ON THEIR FEET?
How do cats manage to spin around so quickly when they fall – and does it always work? >>

FEBRUARY 5, 2020

HOW TO LOVE YOUR DOG: A VALENTINE-INSPIRED PRIMER
When it comes to love, dogs offer all of the devotion with none of the guile. They won’t sign up for a secret account on Match.com, or see another owner behind your back. >>

JANUARY 25, 2020

ALERT TO DOG OWNERS OVER VIRAL OUTBREAK
Cape Town – Dog owners are encouraged to be on high alert as a Canine Parvovirus (CPV) outbreak has been reported. >>

JANUARY 18, 2020

A CAT AND MEERKAT ARE BEST FRIENDS, AND IT’S SOMETHING STRAIGHT OUT OF ‘THE LION KING’
Surya the meerkat and Nice the cat are best friends and live in Saint Petersburg, Russia with owner Ekaterina Kuraeva. >>

JANUARY 23, 2020

THE DOG TAX: WESTERN CAPE MUNICIPALITY SLAMMED FOR ‘PET LICENCE’ LAW
Not many tails are wagging in the Overstrand Municipality on Thursday. The so-called ‘dog tax’ has pet owners up in arms – here’s what you need to know. >>

JANUARY 21, 2020

DOTSURE NIGHT WALKIES 2020
Grab your family, your friends and your dog for an unforgettable night. >>

JANUARY 17, 2020

WHAT IS DOGFISHING?
New statistics released by Dogs Trust have revealed that thousands of dog lovers may have been ‘dogfished’ into buying illegally imported puppies. >>

JANUARY 16, 2020

SPOTIFY RELEASES ‘PET PLAYLISTS’ THAT CHOOSES SONGS FOR YOUR CAT, DOG OR IGUANA TO LISTEN TO
Songs will be chosen to match the characteristics of animals, and the tastes of their owners. >>

JANUARY 9, 2020

CES 2020: FOUR HIGH-TECH GADGETS TO KEEP YOUR PET HAPPY AND HEALTHY
For whichever of your furry friends you’re putting on an airplane, there exists the CarePod. >>

DECEMBER 22, 2020

THEY BARK, WE BUY: PET INFLUENCERS HAVING BIG IMPACT OF WHAT HUMANS SPEND
Move over Jenners, Kardashians, Jonases and Beckhams – your new competitors have bite. >>

JANUARY 7, 2020

WE KNOW SOME DOG BREEDS SUFFER. SO WHY DO WE KEEP BUYING THEM?
We dote on dogs, refer to them as our best mates and sometimes even let them share our beds. >>

JANUARY 6, 2020

VETS REVEAL 10 OF THE MOST COMMON MISTAKES PET OWNERS MAKE
Helping your pet live their best life isn’t always easy, but there are a few ways you could unknowingly be making their life a bit more difficult or even be missing out key warning signs related to their health. >>

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