Author Archives: Editor

Dealing with the death of your dog

When an older dog passes away, it can be a challenge to open your heart to another pet. Grieving for your dog is an important step, so give yourself time to come to terms with the loss. People deal with ...

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Water safety for your dog

Summer can be a great time for you and your dog. When enjoying those sunny summer days with your pet, it’s definitely important to keep him cool, and water can be a great way of doing that. But it’s equally ...

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Should you warm up and cool down your dog?

Whether you have a canine athlete, do obedience training with your dog, hike with him or just play in the garden, warming up is an important aspect of helping to prevent injuries or injury flare-ups. By raising the body temperature and ...

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Is it safe to give my dog human medication?

Human drugs are frequently used in veterinary medicine to treat a number of animal diseases. Your veterinarian has knowledge relating to these pharmaceutical agents and knows when they are required. Unfortunately, pets at home can often consume human medication and this can be fatal. Only use ...

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Manipulating mutts

The many ways in which dogs are able to manipulate us, even though they do so in the nicest and most amusing manner, reveal how intensely they study us and work out how best to sculpt us into pliable, obliging ...

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Breed profile: The Great Dane

A docile and sociable dog, the Great Dane is famed for his gentle nature and giant stature. Though to strangers they may look imposing, to families they are lovable and very rarely aggressive, making them great guard dogs. They take ...

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Fat be gone!

Obesity is the biggest health problem facing South African pets. Many owners believe a ‘little extra padding’ is not serious – but it is. Overweight pets have shorter lives, are at higher risk of diseases like arthritis, urinary conditions, skin ...

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Dog walking tips

Now that it’s spring, you and your dog will certainly be in the mood for walking. Most dogs love it. Mention the word ‘walkies’ or reach for the lead, and watch your dog’s reaction. If he’s anything like mine, he’ll ...

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What may be wrong if my dog is throwing up?

Vomiting may have numerous causes. In broad terms it may be caused by a problem in the stomach or intestines, or a problem outside of the intestinal tract. Intestinal problems that cause vomiting include gastritis (secondary to indiscriminate eating or ...

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Breed profile: The Boxer

The Boxer is a fun-loving, exuberant, affectionate, vigilant and loyal family dog, especially patient and accommodating with small children. The Boxer is part of the Molosser dog group, developed in Germany in the late 19th century from the now extinct ...

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It’s time for spring cleaning

A change in the season brings a new set of challenges for the pet owner. We look at ways to cope with spring shedding, allergies, parasites and how to keep pets safe outdoors Take a few hours and do a ...

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Do active dogs need a special diet?

A dog who goes for long runs every day is considered an ‘intermediate athlete’ in that he is not pulling dog sleds all day (most working dog nutritional research is done on these sled dogs), but is more active than ...

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