Author Archives: Mientjie Kleinhans

Save the date for the next Animaltalk Top Dog awards

The next Animaltalk Top Dog awards will take place on Saturday, 19 January 2019 at the Indaba Hote, Fourways. Every year we celebrate all the special dogs in South Africa as well as the professional people who ease the lives ...

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Frank and Fearless – the conservation-themed movie

Leon Schuster and Gray Hofmeyer’s latest comedy, Frank and Fearless, is all about rhino poachers, starring a beautiful Rottweiler and a baby rhino. Animaltalk spoke to Gray Hofmeyer, co-writer and filmmaker, about the strong conservation theme and the characters in ...

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Tortoise abuser sentenced

The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) investigated a case of deliberate cruelty to a tortoise by Letiya Mercy Lebakeng who was sentenced in the Palm Ridge Magistrate Court on 5 November 2018. Lebakeng was accused of deliberately and forcefully throwing ...

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Tips for pets afraid of thunder

You hear the crack of thunder in the distance and you cringe, knowing what follows next – a dog who is so afraid of the thunder that you struggle to keep him under control. But it doesn’t have to be ...

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Grooming your cat – it’s more than a cleaning act

Most cats will spend many hours grooming themselves – but with so much grooming going on, is it still necessary for you to groom your cat? Actually, yes. Especially if you have a longhair cat. That doesn’t mean that shorthair ...

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Prevent your pet from suffering from heatstroke

Our pets can suffer from heat just as much as we can in the hot summer months; some dog breeds even more than others. It is our responsibility to ensure that our pets are not exposed to the elements that ...

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7 Ways to enrich your dog’s life

Yes, dogs can become bored, and that is usually when behaviour problems can occur. Just like children, dogs need environmental enrichment to stimulate their minds and occupy their time. Although this might sound complicated, it actually just means that you ...

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Investigating fat metabolism disorders in South African Mini Schnauzers

by Dr Anthony Zambelli, Sr Jodi Venter, Dr Kenneth Joubert Mini Schnauzers are the seventh most common breed in South Africa according to the Kennel Union of Southern Africa (KUSA) registration for the last few years. This popular, spirited and ...

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Walking in the moonlight with your dog

Looking for something fun for the whole family to enjoy? Then head to the Moonlight Dog Walk on Friday 5 October at Killarney International Raceway in Milnerton. Presented by Hill’s Pet Nutrition and in aid of the Cape Animal Welfare ...

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Vaccinating 100 dogs for World Rabies Day

International World Rabies Day is on the 28th of September and this year, the Mdzananda Animal Clinic based in Khayelitsha, aims to vaccinate 100 dogs on the day. The clinic will be hosting a mass vaccination day where pets of ...

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Tracking poachers in the Kruger National Park

The College’s dog trainer Tina de Flamingh with one of the Beagles after a training exercise (Photo by Cherene Denoon-Stevens) Ten kilometres west of the Kruger National Park is the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC), offering conservation education, training and ...

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