The best start for a new pet kitten

As with puppies, setting your new kitten up for a happy co-existence with its new family is largely dependent on the initial welcome and introduction to its new home. Be well prepared by following these 10 suggestions to bringing a new kitten into its new home:   Before your...

Particular nutrition pet foods – a pet’s first medical intervention

Responsible pet ownership does not stop and start with meeting your pet’s daily needs. It peaks at times when signs of illness or injury surface and it is your obligation as an owner to take the necessary steps for immediate treatment at your veterinarian or local veterinary...

No chocolate treats for pets – an Easter warning

What would life be without chocolate? It’s delightfully sweet taste and creamy texture has the ability to ease a broken heart, improve a bad day or satisfy a craving. However, this dieter’s weakness and health nut’s reward could have dire consequences for your pets if ingested by...

Correct storage of pet foods

You’ve made the wise decision and purchased a pet food brand that puts the welling of your pet first – you’ve purchased a PFI (Pet Food Industry Association of Southern Africa) member brand, so you can rest assured that you’ve got a safe, nutritious food in your hands. But...

The importance of water in your pet’s diet

The obvious nutrients required by your pet for a full and balanced diet, such as protein, carbohydrates, fats, minerals and vitamins are more commonly considered. There is, however, another key nutrient that deserves as much attention for its overall health benefits – that...

The need for added vitamins and flavour in pet food

It’s true that commercially prepared pet foods are fortified with vitamins and minerals, but this is not due to “harsh” manufacturing processes destroying nutrients, as is sometimes incorrectly believed. Their inclusion aids in increasing the nutritional content of the product,...

Is my pet showing signs of an allergy?

Like us, pets are unfortunately not exempt from suffering from allergies. And since they’re not able to talk to us and tell us what they’re experiencing, it’s not always easy to spot the tell tail signs. Although no self-diagnosis should ever substitute the professional opinion...

Why chocolate is a no-no for pets, unless it is pet specific chocolate

With Easter around the corner, chocolate sales and consumption is set to sky rocket. While this may only mean a few extra pounds or cavities for you, the consequences for pets can be far more serious and even life threatening. When it comes to chocolate, rather exercise...

Behavioural effects of an imbalanced diet

A great deal of research has gone into understanding the dietary requirements of our pets. The top reference of this is the National Research Council’s Journal which houses all research conducted in reference tables to guide nutritionists. These findings form the basis of minimum...

Spoilt for choice – which pet food brand is right for my pet?

Much like us, each pet is unique, with different preferences and dietary considerations. Opting to feed your pet a commercially prepared pet food will ensure that you are supplying them with all of their basic nutritional requirements and thankfully, we are spoilt for choice when...