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Saying Goodbye - Dealing with the Loss

leashes    By Claire Lai Lam

Death and loss is an inevitable part of life and losing a beloved pet is no less painful than losing a member of the family or a close friend. Our pets form an attachment bond with us and we, with them. A pet often offers us one of our most consistent and comforting relationships. They accept our quirks and love us unconditionally. Pets become a member of the family; they often go on holiday with their people and some are even known to attend family weddings!

When your special FurKid dies, it makes sense that you will experience a wide range of emotions. I have counselled individuals who would say things like "I feel silly, you probably don't want to hear about my dog, she wasn't a person". My response? No, your pet wasn't a person (and that might be part of the reason you loved them so much!), but your pet was important and special to you and your relationship was, and still is meaningful. Give yourself permission to feel your feelings, you are entitled to grief – don't forget that. Read more...

 

Delicious Doggie Treats: Crunchy Oatmeal Cookies

 

dog-treats-2   Enjoy our selection of delicious, drool-inspiring recipes. Each treat has been tested and certified as deeeeelicious! 

Share your oatmeal with your dog! Your dogs will love the taste of oatmeal dog treats. Oatmeal treats help your dog from the inside out. Oats can help lower cholesterol which means reduced risk of heart disease. The high fiber in oats may also contribute to colon health and help keep your dog regular. These tasty grains also provide high protein levels and good sources of magnesium, iron, zinc as well as several B vitamins. Read more...

 

Riding in Cars with Pets - Motion sickness

dog-car-window   Traveling with pets can sometimes be a trial! While some dogs and cats adapt easily to car journeys, others hate the motion and feelings of confinement.

Travel or motion sickness is caused by movement in different directions, particularly when the animal is sitting or standing still in a moving vehicle, boat or plane. It can also happen when there is a loss of visual contact with the outside horizon or due to pressure changes in the inner ear during air travel. Read more...

 

Flaxseed or Fish Oil

dog_eating   Read what Paul Jacobson a Pet Food Nutritionist, qualified chef and owner of Vondis Holistic Pet Nutrition recommends: 

Almost every Vet will recommend an Omega 3 when treating skin disorders and inflammation. My preference, especially when treating skin ailments, is high quality fish oil, preferably salmon oil. Read more...

 

Three Woofs for no more Quarantine!

right1imgBy Linda Harding / The Squashed Tomato

For many years, people emigrating to the United Kingdom were faced with a horrible decision to make with regards to their pets – either to subject them to the soul-breaking 6 month quarantine period, or to try and re-home them (or worse) before leaving.

Why six months, you ask? The law was severely outdated and had been in place since the 1800's (yes, that long ago!) to control and prevent the occurrence of rabies within the United Kingdom. Thanks to the miracle of science, today's rabies vaccines are vastly improved and have significantly reduced the threat of this dangerous and highly contagious disease. Read more...

 

Featured FurKidz: Our Golden Oldies

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Age before beauty - giving older dogs a chance

When most people visit a shelter, they head straight for the puppies. The older dogs get a quick glance, but not much else. It’s understandable, because puppies are so cute, but it’s a bit unfair. Older dogs have a lot more to offer than you think!

Firstly, you have to realise that not all older dogs are in shelters because they have behavioural problems. These dogs find themselves out of homes for a number of reasons. These could range from a lifestyle change to a move to a house or flat where pets aren’t allowed, to the death of an owner. Some of them even came to the shelter as pups! Read more...

 

Featured FurKidz: The Three Musketeers

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'The Three Musketeers' came into Animal Welfare Society Helderberg as unwanted pups. They are happy bouncy young boys longing for a place to calm home. So far they only know a kennel bed and the shelter free run, but have never had the joy of sleeping in a cosy, comfy in-house doggie bed and to run through the fields and ocean sands. All three of them have been at the shelter for nearly a year and are about 15 months old.

Zulu, Teddy and Brady are wonderful dogs in their own right, and no one understands why they are always overlooked. The Welfare is overflowing, and more animals are pouring in all the time, these boys urgently need to find homes! Read more...

 

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