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ANIMALTALK EXPERT CONTRIBUTORS DR MARLI GREWAR I am a small animal veterinarian in Bellville, Cape Town. I graduated from Onderstepoort in 2006. I did my Honours Degree in small animal medicine and clinical pathology. We have two Miniature Schnauzers, a Devon Rex cat and a Sphynx cat.

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CANDI MOON I am from Furbabies Training School and have been an avid dog lover all my life. I offer puppy classes and domestic obedience classes from beginner to advanced level, as well as other fun classes and TTouch.

MICHELLE RONIAK I own the upmarket pet spa Le Pawtique in Craighall, Johannesburg. I always liken a pet parlour to a children’s crèche – it’s very work intensive, and a high level of responsibility.

DR KIRSTEN LACHENICHT I qualified as a vet from Onderstepoort in 2006 and have since gained experience in the UK and worked alongside some of the top small animal specialists in South Africa. I completed my Master’s in Business in 2012.

LORREN BARHAM Lorren is the owner of Pet Wellness Worx and she operates the hydro underwater treadmill used for rehabilitation of pets after orthopaedic and spinal surgery, as well as conditioning and exercising your healthy pets for wellness. She is the loving mom of three French Bulldogs called Sophie, Yogi-Bear and Busta, as well as Boris, a Dogue De Bordeaux.

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ON THE COVER Golden Retriever mother and pup (photo: Eric Isselee)

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Welcome A favourite the world over is our breed of this month. The Golden Retriever has been a preferred family companion for many years now and still continues to steal the hearts of many. Not only are they extremely affectionate, loyal and eager to please their humans, but they are also very intelligent and easy to train. They have lots of emotional intelligence, a characteristic that makes them ideal candidates for guide, assistance or therapy dog training. For more on this popular breed of dog, turn to page 30. In Quality kibbles – what’s in the bag?, starting on page 12, we talk to experts in the commercial pet food industry about how they ensure that the quality of their products is never compromised. They explain how they source their raw materials and the various testing procedures (before,

MAY 2015 VOLUME 21 NUMBER 05 PUBLISHER Urs Honegger EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Gerard Peter EDITOR Johann Theron | johann@panorama.co.za MANAGING EDITORS Deanne Dudley, Brigitte Billings STAFF WRITER Gina Hartoog SENIOR SUB EDITORS Vanessa Koekemoer, Noleen Fourie SUB EDITOR Nicolette Els EDITORIAL INTERNS Kgadi Mothotse, Charlotte Bastiaanse OPERATIONS & PRODUCTION MANAGER Paul Kotze DTP STUDIO MANAGER Cronjé du Toit TRAFFIC & PRODUCTION EXECUTIVE Deidre Bredenhann SENIOR DESIGNER Mauray Wolff DESIGNER Perpetua Chigumira-Wenda

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during and after manufacturing) are discussed. We also talk to Barry Hundley of the Pet Food Industry (PFI) Association of South Africa about how his organisation helps to ensure the safety of pet food products in South Africa and the various ways consumers can help to expose companies who do not follow the rules. So, if you are not happy with the quality of a product or you feel the product is not quite what is promised on the label, visit their website www.petwise.co.za or email your query to pfi-sa@iafrica.com. Greetings Johann Theron | Editor FOLLOW US ON

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FEATURES 04 20 Years of Animaltalk Two decades of making a difference ... 12 Quality kibbles – what’s in the bag? How can consumers be certain that commercial pet food contains what’s promised on the label?

REGULARS 06 Your letters Air your views

YOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO COMMERCIAL PET FOOD PG 12

BITS AND BITES 08 News you should know 22, 52 Focus 46 WIN a Miele vacuum cleaner valued at R4,000 Send us a photo of your rescue pet

BLOODHOUND: THE BEST NOSE IN TOWN PG 29

47 Two free posters 51 Crazy critters Your very own pages. A chance to show us your pet’s best moments KIDSTALK 42 Discover the world of animals, plus the pet of the month, activities and fun facts! DOGTALK 24 The superstars of SA’s dog world Winners of the 2014 Animaltalk Top Dog 100 Ratings 29 The Bloodhound He boasts the best sense of smell among all dogs 30 Golden Retriever An affectionate family friend 34 Join in the action WUMA SA Agility Championships 2015 preview 36 Learning to guide, part 2 A new series on the journey of a guide dog

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RED ALERT: THE PANGOLIN’S FUTURE IS UNCERTAIN PG 64

54 Breed profile: The Cornish Rex 56 Cats and the city How to choose an ideal cat for townhouse and apartment living, and how to keep an indoor cat happy 60 The Jaguarundi This shy, reclusive cat remains one of the Americas’ best kept secrets PETTALK 37 The sweetest piggy Tips on how to keep your pet guinea pig happy and healthy

KEEPING GUINEA PIGS AS PETS PG 37

CORNISH REX: THE CAT WITH WASHBOARD WAVES PG 54

WILDTHINGS 64 Pangolin in trouble The world’s most trafficked animal faces an uncertain future

WELFARE Welfare news • Forever adoptions • Animal 75  shelters • How you can help HEALTHCARE AND BEHAVIOUR 66 Q&A Nutrition, health, behaviour and grooming – your questions answered by experts, and the latest advice and information on health matters 79 Animaltalk Top Dog 100 Ratings

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MEDIATALK anniversary celebrations

20 YEARS Two decades of making a difference ...

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March 2002 When the Pretoria Zoo introduces their new koala exhibit, Animaltalk attends and helps to promote this first for South Africa

outh Africa’s favourite companion animal magazine is 20 years old! It’s a great achievement that we’d like to celebrate with you, our readers, throughout 2015. In the previous issues we looked at the period from 1994 to 2001. We now continue with the highlights from 2002 and 2003.

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July 2002 The Organisation of African Unity is disbanded and replaced by the African Union

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October 2002 Launch of the popular ‘Khyba, the guide dog’ column in Animaltalk

February 2002 Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom

April 2002 Animaltalk assists in the protection of the black oystercatcher along our coast January 2002 Animaltalk opens an office in Cape Town

June 2002 The revival of the once extinct quagga, by means of a special selective breeding programme, is celebrated in the magazine

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MEDIATALK anniversary celebrations For a timeline of Animaltalk covers over the years go to www.animalchannel.co.za/covers

January 2003 We identify the animals of the world (including Sumatran rhinos, hawksbill sea turtles and whale sharks) who are most threatened by smuggling and illegal trade

January 2003

February 2003

February 2003 The IFAW/Animaltalk Action Week and Awards are launched to celebrate SA’s animal superheroes (individuals and groups dedicated to animal welfare)

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March 2003 The Iraq War starts with the invasion of Iraq by the United States and allied forces

March 2003

May 2003

July 2003 Animaltalk becomes a co-sponsor of the World of Dogs and Cats and Pet Exhibition in Johannesburg

July 2003

September 2003

November 2003 When Walt Disney Pictures releases its long-awaited motion picture Finding Nemo, Animaltalk joins in the fun by offering readers great movie hampers

October 2003

November 2003

October 2003 The first of a series of regular monthly supplements appears in Animaltalk – a special on holidaying with your pets

May 2003 We explore the various ways to adopt a cat and give some handy tips to help a new cat owner settle in the adoptee September 2003 Animaltalk highlights the importance of marine conservation along South Africa’s coastline

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Bella the beautiful In August last year my life as a homeschooler turned into a real adventure. I got my first dog ever! After my parents promised me a puppy for my birthday, I started some research into choosing a breed that would best suit my needs. I decided on a female Golden Retriever, because I was just awestruck by their beauty and gentleness. Driving to Cape Town to meet her, I was bursting with excitement. She was the most adorable pup, and it was love at first sight. I decided to name her Bella (which means beautiful and devoted to God). Surviving the first month with my new furry friend was not a walk in the park though, as I had to take full responsibility from day one. That included pyjama drills, cleaning up after her, feeding her and being her full-time babysitter. I got a very quick and thorough introduction to parenthood, but bonding with Bella made it all worthwhile. She is currently an eight-month-old teenage girl who just wants to sleep all day long. Apart from me, her best friend is Frikkie the Boxer – my twin brother’s dog. They are inseparable and get into a lot of mischief, like sneaking into the spare room and destroying our camping mattresses. The highlight of their day is swimming together in the lagoon, and playing fetch. After enough physical exercise, they sleep safe and sound outside, cuddled up together. Really enjoying the magazine, thank you for all the inspiring stories and insightful articles. Wian Dekker Sedgefield

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birds and, in some cases, to people. I must admit that my prime concern is animals as they have no control over their habitats and how humans damage them. A number of years ago, I wrote a poem about the horrific consequences around fireworks. By the way, I have read your magazine for many years and have always found it to be informative and well presented.

Fireworks Your March 2015 issue of Animaltalk refers to fireworks and the damage that they do. I have never liked fireworks, mainly the big bangs, as they cause unnecessary injuries to animals and

Do Fireworks Darkness and shadow curl round the street; crawl up the houses – cloak them complete. Blend into black, just disappear; be silent and still, there’s nothing to fear. Sudden explosion,

rockets fly high – colour vibrant in the night sky. Crackers crash, horrific noise – parents say proudly, “Boys will be boys.” Excitement and laughter, children’s dreams – but dogs, cats and birds just hear the screams. Cower in terror; run wildly far – panicked and frightened, don’t see the car. Curious child steps close to the pile to look at the dynamite that costs her, her smile. Why carry on burning up money? Fireworks kill and that isn’t funny. Irene Emanuel Durban

The letter of the month wins a prize hamper worth R500 from Hill’s, the pet food brand recommended by veterinarians worldwide.

Pets in retirement homes I am reading, rather belatedly, a letter in your magazine on the subject of retirement villages, and I wanted to express my opinion. I think it is very cruel for retirement villages to expect people to give up their pets. I can understand some of the reasons but provided the dog is a quiet and sociable one, that the owner can guarantee picking up the poo each time, and other simple restrictions, why can’t the ‘authorities’ allow it? Elderly people are kept alive by their companions and then there is the dilemma: find a new home (never the same) or euthanasia – both traumatic. A pity there cannot be a group pressuring these ‘authorities’ to change the rules. Abigail Shiller Dainfern

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Fleas can jump up to 200 times their height. This is equivalent to a man jumping as high as the Empire State Building in New York

My Winston I am now in my eighties and count myself fortunate for having spent most of my life with German Shepherd Dogs. All my dogs have been wonderful, affectionate animals. My first GSD was called Winston (after my hero Winston Churchill). As illustrated by the photos, he was a dog who would not hurt a fly. Our chickens used to cuddle up to him

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to stay warm in winter. Our rabbits played with him and my daughters’ hamsters all loved him. One day I carried our bin to the front, so the bin men could collect the contents. ON OnFOLLOW myUSway to the gate a big rat jumped out of the bin and landed on my chest. I got such a fright that I dropped the www.facebook.com/AnimaltalkMagazine bin and let out a yell of fright. Winston immediately appeared and killed the rat.

Although Winston loved all creatures, he sensed that this one posed some danger and killed it to protect me. We always felt very safe in our home thanks to the wonderful Winston. He lived to the good age of 14 years. Ken Williams Cape Town

How do goats express emotion?

Goats have feelings too

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In January I entered your Annie competition and was over the moon when I was announced as one of the winners. I received my prize via courier on 9 February – a gorgeous Annie puppy plush toy! Thank you for this great surprise. By the way, winning the toy puppy was the topic of a prepared speech I had to give at school. Love your magazine! Abigail Shiller ectric eelsDainfern can control prey remotely

I’ve had dwarf goats as pets for a number of years now and shall never swop them for any other animals. They make ideal outdoor pets and are relatively easy to keep. My experience is that the correct While therewith has been a great deal diet and healthcare, of research into negative emotions dwarf will do well and stress goats in animals, it is often hard and even breed for those who work with animals to successfully. I therefore enjoyed your article know when they are in more subtle positive states. on how goats express their emotions in the Dr Alan McElligott and Dr Elodie Briefer, working from Queen Mary University February ‘15 issue of Animaltalk. Goats do of London with goats at Buttercups Sanctuary for Goats, carried out the have feelings and yes, they do express them. first research, published in the journal Animal to look at a their ears forward and TheyBehaviour, really do point (photo: NikkiHoff)

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hold their tails up when happy. For me a happy goat looks almost like a happy kitten. I love my goat children. Monique Meyer Pretoria

R1 million thanks to you As a result of the article on Barking Mad’s Dogtown (a shelter for homeless dogs) you published in the January 2015 issue of Animaltalk, one of your readers has bequeathed R1 million in his will to Dogtown. Thank you so much! Pat Barr-Sanders Barking Mad Read the full article @ animalchannel.co.za/dogtown

complete picture of physiological, behavioural and vocal indicators of emotion to understand how goats

express emotions during mildly positive or negative situations. They found that goats were more likely to point their ears forward and keep their tails up when they were in

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Animaltalk’s fundraising for Kitty and Puppy Haven When the Kitty and Puppy Haven shelter in Midrand, Johannesburg was burgled in March, Animaltalk launched a digital and social media campaign to raise funds for this animal welfare organisation. Animaltalk readers responded immediately and by the time of going to press with this issue of Animaltalk at the end of March, you have donated more than R12,000. An amount of R10,000 was donated by Mix FM radio station (Midrand). Mix FM made this welcome donation to support their community and help people/animals in need. They feel very strongly for animal charities because most corporates sponsor children or food projects and forget that animals are just as important to the community as humans are. Thanks to Mix FM and the Animaltalk readers who donated in aid of this important cause.

YOU CAN HELP TOO! Visit animalchannel.co.za, click on ‘Kitty and Puppy Haven needs your help!’, scroll down and DONATE!

Roxy Blows from Mix FM, Samantha Berger of Kitty and Puppy Haven, Johann Theron of Animaltalk and Abigail Milosevich of Mix FM

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news from the animal world

Wildebeest are also called ‘gnu’ because of the grunts they make which sound like ‘gnu-gnu’

Is it cruel to lift a Scottie like this? When photos of the Scottish Terrier who won the 2015 Crufts Best In Show title went viral on social media around the world in March, Animaltalk posted a response from Terrier breeders and handlers. The photos on social media showed how the handler lifted the Scottish Terrier with one hand under the jaw line and the other holding the tail. To many animal lovers it seemed cruel, while Terrier breeders and handlers responded by saying Terriers are bred to have very thick tails (at the base) that serve as ‘handles’ when the dogs go to ground (in search of vermin). Please let us know how you feel about this matter – email your views to johann@ panorama.co.za. For more information visit www.animalchannel.co.za.

Training tips for you Animaltalk regularly posts easy-to-read training tips on our website and FB page. Let us know which topics you’d like us to illustrate in this manner – email johann@ panorama.co.za.

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• GOLF DAY • GOLF DAY • GOLF DAY • GOLF DAY • GOLF DAY • GOLF DAY • A birdie for an eagle What could be better than a good day of golf in aid of our wildlife? Join the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) for a fantastic fun-filled day of golf on the greens. Play for your wildlife heritage. Bring a friend and enjoy yourself while giving back to Mother Nature. Your participation in the golf day will ensure that the critical conservation work of the EWT can continue. The designated golf holes will be in celebration of our amazing cheetah, fish eagle, honey badger, bateleur eagle and pangolin. For more on this endangered animal, see our article on page 64. Proceeds from this day will go towards critical conservation efforts. WHEN: Friday, 29 May 2015 WHERE: Zwartkop Country Club, Centurion TIME: Registration is from 9am onwards Shotgun tee-off: 12 noon For more information contact debbiet@ewt.org.za

Moon bears need your help Animals Asia has secured the release of two moon bears who have been trapped on a bile farm in southern Vietnam for 10 years. They were delighted to reach their Tam Dao sanctuary in the north of Vietnam. Despite many obstacles, Animals Asia is seeing a positive and dramatic shift in Vietnam. In 2006, over 4,000 bears

were trapped on farms throughout the country. Today the number is around 1,200. The issue of bile farming is now a major topic in Vietnam. The release of these two bears is more good news in the bigger fight to protect Vietnam’s endangered moon bears and sun bears from exploitation, abuse and neglect. For more information visit www. animalsasia.org.

Wear your tekkies for a good cause on Friday 29 May It’s that time of the year again when you can kick of your high heels, school shoes or boots and swap them for your comfy pair of tekkies. The best part – it is all for a good cause, because Friday 29 May is Tekkie Tax Day. All you have to do is choose the sector you want to support: Animals Basic Family Care Children Disability or Education Get your R10 sticker (that is the tax you pay) and wear your tekkies. Maybe just wash them before you wear them. If you don’t have time, you can get a pair of funky shoelaces called ‘tekkie tags’. Get the stickers and ‘tekkie tags’ from any of the participating welfare organisations or you can order what you need directly from their website. For more info visit www.tekkietax.co.za.

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With new technology evolving, even more stringent control in the formulation and manufacture of pet food in South Africa will be implemented in future

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QUALITY KIBBLES What’s in the bag? How can consumers be certain that commercial pet food contains what’s promised on the label?

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The choice of pet food is a personal one, based on various factors unique to your personal circumstances. Whichever food you choose, you want to feel confident that the food is nutritionally balanced and safe for your pets. Manufacturers have a duty to provide their customers with a safe and healthy product. Once a new pet food is formulated and registered, the real work begins. Regular testing throughout the manufacturing process ensures the safety of the product and prevents food contaminated with mycotoxins, melamine or bacteria from reaching your pet’s dinner bowl. “Reputable pet food manufacturers know what the animal needs in terms of the minimum nutrients and the quality of those nutrients, and they want to make sure that the animal’s welfare is

looked after,” explains Dr Neil Dominy, general manager at Central Analytical Laboratories (CAL). “Testing guarantees the food contains everything the animal needs and is safe for consumption.” Executive director of the Pet Food Industry (PFI) Association of South Africa, Barry Hundley, says that safety is both a

need for the animals who eat the food and the humans who handle the food. “Pet food is sold in supermarkets and other stores where we buy our own food,” explains Barry. “We transport it home alongside our own groceries and often store it in our kitchens, handling it where we handle our own food. A toddler may

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“At Fish4Dogs our principal ingredient is Norwegian farmed salmon. Norwegian salmon farming has some of the best practices in the world – the use of growth hormones and antibiotics to promote growth is banned and all farms are limited to a small scale and strict environmental controls to manage seabed pollution. All Fish4Dogs’ foods conform to strict EU regulations governing safety, quality, and pack declarations, and are regularly inspected by independent ministry officials. In addition, Fish4Dogs only purchases ingredients and products from quality assured suppliers who conform to the company’s rigid standards regarding no use of hormones or antibiotic growth promoters, no genetically modified ingredients as well as good environmental and animal welfare standards.” Chantal Kleinhans, national brand manager for Fish4Dogs SA

“Taste or palatability is very important to Hill’s, because we want pets to enjoy what they eat and also ensure they take in enough food for it to be effective. Hill’s has a Department of Taste that develops and monitors palatability. Smell is far more important than actual taste when deciding if animals like a food, so the Department of Taste team have sensitive noses and ‘smell machines’ to help discern what animals will prefer. They don’t eat the food to determine if it would be palatable for dogs and cats, they smell it! Of course there is also a human involved in serving the food, so although the smell needs to be enticing for the pet, at the same time it cannot be offensive to the owner.” Dr Guy Fyvie, veterinary advisor at Hill’s Pet Nutrition South Africa

“The crude protein content shown in the guaranteed analysis on the back of a pet food bag is an estimate, calculated by measuring the nitrogen and multiplying that number by 6.38 to express the expected protein content. This is not the most reliable way to measure protein, as it doesn’t take into account the quality of the ingredients and the source of the nitrogen. In 2007, almost 100 brands in the US, Europe and South Africa had products recalled due to melamine and cyanuric acid contamination of several plant protein ingredients in the formulas. Melamine and cyanuric acid were added to artificially boost the nitrogen, and by default, the protein content of the food. Unfortunately, these ingredients also cause kidney failure and death in dogs and cats. Although none of the companies set out to contaminate their food themselves, adulterated ingredients in the final product are a very real concern linked to buying bulk commodity ingredients from the cheapest suppliers and outsourcing your manufacturing to a third party facility.” Sonja Maricevic, technical director at Pack Leader

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reach into the dog food bin and eat a few kibbles. This means that pet food must be safe, not only for the dogs and cats it feeds, but for humans too.”

Tests conducted before registration All pet food for sale in South Africa must be registered with Act 36 of 1947. The Act stipulates how food must be made up so that the formulation delivers a nutritionally balanced meal for the pet. Before pet food can be registered, the applicant (usually the pet food manufacturer) is required to have a sample of the food analysed according to specific requirements. This certificate of analysis must accompany the application to the Registrar of Act 36 at the Department of Agriculture. A registered professional natural scientist signs an affidavit to declare that the information supplied in the application is true and correct. Once the Registrar has assessed the new food and is satisfied with the formation and manufacturing process, the food will be registered. Upon registration, the manufacturer receives a V-number which he is required by law to place on the pet food label.

How do you know the product you buy is regularly tested? Always look for a V-number, followed by ‘Act 36 of 1947’ on the packaging before you buy a product. This indicates that the food has been registered by its manufacturer or distributor. “It is absolutely critical for pet owners to ensure that the food they purchase is

RAW MATERIAL TESTING

TESTING DURING MANUFACTURE

“Grains such as maize, rice and wheat, and vegetable fibres such as wheat bran, rice bran and defatted germ maize, are not offloaded from the trucks until the mycotoxin testing has been done and the results are zero or well below the maximum levels allowed by the Department of Agriculture, Act 36 of 1947. A number of samples are taken from different areas on the truck and a representative, homogeneous sample is prepared to test for the presence or absence of various mycotoxins. If all nutrient and microbial parameters are met, the raw material will be offloaded and added into a silo for pet food manufacturing. If the nutrient and/or microbial parameters exceed the maximum levels, the truck is returned to the supplier without being offloaded.” Henk Jutte of Complete Pet Food

“If the materials meet our requirements, they are offloaded from the truck. Raw material is then mixed into the required recipe according to the specifications given by the animal nutritionist. This mixture is sent for testing to determine if it meets all the nutritional levels. Only then is the mixture sent in to become dry pet food. During this production process regular samples are taken to determine if food safety, nutritional requirements and product appearance are met. All these tests during the different stages are conducted on site and verified by an external laboratory.” Christina de Beer, animal nutritionist at Foodcorp

registered, as this is the only way to ensure that the minimum nutritional standards are met and that the food has been examined to ensure this, and, further, that your pet is getting the best possible and safe food for them,” says PFI Executive Director Barry Hundley.

AUDITING OF THE MANUFACTURER AND RAW MATERIAL SUPPLIER “Pick n Pay’s Nutriphase pet food range is manufactured by a supplier that has FSSC 22000 certification from the South African Bureau of Standards. The manufacturer and raw material supplier are audited by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to ensure compliance with the regulations pertaining to the manufacture of the pet food. Raw materials are tested prior to manufacture, using an accredited external laboratory. A Pick n Pay technologist also visits the supplier to ensure that both the product and facility comply with all the necessary requirements.” Cindy Jenks, general manager of the Technical Division at Pick n Pay

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TESTS CONDUCTED ON PET FOOD TEST CATEGORY

WHAT IT TESTS FOR

Nutrient analysis

NIR spectroscopy or wet chemistry tests; tests for levels of protein, carbohydrates, fat, fibre, moisture, minerals (ash) like calcium, phosphates and sodium); results used for the ‘guaranteed analysis’ on the pet food label (requirement of Act 36); energy calculations.

Quality evaluation tests

Checking quality of raw materials; testing genetic markers for the source (to detect the presence of a specific animal protein); testing rancidity; shelflife evaluations.

Contaminant testing

Safety of the product – tests for mycotoxins (toxins produced by some mould species on cereals), melamine and micro-organisms (bacteria like salmonella and so forth).

Specific tests

Trials for digestibility of the product; substantiating claims on the packaging (for example, additional supplements for good bone/joint health).

Nutrient analysis Reputable manufacturers are committed to their products and customers and conduct rigorous testing to ensure that quality standards are upheld. Nutritional analysis is done to ensure the pet food meets all the guaranteed nutritional values. Tests include those for the levels of protein, carbohydrates (starch and sugar), fibre, fat, moisture and ash content of the product. Ingredients must be listed on the pet food label. The ingredient that makes up the highest level in the food is listed first. In diets for both dogs and cats, this should be protein. ‘Crude protein’ does not refer to the quality of the protein used in the recipe, but rather to the testing method used to determine the quantity of protein in the product. Tests for protein in food actually measure the level of nitrogen in the product. This total is then multiplied by a factor (6.38), which gives the estimated protein value.

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Nutrient analysis is conducted on the raw materials to ensure they meet the requirement for the pet food formulation. Raw materials are tested for mycotoxins, including the deadly aflatoxin, deoxynivalenol (DON) and vomitoxin. Other tests, especially for meat and meat by-products, include a microbial analysis to test for the presence of pathogens like E. Coli and salmonella. Many manufacturers now have their own near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy testing equipment on site. Numerous samples can be taken from a truck of raw materials and tested before the stock is offloaded into the factory. If the NIR spectroscopy tests reveal anything questionable, the consignment will be quarantined for more in-depth wet chemistry testing at a laboratory to establish if there is a problem with the material. Once the raw materials are deemed safe, they will be released into the factory and production of the pet food begins. Reputable manufacturers take all steps in the production chain very seriously. The process is carefully monitored, and depending on the individual manufacturer, further tests may be conducted during this process.

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TESTS THROUGHOUT THE MANUFACTURING PROCESS “Manufacturing and testing before, during and of final the product all occur in-house at our international plant in the Netherlands. All of our raw material suppliers must pass a rigorous audit before being approved for use. All animal-derived ingredients must pass a test as fit for human consumption. We have a proprietary protein refining process to ensure consistent high quality. Our plant complies with EU legislation and we have a comprehensive Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) system in place to guarantee food safety. Protein, moisture, fat, and ash analyses are performed on each formulation throughout the production run and each product is coded for traceability back to the ingredient source. At least 120 quality checks are conducted on each bag of food at every step of the manufacturing process to ensure safety and quality of our pet foods.” Dr Frans Pretorius, veterinary technical manager, Cube Route (Pty) Ltd (Eukanuba, Iams and Eukanuba Veterinary)

POSITIVE HOLD AND RELEASE PROCEDURES

TESTING AT REPUTABLE LABS

“Royal Canin has a strict testing protocol critical for both raw materials and finished products as well as during the manufacturing process. Positive hold and release (PHR) is standard procedure within Royal Canin. This relates to locally manufactured products not being released onto the market until certain finished goods external testing protocols have been conducted. This ensures that the finished product is part of a complete cycle of testing throughout the manufacturing cycle of the product – from raw materials to final packaged product.” Michelle Christie, corporate affairs manager for Royal Canin

“It will always be a step in the right direction if random independent tests are done within the industry to regulate that companies are adhering to the correct policies and procedures set out by the Minister of Trade and Industry. Though saying that, it will always be necessary for companies to take full responsibility for the safety of their product. A good way to ensure that companies are adhering to these policies is by using independent laboratories that are registered with the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS). This will create an industry where customers can be assured the product they are feeding their pet has gone through numerous checks to guarantee a quality product. Montego Pet Nutrition only uses laboratories that are registered with SANAS.” Wilfred Cawood, marketing manager at Montego Pet Nutrition

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Once the food is processed, tests are run on the finished product to ensure that it is safe and meets guaranteed nutritional values before it enters the marketplace. This is called a positive hold and release system – the finished product is held in quarantine and only released for distribution to the stores if test results are favourable.

Random tests on finished products on the market

A packaging and labelling committee of the Pet Food Industry (PFI) Association is re-writing an Industry Advertising Code for the pet food industry. The new code, which will be adopted in 2016, will replace the current code at the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). The current code is part of the advertising requirement detailed in Act 36. The PFI has support from the Registrar of Act 36 that once the new code is finalised, the advertising section will be written out of Act 36. All advertising complaints will then be handled by the ASA. Any member of the public can raise a complaint with the ASA (free of charge) in terms of the advertising of a particular pet food and the ASA will look at the case. The ASA ruling will then be final, open to appeal to the ASA only and complaints will no longer be able to be appealed and referred back to Act 36.

self-policing code. Any pet food on sale in South Africa can be selected, including members and non-members of the PFI, and economy and premium brands. The samples undergo NIR spectroscopy tests or more in-depth wet chemistry tests should these be required. Samples are analysed for their nutrient content and the results are compared to those declared on the packaging. The test results, whether

Manufacturers who follow the test procedures outlined above are those who are dedicated to providing the best quality product for their customers. For others, substantial profits are more appealing. After registration of a pet food, an unethical manufacturer may change or adapt his registered formulation to maximise his profits. “In essence, he steals nutrients from the bag so that the product is cheaper to produce and his profits are higher,” explains Barry Hundley. “There is no concern for the health and nutrition of the animals who eat the food.” The PFI regularly purchases pet food products from stores and sends them to an independent and accredited laboratory for various tests as part of an industry

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GOT A PET FOOD QUERY? Contact the pet food manufacturer’s customer helpline for more information. Companies must provide their contact details on the pet food label. If you have a concern about the nutritional value or ingredients of a specific pet food, contact the PFI for further assistance. Website: www.petwise.co.za or email: pfi-sa@iafrica.com.

Why is there ash in my pet’s food?

compliant or non-compliant, are stored in a PFI database. If the manufacturer is found to be non-compliant, the company will be requested to correct the formulation. Should this not be done, the PFI will share the information with Act 36.

Looking ahead

Ash is a commonly misunderstood item on the pet food label. Ash is not an ingredient used to bulk up the food, it is a measurement of the food’s mineral content. When major nutrients like protein, carbohydrates and fat are incinerated for the food’s nutritional analysis, all that remains are inorganic minerals like calcium and phosphorus. The average ash content for dry pet food is between 5% and 8% and for wet food, about 2.5%. In some cases, a diet with a higher than average ash content may not be appropriate for your pet, so speak to your veterinarian if you are concerned about your pet’s current diet.

Even more stringent control in the formulation and manufacture of pet food in South Africa is on the horizon. The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) SANS 909 was developed by people in the pet food industry with technical expertise, academics and Act 36. It is a complete Standard document on pet food nutrition

and manufacture. When public comment is complete, the Standard will be published as an official South African Standard. Act 36 currently holds the mandate for pet food in the country. The Act will need to be amended to refer to the SANS 909 and once this is done, SANS 909 will be written into law. “The win situation for both industry and the pet is that the SABS will enable Act 36 and the industry to quickly implement changes, like those for new technology, which should be included in the pet food Standards,” says Barry Hundley of the PFI.

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MULTIPLE HORNS A native of the Isle of Man (United Kingdom), the manx loaghtan is a very rare breed of sheep. Sporting four or even six horns, this unusual woolly animal is unlike any other of his species. Less than 2,000 individuals still exist today (during the 1950s only 43 specimens survived, but numbers were increased through a specialised breeding programme). This sheep’s prized wool is soft and rich brown in colour and is used to produce woollens and tweeds. Relatively small in size, the manx loaghtan is fine-boned and has a short tail. His colour is known as ‘moorit’, shades between fawn and dark reddish brown.


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DID YOU KNOW? There are over 400 recognised breeds of dog and breed varieties around the world

dogtalk These pages help you decide on the ideal breed of dog for you, help you deal with behavioural issues, improve your dog’s well-being and provide you with training tips

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Canine agility is a growing sport in South Africa. For more information on this year’s National Championships, turn to page 34 (photo: Castka)

For more on the various breeds of dogs available in South Africa, visit animalchannel.co.za or consult SA’s Dog Directory, now on shelves in selected Pick n Pays or visit www.coolmags.com SA Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind breeds and trains dogs to be assistants to humans. For more info visit www.guidedog.org.za or phone 011 705 3512.

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of SA’s dog world Winners of the 2014 Animaltalk Top Dog 100 Ratings

The class of 2014 (back row from left to right): Rottweiler Zarrose Frankie-Freo and Richard Carter; Henk Jutte of SA Complete Pet Food (co-sponsor of the event); Pointer Seasyde Hollywood and Louis Kruger; Irish Wolfhound Celticlight Aslan Crusader Of Toddington and Brigid Harmer; Joy McFarlane, owner of the Saluki Elamir Classic Design For Fleetwind; Great Dane Fairmoor Call Me Frazer and Leigh Beckmann; Urs Honegger, publisher of Animaltalk; Afghan Hound Scaramouche Show Must Go On and Clair van den Berg (front row from left to right): Skye Terrier Linum Precious Ringo Of Nonsuch and Belinda Tarr; Samoyed Annan Burning Ambition and Denise Edmondson; Yorkshire Terrier The Best Models Trust Me At Xamner and Rene Potgieter; Shih Tzu Midnightdream Thril’f Victory and Riekie Erwee; Maltese Fabulous Moment Valentina’s Magic and Dr Heidi Rolfes; and Daniela Perra (representing the Pekingese Sunrise Dragon Sunny Sky Of Noblecourt)

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outh Africa’s number one show dog for 2014, the adorable Shih Tzu Multiple Ch Midnightdream Thril’f Victory owned by Riekie Erwee, was the star at the Animaltalk Top 100 Awards held on 14 March 2015 in Johannesburg. Danny, as he is affectionately known, and the other top dogs strutted their stuff on the red carpet at the country’s most prestigious show dog event. Held at the Indaba Hotel in Fourways, the function was also attended by dog owners and handlers from all over South Africa. During the function R20,000 was raised for the South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind (GDA). The money will be used in aid of the GDA’s training programme to provide canine companions for people with disabilities. The gala lunch was co-sponsored by SA Complete Pet Food. Each year, Animaltalk recognises the achievements of the top 100 best show dogs in the country, with high accolades going to the dogs who have scored the most points during the course of the year. This year Animaltalk magazine also had something to celebrate – it was the 20th anniversary of this highly prestigious event and everyone at Animaltalk is hoping for another great 20 years to come.

Victory Top Dog Danny was born on 2 January 2011 and has just turned four years old. He lives the good life with Riekie and regularly travels to shows in South Africa and abroad. He started his show career at six months old by winning his first title as ‘Reserve Best puppy in Show’, and from there he has won numerous titles including Animaltalk’s Top 100 two years in a row as well as KUSA Show Dog of the Year in 2013

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and 2014. A high point in his career was when he won Winners Dog at the Shih Tzu Nationals in St Louis in the USA in 2014. Riekie says: “Shih Tzus are peoples’ dogs. They are extremely loveable, they enjoy attention and are very intelligent and playful. As puppies they are little balls of fluff and they then grow into real characters. Back in 1995 a friend of mine had a Shih Tzu and I absolutely fell in love with the breed and imported my first dog from the States. At his first show ‘Face’ won best puppy and I was hooked on dog shows from there. I love the competitiveness and the challenge of grooming a dog for the shows.” Danny’s favourite treat is liver – he goes bananas for this delightful delicacy. He gets brushed twice a day and bathed and blow-dried every four days. He is a long-coated dog and his coat needs extra care and protection. Riekie says she uses Pantene shampoo to get his coat all sleek and silky. Danny is a very friendly and loving dog. At shows he is more than happy to express happiness when meeting people or new friends (other doggies). He enjoys giving lots of kisses and his favourite sleeping habit is sleeping on his back with his legs up to get a breeze of cool air.

About SA Complete Pet Food

This year’s co-sponsor, SA Complete Pet Food, supplies high quality pet food to customers right across South Africa. Their products are formulated and manufactured under stringent quality control procedures to ensure customer satisfaction. The cooking process reduces the percentage of certain ingredients, and therefore the levels of vitamins and other ingredients which are affected are measured after the cooking process to ensure that the required levels are consistently maintained. SA Complete Pet Food is a member of the pet food industry (PFI) of South Africa which furthers the best interest of pets in South Africa.

About the South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind The South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind (GDA) was founded in 1953 by Gladys Evans. The organisation’s mission is to enhance the mobility, independence and dignity of blind and partially sighted people, and to advocate the recognition and protection of the rights of all persons

with disabilities. Through the years the GDA has made a huge difference in society by training guide dogs for the visually impaired and service dogs for the physically impaired. For more information visit www.guidedog.org.za.

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FOR CURRENT TOP DOG 100 RATINGS TURN TO PAGE 79

Second and Top Hound: Afghan Hound Scaramouche Show Must Go On and Clair van den Berg

The 2014 Animaltalk Top Dog and Top Utility Dog, Shih Tzu Midnightdream Thril’f Victory, owned by Riekie Erwee

Third and Top Working Dog: Great Dane Fairmoor Call Me Frazer, owned by Leigh Beckmann

Fourth: Irish Wolfhound Celticlight Aslan Crusader Of Toddington, owned by Brigid Harmer

Fifth: Saluki Elamir Classic Design For Fleetwind, owned by Elrena Stadler and Joy McFarlane

Seventh and Top Toy Dog: Maltese Fabulous Moment Valentina’s Magic, owned by Dr Heidi Rolfes

Sixth: Rottweiler Zarrose FrankieFreo, handled by Richard Carter and owned by Pauline Cronje

Tenth: Yorkshire Terrier The Best Models Trust Me At Xamner, owned by Rene Potgieter

Top Herding Dog: Samoyed Annan Burning Ambition, owned by Denise Edmondson

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TOP DOG 100 BREEDERS' GALLERY

Top Gundog and Top Bitch: Pointer Seasyde Hollywood, owned by Louis Kruger

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Ninth and Top Terrier: Skye Terrier Linum Precious Ringo Of Nonsuch, owned by Ronnie Watt

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Breeder of the most Bulldog champions in South Africa

Bring me the perfect judge and I will bring the perfect Bulldog Bring me the best judge and I will bring the best Bulldog Great thank you to breeders who helped me achieve this great achievement: SA Bulldog breeder Mr Wassersicht of Happy Kennel Bulldogs and overseas breeders: Mrs Celia Campbell of Clarendon Bulldogs (UK) Mr & Mrs Hayball of Thydeal Bulldogs (UK) Mrs Pat Dellar of Merriveen Bulldogs (UK) Mrs Sue Garside of Iceglint Bulldogs (UK) Jim & Kirsty McGreevy of Joelee Bulldogs (UK)

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Golden Retriever Charming and affectionate – a best friend for the whole family

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charming character combined with great loyalty makes the Golden Retriever an excellent companion for children. This trustworthy dog loves the outdoors and an active lifestyle. He’ll gladly retrieve anything you throw for him and he just loves the water too. A highly intelligent breed, the Golden responds very well to training. Avoid starting strenuous sports too early in puppyhood as bones and ligaments need to grow and strengthen. The Golden Retriever was developed in the last century. A yellow Wavy Coated Retriever was mated to a Tweed Water Spaniel and produced four yellow puppies who became the ancestors of the breed.

Temperament and lifestyle The Golden Retriever is a friendly, loving and intelligent dog who wants nothing more than to be part of his family. The breed’s original job as a Gundog has sculpted it into what it is today – the ideal family dog who gets along with children and other pets, a very good reason why working ability should be preserved in this beautiful breed. It is important to remember that puppies don’t come trained! As a new pet owner you will need to put in a lot of time to shape your new companion into this perfect dog. Golden Retrievers are at risk of becoming overly boisterous and should attend puppy classes to learn at an early age how to interact calmly and politely with people and other dogs.

Golden Retriever colours

Exercise and training The breed needs plenty of daily offleash exercise and mental stimulation – such as hiking, swimming or walking on the beach. Owners should never forget that these dogs are ‘retrievers’ and that they enjoy carrying things in their mouths – soft toys and balls can be great rewards for training and retrieving games are an excellent way to make a Golden Retriever feel good. Training a good recall is essential as Golden Retrievers’ sociability with other dogs and people tends to cause them to happily wander away from their owners on walks. They are also inclined to bark when they want

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something and owners must be careful not to reinforce this or it will quickly become a very annoying habit. They usually excel at obedience training. Once mature, Golden Retrievers can make excellent therapy dogs as they are usually very tolerant of handling and enjoy interacting with all sorts of people.

of overall shedding and prevent painful mats from forming. If groomed regularly, once or twice a week, the whole procedure should only take 30 minutes. A daily brush while he is shedding will control the amount of hair left to fall on your carpets and furniture. Golden Retrievers may suffer from obesity if overfed, so select a healthy diet. Hereditary conditions include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, heart problems and skin allergies, so only buy a puppy from a responsible breeder.

Daily care and health The Golden’s dense coat must be groomed regularly to help reduce the amount

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JOIN IN THE ACTION WUMA SA Agility Championships 2015 are taking place this month

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og agility is a dog sport in which a handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy. Dogs run off-leash with no food or toys as incentives, and the handler can touch neither dog nor obstacles. Consequently the handler’s controls are limited to voice, movement and various body signals, requiring exceptional training of the animal and co-ordination of the handler. In its simplest form, an agility course consists of a set of standard obstacles laid out by a judge in a design of his or her own choosing in an area of a specified size. There can be jumps, tunnels, as well as contact obstacles like the A-frame, see-saw and dog walk. In competition, the handler must assess the course, decide on handling strategies, and direct the dog through the course, with precision and speed equally important. Many strategies exist to compensate for the inherent difference in human and dog speeds and the strengths and weaknesses of the various dogs and handlers. The South African Agility Championships is the most prestigious event that the agility community has on their calendar. Dogs from across the country have to qualify by competing in four trials prior to the event. The top 60 dogs across all three height categories then qualify to compete at the SA Championships. In addition, the SA Trials for the Agility World Championships are held in conjunction with the event, over the same courses. The team who will represent SA in Italy is selected at the end of the five rounds.

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Scan the QR code for more info on the SA Champs

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Kenobi’s stats Sire: Dell Dam: Jelly DOB: 15/11/2014 Breed: Labrador Retriever Colour: Black

The ‘K’ litter pups’ favourite part of puppy class is playtime!

Kenobi Kenobi is a guide dog in training for GDA (The South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind). We will be following his journey to learn more about what happens behind the scenes in the process of becoming a guide or service dog. If you would like to ask him any questions, email animaltalk@panorama.co.za.

A new home In the previous issue we discussed what happens in the first seven to eight weeks of a Guide Dog puppy’s life. In this issue we will look at what happens once the puppy goes to his new home.

It’s all chew toys to them Raising a Guide Dog puppy is a big responsibility. The puppies demand a lot of attention and puppy raisers are faced with digging, chewing, mouthing, barking, swimming, jumping, stealing food, messing in the house and every other unwanted puppy behaviour imaginable! Not only do the puppy raisers have to combat these behaviours, but they must also teach the puppy basic obedience, a task that isn’t made easier by a hyperactive Labrador.

Socialisation Puppy raisers are required to attend a 13-week socialisation course with the other

pups of the same litter. These puppy classes take place at the Gladys Evans Training Centre and are run by their puppy raising supervisors. During this time puppy raisers are educated on how to solve any problems that they may be facing with their puppies. They are also shown how to teach basic obedience. Positive reinforcement is used to teach the puppies to do behaviours such as sit, down, stand and stay. Kenobi is very clever and learned very quickly to sit and ‘down’ for a treat! It is very important for Guide Dog puppies to be exposed to different environments and to be well socialised. Dogs who have not been properly socialised and exposed may have fears or environmental sensitivity. A dog who is easily frightened will not be safe as a working Guide Dog. To ensure that the puppies are well socialised, puppy raisers go home with a socialisation hit list when they receive their pups. Items on this list include: dogs of different breeds,

children and adults of different ethnicities, loud noises, trucks, birds, farm animals, wheelchairs, statues, cats, open stairs and traffic, to name only a few. Puppy classes include going to a nursery school, a farm, a fire station and shopping centres. Many puppies, including Kenobi, go to work with their puppy raisers to ensure that the pup is being exposed every day. It is important for Guide Dog puppies to make positive associations with new objects and situations. The puppies are never forced to go up to something that they are scared of and they are never punished for being frightened. They are encouraged with treats and are gently reassured. In the next issue we will discuss how the puppies progress in the puppy raising programme.

To follow Kenobi’s Diary, go to http://bit.ly/KenobisDiary

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guinea pigs

Guinea pigs aren’t really pigs and they aren’t from Guinea either. They originated from the Andes of South America and are believed to be descendants of the wild pigs who still roam South America

Below: Guinea pigs love their fruit and veggie treats (not more than 10% of their diet) – spinach, carrots and apples are good choices

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uinea pigs (also known as piggles or cavies) make great first pets and are relatively easy to look after. Before getting a guinea pig make sure that you have the time, budget and knowledge to meet all his needs.

Choosing the housing and cage for your guinea pig is very important to get right as this is where your guinea pig will be spending most of his time when you are not around. You have to choose a cage that your guinea pig will not be able to get his head stuck in.

Different breeds

An outside rabbit run

There are many different breeds of guinea pigs on the market. Some of these breeds include the Coronet, Silkie and Teddy. The most common of all the guinea pigs are the Abyssinian, Peruvian and American.

Pros: The benefits of having your guinea pig in an outside run are that your piggle will have access to a bigger area to run in and will have fresh air constantly. The run allows the guinea pig to separate his bathroom, kitchen and playing area, thus keeping your piggy happy. The more movement you allow your guinea pig, the happier and healthier he will be. Con: Although an outside run gives your piggle ample room to run around in, it does leave him vulnerable to the elements, such as extreme sunlight and heat or freezing temperatures, rain and wind.

Housing When housing your guinea pig, remember that one guinea pig will require a minimum cage size of 100 x 50cm (two guinea pigs – 120 x 50cm; three guinea pigs – 140 x 50cm). Most guinea pig cages that pet stores sell are way too small. Where will your piggy be kept? • A tank • A rabbit run • An indoor cage

A plastic-bottomed bar cage Most guinea pig cages are not built to withstand the outdoors and are rather meant for the indoor piggle. Pros: Plastic-bottomed cages allow your piggy to see outside his cage and are much easier to clean as they can be lined with newspaper before laying the bedding down. Having an indoor cage allows you to have easy access to your piggy whether rain or shine, and allows your piggy to be a part of the household movements without having to leave the comfort of his cage. Cons: If you want your indoor guinea pig to be happy you will need a large indoor cage which will require you to give up a large area of your lounge, living room or bedroom. Your indoor cage will need to be cleaned more often than an outside cage as the smell can be more noticeable than if it were outside.

Indoor cages tend to be a bit on the expensive side, ranging easily from R600 to R2,000 for a large enough cage. Whether you buy an indoor or outdoor cage, your guinea pigs should ideally have access to an outside run during the day for exercise (or have access to a larger area inside your home as stated above). The outside run should be dog/cat and predator proof.

Bedding When choosing bedding it is important to remember that your piggle will be standing on it most of the day, so bedding should be soft and sturdy. You want bedding that is absorbent to both liquid and smells. Bedding such as recycled paper sucks up moisture and swells up, alerting you to a mess that needs cleaning. Pine shavings can be used but are not recommended due to them containing mites and fine dust, both of which can cause allergies. A popular option is fleece. Fleece is soft on your piggle’s feet and makes for simple cage cleaning. Fleece creates a fun environment around your pigs as there are many patterns and colours to choose from.

Cage accessories Your piggle will need a water bottle or water bowl. A water bottle is more desirable for your piggle than a bowl (they tend to tip over). Your guinea pig will also need a hay rack and food dish that cannot be tipped over, thus spoiling untouched food. Your guinea pig should have some toys to keep himself entertained. Wooden blocks make good toys as they also allow your pet to grind down his ever-growing teeth. If a guinea pig’s teeth become too long he may have difficulty eating, which could be fatal.

Feeding Many people think that caring for a guinea pig is as simple as caring for a rabbit,

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but that is a big mistake. Guinea pigs need constant access to fresh and clean water, as well as fresh hay. Guinea pigs are fibrevores and require a high fibre diet, which includes hay or grass (at least 80% of their diet), and pellets (not more than 10% of their diet) made for guinea pigs, not rabbit food as it does not contain the

vitamin C needed. The diet therefore must consist of two types of fibre – digestible fibre and indigestible fibre. Grass and hay provide these two types, whereas muesli diets do not. Hay and grass contain the right type of fibre which keeps the digestive system of the guinea pig moving. By feeding too much dry food

mixtures, the guinea pig eats less hay, causing his digestive system to slow down. Eventually urinary tract infections result because less consumption of hay means they also drink less water. Access to hay also allows piggles to wear down their teeth. Guinea pigs have to be supplemented with additional vitamin C. Unlike rabbits they are unable to produce their own. Small amounts of fruit and veggies such as apples and carrots, which are rich in vitamin C, are

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PERUVIAN GUINEA PIG LIFE EXPECTANCY: 5-7 years AVERAGE WEIGHT: 500g-1kg APPEARANCE: Longhaired and available in multiple colours. Top coat can get as long as 60cm, but only in very rare cases TEMPERAMENT: Curious, playful and very alert piggles who love being the centre of attention, making them perfect show pigs GROOMING: The Peruvian guinea pig is one if the hardest to keep clean and unmatted as his fur is so long that it drags past his feet, making him a cage broom. Regular bathing and brushing is needed to keep this piggle looking his best

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LIFE EXPECTANCY: 5-7 years AVERAGE WEIGHT: 500g-1kg APPEARANCE: Stocky, rounded piggy with short coat TEMPERAMENT: Said to be the clowns of the piggy world. Often seen jumping and bucking around in their cages. Generally a happy, alert guinea pig GROOMING: The American guinea pig is one of the easiest piggies when it comes to grooming as he has a short, smooth coat that stays clean and needs no brushing

allowed as a treat but should not be a part of their main diet. Guinea pigs love their fruit and veggie treats, but be careful of which veggies you give them. Juicy and creamy veggies should be avoided as they can be rich and give your piggy a sore tummy. Stick to fruit and veggies like spinach, carrots, which are high in vitamin C, and apples. Avoid food like tomatoes, avocado and olives.

Healthcare A healthy guinea pig is a happy one. If your guinea pig becomes less active and stops eating and drinking, then your piggle may be sick and you should seek veterinary care

as guinea pigs can deteriorate quickly. When picking up your guinea pig, you should approach him slowly to avoid scaring him. You should not grab a guinea pig if he does run away. Let him escape and then try again. When picking your piggle up, you should place one hand under the tummy and one hand behind the bum. Only once you have a good hold on your piggy should you attempt to lift him. Always make your piggy feel secure by keeping him close to your chest when carrying him around. When handling your piggle remember that to them you are a giant and sudden movements are scary, so keep it slow and gentle.

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‘Popcorning’ is the term used to describe a guinea pig hopping up and down repeatedly – usually a sign of a very happy piggy!

If your guinea pig gets play time on the grass or outside, make sure that he is not in direct sunlight or in the path of a chilly breeze as this can make him sick.

Breeding Breeding of guinea pigs is not recommended unless you are a responsible breeder. If your guinea pig happens to fall pregnant then extra care should be taken to ensure that she is getting enough food, water and vitamin C. Try adopting a guinea pig from your local shelter rather than buying one.

Showing If you find yourself with a particularly handsome piggle and would like to show him off to the rest of the guinea pig lovers, then showing is for you. For more information about showing your guinea pig go to www. crazycaviesclub.weebly.com.

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ABYSSINIAN GUINEA PIG LIFE EXPECTANCY: 5-7 years AVERAGE WEIGHT: 500g-1kg APPEARANCE: Most often two-toned or tri-coloured, but solid colours are available. Their coats are fluffy with six to eight swirling patches down their bodies. One of the smaller guinea pigs TEMPERAMENT: The Abyssinian guinea pig, although small, is a very inquisitive and curious critter who often finds himself in trouble GROOMING: A soft brush once a week will keep these cavies’ coats tangle-free


kidstalk pet of the month

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Thank you for my prize. I love Sandy. Love, Ciara Bedser

CHILD’S NAME: Jamie Coetzee (13) PET’S NAME: Hope WHAT IS YOUR PET’S FAVOURITE TREAT?

Bianca Pretorius with her Sandy toy

My name is Amelie and I am seven years old. Thank you Animaltalk for my fluffy prize and for a stunning magazine!

Hooves, viennas, chicken and eggs.

WHAT MAKES YOU A RESPONSIBLE YOUNG PET OWNER? Hope gets fed every day. She is spayed, microchipped and she has a tag. I play with her every day and take her on walks occasionally. WHAT ARE YOUR PET’S SPECIAL QUALITIES? Hope enjoys chasing and herding any living thing on our property. She loves walks, other dogs and playing fetch.

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THE TINY BEE fun facts HUMMINGBIRD IS THE HELP EACH BIRD TO GET BACK TO THE BIRDHOUSE VILLAGE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MAZE! SCIENTISTS SAY THAT BIRDS EVOLVED FROM DINOSAURS.

WORLD’S SMALLEST BIRD WEIGHING JUST 1.6 TO 2G. HUMMINGBIRDS HAVE A VERY COOL TALENT – THEY CAN FLY BACKWARDS!

THE OSTRICH IS THE WORLD’S LARGEST BIRD, AND SHE LAYS THE WORLD’S BIGGEST EGG.

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CAN YOU FINISH THIS PICTURE OF A BIRD BY DRAWING LINES IN ORDER BETWEEN THE DOTS? WHEN YOU’RE DONE, COLOUR HIM IN USING THE PICTURE BELOW AS A GUIDE.

OWLS CAN TURN THEIR HEADS ALMOST ALL THE WAY AROUND!

A WOODPECKER CAN PECK 20 TIMES PER SECOND!

THE CHICKEN IS THE WORLD’S MOST COMMON BIRD.

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S G N I H T L O O C 0 1 about the grey wolf

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Wolves are able to bring down prey that weigh up to 500kg and are known for devouring an entire carcass, leaving just a few bones. When a large prey item is killed, the wolf will over-eat as there is no certainty as to when the next meal will be available. A single wolf can eat up to 10kg of meat in one sitting.

Another name given to the grey wolf is timber wolf, due to the terrain that he prefers. Forests and heavily wooded areas create great camouflage for the wolf to hide in.

There are about 12,000 grey wolves in the USA (Alaska and the lower 48 states) and as many as 50,000 in Canada. Other remnant wolf populations are scattered in Poland, Scandinavia, Russia, Portugal, Spain and Italy, but those numbers are dwindling due to human encroachment into the wolves’ natural habitat. Wolves find that livestock is more readily available than natural prey. The more natural habitat is lost, the more prey items are lost with it.

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The grey wolf can reach top speeds of 45km/h. Although this is not fast in the wild, he does get the upper hand by being able to maintain his top speed for a lengthy period of time. A wolf pack hunts together, allowing the pack to bring down large prey animals such as livestock and wild deer.

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No two wolf howls are the same. A wolf’s howl is similar to a human fingerprint as it individualises each wolf in the pack. Wolves use different howls to signal different events such as danger or prey approaching.

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A wolf pack consists of an alpha male and alpha female, who both mate for life. A pack includes up to four generations from grandparents to grandchildren. Wolf babies are called pups and are born defenceless with their eyes and ears shut. The pups depend on the protection of the pack for survival and are most vulnerable when the pack is out hunting. A wolf can have up to eight pups in one litter.

When pups are too old to continue suckling from their mother, they will be growled and snapped at to encourage them to start looking at other means of food. While this process happens, the adults in the pack will regurgitate previously chewed food for the pups. Doing this gets the pups used to the taste of meat and encourages them to join the hunt in the near future.

Grey wolves are the closest relative of our domestic dogs (there is only a 0.2% difference between grey wolves’ DNA and that of dogs). An ancestor of today’s grey wolf was domesticated between 9,000 and 34,000 years ago. Wolf pups were taken away from the pack and tamed. Over a long period selective breeding produced much tamer offspring, who became our best friends.

The grey wolf is a strong, powerful animal (especially compared to his closest wild cousins, the coyote and golden jackal). He sports long legs, allowing him to move fast over rough terrain or in deep snow. He also has strong jaws, allowing him to crush heavy bones.

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Only the alpha female and male may breed in the pack. This is done to ensure that pack numbers do not get out of hand. If a pack becomes too large, the youngest of the wolves may be kicked out to form another pack.

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Baguette is a kitten we saw at the SPCA. When he first encountered the dogs he was terrified! Luckily for us, the dogs are amazing and soon they managed to win Baguette over. Hein Grobler

Dumpie was found on the ‘dumps’, full of mange and underfed. Two days later we adopted her from DARG in Hout Bay. With her fear of the outside world, she is quite happy to ‘dump’ on the bed the whole day. Zelda Wiltshire

We rescued Frank from a guy trying to sell him for fighting. We got him at 11 weeks old. He joined our one-year-old Rottie cross Daisy and they adore each other! Claire Hilliar

Billy is a brindle Staffie-Sharpei mix. We rescued him from FORA where he had been for quite some time. He has melted our hearts with his soulful eyes and gentle warmth and added so much love into our lives. Siobain Piek

Kitty was a stray cat living in a veld. I adopted him a year ago. My dogs adore him and so do I. Dudu Zwane


Amur tigers (also known as Siberian tigers) are highly endangered members of the big cat family. Fewer than 500 of these magnificent predators still survive in their native lands – the Russian Far East. The Amur tiger (along with his cousin, the Bengal tiger of India) is the biggest of all the cats. Amur tigers appear lighter in colour than Bengal tigers, because the ground colour of their coats is usually quite pale, especially in winter. Reddish-rusty or rusty-yellow overlays the ground colour and the stripes vary from brown to black. They sport thick fur, which becomes longer and denser in winter. Their geographical range extends for about 1,000km in the vicinity of the Amur River in the Russian Far East. Their habitat also includes the Eastern Manchurian Mountains, which extend into China. (photo: Sarah Cheriton-Jones)


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A highly human-oriented cat in a frizzy coat

The Jaguarundi remains one of the Americas’ best kept secrets

BREED IN BRIEF: THE CORNISH REX

DID YOU KNOW? Cats are lactose intolerant so should not be given milk. Interestingly, their kidneys are efficient enough to allow them to drink seawater to rehydrate, but not milk

WILD CATS OF THE WORLD

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CITY SLICKERS Cats who are ideal for townhouse or apartment living

For people who share their homes with cats. These pages will help you choose the breed that suits you and your lifestyle best, make life with your cat more rewarding and give you the information you’ll need keep your cat in tip top condition

A cat can easily share your life if you live in a complex or flat. But have a look at our tips on page 56 before you decide on a breed (photo: bikeriderlondon)

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CATSLIFE breed profile

The Cornish Rex is an energetic and highly intelligent breed

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probably the reason for their long, whippy tails and large ears.

Washboard waves Unlike most other breeds who have three layers of hair (outer, middle and undercoat), the Cornish Rex only has one – an undercoat (down

Though they are not docile lap cats, they will sit on your lap to rest after an energetic game

The Cornwall connection The father of the breed is a cream-coloured ‘curly’ cat named Kallibunker who was born on a farm in Cornwall in the 1950s. His breeder, Nina Ennismore, also bred ‘rex’ rabbits and therefore immediately realised that Kallibunker was the result of a genetic mutation. She bred him back to his mother and produced two more curly-coated kittens. Descendants of these were later bred to British Shorthairs and Burmese. In 1957 the breed first arrived in the USA, where they were crossed with Siamese and Oriental cats,

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hair). These are soft and only 1cm long, with the result that Cornish Rex cats shed very little hair. Their hair is also unique in that the coats are wavy. These cats do not need much grooming, but are best kept indoors only as they do not have much protection against the elements.

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more than to spend time with their humans. Though they are not docile lap cats, they will sit on your lap to rest after an energetic game. Although they want to be the centre of attention, they do easily share a home with other pets.

Grooming and care Adore human company A Cornish just loves everybody, but as an owner you must be able to give your cat a lot of attention when required. They are ideal for people who regard their cats as part of the family – they are highly people-oriented cats. They love nothing

Cornish Rexes are not much work when it comes to grooming. A quick brush with a soft bristle brush or a quick once-over with a rubber glove once a week should keep the coat in tip top condition. Ears should also be cleaned on a regular basis.

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CATS IN THE CITY How to choose an ideal cat for townhouse and apartment living; and how to keep an indoor cat happy

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large portion of South Africans live in complexes and townhouses these days. Unfortunately, our cats might not all appreciate the smaller spaces. If you already live in a complex and want to buy a cat, or if you are moving to a complex with your current cats, here are some guidelines for the ideal breeds for townhouses and ways to keep your indoor cats happy.

Choose an appropriate breed There are some breeds that are more suited to confined spaces. One of them is the Persian. Hundreds of years ago, desert caravans rolled their way through the harsh wilds of Persia. Their precious cargoes of rare jewels and spices sometimes carried another, even more special treasure: ensconced among the valuables was a longhaired cat. Dubbed ‘Persian’ for their

country of origin, these cats have become one of the best known and loved breeds of the cat world. Persians are known for their long, flowing coats and wide open faces. Typically of a sweet disposition, they generally settle down well into most homes. Because they are such special treasures, it is best to keep your Persians inside – that’s why complex or townhouse living suits them so well.

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Rules are there to be broken A court case in Durban challenged a Body Corporate’s power a few years ago. An old lady owned a small lap dog and wanted to move into a particular complex. The lady had owned the dog for years. On application to the trustees to bring her dog with her, her request was denied. It was refused on the basis of ‘setting a precedent’. The would-be resident took them to court and the judge ruled in her favour, stating that the argument for ‘setting a precedent’ was not valid, as it was an individual case and the dog would not be residing on ‘common property’.

Due to the nature of their coats it is necessary to groom these cats every day, as knots and tangles develop easily. It is also recommended that Persians be bathed once a month. Special attention needs to be paid to keeping their faces clean, as their eyes tend to ‘tear’ quite frequently. Although they are a relatively ‘high maintenance’ cat, the reward of owning one is well worth the effort.

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More suitable breeds For those of you who like Persians, but don’t feel up to grooming one every day, there is the option of ‘The Lazy Man’s Persian’, the Exotic. Exotics are bred to meet the Persian standard in every way, with one very special exception: this cat has a plush, short coat unique to the breed, which gives them a soft, rounded, teddy bear look. Although Exotics require much less grooming, they do need the

occasional run-through with a comb. These cats make lovable, loyal pets and thrive on apartment-style living. Another suitable townhouse cat is the British Shorthair. Being one of the oldest English cat breeds, her ancestry can be traced all the way back to Roman times. First prized for its physical strength and hunting ability, this breed soon became equally recognised and valued for its calm

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The laid-back Persian makes a good ‘apartment cat’

demeanour, endurance and loyalty to man. The British Shorthair’s coat is short, dense and firm. It requires minimal care, as the fur doesn’t tangle. Other breeds that are usually happy to stay indoors include the Colourpoint, Chinchilla, Russian, Birman, Sphynx, Ragdoll, Munchkin, Japanese Bobtail, Scottish Fold, Devon and Cornish Rex. Important though to remember is that most breeds will do well indoors if they are kept inside from an early age, wellsocialised and are constantly stimulated and given much attention. For profiles on these breeds visit www. animalchannel.co.za.

Too active for city life Cats who are not recommended for townhouse living include active breeds such as the Abyssinian, Bengal, Somali, Norwegian Forest and Turkish Van. They also generally prefer more expansive living quarters. When restricted to a confined area, these cats can become destructive and frustrated. They might take to roaming, and the chances of being run over by cars are greatly increased. Turkish Vans, in particular, will simply up and move somewhere else if they don’t like you. It is imperative that these cats are neutered to inhibit roaming tendencies.

‘Complex’ laws A somewhat emotive issue that is attracting interest is the question of whether or not animals are allowed in complexes. Peter Nathan, a sectional title consultant explains.

Ideally, townhouse complexes should be custom designed to accommodate pets “The keeping of pets is dealt with under the ‘conduct rules’ of the Sectional Title Act. Once a Body Corporate is established, Annexure Nine stipulates that a person can only keep pets with permission of the

trustees, ‘Permission of which cannot be unreasonably withheld’. Certain conditions are then laid down. If a resident does not abide by these conditions, permission can be withdrawn and a pet can be removed. Annexure Nine rules are seldom enforced, however, and ‘conduct rules’ usually take precedence. Under these conduct rules the Body Corporate can stipulate whether or not pets are allowed, or if the resident is subject to certain conditions. For example, pets who reside with residents at the time can remain; however, once they have passed away, they cannot be replaced.” Animal-lovers might think these rules to be a bit harsh, but there is another side to the story. The main reason such rules are in place is because people tend to not consider their neighbours. Complexes experience continual problems because people ignore the rules and don’t control their animals appropriately. Complexes often encounter more animal problems with tenants than with resident owners. Sometimes tenants move in but haven’t been informed of the rules. They bring their five dogs and 10 cats and obviously this creates a big problem for all parties concerned. Ultimately, until townhouses are custom

designed to suit the needs of our animals as well as residents, it would make life a lot easier to simply consider your neighbours and respect their boundaries. If you really are incredibly allergic or just don’t like animals, there are plenty of complexes that don’t allow pets. Just check whether the rules are enforced.

Keep them busy Even the most laid-back townhouse cat requires some sort of stimulation. It is important for confined cats to be active and stimulated because destructive tendencies as well as obesity could ensue. You can provide for your cat’s needs through ‘environmental enrichment’, which will satisfy your cat’s desire to interact with her environment.

Time to play! Small, fast-moving objects trigger the typical chase response in kittens. Most mature cats will continue to display this behaviour later on if correctly stimulated as kittens. Small balls and items such as scrunched up pieces of newspaper will induce this response. Scratching posts provide a necessary release for claw-sharpening, and exercise muscles. Providing cat toys and taking time out to

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You can drastically increase the quality of life for your indoor cat by providing her with a stimulating environment that allows both physical exercise and mental stimulation

play with your cat will also keep her happy. Providing a companion for your only cat can also help alleviate boredom and loneliness. It is preferable to have your cats (or cat and dog) grow up together, so as to avoid resentment issues later on with the advent of another cat.

Cat haven If you are lucky enough to have your own garden in your complex, this can also be transformed into a cat’s delight. The safest cat garden is one from which your cat cannot escape. An electric or high fence is recommended to keep your cat out of the street or away from vicious dogs or strange cats. Planting cat-friendly plants, such as catnip and catmint, and giving cats their own space will help your cat feel like she still has her own ‘territory’. It will also keep her out of your other flowerbeds and neighbours’ gardens. Don’t forget that the garden should have exposure to sunlight. You will not be popular if you relegate your cat to an icy corner. Be sure to leave a patch of sand for rolling and digging. The installation of bird feeders is not usually recommended unless your garden is big enough to accommodate both your cats and birdlife. A bird on a stick is just asking for trouble with a bored cat in a small garden! Finally, cats like to nibble on grass occasionally, so perhaps include some nice grassy plants for munching, ensuring of course that they are not toxic to cats. Then sit back, relax, and watch your cats enjoy their own outdoor space.

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A cat paradise If you want to get really creative, you can even construct a mini highway for your cats. Shelves can be strategically placed on walls, or narrow pieces of timber can be placed between beams. Thus your cat can ‘lord’ it over everyone from above. Your cat will probably also take to sleeping in one of these lofty places, as most cats feel secure when up high

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The jaguarundi sports an elongated body and very long tail

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slender, short-legged wild cat of South and Central America, the jaguarundi is widely distributed in the mega-reserves of the Amazon basin. Completely diurnal (active during the day rather than at night, like many of the world’s cats), jaguarundis are at home in trees but prefer to hunt on the ground. They are solitary and like most other cats, they scent mark their territories.

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JAGUARUNDI SCIENTIFIC NAME: Puma yagouaroundi DISTRIBUTION: From southern Texas in North America to coastal Mexico and most of Central America to parts of South America east of the Andes HABITAT: Lowland brush areas, dry thorn forest, wet grassland and occasionally dense tropical areas PREY: Rodents, small reptiles, ground-feeding birds, rabbits, opossums, fish and marmosets NUMBER OF KITTENS IN A LITTER: One to four LIFESPAN: 10 years WEIGHT: 3.5 to 9.1kg CONSERVATION STATUS: Least concern

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THE JAGUARUNDI’S WORLD

70 days Their gestation period

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CATSLIFE felines of the wild

THE JAGUARUNDI’S PREY Rodents such as this river rat, also called coypu

Reptiles such as this iguana

Ground-feeding birds such as this shansho

Rabbits such as this viscacha

Opossums

Fish such as these arapaima

Marmosets such as this whiteeared marmoset

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PANGOLIN IN TROUBLE The world’s most trafficked animal faces an uncertain future THE PANGOLIN’S DIET

Ants Larvae

Termites Other insects

The African Pangolin Working Group The African Pangolin Working Group (APWG) was launched at the National Zoological Gardens (NZG) of South Africa (Pretoria Zoo) in February to highlight the conservation plight of one of Africa’s most enigmatic mammals. The NZG is actively involved with the APWG through various research projects in partnership with the working group. Genetic research on pangolins at the NZG, under the guidance of the NZG’s Prof Antoinette Kotze, has increased our knowledge of the Temminck’s ground pangolin and the other three African species. The NZG also conducts research on parasites found on pangolins. For more information visit www.nzg.ac.za.

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ith bodies covered in scales rather than fur, pangolins are among the world’s most unique animals. There are eight species worldwide: one in India, three in the rest of Asia and four in Africa. Believed to be the world’s most trafficked animal, a single pangolin can fetch as much as $7,000 (around R80,000) on the international black market. He is considered a delicacy in Asia and is often used in traditional medicine, both locally and abroad. In Africa, the pangolin is hunted for what is known as ‘bushmeat’ and provides sustenance to many. One of the other major threats the pangolin faces is electrocution from electric fences on game farms. The pangolin tries to crawl beneath the lowest wire of the fence, is electrocuted and then rolls into a ball (his natural behaviour). This in turn results in the animal being electrocuted to death. Another concern is that the rate of poaching far outweighs the rate of reproduction. One female pangolin will have only one pup every two or three years, thus the ability to recover from a population crash will be near impossible. All eight species of the world’s pangolins are classified as either threatened to extinction or critically endangered.

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WILDTHINGS species conservation

DID YOU KNOW? When feeling threatened, pangolins emit a noxious-smelling acid from glands near the anus (similar to a skunk’s spray)

PANGOLIN NUMBERS

30 to 100cm The size range of the world’s pangolin species

40cm 150mm The distance an adult pangolin can extend his tongue

The average length of a pangolin at birth

3.5m

140 to 200g

The depth of a ground pangolin’s tunnel under the ground

The amount of insects consumed by a pangolin per day

▲ A giant ground pangolin in Kenya

▲ A Chinese pangolin in Taiwan

▲ Pangolins are born with soft scales, which harden with age. Made of keratin (same as our fingernails), the scales are similar in shape to those seen on pine cones or globe artichokes, but have sharp edges. When threatened, the pangolin rolls himself up in a ball and the overlapping scales act as armour

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▲ The pangolin’s front claws (made for digging open anthills to find food) are too long to walk on, so the animal curls them over when he walks

Main picture: A Temminck’s ground pangolin in South Africa. Africa boasts four species: the Temminck’s ground pangolin, the giant ground pangolin, the whitebellied pangolin and the blackbellied pangolin

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Your questions answered Having problems with your pet’s health, behaviour, or just have a question? Write to our panel of expert vets who will endeavour to answer as many questions as possible. Send your questions and a photograph of the ailment, if possible, to: Animaltalk Vet’s Advice, Private Bag X4, Kyalami, 1684, email: animaltalk@panorama.co.za. Animaltalk would like to point out to its readers that the pictures used on the Vet’s Advice pages are used for illustration purposes only and, unless stated otherwise, are not the actual animals mentioned in the questions.

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Rocky road My dog likes to chew on rocks he finds in the garden. What would the symptoms be if he has swallowed a rock and what are the dangers?

When an animal eats or chews something that is not food, we call it ‘pica’. It is often a deficiency of a specific nutrient, but it can also be an obsessive compulsive disorder or due to curiosity or boredom. The consumption of sand or rocks is called geophagia and is often because of a deficiency in iron. If your dog is on a good diet, it is more likely that the reason for chewing rocks

is boredom, curiosity or an obsessive compulsive disorder. The signs to look out for to know whether your dog is chewing rocks are broken teeth, constipation and/or vomiting. Rocks can cause an obstruction in the intestinal tract, which can lead to damage to the intestine and bleeding, or tearing of the intestinal wall, which can lead to infection of the abdomen (peritonitis) and subsequently the death of the animal. Rocks also cause broken teeth and damage to the gingiva (gums), which can cause severe pain and lead to tooth root infection. If you suspect that a rock is causing

an obstruction in your dog, you need to take him to your veterinarian as soon as possible. The veterinarian will then do x-rays or an ultrasound on the abdomen to determine whether there is an obstruction. If there is an obstruction, the veterinarian will need to operate and remove the rock surgically. This is a very dangerous habit that can lead to the death of your dog. To stop your dog from doing this, you need to make sure you feed him a balanced diet. If it is a behavioural problem, a veterinarian or an animal behaviourist can help you to alter your dog’s behaviour. Dr Marli Grewar, veterinarian

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The C-word is no longer a death sentence

HEALTH Cancer Is cancer in dogs and cats similar to cancer in people and what are the

or loss of appetite, vomition and diarrhoea, a sudden or gradual loss of weight, lethargy, difficulty breathing, pale pink gums and becoming lame.

treatment options?

With the advancements in medical treatment and urbanisation people are living to a ripe old age, and right alongside them are their trusty pets. Moms and dads, daughters and sons, friends and pet owners alike loathe hearing that dreaded C-word. It has, however, become a reality of the aging process and the current lifestyle that we live. I came across some crazy stats on how cancer is the cause of death in 50% of pets. In my experience, and as sad as it is to say, I would tend to agree with this figure. While it is not only limited to older dogs and cats, the majority of its victims are over 10 years of age. It is also a lot more prevalent in dogs than cats, and in dogs there is a greater hereditary component than in cats.

Here are some of the more common cancers we see as vets:

How do you know when your pet has cancer?

1. Cancer of the lymph system (lymphoma) This is one of the most common cancers occurring in both dogs and cats. Dogs present with enlarged swellings of the lymph nodes of the neck, shoulders and behind the knee. In most cases this cancer in dogs is considered treatable with the occasional aggressive type unresponsive to any form of treatment. In cats this cancer is often associated with feline leukaemia virus (FeLV). Cats will present with breathing difficulty and/ or vomition and diarrhoea depending on what part of their body is affected. There is a vaccination for FeLV, but this does not always prevent your cat from getting this cancer.

The following symptoms are indications of cancer in your pet, but are not a diagnosis for cancer: the obvious is a growth or lump on or under the skin, change in behaviour

2. Mammary cancer Bitches who have not been spayed are more prone to developing this cancer due

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to the hormonal influence. If caught early, before the cancer has had a chance to spread, surgical removal can be curative. 3. Cancer of the spleen This cancer is usually only detected once it is already too late. Dogs present with a distended stomach and can end up bleeding to death internally. If this cancer has not yet metastasised, surgical removal of the entire spleen will prolong the pet’s life by approximately six months. 4. Brain tumours Older dogs will be brought in to the vet as an emergency because they are experiencing seizures or showing neurological signs – tilting their heads to one side, rapid uncontrolled eye movement, loss of balance, and the like. This is diagnosed on MRI and treatment is mostly palliative (making the dog more comfortable). 5. Mast cell tumours This cancer is of the histamine-producing cells (cells related to allergies) and is mostly seen as growths on or under the skin. It can be very aggressive, but if caught early enough surgical removal

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followed by chemotherapy can put your dog into remission.

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6. Skin cancer Two common skin cancers in both the cat and dog are squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and melanoma. Melanomas are dark in colour and ruthless if they occur in the nail beds, mouth or iris of the eye. SCC occurs on the non-pigmented skin and is often seen on the stomachs of dogs, and the ears and noses of cats. Bone cancer, lung cancer, bladder cancer, cancer of the mouth and nose, and testicular and prostate cancer are also common occurrences in dogs.

How treatable is cancer in pets? Nowadays cancer is not a death sentence. The prognosis will depend on what type of cancer your pet has, where it is situated in his body, and how far along the cancer is. Highly aggressive malignant cancers like your bone, mast cell and mammary tumours that have already spread to other parts of the body are less likely to respond to treatment than your localised tumour that can easily be surgically removed. People are often very surprised to hear that treatment protocols for cancer in pets are very similar to those for humans. Treatment options include surgical excision, radiation and chemotherapy. Pets also experience the same side effects from chemotherapy and radiation as people. They might need medication for nausea and antibiotics to protect them against infections. Diets with a high percentage of good quality protein and fats and a low percentage of highly digestible sugars are best for cancer patients as cancer cells thrive on sugars. Prevention is, however, difficult when it comes to the C-word as we don’t know exactly what the cause is. A better strategy is to be familiar with the clinical signs of cancer and if you notice any change in your pet to take him to your vet. Early detection and treatment could save your pet’s life.

Body fat Is too much fat bad for our pets?

Let’s start by explaining what fat is. What we call ‘fat’ is medically referred to as ‘white adipose tissue’, but until recently (10 years ago) we thought fat stored excess energy and just made your pet ‘big’. The idea was that fat was physiologically inert. But then scientists discovered that fat plays an enormous role in the body as producer of hormones and inflammatory agents. Fat also produces

hormones such as angiotensinogen, which plays a role increasing blood pressure, and suddenly a host of diseases enter the picture. Being overweight (having excessive body fat stores) is a marker for a shorter and unhealthier life.

Why do pets become overweight? There are many reasons for being overweight and these include physiological issues such as slowing metabolism, hormonal disorders and spaying or neutering. But in most instances weight-

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Diseases associated with obesity in pets are:

• Insulin resistance (cells fail to respond to the normal actions of the hormone insulin, leading to type 2 diabetes) • Diabetes mellitus, especially in cats • Hyperlipidaemia (elevated levels of fat-soluble molecules in the blood) • Osteoarthritis and orthopaedic disease • Dermatitis (skin inflammation) • Oral disease in cats • Lower urinary tract disease • Cardiovascular (heart and blood vessels) changes • Renal pathology (medical diseases of the kidneys) • Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) • Neoplasia – mammary cancer, bladder cancer associated with obesity in dogs

related problems are the result of two simple, all-too-common factors: too much food and not enough exercise. Overeating for a dog is really a matter of overfeeding. Lack of exercise is sadly also the fault of owners who keep pets cooped up. And no, dogs will not ‘automatically’ exercise any more than humans will. Fencerunning and playing isn’t enough.

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body fat that leads to disease. In humans that is defined as being 20% overweight. The prevalence of obesity in dogs and cats ranges between 25 and 40%, but is increased in the five- to 10-year age group (middle-age spread). As many as half of all pets in the USA are overweight. But the majority of their owners are in denial about this fact. A recent study found that veterinarians considered 47% of their patients to be overweight. Yet only 17% of the owners agreed. Interestingly lean dogs live longer, healthier lives than those who are overweight. A 14-year study showed that dogs fed 25% fewer calories than their free-fed littermates lived nearly two years longer and showed fewer visible signs of aging. They were also a full three years older before they needed treatment for arthritis.

throughout the body. Health problems related to the musculoskeletal system include disc disease, ruptured cruciate ligaments (pairs of ligaments arranged like the letter ‘X’ – found in several joints of the body, including the knee), hip dysplasia and other forms of joint disease, and surgical complications. Included in health risks are chronic airway disease in dogs, obese dogs are much more susceptible to heat stress due to the insulating effects of fat, and fat cats are unable to groom leading to skin disease. Lorren Barham, animal hydrotherapist at Pet Wellness Worx

So why is fat bad for you? For years we thought of fat as being excess baggage, the excess weight mechanically weighed down on joints and the spine causing (or accelerating) joint surface deterioration and eventually osteoarthritis. The presence of large amounts of fat in the abdominal and thoracic cavities leads to internal organs being squashed and their function limited. We now know that fat tissue releases inflammatory mediators. These mediators initiate and drive chronic low grade inflammation

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WHEN DOGS BITE BACK Animaltalk has partnered with Paws for People to provide you with kowledge about how to prevent people, especially children, from getting bitten by dogs. An easy-to-read booklet on this pertinent topic is now available in digital format. Order your copy now by visiting www.bit.ly/BitePrevention

your questions answered

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we as humans can control every situation and predict what it is that can trigger a bite. Never leave a child unsupervised with any dog, even your own. Children need to be taught from toddlerhood that all pets are living beings and must never be treated like toys. Pets must be respected and treated with kindness. These rules will not only instil good values in your children, but will go a long way to preventing dog bites in the home.

Dog etiquette Children must be taught never to tease any dog! A dog who is constantly teased and abused may become so frustrated that one day he will retaliate with a bite. Teach kids to leave the dog alone while he eats his dinner and to never take away his toys while he is playing with them. If the dog is sleeping or resting quietly, leave him alone! Never approach a strange dog without first asking the owner if it is safe to do so. Always supervise your kids around any dog. Teach children to ask for help. If they are in the company of a strange dog and feel insecure or afraid, teach them to voice their concerns to the adult in charge. Your child needs to know that it’s okay to ask for help around a dog if he or she isn’t sure.

Bite prevention Why do dogs bite?

Sadly, we often hear or read about children being bitten by dogs, often the family’s own dog. Comprehensive dog bite statistics for South Africa are difficult to ascertain as many cases go unreported. Current stats for the United States suggest that around 4.5 million people are bitten in that country every year. The highest incidences of bites among children occur between the age groups of five and nine and children under the age of six years are likely to have head, face and neck injuries. What is the solution? The onus is on parents to ensure that children learn to respect animals and read dog body language even if they don’t have pets of

their own. Parents themselves must also know how to read a dog’s body language. In many cases the dog will give off warning signs long before an incident occurs. It’s up to us to recognise and interpret these messages to keep everyone safe.

Family dogs – preventing bites at home Parents should never assume that because the dog and the child have grown up together or the breed isn’t known for biting that things will be fine. This is a dangerous assumption and without the proper tools and rules in place, even good dogs may bite. No matter how well socialised or what breed the dog is, he can bite. Anything can trigger a dog bite, and there is no way

Socialisation and training The best gift you can give your new puppy is a chance to learn about the big world in the safety of a puppy socialisation class. These classes are designed to introduce the pup to all sorts of people, places and experiences he will encounter as an adult dog. With good exposure during your pup’s early learning period, he is less likely to be afraid when he encounters these people or events later in life. After socialisation classes, take your dog to obedience training. A trained dog is a pleasure to have around and gives the owner control over the dog’s behaviour. Training helps you to communicate better with your pet and understand his behaviour.

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Dog body language

This dog is happy to see you – his tail is wagging calmly, he is panting and he looks relaxed

This dog’s tail is tucked under his body. He is very unsure and he is asking you to please go away

This dog isn’t yawning because he is tired. He’s anxious and he hopes you will move away from him

Dogs don’t only lick their lips or flick their tongues when there is food nearby or they are hungry, they may also be trying to tell you that they are unsure about the current situation and you should rather move away

Avoid harsh training methods. Aggression brings out aggression. Rather use positive reinforcement techniques to teach your dog what you expect of him.

Spay or neuter your dog While spaying or neutering a pet won’t guarantee he will never bite, research suggests that de-sexed pets can be less aggressive and there are many important health benefits. Hormonal changes in a dog when he reaches adolescence can certainly lead to issues with biting and aggression, as well as an increase in destructive behaviour. A fixed dog is much easier to manage.

Call in a professional If your dog has a behavioural problem, starts exhibiting body language you are not comfortable with or disrupts family life – don’t wait, rather call in a reputable, qualified animal behaviourist for assistance. Aggression tends to escalate as opposed to getting better on its own. A small nip on

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SOURCE: PAWS FOR PEOPLE

The freeze stare is a very dangerous sign – back away. This dog will bite if you carry on

the heels now can potentially escalate into a full-blown aggression issue in the dog. It is really important to get a behaviourist in so that they can assess what triggers the behaviour and help you to manage it so that it does not get worse and end in tragedy. Always make sure that the behaviourist you choose is qualified and accredited by a reputable body and uses force-free techniques for training. Lesley de Klerk, founder of Paws for People and internationally recognised trainer, and Leigh Shenker, certified animal behaviour practitioner

International bite prevention awareness During the month of May dog bite prevention awareness campaigns are launched in various countries around the world. From 17 to 23 May the American Veterinary Medical Association hosts a Dog Bite Prevention Week. For more information, visit www.avma.org.

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The bottoms of most tubs are slippery, so it would be advisable to use a rubber mat or a towel on the bottom of the tub (without blocking the drain). Bath the dog from the neck back and use a soft facecloth or sponge to clean the facial area and folds.

GROOMING Splish splash I’d like to bath my dog at home. Please give me some practical tips on how to do it correctly.

It can be a tricky business bathing a dog, especially if it is for the first time. Most owners end up with a flooded bathroom and are invariably wetter than the dog!

Doggie parlours usually have the luxury of a raised tub and hose system. However, you can bath your dog yourself over a kitchen sink, in the shower or in your own bathroom. Most modern bathrooms have a fitted sprayer system, or a plastic attachment can be bought at most home shops.

Leave a collar on your dog or have a helper nearby, especially in the case of a first-time bath. The helper can also assist in soothing and calming a nervous puppy.

Most dogs do not enjoy having water poured over their heads and it’s really not the safest or best way to get the face and ears clean anyway. So instead, gently wet the face and ears. Use a cotton ball inside of each ear to prevent water splashing inside. No matter what shampoo you use – even if it says it is safe for use around the eyes, take precautions and do not lather the dog’s head.

The water temperature should be comfortable: not too hot or too cold. Wet the dog all over from the neck down, not forgetting the belly and groin area. If you do not have a sprayer, use a container and slowly pour water over the dog. Get the coat as wet as possible before applying the shampoo. There are various shampoos available on the market (sensitive shampoo for problem skins, puppy shampoo, and the like) to suit your particular requirements.

Wash right down to the paws, making sure to get the belly and the legs, and under the neck. Two washes should suffice, but a really dirty dog might even require a third wash.

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Now you can use your soft cloth to clean the folds on the face. Use the facecloth to clean inside the ears without letting water get into the canals.

It’s really important to make sure the dog is rinsed properly. Dried shampoo can cause irritation, so take your time and rinse thoroughly.

Dogs with long hair should not be rubbed as rubbing can cause matting. Try to pat dry rather than rub. If your dog is used to blow-drying you can now proceed to blow-dry – always ensuring that your dryer is not on a very hot setting, as this can burn the dog. If it is a first-time bath, proceed with caution. Dogs can be very afraid of a hair dryer, and we want this to be a fun experience. If you find that it is really too much and your dog is extremely unhappy, rather refer to the experts. A good dog parlour is experienced at this and most parlours have the equipment to deal with bathing correctly. Michelle Roniak, owner of Le Pawtique in

Use a clean towel to absorb most of the water and then use another dry towel to wrap your dog in, giving as much love and cuddles as possible, and rub dry as much as you can before proceeding to blow-dry.

Craighall, and Lyn Picot, owner and trainer at Tailwaggers in Kempton Park, have joined forces to answer your questions on grooming. Please email questions to johann@panorama.co.za.


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READ MORE For details of the SA Agility Championships 2015, turn to page 34

NUTRITION Canine athletes My dog competes in agility and we train three times per week. Can you give me a good diet plan for him?

Dogs are exceptional aerobic athletes and those trained for endurance events and agility tend to perform best when fed a diet that has been formulated to meet their increased energy and nutrient demands. In order to understand the importance of high quality nutrition, it is helpful to know a bit about the components that make up a balanced diet. Fats: Dietary fat provides the most concentrated form of energy of all the nutrients. Its caloric density is more than double that of protein and carbohydrates. Therefore, increasing the level of dietary fat increases the energy density of the diet. Fat is also important as a source of essential fatty acids, and it allows the absorption of essential fat-soluble vitamins. Fat also contributes to the palatability and acceptable texture of commercially prepared dog foods.

Protein: In general, high-quality animal-based protein is more digestible, has a better amino acid balance, and is more palatable. However, the quality of animal-based protein sources varies depending on processing methods. Lower cost dog foods that are primarily formulated with vegetable protein sources often use a combination of soy products and corn gluten meal as corn gluten is deficient in lysine and tryptophan and soy products are deficient in methionine (all essential amino acids). Carbohydrates: Dietary carbohydrates provide sporting dogs with a readily available source of energy.

Effect of diet on performance Studies using treadmill-exercised dogs have shown that dietary fat intake and diet digestibility are the two main factors affecting endurance. The caloric density of a diet will affect the quantity of food that must be consumed to meet energy requirements. If the energy content of the diet is too low, the quantity

of food that must be eaten may be more than the dog is physically able to eat. This may lead to an increased rate of passage through the intestinal tract and decreased diet digestibility, which further exacerbates an energy deficit. The availability of dietary fat may also affect performance during periods of hard work. Dietary fat affects body composition of exercising dogs, as lower fat diets result in a loss of lean tissue and body fat compared with high fat diets. The dog is an efficient aerobic athlete who performs best when fed a diet that supplies a large proportion of its energy as fat. A common misconception is that feeding a high fat diet to working dogs can predispose them to heat stress during hot weather. However, research shows that the opposite is true: a reduced-fat diet produced higher rectal temperatures in dogs after one hour of treadmill exercise compared with a highfat diet. Current evidence indicates that aerobic training imposes an increased need for dietary protein in dogs. As muscles grow and blood volume increases, more protein is needed to keep the increased tissue mass ‘fed’ and may help the blood to better oxygenate tissues. Although the protein content of a diet may be within the recommended range to provide for maintenance needs, a slight reduction in protein content and/or amino acid availability may become metabolically significant during periods of physical activity due to its inability to supply sufficient amino acids to exercising tissues. All the premium dog food brands available at vets have specific diets formulated for athletes. The best is to read the label on the bag and feed according to your dog’s weight. Feed half the daily requirement in the morning and half in the evening to allow for a more sustained energy source and blood glucose. Do not train your dog after he has just eaten, as this predisposes him to gastric torsion and bloat. Rather wait for two hours after feeding before training and competing. It is not a good idea to skip breakfast before competing though as this may affect endurance. Dr Adi Graiser, Veterinarian

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Two organisations pull their resources together to save seal pups

Nelson, a rescue cat from Cape Town, helped to change the destiny of other stray cats

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SHELTER PROFILE Animaltalk visits the Friend Animal Foundation in Zimbabwe

NEWS

If you would like to find out more about various fundraisers in your area, where to adopt or how you can get involved with your local animal shelter, visit http://animalchannel.co.za.

Baby seals are saved from certain death

Animaltalk partners with and supports these welfare organisations through fundraising and promotional efforts.

SPCA Tel: 011 907 3590/1/2/3 Fax: 011 907 4013

The Cango Wildlife Ranch supports the National Sea Rescue Institute

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them back out to the island. Overall it took amazing teamwork, a few smelly volunteers, some efficient co-ordination, valuable time and special contributions to give this story a happy ending. The Cango Wildlife Ranch’s volunteers were given a tour of the NSRI where they had a glimpse of the struggles and responsibilities of this vital organisation. It was after this experience that they donated R1,000 to the NSRI with the hopes of it going towards the next rescue mission.

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fter some amazing conservation and rescue efforts to salvage young seal pups in Mossel Bay who were swept onto the beaches leaving them stranded, these pups were able to see 2015! On 27 December 2014, a local paper published images of the young pups with an urgent request for assistance. The Cango Wildlife Ranch was able to contact Craig Viljoen (the seal saviour) to volunteer his services. The pups were collected from the beaches and were placed in a temporary enclosure in the harbour before being taken back to the island. The pups had to be returned to the island urgently as a large number of them were not yet weaned and required nourishment. The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) and local police, along with volunteers, assisted with loading the pups into the police vans, which offloaded them onto the boats that took

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South African Veterinary Association Tel: 012 346 1150 Fax: 012 346 2929 Domestic Animal Rescue Group Tel: 021 790 0383 021 790 2050 PDSA

People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals Tel: 011 726 6100 Fax: 011 726 8513 South African Guide-Dogs Association Tel: 011 705 3512 Animals in Distress Tel: 011 466 0261 Fax: 011 466 0262 Ark Animal Centre Cell: 082 334 7596 Email: info@ arkanimalcentre.co.za Website: www.arkanimalcentre. co.za Blog: www.arkanimalcentre.wordpress.com Cart Horse Protection Association Tel: 021 535 3435 Animal Anti-Cruelty League Tel: 011 435 0672 Fax: 011 435 0693

The Pet Food Institute of Southern Africa P F I Tel: 033 343 2874 Fax: 033 343 4669 These organisations do not accept any liability whatsoever with regard to any statement, fact, advertisement or recommendation made in this magazine and do not necessarily agree with the viewpoints expressed by contributors to Animaltalk.

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SHELTER PROFILE

Text: Liza Smith

Friend Animal Foundation It’s a long road to ensuring that a community in Zimbabwe is taught how to care for their animals

â–˛ Who are the people behind the scenes?

The amazing staff are: Joseph Luka, Munyaradzi Mactira, Maria Mwelenji, Tatenda Makotsa, Biziah Bhebhe, Kaizer John, Douglas Matembal, Maxwell Mudyawabikwa, Jonas Chitete, Keven Harrison, Blessing Makotsa, Barmus Kategulu, Promise Mawedzere, Friday Nyongari, Chrispen Chitiamba, Saizi Kwainona, Baidon Matambura, Samuel Badza, Cheki Chadamoyo, Avoid Mawedzere, John Mawedzere, Moses Damba, Ephraim Mupanga, Honah Ngorezha, Ngoni Matambura and Ethel Moyo.

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people who make a difference

In 2000 Friend Animal Foundation kennelled displaced farmers’ animals for free and helped with transporting them to South Africa with British Airways, Comair and Wet Nose Animal Rescue

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ver the years the foundation has taken in livestock who they do not re-home, but instead they have developed a children’s touch farm. This farm has been stocked with rabbits, guinea pigs, ducks, geese, chickens, donkeys, goats, sheep and a horse. Schools are prompted to visit for educational purposes. It is important that organisations teach the children how to care for their pets as they will then take that back to their families.

Aims and goals Their greatest wish is that all animals would be spayed and neutered so that there would be no unwanted animals. They want all people in Zimbabwe to love and care for their animals so there would be no more animal suffering. The only possible way to do this is through the education of the local population. The biggest problem with animal welfare in Zimbabwe is that the average local population is ignorant of how to care for their animals.

Main tasks

How can you help? Volunteer! They do not have set times for volunteers. All that they ask is that you let them know when you will be visiting them. In the past they have had volunteers from all over the world, including two girls from a school in England doing job-shadowing. Volunteers help out with a variety of jobs,

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The highlights are being able to watch an animal who arrived in a bad way get better and then go home with his new forever

including feeding and socialising the animals, especially the puppies and kittens. They also provide volunteers with basic education in animal healthcare, for example teaching them the telltale signs of an unwell animal in need of medicine or the attention of a vet.

family, or to see the completion of a project that the foundation has worked hard to raise money for. A good example of this is the stable that was built for their donkeys, which their horse promptly invaded, as well as the pigs!

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was much more serious than expected. This was an old injury and the pain he was in must have been unbearable. Puncture wounds validated the fact that he was attacked by a dog. Nelson spent the next three days after his operation in hospital for vets to monitor the infection and ensure it did not spread. Nelson was discharged a few days later and placed in the LLF foster programme for his recovering days. He had such a fighting spirit. 11 January 2015 marked an unforgettable day for Nelson, as he finally went to his forever home. This rescue experience enabled LLF to obtain assistance for feral trapping. They have so far successfully trapped a mother cat (possibly Nelson’s sister), a teen and two kittens at the factory that Nelson was from. The kittens completed their training at Raise and Rescue, allowing them to learn to love and trust. They have been successfully re-homed. The mother cat and teen (Ebony and Purrl) are at LLF and although they may never trust people completely, they are safe and relaxed in their care. LLF will continue to trap, sterilise and release any adults who are totally feral back to the factory and take in the kittens to send to finishing school for re-homing.

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TOPDOG 100 ratings

2015

The Animaltalk Top Dog 100 Ratings are hugely popular with dog show enthusiasts, and the coveted title of Top Dog is highly sought after. There are almost 400 dogs who have earned points during the year as well as hundreds who haven’t earned any points at all. So even reaching the top 200 is a significant achievement! ‘Bravo’ to all competing dog show people. Take heart; you may feature in the Top 100 this year

Check out the latest top 100 results and show events online at www.animalchannel.co.za Queries should be addressed to Carol Immelman by fax 086 671 9956 or email cruella@iafrica.com The Top 100 is also on www.animalchannel.co.za

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PRODUCTTALK goodies

products&media Animaltalk’s news hound found these pet friendly products for you

ADVANTIX REPELS PARASITES Advantix is a topical prevention treatment which protects against ticks, fleas, flies, mosquitoes and lice. It only takes one tick bite to transmit dangerous tick-borne diseases such as biliary and tick bite fever. Products such as Advantix containing ingredients that repel ticks help prevent the transmission of these tick-borne diseases. Advantix also repels biting flies, which cause tissue damage, especially at the tips of dogs’ ears during the hot summer months. Available at vet shops and vets countrywide.

ADVOCATE PREVENTS THE SILENT KILLER Spirocerca lupi is commonly known as the silent killer, as it often results in the death of dogs with little or no warning signs. Spirocerca lupi is a parasitic worm which is approximately 1 to 2cm in length, red in colour and is not eliminated by conventional deworming. Dogs become infested with this worm by eating certain dung beetles infected with the larvae of the worm. These dung beetles can be as small as 6mm and hence are easily ingested as your dog walks along with his nose close to the ground. Advocate is 100% preventative against the silent killer if applied every four weeks. Available at vet shops and vets countrywide.

MOTHER’S DAY SPECIAL If your pets could talk, this would be the body harness they would beg for. Puppia is the world’s dog fashion leader and has just hit South African shores in a big way. Puppia’s feature product is the soft mesh harness designed to distribute any pressure throughout the chest, with an adjustable chest belt and additional padding for added comfort. The Puppia Soft Harness comes in a wide variety of colours, including bright neon, so that your pooch will never be missed. With Mother’s Day this May, you can get this amazing harness at 10% discount. So, keep your best friend safe, comfy and looking stylish! For more info or to order visit www.yuppiepet.co.za.

NATURAL ORIJEN FREEZEDRIED TREATS We all want to reward our four-legged friends in between meals, whether it’s for good behaviour or to assist with training. But what is the best type of treat for your pet and what is nutritious rather than junk food? Orijen has made the decision easy for you. Orijen Freeze-Dried Treats are now available in South Africa and tick all the boxes for healthy treats for your pet: each variant is 100% meat, 100% fresh and 100% natural. Orijen is different because it has actually taken natural evolution into account. Orijen pet food and treats are available from hundreds of pet retailers and vets countrywide. For more information, visit www.championpetfoods.co.za.

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Happiness is a pet with a Sesli Pet Blanket

301 Animal Deterrents 302 Bedding 303 Books 304 Bowls and stands 305 Cat Litter and Trays 306 Clothes 307 Feeders 308 First Aid Kits 309 Food Containers 310 Gifts 311 Kennels, carriers, crates and motor vehicle seats 312 Microchipping 313 Pet Containment – (fencing) 314 Pet doors and steps 315 Pet food suppliers 316 Pet Leads, Collars and Harnesses 317 Pet Strollers 318 Sleeping / bean bags 319 Software 320 Thundershirts 321 Toys 322 Trailers 323 Trophies and Rosettes 400 CATS

All animals would love to be wrapped and kept warm while asleep. Giving your pet a blankie is total luxury which they will appreciate for years to come and you can have peace of mind that they will always be comfortable.

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Home from home for your pampered pets.

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0860 536 635 (kennel) 083 268 1249 www.labriekennelsandcattery.co.za

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PETS PARADISE. Pet Boarding, Grooming Parlour and Pet Shop. Cell: 0733084673 Email: petspar@iafrica.com Web:www.petparadise.co.za

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Doggypaddle Animal Hydrotherapy Centre. Sr.Alison Fantin (dip vet nurse; Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner)

Doggypaddle offers physical therapy for: • Recovery after an operation. • Recovery after an injury. • Relief from arthritis. • Weight loss.

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Searles Cottage, 11 km from Dullstroom (dirt road): Spacious 3 bedr self-catering house on farm. Lovely views, walks & trout fishing.

Tel: Piet Viljoen on 083 602 1394 Piethartfell@gmail.com

Online shopping for all your pet and vet supplies BEST PRICES AND DELIVERY SERVICES OF YOUR CHOICE! Tel 033 263 1608 • Fax 086 573 6184 www.vetproductsonline.co.za thevet@vetproductsonline.co.za

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Doggypaddle also offers boarding for post operative recovery.

THE 6 SLEEPER FARMSTEAD & 2 sleeper The Nest is nestled among rolling hills, waterfalls & streams on the farm Field & Stream. Fishing, hiking, mountain biking & clay-pigeon shooting. Greg 083 443 4567

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• There are believed to be over 60 million feral cats in the USA. • Dogs are the only animals to exhibit social intelligence. • All house cats are descended from as few as five female African wild cats. • A cat’s normal body temperature is 38.6 degrees Celsius. Animaltalk | May 2015

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DID YOU KNOW? A securely-tied pillowcase is a good way of transporting a distressed cat when there isn’t a cat cage available – it calms most cats. CHINCHILLAS

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DID YOU KNOW? If your pet has fleas, it is usually not enough to treat the pet only. You’ll have to treat the environment (your home, carpets and furniture) too, as most of the fleas and eggs usually hide here.

For Cattery / Stud / Kitten Registrations Forms in connection with the above Information on Breeders and Studs Availability of Kittens Show related enquiries Affiliated Cat Club Information

THE SOUTH AFRICAN CAT REGISTER P.O. Box 28732, Kensington, 2101. 5 Stanmore Rd, Kensington Tel:- 011-616 7017; Fax 011-622 6301; e-mail: sacatreg@iafrica.com www.tsacc.org.za (Office Hours: Mon. to Thurs.:- 09h00 - 16h00. Fri 09h00 - 13h00)

Chindy’s Boarding & Breeding Cattery

SACC registered Chinchilla kittens occasionally available to approved homes. Boarding facilities in Benoni area available Contact Cindi 082 378 5893 | Email cins4chins@yahoo.com

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Kittens occasionally available from Sp bloodlines

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DID YOU KNOW? Chimpanzee laughter is a series of alternating inhalations and exhalations that sound more like breathing and panting.

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Isalu Cattery Breeder of Traditional Colourpoints and Chinchilla (Silver) Kittens available to approved homes

Christa Saayman 082 566 4929 www.mysticmonkeys.co.za / blouduiker@mweb.co.za Contact Mrs N Minnaar Tel 082 972 5116 Email: isalu@telkomsa.net | Website: www.persiankittens.co.za

BURMESE

Sharamber Tonkinese

Burmese & Siamese Telephone: Caroline Barclay 011 967 2350

DID YOU KNOW? Cats of either sex, neutered or entire, may spray inside when feeling threatened or anxious.

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Beautiful Border Collies of all ages eagerly awaiting their approved forever homes. Cell: 082 412 9969 Tel: 011 395 2259 See us www.bordercollierescue.co.za Non profit org 006 620 NPO

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AMSTAFFS Theo Venter 082 566 4335

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Bred for quality & temperament

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BOERBOEL Home of Champions Nice way to start with the bassets.....

Puppies available to approved homes, from imported, champion parents.

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Booking deadline for August 2015 – 15 June 2015

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La Cosa Nostra Amstaffs Desmond: 084 700 6673 Celeste: 084 652 7766 http://sa-amstaffs.weebly.com KUSA Registered Breeders

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Puppies occasionally available from SA Champions to approved homes.

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Breeders of show winners for +40 years s Forover gL o D WE OFFER !

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Busherhill Bull Terriers

KUSA registered puppies available Champion Bloodline

Chihuahua Puppies occasionally available. Contact: Ronita du Preez Email: toshiro@telkomsa.net Cell: 082 627 4922 Tel: 012 379 5380

Bullterriers Busherhill Contact Leon 0832620748 leonbester01@gmail.com

Neil Carr Cell 071 102 1890

Email neilgarth@gmail.com www.alfonsiadogs.co.za

FOX TERRIER (WIRE)

Yorma Kennels For quality Fox Terrier (Wire) puppies

049 834 9041 084 899 1978

hannatjie@yorma.co.za www.yorma.co.za DACHSHUNDS: LONG-HAIRED AND MINIATURE

DID YOU KNOW? A Border Collie named Chaser has learned the names for 1,022 toys.

DID YOU KNOW? Pet odours can be neutralised by using one of several specially formulated pet odour neutraliser sprays.

CHIHUAHUAS

Bronties Chihuahuas

To advertise, contact Nora on 0860 ANIMAL

LONG COAT CHIHUAHUAS www.bronties.co.za Hettie – 072 478 3471 Marieza – 071 013 5612 Email – hettiev@gmail.com

FRENCH BULLDOG ROSTEL FRENCH BULLDOGS. KUSA registered puppies occasionally available. Contact Jan Vorster: 082 929 9024 / jan.vrstr@gmail.com.

GERMAN SHEPHERD DOGS

KAZANDI

DALMATIANS

German Shepherd Dogs

DALMATIAN CLUB: For information and assistance Jan Davies 083 251 6836, Carol Immelman 083 443 3803

Christel Zimmermann C: 083 440 5626 E: gsd@kazandi.co.za W: www.kazandi.co.za DIAMOND BREEDER

ChiPupski Chihuahuas

SILBERSCHATTEN GSDs • Federation registered, vacc.& dew. pups:

Breeders of smooth coat Chihuahuas

Contact Debbie or Elize (KUSA Nr 1020247) 011 753 3820 / 083 283 0380 elizechrz@webmail.co.za | debbiepeyper1@gmail.com

Mark von Sendling VA (SA)

• SABLE, PITCH-BLACK, BLACK & TAN; • L ovingly home-reared for superb temperament as ideal family companions; • Our GSDs' HIPS AND ELBOWS “A” GRADE; • Excellent imported German Show and Working bloodlines; • Pre- & post-sales advice & support; • Pups placed with approved dog-lovers only. GISELA: 072 555 7123 (near JHB)

Team Zanmarheim DID YOU KNOW? www.chitem.co.za salome@ergolinesa.co.za

Most of today’s dog owners describe their dogs as part of the family.

Puppies available from imported German bloodlines. Puppies are vaccinated, microchipped and dewormed. Contact: Elbie van Eeden Cel: (+27) 72 781 6052 Home: (+27) 11 969 4868 (+27) 11 968 2035 E-mail:tzanmarheim@yahoo.com

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Japanese Chins

Kusa membership number 042897

YukiSan Japanese Chins Barbara Cell 082 255 1635 Fax 0866961438 Website: www.dogsdogsdogs.co.za

Von Buuren Kennels

KUSA Registered Breeders of Golden Retrievers Contact Nolene 076 520 7655 Email nolenenooi@gmail.com Follow us on www.facebook.com/vonbuurengoldenretriever

DID YOU KNOW?

Delightful Companion dogs, only bred on order

Stephanie Olivier (YukiSan Team +27 (0) 83 387 3575 SOlivier@telkomsa.net www.YukiSan.co.za

Leader)

KERRY BLUE ERINDEL KERRY BLUE TERRIERS. KUSA reg. Perfect dogs for a home. Non-allergic – no shedding Excellent with children. Margaret O’Carroll erindel@telkomsa.net • 072 289 6989

MALTESE

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CHAUTOY’S MALTESE KUSA Registered. Quality puppies occasionally available. Contact Charmain Cell 082 883 7668 Web www.chautoy.co.za NEAPOLITAN MASTIFFS We breed since 1994, for quality and distinction and strive for excellent true Italian type and sound temperament. We recently imported various new dogs from Italy and Belgium, to enhance our breeding.

LABRADOR RETRIEVER

The budgerigar (also known as common pet parakeet, shell parakeet or budgie) has been living (surviving) in Australia’s dry inland for over five million years.

Bookings essential. Contact Linda @ 072 650 2726 / 081 0300 736 or info@delpicasso.com visit us at NEAPOLITAN MASTIFFS MASTIFFS www.neapolitan.co.za NEAPOLITAN

Picasso

GREAT DANES

DID YOU KNOW?

CABERNET GREAT DANES. KUSA reg puppies from excellent bloodlines. Black and Harlequin. Contact Mrs Drake 083 269 6857 Pretoria BROLLOXON GREAT DANES. Quality registered puppies occasionally available. Contact Estelle Nienaber 083 793 0403. Email brolloxongreatdanes@icloud.com

Therapy dogs are allowed in some hospitals because studies have proven that dogs uplift the mood of patients. NEWFOUNDLANDS

IRISH TERRIER

CHARMANTÉ NEWFOUNDLANDS

MUIREND IRISH TERRIERS.

Where health and temperaments are no. 1

PUPPIES OCCASIONALLY AVAILABLE TO APPROVED HOMES. PHONE ANNE 021 671 8463 082 575 1000

Contact Janeen Hattingh Tel 021-904 7053 info@charmantenewfs.co.za www.charmantenewfs.co.za

PAPILLON

ITALIAN GREYHOUNDS

SOLPOSTE KENNELS Papillon puppies occasionally available to approved homes only Contact Michael/Theresa Tel: 011 673 9921 Cell:  082 374 5251 Email:  info@pro-pet.co.za

LAMBRADA LABRADORS For Type & Temperament

POMERANIANS

JACK RUSSELL TERRIERS THE JACK RUSSELL TERRIER Club of SA Home of the Original Jack Russell. www.jackrussellsa.co.za CHARLMAR KENNELS. Registered pups. Short leg. Imported bloodlines. Tan & White, Innoc, Springs 073 162 2624 JAPANESE CHIN

Lizette 083 555 5480

lambrada@telkomsa.net

www.lambrada.co.za

Marsabet Labrador Retrievers

Contact Annette 083 375 1565 secdogs@mweb.co.za

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DAINTARANIANS “A House is not a Home without a Pomy!”

KUSA registered Puppies available occasionally Michelle Jordaan 076 580 1053 www.daintypompoms.com / michellejordaan007@gmail.com

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FORSAN POMERANIANS

ROTTWEILERS

KUSA registered Puppies from imported and local champion bloodlines sometimes available. Susan Lombaard 0824494491 Email: susan@forsantoypoms.co.za Website: www.forsantoypoms.co.za

KEYSTONE. Miniature Schnauzer puppies from the best show lines in the world occasionally available to approved homes. Raised in a loving home. www.miniatureschnauzers.co.za 0833423734 – Francois

XANTAH

Pomeranians since 1967 Home of South Africa’s No 1 Pom since 2003! “for that special companion in your life”

SCOTTISH TERRIERS CROCVALLEY SCOTTISH TERRIERS. KUSA Registered. Puppies occasionally available to approved homes. Erna 082 903 1250 HEALTHY, KUSA REGISTERED puppies occasionally available to approved homes. Connie@herconpuppies.co.za or 082 443 3067 www.herconpuppies.co.za

Renee Fourie 083 268 2417 rcfourie@intekom.co.za www.xantah.co.za/poms.htm

POODLES

WAYLOR

TOY & MINIATURE POODLES

SHAR-PEI

All dogs are KUSA registered Breeders of top quality pups. Lorraine 083 459 9785 waylorpoodles@hotmail.com RHODESIAN RIDGEBACKS

To advertise, contact Nora on 0860 ANIMAL

Kulima Rhodesian Ridgebacks Bred for quality and temperament Obrè van Heerden Tel 082 859 2790

obre@isat.co.za www.kulima.co.za "Properly trained, a man can be dog’s best friend." Corey Ford

Shumtani

Ridgebacks Contact details: ingridcharmain@gmail.com www.shumtaniridgebacks.co.za

082 332 6294

DID YOU KNOW?

AROWANA Shar-Pei Kusa Reg. 160903

Some pet medical aid insurance policies even provide cover towards preventative care such as vaccinations, spaying, flea, tick and worm control, sterilisation and teeth cleaning. IRMADU ROTTWEILERS. Beautiful KUSA registered puppies available from top breeding lines. HD/ED certificates available. Dr Irma Bailey 083 276 5069. animals@icon.co.za. ROTTLERHOF ROTTWEILERS. KUSA Registered Puppies sometimes available to approved homes. Anita 021 856 3231 Cell 082 659 3231 rottlerhof@webmail.co.za www.rottlerhof.co.za TIBRA ROTTWEILERS. Affordable pups always available. Please visit http://tibra-rottweilers.wozaonline.co.za SCHNAUZERS

Quality Pups available May 2015 Home & Breeder of Champion dogs since 1999 Member of Shar Pei Club of Gauteng and the Chinese Shar-Pei Club of America Contact Antoinette 083 300 7038 | Email info@arowana.co.za

SHAR PEI CLUB OF GAUTENG. Anneke 082 927 9577. Antoinette 011 706 1498, Jenny 083 654 6764 Website www.sharpei.org.za SHIBA INUS SHILUAN SHIBA INUS. KUSA Registered Puppies sometimes available to approved homes. Anita 021 856 3231 Cell 082 659 3231 rottlerhof@webmail.co.za www.shiluanshiba.moonfruit.com “Just give me a comfortable couch, a dog, a good book, and a woman. Then if you can get the dog to go somewhere and read the book, I might have a little fun!” Groucho Marx

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Yorkshire & Biewer Terriers Imported Biewer Terriers

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When only the BEST will do www.mijoy-yorkies.co.za • www.mijoybiewerterriers.co.za

IRMADU KENNELS YORKSHIRE TERRIERS & BIEWER TERRIERS

Co-Breeder of the top winning dog in South Africa’s history www.kissaki.co.za kissaki@vodamail.co.za Martin Erwee Cell: 072 200 7212

DR IRMA BAILEY CELL 083 276 5069 TEL 012 664 5774 www.yorkie.co.za

SIBERIAN HUSKIES

NORTHWIND SIBERIAN HUSKIES

TOSHIRO YORKSHIRE TERRIERS Teacup and Pocket Size puppies occasionally available. Contact: Ronita Du Preez Tel: 012 379 5380 Cell: 082 627 4922 E-mail: toshiro@telkomsa.net www.toshiro-yorkies.co.za

YSTERBERG MASTIFF

Mouzer Stud

Kusa Member No 49934

Ysterberg Mastiff

Home of KUSA registered pets and show dogs

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www.northwindsiberians.co.za Duane 076 403 0008

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SOFT COATED WHEATEN TERRIER

Not

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SOFT COATED WHEATEN TERRIERS - Hypo Allergenic, do not shed, medium sized, happy-golucky, friendly, inside, teddy bears! Sue Impey 082 348 3290 or impey@telkomsa.net

www.mouzerysterbergmastiff.com

082 373 1553

STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER

KARUSCHKA KENNELS

KOBCO

FOR ALL STAFFIE LOVERS

KUSA Registered puppies now available with a champion blood line. Contact Annamarie Cell 083 698 0400 kameel@webmail.co.za

LIABRI Yorkie Puppies

STUD

Kobus 072 424 5328 Corrie 072 454 3278

kobco@acenet.co.za

www.kobcoysterbergmastiffs.webs.com www.facebook.com/kobcoysterbergmastiff

www.yorkies.co.za

082 962 0200 Kusa Registered

Traveling throughout South Africa can be arranged.

WANDRASKI STAFFORDS KUSA registered

LOVETHEMALL

YORKIE BREEDERS

Breed to perfection

Bred and raised with love

ROELF NAGEL 0726114781 goelie10@hotmail.com www.wandraski-staffords.co.za

KUSA Registered

YORKSHIRE TERRIER

Aziza Yorkshire Terriers “Tiny heartbeats at my feet” Breeder of Yorkshire Terriers

Marlise Maritz Cell: 082 322 5397 Email: info@azizayorkies.co.za Website: www.azizayorkies.co.za

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Contact: Ina Jansen Van Vuuren Cell: 072 267 3527 love.them.all.yorkies@gmail.com www.lovethemall.co.za

DID YOU KNOW? The Saint Bernard breed dates back to the 1660s when Swiss monks started using them for draught work.

Expose your breed to 256,000 people nationwide

Contact Nora 011 468 2090 There is no better way to keep your kennel foremost in potential puppy buyers' minds than with a regular advertisement and high quality picture of your dogs in Animaltalk 93

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Yorkies.... with love Kusa registered puppies available. Esmari Le Roux 0827843410 Ansa Louw 0844001233 yorkiesdelamor@gmail.com www.yorkiesdelamor.co.za

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FOCUS on the cone-head chameleon

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CONE-HEAD Also called the veiled or Yemen chameleon, the cone-head chameleon hails from the Arabian Peninsula (Yemen and Saudi Arabia). Apart from their distinct cones, which reach up to 5cm in adults, they sport striking colours – green with white, orange, tan or yellow mottling. Unlike other chameleons who change colours to fade into the background, these guys’ colours are affected by factors such as their social status, stress levels and in the case of females, whether they are pregnant or not. They are omnivores (eating insects as well as plant material) and prefer to live in trees or other large plants.

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