Hoogland Newsletter April 2016

Be wise! 

When confronted with the topic of sterilisation, the first thing many owners say is “We do not want to sterilise because we do not want Fluffy to get fat”.
My response to this is: Why endanger your dog’s life by leaving it unsterilized when the weight gain is 100% controllable through exercise and diet (Neither of which endanger your pet!).

So why do we sterilise our pets?
For the responsible pet owner, the most obvious reason is to prevent unplanned and unwanted pregnancies. Murphy’s law  dictates that the bitch will come on heat soon after one was too busy with some personal emergency to even think of sterilising her. Weeks later one may end up with a bitch that needs emergency veterinary assistance as she is struggling to give birth to a litter of unwanted puppies (life threatening, inconvenient and expensive!).

Sterilisation also prevents certain avoidable ailments such as mammary (breast) cancer, prostatic cancer as well as prostatic enlargement which can make it difficult or impossible for dogs to urinate. Studies have shown that bitches sterilised before their first heat cycle will not develop mammary cancer, but that the likelihood thereof increases exponentially with every heat cycle.
Due to the hormonal fluctuations in bitches going through consecutive heat cycles but never becoming pregnant, unsterilized bitches are always at risk of developing a pyometra – this means the uterus fills with pus like a giant abscess. The condition is life threatening and severely debilitating but is 100% avoidable by sterilisation.

There is strong evidence from studies done by veterinary behaviourists worldwide that timeous sterilisation of pets decreases certain undesirable behaviours like misdirected sexual behaviour, urine marking and aggression. Sterilisation is therefore often used as an adjunct to behavioural therapy but the beneficial effects lessen the longer the sterilisation is postponed. For example – the initial stimulus for urine marking is hormonal, but later on, hormones play less of a role and other stimuli are involved in maintaining the behaviour. So initially I mark because I am full of testosterone. Later I mark because I have always done it and just because I can! 

Yes, I hear you, there may be side effects with sterilisation in some pets: easier weight gain, leaky bladder and possible coat changes – but the benefits outweigh the risks and that is good reason to follow good advice!


Dog and cat sterilisations discounted by 10% in April 2016
(excludes non-routine requirements)

Call 012 661 0346 / 2256 for more information or to make a booking for your fluffy friend! 



Something different for the little squeakers!
These are super fun for bunnies too, and you can even make smaller ones for hamsters, rats and mice!

Remember, too much of a good thing is never very good - Too much fresh food can cause gastrointestinal problems. Ensure you know that the fresh food you are giving is safe for your piggie in the quantities it is getting.
You will need:
  • Cubes/slices of cavie-safe fruit and veg.
  • A normal kebab stick (be careful of splinters and sharp ends) OR metal kebab sticks for pets .
  • Cardboard cut into blocks a little wider than the fruit.
Place small pieces of fruit and veg onto the kebab stick alternating fruit – cardboard – veg – cardboard to make it more challenging for the cavie to reach the yummies!



To Reward hard work!

Your dog has plenty of toys but still seems bored...?
You bought a Kong, Orka or other foraging toy and Spot only plays with it if you throw it for him...?
Bored of the same fillings for the foraging toys...?

Here are some ideas on how to make your canine companions Kong, orka or treat ball a little different!
If your fluffy friend is new to foraging toys, try use different stuffings each day to keep them interested!
If you want your pup to stay interested in the toy, make sure it is not too hard for them to get some treat out at short intervals – this way, their continued interest and work is constantly rewarded!
The simplest, quickest trick is to smear something like peanut butter on the inner walls of the kong (only for toys with opening wide enough that the dogs tongue can get into) – you can melt the peanut butter slightly so it is runny enough to make this easier.
What about feeding a portion of your dogs meal in a toy?
This works really well for those “vrate” who inhale their food! 
If you want to use the food dry, use a foraging toy with a smaller opening like the rogz gumz treat ball or the orka tyre. For a kong classic or orka jack use softened food so the pup can lick the content out. You can soak some pellets in water till they are at least soft on the outside – pack them into the kong/orka – serve, or freeze and then serve. Alternatively, use tinned doggy food or mince as the glue so you don’t have to wet the pellets! Freezing softened mixtures makes the filling last longer!
REMEMBER: Not all dog-safe foods will suit every dog – if your dog has a sensitive stomach or particular allergy, be careful of what you use.
  • CHEESY ELVIS: Combine a ripe banana, 3 spoons peanut butter, 1 cheese slice. Mix till blended well. Fill Kong. Freeze.
  • MONSTER MASH: Mashed potatoes (no salt) mixed with crushed dog biscuits.
  • CRUNCH ‘N MUNCH: Combine crumbled rice cakes and dried fruit with some cream cheese and plain croutons.
  • PUMPKIN PIECES: Combine plain yogurt, pumpkin, and cooked rice. Squeeze it into the Kong toy. Freeze.
  • KIBBLE-SICLE: Put a glob of peanut butter into the Kong first. Then add some dry dog food. Pour in some chicken broth. Add some more peanut butter, followed by more dry dogfood. End with another glob of peanut butter at the very top. Freeze.
  • FROZEN BONZ: Mix up some bananas, unsweetened applesauce, oatmeal, peanut butter, and plain yogurt. Freeze.
  • BABYLICIOUS: Mix together some fat-free cream cheese, peanut butter, and either sugar-free applesauce or a jar of baby food (like bananas, carrots). Cram a solid food item into the small hole at the end of the Kong, then fill with the mixture. Seal the large hole with cream cheese or peanut butter.
  • FRUITOPIA: Combine applesauce with chunks of fruit. Freeze.
  • FROZEN TUNA SALAD: Mix together 1 can of light tuna, 2 Tsp plain yogurt, and 1 grated carrot. Spoon into KONG toy. Freeze.

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