Sep 23

Vet-Run Online Pet Store Gets the Paw’s Up From Pet Owners


It’s not every day that you can grab a bag of your pooch’s favourite pellets and get free advice from a vet at the same time. But that’s exactly what you can expect when you visit, the online pet supply store run by Gauteng-based veterinarian, Dr Roxanne Jones.

“There are plenty of online pet shops that sell food and other supplies, but we wanted to be more than just your average pet food shop,” says Dr Jones, who practices in Krugersdorp.

“Of course, customers expect top-class service and quick delivery, and that’s at the core of our online shopping business. But also strives to be a resource for trustworthy information and support when it comes to taking care of beloved pets.”

Via the blog, Dr Jones focuses on educating people so they can minimise the risk of their ‘furbabies’ getting ill. Informative posts, which she writes herself, cover a wide range of topics based on issues she encounters daily while she is practising. “By sharing these experiences, I’m able to help pet owners take better care of their animals, and also to recognise any signs that their pets may need medical attention.”
Subscription service takes the irritation out of flea and tick treatment. Aside from educating customers and blog visitors, aims to bring a lick of convenience to pet owners’ lives.

“Most pet owners, no matter how diligent, have had to rush out after work or at night to top up on food. They end up having to buy overpriced, unhealthy options from a petrol station, which is not ideal for their wallets or their pets’ health,” says Dr Jones.

Via, customers can simply order online and have their pets’ food and other supplies delivered to their homes or offices according to a set schedule. “There’s no lugging heavy bags to a car park or having to factor in time to get to the shops. It takes all the guesswork out of feeding pets a healthy and nutritious diet.”


An innovative addition to the site is the option to subscribe to regular deliveries of flea and tick control. “These treatments usually need to be administered every month or every three months depending on brand, but it’s easy to forget until you notice your cat or dog scratching like mad – and by then, they’re already suffering.” Instead, customers can subscribe to receive flea and tick treatments along with their food deliveries.

“Everything about is geared towards empowering pet owners to give their animals the best possible care,” says Dr Jones. “Our dream is to build into a leading source of education, advice and quality products for South African pet owners.”

Shop online at and get free delivery on all orders over R400.00. You can also visit the blog for a wealth of pet care information, advice and tips provided by a vet.


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Sep 14

Invitation to Mdzananda Animal Clinic’s 20 year birthday Paw Member Picnic


As the Mdzananda Animal Clinic celebrates 20 years of serving the community of Khayelitsha and their pets we are excited to launch our Paw Member campaign and invite members of the public to join us at our Paw Member picnic.

It all started with a community hero who wanted to help his neighbours’ pets. Mr Joe from the Khayelitsha community pushed a trolley and water bucked around bathing and feeding community pets. He soon attracted volunteers to assist him.

A long standing volunteer was able to secure significant funding to assist the man in his animal saving efforts. Mr Joe handed over the management of the project to this volunteer who became the full time Project Manger up until May 2015 when a new director joined the Mdzananda team.

In October 2016 Mdzananda Animal Clinic celebrates 20 years of serving the community’s pets through providing animal welfare services. Anyone who visits Mdzananda will be pleasantly surprised by this animal haven in the heart of Khayelitsha. “When visiting Mdzananda you will be met by the hustle and bustle of barking of dogs and a deep feeling of joy, love and respect for animals and their human companions,” says Marcelle du Plessis, Fundraising and Communications Manger.

The clinic serves up to 1000 pets per month through two consultation rooms, a hospital ward, operating theatre for general and specialised surgeries, two isolation wards, a cat ward, a dog and cat shelter facility, a mobile clinic and an animal ambulance service. The clinic staff also responds to cases of abuse and neglect and have a strong focus on humane education and pet owner empowerment.

On this momentous occasion of celebrating 20 years we would like to invite you and your pet to join us at our Paw Member picnic at the Blaauwklippen Wine Estate on the 25th of October 2016 from 11am – 2pm. Come meet the team, have a picnic and enjoy the many farm activities. This fun event is our way of saying thank you to our generous Paw Members (monthly donors) who have supported us for 20 years and to invite new Paw Members to join our family.

Paw members are special supporters who commit to making a monthly donation to the Mdzananda Animal Clinic’s work from anything as little as R25 per month.

As we celebrate our 20th birthday we also experience some sadness. Due to the economy one of our main and long standing donors has begun reducing annual funding by 20% this year. Due to the exchange rate this represents more than R600 000 for this current year (and will continue deducting an extra 20% each year until the year 2020 when funding will stop for good). This is a big knock but we are staying positive as we launch our Paw Member campaign!

Together we can continue to grow Mdzananda from strength to strength. If just 700 people sign up to become Paw Members and donate R100 per month we will cover the deficit for this financial year. “R100 per month might not be a lot to one person but to us it saves an animal life,” says Marcelle du Plessis, fundraising and communications manager. “We hope to have many new Paw Members sign up to support our continued animal saving work.” To sign up as a Paw Member or to join the Paw Member picnic contact

About Mdzananda Animal Clinic (

The Mdzananda Animal Clinic is a permanent, veterinary council registered animal clinic in Khayelitsha, a township just outside of Cape Town. The clinic provides veterinary healthcare services primarily to dogs and cats. The Mdzananda Animal Clinic is made possible by IFAW (International Fund of Animal Welfare) since 2003, Dogs Trust UK in 2012 and 2016, Investec since 2015 and individual donors since 1996.

Issued by: Marcelle du Plessis, Fundraising and Communications Manager for Mdzananda Animal Clinic,, 0823577613
Event Facebook Page: Mdzananda

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Jul 30

Nursery Ravine


I’ve done Nursery Ravine a few times in the past but Daks and I haven’t done it together. We tackled it on Sunday and enjoyed the walk but did find it a little restrictive with all the leash laws and no dog pathways from Kirstenbosch Gardens. I guess we’ve just been spoilt with all the off leash walks we enjoy in the area.



We entered at Rycroft Gate, entrance is R55 for adults and you need your Activity Card for your dog to gain entry. We headed up to the left on the dog walking path, continuing left into a portion of Cecelia Forest where the dogs could be off lead. It was a brilliant, sunny day and not too warm with no wind so we had a lovely walk.

Daks had some doggy company as his ‘cousin’, Riley the labby, and family were with us.


Once you get down to the Ravine, it’s all dogs on lead and quite a steep ascent and descent. So I wouldn’t recommend it if your dog is super strong and pulls on leash 😉





We enjoyed the walk but I can’t see it becoming a regular one for us. Society places so many restrictions on our dogs, often with good reason and for their safety, that I’d rather spend our weekend walks in places where there is more freedom for well behaved and well socialised dogs.


I’m including a map of the on leash/no dog areas for your convenience.

No dogs

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