First Aid tips for your pet – how to handle an emergency

As pet owners we try our very best to keep our animals safe at all times but sadly accidents do happen. Knowing how to deal with your pet in an emergency, calmly and with confidence can make all the difference. Over the next few months we will look at how to handle difficult situations for the best possible outcome.


There is no need to have a specific medical kit available but here are a few things that are good to have at hand.

  • Thermometer
  • Gauze/ crepe bandage
  • Cotton wool or gauze
  • Elastoplast roll
  • Towel /blanket
  • Your usual Vets clinics phone
  • 24 hours clinic number
  • Cat carrier/basket/laundry basket


An injured pet will be stressed and often in pain. It may also be confused and disorientated. Please take care when approaching an injured animal, the last thing you want is to be bitten or scratched. Even the most beloved pet can be unpredictable when hurt. Never assume your dog wont bite! Apply a soft muzzle if necessary. A soft crepe bandage is ideal for this but a pair of stockings or a tie or even a belt can be used.
How to muzzle your dog:
If your dog is aggressive approach with the muzzle from behind.

Alternatively follow the steps below.

A muzzle will not harm your dog but it will allow you to examine your dog with confidence and move him.



Restraining a cat is always difficult but wrapping them up gently but firmly in a thick towel or blanket will keep kitty claws at bay. If your cat is very distressed and fighting with all guns blazing a large blanket thrown over the whole cat is often useful the cat then be scooped up and put into a secure container. If necessary bring out the leather braai gloves!

If possible;
  • Try to examine your pet slowly and gently.
  • Call your veterinarian or an emergency veterinary clinic before you move your pet- by letting the practice know you are on the way and the type of emergency you have, allows staff to be ready to assist the moment you walk through the door.
  • Know your pets’ weight /age
How to transport your injured pet.
Unfortunately, most practices do not have enough staff available to send out to help. So the sooner you get your pet to the veterinary practice, the quicker it will receive treatment.

We often get calls from owner’s that are at a loss as to how to transport their sick or injured dog or cat. Here are some tips that can help overcome this problem.

1. Try to keep your pet (especially cats) contained in a small area particularly if they are distressed - this will reduce the risk of them further injuring themselves.

A plastic container with a red basket Description generated with high confidence A pet carrier is definitely the best option but a box /laundry basket or other container that can be secured can work well.

This can also be helpful for small dogs.

If possible place the carrier of box on the floor inside the vehicle so it doesn’t get thrown around whilst you are driving.

If you have a large dog that is immobile you will need help but it is not impossible to move even a heavy dog. Rolling the dog onto a large blanket, towel, old curtain anything that is soft that can be used as a stretcher. Even a board or a door can be used if it can be put into a vehicle easily.

By now you should be on your way to your vet and the medical care your pet needs.

Next month we will look at some of the different problems you may encounter at home and how to deal with them.


We would like to start 2019 on a positive note!

Anyone remember our Mandela Day pups? ARO sterilised the Mom and the owner surrendered her pups. It is not possible to re-home every surrendered animal, due to a lack of homes, but we most certainly try our best. 

Oz and Bear both found lovely homes and are much loved family pets. We hope to have many more happy stories this year. 

We thank everyone for their support and most especially those who adopt and don’t shop.


The next gardening party will be on Saturday 16 February, 09:00 - 13:00 at Surrey Park. We have exciting news: Melanie Jones from Zero To Landfill will be launching a food waste composting collection point at the event and will be accepting composting waste. Please bring your composting waste which will be taken away by ZTL and composted. Your contribution of R1 per kg of waste will be matched in donations of compost from ZTL to FOHP. 

Donations of mulch, water and labour are always appreciated. If you have waterwise, indigenous cuttings that you’d be willing to share, please feel free to bring those along too. Hope to see you there!

Harfield Christmas Market
Thanks to everyone who bought from the FOHP stall at the Harfield Christmas market! We raised just over R2000 in profit, which will go towards our continued maintenance of the parks.


You need a ‘big picture’ budget for home ownership.

How much the bank will lend you is not the only thing to consider when you’re applying for a home loan.

As a home buyer, says Rudi Botha, CEO of BetterBond, SA’s biggest bond originator*, you also need to budget for the ongoing costs of property ownership, and ensure that you will be able to afford these as well as your monthly bond repayment.

“For example, once you take occupation of the property, you will be liable to pay for services like water and electricity, and once the property has been transferred into your name, you will also have to pay municipal rates.

“Failure to pay these amounts could lead to legal action and even to the property being sold to clear the debt. So before you commit to a property purchase, you should find out what the seller has been paying for municipal services and rates for the past year, and build this cost into your monthly budget.”

In addition, he says, you should budget a monthly amount to maintain your home and garden if you have one. “Many people don’t know this but keeping the property in a reasonable state of repair is actually a condition of most home loan agreements. And in any case, the long-term financial consequences of neglect are usually greater than the costs of regular maintenance.”

There can also be substantial insurance costs associated with home ownership, notes Botha. “Financial institutions usually insist, for example, that the property itself is insured at replacement value - that is the amount it would cost to rebuild should it be destroyed by fire, flood or other disaster.

“This is known as homeowners' insurance (HOC) and most buyers just allow the premium to be debited annually to their bond account. However, paying the premium separately when it falls due can save thousands on the eventual purchase price of a home and buyers should also consider setting aside a monthly amount towards this.”

Your lender may also insist, he says, that you take out life insurance to cover the balance owing on your bond in the event of death or permanent disability. This is known as bond insurance and premiums are generally payable monthly.

“And finally, it is advisable as a home owner to have short-term insurance that covers you for the loss of any of the contents of your home due to disaster or crime. Many people also elect to pay monthly for the services of a security company or make a monthly contribution to a neighbourhood watch programme.”
Taken all together, these additional costs of home ownership can amount to almost as much as your monthly bond repayment, says Botha, and may in fact mean that you have to revise your ideas about what sort of property to buy.

“However, as a responsible originator, we strongly believe in prospective buyers applying for loans that they will be able to afford without financial strain - and buying a less expensive home is certainly a lot less difficult than losing a more expensive one – as well as one's credit rating - for the lack of proper budgeting at the time of purchase.”

Issued by etc

Anne-Marie Bamber is Norgarb Properties dedicated Home Loans Consultant. She has over 15 years’ experience in assisting clients with their Home Loan needs and has placed many happy families in their dream homes.

Contact her today for no cost stress-free home-buying.
Anne-Marie Bamber
Home Loans consultant
Tel: +27 (0)21 851 3568 | Fax: +27 (0)21 441 1494 | Cell: +27 (0)82 071 1665


Spoil your Valentine this year with this delicious strawberry cheese French toast. Make it the night before and place it in the oven in the morning in time for a perfect Valentines brunch J

Strawberry Cheese French Toast
Serves 4


  • 4 slices of brown bread, cut into 2½cm cubes
  • 150g plain chunky/smooth cottage cheese, low fat or full fat (note: cottage cheese and cream cheese are very different with cream cheese having cream added and therefore being much higher in saturated fat; low fat cream cheese contains about 25g fat per 100g; full fat cottage cheese contains about 11g fat per 100g)
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced (you can also add a mix of other berries)
  • 80ml low fat plain yoghurt
  • 125ml low fat or fat free milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup or honey (optional)
  • ¼ cup sugar (optional)
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • ½ cup fresh strawberries, sliced
  1. Grease a small (roughly 7x11cm) casserole dish
  2. Arrange half the bread cubes in the dish
  3. Evenly distribute the cottage cheese over the bread
  4. Scatter the sliced strawberries over the bread/cheese mix
  5. Layer the remaining bread cubes over the strawberry later
  6. Add the yoghurt and milk to a blender and blend until smooth
  7. Add in the eggs and blend 
  8. Add in the maple syrup or honey and blend until smooth
  9. Pour this mixture over the bread mixture
  10. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight
  11. Remove the casserole dish from the refrigerator 45 minutes before baking
  12. Preheat the oven to 180°C
  13. Bake the casserole covered for about 30 minutes
  14. Remove the foil and bake until the toast is puffed and golden brown, about 10-15 minutes
  15. Meanwhile, stir the sugar, water and cornstarch together in a small saucepan
  16. Cook over medium heat until mixture has thickened
  17. Mix in the sliced strawberries and cook until the strawberries have softened, about 10 minutes
  18. Pour the sauce hot over the French toast and serve immediately

Recipe adapted from original recipe.  

Kim Hofmann RD(SA)
Phone: 021 674 4666
Cell: 084 206 2715

Patchwork | February in the Garden

It's surprising that the temperatures this Summer haven't been as high as they have in previous years. And while there still are level 3 water restrictions, what a blessing to still be getting some decent rain! Ideal for the garden.

Here's the Plant List for this month:
Bush and climber beans, Beetroot, Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, Cabbage, Calendula, Carrot, Chard/Spinach, Celery, Chinese cabbage, Chives, Chilli's, Kale, Kohlrabi, Globe artichokes, Leeks, Leaf mustard, Lettuce, Onion, Parsnip, Parsley, Potato, Radish, Rhubarb, Tomato.

Happy growing!


Quick and easy


  • 500mls milk
  • 250 mls sugar
  • 250 mls desiccated coconut
  • 125mls flour
  • 1 teas vanilla
  • 4 eggs
  • 2mls baking powder.


Mix together, place in rectangle or pie dish and bake at 350 degrees for 30 – 40mins.

Lyn Staples, Norgarb Properties Estate Agent
Cell: +27 (0)82 846 0739 | Office: +27 (0)21 674 1120 | Fax: +27 (0)21 774 4927
Focus Areas: Kenilworth & Claremont Village