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The holidays are the perfect time of the year to celebrate. For pet parents like me, one of the best ways to celebrate the season is to include my furbaby in the festivities. From buying doggie presents, putting up his paw-shaped Santa stocking, and taking holiday photos with him to include in our family greeting cards, Christmas is truly merrier with our furry bundle of joy around! Amidst all the celebration though, pet parents must take special caution this time of the year. Holiday hazards lurk innocently in every nook and cranny, and seemingly harmless things like Christmas décor could prove fatal to our pets when accidentally ingested. Christmas parties and New Year’s fireworks could cause undue stress to our pets. Read through the articles on pages 7 to 9 for tips on how to keep our pets safe and well-cared for during the holiday season. When thinking about the ideal gift for someone on your Christmas list, pets are definitely NOT a good idea. Though giving a cute little puppy or kitten might seem like a very special and meaningful gift, owning and parenting a pet is a serious, lifelong commitment which requires careful thought and deliberation. Getting a new pet is like having a new baby – it is something planned in advance and properly prepared for. It’s not something you can just wrap up with a ribbon and hand over to someone as a present! However, if you have truly decided on getting a new furry addition to your family this Christmas, it’s a great idea to visit our local animal shelters, PAWS and CARA. Adopting one (or more!) of their beautiful and well-trained cats and dogs is a wonderful way to revel in the spirit of the season. If you’d like to help feed a homeless car or dog this Christmas, visit any Bow & Wow store. Speaking of gifts, what is the best gift to give to our pets? New toys, nice clothes, fancy collars, plush beds, and other cute pet accessories might be appreciated more by the pet parent rather than the pet. For me, nothing is better than the gift of good health. Good nutrition in the form of all-natural food, regular wellness check-ups with a knowledgeable veterinarian, proper physical and mental stimulation, and plenty of unconditional love is the perfect formula to make sure you raise a healthy pet from head to tail. Happy Howlidays,

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Five Reasons Not to Give a Pet as a Christmas Gift
Christmas is fast approaching, the time of year when people’s attention is turning to gift giving, and finding the perfect present for their loved ones. At first glance, giving a pet as a present might seem like an incredibly special and thoughtful gift, whether that be a kitten or a puppy. However, giving a pet as a present, even if the person you intend to give it to has stated that they would like one is never a good idea, for a whole host of reasons. As a general rule, gifting a family member or friend with a 10- to 20-year commitment is not something one should do on impulse. Here are a few more things to consider.

Reason #1: The holidays are crazy enough.
The holiday season is often very busy for families. In addition to the usual hectic daily routine of school, work and other activities, end-of-year festivities mean even more demands on your time and energy. Extra shopping, cooking and cleaning chores are usually involved, plus trimming the tree, decorating the house, gift wrapping, parties, overnight guests, trips away from home to visit family and friends, and so forth. With all that going on, the last thing most households need is a new puppy or kitten to add to the commotion and stress. Nor does a new four-legged member of the family deserve to be introduced to a brand new, slightly scary environment in the midst of chaos.


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A new pet requires a great deal of time and attention from his new family. It’s in everyone’s best interests to wait for a less busy, exciting time of year to bring home a new dog, cat or other pet.

Reason #2: Choosing and caring for a pet is personal.
Taking on the responsibility of caring for another life is no minor undertaking, and it is up to each and every potential pet parent to make sure that they are ready for this challenge both in terms of logistics such as time and money, and emotionally as well. Moreover, choosing the right pet is a very personal process, and it is important that every potential pet owner goes through the process of learning, planning and judging themselves to be ready for the challenge. Every person should select their own pet, or in some cases, wait for the right pet to select them. Even if the person you wish to buy for knows precisely what type of pet and even what breed, age and sex they want, every single animal is different, and has its own personality and temperament, they do not come off a production line in a uniform manner! The potential pet owner should always pick their own pet, and find the animal that matches their needs and appeals to them on a personal level, something that cannot be performed for them by a well-meaning third party.

Caring for a dog or cat is a big responsibility and far different from getting a new toy that is taken out, played with, and put away again. It’s important to impress upon a child the difference between her belongings and her pet, from the very first minute a new dog or cat enters her life. Even if your youngster is pleading for a pet and you think he or she is old enough to take on the responsibility, keep the ‘pet project’ separate from the holiday festivities. Adding a dog or cat to the household is a big undertaking all on its own, so plan for it accordingly, and not around the holidays.

Reason #3: Pets should not be surprises.
Surprising a loved one with a puppy or kitten on Christmas morning is a romantic but usually misguided idea. Yes, the recipient may be extremely excited and happy with a new puppy or kitten, but unless the ‘surprise’ has actually been well researched and thoroughly planned for, it can be a risky thing to do. It’s hard to resist a warm, furry little bundle under the tree on Christmas morning. But unless the new pet parent is wholly committed to the idea of raising a puppy or kitten, the bloom can come off the rose in a hurry. It is always best to let a prospective pet owner, no matter what age, be very engaged every step of the way in selecting a new pet and preparing in advance for the homecoming.

Reason #5: Pet stores, backyard breeders and puppy mills.
In the weeks leading up to Christmas, certain disreputable individuals and businesses are bursting at the seams with all the latest popular puppy models. Most of these babies are shipped in from puppy mills. Some are healthy. Many are not. All are bred and born in inhumane, often filthy conditions. Every time a dog is purchased from an irresponsible breeder or mill operator, it is incentive for those businesses to stay up and running. So while you may give a puppy mill baby a good home for Christmas, her mother remains back at the mill, having litter after litter until she’s too sick or old to reproduce --- at which point she’s disposed of. Since some shelters and rescue organizations shut down adoptions this time of year to prevent problems associated with giving pets as Christmas gifts, there is a greater tendency by people who would ordinarily adopt to go the pet store or backyard breeder route. Please don’t be one of them. Wait until the holidays are over and visit your local shelter or rescue organization.
Source: healthypets.mercola.com and pets4homes.co.uk

Reason #4: A pet for a child shouldn’t be viewed as a new toy.
A living creature shouldn’t be considered the same kind of ‘wow’ Christmas gift as, say, a new bike or the latest Xbox console.

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Vets Suggest Giving Pets the Gift of Health

The American Veterinary Medical Association reminds pet parents the gift of good health is the best way to show your pet you truly care. Dr. Douglas Aspros, president of the AVMA, said pet parents love to show their pets affection by showering them with toys, fancy collars and even clothes ------ spending at least $5 billion on holiday gifts for pets during the holiday season ------ but regular veterinary medical check-ups can detect disease early and keep a pet healthy and happy for many years. “Regular veterinary visits are important because many times pets will hide symptoms of illness, so you need your veterinarian’s skill and expertise to keep your pets healthy, ” Aspros said in a statement.

“Providing pets with regular preventive care is the key to a healthy and long life for your pet, and it can save you hundreds or even thousands of money by preventing or identifying problems earlier, when they may be easier to treat and less expensive to solve.” Nearly 90% of dog owners and 75% of cat owners indicated in a survey by the AVMA last year that routine check-ups and preventive care were either very or somewhat impor tant. However, the same study said from 2006 to 2011, the number households not visiting the veterinarian increased by 8% for dog owners and 24% for cat owners.
Source: upi.com


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Source: aspca.org

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Christmas Pet Care Advice
When the season to be merry is upon us and life becomes a blur of shopping, frantic present-wrapping, and card writing, thinking about your pet’s needs can become lost in the Christmas mix. Take these 7 tips to heart, especially during the holiday season. 4. Be Aware of Dangerous Holiday Items. Did you know... pets can easily choke and experience serious internal damage from snacking on cooked bones, that macadamia nuts can cause poisoning, and that caffeine can be fatal? Do take a pet suspected of ingesting a harmful item or substance immediately to a veterinarian. 5. Receive Holiday Guests Properly. Christmas can be a busy time with visiting friends and relatives so make sure your pet doesn’t make an escape in the commotion. Ensure all the excitement of having visitors doesn’t distress your pet by simply keeping an eye on them or letting them relax in an unoccupied room. 6. Fireworks. During the New Year, ensure that they have a safe, quiet place inside where they aren’t frightened by all of the noise and where they cannot escape through the constantly open door. A quiet, inner room where they can’t hear much of the noise from fireworks and loud bangs can help. Putting a radio or television on in the room can also be effective. Try and make sure that the pet isn’t left alone if it is distressed. 7. Never Give a Puppy or a Kitten as a Holiday Gift. Most often, giving a puppy or a kitten for emotional reasons turns out badly. Love is never the problem. Who doesn’t love a furry little thing? But most people don’t know how to keep a puppy or a kitten balanced, and the puppy is going to suffer the consequences from the first day. In particular, if a person doesn’t know they are getting a puppy or a kitten, they will be in the wrong state of mind to receive him or her. This is virtually impossible to do if you just received a pet as a surprise! People need to have some basic knowledge about the commitment and responsibility of pet ownership and parenting, and how to play a leadership role even though it’s a puppy or a kitten. The beautiful part about starting with a pet is that, if you know what to do, you are going to prevent problems. But if you don’t, you are going to create problems. We have to take the same philosophy as adopting a child. You don’t just give a kid away. You have to get the whole family involved. Everyone has to understand the responsibility they are taking on.
Source: www.dspca.ie and www.cesarsway.com

1. Stick to Your Usual Routine. Even though the festive season is upon us, it is still important to stick as closely to normal feeding and walking patterns as possible. A change in routine can often cause pets to become anxious and unsettled. 2. Don’t Forget Rules and Boundaries! For most of us, Christmas means lots of great food and tasty treats. But whilst a one-off nibble on some leftovers won’t do your pet any harm, try to resist the temptation to overindulge your pet. 3. Exercise! It’s easy to slip out of your normal routine at Christmas with endless parties and visitors. But if you’re one of the millions of pet parents, you’ll have no excuse for getting outside and getting some fresh air and exercise for you and your dog.

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Keeping Your Pet Healthy During The Holiday Season
Chocolate, which stimulates the nervous system and the heart, should be kept far away from four-legged friends. Although all chocolate should be avoided, dark chocolate poses a greater risk than sweeter varieties, such as milk chocolate, due to its higher theobromine content. Dangerous for:
Cats don’t have the same “sweet tooth” and aren’t as likely to eat dangerous quantities.

Possible symptoms: Consumption of chocolate can cause agitation, vomiting, diarrhea, high heart rate, tremors, seizures, and even death.

Fluffy might look thirsty, but keep her away from the punch and egg nog. Pets should never ingest alcoholic beverages because alcohol depresses the nervous system. Dangerous for: Possible symptoms: Alcohol may cause vomiting, disorientation, diarrhea, lethargy, lack of coordination, difficulty breathing, tremors, coma, and seizures.

Tinsel and Ribbons
These shiny decorations may look pretty, but they can cause serious problems for cats and dogs. Never wrap tinsel or ribbon around the neck of a pet, no matter how festive it looks—this is a choking hazard. Dangerous for: Possible effects: If swallowed, tinsel and other decorations like ribbon can cut up the digestive tract and cause intestinal obstruction.

Lighted candles should never be left unattended and that is even more important if left at kitty’s eye level or within puppy’s chewing zone. An exuberant tail or a swat of a paw can turn candles and hot wax into an instant disaster. Anchor candles securely and away from curious faces and feet. Dangerous for:


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Holiday Plants
Contrary to popular belief, when it comes to pets, poinsettias and Christmas cactus are relatively harmless; if ingested, these plants may cause an irritating reaction in the mouths of dogs and especially cats. Mistletoe and holly, however, can be toxic if ingested in large quantities. Dangerous for: Possible symptoms: Mistletoe and holly may cause vomiting, diarrhea, and heart arrhythmia in both cats and dogs.

Electrical Cords
Some animals love to chew electrical cords, and all the additional lights strung up around the house present a new hazard. To protect pets, turn off lights and unplug them when you aren’t home. Dangerous for: Possible symptoms: If chewed, live electrical cords can cause burns in or around a pet’s mouth, difficulty breathing, seizures, and cardiac arrest.

Christmas Tree
There are plenty of dangers surrounding a Christmas tree. The tree should always be properly secured, and fragile glass ornaments should be kept off low-lying branches to avoid losing family favorites if your pet decides to play. If your cat is prone to climbing, leave ornaments off the tree for a few days to see if he will attempt to climb it. Dangerous for:

The Holiday Rush
The bustle of the holiday season may be exciting for your family, but constant visitors and activity can be confusing and stressful for pets. Make sure your furry friends have a safe, quiet space to retreat to. Dangerous for: Possible effects: Stress may show up as stomach discomfort, diarrhea, and irritability. Stress can have an impact on both cats and dogs. Old or sick pets may be more sensitive to extra activity and a change of routine.

The holiday turkey or chicken will leave a lot of tantalizing bones, but don’t feed them to your pet. Dangerous for: Possible symptoms: Small bones or bone chips can get lodged in the throat, stomach and intestinal tract.

Source: realsimple.com and healthypet.com Keeping Your Pet Healthy During the Holiday Season
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A to Z
All the stuff in apples that makes them nutritional powerhouses for humans (fiber, Vitamins A and C, Omega 3 and 6, antioxidants, flavonoids, polyphenols) works wonders for Rover, too with a few exceptions. The seeds contain a form of cyanide, which human systems can filter out but our four-legged friends can’t, and too many apples can lead to diarrhea or, even weight gain.

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Loaded with protein and a host of vitamins and minerals, eggs provide blue ribbon–worthy luxurious coats. Are raw eggs OK? Some say no, citing concerns of salmonella poisoning and a biotin deficiency caused by a substance in whites, while others say yes, noting that salmonella is fairly rare in dogs and the yolks contain enough biotin to overcome any deficiency. Bottom line: If you’re worried, go ahead and cook them.

Despite popular images, not every bone is good for Fido. Note that easily-splintered poultry bones and improperly prepared beef and pork bones are particularly dangerous for dogs.


Canned vs. Dry Food

Canned food tend to have higher-quality protein, and more of it, as well as fewer preservatives and fillers. On the other hand, the dry food sold by reputable companies are just as nutritionally balanced as their wet counterparts. Kibble lets dogs satisfy their urge to chew, and it’s good for knocking tartar off of teeth. But some dogs have delicate gums or are missing teeth, which means, yes, that wet food is the way to go. Dry food tends to be less expensive and is easier to store, but wet food usually have fewer calories and carbohydrates. What to do? Go with what suits you and your pets’ lifestyle, but always pick nutritionally balanced food, the highest quality you can afford.

Fish is an excellent source of protein for Scooter and can be a lifesaver for dogs with meat allergies. Although some raw-diet enthusiasts recommend sushi and even the occasional whole raw fish, there are parasites that can be extremely harmful that cooking quickly destroys.

rains G Grains are an important part of a balanced doggie

diet, and rice especially can be a godsend for a pup with digestive woes who needs a bland diet for a few days. That said, the gluten in wheat is a noted allergen for some—symptoms include itchy skin and ear inflammation so food containing oats and barley may work better. If you suspect food allergies of any type, see your vet.


How Much and How Often to Feed

Dogs should drink about an ounce of water per pound of body weight daily, and of course always have fresh, clean water available. Pooches usually regulate their own intake; if you notice changes in drinking habits, see your vet.

If dogs ran the world, the Canine Café would be open 24 hours a day. Most dogs love to eat, and eat, and eat some more. But though it’s tempting to show your love with extra helpings, or by making food available all day, overfeeding does no dog any favors.There is no precise answer as far as how much to feed a dog, because caloric needs vary with size,


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age, and activity level. One rule of thumb is that if Sir Barksalot is energetic and keeping his figure trim, he’s probably eating the right amount. How often should you feed your pal? Morning and evening meals are recommended for adult dogs. Twice-daily feedings make it easy to monitor your dog’s intake, and thus his health, since dogs who are not feeling well tend to drop their routines.


Never give your dog walnuts or macadamia nuts! Both are extremely poisonous for pups. Cashews and peanuts are better, but nuts in general are salty and high in calories and phosphorous which can lead to bladder stones in dogs.

Organic Food

Ice Cream

Dogs are generally lactose intolerant, yet for some reason they love dairy products. A spoonful of ice cream—or frozen yogurt, which has less lactose than ice cream—every now and then shouldn’t bother Barney.

The FDA has cautioned against feeding dogs chicken jerky from China. Some U.S. companies issued voluntary recalls of jerky treats because of fears of melamine-tainted gluten, also from China. But there are lots of safe jerkies, and dogs go wild for it.

Thinking of going organic with your best friend’s diet? Here are a few things to keep in mind: Organic food often use human-grade protein sources and generally have fewer fillers (corn and wheat and their byproducts) and no synthetic preservatives, pesticides, food coloring, or other additives—thereby reducing the number of potential allergens in your dog’s diet. They typically contain whole grains instead of bulk fillers, which aid in weight control and digestive health, and boast superior nutritional quality, which can reduce skin irritation and boost coat sheen.



Making your own kibble is a great way to monitor ingredients for fillers, preser vatives, and other additives, and to tailor your dog’s food to his specific likes and needs. Kibble lasts a long time in the freezer. Remember, though, that dogs have specific nutritional needs, so do your research well.

This festive gourd is a miracle food for dogs. Good for both diarrhea and constipation, canned pumpkin is loaded with fiber and beta-carotene, which the body converts to Vitamin A. Don’t give Buddy a lot of it though, too much A is highly toxic to dogs— but a couple of teaspoons a day for little pups, or a couple of tablespoons for big boys, should keep them right on track.

Labels...and How to Read Them

Quick tip

If you want to be sure you’re feeding your dog the best canned or dried food, you need to carefully read the label. Ingredients are listed in descending order, according to how much they make up the total food mix.

To keep Scruffy from chewing on electrical wires, make them unpalatable by coating them with a mixture of bitter lime or, rubbing alcohol and hot sauce.

Raw Meat

Moldy Food

Your dog should be the only thing sprouting fur in the kitchen, but don’t freak out if Jiggs gets at some old bread.Turns out a little mold won’t hurt him. Still, like humans, dogs can have mold allergies, and some molds can cause very serious problems, so keep the lid firmly on the trash can.

Pristine raw meat would be a marvelous source of quality protein for Spike. However, the meat most of us have access to just isn’t pristine. Salmonella is a major concern, especially in raw poultry, and all raw meat carries the risk of microbes and parasites, including E. coli. While many do feed their dogs raw meat to no ill effect, take care to purchase the highest quality available. If you go this route, be sure your ingredients are absolutely fresh, watch out for bones, and keep a close eye on your pal’s total needs.

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Keep in mind that minerals, especially, should never be given to pups unless prescribed by a vet. Calcium, so good for human bones, actually hinders bone formation and can damage maturing joints and cartilage in puppies, and too much zinc can be toxic. Vitamin A can damage blood vessels; excess D can lead to muscle atrophy. Also, supplements can interact with or hinder absorption of vital nutrients in foods or reduce the efficacy of prescribed medications.

source of protein, and dogs love them. For vegans, there are lentils and legumes and brown rice, as well as supplements for vegan diets. Whichever route you go—vegetarian or vegan—you must keep your vet informed, so she can head off any vitamin or other nutritional deficiencies at the pass.

Weight Matters


Who’s a good dog? Every single one of them, and they all deserve a treat now and again. And that’s the key: now and again. A cornerstone of many training methods, treats provide almost as much joy to the giver as to the recipient. But unfortunately, like most wonderful things in life, they come with a catch. Even healthy snacks have calories, so make sure you count goodie calories as part of your pup’s daily intake. When choosing snacks, keep your dog’s particular nutritional needs and dietary restrictions in mind, along with his flavor preferences.

Obesity is the most serious medical problem facing dogs in the today. Scientists delicately advise owners to look for things like a slight increase in the fat over the rib cage, an unusually rounded abdomen, or subtly jiggling flank folds as signs that a dog is moderately overweight. But of course what they’re saying, in essence, is that deciding whether Snowy is headed for maximum density comes down to a commonsense assessment.

X: as in, Banned!

Use a Measuring Cup

Alas, humans aren’t the only animals getting wider, and obesity in dogs leads to the same kinds of problems that it does in us: diabetes, increased cancer risk, and liver disease—to say nothing of the toll it takes on joints. One solution, along with lots of exercise, is strict food portion control. Use a measuring cup. Serving sizes recommended on packaging are just guidelines. If Spot is packing on the pounds while eating the recommended amount, use a smaller measuring cup.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but here are some common people food that should never be dog food: avocados, alcohol, baking soda and powder, caffeine, chives, chocolate, corn cobs, fruit pits and seeds, garlic, grapes, macadamia nuts and walnuts, milk and milk-based products, mushrooms, nutmeg (and other spices), onions, raisins, rhubarb leaves, tomatoes (especially stems and leaves), xylitol (found in many candies and gums), and yeast dough.


Vegetarian Diets

Even the most committed vegetarians and vegans must allow that dogs are true omnivores who derive essential nutrients—not just protein—from meat. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t healthy, thriving, vegetarian dogs.They’re healthy and thriving because their conscientious owners make a concerted effort to ensure their pups are getting from other sources what they’d traditionally get from meat. For example, dogs get essential amino acids from meat; a vegetarian dog will need to get these from quality supplements. And about that protein? Eggs are a terrific non-meat

A natural wonder for the canine world, when yucca root is steeped into liquid or ground to a powder and added to Blackie’s food (just 1/4 teaspoon or so), it helps soothe tender joints, and—due to its substantial anti-inflammatory powers—alleviates pain associated with hip dysplasia and arthritis. It also eases digestive problems and can calm itchy skin caused by allergies. Grind it yourself or get the root or supplements at health food stores or online. As with any natural aids, ask your vet about interactions with prescription medications and specific dosage.


If your otherwise healthy best friend eats a balanced diet, she shouldn’t need zinc supplements. But even avoiding the supplements doesn’t mean zinc toxicity can’t occur ; it does, especially in puppies, who eat everything. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, and anemia, which can be diagnosed only by your vet. Left untreated, zinc toxicity can lead to kidney failure.
Source: cesarsway.com


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How to Celebrate Christmas with Pets
As Christmas approaches, we’re all rushing around finding the perfect gifts, decorating our homes and planning our festive feasts. But if you’re a pet parent, it’s important to remember your furbabies and make sure that you keep them safe and happy. Read on for tips and advice on looking after your pet this Christmas, plus a few inventive ways to involve them in your celebrations. cook for certain pets like dogs and cats. While you’re cooking up your family’s goodies, add a few extra minutes and bake some desserts for your dogs. If you can’t find premixed items, just be sure to use pet-safe ingredients such as yogurt, peanut butter and carob. Never use chocolate.

4. Buy presents for your pets

1. Make Christmas cards and pictures

Take Christmas photos of your pets to include in cards. Dress up your pets in holiday gear, or just put a Santa hat on them. No matter what your picture looks like, people will enjoy seeing your furbabies in their cards. These make great additions to your photo collection of your pet. They can also be sent out along with your Christmas cards. Just as you cook for family during Christmas, don’t forget your pet! There are numerous types of homemade treats you can

There are thousands of ideas for your pet’s Christmas present. From specialty dog biscuits with holiday icing to Christmas collars, your pet can have the excitement of having their own presents on Christmas day. Make sure to remember the stockings, as well. Toys and treats make great stocking stuffer ideas. Purchase things that will excite your pet, such as new toys or catnip for cats. Make sure that any poisonous Christmas plants are kept out of reach. Be sure that any Christmas tree decorations are kept away from your pets, as well. Small items can cause choking if eaten, so make sure they are out of reach. Make sure certain chocolate items are away from pets, since chocolate is dangerous for dogs and most other pets.
Source: ehow.com and johnlewis-insurance.com

2. Have professional photos done

5. Keep your pets safe

3. Make Christmas treats for your pet

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Activity level Playfulness Need for attention Affection toward its owner Vocality Docility Intelligence Independence Healthiness and hardiness Need for grooming Compatibility with children Compatibility with other pets

Himalayan Cat
The first deliberate cross between a Siamese and a Persian was made in 1924 by a Swedish geneticist, but it wasn’t until 1935 that the first pointed pattern longhair was born. British fanciers formed a breeders’ club, hoping to produce a pointed pattern breed with the Persian hair type and conformation. Breeders in America showed interest in the same goal. World War II interfered with the breeding program, both in Europe and in the United States. Finally, in 1950, American breeder Marguerita Gofor th succeeded in creating the long awaited Persian-like colorpoint. The CFA and the ACFA recognized the breed in 1957 under the name Himalayan, named for the color pattern found in other animals, such as the Himalayan rabbit. By 1961, all major U.S. cat associations recognized the Himalayan.


Himmies, as fanciers call them, are perfect indoor cat companions. They are gentle, calm, and sweet-tempered, but they possess a playful side as well. Like the Siamese, Himalayans love to play fetch, and a scrap of crumpled paper or a kitty toy will entertain them for hours. Himalayans are devoted and dependent upon their humans for companionship and protection. They crave affection and love to be petted and groomed, which is fortunate, since every Himalayan owner will spend part of each day doing just that. Like their Persian siblings, they are docile and won’t harass you for attention the way some breeds will. More vocal and active than the Persian, they nevertheless are much quieter than the Siamese.
Source: animal.discovery.com


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Ask the

Q: My dog is really gassy. What causes flatulence?
A. Dogs that often pass gas can embarrass or distress their owners. The most common cause of flatulence is swallowing large amounts of air while gulping food. The next is eating highly fermentable foods such as beans, cauliflower, cabbage, and soybeans. Flatulence also occurs with malabsorption syndromes. The excess gas is related to incomplete digestion of carbohydrates. Boxers are renowned for flatulence problems. A sudden bout of flatulence, accompanied by abdominal discomfort, loss of appetite, or diarrhea, is an indication to seek veterinary attention.

By : Ma. Mylene L. Maranan, DVM Bow & Wow resident veterinarian

Q: Does my dog need vitamins?

Q: How can I tell if my cat is too fat?
A. You do a body condition score. Look down at your cat. You should be able to see a waist when you look down on it from the top, or when you run your hands from its ribs to its hips. Run your hand along its abdomen from its ribs to its pelvis and it should be indented. A. Most dogs receive a complete and balanced diet --- including necessary vitamins and minerals --- from commercially processed dog food, according to the FDA. Dogs fed a homemade diet may need supplements. It’s absolutely critical, but it should be done to match the diet. You can’t just create a meal and give your dog a vitamin. Check with a veterinarian or nutritionist for help in determining what, if anything, is needed. If you put your hands on the side of its chest, you should be able to feel its ribs without a thick layer of fat over them. There are charts that show this. You can find them online—most pet food sites have body condition scoring charts. Ask at your veterinarian’s office and they can show you the chart and help you evaluate where your cat falls.

Q: How much water does my cat need?
A. As your cat consumes more calories and produces more metabolic waste, he needs more water to maintain his body temperature. In general, an adult cat should drink roughly the same amount of water (in milliliters) as the number of kilocalories eaten per day. Dry cat food contains 7 -12% water, while canned food can measure up to 80% water. Cats who eat only dry food don’t get as much water from their food as those who eat canned food, and should always have easy access to clean, drinking water to supplement their intake.
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Healthy Howlidays!

Five Ways a Pet’s Diet can Impact Their Health

As most of the millions of pet parents can attest to, a sick pet can end up costing a lot of money. Whether the pet has a short term illness or a chronic one, it can mean multiple trips to the veterinarian. The good news is that there are things that people can do in order to help their pets live a healthier, happier life. A great place to start is by taking a look at their diet, which can have a tremendous impact on their pet’s health. People often don’t realize just how important the quality of food is that they feed their pets. Yet it is something that is done every day and helps in nearly every aspect of the pet’s well-being. The pet’s diet is so important and should not be overlooked. Just as diet impacts human health, so too does it impact the health of the millions of cats and dogs that people have as pets around the world. An unhealthy diet prevents pets from getting the nutrition they need in order to be healthy. Here are five ways a pet’s diet can impact their health:

3. Urinary Tract Problems

Many pets experience urinary tract problems, including stones or crystals, and inflammation and infection. Pets tend to do better eating canned food that contains more water content that also usually contain more meat.

4. Diabetes

The dogs and cats that are overweight are also more prone to developing diabetes, which can lead to a variety of quality of life and health issues on its own.

5. Dental Concerns

Pets who are not eating a healthy diet can also suffer from dental problems, such as periodontal disease. While many people buy dry pet food because it is more cost effective, it can tend to be harder on the teeth for many cats and dogs. People often give the lower quality pet foods to their cats and dogs because it is cheaper. But in the long run it is not cheaper, not when you add in the health problems that can arise. Better quality food can help your pet avoid being sick and having more visits with the veterinarian. When it’s time to switch your dog or cat to a new food, plan to do it over the course of several weeks even when you’re changing to a higher quality food. It makes the transition easier if you mix the higher quality food with their original food, increasing the amount each day until your pet is eating just the higher quality food. Look for brand that more closely fits your pet’s natural diet high in meat and protein with no fillers or by products. Food such as rendered animal fats, corn, soy, wheat, sugar, and artificial flavors and preservatives, all of which can be difficult for a pet’s digestive system.
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1. Allergies & Sensitivities

It’s common for cats and dogs to suffer from irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease. Some of the items in food that you should avoid include things like corn, soy, dyes, and preservatives.

2. Weight Issues

Just like people, dogs and cats have an issue with obesity. Some of the factors that contribute to this include being overfed, being given too many treats or being fed people food. Weight problems can lead to numerous other health and quality of life issues.


Five Ways a Pet’s Diet Can Impact Their Health

Healthy Howlidays!

Top 10 Healthy Holiday Treats for Your Furbaby
1. Lean meats
Like humans, dogs relax after a taste of tryptophan, a chemical found in turkey that makes everyone sleepy after their holiday meals. Dogs also love chicken and beef. Similarly, serving deli meats such as turkey, ham and chicken can be a delicious way to snazz up your cat’s meals. It is important to check any meat you plan on feeding your pet for preser vatives, flavorings and other additives. Additionally, portions should be kept small and used only as a snack, not as your feline’s main source of food.

With holiday goodies on all our plates this time of year, don’t forget that dogs and cats like extra treats too.

5. Sweet potatoes

The sweetness is attractive to dogs, and the high fiber can help settle an upset stomach.

6. Yogurt

Works well for dogs in small amounts, don’t go overboard, as a lot of dogs have problems digesting milk-based products and may get the runs.

2. Green vegetables
Even if your kids don’t, dogs love green veggies, and will gladly eat them when they get them from you. A cat’s diet is dependent on protein, but sometimes they get a craving for veggies. If you notice your cat chomping on house plants, try feeding it a small portion of steamed broccoli. This could satisfy their desire for greens and keep them away from potentially toxic house plants. Veggies, like plants and grass, can also help your cat clear up digestive troubles. If you are interested in keeping your cat on a vegetarian diet full-time, you should talk it over with your vet before making the switch. Spinach can be a good way to go, especially when you are trying to help your pet relieve tummy troubles. Spinach should not be fed to cats with a history of urinary or kidney problems, since the calcium oxalates in the leaf can form crystals in the urinary tract. are loaded with vitamins and minerals and not only make good treats, but can be used as a topping for other foods.

7. Cranberries

As in humans, cranberries can promote urinary tract health in dogs and cats.

8. Ginger

Gingerbread and ginger snap cookies are great treats for dogs, and like pumpkin and sweet potatoes, can help calm a nervous dog’s stomach.

9. Fish

3. Chicken and beef vegetable stews

Canned fish, like tuna, is fine to share with your kitty in small portions. Though your feline will probably try to beg for a bigger bite, it is important to keep it small. This will prevent your cat from ingesting too much mercury, fatty acids and magnesium, which can cause health problems. Your furry friend’s diet should never solely consist of canned fish.

10. Bananas

4. Canned pumpkin

Pumpkin is also a good natural calmative for upset stomachs and diarrhea. Get the fresh, natural pumpkin, because pumpkin pie filling might be a bit too sweet for dogs’ stomachs.

If you’ve got a crazy cat, you can make it even more bananas by feeding them the actual fruit. Frozen bananas are a safe snack to feed your cat and dog if it has that craving. As with the other non-meat products on this list, bananas should be fed to your pets only in small portions. Keep in mind that just like humans, pets can overeat over the holidays, especially when their adopted humans go overboard on snacks and treats. Work some of these treats into their regular diets and they’ll enjoy the holiday food just as much as you do!
Source: animalanddiscovery.com

Top 10 Healthy Holiday Treats for Your Furbaby

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Healthy Howlidays!

Holiday Pet Photos Made Easy
There’s something about the holidays that makes people want to pull out the camera or hire a photographer and get a great family picture --- and for families with beloved pets, they want to make sure their four-legged family members are included as well! Here are four tips for getting a great holiday photo with your pets.

Familiar settings are best
There’s no doubt that the absolute best place to get a good pet picture is at home, where they are most comfortable. You can never predict how your pet will react if you take them to a studio to have a photograph taken, and a nervous kitty or dog can certainly ruin a picture session quickly. Most photographers are happy to come to your home, often for no additional charge, and it will be so much easier to get a good holiday picture with your pet. Taking pictures at home is also a perfect option if you want your pet to be in some pictures but not every single one -- you can quickly pull your pet into a few shots and then let them go on their way.

Pick a photographer who is pet-friendly
If you’re having a professional photograph taken with your pets this holiday season, do some research and find a photographer who is pet-friendly or experienced with taking photographs of pets -- it can make all the difference when making your pet feel comfortable and getting a good shot. Don’t forget to let your photographer know that you’ll be including pets in your photos to make sure they’re prepared!

Consider an action shot
If you want a really great holiday photograph that includes your pet, realize that having them sit still next to your fireplace or Christmas tree may not be the best way to truly capture their personality. Instead, head to the park or your backyard and take some photos of your pet in their element -- running around and having fun! Before you tackle this idea, talk it over with your photographer to make sure they’re prepared for getting a great action shot of your family with your pet.

Pick the right time of day
Before you get a holiday photograph with your pet, consider the time of day you’re taking the picture. If your kitty naps all afternoon, get your picture taken in the morning, when she’s bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. If you have a spunky new puppy that you’d like in this year’s holiday photo, naptime might be the perfect time to take the photograph, when he’ll be a little less wiggly and may actually hold still for the picture.

Source: sheknows.com


Holiday Pet Photos Made Easy

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