Pet Fun Facts
- A cat can jump as much as seven times its height!
- Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds while dogs only have about ten.
- Cats have better memories than dogs. Tests at the University of Michigan showed that a dog's memory lasts no more than 5 minutes while a cat's can last as long as 16 hours!
- Studies show that people with pets live longer, have less stress, and fewer health problems.
- A dog named Laikia became the world's first astronaut in 1957, when she was sent into space by the Russian government.
- Ever wondered why dogs scratch the ground after going to the bathroom? Although thought to be a way of covering up their doings, it is actually a way of further marking their territory after they pee or poop. Dogs have scent glands in their paw pads and the act of scratching helps to mark their territory. This action is predominantly a trait of intact males, but neutered males, and occasionally females, will be seen doing this too!
- Ever wondered if dogs dream? Like humans, dogs have the same types of sleep, slow wave sleep (SWS) and rapid eye movement (REM). SWS is the first stage of sleep and REM is when the body is relaxed and the eyes move rapidly. It's during this REM stage that dogs can dream. The twitching and
paw movements that occur during their sleep are signs that your pet is dreaming.
- Ever wondered if dogs have super-power night vision? Dog's don't actually have night vision. Instead, their eyes contain a special membrane that allows them to see in the dark. This membrane is called the tapetum lucidum. When car headlights or a flashlight is directed at a cat or dog, it is this eye structure that reflects this light. Cats however, can concentrate small amounts of light in their eyes, which allows them to see at night when the rest of us have difficulty. This special talent gives them their extraordinary night hunting vision.
If you have any questions or concerns about your pet, please contact us at Chestermere Veterinary Clinic 403-272-3573, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Holiday Gift Guide
For those special pets in your life, why not bake them some tasty treats?
Homemade Dog Treat Recipe: Cinnamon Chicken Treats
1 cup of flour
1 cup of low sodium chicken broth
3/4 cup of oatmeal
1/4 corn starch
1/4 cup of oil
1 tablespoon of baking powder
2 tablespoons of cinnamon
Mix the ingredients together thoroughly with your hands. Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut with cookie cutter. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 20 minutes at 350 degrees or until golden. Cool and let your dog enjoy!
Homemade Cat Treat Recipe: Cat Crackers
6 ounces undrained tuna
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup flour
1/3 cup water
Mix the ingredients together thoroughly with your hands. Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut into treat sized pieces. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 20 minutes at 350 degrees or until golden. Cool and let your cat enjoy!
Pets that don't enjoy treats or have allergies may enjoy a toy instead. We recommend puzzle toys that will help keep your pet entertained! Puzzle toys can be a plush container type toy which houses smaller plush toys that the pet can figure out how to pull out. Or non plush types that you can hide food or treats inside. Most pet stores will sell both of these types of toys, or you can purchase them directly from our online e-boutique. Not sure how to access our e-boutique? E-mail us and we will send you an invitation.
For the pet Lovers in your life, here is a great recipe for making homemade paw print Christmas tree ornaments:
1 cup cornstarch
1 1/2 cups baking soda
1 cup water
Mix together in a saucepan and cook until a dough like consistency forms. Remove from heat and let cool until mildly warm. Roll to 2 cm inch thickness. Push the pets paw into the dough. For a good impression, apply pressure to each toe pad. Cut out impression with a cookie cutter. Push a hole through the dough with a toothpick (to hang the ornament). Let dry overnight. Once dry, you can sand rough edges with sand paper, and you can paint with acrylic paint, or leave natural. You can also paint on the pets name and year with a paint pen. An acrylic varnish will help seal and strengthen the ornament. Once dry, thread a ribbon through the hole to hang.
Lastly, a pet first aid kit is a great gift for any pet lover, especially those that like to hike and camp with their pets. Again, you can purchase pet first aid kits directly from us at the clinic. Keep in mind there are a number of items that make a pet first aid kit different from a human kit, but you can definitely build your own! We would also recommend a pet first aid course or book to accompany your gift!
If you want to build your own kit you should include the following supplies:
-Hydrogen Peroxide (3%)
-Betadine or chlorhexidine soap
-Wound wash saline
-Instant cold packs
-Three wire coat hangers for splinting, or popsicle sticks for small animals
First Aid Kit Supplies: Over-the-Counter Medications for Dogs & Cats
The following medications should also be included in each first aid kit for dogs and cats
-Activated Charcoal (for toxicity)
-Mineral Oil (for constipation)
The following phone numbers should be included in first aid kits:
-Regular Veterinarian: Chestermere Veterinary Clinic 403-272-3573
-24-hour Emergency Veterinary Clinic
-Pet Poison Control Phone Number 855-764-7661
-Information and dosing chart for drugs in your emergency kit
E-trainingfordogs offers Pet First Aid CPR and other courses.
We want to wish you all a safe and Happy Holiday, and all the best in the New Year!
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Halloween Pet Safety
Here are some tips to keep your pets safe this Halloween:
-Keep your cats indoors at Halloween. This is a time of year when cats (especially black and orange ones) may be stolen for pranks or other unfortunate reasons.
-Halloween can be a frightening and stressful time for a pet.
-The doorbell ringing continuously can get some pets so worked up they can potentially injure themselves or get stress diarrhea. Keep your pet in a quiet, calm location during trick-or-treat hours. Natural pheromone products can help keep your pets calm and give them a feeling of safety. Ask us about dog appeasing pheremone for dogs (Adaptil) or Feliway for cats, which can be purchased at Chestermere Veterinary Clinic.
See www.feliway.us or www.adaptil.co.uk for more information!
-Strangers in costumes can make some pets fearful or even aggressive; ensure your pet is a safe distance away from trick-or-treaters to prevent unexpected bites.
-Jack-o-lanterns and candles pose a fire hazard to wagging tails or frightened felines. Battery powered flickering bulbs are a nice alternative to real candles.
-Chocolate is poisonous, but plastic candy wrappers can also be dangerous if ingested.
-Xylitol is especially poisonous to pets and is an ingredient in gums, baked goods, mints, and other sweets. Always make sure that candy containers are out of your pets reach, or placed in a sturdy pet proof container if on the floor.
-The morning after Halloween scan your yard and sidewalk to ensure no candies were dropped overnight by trick-or-treaters.
-Ensure you set your children up with a good hiding place for their loot and inform them of the dangers of giving chocolate to pets. Double check after your child has treats, that they remembered to put their loot bag back in their special hiding place.
-Signs of chocolate poisoning include rapid heartbeat, muscle tremors, vomiting, and seizures. Without treatment, pets can lapse into a coma and die.
For more information or if you have questions, call Chestermere Veterinary Clinic at 403-272-3573.
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Tobiassen, Janet DVM. About.com Veterinary Medicine. "Halloween Safety Tips for Pets." Web October 13, 2021. http://vetmedicine.about.com/cs/winterinfo/a/halloweensafety.htm.
Thanksgiving Pet Safety
Thanksgiving is a great time to spend with your family, friends, and pets. It is also a great time for sharing some delicious meals! However, there are some hazards to think about at this time of year. How can you keep your pets safe and have a great holiday?
To start, a safe place for pets to go, prevents potential exposure to hazards in the kitchen. People can easily trip over pets that are waiting under foot for some yummy treats to drop. If you are handling hot food, pans or boiling water, your pet should not be in the kitchen.
Although very tempting to feed your pets leftovers from dinner, remember that the foods we most often eat at Thanksgiving are very high in calories and fat. Ask your guests and teach your children not to feed your pets table scraps. Foods to avoid include turkey skin, gravy, fat trimmings, onions, chocolate and alcohol. Eating fatty human food puts pets at risk of pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas). This can be a life threatening disease and signs include vomiting, diarrhea, painful abdomen, lethargy, inappetence and dehydration. Most pets require hospitalization on IV fluids, IV painkillers, antibiotics and other supportive treatments.
Fatty food also puts pets at risk of being overweight which increases their risk for diabetes, joint issues, heart disease, high blood pressure, and heat intolerance among other concerns. Overfeeding can also increase the chance of bloat, where the stomach twists on itself. This is often a fatal condition which requires emergency surgery. Remember that any change in diet can also cause stomach upset.
Instead of feeding human foods, give your pet a favourite toy or put some of their regular kibble in a puzzle treat ball for them to play with. Once dinner is over make sure leftovers are stored safely away. Never feed turkey bones to your pets. All poultry bones splinter very easily and can cause intestinal perforation or blockage. Skewers, string, roasting bags, cellophane wrap, tin foil and plastic bags can also act as foreign bodies and cause intestinal blockage. Put these items into a pet proof garbage.
Please note that Chestermere Veterinary Clinic will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, so if your pets get into trouble take them to an emergency veterinary clinic. You should always have your local veterinarian and emergency clinic phone numbers by the phone, and a good pet first-aid book that lists common poisons and what to do if your pet ingests them. If you can bring a sample of what your pet ingested, it can help your veterinarian treat your pet faster.
Western Veterinary Specialist & Emergency Centre 403-770-1340
CARE Centre 403-520-8387
If you have any questions or concerns, call Chestermere Veterinary Clinic at 403-272-3573.
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