Does your cat prefer to hang around the house most of the time? Encouraging your cat to be active will help him or her stay healthy and fit throughout their life. Although not all cats may not have the same drive to run and play as frequently as some dogs, by utilizing stimulating toys and activities (also known as enrichment toys) you can make sure your cat gets moving!
Enrichment toys are important for your cat
Try to select enrichment items that take advantage of a cat’s natural curiosity and abilities. This can include feline towers for cats to jump and climb, textured surfaces for scratching and clawing, food puzzles that require the cat to perform an action before the treat is dispense, rods and kitty “fishing poles” with shiny, scented or noisy toys on the end to entice them into chasing and playing are all ways you can engage your cat in fun playtime activities.
Not only are enrichment toys great for your cat’s physical health, but the mental stimulation they receive will keep them happy and healthy for years to come.
As many pet owners know, the spring marks the time for annual vaccinations, veterinary check-ups and reviewing your pet’s heartworm and flea/tick prevention program. We know that heartworm prevention is critical to your pet’s health, but many owners don’t fully understand what it is, why is is dangerous and how to prevent it. The AVMA recognizes April as National Heartworm Month to help raise awareness about heartworm.
Heartworm is a disease that can be fatal if left untreated. It is spread by an infected mosquito who bites the dog, an after exposure it takes approximately seven months for the larvae to mature into adult heartworms. They reproduce in the lungs, heart and blood vessels, and have a substantial life span of 5-7 years.
Signs of heartworm can include coughing and your pet becoming increasingly winded by exercise. Lack of oxygen will cause a decrease of blood supply to the brain, becoming fatal.
Thanks to simple and inexpensive preventative medication, heartworm is easily preventable. This can include a chewable tablet or topical liquid that is administered once a month (or as directed by your veterinarian).
Check out the AVMA’s informational video on heartworm and heartworm prevention below!
If this video of baby animals being cuddled, fed, petted and loved by their human caregivers and fellow animal companions does not warm your heart, then you need to watch it twice.
Adorable kittens, hedgehogs, hamsters, bear cubs and more are featured in this short video which focuses on the bond between humans and animals alike. It is sure to touch your heart and put a smile on your face.
This winter has certainly been full of surprises! In southern Ontario, we have had days with a cold arctic bite followed by the next day feeling like spring. With all these unpredicatable changes in the weather, it can be difficult for medium to short-haired dogs to adjust. This is especially true for puppies, elderly or hairless dogs.
To keep your pet suitably protected, a dog coat could be a good purchase that will keep your pet comfortable during winter walks or potty breaks. Even heavier-coated dogs may appreciate a rain coat for those wet and gloomy days.
Ideally, walking into a pet store (that welcomes pets!) with your dog is the best way to ensure the canine coat you’re interested in will fit. Alternately, you can simply measure your pet at home and then visit a variety of stores or browse online boutiques for the coat that will work best for your pet.
Your dog should be standing up on all fours, not sitting or lying down
Allow an extra inch or two in length to accomodate for movement
Measurements should include from base of neck to base of tail, circumference of the neck, chest width and the circumference of the chest.
Many canine coat manufacturers will offer sizing and breed tips for their products on their company website. Chilly Dogs, a Canadian-based company that offers woof wear, has a great sizing guide for measuring your dog correctly. Check out their online video for some guided tips!
Did you know that miniature horses are now being used as seeing-eye companions for those who are visually impaired? The Canadian Registry of Therapy Animals and Service Animals (CRTASA) supports and endorses the use of selected horses as therapy animals for some people who are unable to get around without assistance.
“Miniature horses have proven to be valuable assistance animals to people with no vision. Their excellent temperament, quick learning style and natural ability to guide others has shown them to perform exceptionally well in keeping their owners with a disability safe,” said the CRTASA. To learn more about the CRTASA, click here.
Watch this video of “Cuddles”, a miniature horse companion, in action!
We were thrilled to receive a heavy-duty utility trailer, courtesy of Nutrience pet food this year. The trailer will help us provide better service during times of emergency. The trailer has all the facilities for sheltering and temporarily caring for a multitude of animals at the same time.
Check out this video to learn more about the trailer!