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Pet Friendly Newsletter - January, 2005

FEATURED PET QUOTES

"No man can be condemed for owning a dog.
As long as he has a dog, he has a friend;
and the poorer he gets, the better friend he has."
(Will Rogers)

"If you can't decide between a Shepherd, a Setter or a Poodle, get them all ... adopt a mutt!" (ASPCA)

DID YOU KNOW?

  • A 15-year old cat has probably spent around ten years of its life sleeping.

  • The tallest dog ever recorded was a Great Dane who stood 42 inches at the shoulder, and stood 6' 9" when on his hind legs! From nose to tail, he was nearly 8 feet long.

THIS ISSUE'S FEATURED PETS

Sinbad
"Call me when dinner is ready!"
Sent in by James and Mary McNaul
Basil
"Hello, this is Basil, the latest addition to my family. This picture captures his personality very well. Silly & very happy at all times."
- Samantha Burningham from Hamilton, ON

WINTER DOG-WALKING (& HIKING) TIPS

Dogs need fresh air and exercise just like we do, and that need continues throughout the winter. Here are a few tips to help your pooch stay comfortable while on the trails this winter:

  • Be sure your pet is appropriately 'dressed' for the weather. For instance, some pets with thinner coats or those that are elderly may require a sweater to keep warm. Frostbite and hypothermia are a concern, especially in most parts of Canada where winters are often harsh.

  • Clear out snow balls that collect in between your dog's paw pads. These can be very painful for them - imagine if you had to walk with a large pebble in your shoe!

  • Keep your dog's paws free of any chemicals used to melt snow and ice. These chemicals can irritate the skin. Wipe your dog's paws carefully with a moist towel to remove any chemicals, or use 'dog booties' to protect them.

  • Keep a close eye out for spilled antifreeze, or any containers that are within your pet's reach. They like the sweet taste but even a small amount can be fatal. If you suspect your pet may have ingested antifreeze, it's -vital- to contact your vet immediately.

  • Watch out for other people using the trails for recreational purposes: skiing, snoeshowing, sledding, and snowmobiling are just a few examples. Remember that snowmobiles in particular can catch you by surprise, so it's best to keep your pet off snowmobile trails.

  • Be watchful for ice: keep pets away from lakes or other bodies of water that may have thin ice; and walk dogs with mobility problems (such as arthritic dogs) where sidewalks or paths are clear of ice. Slipping can be dangerous for pets, too!

  • Choose walking trails and outings that suit your dog. Small dogs, for example, may find it a real struggle to forge their way through deep snow, so a walk along a shovelled sidewalk may be a better choice. Likewise, senior dogs may prefer shorter walks when the weather is cold or the snow's deep. Cater your outing to your dog's abilities and needs.

Winter offers lots of opportunity for fun and recreation (ask any dog who's ever enjoyed rolling or romping through the snow!). Go out and enjoy it!

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