Minnesota Veterinary Hospital Blog
It’s a new year, and you have vowed to get in shape and improve your health. Although you might have made this resolution before only to fall back into old habits before the end of January, you mean it this time. The good news is that having a pet gives you even more motivation to achieve better health. Not only does the love of your furry companion give you the incentive to take better care of yourself, but it encourages you to improve your pet’s health as well.
December 22 might be the official start of winter, but one step outside quickly reminds you that it’s already here. Nevertheless, this is the day that the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) chose as Keep Pets Safe in Winter Day. The purpose of the campaign is to make pet owners and others aware of the sometimes-dangerous outdoor conditions during the winter months and to urge them to take precautions to protect all pets.
Like many dog owners, you consider your dog a part of the family and wouldn’t even think about leaving her out when it comes to holiday gifts. The problem is that dogs can’t speak so yours can’t drop hints about what she would like to receive this year. Even so, you just need to look at natural dog behavior to know which types of toys will likely be a hit. Both chewing and playing are natural behavior for the canine, and toys help to meet these needs.