Minnesota Veterinary Hospital Blog
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.
According to Dr. Marty Becker of the Fear Free Pet Initiative, 1.4 million American dogs and cats have diabetes mellitus. This condition causes blood sugar, known as glucose, to raise to unsafe levels. Pets with diabetes either have too little insulin in their body or their body doesn’t know how to use glucose appropriately. Unfortunately, the rate of animal diabetes is increasing as fast as it is in humans. Currently, the disease affects one in 200 cats and one in 500 dogs. Burmese cats and the Australian Terrier, Samoyed, Schnauzer, and Toy Poodle dog breeds tend to receive the diagnosis most often.