February, 2015 - In This Issue:

Dental Health Month

Maternal Altruism in Dogs

Cold-Weather Tips

Spotlight - Liberty Vet Clinic

5 Tips For Cold-Weather Walks   


Beware the burn.
If you'll be walking where the roads are being salted or treated with ice-melting chemicals, protect your dog's footpads with booties or petroleum jelly.


Stay bundled. 

Unless your dog is a norther breed that lives for the snow, invest in a sweater or coat that covers him to the base of the tail and under the belly.   


Leash up.    

If you're out in bad weather, don't let your pooch off leash. Heavy snowfall obscures familiar scents, making it easier for dogs to become disoriented and lost.     


Skip the ice.   

Stay away from frozen ponds, lakes, or other water. You never know if the ice will support your dog's weight.


Slow down.   

Running in cold weather is tougher on your dog's heart because it's pumping extra hard to keep his body temperature up. If you notice labored breathing, stop.  

Bake Your Own Dog Treats!

Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons dry milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 1/2 cups brown rice flour *
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley (optional)

Preheat oven to 350.

In large bowl, whisk together eggs and pumpkin to smooth. Stir in dry milk, sea salt, and dried parsley (if using, optional). Add brown rice flour gradually, combining with spatula or hands to form a stiff, dry dough. Turn out onto lightly floured surface (can use the brown rice flour) and if dough is still rough, briefly knead and press to combine.

Roll dough between 1/4 - 1/2" - depending on your dog's chew preferences, ask first - and use biscuit or other shape cutter to punch shapes, gathering and re-rolling scraps as you go. Place shapes on cookie sheet, no greasing or paper necessary. If desired, press fork pattern on biscuits before baking, a quick up-and-down movement with fork, lightly pressing down halfway through dough.  

Bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven and carefully turn biscuits over, then bake additional 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely on rack before feeding to dog.

* Brown rice flour gives the biscuits crunch and promotes better dog digestion. Many dogs have touchy stomachs or allergies, and do not, like many people I know, tolerate wheat.


Makes up to 75 small (1 inch) biscuits or 50 medium biscuits


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While February is National Dental Health Month, dental health should be a daily routine for all pet owners. Can you remember the last time you checked your pet's teeth? It's not uncommon for owners to not be aware how important oral care is. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) indicated that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats already show signs of oral disease by the age of three.

Three easy steps to help keep your furry loved one's pearly whites pearly!
  1. Take your pet to get a dental exam - Your pet should have a standard veterinarian examination, including a careful examination of his or her teeth and gums annually.
  2. Create an at-home routine - Ask your veterinarian to recommend supplements and a regular teeth brushing schedule or a specially formulated food proven to assist in removing plaque and tarter from their teeth.
  3. Schedule dental cleanings - Take your furry loved one to your vet for regular dental checkups. Scroll down to check out our new favorite vet, Liberty Vet Clinic! They're currently offering discounts for new clients AND dental cleanings.



Maternal Altruism In Dogs

Human beings are capable of and often display maternal altruism well beyond our own species. We adopt other people's children, yes, but we also adopt dogs and cats, even trees and roadways. Viewed through an evolutionary lens, this is interesting. Why aren't we focusing on the survival of our own species-even our own tribe-instead of wasting precious energy and resources on stray cats or endangered fungi? Scientists explain this peculiarity by pointing to our sophisticated cognitive equipment. Because we can project thoughts into the future, we're able to see the long-term view. The bigger perspective. We understand the principle of goodness and know that caring for others not only makes us feel good, but also sets a standard for kindness that strengthens our community and the potential for reciprocal help. In other words, what goes around comes around.


But if that explains why humans show maternal altruism, what about dogs (and other animals) that do the same? Charles Darwin's original theory that animals should behave only in ways that ensure their own survival crumbled when he discovered copious evidence of interspecies altruism. Take a few recent examples of the sorts of things he must have encountered: In 2006 in Varanasi, India, a Pomeranian named Guddi adopted an orphaned baby monkey, carrying it around for years. In 2012 in Berlin, Germany, Baby the French bulldog adopted six wild boar piglets she came across in a forest near her home. An English news crew filmed Baby grooming and playing with the piglets, and to watch her, you would swear she believes these are her puppies.


Behaviorists have a hard time explaining these and other examples of interspecies maternal altruism. We humans know that by preserving the animal and plant life around us, we are protecting the health of the planet and enriching the future lives of our offspring. Baby the French bulldog isn't capable of such an advanced assessment. Is it plausible that dogs and other animals sense our planetary connectedness at an instinctual level we don't yet understand? If so, it would explain many an odd adoption story from the animal kingdom. And it's a feel-good thought, too.





Liberty Vet Clinic offers a full array of medical services for dogs and cats. Their veterinarians, nurses, and staff are committed to providing the best quality medicine for your pet in a caring, respectful, and professional environment.  


Check out LVC's Open House Event next month on Saturday, March 21st between 1pm-4pm at their office in Roxborough. There will be a costume contest, dogs and cats for adoption, freebies, prizes and delicious food. LVC is currently offering 10% off all dental cleanings in February, (in honor of National Dental Health Month!), as well as 25% off exam fees for new clients, (expiring 6/1/15).   





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