Exercise is the most common New Year’s resolution for humans and there is no reason why it can’t be for your pet too! Indoor games can keep your pet active while giving them some quality one on one time. For dogs, try some new toys like a rope to play tug with. Fetch is also a great game to play indoors with small stuffed animals. To increase the activity level try tossing the toy up stairs (make sure the stairs have carpeting or a runner to prevent slipping). If your dog likes to chase, try attaching a stuffed animal to the end of a rope. Even though going outside is difficult this time of year, indoor open areas work well too. For cats try to mix up their toys and introduce some feathery or fur-like toys on “fishing poles” that will encourage stalking, leaping and pouncing- especially right before mealtime when your cat is hungry. Interactive toys are enjoyed by both dogs and cats especially ones that dispense treats!
Here are some tips for how the make the trip easier for you and your cat:
- Choose a cat carrier with a top that easily opens or lifts off.
- Keep the carrier out in the open in a safe place so your cat can adjust to going in and out. Throw treats inside from time to time to give your cat a treat for going in.
- Feed your cat inside the carrier.
- When your cat looks comfortable, start taking him or her on a tour of the house. When that feels good, start with short trips in the car.
- Make the trip as rewarding as possible. Offer treats and calming language. Keep the loud music and sharp turns to a minimum, especially during the first few trips.
- When you make your trip to our hospital bring along a favorite toy and/or a blanket with familiar smells.
- Most important: keep your cool! Cats can sense our emotions, if you’re calm, it will help them feel better, too.
Abandoned at just a few months of age Fiona has found her forever home. Technician Jen Mengle opened her heart up to this special girl. Fiona was positive for Feline Leukemia so Jen was unable to open up her home as well. Other than some ophthalmic issues Fiona has been healthy and happy. Fiona thanks everyone at Winding Hill Veterinary Clinic (most especially Jen), Dr. Low at the York Emergency and Referral Center and Jessica Gates and family for the forever home.
It’s getting cold in Mechanicsburg! Don’t leave dogs outdoors when the temperature drops. Most dogs, and all cats, are safer indoors, except when taken out for exercise. Regardless of the season, shorthaired, very young, or old dogs and all cats should never be left outside without supervision. Short-coated dogs may feel more comfortable wearing a sweater during walks.
Certain foods can be highly toxic for dogs and cats. In some cases they can actually lead to death. The following foods may be dangerous to your pet: •Alcoholic beverages •Apple seeds •Apricot pits •Avocados •Cherry pits •Candy (particularly chocolate—which is toxic to dogs, cats, and ferrets—and any candy containing the toxic sweetener Xylitol) •Coffee (grounds, beans, and chocolate-covered espresso beans) •Garlic •Grapes •Gum (can cause blockages and sugar free gums may contain the toxic sweetener Xylitol) •Hops (used in home beer brewing) •Macadamia nuts •Moldy foods •Mushroom plants •Mustard seeds •Onions and onion powder •Peach pits •Potato leaves and stems (green parts) •Raisins •Rhubarb leaves •Salt •Tea (because it contains caffeine) •Tomato leaves and stems (green parts) •Walnuts •Xylitol (artificial sweetener that is toxic to pets) •Yeast dough
Last day of school in Mechanicsburg and the teachers are cleaning out their rooms when a box with six kittens ~3-4 weeks of age were found in the dumpster. A day later and the result would likely have been tragic. This litttle guy came in for an exam with us – in the teacher’s bookbin, Adorable! All six were adopted by teachers or staff!