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stuff WINTER IS FOR THE BIRDS! You’ll need an adult to help, but this activity will be fun for everyone and a great way to show our bird friends some love.
Bird Seed Feeders What you’ll need: • 2 packets of unflavored gelatin • 2/3 cup water • 2 cup bird seed mix • twine or string • cookie cutters • straws • cookie sheet • parchment paper
How to Make: (Remember, you’ll need a grown up to help!) 1. Using medium heat, mix gelatin and water together in a pot on the stove. Stir constantly, bringing to a simmer. 2. Once mixture starts to simmer, REMOVE FROM HEAT and stir-in the bird seed. 3. Let the birdseed mixture cool while you set up your cookie sheet, lined with parchment paper. 4. Spray cookie cutters with cooking spray. 5. Spoon cool birdseed mixture into the cookie cutters. Fill cookie cutters all the way to the top, packing them VERY TIGHTLY. 6. Next, for the hole, cut up pieces of a straw, insert pieces and LEAVE THESE until your feeders are dry. 7. Allow feeders to sit until they are COMPLETELY DRY (overnight is best). 8. Gently pop feeders from the cookie cutters, remove straws and tie twine through the holes.
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Health & Nutrition
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Routine Dental Care is as important for pets as it is for us!
Are you a pet owner that has been less than faithful in caring for your pet’s teeth? If so, this article is for you! Neglecting routine oral hygiene can have some very devastating effects on the health of your fur-kids. Here are a few ways to up your dental care game. Regular Brushing
If you haven’t introduced tooth brushing to your pet already, don’t be surprised when they aren’t thrilled by the prospect. With time and patience, however, you can both become pros. Start by choosing the right toothpaste. It must be designed for animals. Human toothpaste can contain chemicals that are poisonous to pets. Most pet stores carry a good selection of pastes and brushes. You may also want to consult your veterinarian. Because they know your pet personally, they are likely to offer some good recommendations. There are also oral rinse products on the market to help prevent plaque, which can lead to gingivitis. Go easy the first few times you attempt brushing. Doing it after your pet has had exercise may also help them to sit still. Don’t forget to be calm yourself and offer praise and encouragement. Rewarding with a treat afterward is a good idea too. Before long, your pets will look forward to this important activity. Annual Exams and Teeth Cleaning
Just like with your teeth, regular brushing at home should be followed up by regular visits to a professional. Your veterinarian will examine teeth and gums, looking for signs that anything is amiss such as, soreness and gums that bleed easily. Healthy choppers will also be free of cracks, plaque and tarter. These issues can lead to serious periodontal disease,
which is painful and can result in loss of teeth. Regular check-ups will catch problems in the early stages, and regular cleaning will help prevent them ever beginning. Tarter, for example, can only be removed professionally. Older pets may need to be seen more than they did when they were younger. Taking the time to schedule check-ups can save you time and money in the long run, as well as unnecessary discomfort for your pets. So, make sure to check with your veterinarian on how often you should schedule a visit. Chewing Aids
Our pets are lucky that there are lots of things to help keep teeth clean and healthy. A few that you could consider are dental chews and specially designed chew toys. When it comes to edible aids, make sure to find ones that are approved by a veterinarian. Good dental treats are made up of healthy ingredients. They will also come in a variety of types to match to your pet’s chewing abilities. It’s important to get ones that your pet can’t consume too quickly or put them in danger of blockages and choking. Dental treats not only reduce plaque and tartar build up; they can improve breath as well. Also, because these treats do contain calories, be careful not to overdo it. Chew toys are another good way to assist in keeping plaque at bay. Most pet stores carry a good selection, designed for pets of all sizes. As with treats, be careful to pick toys that are well made and of safe materials.
Health & Nutrition. . . . Not taking care of your pet’s teeth can affect much more than their breath. Bacteria and dental disease can result in some serious health issues. #1 – Damage to the Heart
It has been reported that bacteria found on bad teeth can travel to your pet’s heart, damaging the tissue and possibly resulting in heart failure. #2 – Liver Infection
The heart is not the only organ that can be affected by mouth bacteria. Research shows that bacteria can be swallowed and travel to the liver. It can also be fatal. #3 – Infection in the Blood
If bacteria enters the bloodstream, it causes sepsis. Sepsis is an infection that can travel through an animal’s entire body. It can be treated, but it is not easy or guaranteed. #4 – Poor Appetite
When teeth are in poor condition, it can be painful for your pet to eat. For older pets, weight loss can be especially concerning.
Banana Dog Breath Busters
Ingredients (makes about 4 dozen cookies): • 2 ripe bananas, peeled and mashed • 1/3 cup peanut butter • 2 cups flour • 1-1/3 cup quinoa (rolled oats) • 1/3 cup very hot water • 1 cup dried parsley flakes • 1/4 cup dried mint • 2 eggs, beaten Directions: 1. In a bowl, mix the quinoa with the hot water and let set 5 minutes. 2. Then, mash the bananas into the quinoa bowl. 3. Stir in the peanut butter. 4. Add the remaining ingredients and knead with your hands. (This tends to be a little sticky. If too sticky, add a little more flour.) 5. Let the dough set for 10 minutes. 6. Roll into bite-sized cookies and place on an oiled cookie sheet. 7. Bake at 300º for approximately 1 hour.
Source: http://www.vetstreet.com Disclaimer: All material in Health and Nutrition is provided for your information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action or inaction should be taken based solely on the contents of this information; instead, readers should consult appropriate veterinarian professionals on any matter relating to their pets health and well-being.
To experience the love of an old pet is a beautiful thing. It is a precious gift that reflects a lifetime of companionship and devotion.
Ember is very special. Not only is she the oldest cat in Missouri that we could find, she has lived nearly all of her 21 years in a shelter. You can see this remarkable lady living out her days in comfort at 5 Acres Animal Shelter, where she allows the Feline Coordinator, Rita Boone, to share a private office with her. Ember will celebrate her 22 birthday in April.
Destiny is also a rescue. At 13 years old, she is the oldest living bunny we could locate in the state. Being blind in one eye made adoptability questionable. But, that didn’t stop Destiny’s foster mother, Susan Ruby, a volunteer for the Missouri House Rabbit’s Society, from falling in love with her. Susan says this senior is a very sweet, gentle bunny.
If you have been, or are, the parent of an aging pet, you know the joys and sorrows that accompany this experience. They have been by your side for so much. It’s important to understand the changes that occur and needs of pets as they age, so that we can provide them with the same unwavering love and support they have given to us. Exactly when a pet is considered a senior varies, not only by the type of pet, but size as well (see chart on page 13 for dogs and cats). For dogs and cats, signs of advancing age may remind us of our own as humans. They move more slowly, develop grey “hair”, and have difficulty doing things they once did with ease. There are also other age related issues that may not be quite as obvious. Parents should be mindful for changes in eating and drinking, eliminating, weight and sleeping patterns. In addition, as cancer is not uncommon in our longer-living pets, being watchful for unusual changes in skin and body, including lumps, is also important. Aging pets may display these
Common Issues Health Related • Arthritis • Heart Condition • Tooth Decay and Gum Disease • Inappropriate Elimination • Diabetes • Kidney and Liver Disease Behavior Related • Anxiety • House Soiling • Excessive Vocalization • Restlessness • Compulsive Disorders • Fears and Phobias Source: pets.webmd.com
Fortunately, pet owners do not have to navigate this stage alone. Our area has many loving, well trained professionals to help. Keep in close contact with your veterinarian. Checkups, screenings and regular exams are more important than ever. There are also great options for helping your pet live the best life they can as they age, such as therapeutic exercise and massage.
As owners, we often like to get an idea of how old our pets are by comparing their age to ours. You’ve probably even heard the commonly quoted age calculation that one dog year is equal to seven of a human. This is not very accurate, however, as it doesn’t take the animal’s size and breed into account. Large and small dogs, for example, do not “age” at equal rates. This chart provides a rough calculation of a dog or cat’s “true age”. Regardless of the stage of life your beloved pet is in, there is no doubt that your life will be better for having shared it with them. Be sure to enjoy each and every day. No matter how long we have them with us, it is never long enough.
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applies to animals that are generally healthy but showing signs of aging.
refers to those who are advanced in age and likely to be presenting more serious health concerns.
Calculating your pet’s “true Age” CATS
Age Any Weight under 20lbs 20-50lbs
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It’s MY Party! I’ll Bark (or Meow) if I want to! It takes a lot of birthdays for your pet to reach senior status. There are more ways than ever to spoil your fur-kids on their special day. Here’s some great celebratory goodies!
Party Pups Balloons
www.partywedding.com Perfect for your pet’s birthday party! These balloons come in green, purple and blue with dark blue paw prints. They look great tied to each chair around the party table.
Pet Birthday Cards
www.personalizationmall.com Offer that special canine or feline a "happy birthday" greeting with a personalized card. From the website, you can type in a the party pet’s name and preview your work, so you know exactly how it will look.
Birthday Dog Shirts
www.baxterboo.com Celebrate in style! These fun shirts are festive and adorable. In addition, the high cut, stay-dry belly design provides ultimate comfort and convenience. It is also easy to care for and super soft.
Birthday Cake Dog Hair Bow Loofa Birthday Dog Toys
www.baxterboo.com Nothing makes a birthday better than a new toy. This one is great! Your pet will love the “ready to party” characters and the squeaker inside.
Birthday Cupcake Charm
www.dogpetboutique.com Pup cake anyone? This sweet and sparkling cupcake pet tag with "Let's Party" inscribed on the back is the perfect way to celebrate your four-legged family member's birthday.
www.sassypup.net This bow is too cute. It is made of grosgrain ribbon and lace. It is also hand sewn with a French barrette attached, making it perfect for small to medium sized pets that love making a BIG statement!
Musical Birthday Cake Plush Toy
www.whitedogbone.com This toy is a great gift. Each time your pet squeezes the cake, it activates the music box playing the popular Happy Birthday tune.
TAME Partner stores carry these or similar products. For a complete list of TAME partners, see page 19 and support those who support your pet community!
Pet Shop Cat Gift Basket
Dog Gift Basket
www.amazon.com What could be more fun for a festive feline? This gift set comes with a variety of purr-fect selections for the birthday kitty. It includes toys, treats and more – all in a keepsake basket.
www.pamperedpawgifts.com Don’t know what to get the hard-to-buy-for-pup? You’ll love this idea! It is sure to get lots of wow and bow-wow from dog lovers and their canine companions. A beautiful basket is filled with gourmet party biscuits and plush toy.
Party Owls Dog Collar
www.baxterboo.com Not just any accessory will do on a day like this. You will love the cute party owl design of these collars. They are also simple to adjust and have quick release buckles.
Kitty Cat Cupcake Sprinkle Collar
www.madebycleo.com This was one of our favorite choices for birthday kitty collars. The sprinkles are fun and unique, but no matter which one you choose from the large selection, you can have the breakaway or non-breakaway version.
KONG Birthday Tennis Ball
www.chewy.com For some dogs, the best gift is round! KONG created the perfect present for these pups. Each set comes with three balls. The colors ship at random.
Happy Birthday Bandana Scarf
www.baxterboo.com Show off your special gal on her big day! Your princess is sure to be the center of attention in this “blinged-out” scarf. Plus, these are made right here in the USA.
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Tails With A Happy Ending
Old Friends seniOr dOg sanctuary Final years lived out in love There are few things more heartbreaking than seeing an older pet in a shelter. Looking into their eyes, you can feel their helplessness. These animals may have lost the only family they ever knew or may never have known what it is like to be loved at all. You may also know that their prospects are bleak.
The sad truth is that older pets are among the last, if ever, to be adopted. Fortunately, not everyone is content to merely walk by these old souls without doing something about it. The staff at Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary (OFSDS) in Mt. Joliet, Tennessee have made it their mission to see that as many pets as possible are not left alone during their golden years. OFSDS provides both a haven for pets to live out their lives, as well as foster families, which are people who have opened up their homes to elderly pets. Living out a life of love is a wonderful thing for these Tennessee seniors. But what about those in our neighborhoods? It might surprise you to know that regardless of age, many older dogs are still full of life with lots more years of love to give. Just like us, pets with excellent care are living longer and more fulfilling lives. So, if you are looking for a loyal companion, consider a senior. They are out there ready and waiting to bond with the right family.
Here in Missouri, we also have some organizations seeking to unite older pets with the perfect pet-parents. Take time to learn more about how you may be able to offer a loving home to one of these special pets.
Senior Dogs 4 Seniors Chesterfield, MO This organization is happy to talk to you about their foster dogs. They are honest about good behavior and behavior needing improvement. Adopters are permitted a two-week trial period to make sure it is a good match.
Seniors for Seniors Program by Stray Rescue - St. Louis, MO Stray Rescue is pleased to offer a new program that will enrich the lives of St. Louisan’s who are at least 60 years young, as well as, providing peace of mind and security for some senior dogs who are a minimum of “7” years of age.
St. Louis Senior Dog Project House Springs, MO The St. Louis Senior Dog Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in the state of Missouri. They are an all volunteer organization that rescues dogs of all ages but especially dogs five years of age and older.
www.seniordogs4seniors.com 636.458.1892 (Text preferred)
www.strayrescue.org (314) 771-6121
Our passion is happy, healthy pets Kerry Ragan Wantuck, DVM Christina Robinson, DVM At Healing Paws Veterinary Clinic, we are pleased to offer superior care with a dedicated team of trained professionals you know and love. From expert diagnostics to boarding services, we offer a home away from home when your furry family members need veterinary care. Visit us on Facebook, or stop by and say hello!
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Introducing the two oldest pets in our practice
SENIOR PETS Gidget and Calico both receive ongoing treatment to manage conditions that often come with age, like kidney and heart disease. The professional and loving care they receive at Healing Paws is helping them beat the odds and enjoy a long, happy life with their families.
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Gidget has been with her family since she was only 2 months old, and they proudly call her their “kid”. She is a very lovable girl who enjoys giving hugs and kisses. Gidget’s strength of spirit keeps her fighting chronic conditions with help from her friends at Healing Paws. Calico started life as a feral kitten in a lumberyard. She had to compete for food and was hungry and scared until she was taken home by her forever family. They call her the Grand Dame of their household and describe her as a sweet and gentle soul who is always grateful that they saved her.
You deserve the best for your pet. We intend to provide it. Complete Veterinary Services, including: • In House Pharmacy & Laboratory • Preventative Medicine • Dentistry • Surgery • Intensive Care • Therapeutic Laser Services • Ultrasound • Digital Radiology
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At Galloway Village Veterinary, we focus on the importance of good dental health for our patients. Because more than 85% of all dogs and cats have some degree of dental disease, our focus is on preventing it before it causes problems. The best defense against plaque, which causes most of the problems our pets face, like gum recession, is daily brushing. However, once plaque has built up, we recommend a complete dental cleaning and oral health exam to safely remove the plaque. This will reduce gingivitis, bad breath, and progressing bone loss as well as identify any hidden dental disease. Our highly trained staff will perform the complete exam and scale and polish the teeth while a dedicated technician administers and monitors anesthesia. A clean and healthy mouth will help to keep your pet feeling great! (Visit our website for information on how to brush your pet’s teeth as well as dental specials in the month of February.)
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