Scoop or measure? A great way to help your pet lose weight :)

How do you really know how much you feed your dog? It’s amazing how many clients, when we ask them how much they feed, are not quite sure. They all tell us how many scoops/cups they feed but the size of the container really varies.

Not all cups are created equal.

 

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So, how much are you feeding?

In our test kitchen, even when measured with a measuring cup, different amounts have been noted.

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So, what is the best way to know how much you are feeding your pet?

Nutritionists are now recommending pet owner’s weigh their pet’s food. This way you can consistently give the same amount at each and every feeding. This is especially helpful if you are trying to get your pet to lose weight and it’s really easy to do. Grab a scale and keep it near where you keep your pet food. Place your pet’s empty food bowl on it. Re-set the scale to zero and measure exactly how much you want with a measuring cup the first time, now pour it into the bowl. This is the amount you want to feed at each meal. Now every time you feed you just set the bowl on, re-set to zero and add food to the set weight. Not only will your pet lose weight by always feeding the exact same amount of calories but you will save money in the process 🙂

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Breed Spotlight ; Chihuahua

The chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog and is named after the state, Chihuahua, in Mexico. There are 2 different kinds of Chihuahuas, the smooth coat and the long-haired coat. They also come in 2 different head styles, the apple head and the deer head as well as, many different colors. They usually weigh anywhere from 2-6 pounds. The chihuahua is a great companion dog with a fearless personality and saucy attitude. They can be quite temperamental and have a reputation for being suspicious of everyone but it’s owner. They tend to think they are much bigger then they really are and they try to take on tasks that are way out of their league. Chihuahua’s are famous for being carried around in a pocket or a small purse and dressed up in cute little outfits and bows.

Chihuahua’s are mostly an indoor dog as they are not fond of the cold. The average lifespan for a chihuahua is approximately 14-18 years. They are prone to a few health problems such as keratoconjunctivitis sicca (low tear production), hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), pulmonic stenosis (a heart condition), patellar luxation (free moving kneecap) and hydrocephalus (dome-shaped skull).

Chihuahua’s can be quite difficult to train. They are not the easiest to house train and they probably aren’t the best breed to get as a first time pet owner. Professional obedience training is usually needed to properly train this feisty breed. Chihuahua’s are a lovely little dog to own if you have the time and the love to give to one.

 

 

Vaccinations and What to Expect

One of the most important aspects of your pet’s care is their annual wellness exam and vaccinations. We all know that vaccines are of the utmost importance in the prevention of harmful (and sometimes deadly) diseases that can affect our furry family members. There have been a great many strides made within the veterinary world over the last few decades, and now vaccines have become even safer and healthier for our pets than ever before!

After you have brought your pet in for their annual wellness exam and vaccinations, what can you expect once you get home?

Much like when we receive vaccinations, there are some common, and also some not-so-common, side effects that all pet owners should be aware of. The more common side effects, which should not last more than 24 hours, can include lethargy, fever, loss of appetite, mild swelling, redness or tenderness at the injection site.

In very rare cases, some pets can have vaccine reactions that may require medical care. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, severe coughing, collapsing, swelling in the face, or persistent vomiting and/or diarrhea. If any of these side effects occur, veterinary intervention is necessary and an alert will be put on your pet’s file. In the future, the veterinarian may wish to split up the vaccinations, pre-treat your pet with an antihistamine, or even avoid that particular vaccine altogether. It all depends on the severity of the reaction. They may also recommend that in the future, you wait at the clinic post-vaccination just to make sure everything is okay before you head home.

We vaccinate animals every day here at Snelgrove Vet Services, and it is not often that we see vaccine reactions at all. We do, however, feel that it is important for our clients to know that reactions in their pets are possible, just as they are in the field of human medicine. Luckily, we see a lot more cases of animal lives being saved because they have been vaccinated, which makes the potential risk of vaccinating more than worthwhile. Of course, if you ever have any concerns when it comes to vaccinating your canine or feline partner in crime, please do not hesitate to discuss them with your veterinarian.