FEBRUARY 2014

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MARCH
• We welcome our new Extended
hours.
We are now open 7am – 5pm every Saturday
---------------------------------------March is Weight Management Awareness
Month!
Join in on our “Pet Weight Loss Challenge”
Ask your nurse for details
Understanding Pet Obesity
 An estimated 54% of America's cat and dog
population is overweight that’s 1 in every 4
animals
 That’s 43 million dogs across the U.S that are
overweight to obese.
 That’s 50 million cats across the U.S that are
overweight to obese.
So What Can You Do To Help Your Pet?
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Feed them their dog/cat food only
Do Not free feed
Exercise your pet with a walk or run
Swimming
Playing with toys
Do not feed table scraps or any people food
Agility…
 Agility is great exercise for pets!!!
 It works them both physically and
mentally
 Above all they enjoy doing it to them
it’s a fun game!
Laser Tag
 It is great stimulation on body and
mind
 Keeps cats busy for hours
 They don’t even realize they are
getting a work out
Overweight Vs. Ideal
Why Is This So Important?
 Being overweight can affect your dog/cat in
many ways.
 Cats get matted because they can not properly
groom themselves and pull on the hair making
them very uncomfortable
 Dogs have breathing problems
 Both dogs/cats get sores on the belly and chest
(like bed sores) from the excessive laying and
inactivity they do
Health Risks Your Pets Face
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Osteoarthritis
Insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes
High blood pressure
Heart and Respiratory disease
Ligament Tears
Kidney disease
Many forms of cancer
A decrease in life expectancy by as much as 2 years
Ready To Start Taking The Right Steps To
Getting Your Pet At A Healthy Weight?
 Ask your Veterinarian about your pets weight
and concerns you might have
 Find out what the best plan is for your pet
 Start your pet on the road to success
 Ask us about the pet weight project and how
you and your furry friend can get signed up!
For More Helpful Tips Visit These Websites
 Hillspet.com Weight Management Control and
you can begin the million pound pledge
 Purinaone.com
 If you have any questions about anything on
this slide or want more information please ask
any of the staff members and they will be more
then happy to help.
DOG OF THE WEEK
PUG
MEET THE BREED
• The Pug is well described by the phrase
"multum in parvo" which means "a lot of dog
in a small space." They are recognized for their
even-tempers, playful personalities, and their
outgoing, loving dispositions. This square and
cobby breed comes in fawn, silver fawn,
apricot fawn or black, with a well-defined
"mask" on his muzzle. A popular companion
dog, the pug also excels in the show ring.
HISTORY
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The truth of how the Pug came into existence is shrouded in mystery, but he has
been true to his breed down through the ages since before 400 B.C. Authorities
agree that he is of Oriental origin with some basic similarities to the Pekingese.
China is the earliest known source for the breed, where he was the pet of the
Buddhist monasteries in Tibet. The breed next appeared in Japan and then in
Europe, where it became the favorite for various royal courts.
The Pug became the official dog of the House of Orange after one of the breed
saved the life of William, Prince of Orange, by giving alarm at the approach of the
Spaniards at Hermingny in 1572. Later when William II landed at Torbay to be
crowned King of England, his cortege included Pugs and they became the
fashionable breed for generations.
By 1790 the Pug's popularity has spread to France where Josephine, wife of
Napoleon, depended on her Pug "Fortune" to carry secret messaged under his
collar to her husband while she was impresoned at Les Carmes.
In 1860 British soldiers sacked the Imperial Palace in Peking and dogs of the Pug
and Pekingese type were brought back to England. This was the first time since the
early 16th century that dogs in any great number had been brought out of China.
Black Pugs were imported from China and exhibited for the first time in England in
1886.
CHARACTER TRAITS
• The Pug’s reason for living is to be near their people and
to please them, and their sturdiness makes them a family
favorite. They are comfortable in small apartments
because they need minimal exercise, but the breed can
adapt easily to all situations. The Pug sheds, but its short
coat requires little grooming.
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Toy Group
Weight: Males 13 - 20 lbs / Females 13 - 18 lbs
Height: Males 12 - 14 inches / Females 10 - 12 inches
Life Span: about 12 - 15 years
Popularity: Rank 31st
DID YOU KNOW
• Pugs are highly intelligent and if you talk to them, they will stare at you
with their round black eyes and you will feel as if they understand you.
• A Pug is an attention seeker. He will obey you and try to please you in
order to receive all the lime-light.
• They love to sleep too. An average Pug spends about 14 hours of the day
snoring.
• There was a pug named “ Percy “ in Disney’s “Pocahontas”
• The famous movie “ Milo & Otis” … Otis is a Pug!
CAT OF THE MONTH
Siamese
MEET THE BREED
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The Siamese is highly intelligent, agile, athletic, and loves to play. Keep his busy
brain active with puzzle toys and his body exercised with teaser toys he can chase
and a big cat tree he can climb. Never leave him without any form of
entertainment, or you will likely come home to find that he has reprogrammed
your DVR to record only nature shows or at the very least decided your toilet
paper rolls and tissue boxes look better empty.
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Do not get a Siamese if living with a chatty busybody would drive you insane. On
the other hand, if you enjoy having someone to talk to throughout the day, the
Siamese can be your best friend. Just be sure you have time to spend with this
demanding and social cat. Siamese do not like being left alone for long periods,
and if you work during the day it can be smart to get two of them so they can keep
each other company.
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Siamese are extremely fond of their people. They like to be “helpful” and will
follow you around and supervise your every move. When you are sitting down, a
Siamese will be in your lap, and at night he will be in bed with you, probably under
the covers with his head on the pillow.
HISTORY
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The sophisticated Siamese looks dressed for an elegant masquerade ball in pale
evening wear with chic black accessories and tanzanite-blue eyes. Cats with lightcolored coats set off with black mask, ears, paws and tail have been known in
Thailand (formerly Siam) for centuries. Ancient manuscripts depict the cats, but
they were not seen in the West until the late nineteenth century, when they were
exhibited at the Crystal Palace Cat Show in London. Not everyone appreciated
their unusual appearance, but they quickly became fashionable pets. By the turn
of the century, if not earlier, they were popular in the United States as well.
President Rutherford B. Hayes (1877-1881) and his wife Lucy were the recipients of
a Siamese cat shipped to them in 1878 by David B. Sickels, a U. S. diplomat
stationed at the consulate in Thailand. A letter from Sickels detailing the gift is on
file at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont, Ohio.
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At first, only the cats with seal points—a dark brownish-black—were shown, but
blue, chocolate and lilac-point Siamese were soon developed and accepted in the
show ring. Today Siamese come in many different point colors and patterns,
including tabby points and smoke points.
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The Siamese itself is a natural breed, meaning its original pointed pattern was the
result of a genetic mutation. The breed has contributed to the creation of many
other breeds, including the Balinese, Oriental, the Himalayan division of the
Persian, the Tonkinese and the Havana Brown.
“Susie”
PERSONALITIES & TRAITS
• The active and social Siamese is a perfect choice
for families with children and cat-friendly dogs.
He will play fetch as well as any retriever, learns
tricks easily and loves the attention he receives
from children who treat him politely and with
respect.
• Weight: Males 8 - 12 lbs / Females < 8 lbs
• Height: 21 - 23 inches
• Life Span: 11 – 15 years
INTERESTING FACTS
• “We are Siamese if you Please…” - “Si” and “Am” Siamese cats from the Disney
movie “ The lady and the Tramp”.
•“Marcus”, was a Siamese briefly owned by James Dean. He was a gift
from Elizabeth Taylor. Marcus was named after James Dean's uncle, Marcus
Winslow, who along with his wife took care of Dean after his mother died.
•Ling Ling, a Siamese in the American sitcom ”Bewitched”. Ling Ling had a minor
role in the series but was mostly remembered for being featured in the episode
Ling Ling.
DOG OF THE WEEK
Löwchen
( LOU-chen)
MEET THE BREED
• Meaning "little lion" in German, the Löwchen is a
small, bright, and lively dog. The breed's
trademark is their traditional "lion" trim, where
the coat is left natural and untrimmed on the
forequarters and clipped close to the skin on the
hindquarters. Cuffs of hair around the ankles are
left on all four legs and the tail is clipped except
for a plume left on the base. All colors and color
combinations are acceptable. Today, the
Löwchen's agility and quickness make them
especially suited for the obedience and agility
rings.
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HISTORY
The Löwchen is thought to be a predominately German breed though its exact origins
are unrecorded, and the French and Russians claim to have had a hand in the breed’s
development. It can be said with relative certainty that the Löwchen evolved from the
ancient Bichon family of dogs, which hails from the Mediterranean, and 16th century
German art – including tapestries, paintings, prints and drawings – makes a compelling
case that the breed has been known at least since that time.
The most famous Löwchen was Bijou, who lived in Weilburg Castle in Germany during
the late 18th century. The story goes tells that Bijou, disappointed that his master had
left for the hunt without him, attempted to follow his master by jumping from a 60 foot
high window into the Lahn River. Depending on who you believe, the jump either ended
with Bijou being rewarded with a seat in his master’s saddle or with his untimely death.
Regardless, Bijou became legendary, and his likeness still hangs in the castle today.
The Löwchen’s numbers began to dwindle during the 19th century, and by the end of
World War II the breed was nearly extinct. A Löwchen fancier named Madame Bennert
is credited with saving the breed though extensive breeding efforts beginning in 1945.
Within a few years, the dog’s numbers began to slowly but steadily grow, and during the
late 1960s and early 1970s the breed was introduced to Great Britain and the United
States. It remains one of the rarest breeds in the world today.
CHARACTER TRAITS
• The Löwchen's outgoing and positive attitude make the breed a
pleasure to be around. As a companion dog, they are affectionate
and like to be with their families. Although smaller in size, they
enjoy daily walks or other activity. Their single coat needs a
thorough brushing at least weekly to prevent matting and their trim
should be freshened every two months.
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Non-Sporting Group
Weight: 9 – 18 pounds
Height: 10 – 13 inches
Life Span: 12 – 14 years
Popularity: Rank 154th
DID YOU KNOW
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The Lowchen used to be particularly popular, especially with the ladies who would
use them like hot water bottles. The dog would crawl under the blankets, lying
very still next to their owner. Their shaved skin on their little bodies warmed many
cold hands or feet.
For many years, they became very rare and weren't heard about very much. When
the television show Hart to Hart had a little unclipped Lowchen named Freeway on
the show, the Lowchen started becoming very popular again.
The Lowchen dog is infamous for having a great memory, which makes them so
easy to train.

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