Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Have a Safe and Happy Festive Season


From all of us here at Canadavet.com to all of our customers and their beautiful pets, we wish you a wonderful festive season. May you spend it with family and friends (and pets) and may all your New Year be full of blessings!


We'd also ask with this Christmas pet poem, that you remember those pets less fortunate then your own:

Tis the night before Christmas and all through the town,

every shelter is full ~ we are lost but not found.
Our numbers are hung on our kennels so bare, we hope every minute that someone will care.
They'll come to adopt us and give us the call, "come here, Max and Sparkie ~ come fetch your new ball!" But now we just sit here and think of the days..... we were treated so fondly ~ we had baby ways.

Once we were little, then we grew and we grew ~ now we're no longer young, and we're no longer new.
So out the back door we were thrown like trash, they reacted so quickly ~ why were they so rash?
We "jump on the children," "don't come when they call", we "bark when they leave us," "climb over the wall."
We should have been neutered, we should have been spayed, now we suffer the consequence of the error they made.

If only they'd trained us, if only we knew... we'd have done what they asked us and worshipped them, too. We were left in back yard, or worse ~ left to roam... now we're tired and lonely and out of a home.
They dropped us of here and they kissed us good-by.... "Maybe someone else will give you a try."

So now here we are, all confused and alone.... in a shelter with others who long for a home.
The kind workers come through with a meal and a pat, with so many to care for, they can't stay to chat.
They move to the next kennel, giving each of us cheer.... we know that they wonder how long we'll be here.

We lay down to sleep and sweet dreams fill our heads.... of a home filled with love and our own cozy beds.
Then we wake to see sad eyes, brimming with tears ~ our friends filled with emptiness, worry and fear.
If you can't adopt us and there's no room at your inn ~ cold you help with the bills and fill our food bin?

We count on your kindness each day of the year ~ can you give more than hope to everyone here?
Please make a donation to play for the heat.... and help us get something special to eat.
The shelter that cares for us wants us to live, and more of us will, if more people give.

Merry Christmas Everybody!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Christmas Doggie Treats

Most of us know that human Christmas treats are not suitable for pets,  and some can be downright dangerous, but if (like us) you want to give your pets a little something, here are a couple of our favorite simple recipes for dogs and cats you might like to try:
 
Easy to make dog treats for Christmas

Meaty Twists for Dogs
Ingredients:
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup corn meal
  • 1 package unflavored gelatin
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup corn oil
  • 1 jar strained beef baby food
  • 1 beef bouillon cube*
  • 3/4 cup boiling water

 *for a chicken flavor substitute - chicken baby food and chicken bouillon cube

 

 Method: 
  1. Dissolve bouillon cube in water.
  2. Sift dry ingredients in large bowl.
  3. Add milk, egg, oil, beef and beef bouillon.
  4. Stir until well mixed.
  5. Roll out on a floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness.
  6. Cut in 1/4 inch by 3 inch strips, twisting each stick before placing on cookie sheet.
  7. Bake 35 - 40 minutes at 400 F.
  8. Store in refrigerator.

 Catnip Cookies for Cats 
Ingredients:  
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons of wheat germ
  • 2-4 tablespoons of catnip
  • 1/3 cup of milk
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon of molasses
  • 1 egg

 Method: 
  1. Begin by pre-heating the oven to 350 F
  2. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Combine the wet ingredients in a bowl.
  4. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together and work it into a dough.
  5. Lightly flour the counter or other work surface.
  6. Remove a portion of dough and use a rolling pin to uniformly flatten the dough to a thickness between 1/8 of an inch and 1/4 of an inch.
  7. Cut the dough into 1-inch squares using a rolling pizza cutter or a cookie cutter of your choice.
  8. Place the cookies on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
  9. Bake the cookies for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the cookies are crisp and lightly browned.

 We are sure your pets will enjoy these simple and easy to make home made Christmas pet treats.



 

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sharing the Community Spirit

At CanadaVet.com we have a lot to be greatful for, and one of the things we are most greatful for is how much "stuff" we have. And of course, as we move in to the gift giving season, we will be getting even more "stuff" from friends and family.

A few years ago, we decided that instead of some of the "stuff" we'd be giving during the holidays, we'd give a different sort of gift, and make a donation to a needy cause in the name of our staff and customers, and this year we've done the same, donating a stable of animals to a needy village in Africa in the name of CanadaVet.com, our customers and staff through World Vision.

World Vision does great work in communities throught the world, and in particular, giving a "hand up rather than a hand out". To read about the great work World Vision does, you can visit their website.




Travelling with your pets this festive season?

For pets, travelling in the car is the equivalent to putting a human on a roller coaster, so you need to make travelling in the car for your dog, cat or other pet as enjoyable as possible.

Pet Transport has sure come along
way in the last few years.

The first thing when it comes to pet car travel is safety. Unfortunately many pets die each year in car accidents because they are not properly restrained. The best way to restrain dogs is either through specially designed dog car harnesses which clip on to seatbelts or by using a pet transport container. Letting your dog stick her head out the car window is a no no!

Cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and other small animals should be transported in a sturdy carry case or other purpose designed pet carrier. Birds can travel in their cage in the backseat with the seatbelt through the handle of the cage.

Make sure you cover the cage and empty out the food and water so they don't spill.

The first couple of times you put your pet in the car, pat it for a few minutes and then take it out. Don't reward them for fretting - if they do, just take them for a short walk and then try again.

If your expecting to drive for a few hours, be sure to prepare your pet before you go. Take your pet for a test drive. In the first 30 minutes, if your pet shows signs of fear, speak to your vet about a travel plan and make sure you take a break every half an hour and a long break every two hours.

The biggest cause of motion sickness in dogs and cats is not being able to see outside. Reduce motion sickness by letting them have a view and avoid feeding them too much or having too much water before travelling.