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Minnesota Veterinary Hospital Blog

How to Choose the Perfect Toy for Your Dog This Holiday Season


Like many dog owners, you consider your dog a part of the family and wouldn’t even think about leaving her out when it comes to holiday gifts. The problem is that dogs can’t speak so yours can’t drop hints about what she would like to receive this year. Even so, you just need to look at natural dog behavior to know which types of toys will likely be a hit. Both chewing and playing are natural behavior for the canine, and toys help to meet these needs.


November is Pet Diabetes Awareness Month


According to Dr. Marty Becker of the Fear Free Pet Initiative, 1.4 million American dogs and cats have diabetes mellitus. This condition causes blood sugar, known as glucose, to raise to unsafe levels. Pets with diabetes either have too little insulin in their body or their body doesn’t know how to use glucose appropriately. Unfortunately, the rate of animal diabetes is increasing as fast as it is in humans. Currently, the disease affects one in 200 cats and one in 500 dogs. Burmese cats and the Australian Terrier, Samoyed, Schnauzer, and Toy Poodle dog breeds tend to receive the diagnosis most often.


Join the Great American Smokeout on November 16 to Help Your Pet Breathe Easier

Nearly everyone know that smoking is bad for people, but some don’t realize the serious health consequences of secondhand smoke on pets. Dogs and cats who live in a home with one or more smokers have a much higher risk of developing some of the serious diseases that we get, including heart disease and cancer.
On Thursday, November 16, the American Cancer Society (ACS) is sponsoring its annual Great American Smokeout. If you smoke, ACS encourages you to set this as your quit date and join millions of other Americans in kicking the habit for good. Like any habit you’re trying to break, it starts by getting through the first day. If you can go 24 hours without smoking, you’re on your way to a healthier lifestyle for both you and your pet.