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Celebrate Cats at our Meow Mixer!

Cat owners have a difficult task when it comes to understanding their feline family members because cats have this mysterious air about them that many people struggle to figure out.  Cats don’t go to daycare or play groups or cat parks or play times or socialization sessions.  They don’t get asked for cat play dates with other cats; and they don’t travel in packs or do tricks for treats. At least most of the cats we know don’t! Cats seem to have their own rules about life when it comes to what they will eat, when they will eat; who can pet them, pick them up or talk to them; and whether they will sit on your lap, sleep on your head or inside your closet.  In general, cats are nothing like dogs which makes them mysterious to most people!  Interpreting your cat’s behavior and language can be very challenging, but we have just the solution for all cat parents: Meow Mixer.  Our Meow Mixer is an informal gathering of cat parents to mingle with other cat parents, get free advice from an expert, enjoy some casual refreshments and learn more about your cat. We love cats—in fact Wignall Animal Hospital is an AAFP Certified Cat Friendly Veterinary Practice—and we find cats fascinating and fun.  Come spend some time with us at our Meow Mixer and you’ll see why.

YOU’RE INVITED! 

Meow Mixer

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
6:30pm-8pm
Wignall Animal Hospital
1837 Bridge Street, Dracut

Featuring

Tamara Pikulik, DVM, Chief of Staff
and
Our Team of Staff Feline Advocates

Meow Mixer is an informal evening created exclusively for our cat parents. Enjoy wine, light refreshments, Q and A with Dr. Pikulik, lots of great information about feline health, the free Pet Wellness Report for cats and how to more easily get your cat to the vet! RSVP below by 6/27/15, or by calling 978-454-8272

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We’ll help you size up your pet to get in better shape!

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People turn their attention to shaping up for summer every May; and your pet’s doctor wants your pet to stay in shape too! Pet nutritional and exercise trends may mimic human health trends. Did you know that the Centers for Disease Control estimate that 65% of American adults are overweight and 50% of American pets are overweight as well? Excess weight results from too many calories and not enough activity. Just as with humans, the health risks of overweight pets are often preventable when body weight is properly managed. Both you and your pet can enjoy a healthy lifestyle with the right approach to weight management. Improve your pet’s skin, fur and body weight by knowing a few simple facts. Read on for Fat Facts and Treat Tips for Pet Owners.

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The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and Hills® Pet Nutrition have teamed together creating a formidable team to fight pet obesity. To learn more about the AVMA/Hills PetFit Program, read Success Stories and get tips, tools and coupons you can use at our hospital, visit www.petfit.com. The best weight for any pet is achieved by combining a high quality food + adequate exercise + regular veterinary checkups.

Pet nutrition companies offer a wide range of weight loss and weight management options. Over the years, Hills® Pet Nutrition has developed scientifically engineered pet foods based on ground breaking research and clinical trial success. The Hills® Prescription Diet® family of pet of pet diets includes Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution, r/d® for weight loss, r/d® for weight loss maintenance and m/d® for the diabetic pet. In addition Hills offers the “Light” diets ranging from Light Hairball formula for cats to Light Senior for cats and dogs aged 7 and older. Hills® Pet Nutrition guarantees weight loss satisfaction, or your money will be 100% refunded!

Need more incentive to get in shape? To help you both get moving, we’ll enter you into a Free Drawing for a Fitbit® Activity Tracker every time you send us a “sweaty selfie” of you exercising with your pet 5/1-5/31/15! Send your photos to Fbphoto@wignall.com. One One winner will be chosen randomly on June 1, 2015, so get moving and check our Faceboook page today!

QUESTIONS? Call, email or stop by the hospital for more information!

 

HOLIDAY SAFETY

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Your pets are special to you, so it’s natural that you want them to share in the joys of the Holiday Season together.


Here are some tips to help make this time of year joyous for everyone.

Food and Drink
Many human foods are toxic to pets. This list includes chocolate, yeast, macadamia nuts, grapes, raisins, alcoholic beverages, etc. Keep all food out of your pet’s reach and be sure that trash barrels have secure covers so that they will not be investigated by your curious pet.

Schedule
Stick as closely as possible to your normal routine. Try not to vary feeding, walking and play time with your pets.

Candles
Do not leave lighted candles unattended. Pets can burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock candles over. Be sure to use appropriate candle holders.

Hosting Parties
If you host a party, remember that some guests may be uncomfortable around pets. Your pet, in turn, may be uncomfortable or frightened around a large group of unfamiliar people. Dogs and cats may be best kept in a room that will not be used by your guests.

Christmas Tree
Securely anchor your Christmas tree so it cannot tip or fall on your pet. Do not allow your pet to drink from the tree water. Stagnant tree water is a breeding ground for bacteria and your pet could end up with nausea or diarrhea. Do not use edible ornaments . Your dog may knock over the tree trying to get to them. All other ornaments should be kept off of the lower branches so they will not be broken by a wayward tail or playful cat or eaten by accident.

Gift Wrap and Packaging
Once all the gifts have been opened be sure to put away any small toys and throw away any twist ties and elastic bands used to hold toys in their packaging. Small pieces can be a choking hazard or cause intestinal blockages.

Mistletoe, Holly, and other plants
Holly, when ingested, can cause pets to suffer nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems. Many varieties of lilies, can cause kidney failure in cats if ingested.

Tinsel
Pets, especially kittens, love this sparkly, light-catching material that is fun to bat around and carry in their mouths. But a nibble can lead to a swallow, which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting, dehydration and possible surgery.

(Click the button below for a printable version of our safety tips.)

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“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”

Milo’s Diary – Day 23

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Dear Camp Diary –

 

Today was my buddy’s “birthday”! I don’t really know what birthday is but I do know whenever one of my friends has a “birthday” at camp, it means food! A mom brings in food for us to eat and maybe some human food for the counselors. The counselor always smile and have a happy face about the food, so I know they think “birthday” is good too. Today we had special treats made with peanut butter like my mom puts in my Kong at home. We even got to take some home and my mom let me have one in the car. Yum!

 

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  XOXO

Milo

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