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A little something to start your Monday with a smile :)

If that doesn't help then stop by 8:30 -5:30 for cupcakes....proceeds to the SPCA
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Calling all Cupcake Lovers!!!

Monday Feb 23rd we will be selling cupcakes in support of the SPCA. Proceeds will be distributed nationally to SPCA locations in need, including a fund for anti-cruelty.

**photo drawn by our own Cheyenne**
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A big thank you to everyone who helped make our National Cupcake Day a success.  We raised 152$ for the SPCA's and Humane Societies.

Funds raised will help:

-provide warm bedding and heat pads for puppies

-subsidise medical treatments for injured cats and dogs

-provide feed for farm animals

-subsidise emergency boarding for the pets of victims of domestic violence

-fight animal cruelty

 

 

FEBRUARY 2015

 

 

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Appropriate Exercise in Puppies

Dr. Victoria Van Wyk

 

There are few things that are as adorable as a puppy. They come in to our lives usually

when they are 8 or 10 weeks of age as little bundles of energy. Some seem to sleep a lot

the first 2 or 3 weeks after they have come in to our homes but then become energetic.

Many of you have heard the saying “a good dog is a tired dog”. Puppies like to chew and

can be destructive if left with free rein in our homes. Crate training your puppy can

keep the puppy and your home safe.

 

But puppies need exercise and mental stimulation.  Mental stimulation can be achieved by putting their kibble in a kong wobbler toy so they have to push it around for the kibble to come out. They can have kongs stuffed with canned food. They require training for manners such as leash walking, housetraining (bathroom training), coming when called and for tricks like shake a paw, sit, down and so on.

 

Socializing them to different people (men with beards, kids, people in uniforms) and different places is a definite must. All of these things can help with mentally stimulating the puppy which can help to tire them out. But what about physical exercise?  How much exercise is too much? What is the appropriate amount of exercise for a puppy? Why are these questions important?

 

Puppies have growth plates in their bones. These are areas of growing bone near the

ends of the long bones. Each long bone has at least two growth plates: at least one at

each end. The long bones grow from these areas. The larger the breed the longer the

bone will grow and the longer the growth plate stays “open”. By open we mean that they

continue to grow. Once the puppy has finished growing the growth plates “close” and

the growing and lengthening of the bone stops. The growth plates of the tibia near the

knee (stifle) in a toy breed close at about 10 months of age and in a large breed dog they

close at 14 months of age.

 

In a growing dog an injury to the growth plate can result in abnormal bone growth,

bowing or bending of the bone, damage to a joint, and causes pain. Blunt trauma such as

a fall or blow to a limb can damage the growth plates and chronic injuries such as

overuse can do the same.

 

These general exercise guidelines should therefore be followed carefully.

 

Exercise guidelines for puppies:

Puppies less than 6 months of age:

 

– all the playing they want but no body-slamming games

– non-impact training is good: sit, stay, come

– moderate free exercise such as short walks or short hikes in the woods

– for agility dogs, no jumping above wrist height

– no long swimming sessions, no jogging

– none of the activities that are allowed in the next age groups

 

Puppies 6 to 14 months of age

 

– all the playing they want but no body-slamming games

– increasing period of free exercise such as walking and hiking

– tugging in moderation

– retrieving on land and in water in moderation

– for agility dogs, gradually increasing maximum jump height from wrist height to

no higher than elbow height

– none of the activities that are allowed in the next age group

 

Puppies older than 14 months of age:

 

– daily free exercise

– gradually start with three 20 minute jogs per week

– for agility dogs, gradually increase jumping height above elbow height to full

competition height

– serious endurance training (long swims, several kil

                                                                                               

ometre jogs) should not start

until after 2 years of age