Portland’s CW32 understands that our pets are part of the family and their care and well-being is extremely important. The Portland’s CW32 Pet Project is dedicated to making a pet’s health and happiness a priority by providing information and resources throughout the year.
Spay & Save program - (ASAP- animal shelter alliance of Portland)- “reduced euthanasia in Portland shelters by 76” this is saving 91% of cats and dogs! This program offers free and low cost spay and neutering for cats owned by low income families. For more details or to register, to go to www.oregonhumane.org.
Link your Fred Meyer card to OHS to support OHS while shopping at Fred Meyer. Visit Fred Meyer Community Rewards online * designate OHS and charity of choice, enter code 87015. Adopt or Sponsor a pet. For more details or to register, to go to www.oregonhumane.org.
Time to get over your holiday hangover and get into shape! Get the latest tips for exercising with your pet, how to keep them healthy during cold winter months and nutritional information to keep them in tip top shape.
Exercising With Your Pet
1. Pet obesity is just as dangerous for pets as obesity is for humans. Pet obesity can lead to other problems like diabetes, arthritis, and joint pain.
2. Once you’re sure your pet is ready for a weight loss plan, you will want to begin by discussing particular kinds and amounts of food with your veterinarian.
3. Diet pet food is not the best answer. Instead, pets need strict portion control.
4. The best approach is usually to use high-protein food and to gradually decrease your pets portion sizes over the course of a week. You never want to do too much too soon.
5. Experiment with how many times a day you feed your dog or cat. Sometimes splitting portions into four or five meals per day works well because they think they are getting more than they actually are.
6. As with humans, another great way to weed out some calories is to use veggies as treats for your dogs. Try green beans or carrots; this way your dog is still getting that crunch he/she likes.
7. Exercise also plays an important role in helping your pets shed pounds.
8. Simply walking your dog regularly will get you some results, but make an effort to keep moving: A steady pace makes a world of difference.
9. Cats need exercise too. Some cats can be leash trained and can go for walks just like dog.
10. Other ways to get cats to exercise is to play with them. Have them chase a feather toy or a laser light.
11. Weight loss takes some time; do not expect instant results. Check your pet’s weight monthly, and if you do not see a loss of at least 1 or 2 pounds, you may want to adjust or contact your veterinarian for possible supplements.
12. Perceivable changes will likely take at least six months to develop.
13. Just remember that every little bit you do as a pet parent adds a little bit more time to your adored pet’s life.
Health Benefits of Having a Pet
1. Pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets.
2. People with pets have lower blood pressure in stressful situations than those without pets.
3. Playing with a pet can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine, which calm and relax, thus decreasing stress.
4. Pet owners have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels (indicators of heart disease) than those without pets.
5. Heart attack patients with pets survive longer than those without.
6. Pet owners over age 65 make 30 percent fewer visits to their doctors than those without pets.
7. While people with dogs often experience the greatest health benefits, a pet doesn’t necessarily have to be a dog or a cat. Even watching fish in an aquarium can help reduce muscle tension and lower pulse rate.
Cold Weather Pet Tips
1. Bring your pets indoors. If conditions are unsafe for humans, they are also unsafe for all pets and livestock.
2. Make sure all pets wear collars and tags with up-to-date identification. It is easier and more dangerous, for your pet to be lost in snowy weather so keep an eye on them at all times when outdoors.
3. Don’t let your dog off the leash after heavy snowfall. Dogs can lose their scent during winter storms and easily become lost. Deep snow cover can confuse a pet and cover their familiar scent landmarks.
4. Trips outside should remain short during the winter months. While dogs need outdoor exercise, lengthy walks can prove harmful especially when wind chill is a factor.
5. After going outside, clean off your dog’s paws with a moist washcloth. Chemicals such as salt, antifreeze, and others are common during the winter and you don’t want your dog licking these things off of themselves. Another option is to cover their feet with booties or dog socks and their bodies with sweaters.
6. Let the hair grow. Never shave your pet in the winter. Their hair is there for a reason… to keep them warm. Got a short hair pet? Help a puppy out! There are a plethora of cool and silly looking coats and sweaters out there for your dog.
7. Water freezes! Make sure your pet’s water hasn’t. Dehydration is just as bad in the winter as it is in the summer.
8. Honk your horn before driving off. This will wake up any sleeping cats. Cats like to curl up on engines for warmth.
9. Use a plastic food bowl instead of metal, to prevent your pet’s tongue from sticking it.
10. When outdoors with your pet, watch for the following signs: whining, shivering, appearing anxious, slowing down, looking for places to burrow, stop/start movement.If you notice any of these signs, take your pet back inside immediately and wrap them in a warm towel. Here’s a tip: throw a blanket or towel in the dryer for one minute before wrapping them.
11. You should have enough cat food, litter, fresh water, warm bedding and any medications your cat takes on a regular basis, on-hand, to last a few days. Inclement weather often closes roads or makes them unsafe for travel. In addition, your veterinarian’s office might shut down during a storm so you’ll want to be sure that you are fully stocked up with everything your cat might need.
12. Dogs who are left outside for too long can suffer from hypothermia and frostbite. Extremities, like ear tips, paws and the end of the tail are particularly susceptible to cold injuries.
13. The most sensible and safe thing to do is to keep your cat indoors. Cats who are left outside can suffer from hypothermia and frostbite, get lost, stolen, injured or killed. They can also be exposed to serious infectious diseases.
14. Make sure your cat has a warm, dry place to sleep, preferably off the floor and away from any drafty areas, if inside. A bed with a warm blanket or pillow will keep her warm. If she’s an outdoor cat, her sleeping space should be, dry, windproof and off the ground with a bed and warm blanket or pillow, if possible.
15. Be sure to provide your dog with ample shelter from the elements and protection against cold weather, especially if he lives outside.
16. His sleeping space should be off the ground with a bed, warm blanket or pillow, or lined with straw as insulation. His dog house should be large enough for him to stand and turn around comfortably, but not much larger, or his body won’t be able to heat the area.
17. Never leave your dog alone in a car during cold weather. In the winter, a car is just like a refrigerator, trapping the cold air inside and can cause him to freeze to death.
18. Take your dog to your veterinarian for a check-up before the cold weather arrives. Your doctor will check for any medical issues that might make him more at risk in the wintry weather.