Did You Know…


…dogs have the ability to sweat, but in places a little different than humans. Their skin and armpit areas do not contain sweat glands like ours do so dogs sweat through the pads of their feet. However, the most effective way of ridding themselves of heat is by panting.

…cats are superfecund; that is, a female may mate with more than one male when she is in heat, with the result that different kittens within the same littler may have different fathers.

…puppies have 28 temporary teeth that erupt at about three to four weeks of age and 42 permanent teeth that begin to emerge at four months of age.

…secondhand smoke causes at least two fatal cancers in cats: lymphoma and oral carcinoma. House cats get a double dose of toxins by breathing cigarette smoke in the air and by licking the residue off their fur while grooming.

…corn is a superb source of nutrients, with essential fatty acids for healthy skin and coat, Beta-carotene, vitamin E and Lutein (natural antioxidants), highly digestible carbohydrates for energy, and quality proteins for muscle and tissue growth.

…kittens have 26 temporary teeth that begin to erupt at about two to three weeks of age and 30 permanent teeth that erupt at about three to four months of age.

…like humans, dogs have the same types of sleep: Slow Wave Sleep (SWS) and Rapid Eye Movement (REM). SWS is the first stage of sleep and REM is when the body is relaxed and the eyes move rapidly. It’s during this REM stage that dogs can dream. The twitching and paw movements that occur during sleep are signs that your pet is dreaming.

…the number of women going into veterinary medicine has doubled since 1991, while the number of men entering the field has decreased by 15%. Today, women make up about 75-80% of graduating veterinarians.

…genetic or congenital defects are passed from generation to generation just like the color of an animals coat or the pet’s overall size. Pets that have congenital defects should not be used for breeding. Here are some examples of congenital defects: umbilical hernia, hip dysplasia, entropion, bleeding disorders, retained baby teeth, heart defects, hypothyroidism, polycystic kidneys.

…roundworms are the most common intestinal parasite in pets and the most likely to be transmitted to humans. The eggs can then hatch in the human’s intestinal tract, and the immature worms can travel to various tissues in the body, including the eyes and brain, potentially causing serious infections.

…catnip is a plant from within the mint family, that contains a chemical which cats go crazy about. We know cats love catnip by their twitching whiskers, head butting, body rolling and playful nature they display when they are around it. If you cat does not go crazy over catnip, don’t worry, as not all cats react to the plants charms. Only two thirds of cats have inherited the gene that allows then to have a reaction to catnip.