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January 2018

Happy 2018! How do you like it so far? Or should we ask, how do your dogs and cats like it? This winter has certainly been colder than we have gotten used to around here, and you may find some of your pets don't know what to make of it. Hopefully you are keeping your cats indoors, having shorter walks for some dogs, and for those with Northern breed dogs enjoying this great Canadian winter. There is still a lot of winter left, so make sure you have all the gear you might need, such as dog boots, coats, paw balm, and LED collars or collar lights. We still have many coats in stock, and for those of you Leaf fans out there, we still have a few Maple Leaf dog coats. In this issue we will explain what happens to your dogs paws in the cold, and why it is important for many dogs to wear boots. And as always, if there is anything you would like to see us feature in one of our newsletters, please drop in or send us an email.

DOES MY DOG NEED TO WEAR BOOTS?
Contrary to what many people believe, dogs paws do not actually get cold.  According to a Japanese research study done a few years ago it was discovered that dogs have an intricate network of veins which helps blood circulate quickly to heat or cool their paws. Paws are also padded by fatty tissue which is more resistant to freezing. However, this does not mean that your dog's paws do not need protection from ice, snow and salt. Many de-icing products can cause your dog pain, and prolonged contact with many of the salts and chemicals used on sidewalks and roadways can lead to chemical burns on your dog's paws. Another cause of sore paws during the winter are the ice balls which form between the pads and toes, and is especially true for long haired dogs. As well, dogs have been known to rip their paw pads while playing on ice. The best way to protect your dog's paws is with boots, socks, or a balm specifically formulated for the paws. We carry all these products at Pet Pointe. If you have a dog that just likes to go for leisurely walks, most boots or socks will stay on, but if they do like to run and play in the snow we have found the Pawz boots to be the best for staying on the dogs feet.  A number of our customers have trouble getting the Pawz boots on their dog which is why we also carry Paws Jawz. Invented right here in Toronto, this product makes putting on the Pawz boots much easier. Check out their website to see how easy it is to use.

You can also find more cold weather safety tips for your pet on the Ontario SPCA website
TRAINING YOUR NEW PUPPY OR ADULT DOG
Many of our customers come in and ask us for advise on improving their dog's behaviour. Training a new dog, especially a puppy can sometimes be very frustrating, but if you put in the time and effort, it is well worth it.  Based on our own research and experience we have found that positive reinforcement, not punishment works best. Consistency is also key. Click here for some more great training tips.
BORED CAT?
Many people are aware that there are treat dispensing toys for dogs, but did you know that you can now get them for cats as well.  The KONG Tippin Treat toy has bursting scents of built-in catnip with an engaging wobble and rewarding treat dispensing action. The detachable feather teaser adds to the excitement and tempts curiosity for hours of solo playtime fun. Use if with treats or kibble.
 
Great Snow Day Toy
Have you been struggling to keep your dog entertained during these cold and snowy days? One of our most popular treat dispensing toys is the JW Treat Tower. Suitable for a variety of treats. Simply insert the treat in the top and they randomly come out the bottom as your dog works to release them. The difficulty level can be adjusted as your dog learns.
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