Some dogs need coats or sweaters in cold weather

fitdog-coats (500x175)

From Fitdog Sports Club:

Winter brings chilly walks, and some dogs in particular need protection against the elements. A jacket or sweater can help your dog maintain a healthy exercise routine even in colder weather. Here are five dog breeds that really need jackets.

1. Whippets
Like their larger counterpart, Greyhounds, Whippets need insulation against the elements to an even greater degree. Shorter legs mean they’re even closer to the cold ground and thinner frames mean they have a leaner layer of protection. Their need for speed will have them itching to go outdoors in any weather, but they’ll need protection.
Other pups with short hair (and short legs) can benefit from bundling up during winter walks. Additionally, dog breeds with little to no hair naturally will require jackets in the cold. These dogs include Chinese Cresteds, American Hairless Terriers, Xolocuintli and Peruvian Inca Orchids.

2. Small terriers
The smaller-bodied dogs of the terrier group need an extra layer of warmth during cold days. Those with smooth, short hair – like Rat Terriers or Boston Terriers – especially require protection against the elements. Yorkies, despite their long coats, can benefit from bundling up as well. Clothing can keep their hair from getting wet from rain or touching damp ground helping to keep these dogs drier and warmer on walks.

3. Mini Pinschers
Mini Pinschers, similar to the other small dog breeds in our list, sport short coats and a thin frame, so the need for weather protection is high. These dogs were bred from a Greyhound variety and maintain similar traits, so like their thin cousins they appreciate extra warmth when stretching their legs.

4. Greyhound
This dog’s close-cropped hair and delicate stature mean it’s susceptible in colder weather. As with the Chihuahua, the Greyhound breed originated in a country whose temperatures rarely dipped below 50 degrees: Egypt. As such, the dog breed can withstand warm temps but needs a little help with chill. It is the largest dog breed on the list.

5. Chihuahua
The small, shorthaired Chihuahua has a double-whammy in terms of vulnerability to cold: its petite stature and smooth, short coat make for two counts against frigid climates. The breed originated close to the equator in Mexico and became widespread in warm terrain, however, its irresistibility to pet fans far and wide has brought it to chillier environs than that of its home country. Dog jackets and sweaters can help this dog acclimate to colder regions.

With any dog breed in a jacket or sweater, two key tips apply:

1. Keep dogs dry: Remove any wet outerwear after snowy or rainy walks. Keeping coats on when wet could lead to hypothermia.

2. Make it fit: While you want to stay away from tight dog sweaters or jackets that restrict movement, clothing that is too loose will drag on the ground or tangle around little dogs’ legs. Look for a fitted but not-to-tight item of clothing.

Posted in Did you know? | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Little-known facts about lemurs

kingjulienposter DreamWorks Animation and Netflix brought Madagascar’s favorite royal lemur, King Julien, to the small screen in “All Hail King Julien” on Dec. 19. In honor of King Julien’s first starring role, the Duke Lemur Center in Durham, North Carolina, shared the following facts about lemurs like King Julien and his trusty side-kicks Maurice, Clover, and Mort.

1. Despite King Julien’s easygoing attitude, life as a lemur isn’t what it seems. They’re the most endangered mammal on the planet, and face possible extinction within 20 years.

2. There are at least 80 different kinds of lemurs, ranging from aye-aye lemurs like Maurice to mouse lemurs like Mort.

3. Lemurs are loud. Ruffed lemurs have an alarm call that can be heard up to half a mile away.

4. King Julien may think he’s the ruler of his Madagascar colony, but it’s the female lemurs, like Clover, who are actually in charge.

5. At birth, mouse lemurs like Mort weigh the same amount as three pennies or about 7.5 grams.

6. Lemurs aren’t just experts at moving, rocking and dancing; they’re also talented artists. In fact, the Duke Lemur Center even sells paintings by lemurs!

7. Ring-tailed lemurs, like King Julien and his uncle, will have stink fights to attract females and keep other lemurs out of their territories.

8. Lemur societies are very political, which gives King Julien a lot to do when he’s not too busy admiring himself and throwing parties.

9. Lemurs come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from a 2-oz. mouse lemur like Mort to a 20-pound indri.

10. Aye-aye lemurs like Maurice can chew through a concrete wall using their constantly growing incisors.

11. Fat-tailed dwarf lemurs can sleep for up to six months without eating or drinking anything -– it’s called torpor.

12. The Sifaka can leap 30 feet in a single bound.

13. Lemurs smell in three dimensions in the same way that humans see in 3-D.

Check out the video.

Posted in Did you know? | Leave a comment

Will you watch Super Bowl, Puppy Bowl or Kitten Bowl? Or maybe both?

From left,: Aaron Pawdgers plays for the  Northpole Panthers and Barney plays for the  Hallmark Channel Hearties. (Photo by Marc Lemoine, Crown Media United States)

From left,: Aaron Pawdgers plays for the Northpole Panthers and Barney plays for the Hallmark Channel Hearties. (Photo by Marc Lemoine, Crown Media United States)

Super Bowl Sunday is this weekend, and I know many people will be watching the Super Bowl with friends. Not being a sports fan, I don’t watch the big game. But there are other options for people like me: Puppy Bowl and Kitten Bowl.

Puppy Bowl is in its 11th year, and I have watched it a few times — very cute! Kitten Bowl aired for the first time last year, and I missed it, but I’m hoping to catch it this Sunday. The good news is, Kitten Bowl starts at noon on Hallmark Channel and Puppy Bowl starts at 3 p.m. on Animal Planet, so it’s possible to watch both.


Joe Fluffo plays for the  Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Mountain Lions team. (Photo by Marc Lemoine, Crown Media United States)

Joe Fluffo plays for the
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Mountain Lions team. (Photo by Marc Lemoine, Crown Media United States)

Hallmark Channel’s “Kitten Bowl II” will air at noon Eastern and Pacific time, 11 a.m. Central time. on Sunday, Feb. 1. Kitten Bowl trended No. 1 on social media last year. The show is presented in association with North Shore Animal League and Last Hope Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation.

Hosted by Beth Stern, TV personality and national spokesperson for North Shore Animal League America, “Kitten Bowl II” brings a star-studded lineup that includes legendary New York Yankees radio voice John Sterling and award-winning reporter, sports analyst and commentator Mary Carillo as “Kitten Bowl’s” official play-by-play announcer. Special guest appearances will include newly appointed FFL (Feline Football League) commissioner Boomer Esiason, Kevin Nealon, Regis Philbin, Mario Lopez, Maria Menounos, Kat Dennings, Bob Harper, Fiona Gubelmann, Tricia Helfer, Heather McDonald, Deidre Hall, Jenn Brown and Camren Bicondova.

Want to see more of the catletes? Get highlights of the Feline Football League games at Cat Center, hosted by John Sterling and Mary Carillo, at


Puppy Bowl XI will air at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, on Animal Planet. A lovable starting lineup will play in a combination of terrier tackles, touchdowns, puppy penalties, fumbles and Fido first downs.

For the first time in Puppy Bowl history, the pups will be battling it out on teams: Team Ruff and Team Fluff. And you can get in on the fun by drafting pups in the Fantasy Game and watching their points tally up during the game to see if you can get on the leader board.

The Bissell Kitten Halftime Show is back for another year, and sideline reporter “Meep the Bird” will return to tweet live updates throughout the game. Follow @MeepTheBird on game day for the latest news, puppy penalties and behind-the-scenes moments from inside the stadium.

View pre-game videos, get more information and draft your Puppy Bowl Fantasy Game team at

And offers several “tail-gating” recipes for your dog’s Puppy Bowl party at


Posted in Events | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Five ways to ‘winterize’ your pet

From the American Veterinary Medical Association:

When temperatures go down, we bundle up. But your pets need protection, too! People often forget that the extreme cold can affect your animals just as much as extreme heat. The American Veterinarian Medical Association (AVMA) warns that the cold can pose serious health risks to your pets. Animals can get frostbite and hypothermia just as easily as humans! Here are some tips and tricks to keep your pet warm and healthy as they face the cold this season.

Wagging away from Long Walks: When the temperature begins to drop, consider dropping a few minutes off your daily walks. Like humans, animals are sensitive to the cold air.

Rinse, Lather, and Repeat: After taking your pet for a walk, rinse off their paws and fur to get rid of accumulated anti-freeze or chemicals placed on the roads.

Visit Doctor Doolittle: The winter season is a great time to take your pet to the doctor to ensure they are strong and healthy enough to face the cold. It will also help pets that have already been affected by the drop in temperature.

Food For Thought: Increasing your pets’ weight is not always the best way to keep your pet warm and healthy during the winter. Try to keep your pet at a normal weight, but pets that live outdoors may require more calories to regulate body heat.

Protect their Paws with Padded Booties: Imagine walking outdoors barefoot in what feels like sub-zero weather. Not great, right? Your pet doesn’t think so, either. Now, pets can walk outdoors comfortably with booties, which provide a nice warm layer between pets’ paws and the snow and ice.

Find more information on keeping pets happy and healthy at

Posted in Columns | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Should your dog wear a coat?

By Dr. Eva Evans, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best insurance:

It’s that time of the year again. The weather is getting colder. Our furry friends still like to spend time outside, but do they need protective clothing such as sweaters and coats? In most cases, the answer is no. Most dogs have enough fur to keep them warm outside during the winter. When making the decision on whether to put warm winter clothing on your dog, you should consider your dog’s size, breed and the outside temperature.

leo-sweater Very small dogs have a harder time retaining body heat, so they may need a sweater or coat when outside for extended periods of time during the winter. If your dogs are short-haired breeds or breeds that are originally from a warm climate, they may also need cold weather wear. These breeds include dogs such as the Chinese crested, Chihuahua and Italian greyhound.

Dogs that have long hair such as the Pomeranian, Chow Chow, Siberian husky and Great Pyrenees do not need additional clothing during the winter. Additionally, the outside temperature and length of time outside should also be considered when deciding whether or not your dog needs to wear a coat. Dogs in temperatures greater than 45 degrees typically do not need protective clothing. If your dogs will only be outside for 10 minutes or less, they typically do not need any clothing except in extremely cold climates.

It is important to remember that coats and sweaters on dogs should only be worn if needed when they are outside in very cold weather. Dogs should not wear these clothing items in the house, as they can overheat easily. Clothing items should always be removed from the pet after they are no longer needed to prevent chafing and irritation of the skin. Remember to use your best judgment this winter on whether or not to put a coat on your dog. If you are unsure, just ask your veterinarian.

See more at:

Posted in Columns | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tricolor beagle lost in Spring Grove area

lost-beagle-izzie A female tricolor beagle was lost Jan. 17 while hunting off Ambau Road in the Spring Grove, PA, area. She was last seen off Hayrick Road in the Spring Grove area.

Her name is Izzie, she’s not spayed, weighs approximately 20 pounds and is friendly but shy around people she doesn’t know.

Izzie was wearing a yellow collar with ID tags, but might have lost the collar by now. If you think you’ve seen Izzie, call John at 717-225-1591.

Posted in Lost & Found | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

J.J. Fuds recalls raw frozen pet food

jjfuds-recall-front-label-220 J.J. Fuds of Valparaiso, Indiana, is recalling a select lot of J.J. Fuds Raw Frozen Pet Food because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria bacteria.

The following product has been recalled:
J.J. Fuds Premium Natural Blends Chicken Tender Chunks
All 5 lb. bags
UPC #: 654592-345935
Lot Code Date: 5/5/14

Consumers should return to retailer for a refund and proper disposal.
For further information or questions regarding this recall, consumers are asked to contact the company at or call 888-435-5873 Monday through Friday

For more information, visit or call 888-435-5873.

Posted in Health alerts & issues | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Jackson Galaxy wants to see your litter box

Jackson Galaxy talks about ways to help shelter animals relax and improve behavior, which will improve chances of being adopted during a workshop Aug. 3 at North Shore Animal League in Port Washington, New York.

Jackson Galaxy talks about ways to help shelter animals relax and improve behavior, which will improve chances of being adopted during a workshop Aug. 3 at North Shore Animal League in Port Washington, New York.

If you have a litter-box setup you’re proud of, submit photos to “Cat Daddy” Jackson Galaxy, and it might be included in his next book!

The goal of Galaxy’s already-published book, “Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!),” was to inspire people to “catify” their homes, making them more feline-friendly. Over the coming weeks, Galaxy will be asking readers about various cat-friendly projects in their homes. This week, the focus is on litterboxes — how you keep the dog out of the litterboxes, where the boxes are located in the home, creative ways you disguise the box, etc.

For details or to submit photos and description of your litter box setup, visit

Posted in Contests | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Purr-Complete Feline Poultry Meal recalled

Product label courtesy of

Product label courtesy of

Oma’s Pride of Avon, Connecticut, is recalling Purr-Complete Feline Poultry Meal because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Purr-Complete Feline Poultry Meal is sold frozen, and was distributed nationwide through retail stores, distributors and directly to consumers. It is packaged in clear 12 oz. (UPC: 8 79384 00017 9) and 2 lb. (UPC: 8 79384 00018 6) plastic packaging under the Oma’s Pride brand as a poultry blend with code #1524. It was manufactured on Sept. 12, 2014, with a use by recommended date of Sept. 12, 2015.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Consumers are urged to return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. For more information, call Oma’s Pride at 800-678-6627.

Posted in Health alerts & issues | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Winter care for horses offers the following tips to keep your horses in top shape this winter:

thumb_trail2 Water: A critical element to keeping your horse healthy in winter months is ice-free water. A horse that stops drinking is more likely to suffer from impaction colic (caused by an obstruction in the bowel), or he might eat less. In winter a horse generally consumes about five to 10 gallons of water per day, and more if exercised.

Hoof care: Since short days and slippery footing hinder winter riding opportunities, you might want your farrier to pull your horse’s shoes. Winter is an ideal time to let your horse go barefoot for a couple of months of the year. In particular, pull shoes on horses living outside on icy ground, since steel shoes have no traction, and horseshoes tend to pack up with snow and ice balls, adding to the hazard of moving around. Barefoot hooves are “rested” from the weight of shoes and are able to attain a more expansible and natural state. However, a thin-soled and brittle-hoofed horse might get sore when not wearing horseshoes, so work with your farrier and veterinarian to customize this strategy according to your horse’s unique needs.
Continue reading “Winter care for horses” »

Posted in Did you know? | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment