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Feline Breed Spotlight: Savannah

A look at the Savannah cat!

History

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This breed is a cross between a domestic cat crossed with a medium sized African wild cat (a serval). The first kitten produced from this breeding was named Savannah. Development of breed included cross breeding with Egyptian Maus, Oriental Shorthairs, Bengals and some domestics. This cross breeding continued until the the breed became established, and now outcrossing is no longer allowed. Savannah cats must be bred Savannah to Savannah for 3 generations to be considered purebred, but with that being said it is the fifth generation (F5) offspring that are considered domestic (pet) Savannah cats. F1-F4 Savannahs are considered wild and not domestic, therefore they are not recommended for inexperienced households and may be illegal to keep as pets in some provinces.

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Douxo Calm Product Line

Douxo is a range of dermatology products designed for dogs and cats to help with all types of skin problems. They come in four different product ranges: sensitive, antiseptic, dry/oily and maintenance care.

Here is a look at the sensitive care line of products- Douxo Calm.

The sensitive care- Douxo Calm line has a shampoo, mousse, micro-emulsion spray and serum. All these products are to be used for soothe and hydrate itchy, irritated or sensitive skin in dogs and cats suffering from allergies. All the Douxo products contain the patented molecule phytosphingosine (a pro-ceramide) which cleans and conditions the skin without stripping the lipidic film. It helps soothe irritated skin and helps maintain the skin barrier with its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.

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Canine Breed Spotlight: Pug

A quick look at the Pug!

Dog breed group: Toy breed

Average life expectancy: 12-15 years

History

The Pug breed originated in China a long time ago (B.C. 206 to A.D. 200). They were bred to be companion animals for the ruling families of China. They lived a life of luxury and were even guarded by soldiers. When China began trading with European countries, the Pug made it’s way to Europe. They were a popular dog in Europe. They rode in private carriages and were dressed up by their owners. They were also used by the military to track animals and people. The breed made it to North America in the 1800s. They started out as a very popular breed, but then the interest in them faded away. Thanks to a few dedicated breeders the Pug was saved and has recently regained its popularity.

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Lyme Disease

What is Lyme disease and how would my pet get it?

Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria species of the Borrelia burgdorferi group. This is a spirochete (spiral shaped) bacteria that can be carried by black-legged ticks. A tick bite from a black-legged tick carrying the disease has the potential to infect your pet. If one bites your pet the bacteria enters the bloodstream and can travel to different parts of the body and can cause overall illness or problems in specific organs or locations in the body.

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In Alberta, ticks found on pets can be submitted to the government lab to be checked to see if they are black-legged ticks. From there, all black-legged ticks will be further tested to see if they carry the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. Based on current evidence from Alberta Health black-legged ticks are not reproducing and are not well established in Alberta. The risk of being bitten by a black-legged tick is low in Alberta, and  the risk of being bitten by a black-legged tick infected with Borrelia burgdorferi, is even lower.

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Feline Breed Spotlight: Bombay

Let’s look at the Bombay!

History

The Bombay breed was developed in Kentucky in the 1950s, but named after the city in India. The breeder wanted to create a breed that resembled a miniature black leopard like the black leopards she saw in India. The breed was created by breeding the sable Burmese with black American Shorthairs, creating a sleek, shiny black cat.

Compared to a black domestic cat the Bombay has a distinctive look of it’s own. The Bombay has a jet black “patent-leather” coat, wide set copper-gold eyes, rounded head and a sleek, muscular body. They have a very characteristic walk- they tend to sway as they walk, just like the Indian black leopard.

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Liver Disease

What is liver disease/chronic liver failure?

Liver disease is caused by damage to the liver. Chronic liver failure is due to long term damage to the liver, causing the liver no longer to work properly. Liver disease is far more common than liver failure, as the liver has the ability to regenerate, even if the initial damage was severe. Liver failure only occurs when more than 70-75% of the liver is irreparably damaged (cirrhosis) and the liver begins to fail as it is no longer able to repair itself.

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Canine Breed Spotlight: Papillon

Here’s a quick look at the Papillon!

Dog breed group: Toy breed

Average life expectancy: 12-15 years

History

The Papillon derives its name from the characteristic butterfly look of the long fringed fur on the ears and the symmetrical pattern on their face. The French word for butterfly is papillon. This dog is also known as the Continental Toy Spaniel. This is a very old breed of dog, it has been portrayed in portraits dating all the way back to the 16th century.

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Heart Disease and Congestive Heart Failure

What is heart disease and congestive heart failure?

Congestive heart failure occurs as a result of progressive heart disease. Heart disease is when the heart starts to fail in its ability to pump blood properly, but in the early stages the body is still able to compensate and the blood and tissues still receives the oxygen they need. When the heart is unable to pump blood properly though your pet’s body and there is not enough oxygen getting around it causes an increase in pressure and fluid that eventually leaks out of the heart to the lungs, around the lungs or into the abdomen. This causes congestion of the lungs and the heart will begin to fail.

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