Petplan is seeking America's favorite vet. If you love the way your vet takes care of your four-legged family members, nominate them for a 2012 Petplan "Vet of the Year" Award.You could win a $500 PetSmart gift card, and your vet could win an all-expenses-paid trip to the Petplan UK Vet Awards! Hurry - your chance to nominate your vet and win ends January 1, 2012!
A Moveable Feast - Traveling for the holidays? Select your pet's treats wisely. According to Petplan expert vet Dr. Ernie Ward, a small dog bone treat given to a 10-pound dog is equivalent to a two-legger eating a dozen doughnuts. Similarly, offering a premium pig ear treat to a 40-pound dog is roughly the same as drinking six 12-oz. sodas! With pet obesity a growing problem (literally) in the U.S., help your pets avoid packing on the holiday pounds by feeding them healthy, low-calorie snacks such as carrots, stringless sugar snap peas and broccoli during long car rides. And don't forget to pack the pigskin for some potty break playtime!
Picturing a Cancer-Free Future - November is Pet Cancer Awareness Month. This year, The National Canine Cancer Foundation is partnering with photographers across the country for the Smile for the Cure Campaign. Pet parents can book a pet photography session with one of the sponsoring photographers and part of the session cost will be donated to help fight canine cancer. Learn more and find a participating photographer near you at smileforacure.org.
Furever a Hero - Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. That's certainly true for guide dog Roselle, who was posthumously awarded the 2011 American Humane Association Hero Dog Award for her efforts in saving her blind pet parent during the World Trade Center Attack on September 11, 2001. Roselle guided her dad, Michael, 1,463 steps out of the building and to safety during the attack. Although Roselle crossed the Rainbow Bridge earlier this year, her heroism will always live on.
A fatty Thanksgiving meal of table scraps can cause problems for pets, but there's no need to go cold turkey from the treats this holiday season. Instead, cook up this healthy dish to show your fur-kids your thanks.
3½ cups cooked (unseasoned) chopped white turkey meat
1 cup chopped raw broccoli
½ cup chopped apples
1½ cups cooked millet
1 Tbsp kelp powder
To make the bites:
1. Rinse the turkey breast with cold water and pat dry.
2. Wrap the breast with aluminum foil, folding the edges to seal in moisture. Place in a baking pan. Roast at 350 degrees for 20 minutes per pound.
3. Open the aluminum foil, being careful not to burn yourself on the escaping steam. Chop once cooled.
4. Combine broccoli and apples in blender or food processor and blend until minced.
5. In bowl, combine vegetable mix with turkey, millet and kelp powder and mix thoroughly.
6. Divide into portions appropriate for your pet's caloric intake.
Makes 6 1/2 cups (163.5 calories per cup).
For more healthy recipes and nutrition advice for furry friends, check out Dr. Ward's Chow Down feature in every issue of fetch! magazine.
Recipe from Chow Hounds: Why Our Dogs are Getting Fatter - a Vet's Plan to Save Their Lives (2010 HCI).
Shows of Appreciation - Do you have a favorite film, TV show, song or article that touches upon animal protection issues? Then show your thanks by nominating it for a Genesis Award! The Humane Society of the United States is now accepting nominations for the 26th annual Genesis Awards, which honors outstanding works in news and media who have increased the public's understanding of animal protection issues. The submission deadline is December 30, 2011. Visit The HSUS website to submit your nomination.
Petplan is seeking America's favorite vet, and it could be yours! The nominations for our Vet Awards are already coming in — here's a taste of what we've seen so far:
"My recent experience with Dr. Berg was incredible. His compassion and concern for my dog and my family was evident through every stage of treatment, up to and including euthanasia. Although we lost a beloved friend and furry member of our family, I felt comfort in knowing that Dr. Berg provided the best care available and did everything possible to provide support and compassion to us, as well as our dog. I know my future pets will benefit from his care."
- Gail Nehamen, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
"As members of the Ohio Search and Recovery Canines my dogs are asked to search areas that contain both seen and unseen hazards, including collapsed buildings or bodies of water that contain parasites. As a result I frequently have both d ogs checked after a search and rescue mission. Both Drs. Chad and Stephanie Bailey have gone out of their way to examine my dogs at a moment's notice to ensure they are healthy and ready for the next search!"
- Deana Hudgins, Woster, OH
Don't miss the chance to tell us how amazing your own vet is! For more information or to nominate your vet, visit www.GoPetplan.com/VetAwards.
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