Posts in Category: Pet Facts

12 Christmas Pet Poison And Dangers!

Pet Christmas poison

With the holiday season quickly approaching, we are all busy decorating, cooking, and gathering gifts that could be dangerous to your pet.  It’s important to be aware of potential pet poison and dangers and keep them up and away from your pets. Continue…

National Mutt Day Is December 2nd

National Mutt Day

December 2nd is National Mutt Day.  Learn where the term mutt originated from and the reasons why owning a mutt is better than owning a purebred dog.

The term mutt is a shortened version of muttonhead.   The definition of a  muttonhead is a slow-witted, foolish or stupid person and based on the notion that sheep are stupid.    Muttonhead was first sheared, pun intended, in 1901 to Mutt.  In 1904 it was used as a term of contempt for a horse and then in 1906 used in dogs which is the term must of us are familiar with.  Other words that have been used to describe a mutt include mongrel, Heinz 57, cur, tyke, pooch, scruffy dog, mixed breed, crossed breed. 

If you read my article last week about cancer awareness then you already know that purebred dogs are more prone to cancer. 

Here are a few other advantages to owning a mutt:

1.  They are usually healthier.   Pure breed dogs are usually bred for confirmation qualities.  The American Kennel Club judges dogs based on their appearance and how close they are to that breed’s standards.   Because of this, some of the original qualities that the breed was intended for such as health traits and temperament are sometimes bred out of the dog.

2.  They can excel at dog sports like Frisbee, flyball, agility, and obedience.  Mutts can be more energetic.  Unfortunately, sometimes this is the reason they are relinquished to animal shelters and rescue groups.  Until the early 1980s, mixed breeds were unable to compete in obedience trials but there are now venues available for mixed breed dogs.

3.  Higher intelligence?  There are no studies proving that mutts are more intelligent than pure breed dogs and it really depends who you ask.  I do know that my dogs are smarter than some high school students.

4.  Good reproductive traits.  A study was done which proved that mutts were superiors mothers compared to purebred dogs.  They produced more milk and took better care of their babies. 

These are all great reasons for owning a mutt.   Now I would like to hear from you!  Do you consider a designer dog a mutt?  Do you think people should breed designer dogs and sell them? 


Domestic cat – it’s origins and history.

The domestic cat

Today is National Cat Day!  In honor of them, I will discuss the origins of the domestic cat.

The first archaeological records of the domestic cat dates back 10,000 years ago to Cyrus where a cat was found buried with a human.  In fact, it’s been proven from genetic research that all cats descended from the Middle Eastern wildcat, Felis sylvestris, which literally means “cat of the woods.”

Many researchers believe that the domestic cat actually domesticated itself about 12,000 years ago when the first agricultural societies began to establish themselves in the Middle East Fertile Crescent.   When humans began to settle down and began to grow and store crops, mice became a problem and cats just wondered onto the scene and into our homes.

In ancient Egypt, cats were revered by the gods and as gods.  Killing at cat in ancient Egypt was often a death sentence to the offender.  Interestingly, a cemetery was found in Beni-Hassan brimming with 300,000 cat mummies.

Unfortunately, cats became associated with witches in the Middle Ages and were often viewed as demons.  This lead to the killing of many cats in an attempt to ward off evil.  Many scientist feel that this may have been what precipitated and perpetuated The Plague.  Finally, in the 1600s the public image of cats began to change and now domestic cats are the most popular house pets in the United States with almost 75 million as household pets.

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Dr. Anna was born and raised in Guthrie, Oklahoma. As a teenager, Dr. Anna found her beloved pet dead on the side of the road left to die without any help. That was the moment she decided to become a vet and vowed to help other people and their pets. After a few years of practicing in New Hampshire, Dr. Anna became homesick and decided to return to Guthrie to be with her parents and five other siblings. Family and friends are a major part of our lives which is why we treat our clients as family. Dr. Anna and her husband do not have children but are very proud pet parents and therefore, treat every four legged friend as part of the family.

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