Petersen Pet Hospital - November 2022

Come Out and Play

How do veterinarians diagnose diabetes? If your four-legged friend is showing symptoms of diabetes or if you complete your Petersen Pet wellness profiles, our veterinarians can test your pet’s glucose levels by taking blood and urine samples. Is diabetes curable? Unfortunately, diabetes is not curable but is treatable. Ask your friends at Petersen Pet Hospital about different diets and nutrition plans your dog can eat. You can also give your furry friends a twice-daily shot of insulin to help them get the glucose they need to convert it to energy. Ensure your animals get at least 30 minutes of exercise daily to help avoid sudden spikes or drops in glucose levels. In honor of Pet Diabetes Month, check in on your furry friends and ensure they are healthy on the inside and the outside. If you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health, Petersen Pet Hospital will be happy to assist you! Goodbye, friends! I look forward to barking and wagging my tail with you next time. — Sam INGREDIENTS • 1/2 cup ground turkey (you can use your leftover turkey from Thanksgiving — just make sure to grind it up first) • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour • 1 egg • 1/2 tbsp olive oil DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. In a large mixing bowl, combine ground turkey, whole wheat flour, egg, and olive oil until you have a meaty dough. Knead dough into a ball. 3. Flour the work surface and roll dough to about 1/4-inch thickness. Place dough on baking sheet. 4. With a knife, score 1/2-inch rows into the dough. Then, score diagonal lines across the rows to create a diamond pattern and score diagonally the other way to score the diamonds in half, creating triangles. 5. Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool, break the triangles apart, then give one to your kitty! Let your cats indulge in the turkey this Thanksgiving, too! The best part is that this recipe will yield lots of leftovers for weeks to come!

Staying Active in Cold Weather

Winter is almost here, and as the weather gets colder, many people use it as an excuse to stay inside and on the couch. But if you don’t want to wonder what happened to your fitness goals when spring comes around, now is the time to start preparing. Here’s what you need to know to comfortably enjoy outdoor exercise in low temperatures. First, there’s good news: Your chance of frostbite in 5 degree F weather is less than 5%. So, outdoor exercise is perfectly safe most days of the year. Just stay inside when there’s a particularly nasty wind chill and don’t exercise on icy surfaces. But while you probably won’t be hurt by outdoor winter exercise, there’s no denying it can be unpleasant if you aren’t prepared. One school of thought suggests there’s no bad weather, only poorly chosen clothing. So, if you want to exercise outdoors in the winter, you must set yourself up for success with the proper gear. Dress in layers and put them on in the correct order. Opt for a moisture-wicking material as your bottom layer, then add a warm insulating layer, followed by a wind and water-resistant jacket on top. Remove items as you get warmer so you don’t trap sweat. Also, remember the wool socks, gloves, and hat. Another way to keep yourself comfortable during an outdoor workout is to warm up longer before beginning. Exercise in cold weather makes strains and sprains more likely, and a warmup will keep you safer. Plus, the additional movement before heading outdoors will help the temperature change feel less jarring. You’ll want to protect your skin from the harsh air. One of the best ways to do that is by staying hydrated. Though it sounds obvious, many people feel less thirsty when exercising in the cold and don’t drink enough water. Also, moisturize regularly and protect your nostrils and lips from the wind with petroleum jelly or Carmex. Finally, don’t forget the sunscreen — if skiers can get a sunburn, so can you!


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