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Cold Weather Tips

The weather is getting colder, and no matter your thoughts on the impending winter, there is one thing we can all agree on – keeping our four-legged family members safe and happy.  Remember if it is too cold for you outdoors, it is probably too cold for your pet. Keep them indoors as much as possible.

Cats often seek shelter in or around vehicles during the winter months. Make sure you bang the hood or honk the horn before starting up and driving off, giving the cat time to move.

Does your short-haired dog seemed bothered by the colder weather? Try a dog sweater or jacket to keep him warm during outdoor time.

Winter can be especially dangerous to cats.  A house-cat can slip outside and get lost and disorientated in the cold.  The best way to ensure your loved makes it home, is through proper identification.  Collars and tags can get removed or lost. The best permeant identification is microchipping.    Make sure you keep your pet’s microchip registry up to date to ensure the quickest reunion!

After any brisk winter walks, make sure to use a towel and clean your dog’s belly and feet, washing away and ice-melt products or other chemicals they may have come in contact with.  While you are at it, check for any wintery damage to their paws (cracks, sores and/or bleeding).  Give us a call with any concerns!

Just like in the summer, cats and dogs should never be left unattended in vehicles.  Cars cool down rapidly in cold weather, and can turn into refrigerators!

Did you know?

There are ice-melt products specifically formulated to use around your pets.  These products are salt and chloride-free which won’t damage your pet’s paws and is safer on their stomach if ingested. 

Dry and cold wintery air can wreak havoc on your pet’s skin (just like ours)!  If your pet has the winter itch, it may be time to consider a skin & coat supplement.  Look for signs of dry, itchy or flaky skin and give us a call to schedule an appointment.

Did you know?

More dogs are reported lost in the winter than any other time of the year. 

This is largely due to snow and ice hindering a dog’s ability to sniff out their way home. Make sure your dog is always wearing their tags, and better yet – Microchip!  

Think your pet is safe from fleas this winter?  Think again!  Flea infestations are common in the winter months. Fleas are opportunistic and seek warm places to shelter the winter (like your house!) and can survive up to 5 days unsheltered in 33 degree weather.  Keep your pets on a flea prevention throughout this winter to prevent any nasty bug break outs.