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By eyotaveteri28288700, Jan 28 2019 09:11PM

It's that time of year again! Frigid temperatures, school closings and of course the concern to keep our pets warm. For us humans we can bundle up with several layers to stay warm, but our pets can't. Take the time to check this article out to help protect your pets!

1. Bundle Up Your Dog

If you have a dog with thin / fine hair, consider putting a jacket on them when going outside, and if the temp is below 20 degrees F. Make sure the jacket is nice and snug and not too loose. And if you have a male dog, make sure he is able to urinate (and not on the jacket!).

2.Watch Where You Salt

Ice salt can cause irritation to the paw pads and GI upset if ingested. Select a pet-friendly ice melt to use on your sidewalk / driveway. Be cautious near other areas that are salted, and always wipe down your pets pads before coming in the house.

3.Check Under The Hood

Most indoor cats don't venture outside too much in the winter time. Even if you know your cat is in the house at all times, we still have to worry about strays. Before starting your car, always knock on the hood. This is particulary important if you notice cat tracks directly on the hood. Another area to check would be above the tires, some cats will perch there.

4.Watch Out For Frostbite

Prolonged hours outside put your pet at risk (and us humans, too!) for frostbite. If you notice any of the following symptoms, please get your pet indoor ASAP and slowly re-warm the area (lukewarm water is best)

-Redness

-Coolness to the touch

-Swelling

-Tissue sloughing

As always, try to keep your pets comfortable during these cold times. Maybe you skip the daily walk for the day and just hang out indoors. Don't hesitate to call your local vet clinic with any questions about cold weather! Stay warm everybody!

By eyotaveteri28288700, Oct 30 2018 02:12PM

Halloween may be a great time for people who love to dress up and go door to door trick-or-treating, but most pets aren't quite fond of this holiday as us humans are. Ringing doorbells, strange costumes, little kids and spooky decorations can all make this event fearful for our pets. It's important to keep your pet's peace of mind, health and also safety when planning for this holiday. Let's take a look at some tips to make Halloween enjoyable for everyone in the household!

Costumes -

~Having your pet wear a costume is cute, but for some, it can be annoying or even make them feel scared. Make sure the costume of choice (or any kind of clothing) is not too tight.

~It is a good idea to let the pet wear the costume for 15-30min several days leading up to Halloween. That way he / she is more use to it.

~Paint should never be used directly on the animal.

~Some animals may try to eat parts of the costume. Always keep an eye on them!

~If the costume involves wearing a mask, just make sure your pet's vision is unrestricted.

Home Sweet Home -

~During trick-or-treating, or Halloween parties, pets can get scared and possibly run out the open door. This leaves them at risk for getting lost or even hit by a car. When in doubt, and if you're not sure how your pet will react, it is best to put them in their crate or even in their own room away from the commotion.

The Goodies -

~Toxicity can be a big concern for pets on Halloween. Usually cats are not interested in candy, but dogs can eat a large amount of it in a short period of time - yikes! Most of the times it's enough to make an Emergency trip to the vet clinic.

~Remind your family and friends to not give the animals any kind of treats (candy and chocolate etc) that may harm them.

~Emergency vet clinics see a large increase in chocolate toxicity during this holiday.

Trick-or-treating With Your Dog -

~Always use reflective gear.

~Keep your dog safe from sudden moves from children, and always be aware of your surroundings and other unfamiliar pets.

~If your gut tells you that your dog is not ready to go out, and may not have the right temperment for this, leave he / she at home.

Cobwebs, Candles and Whiskers -

~Keep pets away from candles and jack-o'-lanterns.

~Keep animals away from candle wax, especially those curios feline friends!

~Decorative cobwebs can potentially be a choking hazard for your pet, use caution!

Happy Halloween everyone!

By eyotaveteri28288700, Oct 12 2018 04:30PM

Did you know that ticks are also active in the cooler months - not just the spring / summer time? This is why we reccomend keeping your four-legged furry friend on preventatives all year long. To help better understand this better, take a look at this great article from Pet Health Network.