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Keep Your Pet Healthy During the Cold Winter Months
Families, Pets
Keep Your Pet Healthy During the Cold Winter Months

 

(Welcome to our weekly pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

We hate to see our pets hurting or uncomfortable. If it's too cold outside for you, chances are it's too cold for your cat or dog. But too many people keep their pets outside too long in the cold winter months. Pets Plus Us, a pet owner community and insurance provider, urges you to take precautions with your pets in the winter months.

“It's cold out there, even for dogs with thick, full coats. Remember that it doesn't take long for frostbite, or worse, hypothermia to set in. Keep your dogs and cats inside with you and your family where it's warm – aside from their daily walks, that is,” recommends Randy Valpy, top dog at Pets Plus Us.

Here are a few other things to keep in mind:

• While your dog or cat may love spending time outdoors, as the temperature drops and the windchill picks up, they should spend more time indoors. If they are left outside too long, they can end up with hypothermia or frostbite. If your dog or cat is lethargic and not moving around much, that may be a sign of hypothermia. Take them to the vet immediately. Frostbite is most common on ears and feet of animals; if you notice that these areas are swollen, take your pet to the vet.

• Make sure to give your dog or cat plenty of food and water as the cold weather can deplete their energy. Also, make sure that their water hasn't frozen over if it's kept outside.

• Salt can irritate the pads of cats and dogs' feet, so wipe their feet before they start licking and irritate their mouths. You might want to consider booties to protect your dog's feet from the elements.

• Antifreeze has a sweet taste that can attract animals, but it's deadly. Make sure to clean up any spills quickly and to keep the container out of reach.

For more information, visit www.petsplusus.com.

— News Canada

(For more information on pets and animal adoption, please visit www.petconnectionprogramsinc.com. Or, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PetConnectionProgramsinc. Located in Marilla, N.Y., Pet Connection Programs Inc. is a nonprofit maternity and special care shelter founded in 1984.)

 
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