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Winter hazards for your furry friends

Winter certainly does seem to have arrived! We want to help you adjust to the new season with your pets – so here are some helpful tips from our friend, Dr. Ryan Llera!

Read the full article on this blog – PET HEALTH CORNER: Guest blog – Pet Winter Hazards.

Pet winter hazards

Antifreeze: You may be changing your car’s antifreeze and some pets just don’t know better.  Supposedly it tastes like maple syrup to them but I’m not sure how veterinarians discovered that.  The problem is that they only need a small amount to send them into severe neurological disease that then progresses into a likely fatal kidney failure.  The effects of ingestion will show up within 12 hours and if not fatal, will leave permanent damage in most cases.  Moral of the story: clean up your messes like your parents taught you.

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Outdoor Pets: Now how about those pets who live outdoors.  Personally, I could never recommend it or do it myself.  If it’s too cold for me, it’s too cold for them!  But I also understand that everyone has their own reasons.  They still need the necessities, starting with some shelter.  Make sure they can get inside or consider building a shelter outside (there are several design ideas especially for cats on the web).  It should have plenty of insulation or you may need to continuously stock it with heat disks or oat bags to keep it warm.  Electric heating blankets are not safe!  Along with freezing temperatures comes frozen water bowls. I can’t recommend electric bowls which are available on the market because we all know that water & electricity don’t mix.  Again, something such as a Snuggle Safe heat disc can be placed under a metal bowl to slow down freezing.  Thick plastic or thermal type bowls can also slow down the freezing as can bowls that are deeper & wider.  In the end, it’s just easier to keep them indoors.

Holiday Baking: The holidays are coming!  For many people, that means baking; whether it be cookies, breads, or a fruitcake.  While the finished products are quite yummy, they can be harmful to your pets, and it really is the ingredients that cause problems.  We already know chocolate is bad but another common ingredient is raisins. Raisins (and grapes) cause kidney failure.  Dough, in the raw form, is loaded with yeast.  If your dog or cat were to eat the dough, their stomach will act as an oven.  The dough will expand and gas will be released which can cause some uncomfortable bloating.   Additionally, the yeast will release ethanol and cause alcohol poisoning.  I always like to keep my pets out of the kitchen when cooking, not only for their safety but so I’m not getting a false idea that my cooking is good.


Read about Shorter Days and Stray Cat Safety on the full blog HERE!

Nov 20, 2017
by Emily Cook
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