25 Dec 2013
December 25, 2013


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all! Winter can be very hazardous to our furred and feathered friends. As the temperature dips, animals have a tougher time trying to stay warm. Winter itself can pose a special set of hazards so just as a reminder:
  1. If your pet must stay outside, change its water frequently. Water freezes pretty quickly, which can lead to dehydration, especially in an older animal.
  2. Make sure there is a clear path for your dog to find a place to urinate and defecate.
  3. If you walk your dog, try to avoid icy areas. We see an astronomical spike in orthopedic injuries this time of year.
  4. Try not to leave your pet outside for extended periods of time. Animals can experience frostbite. It might start a a small blemish on the skin which quickly turns black and sloughs, meaning the skin dies off, leaving the area open for infection.
  5. Make sure you use pet safe ice melt. Ice melt, if ingested, can cause serious digestive issues, and can also burn sensitive pads. Be sure to wipe your pet's feet when they come in.
  6. If you're cold, chances are your pet is, too.
These suggestions are made to help you and your pet enjoy our beautiful New England weather. Stay warm, stay safe. We look forward to seeing you in the coming year.

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