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100 Years of Breed “Improvement”

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Cold Weater and Your Pets

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It is difficult to see all the images thrown at us online of domesticated pets freezing to death outside. What is even more heartbreaking is seeing it with¬†our own eyes. Although many people do comply with obvious pet care standards by bringing their pets inside during the coldest of nights, so many of our neighbors do not. It is important to help spread the word to others about the importance of making sure these animals have a warm place to sleep. It is understood that some people will NOT bring their “outside” dog or cat¬†indoors, but there are ways you can make sure they have a warm shelter whether inside or not.

Here are a couple tips on how to keep those pets warm this winter:

Food & Water. Outdoor pets will require more calories during cold weather to generate more body heat to help keep them warm. Some pet owners think it is helpful to keep their pet’s weight on the heavy side to help protect them from the cold, but this is not true. It is more important that they keep and maintain a healthy body condition.¬† It is imperative that your pet has unlimited access to clean, non-frozen drinking water.

Shelter. Provide a warm, solid, dry structure that protects against gusts of winds. The floor of the shelter should be off the ground to help minimize loss of body heat. The door of the shelter should be positioned away from prevailing winds. Space heaters and heat lamps should be avoided because of risk of burns or fire. Exercise extreme caution when using heated pet mats which can also be capable of causing burns.         dog-shelter-2

Bedding. Bedding should be thick, dry, and changed regularly to provide a warm, dry environment.

ID Tags. It is very easy for cats and dogs to become lost during the winter. If they are not in a fenced in yard, they may start wondering in hopes of finding adequate shelter. Be sure your pets have a microchip, and/or collar with identification tags in case they are picked up and brought to a rescue or shelter.

Cars. Cats will often find temporary shelter underneath a car, on a tire, or even under the hood. Make sure to check your car before starting the engine and driving away. A couple knocks on the hood should be enough to wake up a sleeping kitty. It is also important not to leave your pets in the car during the winter, just as it is during the summer. Cars can serve as a type of refrigerator and keep the cold inside. Remember that puppies and kittens have an even harder time adapting to cold weather than adults.

Even if you do not own any outside dogs or cats, you can still provide temporarily shelter for the stray pets in your neighborhood. Styrofoam coolers with dry bedding and a small hole cut for an opening, can provide a makeshift shelter for stray felines, and is very cost effective. Please speak out if you see a pet left in the cold. If we all do what we can, then more and more pets will be able to survive the harsh winter. 

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For more information please call Advanced Animal Care of Mt. Pleasant @ 843-884-9838.

Sources:

https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Cold-weather-pet-safety.aspx

https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/cold-weather-tips

http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/protect_pets_winter.html

http://cedarspringspost.com/2013/01/24/cold-weather-dangerous-for-pets/

 

Come Join Us for an Open House!

You are invited to our Open House!

Drop by on Saturday, January 24th between 9 am  Р12 pm at

Advanced Animal Care of Mt. Pleasant

3373 S. Morgans Point Rd, Ste 301

Mount Pleasant, SC 29466

We will be showing off our new renovations, and beautiful photography displayed on our walls that is available for purchase by Ben Sumrell.  Bring the whole family, including your pets, and enjoy food, drinks, photo booth, raffle for prizes, FREE nail trims, kitten adoptions, and much more! We look forward to seeing you there!

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Periodontal Disease

Did you know Periodontal Disease is one of the most common diseases in dogs and cats? In addition to causing oral pain and tooth loss, periodontal infections can spread systemically and may adversely affect various organs, including the heart, kidneys, and liver. Watch the video below to learn more about how to prevent this disease.
 

 
 
 

February is Pet Dental Month

In honor of National Pet Dental Month, we are offering 20% OFF all dental procedures this month!¬† Many pet owners do not realize how¬†important their pet’s dental health can be. That nasty breath could potentially pose¬†signficant health issues such as periodontal disease if not treated early. Periodontal disease can lead to other problems targeting the heart, liver, and kidneys. Call and schedule your pet’s appointment today! 843-884-9838

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