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Cold Weather 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/

 

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A Ray of Sunshine! (Updated)

We are so happy to report that Sunshine and one of his buddies have both been adopted by a wonderful family! The Millens have been adopting pets from Drs. David & Leslie Steele for 20 years! We are ecstatic to know that two of our strays have found such an amazing home and will now be living the dream life. Thank you to everyone who helped share Sunshine’s story!

Sunny is a 9 week old, orange male tabby. He was brought to us by a good samaritan when he was abandoned by his owner. He suffers from severe viral keratitis, which has damaged his corneas, resulting in severe visual impairment. Sunny is improving every day, and has a great attitude about life! He is very playful and trusting of human touch. We are still monitoring his eye condition closely, but as soon as he is given a clean bill of health, he will be available for adoption. We will keep you posted!

 

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Dog Bite Prevention May 18th – 24th

May 18-24, 2014, Is National Dog Bite Prevention Week!

Dog Bite Facts:Dog bite prevention

  • Each year, more than 4.5 million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs.
  • Almost 1 in 5 people bitten by dogs require medical attention.
  • Every year, more than 800,000 Americans receive medical attention for dog bites; at least half of them are children.
  • Children are, by far, the most common victims of dog bites and are far more likely to be severely injured.
  • Most dog bites affecting young children occur during everyday activities and while interacting with familiar dogs.
  • Senior citizens are the second most common dog bite victims.

There are many things you can do to avoid dog bites, ranging from properly training and socializing your pet to educating your children on how – or if – they should approach a dog. Information and education are the best solutions for this public health crisis.

Visit the National Dog Bite Prevention Week page for more information and resources to educate people about dog bite prevention.

Source: https://www.avma.org

For any questions regarding dog bite prevention, or if you would like a behavioral consultation for your pet, please call 843-884-9838 or fill out the contact form.