Pet Friendly Newsletter - January 2007
"The dog represents all that is best in man."
"If there is one spot of sun spilling onto the floor, a
cat will find it and soak it up." (Joan Asper McIntosh)
Favourite Furry Faces from 2006
Four-legged 'daughter', Polly
COLD-WEATHER PET SAFETY TIPS
Many pets love to go for a romp in the snow... but with
the cold weather, some extra precautions should be taken
to ensure the safety and well-being of our pets:
- Keep your pet warm. Do not leave them outside for
extended periods in the cold weather, as hypothermia
and frostbite are real hazards. Watch for shivering.
Some pets may require a sweater or jacket to help keep
them warm when walking in the cold.
- Keep antifreeze out of your pet's reach. Pets are
attracted to the taste of antifreeze, yet it's extremely
poisonous! Amounts as little as a teaspoon can be lethal.
Clean spills immediately. If you suspect your pet has
ingested antifreeze, contact your vet immediately
- Help keep your pets' paws free of snow, ice, and
winter chemicals. Snow collected in between your dog's
paw pads can be painful -- just like if we were to walk
with pebbles in our shoes! Chemicals such road salt can
irritate their paws and cause upset stomachs if ingested.
Dog 'booties' are one way to protect your pooch's paws.
- Be aware of your surroundings when walking the pooch.
- Keep pets away from frozen lakes or rivers. It's
difficult to tell how thick or thin the ice is, and
pets (and people!) have been known to fall through.
- Stay especially alert in areas actively used for
winter activities such as tobogganing, skiing,
snowmobiling, etc. to avoid collisions between
them and your pet.
- Watch for ice -- senior pets or pets with mobility
problems may find it hard to navigate safely on
slippery surfaces. Take a different path, or assist
them if needed.
- Adjust food intake to suit your pet's winter activity
level. For instance, if your dog doesn't get as much
exercise in the cold winter months, feed him a little
less to prevent him from putting on extra weight.
- Have fun! Many dogs love the snow and the cold, crisp
air, and the exercise is good for them. Be safe!