Holiday Do’s and Dont’s

  • Don’t feed your dog or cat table scraps.
  • Don’t allow your pets access to bones especially those from turkeys, chickens or ham.
  • Do not hesitate to put your dog in a quiet room if you are having a house full of company and he/she gets anxious from all of the activity. It is much safer for all to protect your pet.
  • Watch any interactions between small children and pet’s, be ready to intervene if needed for everyone’s safety.
  • Don’t put tinsel on your Christmas tree. Cats are highly attracted to it, and often times will try to eat it. If they succeed, it may get tangled in the intestines and require surgery to remove it. Curling ribbon also gives the same results.
  • Do put a sweater, jacket, boots, hats or any clothing on your dog before putting outdoors.
  • As guests come and go, make sure you know where your pet is. You do not want it to get outside accidentally when guests arrive or leave.
  • DO NOT GIVE YOUR PET CHOCOLATE! Do be aware where you leave it as well.
  • Check out the website for additional safety measures you should look out for such as Poinsettia Plants and much more.

Winter Pet Care

Winter is rapidly approaching and there are many things to keep in mind regarding pet care.

Here are a few things to consider:

  • Keep your cat and dog inside.
  • Outdoor dogs and felines can freeze.
  • During the winter, outdoor cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars. When the motor is started, the cat can be injured or killed by the fan belt. If there are outdoor cats in your area, bang loudly on the car hood before starting the engine to give the cat a chance to escape.
  • Never let your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm, dogs can easily become lost.
  • Make sure your dog always wears ID tags.
  • Thoroughly wipe off your dog’s legs and stomach when he comes indoors out of the sleet, snow or ice. He can ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking his paws and his paw pads may also bleed from snow or encrusted ice.
  • Use Morton Pet-Safe Ice Melt.
  • Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth.
  • When you bathe your dog in the colder months, be sure to completely dry him before taking him out for a walk.
  • Own a short-haired breed? Consider getting him a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly. For many dogs, this is regulation winter wear.
  • Also consider pet boots to protect their feet from the cold ground & ice as well as protecting their pads from salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals.
  • Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.
  • Puppies do not tolerate the cold as well as adult dogs and may be difficult to housebreak during the winter. If your puppy appears to be sensitive to the weather, you may opt to paper-train him inside.
  • If your dog is sensitive to the cold due to age, illness or breed type, take him outdoors only to relieve himself.
  • Does your dog spend a lot of time engaged in outdoor activities? Increase his supply of food, particularly protein, to keep him, and his fur, in tip-top shape.
  • Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol.
  • Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.