5 Extreme Winter Hazards to Pets
Protect Dogs and Cats During Blizzard Conditions
As what is gearing up to be a blizzard of mass proportions hits the Northeast and Canada, more than 200 million people will be affected by freezing temperatures, power outages, frozen pipes and gnarly traffic jams—that is, if you can make it out of the house.
Our pets are not immune to these extreme cold weather conditions. Five hazards to be aware of when it comes to your four-legged companions include:
Antifreeze can leak from a car radiator on to your driveway, garage and on the street where cars may be parked.The sweet taste of this extremely toxic poison is unfortunately alluring to pets. One lick of antifreeze is enough to poison your dog or cat in a very short amount of time. Immediate veterinary care is required.
Your pet's body temperature can fall below normal when exposed to cold temperatures for a period of time. Just because your dog has a fur coat does not mean he is protected from the winter climate. Older pets and those in poor health are at higher risk. Hypothermia can lead to cardiac arrest, among other severe ailments that will require veterinary care.
Your pet’s ears, paws and tail can rapidly develop frostbite when exposed to winter conditions.Frostbite occurs when your pet’s body gets cold and blood from the extremities is pulled to the center of the body in an attempt to retain warmth. Ice crystals form, damaging the tissue.
If you see ice crystals, don’t try to remove them; take your pet to your veterinarian immediately.
4. Ice-Melting Chemicals and Salt
Ice-melting chemicals and salt placed across sidewalks and roads can cause severe burning to your dog and cat's footpads. Wash your pet's paws if you suspect contamination. Products such as Musher's Secret can be applied to footpads prior to going outside and may help reduce the pain caused by road salt and chemicals. You may also consider buying a set of pet-safe booties that your dog can wear when outside.
5. Sharp Objects Under Snow
Dangerous objects such as glass, sharp rocks or discarded trash that can cause lacerations can be easily hidden under the snow or salt on roads and walk ways. Your pet can step on these and harm himself, or ingest one of these objects and be subjected to foreign body ingestion or toxic poisoning.
Try to keep pets indoors during blizzard conditions. Remember that pets can also become lost during snowy conditions. Contact your family veterinarian if you suspect your pet has suffered an injury due to an extreme winter hazard.
JUST A DOG
From time to time, people tell me, "lighten up, it's just a dog," or, "that's a lot of money for just a dog." They don't understand the distance traveled, the time spent, or the costs involved for "just a dog."
Some of my proudest moments have come about with "just a dog." Many hours have passed and my only company was "just a dog," but I did not once feel slighted.
Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by "just a dog," and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of "just a dog" gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.
If you, too, think it's "just a dog," then you will probably understand phases like "just a friend," "just a sunrise," or "just a promise." "Just a dog" brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy. "Just a dog" brings out the compassion and patience that make me a better person.
Because of "just a dog" I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future. So for me and folks like me, it's not "just a dog" but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.
"Just a dog" brings out what's good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day.
I hope that someday they can understand that it's not "just a dog" but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being "just a human."
So the next time you hear the phrase "just a dog." just smile, because they "just don't understand."
Author Richard A Biby
(as always, check with your vet prior to use and for dosages)
When you're feeling under the weather, you might find that the perfect thing for treating what ails you is something you already have in the kitchen. Did you know that you can treat your ailing dog with some simple home remedies too? Below you will find seven great natural remedies for making your dog happy and healthy again.
TIP #1Vitamin E is good for preventing those pesky age lines on your face, and it's also great for your dog's dry skin. You can give your pup a doggy massage by applying vitamin E oil directly to the skin, a soaking bath with vitamin E added to the water, or you can go all "Hollywood" and pop your dog a pill (of vitamin E, that is).
If you give the vitamin orally, check with your vet on the recommended dosage for your specific dog breed.
TIP #2Flavorless electrolyte-replacing liquids, such as sports waters or pediatric drinks, not only help athletes to replenish fluids, and babies to rehydrate after an illness, they can also supply your sick pooch's body with much needed fluids after a bout ofdiarrhea or vomiting.
Consult your veterinarian as to the appropriate dosage amounts when giving these types of liquids to your dog.
TIP #3Deliciously plain yogurt is a healthy treat for your dog. Just as with humans, the live acidophilus in the yogurt keeps the good bacteria in your dog's intestines in balance, so that bad bacteria is swiftly knocked out. If your dog is on antibiotics, a little yogurt will also help keep yeast infections at bay (a common side-effect of antibiotic treatment). You can also give your dog acidophilus pills -- wrapping the pills in bacon is strictly optional.
Puppies are especially prone to yeast infections, so a little plain yogurt as a snack (or even dessert) can help keep things in balance; especially useful while the intestinal system is building immunities.
TIP #4Chamomile tea uses the natural disinfecting effects of the chamomile plant to settle upset doggy tummies. It is recommended for colic, gas, and anxiety. It can also alleviate minor skin irritations. Just chill in the fridge and spray onto the affected area on the dog's raw skin. Your dog should feel an immediate soothing effect as the chilled tea kills the yeast and/or bacteria on the skin. A warm (not hot) tea bag can also be used for soothing infected or irritated eyes.
Please prevent the next lost animal from ending up in a shelter or worse.
(Katy Lost Pets)
1. Take a picture of your pet right now.
2. Get tags with your address and 2 phone numbers. Keep them on your pet at all times. Google "personalized collars" to get a tagless collar.
3. Get your pet microchipped.
4. Secure your fence, check for loose boards.
5 Keep your pet indoors, animals left outside on their own are just an escape waiting to happen.
6. Get your pet neutered and spayed. Un-fixed pets want to roam and find love.
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