Cold Weather Tips for Your Pet
Winters in the Northeast can be downright brutal – with the freezing temps and biting winds, it’s important to make sure that your dog or cat stays safe and warm during the cold weather months. Acoaxet Veterinary Clinic has some helpful tips to keep your pets safe this winter.
- Smaller dogs and dogs with short coats often feel more comfortable wearing sweaters or jackets to keep them warm. Although dogs with long or thick coats do better in colder weather, precautions should still be taken while out for walks or during exercise.
- Never leave dogs or cats outdoors for a prolonged amount of time when there is a drop in temperature. Windchills can also drastically affect the temperature and pose a serious threat to pets that are outside for an extended amount of time.
- Many cats will seek refuge from the cold by crawling under the hood of a car. Cats and other small animals are drawn to the warm hoods of cars that have been recently parked. It’s advisable to double check to see if any animals are hiding underneath your vehicle.
- Salt used to melt ice and snow can be irritating to the pads of your dog’s feet. Make sure to wipe your pet’s feet before they have a chance to lick the salt, which can cause irritation to the mouth.
- Always supervise your pet while near driveways, garages, or roads where they could come in contact with harmful chemicals such as antifreeze. Many companies have added bittering agents to deter pets from consuming it, but even products without bittering agents are extremely dangerous to pets.
Keep in mind, every pet has a different level of tolerance to cold weather, but in general if it is uncomfortably cold for us, it is likely uncomfortable for pets as well. Call us immediately if your dog or cat is experiencing a cold weather-related emergency.
Since February is National Pet Dental Health Month, it’s a great time to schedule your dog or cat’s dental exam and professional cleaning. Our veterinarians will perform an evaluation of all teeth and gums, and thorough cleaning that includes the removal of plaque and tartar. Your pet will be comfortable and safe under gentle anesthesia to keep your pet free of discomfort throughout the dental procedure.
We can also help you find the perfect at-home dental care option that fits your lifestyle and the needs of your pet. At-home dental care options include: teeth brushing, dental rinses and gels, dental diets, and dental chew toys. Call us today for more information on our dental services and caring for your pet’s teeth.
Clinical Signs of Pet Dental Disease
Your pet cannot tell you when they have a dental problem, making it difficult for you to know when they need a treatment. Bad breath is often the first sign of dental disease that you will notice. The same bacteria that causes bad breath, if left untreated, can spread through the blood stream and damage the kidneys, heart and possibly other organs. Frequent, at least yearly, oral exams and preventative professional dental cleaning, scaling and polishing to keep your pet’s mouth healthy and pain-free. There are other signs of dental disease in your pet, including:
- Bad breath
- Salivating excessively
- Pawing at mouth
- Dropping food or running away from food dish
- Loose teeth or teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
- Your pet shies away from you when touched in the mouth area
- Bleeding from the mouth
- If your pet shows any of the following symptoms, call me right away as your pet may be suffering from painful dental disease.
If your pet shows any of the following symptoms, call us right away as your pet may be suffering from painful dental disease.