Friday, January 8, 2010
Hello Deep Freeze!
Nobody loves a good frolic in the snow more than a dog in full warm winter coat. But keep in mind that in this brutal chill, shorter haired pups may need a sweater to protect them when they venture out. And even the hardiest of dogs (think Huskies and Bernese Mountain Dogs) should not be outside for prolonged periods of time. Frostbitten nose or cut paw pads...ouch!
Beware of anti-freeze. This sweet-tasting chemical often leaks from cars to garage floors, and is irrisistable to dogs and cats. It's also deadly. Contact your vet immediately if you think your pet may have lapped anti-freeze.
As I write these words our backyard birds are happily muching wild bird seed. Consider putting out food for your feathered friends. They need the extra calories to help them generate warmth. You'd better put out plenty because the squirrels will come to dinner, too. Hey, everybody deserves a little extra TLC right now!
Most of all, if you see an animal left outside...especially one with no place to take shelter, please contact your local animal control or humane society. Your action may save a critter's life.
Stay safe...and warm!