How much trouble can your pet get into during the winter? While your dog or cat may be spending more time inside and around you, accidents can still happen. Chilly seasonal temperatures in El Paso can affect your pet, especially smaller animals or those that spend a lot of time outside.
Meanwhile, a bored dog or cat can chew on houseplants, decorations, and seasonal foods that are not healthy to be consumed.
Here are some signs that your pet may need to visit Country Club Animal Clinic:
Tips To Avoid Hypothermia in Winter
Many dogs love playing in the snow. Adventurous long-haired cats don’t even seem to feel the temperatures. However, these animals can catch hypothermia just like humans. Keep an eye out for these signs in your pets.
Signs of Hypothermia in Pets:
stumbling as they walk
extremely cold ears or paws
avoiding you (more common for cats)
What to Do?
Take your pet into a warm room.
Don’t put anything too hot on them.
Wrap your pet loosely in a blanket.
Call Dr. Harvey for advice.
Did you know that some of the foods humans enjoy are toxic to pets? Even when you have the best of intentions, it can be easy for a wily cat or dog to sneak a bite of something that isn’t good for them.
From cheerful plants to bright light displays, your holiday decorations are eye catching, but potentially hazardous. Does your dog have a bad habit of chewing on light power cords? Is your cat eyeing that crimson-leafed poinsettia? This may spell trouble.
Dangerous Holiday Decorations:
holly and ivy
delicate glass decorations
silica gel from holiday gift packages
needles shed from the Christmas tree
candles or crackling fireplaces
Symptoms of Exposure to Dangerous Holiday Decorations:
upset stomach with vomiting and diarrhea
bleeding scratches from broken decorations
singed fur and burns from fire sources
What to Do?
Start with a dose of prevention:
Teach animals not to chew on electrical cords, or keep cords bundled safely out of the way.
Place toxic houseplants in high, hard-to-reach places. Train your cat not to climb up there.
Check Christmas decorations carefully; older tree tinsel may have lead and older glass ornaments may be very fragile.
Consider replacing glass decorations with more durable plastic versions.
Don’t tempt your pet to misbehave by stringing edible popcorn chains up.
When opening gifts, immediately throw away the wrapping materials and packing peanuts. Also, check that silica gel packets haven’t fallen out.
However, sometimes prevention isn’t enough. If your animal’s hurt or has eaten something they shouldn’t, call Dr. Harvey immediately for advice. Stay safe and happy holidays from all of us at Country Club Animal Clinic!