Posts Tagged ‘Veterinarians in Cincinnati’

Baby, it’s cold outside!

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Winter is right around the corner, and that means the mercury is plummeting.  That doesn’t mean that you and your pet have to stop enjoying the outdoors, though!  Follow these tips to keep warm and safe this winter:

  • Wipe off your pet’s paws and underside after coming in from outside.  Salt can be irritating to the skin, as is any ice that might become stuck between the paw pads.
  • Don’t shave your pup!  A longer coat acts as insulation and protection.  If you have a shorter haired breed, consider a coat or sweater if you are going to be out for a prolonged period of time.
  • If your pet is very active and spends a lot of time in the cold, he or she might need some extra calories.  Give us a call to discuss if you are not sure.
  • Never leave your pet unattended or off leash in the cold.  Animals can get frostbite, too, and are more prone to getting lost in snowy weather.
  • The ice and snow can be harsh on tender feet.  Booties are available to help protect your dog’s feet from the elements.
  • Steer clear of antifreeze.  This sweet tasting liquid is lethal even in small amounts.
  • Cats are probably best left indoors.  They may freeze while hiding out from a threat such as a neighborhood dog or take refuge on a warm car engine and be seriously injured.

For more tips on caring for your pet, visit the articles section on our website.

Respect Your Elders – Adopt a Senior Pet!

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Did you know that November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month?

Over 50% of pets in shelters will be euthanized, and if you are talking about a pet over the age of 3, the odds are stacked against you.  People often end up taking home bouncy puppies and cuddly kittens, which leaves many great pets without homes.

Many older pets end up in shelters and rescues not because of behavioral or medical problems, but because families just are unable to continue to care for them.  A lot of these pets are well-trained and loving companions. By taking home a mature animal you may be able to skip the not-so-fun parts of adding a new puppy or kitten to the house such as potty-training and chewed up personal items.

Many times, any medical or behavioral problems an older pet might have will have already been identified so that you can make an educated decision about taking on that particular issue.  When it comes time to add another member to your family, strongly consider adopting a senior pet. You will be saving a life and earning a lifetime of love and devotion.

If you are thinking of adopting a senior pet but have concerns, please contact us and we’ll help answer any questions you may have.