Happy New Year 2012 – January 1, 2012

January 1, 2012 at 3:43 pm Leave a comment

Happy New Year!

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and that the New Year has started off good for everyone.

We would like to take this opportunity to again thank all of our clients during 2011 and look forward to being of service to you in 2012.

Winter Pet Safety

Winter fun presents some unique challenges for our pets.  Cold and snow can be downright dangerous for pets,  A number of cold-weather products can be potentially poisonous.  Here are a few tips to help keep the colder months safe for everyone.

Keep an eye out for automotive fluid. Both antifreeze and windshield washer fluid are hazardous to animals.  Steer clear of puddles of antifreeze and washer fluid while walking your pooch, and keep pets out of garages and other automotive areas.  The ASPCA recommends using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol.

Wipe de-icing products off paws.  Ice melting  products can get stuck in your pet’s paws and then they may try licking it to remove it.  Paw pads may also bleed from snow or encrusted ice.  If you walk your dog on de-iced roads or sidewalks, make sure he wears booties.  And wipe off  Fido and Fluffy’s paws, legs and stomach when they come in out of the cold.

Be wary of rodent poison.  If you live in a rural or semi-rural area, you may see mice move in when the temperature drops.  You or your neighbors may be tempted to rid yourself of these pests with rodent poison.  Unfortunately pets sometimes eat the poison.  If you exterminate rodents, use humane and safe traps rather than poisons.

Be prepared to act fast.  If you think your pet has swallowed something toxic, call 24/7 Emergency Medical Hotline, staffed by ASPCA veterinarians at 1-888-HOMEAGAIN (1-888-466-3242).  These calls for free for pets with a paid annual HomeAgain membership.

Watch the temperature.  Cats and short-coat dogs don’t fare well in frigid temperatures, and even furrier breeds like Huskies and Malamutes can experience problems without adequate shelter.    When nights get cold and snowy, bring pets inside.  Indoors pets should sleep off the floor and away from drafts.  Though frostbite and hypothermia is more rare in dogs than humans, it can happen.

Keep cats away from your car.  Cats love warmth, so after you park the car, the heat from the engine can entice even the wariest felines.  Once under the hood, your cat could be seriously hurt the next time you start your engine.  Keep Fluffy inside, and bang on the hood and honk your horn before starting your engine.

With a few simple precautions, the wintertime can be a favorite time of the year for both you and your pets.  So grab a warm blanket, curl up by the fire and enjoy getting cozy indoors with Fluffy and Fido.

Thanks to homeagain.com for this newsletter.

Thanks

Joan, Jill and Ashley

Entry filed under: Monthly Newsletter.

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