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Winter Weather and Pet Safety
The snow is swirling, the temperatures have dipped below ridiculousness, and the winds are occasionally reaching mach levels. It’s wintertime in Ohio. With the lovely, frigid air it’s time to revisit winter weather safety tips.
When the weather is too cold for us, it is likely too cold for our critters too. Consider getting a coat or sweater for your regular walks or trips to visit family (of course the vet is included in the family group). If you have a long haired friend, please do not trim their coats short during the cold months. These animals depend on that coat for additional warmth. Lastly, be conscious of the areas that have thin or no hair. The ear tips, nose, belly, under the legs, and their bottoms are more susceptible to frost bite. Keep an eye out for irritation, redness, or painful skin. As with people, our older pets or those with heart disease, kidney disease, or hormonal imbalances have a tougher time regulating body heat. These precious babies need extra help to stay warm. Thick blankets, coats, or booties are a big help but also consider warming up the car before you leave or making sure they have a super-cozy spot to curl into.
The Season of Good Will and Peace
The holidays are right around the corner and people everywhere are starting to think about turkey, presents, time off, and time with loved ones. Some people aren’t as fortunate as others.
Owen’s Ark Veterinary Clinic has had the blessed ability to work with a great organization in our area for the past several years. The Ottawa County Holiday Bureau works tirelessly for our neighbors and beyond that need a helping hand. Poverty is much closer to home than we would believe. Last year they were fortunate to be able to help 733 families in Ottawa County. When broken down that includes 2,285 individuals- 1056 of those being children less than 18 years of age; a staggering figure by any means. In Clay, Allen, and Harris townships there were 171 families with a total of 525 individuals- 347 adults and 178 children. These families are just like you and I, they have fallen on hard times and would never ask for help much less broadcast their plight. This is where we come in.
Halloween and Pet Safety
Halloween is once again upon us and while it can be a great time of year with beautiful leaves falling and fun costumes with lots of yummy candy, it can also be a dangerous time of year for our pets.
Let’s start with costumes for your pet. If your pet enjoys getting dressed up then great! But, if you have a pet that does not, then consider letting her or him wear just a festive bandana. Halloween is already stressful without making your pet more anxious. For those who do like a fun costume, please make sure it fits comfortably without any tightness that could cause swelling or pain or pull on their fur. A costume should be loose but not enough that your pet could trip on it, this includes trailing pieces. Also, if a costume includes an eye piece or head cover make sure your pet can still easily see and hear. Lastly, make sure there are no extra pieces (bells, balls, bows) that your pet could chew off and potentially cause a bowel obstruction.
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