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Winter may be beautiful, but it's also very chilly!
And if you haven't already taken the necessary measures to keep your pet safe during this cold season, Dr. Patrick Mahaney has a few wonderful tips that will definitely keep your baby in good health:
Wintry Climate Changes:
Frostbite happens when the skin is exposed to extreme temperatures, which restricts blood flow to the body’s surfaces. Reduced delivery of oxygen and nutrients and removal of metabolic waste contributes to cell damage or death. Body tissues become cold to the touch and appear pale pink, white, or even blue. Unresolved frostbite can progress to gangrene, which requires ongoing and costly veterinary medical and surgical treatment.
Hypothermia occurs when body temperature drops below the normal range of 100-102.5 +/- 0.5 in a healthy cat or dog. In order to preserve the vital organs (brain, heart, kidneys, liver, and lungs), blood flow to the extremities (limbs, feet, ears, etc.) is restricted. Hypothermia also contributes to frostbite.
Exposure to moisture increases your pet’s likelihood of developing frostbite and hypothermia. A healthy fur pelt or moisture repelling-fabric coat can provide limited protection from nature’s assault. Geriatric, juvenile, mobility compromised, and sick pets are more prone to suffering negative health consequences of exposure to wintry weather.
The new year just showed it's face once again, and while we tend to always think about New Years Resolutions for ourselves — Dr. Patrick Mahaney wants you to make some changes for your pet as well!
If you want to make a difference in your adorable loved one's life this year, just follow these tips:
As we've fallen back in time (sorta!) and prepare for the winter months, it can mean a lot of changes for us AND our pets!
So what are some things we can do to protect our furry friends?
Luckily, Dr. Patrick has our pets' backs as always, and following the tips below can help treat your pet to a winter wonderland of fun and safety!
Daylight Savings Time:
The days are getting shorter and the nights longer so darkness can be factor in your pet's safety.
If you are going to walk your pets, try as best as possible to walk them during daylight hours. If you're a bit more vampiric, making sure your pet is under control, leashed, and has proper id tags/microchips is the next best option.
Leaves, Plants and Mushrooms:
While we humans LUHV to jump in piles of leaves, it can cause a bit more serious threat to our four legged critters.
Leaf blowers may cause startling noises that can upset pets and leaf decay and upset their stomachs as well.
Flowers and mushrooms like to bloom in the fall as well as some can be toxic if eaten. Most mushrooms are non-toxic however death caps should be avoided.
Some flowers can be nasty for your pet include: Meadow Saffron/Autumn Crocus, Clematis, and especially Chrysanthemum.
Making sure you take the neccessary precaution can save your pooch or kitty from a tummy ache!
Mice and Other Rodents:
When you're cold, rats, mice and other rodents get cold too!
Many families like to put down rodenticides to get rid of pesky critters who sneak inside the house to stay warm.
As always, making sure your pet doesn't ingest these chemicals is key.
Are U excited to go trick or treating this year?!
Maybe you want to take your pooch along but you're unsure how it will affect him or her.
Luckily, Dr. Patrick's got your back and following his tips can make sure your loved one can enjoy the holiday too!
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August was a scorcher but September can turn up the heat as well!
So when exercising our pets in the heat, how do we keep them safe???
As always, when it comes to pet advice, Dr. Patrick always has our (and our pets!) back!
Making sure your pet stays hydrated and ALWAYS check with your vet to make sure your beloved four legged friend is fit for exercise.
Check out the video (above) to find out more tips on beating the summer heat with Dr. P!
Summer traveling can be super fun but as the summer winds down (BOO!!!!), is it wise to take our cuddly four legged besties with us???
Or is it better to leave them with a trusted dog sitter???
Luckily, Dr. Patrick is here to answer all our summer traveling questions!!!!
Check out the video (above) to hear about where and where NOT to take your pet this summer!
August 30th is National Holistic Pet Day and to celebrate, we've got some pet care tips for the more holistic pet owner.
And there's only one doc we turn to for pet and holistic advice….Dr. Patrick!
Check out these tips and strategies from Dr. P AFTER THE JUMP!!!
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