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.
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Hey…everyone wants to go to Florida…even the manatees!
Floridians have been warned about increased manatee activity due to the mammals swimming to warmer waters.
How many manatees have swam to Florida waters?
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Nothing can make us happier than learning more about Schoep and his improving health status!
As a quick recap, owner John Unger took his arthritic dog to swim in Lake Superior to ease his pain.
The photo of the two went viral and Unger thanked his pooch for helping him through his own misfortunes.
Now, Schoep is feeling better and is on the mend, enjoying the winter snow!
While it is too cold to swim in the Great Lakes now, Schoep is said to be getting frisky as he plays in the snow.
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With the snow getting ready to drizzle down for the winter, thinking about how to keep your pooch safe from the harsh conditions is a top priority!
So to save your dog the trouble of he/she trying to rub some chap stick on it's paws, follow these tips:
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Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? Your dog, he's freezing!!!! LOLz!
So what can we do to protect our pups from becoming doggie icicles????
Follow these tips to learn more about preparing your pooch for the Winter Wonderland!
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Some parts of the United States are experiencing their first kiss of snow this season and while lots of us love to frolic in the white stuff….
How can we keep our four legged friends safe???
Follow these tips AFTER THE JUMP to keep your Fido warm and toasty and comfortable this winter!
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Humans aren't the only ones who tend to gain weight during the winter months.
Our dogs can too.
Except a few extra pounds on a dog can cause some pretty serious health problems.
So the American Kennel Club (AKC) has some tips on how to help your dog shed more than just their winter coat.
- Check with your dog’s veterinarian before starting any new exercise routine. Have your dog “weigh in” at the vet to determine how much weight he needs to lose. You need to consider your dog’s age, health, and current activity level, and a vet checkup will start your dog on the right track.
- Simply letting your dog out in the backyard doesn’t qualify as exercise. Try playing a good game of fetch with him.
- American Kennel Club (AKC®)
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