Minnesota Veterinary Hospital Blog
Minnesota winters can be brutal on people, cars, and especially pets. If your dog or cat spends time outdoors regularly during between now and spring, it’s important to be aware of the dangers and take precautions to avoid them. This starts by protecting your pet from frostbite and hypothermia. If your dog must spend long hours outside, make sure he can retreat to an insulated dog house. Limit outdoor time on days when the temperature and wind chill are below zero and dress your pet in warm clothing at other times. If possible, keep your cat indoors all winter.
A pet’s oral health often gives an indication of her overall wellness, yet many people overlook the importance of a brushing and regular dental exams. Because of this, approximately three-quarters of dogs and cats have some form of dental disease before the age of three. The American Veterinary Medical Association declared that February is National Pet Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of healthy teeth and gums for pets.
Putting up the Christmas tree or other holiday decorations is a fun tradition for families, including the pets. They are naturally curious about having a tree in their house and want to check out everything else as well. Unfortunately, their curiosity can get them into trouble. According to the Pet Poison Helpline, the organization receives more calls from distressed pet parents on Christmas Eve than any other day of the year. By following a few simple precautions, you can avoid having your pet become part of a holiday statistic.