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With winter coming, here are some tips to keep your pets safe and warm during the winter months: Provide adequate shelter and warmth. Outside dogs should have a warm kennel to get out of the cold and wet weather. It should be insulated and have flooring that protects the animal from the cold and damp. If necessary, a heat source like a heating board or heat lamp should be provided. Check under the hood when starting your car if you have an outdoor cat. The warm engine block may be an enticing place to warm up. Cat legs and tails can easily become entangled in belts when the car is started. Extra food may be required during the winter, since keeping warm burns extra calories. Short haired dogs may need jackets, sweaters or fleece-wear when they are outside. Do not leave small dogs, young or geriatric animals outside for extended periods of time as they may suffer from frostbite or hypothermia. Older or arthritic animals may have difficulty walking on slippery surfaces so provide extra support as needed. Take care to remove any snow or ice from the footpads of dogs and cats when they come inside, especially if the pets are walking on chemicals like rock salt, because licking their pads may cause salt intoxication. Ensure clean, fresh water is accessible at all times. Keep dogs and cats away from antifreeze and clean up any spills immediately. Antifreeze tastes sweet, but it can be deadly even in small amounts.
Wilsonville Veterinary Clinic
9275 S.W. Barber St, Wilsonville, OR 97070