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Cold Weather Tips

Please follow these guidelines to protect your companion animal when the temperature drops!

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  • Keep your cat inside. Outdoors, cats can freeze, become lost or stolen, or be injured or killed. Cats who are allowed to stray are exposed to fatal infectious diseases, including rabies.
  • During the winter, outdoor cats sometimes choose to sleep under the hoods of cars, where it is warmer. Then, when the motor is started, the cat can be injured or killed in the fan belt. To prevent this, bang loudly on the hood of your car and wait a few seconds before starting the engine, to give a cat a chance to escape.
  • Never let your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm. Dogs frequently lose their scent in snow and ice and easily become lost. They may panic in a snowstorm and run away. More dogs are lost during the winter than during any other season
  • Thoroughly wipe off your dog’s legs and stomach when she comes in out of the rain, snow or ice. Check her sensitive paw pads, which may bleed from snow or ice encrusted in them. Also, salt, antifreeze or other chemicals could hurt your dog if she ingests them while licking her paws.
  • If you own a short-haired breed, consider getting a warm coat or sweater for your dog. Look for one with a high collar or turtleneck that covers your dog from the base of her tail on top and to the belly underneath. While this may seem like a luxury, it is a necessity for many dogs.
  • Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold. Your companion animal could freeze to death.
  • If your dog is sensitive to the cold due to age, illness or breed type, take him outdoors only long enough to relieve himself.
  • Puppies do not tolerate the cold as well as adult dogs and may be difficult to housebreak during the winter. If necessary, paper train your puppy inside if he appears to be sensitive to the weather.
  • If your dog spends a lot of time engaged in outdoor activities, increase his supply of food, particularly protein, to keep his fur thick and healthy.
  • Antifreeze, even in very tiny doses, is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Because of its sweet taste, animals are attracted to it. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle. To prevent accidental poisonings, more and more people are using animal-friendly products that contain propylene glycol rather than the traditional products containing ethylene glycol. Call your veterinarian or The ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center (ASPCA/NAPCC) if you suspect your animal has been poisoned.
  • Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter. Leave the coat in a longer style, which provides more warmth. Remember that such a style will require more frequent brushing due to dry winter air and static electricity. When you bathe your dog, make sure she is completely dry before you take her out for a walk.
  • Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep far away from all drafts and off the floor, such as in a dog or cat bed or basket with a warm blanket or pillow in it.

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Do you have a cat with behavioral issues?

Please visit this very informative web site for tips from one of the top experts in the country:

www.catbehaviorassociates.com


 

Are you thinking of adding a shelter dog to your family? Are you unsure if your children know how to be safe with dogs?

Have them play the Safe and Sound Safety Factor Challenge on The Kennel Club's website.

 

 

 


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For Your Information: CANINE HEARTWORMS

Canine heartworms are a type of roundworm that infest the heart of a dog. If contracted, this mosquito-transmitted disease can be treated, but an infected dog left untreated will slowly die from heart failure. It takes only a once-a-month pill from your veterinarian to prevent this life-threatening disease from infecting your beloved pet. There are now several varieties of heartworm prevention available, and the cost for one large dog's preventative per month is equal to the cost of one fast food value meal.

Heartworm treatments for dogs that have been infected are very expensive. In order to treat this very curable condition in our heartworm-positive strays, we need your help! If you would like to make a contribution to our Special Needs Fund, please contact us at 517-263-3463 today!

Veterinary care is just one of many services we at LHS provide for unwanted or neglected animals. THANK YOU for your support and your generous contributions that make this possible every day!


We at the Lenawee Humane Society truly understand the heartbreak that comes with the passing of a furry family member. As fellow animal lovers and pet owners, you have our deepest condolences for your loss, whether recent or long passed. Please visit the web site below for helpful information regarding the loss of a pet and bereavement support.

 

Peaceful Paws Pet Cremation LLC - 1135 E. Beecher St, Adrian MI

Peaceful Paws Pet Cremation’s mission is to provide honest, caring and ethical pet cremation for caring pet owners and local agencies; at the same time, meeting the growing needs for proper animal disposal by cremation in Lenawee County and surrounding areas. Please visit their web site for more information at peacefulpawspetcremationllc.com or call 517-920-4041.

 

Pet Cemetery at Oakwood - 1001 Oakwood Ave, Adrian MI

The Pet Cemetery is located in the back of Oakwood Cemetery in Adrian. The pet Cemetery is provided for the burial of pet cremations. Please visit the City of Adrian web site for more information at www.ci.adrian.mi.us/Services/Cemetery/Pet-Cemetery or call 517-264-4870.

 

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