Fall – Winter Seasonal Tips

Outdoor tips

When walking your pets in the dark, wear clothing that is visible to drivers and make sure your pets are wearing reflective collars. Flexi leads are not a good choice for walking your pet in the dark, as drivers may see you and might not see your pet 16 feet away.

When you get home from walks during winter months, make sure you wash the sidewalk chemicals off your pet’s feet. Even though some sidewalk chemicals are marked pet friendly, none of these are meant to be ingested by your pet. Also, on the warm days, do not let your pet drink from the puddles created by snow runoff. These puddles can contain sidewalk chemicals and left over lawn chemicals from warmer weather.

Limit exposure to cold, as our pets can also suffer from Frostbite. Examine ears, nose, and toes when your pet comes inside. Clean ice clumps from between the toes. Wash chemicals from feet. Remember, if the temperature is too cold for you, your pet will be cold too.

Seasonal foods and decorations can prove a curiosity to our pets

When the holiday spread is on the table, make sure that your pets are secure in other areas of the house.
Besides spoiling your party, not all foods are safe for your pets.

Holiday decorations can have many toxic or dangerous pieces. Secure decorations so that your pets cannot have access to these things. Small decorations are easily ingested but not everything is digestible. Ribbons and tinsel can disappear and not be missed until your pet is quite miserable.

Candles should not be lit when your pets are nearby. Hot wax and open flame can become a fire hazard, as pets’ fur is quite flammable and burns can be painful while healing.

Some holiday plants can be toxic to our pets as can be the water used under trees in our living rooms. Limiting access is the sure way to prevent this.

Call us with any concerns or questions at 314-878-8454