Seasonal Pet Tips

Holiday Pet Tips

  • Put the tree up as soon after purchase as possible
  • Secure the tree.
  • Tape or cover electrical cords.
  • Forget the tinsel.
  • Skip the angel hair decoration.
  • Avoid poultry bones and cooked rib bones, and take precautions with all bones.
  • Remember, if it resembles food, your pets will eat it. Secure hot oil and grease.
  • Beware the chocolates.
  • Pets will eat or chew decorative plants, and they can be toxic.
  • Pets do not make good gifts.
  • Regular exercise and attention are important, especially during the holidays.
  • Travel plans should include your pet.

For more detailed discussion of pet tips, check here.

Spring and Summer Pet Tips for the Sierra Foothills

  • Get a strip clip or summer clip for your pet.
  • Mow or weed-whack the grass around your house.
  • Check between your dogs toes daily for foxtails.
  • Use a flea control product – prevention is key.
  • Rattlesnake awareness and avoidance – consider vaccination and aversion training.
  • Plan for July 4th
  • Leave your dog at home, not in the car.
  • Exercise in the cooler times of the day.
  • Always have fresh, cool water available for your pet at home and on walks/hikes.
  • Clean water dishes to prevent algae growth.
  • Do not muzzle your dog when it is hot – they cannot pant.
  • Avoid hot pavement.
  • Use sunscreen to protect exposed skin on your pet – nose and eartips.
  • Beware of humidity – it interferes with cooling.
  • Know the signs of heat stroke.

For a more detailed discussion of heat related pet tips, check here.

Fall and Winter Cold Weather Pet Tips

Even though the Sierra foothills are not Alaska, it can get pretty cold here and present some challenges your pet. We offer these tips to help keep your pets safe when the thermometer drops below 32°F.

  • Invite them inside – even if it is just to the garage or an insulated shed.
  • Stay with them when they go outside for a bathroom break.
  • Remember to bang on the car hood before you start it up – cats sit on warm engines.
  • Break or remove ice from outside water dishes in the morning.
  • Provide a warm refuge even for outdoor pets – an insulated dog house or protected area.
  • Hypothermia can occur even if the temperature does not fall below zero, especially if your pet is wet and it is windy.
  • Short coated breeds and small dogs will benefit from a dog sweater.
  • Ice is a hazard for elderly and arthritic pets, as well as us – its slippery.
  • Beware of antifreeze and de-icing products – they kill pets and it only takes a few licks.
  • For snow outings, clip foot hair or consider booties- check feet often.
  • Increase food intake for outdoor pets – cold weather increases metabolism for warmth.
  • No-stick cooking spray can prevent ice buildup between toes.
  • Prevent direct access to portable heaters.
  • Before utilizing a shed or garage as refuge, make sure to check for hazards such as containers of antifreeze, rat or mouse poisons and other chemicals.
  • Beware of frozen ponds for obvious reasons.
  • Do not leave your pet alone in a car in very cold weather. It acts like an ice box, and they can freeze to death.
  • Remember, very young and old pets do not tolerate the cold as well. Limit their time outside.
  • Provide insulation from cold floors, like concrete and tile. Use a blanket or elevated bed.

Check here for more pet tips in cold weather.

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