Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Hope everyone had a safe and happy halloween.  

Once again we are having our Annual Pet Photos with Santa on Sunday, November 20, 2011 (12:00 -3:00 PM).   The proceeds go to Lions Foundation Dog Guides.  All welcome - so come out and join us for some fun and refreshments. 

As the cold weather is approaching, there are some things you should watch for as the upcoming weather changes. 

- If you have a dog, you may want to consider purchasing a coat to help keep the chill out of their bones.  Many pet stores have a variety of coats for your pets as well as booties, etc.  This may help when you are trying to get your pet to go outside to do their business, especially in the case of smaller breeds with no natural undercoat.  It can also help decrease the chance of frostbite.

Be sure to check the underside of your dogs' paws for ice build up as it can cause irritation between the toes. 

If you have an outdoor dog, make sure there is enough bedding in the dog house for warmth and that the water in the dish is not frozen.  If the temperatures drop really low, ensure you have the capabilities of keeping your dog somewhere indoors if needed.

Remember, NEVER to leave your pet unattended for long periods of time in your vehicle during the winter months as hypothermia can still set in even though they are in an enclosed space.  Some signs to watch for are:  Shivering, lethargy, weakness, difficulty breathing.  Frostbite is another thing that can happen if your pet is in the cold for too long.  It usually affects the paws, ears and tail of the pets.  Signs to watch for are:  Cold to the touch, swelling of the affected area, pain of the affected area, discoloration of the affected area. 

If you are not sure if your pet has hypothermia or frostbite, make sure to contact your regular veterinarian to have your pet assessed and treated as necessary.