Winter Precautions

With winter comes swift changes in the temperature plus rain and snow in the mountains. Our four legged family members can be adversely  effected by the cold temperatures.

Dogs and cats left outside in the cold weather can suffer hypothermia. They need warm dry areas that can be protected from the chilling winds. Dog or cat houses need to be positioned so the entrance is not facing the incoming wind. Blankets, beds, or even straw need to line the shelter and provide protection from the cold temperatures, rain, and wind. Airline crates with the doors removed, bedding on the floor and wrapped in blankets or tarps can provide shelter for smaller pets.

With family trips to the mountains and colder temperatures in the valley, our dogs and cats are susceptible to frostbite on feet, tails and ears. Watch for symptoms including blisters from frostbite, which will turn black and slough off. If you are planning a long hike in the snow with your dog, or considering allowing him to follow while you ski cross country, consider snow boots for your four legged family member.

Ice, whether on sidewalks, streets, streams or lakes, can result in your dog falling or sliding across the ice and being injured. Lakes and streams can present other dangers if the ice is thin and breaks; your dog can fall into a cold stream or lake.

Remember to change outside water daily. Water in bowels can freeze when the night temperatures fall below 32 degrees, preventing your pets from drinking.  Dehydration can be just as much a problem in the winter as in summer.

Call us at (559) 432-0887 if you need assistance.