Winter Hazards For Pets in the Charlottesville Area

Nov 21, 2018 | Behavior

During the holidays people enjoy the festivities inside the household and keeping warm. But, with the holidays also comes cold weather. Pet owners should be aware of how winter weather is hazardous to pets.

Every breed of animal handles cold weather differently, but we can give some general tips for basic weather protection that will work for all pets. All outdoor pets need a shelter if the weather becomes too much for them to tolerate. The shelter should have enough room for the pet to stand up and lay down comfortably but not too large where heat cannot be retained efficiently. Face the shelter away from the wind, usually south. While blankets seem like a nice and comfortable luxury, parasites such as fleas also like them. Cedar shavings are another option to keep your pets warm and comfortable while being less favorable to fleas.  It is also important to have fresh water that is not frozen and in a non-metal bowl.

During the winter, cars are especially dangerous for pets. Cats seek warmth and will occasionally choose to sleep on a car’s engine. Be sure to know where your cat is or honk the horn before starting your car. Antifreeze is also a source of concern. If ingested this sweet tasting product is deadly and cause vomiting and eventually kidney failure. Be sure to clean any antifreeze if it spills and call your veterinarian immediately if your pet is exposed to it.

The land itself can produce hazards such as frozen lakes/ponds. Prevent access to areas with frozen bodies of water, as ice can have weak areas that aren’t easy to spot. Pets can fall through and potentially drown. Ragged patches of ice may cut or irritate paw pads. Ensure that all swimming pools are properly secured for the winter. Limit unsupervised activity by walking pets on leashes and check paws after being outside.

Owners should also use common sense and adapt their winter pet prep to suit their animals. For instance, if your dog has a short coat, buy it a jacket of vest, as it will lose body heat fast. If there’s a blizzard forecast, don’t let your cat out to chase birds—no matter how hard it is meowing at the back door. It is important to recognize your pets’ tolerance for cold, if you have any questions call your veterinarian.

By being knowledgeable, we can avoid situations that put our pets at risk. Contact your veterinarian if you have any questions or concerns about how to keep your pet safe during the holidays.

For more information, contact our team at VETSS!

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Congratulations to our employees of the Month, Kelly Jordan and Rachel Bradley.

Kelly has been with VETSS team since 2013. She graduated from BRCC in 2018, obtaining her license as a veterinary technician. In her spare time, she volunteers with local rescues, runs a hobby farm, and enjoys gardening, camping, and kayaking. Kelly has a special place in her heart for special needs animals and has found her niche in emergency medicine, exotics, and behavior.

Rachel has worked in veterinary clinics for over ten years. In 2016 she graduated from BRCC and became a licensed veterinary technician. Rachel has loved animals all her life. She strongly believes in compassionate care and in her calling to help animals. Her professional interests include dermatology, behavior, and emergency medicine.

Rachel lives in Staunton with her partner Taryn, two dogs, and three cats. She plans to get a few guinea fowl in the near future.
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Congratulations to our employees of the Month, Kelly Jordan and Rachel Bradley.

Kelly has been with VETSS team since 2013. She graduated from BRCC in 2018, obtaining her license as a veterinary technician. In her spare time, she volunteers with local rescues, runs a hobby farm, and enjoys gardening, camping, and kayaking.  Kelly has a special place in her heart for special needs animals and has found her niche in emergency medicine, exotics, and behavior.

Rachel has worked in veterinary clinics for over ten years. In 2016 she graduated from BRCC and became a licensed veterinary technician. Rachel has loved animals all her life. She strongly believes in compassionate care and in her calling to help animals. Her professional interests include dermatology, behavior, and emergency medicine.

Rachel lives in Staunton with her partner Taryn, two dogs, and three cats. She plans to get a few guinea fowl in the near future.Image attachment

 

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Congratulations Kelly. So proud of you. Love you and keep on being the best you can be.

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Thank you Chad Kildea for making this beautiful sign. If this candle is lit, someone is saying goodbye to their dearly beloved pet. ❤️

 

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Update on the paving! Paving was postponed due to the icy weather we had on the 16th. Paving will be completed TOMORROW. We will still be open, just please park on the little side road in front of the clinic. Thank you!Hello lovely clients and furry friends! We wanted to let you know that on November 15th and November 16th our parking lot is getting repaved. We will still be open of course during this time, but our parking lot will not be accessible. You can park on the side road that is directly in front of our building. You will see our staff cars parked here as well.
Don’t worry- on the 17th our parking lot will be back and accessible as normal, just a lot nicer!! Yay!

Here is a diagram letting you know what will be paved and roped off.

Thank you for your understanding and we apologize for any inconvenience.
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Update on the paving! Paving was postponed due to the icy weather we had on the 16th. Paving will be completed TOMORROW. We will  still be open, just please park on the little side road in front of the clinic. Thank you!
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