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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We recommend annual senior lab work for most dogs and cats over 7 years old. This helps us screen for any disease process before there are complications. This helps us to treat early and more efficiently!

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Good afternoon. VETSS has moved to low contact appointments to help combat the current pandemic.

Low-contact, or no-contact appointments offer the same care as a regular visit, without unnecessary exposure to others in waiting room spaces, and limits in-person interaction with our team members.

We are pleased to offer this service as a way to keep your pet’s care up-to-date and to help them when they are sick, while also protecting our clients, team, and community.
We can also deliver medication, food, and preventatives to your car, no appointment needed. Please call ahead so we can be prepared to greet you.

As committed members of our community, we understand the importance that your pet’s welfare plays in everyone’s heart, health, and family – especially during these times of social distancing and low interactions with others. Our highly-trained and dedicated staff are committed to continue serving the community through this period, just as we have over the years. In the medical field, we regularly deal with disease and infection control, and are required to maintain high standards of cleanliness and hygiene at all times, regardless of external factors.

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