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Protect Pets From Winter's Hidden Dangers
Date:11/29/2007

in the winter as in the summer. Snow is not a substitute

for water.

o Wind chill makes days colder than what the actual temperature might

show so you should limit your pet's time outdoors.

Veterinarians say if at all possible, it's best to keep pets inside and ensure they stay warm, especially at night. If an animal must be kept outside during the day, make sure it is given proper shelter, food and water. That means:

o Providing a doghouse large enough to allow the dog to sit and lie down

comfortably, but small enough to hold its body heat.

o Positioning the doghouse out of the wind or placing it on a raised

platform for warmth.

o Covering the floor with cedar shavings or straw and changing the

bedding regularly. Blankets are not recommended as they will just get

wet and freeze.

o Giving outdoor pets more food because they will need more energy to

stay warm.

o Using plastic food and water bowls rather than metal to keep containers

from freezing. Darker colors are recommended as they will absorb more

heat.

The CVMA cautions that in the wintertime, pets can be more susceptible to illness. Frostbite can be a hazard especially for animals not offered proper housing. The tips of the ears, tail and feet are particularly susceptible. If a pet owner suspects his or her pet has been exposed to a poisonous substance or is experiencing a sudden drop in body temperature, call a veterinarian immediately. Winter can pose special risks to many household animals and consulting your veterinarian about a pet's needs early on can keep everyone safe and healthy during this holiday season.

The California Veterinary Medical Association is the largest state veterinary medical association in the United States, with more than 6,000 members. Founded in 1888, its mission is to serve its membership and community through innovative leadershi
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