CRITTER CHATTER: “Baby, it’s cold outside”

By Dr. Phil

There is snow on the Rockies, pumpkins in the farm stands and Halloween costumes for sale in Costco. But it’s 93° in Burlington Vermont, and I am having trouble thinking about getting ready for cold weather. However, I know it’s coming and that exposure to dry, cold air and chilly rain, sleet and snow can cause discomfort to pets. So now is the time to think about preparing you and your pet for winter.

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Halloween Tips for Pet Owners

Dear Reader,

There are a few important topics that we frequently discuss year after year and one of those is Halloween. There are many reasons why pet owners love Halloween. One reason is obvious; it’s super fun. However, there are things around this Holiday that we need to be aware of. One motive is because some pets get anxious during the holidays – and we have recommendations for that. Another motive is that some of our furry friends make bad decisions during this time of the year! In this blog post and in previous, we are going to cover several of these things in hopes that we can help your pets have a great Halloween this year! Thank you for reading our fun blog. We really appreciate it.

-From the 21st Century Animal Healthcare Pack

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Our most popular posts about dogs

Are you a pet lover like us? Do you own a dog or just happen to love them? Below are 6 of our most popular dog blog posts. From why pets eat their own feces (yuck), to the many reasons to love a mixed breed dog, we cover a wide range of topics to help pet parents and their furry friends!

Click on the links below to enjoy our most popular dog blog posts.

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Why does my dog eat poop and what can I do about it?

We know this is a topic you don’t necessarily want to think or talk about. But when your dog is eating poo, it is something you are forced to think about and perhaps Google any time it happens. You want an explanation and a solution NOW – and we don’t blame you!

So we’ve taken it upon ourselves to do the research for you. Coprophagia (kop-ruh-fey-jee-uh), a.k.a. poop eating, is behavioral and physiological and there are several reasons why your dog is doing it. In our research, we’ve found so many reasons that we’ve narrowed it down to the most common six found across the web. One of these reasons might land you a permanent solution to fix this unwanted and disgusting behavior.

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5 ways to enjoy the 4th of July with your dog

We try to include our pets in most things that we do because they are a part of our family. They are our furry family members. Holidays are a great way to have fun with your pets!

Independence day can be a hard one for a few reasons. First, the loud noises can scare your dog. Second, fireworks can be dangerous in general. Third, pets don’t always fit into the 4th of July party plans. But what if there was a way to change that? You don’t have to exclude your pet. There are several ways to help make your pet feel special, even on the Fourth of July.

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Why Should You Microchip Your Pet?

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Up to 8 million animals end up in shelters every year and only 15-20% of dogs and less than 2% of cats are ever reclaimed by their owners. One of the ways to increase the chances of finding your lost pet is by having it microchipped.1 In addition to other important and fun celebrations May is Chip Your Pet Month. Have you considered getting your pet chipped?

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Rattlesnake Tips That Can Help Keep Your Pet Safe

Welcome to spring, fellow pet owners! Let’s talk about something important: Rattlesnakes and your pets. In some parts of the country, spring means rattlesnakes because they become more active in warmer seasons, from spring to autumn. They are found in wetlands, deserts and forests. If you take walks or hikes with your pet, these tips can help arm you with knowledge to keep your dog safe during this time of the year.

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7 Savvy Pet-Related Smart Phone Application Types for Pet Owners

dog beagleAre you living in an app based world just like we are? If you have a smart phone and you are using it to its full potential, you’re probably taking advantage of the many great phone applications available out there. Smart phones have become our daily reminders, links to the bigger outside world, driving directions and even our educational resource.

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How to Prepare Your Pet for Winter Weather

139856735-cold-weather-dog-paw-care-632x475With holiday arrangements in full force, it might be hard to remember to prepare your pet for the colder winter months. You know it’s headed your way and your pet can probably sense it, but what exactly can you do? Take some time to make sure you have everything he or she might need before the freezing temperatures hit hard. Below are 5 ways to help prepare your pet for the colder months ahead.

  1. Your pet has fur, but could they benefit from a nice warm coat or sweater while spending time outdoors? ABSOLUTELY. If you already have a coat from last year packed away take a few minutes to make sure it still fits your pet. Whether your pet enjoys the outdoors or runs in and out only to take care of their business, an extra layer might not be a bad idea. If your pet has never used a coat before, consider taking him and her to the store to get a comfortable fitting. You might also want to introduce the coat or sweater to your pet slowly. Have them wear it for small amounts of time to start off with. Some pets do not enjoy having clothes on.
  1. Put a reminder by the door to check your pet’s feet when they come inside. Whether it’s snow, leaves or any other outdoor debris, checking your dog’s feet as they come indoors is never a bad idea. Snow can get stuck in their fur and cause issues. You might want to leave a floor mat, towel or paw cleaner by the door to help eliminate potential issues.
  1. Refresh your memory on all things that are hazardous to pets this time of year. One to always remember is antifreeze. Dogs are attracted to the smell and it tastes sweat on their tongue. Licking up antifreeze can be very bad for your pet. Holiday poinsettias are also dangerous. Don’t let them take a nibble on this plant! Here are a few more articles that will give you even more tips about pet poison prevention.
  1. You might not want to get your pet as many haircuts. Depending on the dog, it might not be the best idea to keep the same grooming schedule as you do in the warmer months. Does your dog’s groomer keep your pet’s hair a bit longer in the winter or do you prefer it just as short? Do you think your pet will be extremely cold if it snows? Will keeping his or her coat longer cause snow to get stuck in it. This might be a good question for your veterinarian. Depending on the pet and how many coats your pet has, adjusting your grooming schedule might be a wise idea. Changing up the type of shampoo you use can also be beneficial. Try a shampoo with added moisturizers.
  1. Keep an eye on your pet’s skin. Just like humans, the cold can cause issues for your pet’s skin. Keep an eye out for redness, cuts and dryness. If you see signs of skin irritations limit the time your pet spends outdoors. You might even need to visit the vet. Pay close attention to your pet after they go outside each time. A lot of dogs enjoy the snow, which can cause issues to the paw pads, nose and ears. Keep an eye out and you might be able to spot any problems.

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