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We’re excited to bring you our Late Fall/Early Winter Edition of the Hometown Pet Advisor!

The weather has changed from cool and crisp to downright chilly. Like you, we’re anticipating the coming holidays as we get ready for winter and all it has to bring. There’s lots to do like basketball and hockey games, visiting with friends and family, and going for walks with your dog.

We start our newsletter with a piece on Pet Cancer. We talk about signs to look for in your pets, the different kinds of cancer, its treatment and possible causes. Next, we’ll talk about horses and how to best transition them from fall to winter. Finally, we’ll leave you with some Loose Ends: quick tips on pet weather issues, foods your pet should avoid, Christmas Tree safety, and an upcoming food drive. Let’s get started!

—Your friends at Hometown Veterinary Care

November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month 

Incidents of pet cancer appear to be increasing, accounting for nearly half the deaths of pets over ten years of age. We want to help you identify symptoms, which lead to early detection and better outcomes of survival.

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Winter Preparation Ideas for Your Horse

Transitioning your horse to winter presents many challenges, but with proper diet, water and clean feed they will fare well. Combined with a Fall Wellness Exam, knowledge of how your animal handles cold weather ensures your horse’s transition from fall into winter.

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Outdoor Winter Pet Safety for Dogs and Cats

The nights are getting colder. As the overnight temperatures approach the low thirties, bring in your outdoor cats or dogs. When these temperatures hit there is the possibility of severe hypothermia and frostbite. If your pets are older or unhealthy bring them inside the house when temperatures are in the low forties. They’ll appreciate it.

We all know, not to leave our pets in the car on a hot summer day, but did you know cars are like a refrigerator in the winter?

When walking your dog in below freezing temperatures keep in mind that short-legged breeds are closer to the ground. A sweater, or dog coat, might make the walk more comfortable. Upon coming inside, check their paws for snow and ice accumulation between their toes, and look for cracked or bleeding paw pads. Be sure to wipe down or wash your dog’s feet, legs and belly after a walk, as there is risk of poisoning due to stepping in anti-freeze on streets or sidewalks, and they may lick off their paws.

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Fleas and Ticks

You think the cold has killed them off. Wrong! When cold weather arrives, fleas and ticks start looking in earnest for warm places to spend winter. Keep using preventative meds and you won’t have any problems. 

Food Drive

Keep your eyes open for our annual food drive to benefit the local humane societies. We’ll post it on Facebook and send out an email with the details. Thanks in advance for your kindness. 

Your Christmas Tree and Your Pets

Your Christmas tree is one big temptation to your dog or cat.  It has bright lights, colorful and reflective ornaments, and if it’s a live tree, it also has water. 

Three items to put out of reach are tinsel, lights and ornaments. Here’s why:

  • When ingested tinsel can potentially block intestines
  • Low-hanging lights can entangle your pet and shock or burn them
  • A broken ornament can cut paws or injure mouths
  • Additives to keep your tree fresh contain preservatives, pesticides and or aspirin. Don’t let your pets drink tree water. If you don’t use additives, your pets will not be bothered if they drink it.

Holiday Foods to Avoid

Some quick safety tips:

  • Ham bones and turkey carcasses. Yes, giving your dog a bone is a time worn tradition. Unfortunately, bones can splinter and do some serious damage.
  • Avoid giving your pet anything from the onion family.
  • Don’t give them grapes, chocolate, or alcohol.
  • Xylitol, an artificial sugar alcohol sweetener, is poisonous to your pets.

While we’re on the subject of things that are poisonous, keep holiday plants like holly, poinsettia and mistletoe out of reach.

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