Brrrring on the Cold! Keeping Pets Warm in Winter

Keeping pets warm in winter is an essential part of pet safety and responsible pet ownership

Many people are aware of how dangerous overheating in pets can be, but what about the cold? In fact, pets can be at risk for medical problems in cold weather, and are just as likely to get hypothermia (low body temperature) or frostbite as their owners.

It’s a common misconception that a pet’s fur protects them from the cold. In reality, fur is not adequate protection from the elements, especially in extreme weather or if your pet is not acclimated to colder temperatures.

Like humans, pets will tolerate cold to different degrees, depending on their age, breed, coat density, nutritional stores, overall general health, and physical conditioning.  Northern breeds of dog can tolerate cold weather better than a short haired chihuahua, for example. But keep in mind that all dogs (and cats!) need shelter from winter wind, cold, and wet.

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Are Pets and Cleaning Products a Good Combination?

This time of year, accidental pet poisonings spike, due in part to a collective effort toward spring cleaning. The goal is to have a nice, clean, and safe home to share with your pet, but with the addition of dangerous ingredients, household cleaners can often stand in the way of that. Whether it’s the storage or the application, pets and cleaning products aren’t always a good match. Luckily, The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center have the scoop on protecting your pet.

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Scritchy-Scratch: What You Need to Know About Seasonal Allergies in Pets

Although winter is still firmly in place in Chicagoland, most of us are looking forward to spring with more than a little excitement. The arrival of warmer weather also signals the arrival of seasonal allergies for many of us, and as temps rise we find ourselves making our annual trip to the drugstore to load up on tissues and allergy meds.

Pets can suffer from seasonal allergies as well, but with different symptoms than in humans. Do you know how to spot seasonal allergies in pets? The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center are here to help you learn the symptoms of allergies so you can help your pet sooner rather than later.

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At-Home Care for Your Pet’s Allergy Symptoms

iStock_000021258496_SmallIt can be miserable to watch your pets suffer from seasonal allergies. They roll around on the floor, rub up against furniture, scratch incessantly, and bite, lick, and chew at sensitive areas non-stop. Unfortunately, this behavior can result in further irritation and even infection; not to mention, it just hurts to see your best friend in discomfort.

There are, however, some things you can do at home to ease your pet’s allergy symptoms.

 

At-Home Remedies for Your Pet’s Allergy Symptoms

  • Dump the Plastic – If your pet eats and drinks from plastic bowls, dump them! Plastic can be a vector for bacteria, which grow in the tiny cracks that develop over time. These bacteria can cause acne around the lips, chin, eyes, and ears. You will be better to use stainless steel, glass, or ceramic food dishes and clean them weekly.

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