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December 25th - CLOSED "Merry Christmas"
December 31st - Closing at 3:00pm
January 1st - CLOSED "Happy New Year"
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Misconceptions About Winter
Symptoms of Cold
Looking for places to burrow
Tips for Winter Safety
Keep pets indoors as much as possible in cold weather. When they go out, stay with them. When you’re cold enough to go in, your pet is probably ready to return inside too.
Make sure that your pet always has fresh, non-frozen drinking water. Animals who don’t have clean accessible water will turn to gutters and puddles when they can drink deadly antifreeze, oil and other chemicals.
Your pet’s health can also affect how long it can stay outdoors. Conditions like diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, and hormonal imbalances can compromise a pet’s ability to regulate their own body heat.
Very young and old animals are especially vulnerable to the cold. The cold can be especially hard on the joints of older animals that become stiff and tender. Stay directly behind older pets when they are climbing stairs. Stiff and arthritic pets can experience significant injury if they slip on ice, so beware of conditions when you walk them.\
If you live near a pond or lake, be especially careful of ice. Animals can easily fall through the ice and it is difficult for them to escape on their own. Keep your pet on a leash and stay with them when outdoors.
Pets who go outdoors can pick up rock salt, ice, and chemical ice melts in their foot pads. Keep your pet’s pads from getting chapped and raw by wiping their feet with a washcloth when they come inside.
Beware of your pet becoming trapped. Animals left outdoors can be very resourceful in trying to find shelter. They dig into snow banks and dive under porches, into window wells, and cellars where they can become trapped. Always provide warm, accessible shelter and watch them closely.
Check under your car hood, honk, or rap on the hood before you start your car or truck engine. A cold cat will curl up against almost anything–including engines–to stay warm.
Temperature Related Conditions
Puppies, senior dogs and dogs with certain disease conditions (such as thyroid conditions) are more susceptible to cold temperatures. Temperature related illnesses require immediate removal to a warm, dry environment and medical attention by your veterinarian.
- Hypothermia can result from extended exposure to cold and is a life-threatening condition. Watch your dog for signs of shivering, shallow breathing, weak pulse or lethargy.
- Frostbite is a temperature related tissue injury and most commonly occurs on ears, tails, scrotum or feet. Signs include discolored skin (red, pale, or grayish) swelling, or blisters. Check your pet often for signs of frostbite which may be hidden beneath fur. Click [here] for more helpful cold weather tips.
The holidays are full of fabulous food, but remember – people food is NOT good for your pet and can be dangerous.
Human Foods That Are
Dangerous for Pets
Many of these foods may seem tasty to our pets but can prove deadly if eaten. It can be very tempting to offer pets food from the table, but pets should not be given human food unless recommended by your veterinarian. Turkey bones can splinter and cause intestinal blockages. Ham, stuffing and other rich foods may lead to nausea and vomiting, and chocolate is very poisonous to dogs and cats.
So what’s the best treat for your pets this holiday season? How about a tummy rub or some extra time on your lap? Your pets will thank you for it! Click [here] for more information.
When autumn molds and fungi blooms, so do allergies! But humans aren't the only ones who suffer. These airborne spores can trigger allergic reactions in dogs and cats too. Instead of sneezing, pets typically have itchy skin and will persistently scratch and lick to get relief, which can cause more problems with secondary infections.
If you think your pet is suffering from allergies, we can help!
If you live in Vancouver or the surrounding area in WA, then you have picked the perfect site to find a veterinarian. Your pet's health and well being is very important to us and we will take every step to give your pet the best possible care.
Companion Pet Clinic-Cascade Park is a full service animal hospital and will take both emergency cases as well as less urgent medical, surgical, and dental issues. Our team of veterinarians are experienced in all types of conditions and treatments. Beyond first rate pet care, we make our clinic comfortable and a very calm environment so your pet can relax in the waiting room.
We have a number of resources for you to learn about how to take better care of your pets. Browse around and look at our articles and pet videos. The best veterinary care for animals is ongoing nutrition and problem prevention. If you want to ask a question call 360-254-8811 or email us and we'll promptly get back to you. Our clinic is very easy to get to, and you can find directions on our Contact Us page. You can also subscribe to our newsletter which is created especially for Southwest Washington pet owners. In between your veterinary visits, your pet will benefit from you reading these free informative articles.
At Companion Pet Clinic-Cascade Park, we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.
Dr. Joseph Giffoni | Dr. Jennifer Phipps | Dr. Richard Hill | Dr. Lisa Clemetson
Vancouver Veterinarian | Companion Pet Clinic-Cascade Park | 360-254-8811
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