Protecting Pets in Cold Weather
In cold weather, keep pets inside. When you take them out, stay with them. When you are cold enough to go back inside, your pets are, too. If you absolutely must leave them outside for a significant amount of time, make sure they have a warm, solid shelter against wind and snow. Provide thick bedding and non-frozen water. You can also wrap a towel around a hot water bottle to help keep them warm without burning their skin. Very young and older pets are more vulnerable to cold. Watch for signs of frostbite and be sure to towel off their paws when returning from a walk to remove snow and deicing chemicals.
Cats will curl up against anything to stay warm, including your car's engine. If your car is parked outside in cold weather, bang on the hood before starting your car to dislodge any small animals sheltering near the engine.
For more information, visit the American Veterinary Medical Association at www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/cold-weather-pet-safety.aspx
Holiday Dangers to Pets
The top 5 causes of holiday illnesses, injuries, and possible death to pets include ingesting:
1. Holiday tinsel and ornaments
2. Holiday lighting and candles
3. Gift wrap and ribbons
4. Holiday foods: chocolate, fat trimmings, bones, uncooked bread dough, raisins, and nuts
5. Holiday plants: pine needles, holly, mistletoe, poinsettias
Contact your veterinarian if your pet has consumed these items.
The Love I left Behind
Before humans die, they write their last Will and Testament, give their home and all they have, to those they leave behind. If, with my paws, I could do the same, this is what I'd ask...
To a poor and lonely stray I'd give:
-My happy home.
-My bowl and cozy bed, soft pillows, and all my toys.
-The lap, which I loved so much.
-The hand that stroked my fur and the sweet voice which spoke my name.
I'd Will to the sad, scared shelter dog, the place I had in my human's loving heart, of which there seemed no bounds.
So, when I die, please do not say, "I will never have a pet again, for the loss and pain is more than I can stand."
Instead, go find an unloved dog, one whose life had held no joy or hope and give MY place to him.
This is the only thing I can give...The love I left behind.
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