St. Francis Animal Hospital provides affordable veterinary care to all owned pets in the surrounding Jacksonville area. Locally founded and inspired, we are a non-profit organization that treats all of our patients with quality, tender healthcare.
Lace up your shoes, leash up your dog and join us for the 2017 Chariots of Fur Beach Run & Festival – Presented by Best VETS of Jacksonville!
Register today at www.ChariotsofFur5k.org for the 2017 Chariots of Fur Beach Run & Festival on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 10am, Seawalk Pavilion, 75 1st St. N., Jacksonville Beach.
Please follow these guidelines to protect your companion animal when the temperature drops.
- Keep your cat inside. Outdoors, cats can freeze, become lost or stolen, or be injured or killed.
- During the winter, outdoor cats sometimes choose to sleep under the hoods of cars, where it is warmer. Then, when the motor is started, the cat can be injured or killed in the fan belt. To prevent this, bang loudly on the hood of your car and wait a few seconds before starting the engine, to give a cat a chance to escape.
- Thoroughly wipe off your dog’s legs and stomach when she comes in out of the rain, snow or ice. Check her sensitive paw pads. Also, salt, antifreeze or other chemicals could hurt your dog if she ingests them while licking her paws.
- If you own a short-haired breed, consider getting a warm coat or sweater for your dog. Look for one with a high collar or turtleneck that covers your dog from the base of her tail on top and to the belly underneath. While this may seem like a luxury, it is a necessity for many dogs.
- Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold. Your companion animal could freeze to death.
- If your dog is sensitive to the cold due to age, illness or breed type, take him outdoors only long enough to relieve himself.
- Puppies do not tolerate the cold as well as adult dogs and may be difficult to house train during the winter. If necessary, paper train your puppy inside if he appears to be sensitive to the weather.
- If your dog spends a lot of time engaged in outdoor activities, increase his supply of food, particularly protein, to keep his fur thick and healthy.
- Antifreeze, even in very tiny doses, is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Because of its sweet taste, dogs are attracted to it. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle. To prevent accidental poisonings, more and more people are using animal-friendly products that contain propylene glycol rather than the traditional products containing ethylene glycol. Call us or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center if you suspect your animal has ingested poison.
- Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter. Leave the coat in a longer style, which provides more warmth. Remember that such a style will require more frequent brushing due to dry winter air and static electricity. When you bathe your dog, make sure she is completely dry before you take her out for a walk.
- Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep far away from all drafts and off the floor, such as in a dog or cat bed or basket with a warm blanket or pillow in it. Courtesy of www.aspca.org and www.dvmmultimedia.com.