16 Feb Keeping your pets healthy.
Keeping pets safe and healthy during the November-February months is a little bit more of a challenge than the rest of the year. Some of these reasons are because of us, embarrassingly.
Take, for instance, Thanksgiving. Vets say they see an uptick of dogs admitted to their offices the day after the holiday, and the majority of them are having gastrointestinal issues. Most of those digestive issues are from all the turkey, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie their owners were giving them the day before. Human food is not what our pets should be eating, really ever.
One vet explained, “All lot of it is way too rich for the pets, and it will cause GI upset and pancreatitis, all kind of bad things, so we don’t want that to happen.” That’s precisely what they see every Friday after Thanksgiving.
And honestly, given the selection of fancy pet foods that not even a human would turn their nose up at (but still shouldn’t eat either!), there are plenty of alternatives if you want to give your dog something other than kibble that day. If you think they’re too expensive…how expensive was the vet checkup the day after?
Another thing to keep in mind is that the weather is changing too. Now, it’s not our fault it’s getting cold, but the cold weather does make us want to do less outside, like playing and walking our dogs. This means that it’s more likely for pets to gain weight because we’re less active compared to the summer and fall months with all the sunshine and happiness. Owners should strive to brave the cold, as long as their pets can handle it, and keep everyone active. It’s possible your pet might need a sweater or jacket to help it in the cold, though this depends on what kind of breed you have, and what type of coat that breed is covered with. Be prepared to cut back on how much food you give them too because they’ll be burning fewer calories while they’re not playing fetch in the snow.
Owners need to keep a close eye on more human-made issues during these cold times. Anti-freeze is not something you want Rover investigating and licking up, and again, vet offices see an uptick from that this time of year. They see the same with rat poison, which some owners put around their house to keep pests from seeking shelter inside. Owners need to be very careful and responsible with things like that and make sure it will not put their pet in harm’s way.