It's cold outside, but these tips can help keep your pet healthy and safe in spite of the chill.
• Keep your cat inside if possible, since felines can freeze, get lost, or suffer injuries outdoors in the cold.
• Antifreeze has a sweet taste cats tend to like. Help avoid an accidental poisoning by cleaning spills or leaks.
• Cats love sleeping in warm places. Prevent burns by protecting your cat from fireplaces, stoves and heaters.
• Wipe off your dog after being outdoors to remove salt and other chemicals that can be harmful if licked and ingested. Also consider using pet-safe de-icing salt.
• Trim longhaired dogs to avoid ice and salt clinging to them, but don't go too short or they might get chilly.
• Consider a coat or sweater, especially for shorthaired pups, to help retain body heat and prevent dry skin.
Also, be sure to offer a nutritious diet with plenty of protein to help make sure your fluffy friend's coat and health are in top shape. For more tips, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and check out our pet safety website.
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Cats and dogs have been on the big and small screens since the early days. June 19 is National Pets in Film Day, which was created to promote compassion for animals. So what better time to talk about pets and movies? Grab your popcorn and read on!
Lassie's a Lad
Although Lassie was a girl in the TV series and movies, this heroic pup was actually played by a boy named Pal. Male collies tend to have thicker coats, which look better on camera.
Mr. Bigglesworth's Breed
In the Austin Powers movies, Dr. Evil's famous feline Mr. Bigglesworth was a Sphynx cat. The Sphynx is considered a hairless breed and is known to love cuddling for warmth.
The touching film Marley and Me covers 14 years in the life of the title dog. To make the film, the director used yellow labs at different ages to play him – 22 in all!
Follow @ASPCAPetIns on Twitter for more fun film pet trivia.
Even though the weather outside might be frightful, it’s still important to take your dog outdoors for fresh air and exercise. To help, the ASPCA® experts provide guidelines for pet parents to follow that will keep their dog’s skin and paws in tip-top shape during walks this winter.
Before the Walk:
• Dress your dog in a sweater to help retain body heat and protect his or her skin from the cold.
• Trim your pooch’s hair to keep ice, salt or chemicals from clinging to it and drying onto the skin.
• If your dog doesn’t like to wear booties, rub petroleum jelly on the bottom of your pet’s feet to protect them from irritation.
During the Walk:
• Keep your dog on grass or snow and avoid salty, slippery sidewalks.
• Carry a towel with you to wipe off your pet’s paws, if needed.
• Remember, if it’s too cold outside for you, it’s probably too cold for your furry best friend. Try short, frequent walks instead of one long walk.
After the Walk:
• Wash and towel dry your dog’s feet to remove any salt or chemicals. Don’t forget to clean in between your dog’s toes!
• Brush your pet’s hair to stimulate overall blood circulation.
• Make sure your pooch has plenty of water to drink, which will keep his or her skin hydrated.
For more suggestions, read ASPCA’s Top Ten Winter Skin & Paw Care Tips or Cold Weather Tips.