It’s the middle of the Treasure Valley’s coldest, driest, harshest season, and you may be wondering how to ensure your pet stays warm and comfortable during the chilly winter months. In Idaho, we experience sleet, snow, and dry, cold air in the winter, posing potential health pitfalls for pets and humans alike. With a little planning, forethought, and awareness, you can keep your dog cozy and healthy during the next few months of winter.
If you’re a Treasure Valley local, you’re familiar with our seasonal gloomy, cloudy skies (a.k.a. inversions). Many December and January months—even into February—in Boise can involve weeks of inversion with no sun and below-freezing temperatures. It’s difficult for even the most dedicated outdoors-lover to get into the fresh air.
As a pet owner, you want the best for your furry friend and work hard to provide a good life for them. You do your research, know your stuff, and choose the best products and services for your dog or cat. You also want the best possible health care for your pet, starting with the first line of defense: your veterinarian.
Many pet owners love their dogs enough to want to spend as much time as possible with them, so it’s no surprise when they choose to bring their furry friends along on errands or to events. Many public places are dog-friendly and welcome your pet in, but more often than not, grocery stores and other businesses where food is prepared and/or served don’t allow animals inside. Because of this, many owners wonder: can I leave my dog in the car during the winter months?
Your Pet and Thanksgiving Food
It's time to indulge at the Thanksgiving table and eat until we all have to let out a few notches in our belts. During the festive meals of the holidays, it can be tempting to get Fido or Fluffy in on the fun and give your dog or cat a plate full of leftovers. Pause before loading up their food bowl with turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes, though. What looks harmless to you could spell gastrointestinal distress—or worse—for your pet. Here’s what you need to know before giving your pet any Thanksgiving leftovers.
There are few things that will make a dog happier than a bone. Dog owners know that they'll get Fido's tail wagging fast if they offer the leftover bones from dinner, and who doesn't like to see a goofy doggy grin on their pup's face?
If you're a dog owner, you put up with your fair share of crap. Literally. There's a lot of poop-scooping, bagging, examining, and cleaning up that comes with having a furry family member, and responsible pet owners know that it's not all sunshine and daisies. It's your duty (pun definitely intended) to pay attention to what's coming out of your dog's business end, and although you don't have to get too dirty, a little information can go a long way toward making knowing if your canine is having tummy troubles or not.
Some of the things your dog does probably make you wonder, "What the poop?" Perhaps no behaviors are more perplexing than the classic butt scoot that your pup does on occasion.
Ahhh, autumn. It's time to breathe in the scent of crisp fall air and enjoy the crunch of leaves under our feet, and then head inside for a cat nap. Speaking of cats, have you considered how your feline friend is affected by the change in the weather?