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“Baby it’s cold outside”

That's one way to stay warm!

"Baby, it's cold outside!"

According to the weather reports, it seems metro Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and Coquitlam will experience colder than usual temperatures again this winter. And while these temperatures are nothing close to what people experience in the prairie or eastern provinces, it definitely cold to us! And for our pets. Cold weather can be difficult because cats and dogs cannot “instantly” grow more fur. To help your pets get throught the cold weather, and stay healthy, here are some winter-proofing tips for pet owners.

Is your pet outdoors most of the day?

If your cat or dog spends most of their day outside, then they need protection – an insulated place just large enough so that he can curl up to keep warm. For the Pacific Northwest, this means protection from ALL the elements – rain, snow, wind and sun – because we do experience all of these, sometimes within one 24 hour period! This is especially important when temperatures dip quickly as they have here in the Lower Mainland of Vancouver this past week – ensuring that your pet has shelter for the day will ensure they are warm.

Hungry?

My cats are ALWAYS asking for food. But right now, it’s urgent. MEEEEOOOOOWWWWW!!!!! And that is because they are outdoors burning calories keeping warm. At times like this it is ok to give them extra food to cover the extra energy they need to keep warm outdoors. If you’re not sure how much – contact the staff at Burnaby New West Animal Hospital, Highlands Animal Hospital or West End Veterinary Clinic to ask them. They’ll be happy to help.

Remember that when the weather warms up, you’ll need to cut back to the normal amount of food.

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The Importance of Regular Vet Care for your Pet

This is a great infographic. It can also help you to remember when to get vaccines for your pets. The benefits of regular checkups and when to get them for your pets.

And how to prevent major pet diseases with early detection!

Click on the image to see the entire infographic.

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Why it's a good idea to consider vaccinations for senior pets senior dog

These are the rules that we, the veterinarians at Care Pet Wellness Group, follow when deciding whether to vaccinate. 

  1. We only vaccinate an animal against infectious agents to which it has a realistic risk of exposure.
  2. We vaccinate against infectious agents that cause significant disease.
  3. We vaccinate an animal only when the potential benefits outweigh the potential risks.

how-to-trim-pet-nails-vancouverNail Trimming

Regular nail trimming should be part of the grooming routine for your pet. Nails that are too long interfere with the way a dog walks and stands. Excessively long cat toenails can be easily caught on furniture. Toenails must be trimmed regularly to keep them a comfortable length.

With a little training and following the correct procedures, nail trimming becomes aquick and painless activity.

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