With the colder months approaching here in Northern Virginia, we’d like to share some tips for keeping your pet comfortable and safe.
If your dog is a short-haired breed or getting on in years, keep her toasty in cold weather with a warm coat or sweater. Make sure it covers from her neck to the base of her tail, as well as her chest. We recommend leaving the hair in a longer style in the winter.
Puppies in particular are more sensitive to cold than older dogs, so you may want to papertrain your puppy inside. And if you have an ill or elderly dog, or a breed that cannot tolerate low temperatures, take her outdoors only long enough to relieve herself. If your pet enjoys increased outdoor activities, she’ll need more nutritional fuel, so you may need to increase her food intake.
One of the problems when the temperature drops is a tendency for outdoor cats to sleep under the hoods of cars. It may be warmer, but a car’s fan belt can kill or injure them when the motor is started. If there are outdoor cats in your neighborhood, bang loudly on the hood of your car and wait a few seconds before starting the engine. If you own a cat, it is better to keep him inside on cold days.
And when your dog comes in out of inclement weather, thoroughly wipe her legs and stomach and always check her pawpads. Encrusted snow and ice may cause them to bleed. You’ll also want to wipe off any salt and other chemicals used to melt ice. These can hurt your dog if she ingests them while licking her paws.
And antifreeze, while essential to a car’s cooling system, may be very dangerous to your pets if they are exposed to it. Be sure to clean up any spills from your vehicle immediately, and consider switching to a propylene glycol-based anti-freeze like Prestone Low Tox, which provides an added margin of safety for pets and wildlife. If you suspect poisoning, call your veterinarian. You can also contact The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center’s 24-hour emergency hotline at (888) 426-4435. There is a fee associated with using this service.
Did you know that one in four dogs die of cancer? It’s the number one disease related death in pets, and cancer accounts for almost half of the deaths of pets over 10 years of age. With advances in pet medicine and research, more and more animals are being treated and surviving cancer. If found early, most of these cancers can be cured with surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or a combination of the three, and early diagnosis will aid your veterinarian in delivering the best care possible.
Here are some signs of cancer :
Any lump or mass that appears to be increasing in size
Any sore that does not heal
Change in bowel or bladder habits
Difficulty urinating or defecating
Unexplained bleeding or discharge from any body opening
Saturday, November 8, 2014
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Puttin’ on the Dog: Love Ball 2014!
Here’s your chance to stay up late and dance ‘til your dogs bark! MCHS’ once-a-year-gotta-go-to-see-and-be-seen bash and fundraiser, the Love Ball, is back! Bring your pooch and join us for dinner, dancing, cocktails (and there’s even a doggie bar!), and a silent auction filled with must-have items.
Kick off the evening with cocktails and shopping at our amazing silent auction, then sup on an elegant three-course meal, bid at the exciting live auction, and cut the light fantastic (or reasonable facsimile) on the dance floor to music from the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s by Fresh Air. (Yes…there will be disco…You have been warned!) with your human and/or canine partner! Please be sure to invite your family and friends (that’d be your “dawgs” in popular parlance) to the party! We’ve got seating for almost 300!
Today, we honor and celebrate the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, because it’s National Animal Shelter and Rescue Awareness week. Since 1944, the Animal Welfare League of Arlington has worked to improve the lives of animals. They help us create a world where all companion animals find compassionate and permanent homes. Thanks you so very much!
We continue to celebrate National Animal Shelter & Rescue Awareness Week. We would like to thank King Street Cats. King Street Cats is the only all-volunteer, cat-exclusive, no-kill rescue facility in Alexandria, Va. They are 100% volunteer-run and rely solely on private donations. With no paid staff, every dollar donated goes to the welfare of their cats. Thanks for all you do King Street Cats!
The first week in November, we get to honor and celebrate animal shelters and the dedicated people who work to protect animals.
A shelter is a safe haven for animals, and a great place to adopt a new family pet. Shelters also provide critical services such as investigating cruelty and neglect, reuniting lost pets with their families, teaching kids to care about animals, and providing spay/neuter services to help reduce pet overpopulation. If you are considering a new addition to your family, please consider a local shelter or rescue in the Northern VIrginia area. There are so many great animals looking for a forever home!
I am an exceptionally handsome, if I do say so myself, black Great Dane. I am pretty powerful but love to lean on my people and would love to spend some time with you. A bit of training and I’d be a great addition to your home. I would prefer a home without young children.
This dog can only be adopted within the Washington D.C. metro area.
Service areas in Northern Virginia include: Alexandria, Annandale, Arlington, Bailey’s Crossroads, Burke, Cameron Station, Centreville, Chantilly, Clifton, Dale City, Dumfries, Dunn Loring, Fairfax, Fairfax Station, Falls Church, Fort Belvoir, Fort Hunt, Franklin Farm, Herndon, Kingstowne, Lorton, Manassas, Manassas Park, Mason Neck , McLean, Mount Vernon, Oakton, Occoquan, Reston, Springfield, Vienna, and Woodbridge.