Welcome to the Animal Medical Hospital. We have been providing quality veterinary care at 204 East Tenth Street
since December 1, 1985. We
offer a variety of healthcare for your companion pets including Veterinary Wellness Care, Surgical Care, Radiology
and Laboratory Services, Grooming and Boarding.
Our Doctors are also available for after hour emergency care 24 hours. By calling the office number, information will be given for emergency service.
The weather sure has been nice, but Old Man Winter has caught up with us, and our pets! Here are some tips for cold weather pet safety.
Be sure to have your pet's annual examination on time. Conditions like arthritis can worsen in cold temperatures, and there are so many products available for arthritis pain in your pets. Older, arthritic pets can be more prone to slipping and falling on the snow and ice, so watch them closely.
Be sure to know your pet's tolerance for the cold. Just like us, tolerance will vary pet to pet based on their coat, body fat stores, activity level, and general health. You will probably need to shorten walks in very cold weather to protect both you and your pet from health risks. Short haired pets feel the cold faster because they have less protection, and short legged pets may become cold faster because their bellies and bodies are more likely to come into contact with snow covered ground. Pets with diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease or Cushing's disease may have a harder time regulating their body temperature, so limit time outdoors for these pets.
Keep your pets inside during cold weather. Like us, dogs and cats can be susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia. If your pet is whining, shivering, or seems weak or anxious, get them back inside because they are showing signs of hypothermia. Frostbite might not be visible until a few days after the damage is done. If you suspect your pet has hypothermia or frostbite, call our office and bring them in to the office for treatment.
Warm engines can be appealing to outdoor or feral cats, so make sure to make some noise before starting your vehicle to give these cats time to come out from under the hood, avoiding serious injury.
Check your dog's paws often for signs of cold weather injury, such as dry cracked pads or snow accumulation between the pads. You might want to keep your dog's paws trimmed between the pads to help with snow and ice building up in the pads. During walks, your dog's feet, legs and belly may pick up deicers, antifreeze, or other chemicals that could be toxic. Keep wipes on hand to wipe down your dog after walks to remove these chemicals so they won't be ingested by your dog licking their feet or fur.
Make sure your pet is well identified in the winter. Snow and ice can hide familar scents, and our pets can become lost easily. A microchip is a more permanent form of identification, but make sure to keep your information updated should your pet be lost.
Keep your pet at a healthy weight during the winter. Some pet owners think that a little extra weight will give their pet extra protection, but there are also health risks associated with the extra weight, so just maintain a good healthy weight. Outdoor pets will require more calories in the winter to generate enough body heat and energy to keep them warm, so be attentive to their nutritional needs.
Enjoy the winter now that it's here, and let us know if we can help protect your pets as well!