Monthly Archives: December 2011

Baby it’s cold outside!

When the temperature dips below freezing, there are several important facts to consider with your dogs and cats.

An outdoor or stray cat might seek warmth under a car’s hood. It is best to bang on the hood or beep the horn before starting your car. Both cats and dogs who are allowed to roam may become disoriented in a snow storm or blizzard. It is best to keep them inside under these conditions.

Just as in summer weather, do not leave cats or dogs in the car when it is really cold outside. Cars will trap the cold air making for fatal conditions for your pet. Leave them home rather than parked in a car while you do your errands.

If you walk your dog in the snow or sleet, wipe off their feet, legs and stomach when you return. Salt on the sidewalks and roads can cut into their pads and cause bleeding. Also, if your dog is allowed to lick the salt, it can be very dangerous. We all know about dogs and cats and antifreeze. If you use antifreeze in your car, be sure to completely wipe up any spills. Additionally, it is best to use products containing propylene glycol versus ethylene glycol.

A puppy’s fur is not as thick as an adult dog’s fur. Also, their feet are not as calloused. Older dogs may also be less tolerant of the cold due to weakened immune systems and arthritis. Only take puppies and older dogs out to go to the bathroom in freezing weather.

Let your dog grow his winter coat. When grooming, just trim the hair. Do not shave close to the skin. If you have a short haired dog, it is a good idea to invest in a sweater.

When walking your dog, be sure to avoid large patches of ice. Dogs can break a leg or rip a tendon or ligament if they go sprawling. These types of injuries take a long time to heal. So avoid the ice!

Cats or dogs left outside for extended periods of time can get hypothermia. This is a condition where the body temperature dips below normal. Signs of hypothermia include shivering and lethargy. Consult your vet if you think your pet is suffering from hypothermia. Frostbite can also occur in your dogs or cats. Do not rub the frozen tissue because this can cause additional tissue damage. Seek help from your veterinarian.

When it is cold outside, baby, keep ’em inside!!


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cats and shedding

In a perfect world, cats would not shed their fur and leave little furbunnies all over the house. The hairless cat such as the Sphinx does not have fur to shed. However, the great appeal of cats is that they are soft and furry. The Russian Blue and the Burmese cats shed a minimal amount. All black cats and the black tabby cat do not shed as much as other cats. If the furbunnies bother you, don’t get a white cat. My veterinarian friend says they shed a great deal more than other cats. White cats have dense undercoats which contribute to the excess shedding. The bottom line is, brush your cat every day, if he’ll let you. They are not fond of having someone else tend to their fur. I suggest you wear those heavy duty canvas gloves!

Cats versus Dogs Vision

We have all heard that cats see better in the dark than dogs. It is true because of the elliptical pupil a cat has. Dogs and humans have round ones which are less efficient in the dark. The cat’s eye shape allows for a much larger pupil size, thus allowing more light to enter the eye. However, no cat can see in pitch black darkness. They do see better than dogs in minimal light. So let the cat lead the way versus the round eyed humans and  dogs. Otherwise it is the blind leading the blind! Just kidding!

Caring for your senior dog

As with humans, senior dogs change as they age. Unfortunately for dog lovers, it seems to happen way too fast! One way a dog may be considered to be geriatric is based on weight. Dogs who are 50 pounds and over are considered to be in the geriatric range at the age of 7 years. Dogs 20-50 pounds are thought to be geriatric at 9 years of age and small dogs of less than twenty pounds at 10 years of age. There are several factors to consider in caring for your aging dog.

  • Exercise is still important but may need to be less vigorous than when your dog was young
  • Provide more bathroom breaks due to aging bladders and more frequent urination need
  • Use of non-skid runners and area rugs will help unsteady dogs on hardwood floors
  • Climbing ramps for stairs or getting up on a bed may make getting from one place to another easier
  • Food should be easy to digest and of fewer calories than when your dog was younger
  • Visit your vet twice per year and watch for changes that may signal the need for a visit including eating and drinking habits, wounds that are not healing, unusual or sore lumps, and lethargy
  • Dogs with hearing loss need to be monitored for their safety and those with vision loss may benefit from surgery

Enjoy your dog in his golden years!

Books for Dog Lovers

Hello,  I just learned about and received three books for Dog Lovers (although they me be for all pet lovers and also for anyone who likes to read a variety of topics).  I have not read them yet, but I look forward to delving in.  Janet Lyman, my other blogger, is a fast reader, and will be reading them, too.  We will provide our review when done.  In the meantime, check these out:
Erik’s Hope: The Leash that Led me to Freedom is a fictional account based on the true story of a young woman’s transformational journey, assisted by her beloved dog, Erik. The book chronicles Andrea’s shift from a high-potential professional with little regard for matters of the heart to a passionate and caring advocate for personal change, growth and healing. To learn more go to:  or on facebook

Dogs Have Angels Too demonstrates how positive effects can come out of life’s unexpected turns and how the mutual love between people and pets is truly inspiring. In addition, Cavallaro reveals how one woman with a vision is able to enlighten others and bring about change for needy pups within her own community. Learn more at or on Facebook:

Paranormal Pooch, written by Olga Horvat, is an eye opening story about one family’s four-month sojourn into the dark and unknown side of the canine world. Bideawee works hard at bringing pets together.  For more information on Paranormal Pooch and Paranormal Pet Expert Olga Horvat, visit her online: Facebook: or Website:

Happy Holidays!