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Know Your Pet's Cold Weather Limits

Just like people, pets’ cold tolerance can vary from pet to pet based on their
coat, body fat stores, activity level, and health. Be aware of your pet’s
tolerance for cold weather, and adjust accordingly. You will probably need to
shorten your dog’s walks in very cold weather to protect you both from
weather-associated health risks. Arthritic and elderly pets may have more
difficulty walking on snow and ice and may be more prone to slipping and
falling. Long-haired or thick-coated dogs tend to be more cold-tolerant, but are

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Pet Food Recall

Natura Pet Products has initiated a limited, voluntary recall of certain dry cat and dry ferret food lots produced in its Fremont, Nebraska facility. Due to a formulation error, these products contain insufficient levels of vitamins and excess minerals. Pets can become ill if they lack vitamins for prolonged periods. Early signs of vitamin deficiency may include decreased appetite, lethargy, vomiting and weight loss. If treated promptly, vitamin deficiency can be successfully reversed. The presence of excess minerals in these products poses no health concern.

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Pets and Ebola

At this time, the CDC states that there have been no reports of dogs or cats becoming sick with Ebola or of being able to spread the virus to people or animals. Even in areas of Africa where Ebola is present, there have been no reports of dogs or cats becoming sick with the virus.

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Pets and Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving approaching, your dog or cat will inevitably be begging to join your family in the big turkey dinner. Please make sure that you tell your guests to refrain!  The fat from turkey meat and skin can be really problematic for your pet's stomach.  In addition, the bones can break and cause serious internal injuries.  You may want to have a special, pet snack ready for your pet so that they can at least be part of the celebration.

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