Welcome to the Ste-Agathe Animal Hospital. Our hospital was founded in 1978 by Dr. Robert Aucoin.Since 1991, our hospital is an accredited member of the American Animal Hospital Association, an organization which recognizes the excellence of animal care. Our MISSION is to deliver the best animal care for our patients and exceptional client service.
Tips to protect your pets in winter
With the extreme temperatures of the last few days, it seemed appropriate to take a few minutes and remind you how important it is to be cautious, for you and your fury companions, for they too, will need additional protection.
Do not leave your animal outside unattended in very cold weather. Short-haired animals, young and old, are more vulnerable to cold weather. Frostbite is common in our pets, especially the tip of the ears, the paw pads and the tail.
Here are some helpful tips:
– If your animal must stay outside, provide a shelter, isolated from the wind and cold and lined with straw and blankets. Provide water regularly (not just snow, because that will make him colder) and a little more food to compensate for the energy expenditure due to the cold. Use plastic bowls.
– Trimming the hair between the paw pads will help prevent clumping of ice, that can be uncomfortable or even painful. Winter balms can be used on paw pads that congeal on contact and form a film to protect them from calcium, ice and extreme cold. You can make the balms yourself: mix one-part glycerin for three-parts Vaseline. Balms are often used with sled dogs.
– Wipe your animal’s paws thoroughly as soon as he comes inside, to remove any chemicals and salt that can irritate and cause burns to the pads and between the fingers.
– Our domestic cats, are naturally equipped for the winter and do not require special precautions. Often, they will limit their outside adventures and will be satisfied with using a window’s edge as an observation site while waiting for the return of warmer weather. Cats that are a little bit more wild and independent are accustomed to going out in the winter, and their fur naturally thickens to protect them from the cold. Provide a shelter if your cat is often outside.
The important thing to keep in mind: be attentive to your animal and know its limits. Playing outside and going for walks is good for your morale and for your animal’s as well!
Have a great winter!