Seasonal Tip

The veterinarians and staff at the Animal Hospital of Colorado Springs is committed to providing excellent health care and safety advice to our clients. We strongly believe that educated pet owners have the potential to be better pet owners, so we provide seasonal advice to ensure that your pet is safe and healthy all year round.

Winter Safety Tips

The winter season is here and the weather is getting colder and colder. The veterinary team at the Animal Hospital of Colorado Springs would like to remind you how important it is to ensure that your pet is safe all year long, but especially during the coldest season of the year!

Frostbite

When temperatures drop below freezing, as they often do in our Colorado winters, it’s important to make sure that your pet isn’t spending a lot of time outside unattended and unprotected. If your pet is out in the snow and ice for more than fifteen or twenty minutes, they should wear protective booties to keep their feet from freezing. Areas that need to be watched are paws, noses, tail tips, and areas of mostly exposed skin on short-haired dogs.

Winter Toxins

Dangerous chemicals are often used in the winter for things like melting ice. When ice melt products are sprinkled on your driveway, porch, or streets, these toxic chemicals can be tracked into houses and cars on our shoes or on our pet’s paws. It’s important to make sure that your entry way is kept clean of debris and that your pet’s paws are washed gently with mild soap and warm water when they come inside. The chemicals of sidewalk salt and ice melt products can be irritating to skin, causing pets to lick and bite their paws, but it can also be toxic if consumed!

Holiday Plants

During the holiday season, we often get those beautiful holiday plants—like poinsettias, lilies, and amaryllis—and these will often keep going strong long into the winter season. If you have any of these popular holiday plants in your home, please remember that these are toxic to pets. Always sweep up fallen leaves or petals, and when possible, remove the plants from areas where your pet is likely to go.

Wildlife Concerns

New members of our community may not be aware of our wild life that can be dangerous to our furry friends. A few bears which haven’t gone into hibernation yet have still been spotted in our area. Mountain lions are rare but can be seen in some yards closer to Cheyenne Mountain. Foxes are common and a concern for small dogs and cats. Deer cause more injuries to our clients’ pets than any other wild life in the area. For those new to the area, the deer in our area are typically not afraid of people or pets and instead of running from a barking and chasing dog the deer typically will stand their ground. Many of the injuries are from being gored by antlers or being kicked. So be careful and check your yards prior to letting your pets outside.

The veterinary team at the Animal Hospital of Colorado Springs hopes that you have a wonderful winter season with your family and your pets. Stay warm and safe!

Sincerely,

John Boley, DVM,
DABVP Certified canine and feline practice