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Tejas Veterinary Clinic

15125 Northwest Blvd.
Corpus Christi, TX 78410



Cold Weather

The U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s Animal Welfare Act recommends that ambient temperature should not drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, especially when sick, aged or young animals are present. If it does, plan to supplement the animal’s environment with auxiliary heating and additional bedding. Additionally, animals should always be provided with adequate protection and shelter from the direct effect of wind, rain or snow. Remember that animals in Texas are not acclimated to cold weather so they must be protected from extreme weather conditions accordingly. Allowing pets indoors is a great way to protect them from harsh weather.

If you know or suspect that an animal has ingested any of the above items, immediately consult a veterinarian, animal emergency clinic or poison control center. The Texas Poison Center Network can be reached at 800/222-1222. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center can be reached at 800/548-2423.

Thanks is given to Dr. John C. Haliburton, former Head of Diagnostic Toxicology for the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory in Amarillo, for his assistance and expertise in preparing this article.

1Rosendale, ME. Veterinary Medicine. 1999; August:703..

Popo Says!

Getting a new puppy or kitten? There are some things you need to do!

Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. Making sure your pet is healthy should be your first priority.

How will you transport the puppy or kitten home? If you're adopting from a shelter, they may provide a box with a top that can be closed. Otherwise, use a kennel to contain the pet, and line it with a towel or soft bedding.

A cat or dog wearing a collar conveys that they belong to someone. And if you plan on taking your pet outside, a leash is essential.

Your growing pet will be hungry, and good nutrition puts him or her on a healthy track. Ask your veterinarian for product recommendations. And head off behavior problems before they begin by never feeding your pet from the table where you and your family eat.

If there is any area in your home that you want to make off limits, you'll need to block your new pet from entering. But don't leave him there alone all day; he needs time to socialize and collect cuddles and kisses.

Credit: Merck Health