Those Precious Pads: Winter Paw Care 101

Winter paw protection is part of winter pet safety

Your pet’s paws are adorable, yet it’s easy to imagine they’re also tough-as-nails. After all, your pet uses them every day to walk, run, and play in all types of weather, and they don’t seem to be affected at all…right?

As it turns out, paw pads aren’t as indestructible as they might seem. Winter weather is particularly harsh and can wreak havoc on your pet’s paw pads. Fortunately, you can avoid dryness, cracking, bleeding, and injuries from toxic winter chemicals with proper winter paw care.

Winter Paw Care

A solid winter paw care plan begins with grooming. The hair around the paws should be trimmed regularly to prevent the accumulation of ice and snow in between the toes. Nails should also be kept short, as longer nails can force the paws to splay out, leading to problems with gait and increasing the opportunity for snow and ice balls to settle around the pads.

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Seasonal Scares: What You Need to Know About Halloween Pet Safety

Halloween pet safety can make Halloween fun with pets!

Autumn is the perfect time of year for making memories, and, for many, those memories involve one of the most beloved of American holidays: Halloween! However, this time of year can be fraught with danger for our furry family members, meaning that Halloween pet safety should be a top priority when it comes to enjoying the season with our animal friends.

Stranger Danger

The constantly ringing doorbell, visitors all night long, costumes, masks, and loud noises can cause anxiety in pets and increases the likelihood of an accidental escape. Find a quiet, out of the way place for your pet to relax with their bed and favorite toys ahead of time. Make sure they’re wearing a collar with current ID tags, and, if needed, check that their microchip information has been updated.

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Focus on Fleas and Pets

Fleas and pets can affect your pet's health and your home health.What’s worse than listening to your dog scratching through all hours of the night? Listening to your dog scratching through all hours of the night and having a flea infestation in your home!

Fleas and pets are not for the faint of heart, but luckily Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates has all the information that you need to be sure your pets don’t have this problem.

The Problems with Fleas

Fleas are small but troublesome creatures. Measuring only about 1-2 mm in length, these formidable little foes can reproduce quickly (one female can lay 50 eggs in a single day) and wreak havoc on us mammals. Continue…