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Winter weather update for the week of February 8, 2021

UPDATE 2/13/2021 8:00AM

It looks like Mother Nature hit Seattle pretty bad overnight!  I suspect operations will be pretty limited today – stay tuned if you have an appointment scheduled, we will let you know as soon as we are able if staff can safely make it into the office.  If your pet is experiencing a medical emergency, please contact BLUE PEARL or ANIMAL MEDICAL CENTER.

 

As information about the upcoming winter storm(s) for the Seattle area becomes available, we will update this page with any relevant changes at LUVC.  Our plan is to remain in operation, unless it becomes unsafe to do so — if anything changes that would affect an appointment you have scheduled, we will contact you as soon as we are able!

  • If you have an appointment scheduled but conditions are preventing you from getting to us safely, please call to cancel / reschedule your appointment as soon as you are able.
  • If you are coming to the office to pick supplies (medication refills, foods, etc.) please call ahead — in case we had to change hours, or leave unexpectedly.

To help prevent cold weather dangers from affecting your pet’s health, please heed the following advice:

  • Repeatedly coming out of the cold into the dry heat of your home can cause itchy, flaking skin. Keep your home humidified and towel dry your pet as soon as they come inside, paying special attention to his feet and in-between the toes. Remove any snow balls from between his foot pads.
  • If your dog is short-haired, consider getting them a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly. For many dogs, this is regulation winter wear.
  • Bring a towel on long walks to clean off stinging, irritated paws. After each walk, wash and dry your pet’s feet and stomach to remove ice, salt and chemicals—and check for cracks in paw pads or redness between the toes.
  • Bathe your pets as little as possible during cold spells. Washing too often can remove essential oils and increase the chance of developing dry, flaky skin.
  • Antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol.
  • Pets burn extra energy by trying to stay warm in wintertime. Feeding your pet a little bit more during the cold weather months can provide much-needed calories, and making sure she has plenty of water to drink will help keep her well-hydrated and her skin less dry.
  • Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.
  • Remember, if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet, so keep your animals inside. If left outdoors, pets can freeze, become disoriented, lost, stolen, injured or killed. In addition, don’t leave pets alone in a car during cold weather, as cars can act as refrigerators that hold in the cold and cause animals to freeze to death.