6555 Cahill Ave #104
Inver Grove Hts, MN
M-Fri: 8 AM – 6 PM
Sat: 9 AM – 12 PM
Unbelievably summer is nearly OVER!
It took so long for it to arrive that it just doesn’t seem possible it could be ending!
Officially, fall began Sunday, September 22nd. However, as past years have proven, we may still have some pretty warm weather occurring in October, November and even into December. Don’t quit giving your pet heartworm preventative! We recommend giving the Heartgard Plus or TriHeart Plus all year long due to the absence of treatment options. Those are Minnesota mosquitoes out there and they are hearty bugs! Ticks, too, may still live well into the fall and early winter months. We need a few really hard frosts before discontinuing tick and flea protection. If you travel to warm climates with your pets, keep them on Frontline Plus for constant protection.
Hunting is an enjoyable sport for you and your dog to share during the fall and winter months. We have Pet First Aid kits available to take with you on your trips. These kits are stocked with supplies needed for most common injuries as well as a basic guidebook for treating. However, the kits can be customized for your pet’s individual needs which may include a stapler, short courses of pain medication, antibiotics or other prescription medications your pet is currently taking. This kit can also be used for your feline friends too, if they travel or just to have at home for emergencies. If your pet is seriously injured or ill, we recommend that you take them in to see a veterinarian as soon as possible.
This is the time of year to fortify your pet’s outdoor living space. If your dog lives outdoors, check the insulation materials in the housing structure. Replace any old or defective insulation with new material. Make sure there are no leaks in the structure, (roof, siding, flooring, etc). The structure should be big enough for the dog to stand up and turn around, but not so big that the pet cannot warm the space with its own body heat. Provide a water source that won’t freeze as the temperatures plummet below freezing. There are water dishes that are heated to prevent drinking water from freezing. Dogs will need a good quality food that will provide optimal nutrients to boost their body’s defense mechanisms and keep them safe and warm during the cold, winter months. Fish oils and fatty acid supplements may be added to your pet’s diet to keep the skin and coat healthy in the impending, cold, dry weather. We offer a number of great quality supplements. Check with our staff on what products would benefit your pet this fall/winter.
Remember to keep antifreeze, road salt, and other potentially toxic products out of reach of your pets. There are pet-safe antifreeze and de-icing products available on the market. If you think your pet has ingested a dangerous substance, call your veterinarian immediately or go directly to an emergency veterinary facility for treatment.
Please report any suspected abuse of animals! If you don’t, they have no voice to protect themselves! Pets that are left outdoors with no shelter provided or food/water source are left to suffer in the elements. Without proper housing & care these helpless critters are subjected to hypothermia, dehydration and a number of other deadly conditions. We have to be their voice.
With the holidays around the corner, there are potential dangers to our fuzzy friends in the forms of holiday decorations, electrical hazards (lights and ornaments), even rich, fatty, salty/sugary foods that fill our homes during this festive season. Be aware of possible danger zones for your pets. Enjoy family, friends, food, and your furry fellows during this joyful season, by keeping your environment safe!
You can share outdoor activities with your pets in the fall and winter weather. Simply use common sense when choosing activities and make sure your pets are equipped to withstand the climate. Boots & coats are necessary for people to keep warm and dry……some pets aren’t designed with heavy fur coats and toughened pads on their paws, so they, too, may need a coat or booties to protect themselves. Enjoy our Midwestern fall/winter and be safe!
Leo & Sammie, winter play