Celina Animal Hospital

7100 Havemann Road - Celina, OH - 419-586-3109

Dog's Age

Human Equivalent

6 months old

10 years old

8 months old

13 years old

10 months old

14 years old

12 months old

15 years old

18 months old

20 years old

2 years old

22 years old

4 years old

32 years old

6 years old

40 years old

8 years old

48 years old

10 years old

56 years old

12 years old

64 years old

14 years old

72 years old

16 years old

80 years old

18 years old

88 years old

brrr...It's Cold Outside!!

As the mercury dips, using these tips will help you

protect your pets.

  1. During the winter, outdoor cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars. When the motor is started, the cat can be injured by the fan belt. If there are outdoor cats in your area, bang loudly on the car hood before starting the engine to give the cat a chance to escape.
  2. Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth. When you bathe your dog in the colder months, be sure to completely dry him before taking him out for a walk. Own a short-haired breed? Consider getting him a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly.
  3. Puppies do not tolerate the cold as well as adult dogs, and may be difficult to housebreak during the winter. If your puppy appears to be sensitive to the weather, you may opt to paper-train him inside. If your dog is sensitive to the cold due to old age, illness or breed type, take him outdoors only to relieve himself.
  4. Thoroughly wipe off your dog's legs and stomach when he comes in out of the sleet, snow or ice. He can ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking his paws and his paw pads may also bleed from snow or encrusted ice.
  5. Never let your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm-dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost. More dogs are lost during the winter than any other season, so make sure yours always wears ID tags.
  6. Like coolant, 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.
  7. Does your dog spend a lot of time engaged in outdoor activities? Increase the amont of food and protein you feed him to keep him-and his fur-in tip-top shape.
  8. Keep your cat inside. Outdoors, felines can freeze or become lost. Remember, cats who are allowed to stray can be exposed to infectious diseases- including rabies, from other cats, dogs and wildlife.
  9. 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.
  10. Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze.

 

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