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How To Keep Your Pet Safe And Healthy During Colder Months

Posted: 10/06/11 08:14 AM ET

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) offers some great advice for keeping your dog or cat safe from winter hazards, and I've added a few suggestions of my own to the list.

Dr. Karen Becker is a proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian. You can visit her site at: Mercola Healthy Pets.

Her goal is to help you create wellness in order to prevent illness in the lives of your pets. This proactive approach seeks to save you and your pet from unnecessary stress and suffering by identifying and removing health obstacles even before disease occurs. Unfortunately, most veterinarians in the U.S. are trained to be reactive. They wait for symptoms to occur, and often treat those symptoms without addressing the root cause.

By reading Dr. Becker's information, you'll learn how to make impactful, consistent lifestyle choices to improve your pet's quality of life.

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Kitties allowed to wander outdoors unsupervised are at much greater risk than house-cats, no matter the time of year. But a cat left outside in cold weather can literally freeze to death, or become permanently lost or stolen while looking for shelter from the cold.

Even if your kitty lives indoors, a cat collar with an ID tag is an excellent investment.

You may keep your cat inside, but your neighbors might not, or there could be strays or feral cats in the area.

Kitties left out in cold temperatures will sometimes tuck themselves up under the hoods of cars, or in the wheel wells. Starting or moving the vehicle can hurt or even kill the animal.

During the winter months, it's a good idea to bang loudly on your car hood before starting the engine as a warning to a cat that might be in or around your vehicle.