Tips for Keeping Your Beloved Pet Healthy All Through Winters | Animal Hospital Mississauga

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Tips for Keeping Your Beloved Pet Healthy All Through Winters | Animal Hospital Mississauga

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Tips for Keeping Your Beloved Pet Healthy:

Just like us, our pets need to be extra careful and cautious with their health during cold and harsh winters. In winters, our pets are prone to developing health problems, which if not treated in time, can pose additional risks and serious health concerns. Veterinarians practicing in Mississauga reveal that pet owners give more importance to protecting pets from warmer temperatures, than colder ones. With some preventive measures and a lot of love and attention, pet owners can make sure that they protect their beloved pets before the onset of winter problems.


Some pets like cats do not like to be confined to homes even in harsh winters. For them, it may be a good idea to build a warm shelter that protects them from dryness and chilly drafts so that they can rest in a protected and safe place even when outdoors. Make sure to line the floor of the shelter with a thick carpet or a warm surface. The shelter must be covered and located in preferably a closed space such as a garage. Regularly change the bedding and make sure it is dry, or else it will cause additional health concerns for your pet. You can also invest in heating products that are specifically designed for animals for added safety.


Help your pet to stay healthy by administering fresh food and cleaning their food bowl frequently. Make sure to warm the bowl and food before giving it to your pet. As winters decrease your pet’s physical activity, try to maintain a healthy weight by feeding them appropriate quantities at the right time. Specific holiday foods such as chocolate, plants, holly berries, leaves, and tinsel are likely to poison pets. If you notice symptoms such as vomiting or convulsions, rush to your nearest animal hospital immediately.


If you are a pet owner, you already know how pets find antifreeze liquids irresistible due to their sweet smell and taste. But antifreeze products often contain numerous toxins that can be quite fatal to pets. When returning from outside, make sure that you wash your pet’s paws thoroughly before letting them lick. On the same lines, make sure your pets don’t lick your shoes especially when they may have salt residues.


If you observe your pet shivering, breathing with effort or being listless, it may be suffering from hypothermia, a common occurrence in harsh winters. No matter how furry your pet may be, they can still get hypothermia. Never leave your pet outside in winters for an extended period of time. You can also use a jacket to cover your pets and protect them. If you are not sure how you can protect your pet properly, speak to your vet today.


Check your pet regularly for grey or blue patches. They may be suffering from frostbite. If you suspect that your pet is suffering from frostbite, apply a warm cloth to affected areas and call your vet. In cold winters, remember to exercise safety and precaution for your pets too, just like you would for yourself.

If you need more information on how to protect your pet in winters or are looking for a friendly and well-experienced vet for your pet contact Truscott Animal Hospital today.


All credit goes to Truscott Animal Hospital – Emergency Vet in Mississauga


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Paulina A November 2022

Such a lovely place... doctors are super friendly...

Love it ❤️

Karen Rowley November 2022

Took my 4 year old rescue (almost feral) cat Beatrice to the vet for the first time for an urgent urinary issue. They were so understanding and got right to the diagnosis. Surgery was done a few days later and she is doing so well. Follow ups have been so thorough.

Cynthia Buitron November 2022

This is a GREAT place- this clinic does excellent work, and for fair prices. Highly recommend. :)

Talyo Hofn November 2022

I have special request from Dr. Medhat & Dr. Mina to start seeing me as patients too :), those people they are so professional, they are kind more than being just doctors, and this what we need as pet owners sometimes.
Dr. Mina sweetheart, takes all his time to answer all our concerns with very welcoming attitude, and Jill the receptionist she is the kindest heart i have ever met, she deal with each case very caring and warm, i was lucky to be referred here, highly recommended with best price ever, thanks Truscott team, we are grateful. I wish i can give them 100 starts.

Monica Mw October 2022

Dr M is the best dr anyone can have for there pet he does what ever it takes to help there nothing this dr can not do. stuff are always so kind friendly anyone that needs a Dr for there pet best place💞

Marie Ko October 2022

It took me over a year before I can write this review without tearing up. And even as I write this I can't help but feel emotional. We lost our beloved pug, Joey Bravo, on September 10, 2021. He quickly deteriorated on his 10th year and during one of his check ups at Truscott Animal Hospital, he collapsed by the reception desk. Dr. Erini witnessed what happened and dropped everything she was doing to resuscitate my Joey. They were able to stabilize him but in the end, we had to make the heartbreaking decision to let him cross the rainbow bridge. I deeply appreciate Dr. Medhat rushing to the clinic to help with everything, including helping us make the difficult decision as objectively as possible without pressuring us.

Inspired by the kindness and dedication of Dr. Medhat and his entire staff, we've gone on to rescue 2 more dogs - Pepe and Coco, and adopt another pug in Joey's memory (Oscar).

Recently Dr. M and his team also helped us with a difficult leg surgery for Pepe and was able to save his leg which we thought would have to be amputated.

The service we received and continue to receive at Truscott Animal Hospital is beyond 5 stars. They truly have compassion for all animals and will never pressure their patients/owners to do any unnecessary tests. They treat all the animals under their care as if they are their own. Needless to say we highly recommend this clinic and it's quite obvious why they continue to be THE #1 and best veterinary clinic in Mississauga (and probably in the country!)!

Vitaliy Li October 2022

Very happy with Dr. Mena Abdelsayed. He was very attentive and caring and had a great strategy for treating our dog Chico.

raffy zefadia October 2022

Staff and doctors are experts as well as kinde and supportive. Helped me with difficult and hard times. Thank you.

dalbotros October 2022

Absolutely the best care and service I have ever received for my little dog. The genuine care is evident and I couldn’t ask for a better place to take care of my baby girl.

Kortney Browne October 2022

Super friendly staff very pleased with how they handle myself as well as my pets answered any questions I had they are very reasonable when it comes to prices..some improvements they could work on would be following up with there clients after a pet has surgery..other then that im very pleased with this vet and there care ❤ keep up the good
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