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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Deise W August 2023

I'm so glad I found this clinic, we had a great experience here. We needed certificates for travelling with our cats, and they were very helpful with every detail. The staff and doctors are kind and understanding, and they were so careful and lovely with our cats. Also, prices are fair.

Sahil Sharma August 2023

Only place I will ever take my boy, trustworthy, professional and most importantly, caring

MG Gamil August 2023

My puppy Lillie was very very sick, I called 12 emergency vet hospitals between Toronto downtown (where we live) all the way to missesauga, no one would give me a same day appointment, no matter how much I explained that my dog was bleeding out and nearly dying. I called Truscott hospital and the soonest appointment they had opened was two days later, when I explained my dog situation, they told me to bring her on spot and made space for her due to her condition. Once we got there EVERYONE was amazing starting from the reception people all the way to the junior and senior doctors. Though they had to insert her in the middle of thief very busy schedule, They still took very good care of her, and made the time to talk to me and explain everything. Unlike other places money was the last thing they spoke about and they were very flexible and explain to me how we can save my dog which they did at the end.. it’s not a surprise that they are rated 4.9 out of 5, this is the most humane hospital and they truly love and care about animals. Very very very highly recommend. In three days, my puppy started again, chasing squirrels and pigeons in the Park, and is now back to her normal self as before..

I’m glad I had the money to cover the needed fees, but I imagine that, even if I didn’t, they would have still taken care of her and allowed me to pay over a couple of weeks, I’m just assuming that, because how amazing they were and how human they were, but I don’t know if that’s a thing.

taz naf August 2023

Great place. Easy service. Lots of reminders for appointments. Definitely recommend.

Hope R August 2023

Friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful staff. They truly care about your pet.

Antonelle Sillius August 2023

My friend has been going to Truscott animal hospital with their Dog for a very long time and recommended that I take my dog there. So we drove from Oshawa to see Med and honestly it was so worth the drive! I felt so comfortable there with my dog and I felt that he was very informative and took the time to answer my questions and fully explain things to me. His prices are fair and I loved that he was very understanding of my circumstances where as I felt like other vets in my area would judge me and would rush me in and out, would try to get me to pay for more than I needed and would be over priced and make me feel guilty if I didnt. But not Med he was was very cheerful and kind and put my mind at ease and only did what was necessary for my dog at the time and didn’t make me feel pressured in any way. I would highly recommend Truscott Animal Hospital!

Darrin Legere August 2023

The man is a dog whisperer for real. Extremely talented, genuine and fair. Best vet I've ever used, by far!!

Thilini Silva June 2023

Amazing service! My Bengal cats Ace & Billy got the best treatments and most of all, they really care 💙

Arc Designs August 2023

The staff is very friendly and knowledgable. We just started coming here and so far we are pleased with their services. The Vets are extremely gentle and compassionate with our geriatric dog.

Eman Ibrahim August 2023

I had a great experience with Dr. Mowaad over the past year. He is always there for my lovely dog. His bedside manners are great. He even calls us after the clinic hours to make sure everything is fine. Great customer service
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