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November 4, 2013

Getting your pets ready for winter

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OSKALOOSA —

“The novelty wears off,” she added. “I recommend buying supplies for the animal first” such as a litter box or cat toys. Later, you can pick out the pet together, she added.

Sime also recommended that pet owners make sure their animals are current with their vaccinations. Many illnesses can survive cold conditions.

Canine Parvo Virus is fairly common and can be contracted in this area, Sime said. Young and old dogs are susceptible to the illness, she said.

“It's easy to pick up,” Sime said. It is contracted through contact with bodily fluids. “Bleach is the only thing that kills it,” she added.

Both indoor and outdoor cats also need to have their vaccinations up to date. Rabies and upper respiratory infections are the big things to watch for cats, Sime said.

Distemper also is an illness in both dogs and cats that pet owners need to be on guard about.

“It's not so common around here, but it's hard to kill,” she said. It thrives in hot and cold, she added.

If you have a bird at home, be sure to keep the cage away from doorways and windows to avoid drafts of cold air. Sime recommends covering three sides of the bird cage with a sheet to shield birds from the cold.

Herald Editor Duane Nollen can be reached by email at oskynews@oskyherald.com

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