Just like people, your pets’ tolerance for the cold varies based on their coat, activity level, body fat storage, and overall health. You should be aware of your pets’ cold tolerance, and adjust their outdoor activities accordingly. You will probably need to shorten your dogs’ walks during very cold weather to protect them and yourself. After walks, check your dogs’ paws for cracks or scrapes. They may need aloe or ointment for treatment. Arthritic and elderly pets may have more difficulty walking on snow and ice and may be more prone to slipping and falling. Long-haired or thick-coated dogs tend to be more cold-tolerant, but are still at risk in cold weather. Short-haired pets feel the cold faster because they have less protection, and short-legged pets may become cold faster because their bellies and bodies are more likely to come into contact with snow-covered ground. Pets with diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, or hormonal imbalances (such as Cushing’s disease) may have a harder time regulating their body temperature, and may be more susceptible to problems from temperature extremes. The same goes for very young and very old pets. If you need help determining your pet’s temperature limits, consult your veterinarian. Your pet may even change their sleeping location to receive more comfort and warmth during cold temperatures. Your pet may also appreciate a sweater or just spending some time inside.
Looking for a place to dine with your dog in Gwinnett County? Well, there are several places in the area where you can share a meal with your pooch. If you are looking for a sweet treat, Bruster’s Real ice cream has several locations in the area that offer pet friendly seating. They also have special “doggy ice cream” treats for you pet. There are locations in Duluth, Norcross, Lawrenceville, Dacula, Grayson, and Suwanee. If you are in the Snellville area, Panera Bread and Fratelli’s Pizza both offer a dog friendly patio. The 1910 Public House in Lilburn offers a dog friendly patio with a dog loving staff. They even have a greyhound as their mascot. If you are in the Norcross area, Loving Hut, a vegan restaurant, and and Iron Horse Tavern offer pet friendly seating. The Iron Horse Tavern also sponsors a doggie meet and greet each summer. Chipotle Mexican Grill in Duluth and Five Guys Burgers in Suwanee both offer pet friendly seating. Rising Roll Gourmet in Lawrenceville has fast sandwich service and a water bowl on their patio just for your pups. Ray’s New Pizza in Buford has a fun atmosphere and loves pups on their patio. With all of these places to choose from, you can dine with your pup every day of the week. I am quite sure your canine friend would enjoy it just as much as you!
Things to do 10/31-11/6/2012
For the Love of Dogs Pet Festival
Saturday, Nov 3 11:00a to 5:00p
at Dogma Dog Care, Smyrna, GA
Join us for this family friendly pet festival sponsored by Dogma Dog Care. This year’s event includes a bounce house for the kids, pet-friendly vendors, food trucks and fun for your four-legged friends. This year’s festival is dedicated to the Villalobos Rescue Center from Animal Planet’s, “Pit Bulls and Parolees” as they build a new pit bull sanctuary in the South! read more
Annual Cotton States CFA Championship & Houshold Pet Cat Show
Saturday, Nov 3 10:00a to 5:00p
at Gwinnett County Civic Center, Duluth, GA
Price: Adults: $8.00 Children: $5.00
Age Suitability: All Ages
450 cats and kittens of all breeds, including felines of undetermined origins, will compete for honors and prizes. Known for their top annual shows, Cotton States Cat Club will host participants from all over the country and abroad. Elvis will be in the building for a special musical presentation on Saturday at noon. For additional information and a discount coupon, please go to www.cottonstatescatclub.org or Cotton States Cat Show on Facebook.
Annual Cotton States CFA Championship & Houshold Pet Cat Show – Website
Good Mews Animal Foundation Holiday Sale
Saturday, Oct 20 9:00a to 5:00p
at Sandy Plains (Publix) Shopping Center, Marietta, GA
Price: FREE Admission
Phone: 770-499-CATS (2287)
Age Suitability: All Ages
Good Mews Animal Foundation will be having a Holiday Sale this year so mark your calendars! We will be selling all holiday items, so you will be sure to find a lot of great things! The sale starts Friday October 12th (9-5)and will run every Saturday 9-5) and Sunday (Noon-5) thru the first weekend of November.
The sale will be located at the Sandy Plains (Publix) Shopping Center:
1860 Sandy Plains Rd at Scufflegrit Rd. Marietta (2 doors down from Publix)
For information, visit www.goodmews.org