The Importance of Winter Care for Your Animals

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Tessa’s Tale

Meet Tessa! This precious little girl’s life got off to a pretty rough start. She was found in January of 2014 (during a particularly cold period) on the side of the road. She was alone, half-frozen, and near death at only six-weeks old! Thanks to a Good Samaritan she was rescued and taken to a local veterinarian where she could be taken care of. It was there that it was discovered that she was suffering from frostbite on her ears and the tip of her tail.

Tessa, enjoying life in her new home by playing with her forever family.

Tessa, enjoying life in her new home by playing with her forever family.

Frostbite can occur at (or just below) the freezing point of 32 degrees Fahrenheit when an animal is exposed for more than a few minutes. The extremities, including the ears, toes, tails, and genitals can be affected. Recovery is very painful and often leads to a loss of the affected areas, either through the rotting of deadtissue or surgical intervention. Either way, it is dangerous, painful, and often results in repercussions that will stay with them the rest of their lives. In Tessa’s case she lost half of her right ear, one-third of her left ear, and suffered nerve damage to the tip of her tail causing it to be very sensitive.

Although Tessa’s life may have gotten off to a rocky start, she is now happily living with her new forever family as an indoor kitty to one of the Humane Society of the Ozark’s Board Members. She will never have to worry about the dangers of winter weather again! Please remember to bring your pets indoors during the winter to avoid life threatening problems like this. If it’s too cold for you – it’s too cold for your pets!

This story, along with many others, can be found in the newest edition of Tails of Love!

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