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Dog with snowy noseBRRRRR! It’s Cold Outside!

Guess what? Fido and Felix think so too! While some animals are bred for and have adapted to cold weather climates, most pets are not. Here are a few tips for cold weather care for your pets:

  • If your pet is strictly outdoors, be sure to provide suitable (insulated) shelter to allow them to be able to escape the elements.
  • Dehydration is possible in cold weather as well as warm weather, and it may be harder for them to find water when it’s below freezing so providing fresh, clean water is a must.
  • Likewise, pets outside may seek other sources to drink, remember, antifreeze is POISON.
  • While we all enjoy a nice long walk, salted ice-melt products may cause irritation to pet paws, and if licked off, may cause stomach upset. Consider wiping their paws when they come inside or providing booties.
  • Even the furriest of creatures can get frostbite, particularly in areas with less fur. Pets can also become hypothermic, especially if they aren’t used to being outdoors. If your pet won’t stop shivering, they may be well on their way to hypothermia, so use common sense when allowing pets outside for long periods of time. Call us if you think your pet may have been exposed too long.
  • Very young animals are not able to regulate their body temperature as well as healthy adults so consider keeping them inside for the winter months if possible.
  • Older animals, especially those with underlying conditions, also may not be able to handle the cold as well as younger, healthy animals. This may be especially obvious in those with arthritis as they may seem more painful. Ask us about therapy that may be appropriate to help alleviate your pet’s arthritis pain.
  • Finally: small animals may curl up under a car hood trying to stay warm – so remember to check under the hood!