Cold Weather is Hard on Pets Too!

Winter Pet Care

Keep Your Pet Safe in Cold Weather!

It’s as important to keep your pet safe in cold weather as it is during hot. Cold weather can be especially hard on pets with existing  medical conditions, especially arthritis. Your pet should be examined by a veterinarian at least once a year. Winter may be a good time for the exam, making sure your pet is as healthy as possible during cold weather.

Your pets should be kept inside during cold weather. Many people believe long haired or thick coated dogs and cats are more tolerant of the cold. However, they are still susceptible to frostbite. If you’re not sure how tolerant your pet is to low temperatures, contact your veterinarian.

Pets with diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, or hormonal imbalances (such as Cushing’s) may have a difficult time adjusting to cold temperatures.

Ice and snow are hard on your dog’s paws, so check them regularly. There are some over the counter treatments that help protect paws. You can also reduce the ice ball accumulation by clipping the hair between your dog’s toes.

During the winter your pets are also exposed to deicers, antifreeze, and other chemicals. Be sure to wipe off (or wash) your pet’s paws, legs, and belly after walks.

Pets often get lost during the winter as snow and ice can hide the scents they use to find their way home. Be sure to keep collar identification tags up to date. Microchips can provide a more permanent form of identification.

We all know that leaving pets in hot cars can be deadly.  Cold cars can be just as bad.

Warm car engines often attract cold cats.  Make some noise, check under the hood, or honk the horn before starting your engine. This will discourage feline hitchhikers and may save a pets life.

If you have any questions about cold weather care for your pets, call us at 800 204-8007.

Contact our office at (734) 426-4631 for more information.

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