Created on 31 October 2012
Last Updated on 19 November 2012
As the winter months rapidly approach, we would like to help keep your family pets healthy and happy. The safest place for pets to be during the colder moths is inside. However, this is often not possible for all pets. We have put together a few helpful winter hints to keep the entire family warm and safe this season!
- If temperatures drop below freezing, please bring any outdoor pets inside (or at least into the garage). Use plenty of thick beds or bedding so they can stay warm. If you use any type of heater in your garage, be sure it is in a safe place where your pet cannot knock it over.
- Add extra bedding to your outdoor dog houses to help keep your dog warm and comfortable in colder weather.
- Be sure all outdoor animals have fresh water and food daily. Water freezes very quickly in cold weather so check daily to be sure their water supply isn’t frozen.
- Keep all animals away from antifreeze. It is sweet so it tastes good to pets but it is DEADLY for dogs and cats. If you think your pet has been exposed, contact us immediately!
- If your pet is outside, be sure to remove any snow or ice from their paws. Animals can develop frostbite due to extreme cold or ice stuck to their paws. Monitor your pet for any signs of discomfort (swelling or excessive licking of paws).
- If your walk you pet outside, please avoid areas where chemicals have been used to melt the snow or ice. They can be very irritating to your pet’s paws.
- On cold mornings, honk your horn or slap the hood of your car to scare away any sleeping animals. Animals will often crawl under cars or into engines seeking warmth.
- One of the best ways to keep the entire family warm is to snuggle together!!!
Thanks Dr. Jennifer!