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Baby it’s Cold Outside!

By December 12, 2011 No Comments

Winter is right around the corner, and that means the mercury is plummeting.

That doesn’t mean that you and your pet have to stop enjoying the outdoors, though! Follow these tips to keep warm and safe this winter:

  • Wipe off your pet’s paws and underside after coming in from outside. Salt can be irritating to the skin, as is any ice that might become stuck between the paw pads.
  • Don’t shave your pup! A longer coat acts as insulation and protection. If you have a shorter haired breed, consider a coat or sweater if you are going to be out for a prolonged period of time.
  • If your pet is very active and spends a lot of time in the cold, he or she might need some extra calories. Give us a call to discuss if you are not sure.
  • Never leave your pet unattended or off leash in the cold. Animals can get frostbite, too, and are more prone to getting lost in snowy weather.
  • The ice and snow can be harsh on tender feet. Booties are available to help protect your dog’s feet from the elements.
  • Steer clear of antifreeze. This sweet tasting liquid is lethal even in small amounts.
  • Cats are probably best left indoors. They may freeze while hiding out from a threat such as a neighborhood dog or take refuge on a warm car engine and be seriously injured.

For more tips on caring for your pet, visit the articles section on our website.