Winter is just around the corner, and just like any good local veterinarian would tell you, it’s important you ensure your pets are well-protected against the cold outside.
Sure, dogs and cats’ fur help them keep warm during negative temperatures, but it’s sometimes not enough.
In case you’re wondering what additional measures you should take to keep your pets safe and warm this winter make sure to read on.
Protect Your Dog When Taking a Walk in the Snow
Some breeds tolerate the cold better thanks to their thick fur and their downy undercoat. On the other hand, short-hair dogs have a hard time keeping their body temperature to normal.
This can be noticed simply by keeping a close eye on your dog. If they start shaking, it’s obvious their body temperature has decreased.
Your local veterinarian would advise you to keep them warm with a sweater or a coat for pets. This way they can have fun in the snow without feeling the cold.
Cars Are Still Dangerous
You know this: It’s dangerous to leave your pet in a hot car during the summer. However, the threat remains even in winter.
Leaving your dog or cat alone in the car while you run errands is a mistake you should avoid, regardless of the temperature outside.
Adjust Your Pets’ Food Intake
The cold and the snow can make us all – both humans and pets – less active. That’s why it’s important to carefully adjust the diet.
The lack of physical activity combined with a rich diet can lead to overweight problems.
The best way to avoid this problem is to call or schedule an appointment with your local veterinarian and ask for advice based on your pet’s age, breed, and size.
Beware of Antifreeze Substances
It seems that antifreeze solutions have a sweet taste that attracts pets. However, if ingested, it quickly turns into poison.
If you know about any such substances being used in an area your pet has access to, be extra careful. Wipe the pet’s fur as soon as you get back home to avoid ingestion.
If you need to use such a substance at home, there are pet-friendly ones that do their job without hurting your furry friend.
Protect Their Paws
The ice and the cold outside pavement your pet is walking on may damage its paws. Your local veterinarian would advise you to use a balm to protect them.
There are many such products available. Even certain types of protective balms for humans can serve as a handy solution. However, it is safer to go with something meant especially for pets.
After the walk is complete and you’re back home, clean their paws as soon as possible. This will help avoid ingestion of antifreeze substance, for example.
Contact Your Local Veterinarian if You Have any Concerns
For any other health problems that your pet might be facing, contact your local veterinarian and ask for help.
All of our doctors are pet lovers. This combined with the latest technologies in animal care available enabled us to become Atlanta’s premier veterinary care center.
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