As the temperature across the U.S. seems to be very unpredictable lately, it’s important to keep in mind that our pets would also need extra protection when it comes to dealing with the cold weather. They say if it’s too cold for you, then it’s too cold for your pets. And this still rings true.
Winter safety for our pets is important, most especially if the temperature reaches below-freezing level. This means that as pet owners, you’ll need to make some immediate adjustments to their routines to make them comfortable.
Here we share five ways to keep your pets safe and warm this winter season.
Beware of frostbite and protect their paws.
Your pets’ paws should be protected from snow as it is what doesn’t have protective fur to keep it warm. An indication that it’s too cold for your pet to be outside is when they start picking their paws off the ice.
If you live in the cold part of the country, then most likely your town uses salt to de-ice sidewalks and stress. Eventually, grains of salt can get caught between a dog’s paw pads, and lead to a painful sore.
You can prevent this by using specially-designed botties for dogs, applying a paw balm, or cleaning their paws with lukewarm water as soon as you arrive home. Take extra care when you wipe snow and ice off your pet’s paws. Their pads can easily be dried out and irritated by ice and at times, your pet cat or dog can also become very sick from licking their paws.
Regularly moisturize your pet’s skin.
Yep, you read that right. If you’re conscious your skin gets dry, you should also take care of your pet’s skin. Dogs and cats can get dry skin during the wintertime, most especially when they are left a long time inside the house and as temperatures drop constantly.
Since it’s winter, you won’t necessarily need to bathe your pet regularly, but you can definitely use a safe shampoo that can help ease itches, apply coconut oil, or even a vet-approved fatty acid supplement. Winter really dries out the air, so you can also use a humidifier at home to increase the humidity in the air.
Keep your pets hydrated.
While winter doesn’t necessarily make anyone thirsty because of the temperature, our pets (and even us!) can still get dehydrated. Make sure to keep them hydrated by carrying a bottle of water when you head out for daily walks. You will need to ensure your pets are drinking adequately both at home and outdoors.
Ensure chemicals are in a secure place.
You know how your pets can get curious all the time. Antifreeze is very popular during winter and is a life-threatening toxin to our pets. The downside? If your pets consume it, it can lead to kidney disorder or disrupt neurologic status.
Make sure to keep all chemicals and harmful medicines out of your pet’s reach at all times.
Remember to bring them to their annual vet visit.
Whether it’s before winter or during winter, it’s best to take your pets in to see the vet because you’ll be able to keep them safe, learn if they have any new conditions or problems that might be caused by the weather.
if you are unsure about how to go about certain things regarding your pet, you can contact us at Northway Veterinary Hospital and we’ll do our best to help you.