Cold Weather Precautions

With temperatures dipping to single digits and below, it’s a good time to review cold weather care for your pets.

With the proper precautions, your pet can enjoy fresh air and exercise throughout winter.

Bundle Up – Just because your pet walks around in a fur coat, don’t believe that he or she won’t get cold. You can help you pet stay warm by having him or her wear a cozy jacket.
Paw Protection – Ice and salt can be hard on your pup’s paws. If you notice your dog limping or showing signs of discomfort when walking, consider purchasing boots for him or her to wear.
Poison Control – Make sure you steer clear of anti-freeze puddles. Your dog doesn’t realize this sweet treat is toxic! To keep him from licking and consuming toxic substances, it’s a good idea to rinse your pet’s feet, legs and underbelly of any road salts and debris when you come back inside from a walk.
Pre-existing Conditions – Very young and very old pets are especially susceptible to cold weather, as are pets with diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, or hormonal imbalances that keep your pet from regulating his or her body temperature effectively.
Stay Inside – Limit outdoor activity; if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet. Although your pet may love going for car rides, it’s best to leave him at home instead of forcing him stay in a frigid car.
Food, Water and a Warm Bed – Even though your pet’s water intake may decrease in the cold, he still needs plenty of readily available fresh water. Cold weather may increase caloric demands, so consider a slight increase in the amount of food you give your pet. And when all is said and done, your pet will appreciate a cozy bed to curl up in and keep war