Pet Care in Winter

Get ready for the cold weather and keep your pet warm and toasty with Allivet’s Pet Winter Care Tips:

 

  • Going from the cold weather outside to the dry heat inside can cause itchy, dry and flaking skin. Get a humidifier if you can to help your pet with dryness. Towel dry your pet as soon as he comes inside, paying special attention to his paws and in between his toes.
  • Keep your cat inside for the winter. During the cold weather, cats are more likely to freeze, be lost or stolen, injured or killed.
  • Never let your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snow storm. Dogs can easily become lost.
  • Salt crystals and cold snow can be painful on delicate paws. More than that, anti-freeze and chemical ice-melting agents can be potentially lethal if licked off the paws. When sand or salt gets lodged in between bare toes, it can cause irritation. Use pet friendly ice melts whenever possible, or better yet, consider purchasing some winter booties to protect your pet’s paws.
  • Feed your pet a little extra or add Liqui-Tinic 4x Vitamin Supplement for Dogs and Cats to their diet. Pets tend to eat more during winter as they expend more energy maintaining their body temperature. Sometimes burning off extra energy can also cause dehydration, so remember to always provide plenty of fresh water for your pet to drink.
  • A good home remedy for chapped paws is massaging petroleum jelly into paw pads before and after long walks.
  • Don’t shave your pet’s fur! Instead, use a tool like the FURminator deShedding Tool or a brush to stimulate circulation and improve skin condition.
  • Get your pet a sweater, or better yet, a coat. Although pets have fur coats, sometimes that alone is not enough to protect them from extreme cold. A good coat will keep them warm and protect them from the wet snow.
  • Bring a towel on long walks to clean off stinging, irritated paws. Always wash your pet’s paws after walks to remove ice, salt, and chemicals. Check your pet’s paw pads for cracks or redness in between the toes.
  • If the weather is too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet too! Keep them inside during extremely cold days. They are smaller than us and can get affected by cold weather much more quickly.
  • Give them a warm place to sleep! Many pets tend to sleep for longer periods during the winter time. Make sure your furry friend has a cozy bed with a warm blanket or pillow, and keep their sleeping place off the floor and away from all drafts.
  • Never leave your pet inside a car alone. Just like the car can become an oven during summer months, in the winter the inside of the car can become a refrigerator, holding the cold and causing your pet to freeze to death.
  • Watch out for antifreeze, as it can be lethal if your pet licks it off his paws.
  • Puppies and older dogs should go outside in winter only when absolutely necessary. If you can, train your dog to go inside so he does not need to go outside to relieve himself.
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