People wear coats, hats and mittens during winter to protect against the cold. Just because your furry friend comes equipped with a fur coat, don’t assume it means he or she is ready for winter. In fact, there are quite a few things that you need to do to ensure your pet stays safe during the coldest months of the year. Here are some great tips to follow:
- Clean paws when your pet comes inside to keep salt from causing issues.
- Bring pets inside when temperatures drop to dangerous levels.
- Provide clean, unfrozen water at all times to outdoor pets.
- Keep very young and old pets indoors during cold and snowy weather. They won’t tolerate it as well as other pets.
A Word About Clothes and Shoes
It is pretty much accepted that people dress up their pets. In the winter months, it may be tempting to buy your dog a coat and boots to wear outside. However, it is important you use any type of apparel carefully. Never leave your pet unattended when wearing a coat, and make sure all clothing and shoes fit properly without being too tight. Also, don’t assume coats and boots means your pet can be outside for longer periods. If you get cold, your pet probably is too. Contact Family Pet Clinic to learn more tips for winter care of your pets.