How Cold is Too Cold for my Pet?
If you’re cold,
so are your pets!
Snow can cause chapped paws and itchy, flakey skin. Please your pets in mind during the winter months and make sure they are equipped to withstand the cold weather. Here’s how you can protect them:
- Keep your home humidified and towel dry your pet as soon as he comes inside
- Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth.
- If your dog is short-haired, consider getting him a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck
- Bring a towel on long walks to clean off stinging, irritated paws.
- Bathe your pets as little as possible during cold spells.
- Massage petroleum jelly or other paw protectants into paw pads before going outside
- Booties provide even more coverage and can also prevent sand and salt from getting lodged between bare toes and causing irritation.
- Pets burn extra energy by trying to stay warm in wintertime. Feeding your pet a little bit more during the cold weather months can provide much-needed calories
- Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.
- Remember, if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet, so keep your animals inside. If left outdoors, pets can freeze, become disoriented, lost, stolen, injured or killed.
- Don’t leave pets alone in a car during cold weather, as cars can act as refrigerators that hold in the cold and cause animals to freeze to death.
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