Winter is here! So what does this mean for your pet? It's time to make certain your pet is safe and warm this winter. So what are some things to consider during the cold winter months?
*While your pet may enjoy playing in the cold and snow (if we get any!), make certain the ground is not too slippery. We see injuries this time of the year from pets slipping on ice. Especially older pets with arthritis are more at risk. Keeping that in mind, pets with arthritis may be stiffer/have a harder time moving around in the cold weather.
* If your pet spends a large amount of time outside make certain to provide warm shelter where the pet can be dry, out of the wind, and stay warm. It is essential that they have unfrozen water at all times. And during colder weather they may need more calories! However, we strongly recommend that your pets be kept inside during the winter months to ensure they stay safe!
*Remember younger (kittens, puppies) and older pets cannot regulate their temperature as well so monitor they amount of time they are outside in the cold.
*If you are using any ice melt products make certain they are pet safe! After walking your pets in the ice/snow, be certain to wipe them down to remove icicles or any chemicals.
*Leave your pet's coat during the winter for protection-this doesn't mean they cannot be groomed but try to avoid shaving all of their coat off if they are outdoors at all. And they may need a jacket if they have a short coat, are smaller, or seem to get cold easily.
*And while it is tempting to take a break from giving your pet flea, tick, and heartworm prevention, we live in North Carolina! So remember while it may be 20 degrees today it may be 70 degrees tomorrow and the bugs will be out! The safest thing is to keep your pet on prevention year round.
Enjoy winter! And Happy Holidays!
Boo Donoho, DVM