Pet Safety in Winter Weather

Although it maybe doesn’t seem like it, cold weather is just around the corner. This is the perfect time to take a look at the proper precautions in caring for our pets. The snow and harsh weather can have negative effects on our pets. To help prevent any problems this winter, we have put together a list of the top 10 ways to help you protect your pet in colder weather:

Especially For Horse Owners…

It is important to make sure you are able to provide your horses with a dry, warm shelter. Horse blankets are a good way to keep your horses dry and warm. It is also important to provide your horses with constant food and water. Their bodies are working harder in the winter to stay warm, so they (along with any pet) need more food in the winter to stay energized and hydrated. 

Towel Dry Extra Snow

Coming in and out of the house can cause your pet’s skin to become irritated. Snow and ice build-up (including the salt and other chemicals that come with it) can create dry, pads or even cause them to bleed. Make sure to keep a towel ready to dry off your pet when they come in the house and pay close attention to the spaces between their toes.  

Brush Your Pet’s Fur

Most animals grow extra hair during the colder months, and this extra fur needs to be groomed. Matted fur can lead to extra hair loss and less protection from the cold. Also. brushing your pet’s fur on a regular basis will stimulate blood flow and help the health of their skin. 

Winter Haircuts

If you have a long-haired pet, it is a good idea to trim your dog’s hair in the winter to reduce the amount of snow, ice, and different ice melting chemicals that can get stuck to them. Be careful not to cut it too short, they still need something to keep them warm. For shorter-haired breeds, you might want to skip the cuts until spring and add a sweater to keep them cozy.

Potty Training New Puppies

Puppies’ paws are a lot more sensitive to the winter cold. Your new pooch should not be spending too much time outside. If you are potty training, it would be a smart idea to paper train your puppy until the weather starts to warm up and limit their exposure outdoors.

Winter Bathing

A warm bath is a good idea to clean your pet from the dirty ice and snow. However, bathing too much during the winter can cause your pet’s skin to become dry, itchy, and flaky- just like your skin! If this happens to your pet, check with your local veterinary clinic to find a moisturizing shampoo.

How Cold is Too Cold?

The extra fur your pet grows for winter does act as added protection from the elements, but you wouldn’t be expected to be left outside with a warm coat in the coldest winter temperatures, no matter what kind of coat you wear. Your pet should always have a warm, dry place to go in the winter, but remember, if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for them!

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