Dog In The Snow

Winter Weather Tips for Pets

Winter Weather Tips for Pets

When the temperature outside drops, you take certain precautions to keep yourself warm. You turn on the heat, your dress warmly, and you heat your car up before leaving the house. As a pet owner, it is up to you to also protect your pet. Without proper care during the winter, you could be putting your pet at great risk. There are a few winter tips that you should follow to keep your pet safe this winter.

Tip 1: Know Your Pet's Limits

Your pet can get cold just like you. On cold days, it is best to keep your pet outdoors for no longer than a few minutes. If your pet is small and has short fur, you should consider putting a jacket on him. Pets can get frostbite and hypothermia just like humans. If it is too cold for you, it is too cold for your pet.

Tip 2: Wipe Your Pet's Paws

Rock salt contains chemicals that can be harmful to pets. The rock salt can do severe damage to your pet's paws. If he licks his paws when he comes inside, the chemicals can make him sick. After a walk, it is best to wipe your dog's paws to remove all of the rock salt.

Tip 3: Keep Your Dog Leashed

When there is snow on the ground, it is essential that you keep your dog on a leash. Snowfall can make it difficult for your dog to recognize scents that will help him find his way home. When your dog goes outdoors, keep him on a leash. It is also a good idea to have him microchipped. This is the best way to be sure that he will make it home if he escapes from the house.

Tip 4: Leave Your Dog Home

Your dog may love to take rides in the car; however, when the engine is off, the car can get very cold, very fast. On cold days, you should only take your dog in the car when necessary. Also, never leave him in the car unattended.

Tip 5: Check Your Hood For Cats

If your cat goes outdoors or if there are stray cats in your neighborhood, you should check under your hood before starting your car. Cats will often slip under the wheel well to keep warm with the heat of the engine. If you start the car with a cat sleeping, he can be hurt or killed by the engine's moving parts.

Call Rush Animal Care Clinic P.C. Today!

If your pet becomes sick or is injured this winter, you should make an appointment with Rush Animal Care Clinic P.C. Our veterinarians can give your pet the care that he needs to get him feeling better. Give us a call!

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