5 Winter Weather Tips for Pets

5 Winter Weather Tips for Pets

Winter weather can be cold and uncomfortable for pets. Your duty as a pet parent is to ensure your pet is warm, healthy, and comfortable throughout the season. Ensure your pet does not get exposed to harsh winter elements for long.

Pets can suffer from cold injuries in their paws, tails, or ear tips. Seek your veterinarian’s attention once you find such damages or any signs of frostbite. Every pet needs close monitoring. As a pet parent, pay attention to cues from your pet that indicate a certain degree of being uncomfortable. 


 

Dress Your Pet Warmly


Your pets can use a winter wardrobe the same way you do. Pets like dogs lose the majority of their body heat through respiration, ears, and paw pads. Ensure that your pet is not only warm but comfortable and safe.


Prepare your pets to wear winter clothes ahead of time to allow them to get used to wearing outfits before the season. Rush your pet to your veterinarian if they:

  • Do not stop shivering.
  • Seem to be weak.
  • Constantly look for warm places to stay.
  • Slow down their movement.
  • Constantly whine.
  • Act anxious.
  • Have ice on their body.


 

Paw Care


Check for signs of bleeding or cracking on your dog’s paws during the cold season. Your dog can also accumulate ice between its toes. Clipping of the hair between your dog’s toes can reduce the chances of ice accumulation. 


Winter weather is not favorable on paws. Ensure you protect your pet from the cold by getting them footwear or paw protection wax that creates a safe and breathable protective layer to keep them safe from snow or ice.


 

Warm Beddings


Just like you upgrade your beddings into something cozier and warmer during the cold season, so should you upgrade your pet’s beddings. Ensure your pet’s sleeping spot is warm enough to give them a comfortable rest. Talk to your veterinarian before using any heating device on your pet or their sleeping spot.


 

Stay Indoors


Pets need to be kept indoors during winter just like humans do. While common belief holds that pets are more resistant to the cold than humans because of their fur, it is incorrect. Like people, your pet is susceptible to hypothermia and frostbite if left out in the cold. 


Keep your house pet-proofed. While you keep your pet indoors, keep an eye for dangerous things harmful to your pet. Keep away heaters that could burn them and clean up spills that could endanger their lives like antifreeze.


Leaving your pet in a car during winter can be dangerous. Cars tend to contact the cold temperature fast and can create a freezing temperature inside them. Like how humans can have heatstroke inside a hot car, pets can suffer deadly consequences in cold cars, too.


 

Feed Your Pet


It is ideal to ensure your pet maintains a healthy weight throughout the season. While you may think that adding weight may help keep your pet warm, some extra weight can cause health risks. Talk to your veterinarian concerning the nutritional needs of your pets during the winter season.



For more winter weather tips for pets, visit 4 Paws Veterinary Hospital at our office in Duffield, Virginia. You can call (276) 431-4838 today to schedule an appointment.

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