6 tips for a safe, pet-friendly winter

Are you doing these things to keep your pet healthy?

We hope all of our customers are taking good care during this time – and that includes the furry ones.

With everything that’s going on right now, it’s easy to lose track of Fido’s nail trimmings or flea medication. But just like with humans, maintaining your pet’s health is key to preventing serious illness down the road.

Before the seasons change, we recommend you check in with your pet’s health. Are you doing these things to keep your furry friend well?

Keep your pets inside

Well, this should be a no brainer. Bring your pets indoors for the cold season. They can enjoy a short frolic in the snow or walk around the block, but just like people, they can get too cold fast. Watch for signs of freezing: shivering, tail tucked between legs and lifting paws. That’s when you know it’s time to go inside and dry off.

Give them extra food

Keeping their bodies warm during potty breaks and on walks burns extra energy. You can adjust their serving sizes during the winter to give them a boost of calories.

Short hair? Not during cold months

Now is not the time for a new do for your dog. Let your pet’s coat grow out during winter, it’s
there to keep them warm. Plus, excessive bathing during winter can dry their skin and make
them shiver.

Avoid chapped paws

Winter weather means dry air and wet snow. This combination can cause your pets paws to become sore and cracked. Avoid long walks on snow or ice. Always dry off our pet’s paws when they come in from outdoors.Treat any irritation with petroleum jelly.

Beware of antifreeze

Did you know one tablespoon of glycol-based antifreeze is enough to kill your pet? You can
switch to a pet-safe propylene-based antifreeze or stay extra vigilant about possible spills in
areas where your pet may go such as the garage or driveaway.

Look under your car

Cats are attracted to the warmth of recently parked cars during the cold months. Before you
drive off, make sure to check under your car – especially if you have outdoor cats in your

Looking for more cold weather tips? Schedule a visit with your vet. Winter weather can exacerbate health issues, so it’s always a good time to get checked out.