It’s nearly Christmas, and some cold weather is finally sneaking in to our neck of the woods. And while our dogs have enjoyed an extended “outdoor” season, it looks like it’s time for us to get serious about making sure our dogs are well cared for once the cold comes to town! From our friends at Carolinas Veterinary Medical Hospital, here are their top tips to keep your dog (and ours!) safe and warm!
Bundle Up: Now you have an excuse to wrap your pet in that cute sweater or jacket! It’s for their safety and comfort, of course. And let’s be honest. It’s kinda cute, too!
Check for Frostbite: Did you that pets, just like people, can get frostbite, too? Be sure to check their paws, ears, tails and other extremities for for signs of frostbite.
Keep Them Inside: The bitter cold can be especially tough on puppies and kittens, and smaller dogs and cats, too. Even the most snow-loving dogs need some inside time to stay safe and warm.
More Food and Water: In the colder weather, pets need more protein and more water to stay well hydrated. This will also help their skin stay moisturized, too!
Watch for Antifreeze: Pay attention for signs of spilled antifreeze in driveways and parking spaces. Signs of antifreeze poisoning include confusion, disorientation, and vomiting.
If you have concerns or questions about caring for your pet this time of year, call your veterinarian! They’ve got your pet’s best interests in mind. Together you can help your dog have the best health all season long.