Cold weather tips for your dog

‘Tis the season for icy sidewalks and cold paws. Here are some tips for helping your furry friends stay safe and warm this winter:

1. Stay inside

Cold tolerance can vary from pet to pet based on their coat, body fat stores, activity level, and health, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. But like their human counterparts, cats and dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and should be kept inside. Pets should also have a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts, the AVMA recommends.

2. Wipe paws

During walks, dog paws and bellies might pick up rock salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice. Make sure to use a damp towel to remove these chemicals and reduce the risk that your dog will be poisoned if he or she tries to lick them off. Additionally, check for cracks in paw pads or redness between the toes. Another winter woe? Iceballs that accumulate between the toes. The AVMA recommends clipping the hair between your furry friend’s toes to reduce the chance of this happening.

3. Schedule a winter wellness check

A medical condition such as arthritis can be worsened by cold weather. It is recommended dogs and cats of all ages have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your furry friend has not yet had this year’s wellness exam, make sure to schedule an appointment this winter.

4. Prepare an emergency kit

The winter season can bring with it risks of severe weather, including heavy snowfalls and power outages. When creating a disaster or emergency kit, the AVMA suggests making one for your pets as well containing items such as bandages, antibiotic ointment, an extra leash and collar, paw wax, and a warm blanket.

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