Falling temperatures can pose a wide array of health hazards to our pets. Even the furriest of our furry family members can suffer ill effects. Here are a few tips to help you and your best buds weather the cold months.
Keep the food and fresh water coming! Pets burn more calories in the cold – it’s how they moderate their temperature – so a little food goes a long way toward keeping them comfortable and healthy throughout the winter. Pets that live outside need ample access to fresh, unfrozen water. Check your pet’s bowl and refill it often.
Check those paws. Remove ice, moisture, salt, and chemicals from your pet’s paws with a towel after every walk or outdoor excursion.
Beware of antifreeze and deicers. Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats, and even deicers labeled “pet-safe” can mess with your pet’s digestive system.
Don’t let the frosty ground fool you. You’ll still need to keep your pets up-to-date on flea, tick, and heartworm preventatives. Year-round prevention is the only way to guarantee that your pet is protected from pesky parasites.