The weather is getting colder, and no matter your thoughts on the impending winter, there is one thing we can all agree on – keeping our four-legged family members safe and happy. Remember if it is too cold for you outdoors, it is probably too cold for your pet. Keep them indoors as much as possible.
Cats often seek shelter in or around vehicles during the winter months. Make sure you bang the hood or honk the horn before starting up and driving off, giving the cat time to move.
Does your short-haired dog seemed bothered by the colder weather? Try a dog sweater or jacket to keep him warm during outdoor time.
Winter can be especially dangerous to cats. A house-cat can slip outside and get lost and disorientated in the cold. The best way to ensure your loved makes it home, is through proper identification. Collars and tags can get removed or lost. The best permanent identification is microchipping. Make sure you keep your pet’s microchip registry up to date to ensure the quickest reunion!
After any brisk winter walks, make sure to use a towel and clean your dog’s belly and feet, washing away and ice-melt products or other chemicals they may have come in contact with. While you are at it, check for any wintery damage to their paws (cracks, sores and/or bleeding). Give us a call with any concerns!
Just like in the summer, cats and dogs should never be left unattended in vehicles. Cars cool down rapidly in cold weather, and can turn into refrigerators!