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Cold Weather Tips for Pets

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Tips to Keep Pets Safe in the Cold

One of the most important things to keep in mind as temperatures begin to drop is that when you are cold, your pet is probably cold as well. Frostbite and hypothermia are significant risks for pets, so be sure to dress them in a sweater before going outdoors. If your pet does get frostbite or you suspect hypothermia, contact your veterinarian in Burke at Village Veterinary Clinic as soon as possible. Here are a few tips to ensure your pet stays warm and safe when the temperatures drop.

Protect Paws

If possible, cover your pet’s paws with booties before going outdoors for a walk. During the winter, there are toxic substances that can cover your pet’s paws, such as antifreeze. If your pet licks their paws with these substances on them, it can make them sick and may even be fatal. If your pet will not allow you to cover their paws, be sure to thoroughly clean them after walks. Also, check for injuries, such as cracking, which may occur from the cold.

Provide Shelter

If your pet lives outdoors, be sure to bring them inside in cold weather. If pets must remain outdoors, provide them with a sturdy shelter. Make sure the shelter is large enough for your pet to be comfortable, and supply a blanket for them to lay on. Cover the doorway of the shelter, and raise the floor off of the ground.

Plan Ahead

Whether your pet is an indoor or an outdoor pet, it is important to plan for emergencies. For instance, have extra food, water, and medications for your pet in case there is a power outage. If you have to leave your home due to a winter emergency, be sure to have a plan in place that includes where your pet will be relocated until after the storm. If you need recommendations on shelter for pets, contact our veterinarian.

Schedule an Appointment Today!

Don’t forget to have your pet examined before winter arrives; contact Village Veterinary Clinic in Burke to make an appointment today.


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