How to Protect Your Dogs and Cats During Winter

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Winter weather can be harsh on your pet. Here are five tips that will help you take care of your pet during winter:

Firstly, put some clothes on your dog if the temperature is too low.

Secondly, avoid space heaters because they can cause CO2 poisoning, thermal injuries, or even accidental fire at your home. 

Thirdly, always check the space under your car's hood because cats often hide there. Cats can get severely hurt when the car gets started.

Forthly, keep an eye out for frostbite. 20 minute walks outside are unlikely to result in a problem, but if you take your dog skijoring (skiing behind your dog) or running for prolonged hours at a time, ice crystals can develop in peripheral tissues (like the ears, prepuce, vulva, tail tip, and toes). Keep a careful eye out for the following signs:

  • Redness
  • Coolness to touch
  • Swelling
  • Eventual sloughing of the tissue

Fifthly, make sure to use pet-friendly ice melts. Additionally, since you don’t know what your neighbors have put down, make sure to use a damp cloth to wipe off your pet’s paws after coming into the house.

 

Access the full article on Pet Health Network to read more information on the tips above.