3 Cold Weather Tips for Pets
It’s probably safe to say that the majority of cats and dogs in Waldorf aren’t a fan of cold weather. However, it will be here before you know it, so it’s time to start prepping ways to keep your pet warm and cozy as the temperatures begin to drop. This is especially important for small and senior pets. Keep in mind that even though some pets are outdoors year-round, they still have a risk of developing hypothermia from the cold, so if possible bring them indoors, or be sure to provide blankets or heated pads to keep them warm. If your pet does become hypothermic, take them to a veterinarian right away. Here are 3 tips to help keep pets warm when cold weather arrives.
You should not shave your pet’s fur down to their skin during the winter, instead, it’s best to leave their coat longer to provide warmth. If you have a short-haired breed, consider dressing them in a sweater or coat, especially when going outdoors.
Use a Leash
It’s important to never let your dog off of the leash on the ice and snow. It’s easy for pets to lose their way in snow, which puts them at risk of getting lost. Some pets may also panic during a snowstorm and run away, so be sure to keep them leashed whenever they are outdoors.
One of the most common winter accidents among pets is ingesting antifreeze. It has a sweet taste may attract your pet, but it is extremely toxic and even a small amount may be fatal. Be sure to clean up any spills right away and keep the container in a place where pets can’t access it. If you suspect your pet may have ingested antifreeze, take them to an animal hospital immediately.
Remember to check for hiding cats before starting your car. Cats are notorious for hiding under the car engine to stay warm, so be sure to look under your car and check under the hood as well to make sure there aren’t any cats hiding there.
To make sure your pet is ready for cold weather, contact the Waldorf Emergency Care to schedule an annual exam.