3 Tips To Help Keep Your Pets Safe And Healthy This Winter


The first day of winter has finally arrived, and the winter chill is definitely here. While some people look forward to the colder weather because it means fun-filled adventures like skiing, snowboarding, and sledding, others look to this time of year as a nuisance due to the large piles and of snow and bone-chilling temperatures. Regardless of your views, winter means that your pet needs some extra TLC. Here are three things that you need to keep in mind as a pet owner this winter:

1. Wipe Off Their Paws and Consider Some Booties.

Even though it is winter, you still need to take your pet for a walk. However, you must be very careful, as your pet's paws can pick up a number of things that are toxic, such as de-icers, antifreeze, and salt. So, when you get back home, you need to make sure to take the time to thoroughly wipe off your pet's paws before he or she has a chance to start licking them and then getting sick. You should inspect your pet's paws for any signs of possible injury, such as cracks or blood. It's also a good idea to consider purchasing booties to put on your pet's paws before going out for a walk to help protect his or her paws from getting hurt and to help keep them warm. 

2. Provide Adequate Shelter for Your Pet.

It isn't uncommon to leave your pets outside during the summertime. However, when the weather starts cooling off, and especially during sub-zero temperatures, it is important that you bring your pets inside. Now, if there is a reason that you cannot do this, you need to make sure that there is adequate shelter outside for your pets. These shelters should be draft-free and be able to hold your pet's body heat, while also allowing your pet to move around comfortably. You may even want to check into heated shelters. 

3. Make Sure Your Pet Has Plenty of Food and Water.

During the winter your pet is going to try to stay warm. He or she will burn additional energy when doing this. Therefore, your pet will probably eat more, so it is important that you provide your pet with a bit more food than usual. It is also important to keep your pet well-hydrated, so make certain that your pet has an adequate supply of water during the colder temperatures. 

For more advice on how to keep your pet safe during the wintertime, consult with your veterinarian. Also, if your pet is injured or you are concerned about your pet's health during this time of year, it is extremely important that you call and make an appointment to have your pet checked out as soon as possible.


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