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Winter Preparedness for your Pets


Topics | Health
Posted | December 3, 2018

The days are getting shorter and it's time to play in the snow with your furry friends! Here are a few tips to keeping your pets warm and healthy this winter:

  • Shelter. Keep your pets inside with you, especially if your pet is not full-grown or sick. A doghouse will not be enough to protect your pet from the cold temperatures, unless it is outfitted for winter. This means it should be big enough to be comfortable, but small enough to retain heat. The floor should be raised and covered with cedar shavings or straw and the door should be covered with waterproof burlap or heavy plastic.

  • Bundle up. Our small pets and shorthaired pets will appreciate an extra layer this winter, even for short walks. If they do not like walking in the snow, try booties! Fur can only go so far in keeping your pet warm, be sure to keep them dry which will help with their heat retention. There are lightweight jackets perfect for your fluffy dog to keep him dry while he plays in the snow.

  • Hazards. Rock salt is great for us not slipping, but very bad for your dogs. Be sure to wipe down their paws after a walk to avoid them licking it off themselves. Also, antifreeze is extremely toxic to cats and dogs. Unfortunately, it has a very sweet taste they love. Clean any spills immediately and keep it stored in a safe place away from children and pets.

  • Booties help minimize contact with painful salt crystals, poisonous anti-freeze and chemical ice-melting agents. They can also help prevent sand and salt from getting lodged in between bare toes, causing irritation. Use pet-friendly ice melts whenever possible.

  • Massaging petroleum jelly into paw pads before going outside helps to protect from salt and chemical agent and moisturizing after a good toweling off helps to heal chapped paws. Bring a towel on long walks to clean off stinging, irritated paws. After each walk, wash and dry your pet's feet to remove ice, salt and chemicals.and check for cracks in paw pads or redness between the toes.

  • Flea and Ticks: As the temperature drops many owners believe that fleas die off and using flea control is no longer necessary. This is a common misconception as a warm heated home provides the ideal environment for fleas to breed and it is crucial that flea control is a year-round commitment. Pets should be treated every month to ensure they remain protected 365 days a year.


Winter Preparedness
for your Pets


Topics | Health
Posted | December 3, 2018



The days are getting shorter and it's time to play in the snow with your furry friends! Here are a few tips to keeping your pets warm and healthy this winter:

  • Shelter. Keep your pets inside with you, especially if your pet is not full-grown or sick. A doghouse will not be enough to protect your pet from the cold temperatures, unless it is outfitted for winter. This means it should be big enough to be comfortable, but small enough to retain heat. The floor should be raised and covered with cedar shavings or straw and the door should be covered with waterproof burlap or heavy plastic.

  • Bundle up. Our small pets and shorthaired pets will appreciate an extra layer this winter, even for short walks. If they do not like walking in the snow, try booties! Fur can only go so far in keeping your pet warm, be sure to keep them dry which will help with their heat retention. There are lightweight jackets perfect for your fluffy dog to keep him dry while he plays in the snow.

  • Hazards. Rock salt is great for us not slipping, but very bad for your dogs. Be sure to wipe down their paws after a walk to avoid them licking it off themselves. Also, antifreeze is extremely toxic to cats and dogs. Unfortunately, it has a very sweet taste they love. Clean any spills immediately and keep it stored in a safe place away from children and pets.

  • Booties help minimize contact with painful salt crystals, poisonous anti-freeze and chemical ice-melting agents. They can also help prevent sand and salt from getting lodged in between bare toes, causing irritation. Use pet-friendly ice melts whenever possible.

  • Massaging petroleum jelly into paw pads before going outside helps to protect from salt and chemical agent and moisturizing after a good toweling off helps to heal chapped paws. Bring a towel on long walks to clean off stinging, irritated paws. After each walk, wash and dry your pet's feet to remove ice, salt and chemicals.and check for cracks in paw pads or redness between the toes.

  • Flea and Ticks: As the temperature drops many owners believe that fleas die off and using flea control is no longer necessary. This is a common misconception as a warm heated home provides the ideal environment for fleas to breed and it is crucial that flea control is a year-round commitment. Pets should be treated every month to ensure they remain protected 365 days a year.