Winter pet care tips

I am going to give you some pointers to help your pets deal with the cold and the snow of the winter months. Follow my guidelines in this post and you’ll have pets that are snug, warm, and healthy!

If I were to ask you what the number one issue is for pets during the winter months, what would you say? Do you think it’s owners being irresponsible, or that pets get “cabin fever” similar to humans? While there may not be a clear number one issue, clearly there are several top issues I’m going to talk about today. Pay close attention to my advice, during extreme temperatures dogs are much more susceptible to disease and complications!

* Leaving your pet outside: Although this may seem like a good idea, it is only smart to do when the weather is temperate (not too hot or cold). Leaving your pet outside in the winter is like leaving a child out there. He as nothing to keep him warm and what happens when his water freezes? What will he drink? The best thing you can do for your pet is keep him inside during the winter, only letting him out to do his business and for a walk (yes, you should still exercise your dog in the winter!).

*Walking your pet in the cold: Ok, so you may think there isn’t much to this one, but I bet there are things you haven’t thought about. In most cities and towns, it is common for salt and other substances to be placed on the sidewalks and roads. What does this mean to your pet? Well, if he walks in it then licks his paws after returning home – he will be ingesting whatever chemicals were used on the pavement. This could be incredibly harmful to him. If you are walking your pet in areas where the salt is visible on the pavement, you should have your pet wear protective booties on his feet – these will act as a barricade and you can remove them after you get back home so he can lick his paws without eating deadly chemicals.

Not only could the chemicals be harmful if he eats them, they could also damage his paws. If he gets enough of the substance on them, they could cause an infection. If you notice him walking gingerly on his paws or whining, you should take him home at once (if your pet is small enough, I suggest you carry him home to avoid further damage) and rinse his paws off. If the pain continues, take him to the vet right away, chemicals that are left on his skin will be very damaging if they are allowed to stay!

* Indoor guidelines: If you plan on keeping him indoors all winter, there are a few things

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