Winter Pet Care

Cold weather is on it's way to our area. Here are a few things to keep in mind for the winter season:

  • Do not leave dogs or cats outside in cold weather without adequate shelter. What is adequate? A dog or cat house that is raised off the ground that has bedding like straw or a pet bed warmer that is safe for outdoor use. Ideally, bring animals indoors when the fahrenheit drops. 
  • It takes a lot of energy to keep warm in the winter so make sure to feed your outdoor animals more than usual and ensure that fresh (and unfrozen!) water is available at all times.
  • While the outdoor pets are getting more food your indoor pets should get less food! We all exercise less when it's cold outside so make sure to reduce your indoor cat or dog's food accordingly.
  • Keep a close on eye on paws, tails, noses, ear tips, etc. on outdoor pets and pets during their walks. Frostbite can happen to animals, too! In addition, little paw pads can become dry and cracked when walking on snow, ice, or areas treated with road salt. Protect your dog's feet with booties (if he'll let you!).
  • Watch out for antifreeze poisoning! If your dog or cat starts acting "drunk," stumbling, acting disoriented, etc. get him or her to us right away. Antifreeze is sweet and very attractive to curious pets looking for a snack but it is deadly if not treated in time after consumption.
  • Do you leave your car outside in the winter or have a garage that cats can access? Check under your car's hood or tap the hood loudly before starting your car. Cats are attracted to the warm engine and will sometimes nap there on a particularly cold night. 

Do you have questions regarding these winter safety tips? Give us a call at (513)553-9954 to speak with a staff member! Keep warm and safe this holiday season!

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