Cold Weather Tips When Taking Out Your Pets

Behavior, Cats, Dogs

Your pets may have fur, but that doesn’t mean they are immune to cold weather. Their smaller bodies don’t conserve heat as well as you’d think, plus they can be susceptible to other cold weather issues. Here are some tips to help your pet cope with the chills.

Towel Your Pet Dry to Avoid Itchy Skin

Going in and out of the cold into the warmth of the house can cause dry, itchy skin in pets. We do recommend towel drying your pet when they come in, especially between the toes where snowballs can form.

Protect Paws From Road Salts

After walking your pet outside along roads, etc., remember to wash and dry your pet’s feet and stomach to remove salt and chemicals. You can massage petroleum jelly or a paw protectant on and in between the paw pads to help protect these areas. Booties are also a great idea.

Furry Pets Still Get Cold

Keep your animals inside during colder weather. The general rule of thumb is, if it is too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pets.

If you feel a pet has been left outside for an unreasonable amount of time or without food, water, or shelter, please report this to the Animal Control office in your county or call the police. If you have any questions about winter safety for pets, please contact EMRVC at 410-687-1111.

Essex Middle River Veterinary Center provides medical and surgical care for cats and dogs at our animal hospital and veterinary clinic in Essex, Maryland, just outside of Baltimore. Our services include preventive wellness care exams, vaccines, spays/neuters, and a variety of specialized care. Our state-of-the-art veterinary offices are conveniently located near I-695 where we see pets from Towson, Honeygo, White Marsh, and other neighboring Baltimore areas.

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