Keep Your Pets Warm This Winter

One of 5 Points Animal Hospital’s favorite neighborhood spots, the Shelby Dog Park is a popular place throughout the year fordog with scarf dogs to run and play while their owners make new friends, catch up with familiar faces, and enjoy fresh air and sunshine.

However, the moderate weather we usually enjoy can get bitterly cold from time to time during the winter, and you may wonder how safe it is for you and your dog to be outside for longer than a few minutes when the temperature drops below freezing. To help keep your pets warm this winter, we would like to share with you a few tips. When it comes to the health and safety of your pets, you can count on us to help you take care of your four-legged babies.

KEEP ALL PETS INSIDE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE

When the temperature drops below freezing, you should keep your dogs and cats inside your home with you and your family, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Even if your cat normally roams around outside during the rest of the year, it is vital that he stay indoors when it is this cold. If your dog must stay outside during the day, you must provide him with an appropriately sized shelter to protect him from the wind, rain, and snow. Make sure the floor of the shelter is raised up a few inches above the ground.

PAY ATTENTION ON WALKS

Although it is recommended to keep your pets inside when it is below freezing, you should still take your dog on short walks at least a couple times a day. When it is this cold, the windchill can be dangerous by increasing the risk for frostbite and hypothermia. If your dog is short-haired, he may be more comfortable wearing a sweater. Another thing you should be careful about when walking your dog is rock salt. It can irritate his paw pads. Just be sure to wipe all of his feet off with a damp towel as soon as you can to keep him from licking them because it can irritate his mouth. If your dog does happen to ingest any rock salt, contact 5 Points Animal Hospital immediately. The sooner we can treat your dog for salt poisoning, the better.

Stay warm and cozy with your pets this winter. Contact us at 5 Points Animal Hospital for any more tips on how to keep your furry friends safe and healthy this season.

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