Prepare for cold winter weather by making sure your pet has had a vet visit in the past year and that you are aware of all potential medical problems.
The American Veterinary Medical Foundation suggests how to protect your pet in the cold:
- Be aware of your pet’s tolerance for the cold. Some will fare much better than others.
- Shorten your pet’s walks if necessary during snowy and cold days.
- Keep pets inside if possible. Like people, pets can develop frostbite and hypothermia.
- Examine your pet’s paws for signs of cold weather injuries, such as cracked paws or bleeding.
- Dress your pet in a sweater or coat.
- Wipe your pet down after a walk in the snow. The pet’s fur might bring in deicers, antifreeze and other toxic chemicals into your home.
- Equip your pet with a well-fitting collar, including an identification tag. Or implant a microchip under your pet’s skin.
- Prepare for a cold weather emergency by having adequate pet food and medication on hand.