Deborah Y. Strauss, D.V.M: Caring For Your Pets Through The Winter
CARING FOR YOUR PETS
THROUGH THE WINTER
CREATED BY DEBORAH Y. STRAUSS
As winter approaches and the temperature begins to drop, cold and ﬂu
season is just around the corner. Just as humans are more likely to get sick
around the colder months and winter season, our pets and animals are too!
Don’t let the cold keep you indoors. Both you and your pets need the exercise.
Just make sure that you take the proper precautions before heading outside and
keep an eye on your pets for signs when it’s time to go back inside.
1. Don’t let winter stop you from heading outside with your pets.
A brisk walk is great for your health and your pets’ health! Just make sure to bundle up
your pet the same way you bundle up yourself so you can both keep warm while outside.
Use a reﬂective leash and collar so that you can spot your pet easily if its dark outside or
if the snow is deep. Coats and boots should be a must for dogs on really cold days.
2. Make sure that your pet always has fresh, non-frozen drinking water.
When animals don’t have regular access to clean water, they will turn to gutters and
puddles, where there is a strong likelihood that they will ingest something harmful that
could make them sick
3. Your pets health can also affect how long they can stay outdoors.
Pets with conditions like diabetes, kidney disease, and hormonal imbalances can
compromise their ability to regulate their own body heat, so they should only be outside
for a short time. Puppies and senior pets are also especially vulnerable to the cold.
4. Rock salt, ice, and chemical ice can
get trapped in a dogs foot pads.
Keep your pets pads from getting chapped and raw by putting booties or a balm on their
paws before heading outside, and clean them well with a warm washcloth when they
come back inside. Booties will also keep your dog from licking the salt off of its feet, which
can make them sick.
5. Always provide warm and accessible shelter for animals that must
be kept outside for any part of a cold winter day.
Animals left outdoors can be very resourceful in trying to find shelter, which can
often lead them into a dangerous place, such as a snow bank or under a patio.
Attaching a bell to their collar is also highly recommended.
6. If you are too cold to go outside, it is too cold for
your pet to go outside!