Winter Preparedness For Your Pet, and You

Tis’ the season where we say goodbye to fall and welcome colder temperatures, impending snow storms and icy streets. These can present some safety risks for your Pets and FurBabies, so here are some prevention tips that can help keep him safe!

Keep  Your Pet Warm with Coats and Cloaks, but Not Too Warm

We had a warm December, but January started to cool off. That means that it’s time for Coats, Cloaks, and Furrrrrs! While some FurBabies have a strong layer of fur or dense hair to help them stay extra warm in the cold, others have thin hair and are more in need of coats to stay warm.

‘Smaller, light bodied breeds, toy breeds, and breeds that naturally have very short or thin hair coats benefit from a warm dog sweater for when they need to go outside, or for just hanging around the house (1).’

‘Siberian Husky, Malamute, and Saint Bernard breeds are all excellent examples of dogs that are perfectly suited to cold temperatures, while the Chihuahua, Greyhound, and many terrier and pinscher breeds are good examples of dogs that would do well with a little extra outer insulation (1)’.

Using a coat on a pup that doesn’t need it isn’t a good idea, as it can even lead to overheating. But, for the others out there, keeping your FurBaby at her right temperature can make her walk and exercise more enjoyable. If you need a coat, why spend more? TJ Maxx has some great deals on really nice coats.

Your Pet Says ‘it’s play time’, but it might be too cold

What is more unpredictable than the weather? In NYC, some days are definitely much colder than others. Depending on the temperature, it may be a good idea to limit your time outside if your FurBaby appears uncomfortable. The best way to tell is to listen to your FurBaby’s cues. Is he shaking? Does he not seem as excited for his walk as he normally is? Does he keep looking back at you during the walk? If the temperature is below 10 degrees though, it is best to limit exercise to about 15 minutes to avoid frostbite. Remember it’s also dependent on what your pup is used to – if he’s used to NYC but you go upstate for the weekend, keep a keener eye on him to make sure you don’t risk hypothermia or frostbite.

Important Times to Watch Your Pet’s Paws

Every time your FurBaby comes indoors after going out in extra snowy or icy weather, have a large towel or wipes on-hand to wipe down legs, underbelly and paws. This will ensure that all salt, ice, snow, and chemicals are removed. This is mostly important if you notice that your FurBaby tends to start licking his yummylicious pawz.

During a Decrease In Activity, Don’t Overfeed Your Pet

Feel free to feed according to level of activity for that day. If your FurBaby is getting less exercise in the winter but you feed the same amount of food, it may cause weight gain. Feeding slightly less in a day with a little less activity will help her looking and feeling her best, while avoiding potential problems. She’ll also be grateful that you kept her looking fabulous for the summer!

For More Info on what else you can do with your dog in the winter, food tips, or general questions, contact us!

Sources:

  1. http://www.petmd.com/dog/seasonal/evr_dg_sweaters_for_dogs#
  2. https://positively.com/contributors/cold-weather-safety-in-dogs-and-cats/