It is late January, but winter is here in full strength – and we are feeling its effects! It is important to keep in mind your pets’ health during the winter months, just like you would for the heat in the summer.
The cold can increase or worsen some symptoms or chronic issues, like arthritis, so schedule wellness exams at the beginning of winter. Frequently check your pets’ paws for conditions brought on by the cold weather including cracked or bleeding pads. As Your Dog Advisor suggests, you may want to look into purchasing paw balm and rinsing your dog’s paws after a walk to minimize this damage. Sometimes the salt on the pavement, meant to melt the ice and snow, can have a harmful effect on your pet so wear protective gear if needed. Some animals have a harder time tolerating the cold. If the weather just isn’t suitable for your daily walking schedule, Your Dog Advisor also recommends playing with toys and training to keep your dog entertained. Remember, when your dog is exercising less, they also need less food. Snuggle up to your furry friend to keep both you and your pet warm.
As suggested by the AVMA, if your pup needs assistance in warming up, you might want to look into getting a coat or jacket for your pet. Ruffwear is a one-stop shop carrying canine jackets such as raincoats, fleeces, overcoats and even canine boots.
You can read the full Your Dog Advisor article here.
You can read the full AVMA article here.