The winter season in North Iowa can be brutal with freezing temperatures and large snow falls. Just as you never forget to get properly bundled up before braving the outdoors during these colder months, you should always make sure that you beloved family pet is just as warm and safe when they go outside. Here are some tips to keep your furry friend healthy and comfortable this winter season:
- Take your pet to their Veterinarian for a regular check-up to make sure that there are no special health conditions that you should be aware of.
- Pets should be indoors at all times except when they are in need of a walk.
- It is easy for pets to get lost during the winter. Make sure they are always under your supervision when outdoors and keep their collar with identification tag on them at all times.
- Although pets might seem like their fur will automatically protect them from the cold, they are just as vulnerable to the cold as we are. Do not allow them to be outside for long periods of time. Consider dressing them in a sweater and putting booties on their paws to add an extra layer of warmth during freezing temperatures.
- Wipe down your pets, including their fur and paws, whenever they enter your home from the outside. De-icers, such as salt pellets, can easily attach to them and cause damage to their skin.
- Anti-freeze has a sweet taste to pets but is highly toxic. Make sure to clean up any spills within your garage or on your driveway to keep them from getting poisoned.
- Just as we like to cozy up with more blankets in the winter, your pet does as well. Create an extra cozy spot for them to sleep during this colder season.
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