It’s that time of year. Holiday decorations are going up, and the temperatures are going down. It’s getting cold outside, and your pets are starting to shiver. While they have fur to help keep them warm, exposure to cold weather can still be a problem for your pets. Particularly, exposed skin like nose, ears, and paws. Older pets can be more affected by the weather, especially if they suffer from issues such as arthritis. This winter, get ahead of the weather and make sure you’re ready to keep your furbaby happy and healthy.

5 Ways to Ensure Your Pets are Happy and Healthy During the Winter Months

Heat in the Home – These days many people have smart thermostats that turn down while they are away. Make sure that your thermostat’s low setting is still comfortable for your pets no matter how long you leave the house.

Sweaters and Jackets – There are more choices than ever before when it comes to pet fashion. If your pet gets the shivers, you can add an extra layer by purchasing a sweater or jacket from your local pet store.

Hazards of the Holidays – When we’re running around decorating, cooking, and inviting people over, make sure you’re watching out for the ones under your feet. Keep unsafe food out of reach, and keep an eye on those decorations that can be easily swallowed.

Bring Them Inside – We all know that pets are domestic and the outdoors are meant for walks and some running around. If you tend to let your pets run around for a while, during the winter, you should shorten their playtime. Especially if it’s snowing as they can get wet and cold even faster.

Keep a Towel Handy – If it is snowing or there’s wintery rain, you’ll want to dry your pets off after they’ve been out. Keep a towel near the door so they can dry off and start getting warm by the fire in no time.

Your pets are a part of the family. You want to make sure they’re safe. During the winter, you just need to pay a little extra attention. Give them all the regular love that you give them, with maybe a few extra warm hugs.

Make an Appointment With Us, Anytime!

If you do see anything that seems concerning like extra shivers or maybe even a cold, feel free to bring them by the office. We can help keep your furfriend feeling healthy all through the winter season. Give us a call today to make an appointment.