Ask the Veterinarian: Cold Weather

As winter weather approaches, here are some great tips from the Michigan Humane Society on how to protect your pets during cold weather.

Here are some of our own tips too:

1. Dry your pets off when they come in wet from rain or snow

2. Keep pets hydrated

3. Feed your pets (pets who have been outdoors may require more food to stay nourished)

4. Check paws for cracked skin and ice build up

5. Have a blizzard storm plan that includes your pets in place

6. Locate a pet-friendly hotel in case you need to leave your home in an emergency

Remember, if it’s too cold for you outside, it’s too cold for your pet!

Michigan Humane Society


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“How do I protect my pet from the cold weather?”

Keep pets indoors during cold weather. Small breed dogs and dogs with short hair should only go outdoors for short times when necessary. A sweater or coat may be needed to protect them from the cold, but remember ear tips, tails and feet are all prone to frostbite. After going outdoors, wash and dry your pet’s feet to remove any salt, ice or other irritating substances.

If pets are kept outdoors, they must be provided with appropriate shelter such as a heated garage or insulated house. The house should…

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