As crazy as Kentucky weather is, winter still seems to be in full force around here. In fact, my dogs let me know that it's freezing outside every time they get a potty break. The pups start barking and scratching at the door begging to come in. Unfortunately, there are a few things pet owners need to be aware of in the colder months. Your pet is at risk for things like frostbite and hypothermia. Both can creep up faster than you think! I’ve listed 6 tips to keep your pet safe this winter.
The tricky thing about frostbite is that it’s not always immediately noticeable. Watch for signs of pale or grey skin. Your pet's skin may also turn hard and/or cold. If your pet is experiencing frostbite, even warming up can be very painful. Severely frostbitten skin will eventually turn black and break off.
This condition occurs when your dog has had too much exposure to cold temperatures OR when your pets poor health or circulation is exposed to cold temperatures. In mild cases, your pet may feel cold and shiver. If the condition worsens, your pet may show signs of depression, lethargy, and weakness. Severe hypothermia and frostbite can be life-threatening. Know the signs now so you can keep your pet safe.
Even the thickest fur coats aren’t as warm as you think. Don’t overestimate you’re the warmth of your pet's coat. Bundle them up with a sweater or jacket (yes, they exist and they’re super cute) before letting them out to potty or play. At the very least bring your animals inside when the temperature drops.
Check your pet's paws
Snow and ice can cause serious damage to your pet's paws. Not only can they experience damage from the cold but they are also at risk for cuts from the ice. On top of this, most de-icer products are toxic to your pet. Make sure you wash your pets' paws and belly anytime they may have been exposed.
Never leave your pet in the car
Everyone knows not to leave your pet locked in the car during the summer heath. What you may overlook is leaving them in the car when it’s cold. Your vehicle could quickly turn into a refrigerator during the bitter cold. It’s best to leave pets at home.
Know your pet’s limits
Every pet’s cold tolerance is different. It’s important to take into consideration your pets breed and other health conditions when letting them out into the cold. Conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, and old age can all limit your pets ability to regulate their body temperature.
Please note all of these are recommendations and I am not aa veterinarian. All I wish is to educate you guys so our pets stay safe this winter! 😊 Got questions or some tips of your own? Shoot us a message in the chatbox.
Until next time,