An animal of any age can suffer the harsh effects of the cold winter. Frostbite or hypothermia can be a serious concern if your pet is outside in cold weather for an extended time. Protect your pet this winter with the following tips.
Know Your Pet’s Limits Regarding Outside Exposure
Some breeds do excellent in cold temperatures but need to be kept inside when not on walks or outdoor breaks. Other breeds, such as Poodles and Terriers, should not be included in the cold for a long time. One general rule of thumb to follow is if it’s too cold for you, it must be too cold for your pet.
Antifreeze and Rock Salt are Harmful to Pets
Protect your pet this winter by using pet-friendly ice-melting products or booties. If your furry best friend is exposed to rock salt, gently wipe off their feet, tummies, and any exposed areas. Also, antifreeze is deadly to humans and animals alike. If you have an attached garage or basement that enables your pet to explore, make sure to store antifreeze, cleaning products, and other chemicals securely out of reach. Call Alexander Animal Hospital immediately if you think your pooch has ingested anything toxic.
Fireplaces Are an Indoor Hazard to Animals
Screens are a must to avoid flying flames. Even though it can be tempting for your pet to curl up in front of the fire on a cold night, pets need to be kept at a safe distance from fireplaces and portable heaters to avoid overheating. So, remember this in order to protect your pet this winter.
Avoid Pet Injury by Gradually Increasing Exercise
Lastly, the winter months in some areas of Maryland can indicate a lot of time spent indoors. This means less time playing outside or going on walks. As temperatures thaw and spring approaches, it’s best to slowly increase your pet’s exercise levels. This way they will be at their best when the warm weather comes.
Support Your Pet’s Wellness at Alexander Animal Hospital
Alexander Animal Hospital is a full-service animal hospital located in Severna Park, Maryland, serving the Severna Park, Pasadena, and Arnold Areas. Our goal is educating clients on the needs of their pets and understanding the importance of individualized veterinary care in order to strengthen the human-animal bond between owners and their pets.
We understand you have a choice when deciding on the care for your pets, and we strive to provide you with unparalleled services including wellness exams, vaccines, lost pet microchip ID, dental care, surgical services, digital radiography, and in-hospital laboratory services and diagnostics. Other highlights of Alexander Animal Hospital are the separate cat and dog waiting and exam rooms, as well as after-hours on-call emergency services.
Please take a look around our website and then give us a call at 410-777-8678 to set up an appointment.