Cold Weather DOs and DON’Ts for Pets

Here are some important DOs and DON’Ts for your pets this winter! DO leave water outside for your pets. Your pets need access to fresh, clean water at all times. Read more about bowls and accessories! DON’T let the water freeze! If you won’t be around to change your pet’s water, look for a heated water dish at your favorite pet store. DO give your pets a little extra food if they’ll be outside a lot and active during the winter. Pets and people need extra calories to help keep warm if they’ll be spending a lot of time outside. … Continue reading

Pet First Aid: Frostbite

Just because dogs and cats have fur doesn’t mean pets can withstand cold winter temperatures and nasty weather. Leaving your dog or cat out in the cold could have some serious health risks. Exposure to extreme freezing temperatures for long periods of time can result in frostbite. Frostbite is damage or death to tissues in the extremities — tips of the ears, the tail, around the face, on the genitalia, and on the foot pads. Frostbite comes on in stages: When a pet is exposed to cold temperatures, the airs stand on end to trap air near the body. The … Continue reading

Pets and Cold Weather

Cold weather is upon us… for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. On those bitter cold days, your pets may dart outside long enough for a quick potty break and run back inside. Other pets may love the colder weather and refuse to come inside! My parents’ dog Becca is the latter type of dog — she’ll happily sit on the middle of the pool cover once the water below has frozen. But she has a thick, double coat to protect her from the worst of the winter chill. Don’t force your pets outside when the weather is too … Continue reading