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Cold Weather Tips for Pets

When the weather gets cold, you need to know what to do in order to keep your pet safe. A visit to a veterinarian in Pleasanton can give you some exact tips to help you keep your pet safe.

Know Your Pet’s Limits

Some pets are going to be more susceptible to the cold than others, so you will need to adjust the amount of time they spend outside. If your pets enjoy being outdoors, consider a coat or sweater to keep them warm. Frostbite and hypothermia are both cold-related dangers that can affect pets, and it helps to remember that if it’s too cold for you, then it may be too cold for your pet.

Check the Hood

In cold weather, cats crawl into car engines to stay warm. If you start your car while there is a sleeping cat near your engine block, that cat may end up dead. Prevent injuries by banging on the hood before starting the car to give any sleeping cats the chance to escape.

Wipe Your Dog’s Paws

If you are walking your dog in the winter, your dog’s paws can pick up toxic chemicals from antifreeze and salt. Wipe off paws when you come home to prevent your dog from licking. Use pet safe de-icers around your home as well.

Keep Pets Leashed

Pets can become lost in the winter since the snowfall hides normal recognizable scents that would help them find their way. Prevent pets from getting lost by having them on a leash and making sure they are microchipped.

Give Your Pet Shelter

If your pets normally live outdoors, be sure to bring them indoors when the temperatures drop. Pets that spend a lot of time outdoors will also need more food to replace energy that is lost from trying to keep warm.

When to Visit an Animal Hospital

If you have any other questions about what you can do for your pets in cold weather, Contact us at Animal Medical Center of Pleasanton.

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