Winter Pet Safety Tips

Winter Pet Safety Tips

Winter weather calls for some extra precautions.  Here  are several reminders

  • Minimize time outside.  Exposure to the cold and wind can cause dry, flaky, chapped and irritated skin and paws.  Help protect your pet with a high quality diet and supplemental fish oil.
  • Upon returning inside, dry your pet’s face and body with a clean, dry, soft towel.  Carefully remove snow and ice from his paws and in between toes.  If your pet has contacted any rock salt or chemicals, rinse his paws, dry them well and apply protective, soothing essential oils.
  • Choose a salt-free pet safe product to melt ice on and around your property or where your pet frequents.
  • Avoid bathing your pet excessively during Winter.  Frequent bathing removes protective oils from the coat and can lead to dry, flaky skin.  Use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner and fully dry your pet before going out in cold weather.
  • Brush your pet regularly to stimulate blood circulation and maintain a healthy coat.
  • Consider a sweater or booties for your pet.
  • Never leave your pet alone in the car in cold weather.
  • Never let your dog off of the leash in snow or ice.  Be sure he wears identification tags at all times.

Mia Frezzo, DVM Dr, Frezzo is the owner of the Animal Hospital of Hasbrouck Heights.  She makes house calls while constructing her new, start-of-the-art Hospital.  Call 201-288-7800 today.


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