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beating the cold

When old Jack Frost comes to town, he brings new concerns regarding your pet’s safety. Avoid an unplanned trip to the veterinary clinic by keeping these winter hazards in mind:  

• Ice: Take care to ensure a safe walkway, paying extra close attention to stairs, so slips don’t turn into injuries. If you leave a water bowl outside for your pet, check it daily to make sure it hasn’t frozen.
• De-icers: Speaking of ice, be sure to use a pet-friendly de-icer on your own walkway to protect your pet’s feet from caustic agents. Booties are 
•Also helpful here, but if your pet won’t tolerate them, be sure to give paws a good wipe when you come back inside.
• Far from home: When snow covers scents and visual landmarks, pets who roam off-leash have a harder time finding their way back home. Avoid off-leash play until the bulk of the snow has melted.
• Skin care: Winter brings out the worst in pets prone to dry skin. Low humidity combined with forced heat can lead to winter itch. Nourish skin with moisturizing leave-in conditioners — and ask your vet about adding beneficial omega-3 fatty acids to your pet’s diet.
• Hypothermia: Sometimes it’s simply too cold for your pet to be outside, regardless of his breed. Check out our Cold Weather Chart for guidance at www.gopetplan.com/blogpost/cold-weather-and-dogs.
• Aching joints: Cold temperatures also irritate arthritic joints. Talk to your vet if you feel your pet could use some extra help in the pain relief  department.

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