WATCH OUT FOR DRY SKIN

Like humans, many animals are prone to dry, itchy skin in the winter. Keep a humidifier going to balance out the dryness of the air, and dry your dog thoroughly after playing in the snow or mud. Try to minimize bathing because even gentle shampoos can irritate sensitive skin.

WATCH OUT FOR CHEMICAL HAZARDS

Antifreeze, engine coolant, de-icers and more all pose risks to your pets. Be sure to store these chemicals safely in your home and clean up any spills immediately. While on walks, keep your dog away from anything that looks like it could be a fresh spill or chemical container.

COMPENSATE WITH CALORIES

taying warm burns extra calories, so your pets may need a little extra food to stay comfortable. This is especially true for senior pets, who often struggle the most with cold weather. Donít overdo it, thoughĖyour pets donít need to be overweight to stay warm.

LEARN TO IDENTIFY WINTER ILLNESSES

Although most pets have warm, fluffy coats to keep them warm, they still are at risk of hypothermia and frostbite. Pay special attention to their ears, paws, and the tips of their tails. Call your vet if you notice any freezing skin that doesnít seem to warm up, or if your pet seems lethargic or canít stop shivering.

STAY COZY INDOORS

Just like you love curling up in front of a crackling fireplace, your pet might enjoy a little extra warmth this winter. Make sure there are plenty of warm places to sleep so your pet isnít curled up on a cold floor. Consider a heated bed, especially for older or arthritic pets.

DONíT LET YOUR PET EAT SNOW

Some dogs love to scarf up snow, but be careful about allowing it. Too much snow can cause digestive problems or contribute to hypothermia. Snow may also be contaminated by chemicals or hide hidden objects that could make your pet sick.

PROTECT THOSE PAWS

De-icing chemicals and salt can irritate your petsí paws. Use a protective formula, such as petroleum jelly or Musherís Secret, to coat your dogís paws before walks, or buy protective booties for added safety. Consider keeping your cat inside following storms.

STAY DRY



Fur is pretty good at keeping moisture out, but eventually it can get uncomfortable. Make sure your petís bedding stays dry, and avoid any frigid winter swims.

KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON YOUR PET

More pets are lost during the winter than during any other time of year. Keep your dog on leash when walking after dark, and watch out during the holidays to make sure guests donít accidentally let your indoor cat or dog slip out the door.

It might take a little more work to keep your pets safe during cold winter weather, but these simple tips can keep everyone healthy and comfortable.

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