How to Keep Your Pet Healthy This Winter

Dogs and cats, like humans, need access to warmth in the cold. Our pets depend on us to provide them with warm beds and shelter. With temperatures in Wichita quickly dropping, it is also important to get your animal in for their annual wellness visit. Learn more about how to keep your pet healthy this winter below.

Tips for a Healthy Pet in Winter

Once your pet gets the all clear, you will want to make sure that you provide essential protection from the elements for daily activities like walks. Though many breeds have naturally thick hair, they still need at least an additional layer to help them maintain ideal body temperatures while playing in the cold. Likewise, if your dog or cat suffers from ailments like arthritis, you may need to take additional precautions to keep their joints warm and as pain-free as possible. The colder weather may compel you to take your pet on shorter walks throughout the day.

Like humans, animals like options. If possible, offer a couple of shelter alternatives for your pet to chose from. Additionally, it is important to provide them with adequate food and water. With freezing temperatures rapidly approaching, invite your pets inside. Even with an extra layer and a shelter, freezing weather can be perilous for outdoor pets.

After outdoor play in the cold, always check your dog’s paws for hidden moisture and cracks in the skin. Dry your dog’s coat and paws immediately to remove the moisture; never place an electrical heater in your pet’s shelter for added warmth. It is also important to keep your home warm while you are away at work. Indoor cats and dogs need a cozy home to keep them healthy in the winter months.

Following these tips will help your dog or cat stay warm this winter!

For more information about pet safety and treatments, please contact the Wichita veterinarians of Cimarron Animal Hospital. Our vet clinic is dedicated to helping you and your pet live happy and healthy lives together!

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