Winter is a season that brings the best out of people in many cases. With the joy of the holiday season at hand, it’s hard not to return the smiles of strangers on the streets and lend a helping hand to others. However, for pets, winter is an entirely different experience. The cooler weather can bring on a great deal of stress for your dog or cat, and make their lives simply miserable. However, there are a few things you can do to help your furry friend fight off the winter blues:
- If you take your pet outside into the snow or damp, be sure to dry off their paws thoroughly when coming back indoors. Excess moisture can lead to licking, in turn leading to the development of sores, especially in dogs.
- Prevent your pets from ingesting harmful foods or items during Thanksgiving dinner. Bones and other small, hard bits of food can cause serious damage to their digestive systems in an instant.
- Keep your pet indoors if you are expecting exceptionally cold temperatures. They’re likely to be fine in a bit of snow, but if it doesn’t melt for a few days, it’s probably safer to let them indoors to keep warm.
By following these tips, you can keep your pet safe from injury and sickness this winter. To learn more about protecting your pet from the cold, call Barfield Animal Hospital at 615-217-8484.