Winter Weather

posted: by: Dawn, RVT Tags: "Clinic Specials" "News" 

Let it Snow, let is snow, let it snow….  We’ve finally had our first significant snowfall of the season here in Columbus.  Now that cold temperatures and snow have arrived, it’s time to look out for our pets in this winter weather.


For the dogs who do not like the snow, you may have to clear a spot in the yard for your dog to potty.  Don’t leave your dog outside for extended periods of time in the frigid weather.  You might have to bundle up and go outside yourself to encourage your dog to leave the porch to potty.


Wipe your dog’s paws when he comes inside to remove bits of salt and chunks of ice from the pads.  Check the pads for cuts from the ice.


If your dog prefers to be outside in the cold, or lives outside, make sure you provide good, insulated shelter from the cold with warm, dry bedding.  You may also have to remove chunks of ice from the water bowl and refill it several times a day.


Dogs with short hair or who are clipped short (from grooming or surgery), may need a sweater or coat outside.


Watch for outdoor or stray cats in your area.  They will look for any available warm shelter and that may just turn out to be under the hood of your car.  Bang on the hood a few times or honk your horn before starting your car to scare them out.  If you have a cat that prefers to live outside, you will need to provide warm shelter out of the wind and fresh water several times a day.


At this time of year, many people light fires in the fireplace or use space heaters.  Use caution with these and pets.  It’s very easy for pets to get too close and burn themselves or even start a fire.


Be extremely cautious with products such as sidewalk salt and antifreeze.  Many of these products, especially antifreeze, are toxic to pets when ingested.  Keep these items stored out of reach of animals, and wipe up any spills immediately.  If you suspect your pet  may have ingested a toxin, call your vet immediately.


A little caution and thinking ahead will help you and your pets have a safe and warm winter.