Seasonal Pet Safety Tips from our Mesquite Veterinarian Team
Every winter, we hear a lot about how important it is to protect our health from the cold and look out for our elderly neighbors. But our Mesquite veterinarian asks you to remember that even our pets are susceptible to seasonal weather changes, too, and pet parents should take special precautions to make sure they're safe...after all, even in Texas winter temperatures can get down to near or below freezing!
Common Winter Health Hazards for Your Pets
Whether you have dogs, cats, horses, goats, or any other type of animal, the following winter health hazards are things you as a pet owner should be on the lookout for:
Salt, Sand, and De-Icing Solutions
When these particles get into your pets paw pads, they can cause irritation and sores. Likewise, your pet may become sick trying to lick the sand and salt out of their paws.
Get pet-friendly de-icing solution and wipe your animal's paws off with a clean damp towel after coming in from outdoors.
An animal's coat is necessary not for just keeping it warm during the wintertime, but also to help protect the skin. The dry cold air can easily affect an animal's skin, however, and can lead to dry, cracked, and itchy areas which can easily become infected.
Never shave your pet's hair in the winter time, and bathe her as little as possible so her natural oils will stay on her skin. Also, consider getting a humidifier for your home to minimize drying air.
As the ASPCA rightly points out, "If it's too cold for you, it's probably too cold for your pet." Serious health complications can occur if your pet's body temperature drops too low, so don't leave your animal outside for too long and always give him warm places in the home to rest.
This list isn't all-inclusive. Check out this handy webpage from the American Veterinary Medical Association for more tips.
Are You Concerned Your Animal Is Dealing With Seasonal Winter Woes? Contact our Mesquite Veterinarian
At Town East Galloway Animal Clinic, our Mesquite veterinarian staff wants every pet to stay warm, comfortable, and healthy during these colder winter months. To schedule a pet wellness exam or to speak with a vet with questions about your animal's health, contact us now by calling (972) 613-9871.