January is National Walk Your Pet Month! While the weather may be cold, it’s still important to provide your pet with plenty of exercise for their health. Here are a few tips to help keep your pets healthy and in shape through the cold winter months.
Winter Pet Walking Tips:
- Protect Their Paws – There might be antifreeze and salt along your typical walking route. Remember to wipe down your dog’s feet when you come back inside. This will help keep your pet from licking their paws and ingesting dangerous chemicals.
- Stay Hydrated – Cold, dry weather can dehydrate your pet. Make sure to keep their water bowl full and never use a metal feeding dish outdoors.
- Bundle Up – Just as you bundle up with coats and jackets, you want to make sure your pet is warm when you go outside. Don’t shave your dog down to the skin in the winter. While your husky might feel comfortable outside in the snow, a short-haired chihuahua will need more coverage.
- Don’t Over Bathe – Your dog’s coat and skin have essential coils that keep them protected int he winter. Remember to brush regularly to remove dead hair and stimulate circulation.
Don’t skip out on your dogs walking routine because of the cold. If you have any questions about how to keep your pet healthy this winter, contact our office. Our veterinarians are happy to help you with all of your pet’s health needs.
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