Prepping Your Pet For Winter
As the seasons change and the weather gets a little crisp, it’s time to start prepping your pet for winter. While winter means fashionable scarves and cranking up the thermostat for us humans, what kinds of changes will we need to make to keep our furry friends toasty warm and safe this winter? If you’re unsure how to prepare, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with a few helpful tips to keep your Chroma pet healthy and happy during these frosty months!
Whether your pup suffers from arthritis or just has a thin grade of fur, a nice warm coat can help with circulation and prevent injury to stiff and brittle limbs. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), it’s important to keep your furry friends covered up in icy temps and limit their time outside.
There are a variety of coats on the market, and the AVMA says that there’s no specific brand or type of coat that’s best. As long as it covers your pet’s back and doesn’t fit too snug, it will protect them in harsh outdoor conditions.
As silly as they seem, pet boots can help protect your pet’s sensitive paw pads from frostbite and poisonous road salt. After picking out the perfect coat or sweater, fit your pup for a pair of warm booties. Sizes vary, so it’s best to try the boots on your pet at a local pet supply store.
If your pets refuse to wear boots (as some finicky fluffers do), try cutting down the fur between their paw pads to prevent collection of snow and avoid road salt as much as possible. After each walk, our Chroma pet groom room is the perfect place to get Fido clean and apartment ready! If you’re at work or away, our friendly pet concierge service Baroo always has your back on making sure your furry friend gets walked safely. Also, make sure to watch the frequency with which your pet cleans their skin, as frequent cleaning could be due to dry skin and may lead to hotspots.
While it’s true that pets lose a lot more energy in the winter, resist the temptation to help your furbabies pack on the pounds this winter. An overweight pet has increased health risks every season of the year, so make sure to watch the scraps of Thanksgiving turkey and holiday ham!
Space Heater & Fireplace Safety
Snuggling up next to a warm fire or space heater might be nice for us, but our pets don’t always know what a safe distance is. Heat burns are quite common for pets, especially those with short fur, so keep a watchful eye on your fluffy friends.
The Right Temp
Lastly, the holiday season brings many guests and events, which can mean time away from your pets. Make sure to provide a comfortable and relaxing place for your pet to reside during those crowded gatherings at home. And, when you’re heading out, ensure that your heat is at a safe temperature. Remember, your pet’s natural body temperature is about seven degrees warmer than yours! – Erica Mountain
Photo via Flickr user John Talbot.