How to keep your pets safe during bitter cold weather

January 03, 2018 02:48 PM

As the temperature drops, veterinarians are warning people to keep a close eye on their pets.

News10NBC spoke with Lollypop Farm's Dr. Christine Garvey for tips on how to protect your pets from the cold.

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"It is important to keep your walks nice and short," Dr. Garvey says. "Make sure they go out and do their business then come back in where it is warm. If you have a dog that is a short-coated breed or if they are on the thin side, they may need a coat before going outside to keep them warm and dry. It is also important to keep their feet protected with some boots or some Musher's Wax."

The ASCPA offers these tips for keeping your pets safe:

  • Keep your home humidified and towel-dry your pet as soon as it comes inside
  • Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter
  • Bathe your pets as little as possible during cold spells
  • Feed your pet a little bit more during the cold weather months

"I advise people to use themselves as a guide," Dr. Garvey adds. "It depends on the dog. Everybody has to go out and do their business in the yard for sure, but if you are uncomfortable they are uncomfortable."

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