For all those folks in the Manhattan area, it sure is cold out there! And since they’re generally pretty easy going about it, it’s hard to remember that our pets would probably agree too. That being said, it’s important to take precautions when bringing your pets outdoors in particularly chilly temperatures. While we’ve already explained the benefits of purchasing Fido a fashionable new coat in a past blog, there are still plenty more cold weather safety tips to discuss.
- Turn up the humidity. Just like humans, your pet’s skin can get pretty dry thanks to the arid winter air. Your best bet is to make sure your home’s humidity levels are set to perfection.
- Wipe away the snow. Just because it snows, that doesn’t mean you have to keep your poor pup cooped up inside all day. Allowing him to run around in the yard, or taking him for a brief walk is allowed. Just make sure you towel dry him thoroughly when he comes in – paying special attention to his paws to avoid frostbite.
- Buy some booties. Rock salt and other ice melt chemicals abound out there, especially on the streets of Manhattan. Keep your pet’s paws safe from harsh chemicals with a cute pair of booties. (You know you always wanted to buy them anyway.)
- Feed him well. Pets can burn a ton of extra calories trying to stay active and keep warm in the winter. For that reason, it’s important to remember to feed them often, and even a little extra at times.
- Schedule a wellness exam. The best way to keep your pet healthy during the winter months is by making sure the have a good head start. Paying your veterinarian a visit ensures your pet will be in good health, up to date on vaccinations, and ready to take on the cold with confidence.
Has your pet had his or her winter wellness check-up yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Dial 212-396-3020 to schedule your appointment at Upper East Side Animal Hospital today.
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