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Cold Weather Safety For Pets

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Keep these recommendations in mind to keep your pet dog safe, healthy, and happy this winter:

  • Limit your exposure to subzero temperatures.

If you feel too cold when you go outdoors, it is probably too cold for your dog as well. Keep an eye on how much time your dog stays outside. Even brief exposure to subzero conditions can result in hypothermia and frostbite. Going outdoors, allow puppies to wear a sweater, including pets with thin coats. Pet booties also keep your pet's food warm and dry.

It is also advisable to shorten outdoor walks during chilly weather to avoid overexposure to freezing conditions. However, still allow your pet time to relieve itself.

  • Keep potty breaks under control and walks short.

If your pet does potty break in the yard, always stay nearby and call it back inside when done. Standing at the door reduces the chance of being distracted by anything else happening inside the home and leaving it out feeling cold for an extended period at the same time.

If your pet is showing signs of hypothermia, contact your veterinary hospital Ellicott City, MD immediately.

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