Preparing for the Cold 

The cool winds of winter are already blowing through the nation.  Some states are experiencing sooner and greater than expected snowfalls.  So, what can you do to make sure your companion animals are prepared for the coming months?  Here are just a handful of helpful tips …

If your companion animal is older and arthritic, be sure not to leave her or him outside too long.  Just as with humans, colder temperatures can make arthritic joints stiff and painful.

Dogs that tend to walk on sidewalks and streets should have their paws cleaned upon re-entering the home.  Ice, rock salt and other chemicals can collect in their pads and cause irritation.

If you live in an area where snows are frequent or deep, clear a spot in your yard for your dog to eliminate wastes. 

Check outside water bowls frequently during the day for signs of freezing.  For a modest price, you can obtain a heated bowl to ensure that your pet will always have access to tepid water even when the temperature drops.

And remember that companion animals have to burn more calories to stay warm during the cold months, especially if your pet will be frequently outdoors.  Consider increasing the amount of food you feed by 10–20%.

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Posted: 11/26/2008 at 04:30 PM
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