Most of us know about warm-weather related health hazards when it comes to our pets, but colder weather comes with its own set of potential problems. To insure your furry friends can enjoy our Minnesota winter, here are some tips to keep them safe and healthy this season:
- Has your pet had his or her preventive care (wellness exam) this year? Cold weather may worsen some medical conditions, such as arthritis, so if your pet is overdue for his or her checkup, now is a great time to schedule!
- Know your pet’s limits. While some pets enjoy playing in the snow, tolerance for cold can vary among different animals. You may need to shorten walks for elderly or arthritic pets, and these animals may be more likely to slip or fall in the snow. Certain medical conditions, such as heart disease, kidney disease, or hormonal problems like hypothyroidism or Cushing’s disease may interfere with pets’ ability to regulate their body temperature. Short-haired dogs and those with shorter legs may feel the cold more quickly. If you have questions about how much your pet can tolerate, please give us a call or ask at your pet’s next visit.
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