Seasonal Pet Care Tip from Community Animal Hospital

Winter Safety Tips

  • A fur coat is not usually enough to protect your pet from the winter cold; dogs and cats can get frostbite as well. If you let your pet outside to do their business, keep an eye on them and don’t leave them outside for too long. The colder it is, the less time they should be spending outdoors!
  • Sidewalk salt might melt dangerous sheets of ice, but it can burn your pet’s mouth if ingested, and it can injure their paw pads. When walking your dog, try to skirt around scattered salt, or get a set of booties in your pet’s size to protect their feet. We also recommend that you check your pet’s coat and paws for any remnants of sidewalk salt, just to be safe. And if you have salt residue on your boots or shoes, leave them in another room or clean them off before setting them down.
  • Just about every town has a stray cat population, and in winter, many cats will take whatever shelter they can get--even if it’s under the hood of your car, next to the engine. Be sure to rap on the hood of your vehicle or take a peek under it before starting the engine. You never know whether a cat has chosen your car to escape from the elements, and taking precautions could save a life!
  • Senior pets are prone to arthritis, which can be especially severe during the winter months. Take extra steps to keep your companion warm and comfortable, and stay close by when you take them outside to make sure they don’t slip on ice or pull a muscle. You may also want to ask your veterinarian about pain management options.
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For more information about winter pet safety, please contact us today at
(508)753-7077 or ask us at your next appointment!