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Winter, the Holidays, and Your Animals

Portrait of grey horse with snowman

You might find it cute and amusing when you see a Chihuahua wearing a miniature coat, but there are practical reasons for such canine fashion. Small dogs have a high body surface to weight ratio and lose body heat much more quickly than larger dogs. A snug sweater can provide a needed protective layer as well as make a fashion statement.

Colder weather means it is time to “winterize” your animals. Here are some tips from the NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine for keeping your animals comfortable, healthy, and safe this winter.

Handling the elements

Snow can be fun for everyone and daily exercise is necessary for health but be mindful of the temperature and the time spent outdoors. Fur does not mean complete protection from the cold.

  • Check your dog’s paws for ice around the pads and for irritation from sidewalk and road salt, which can lead to cracked paws, discomfort, and possible infection;
  • Be careful on off-lease hikes that your dog does not venture out onto frozen ponds and lakes to break through too thin an ice cover;
  • Be aware colder temperatures may mean outdoor cats and wildlife may find car engines offer a warm respite;

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