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How to Prepare Your Pet for Winter

The coming winter means special concerns for your indoor and outdoor pets. With some simple precautions, you can ensure that everyone has a safe and fun winter season.

Keep Them Warm

Even with their furry coats, your pets can still get cold and are susceptible to hypothermia and frostbite. Expose your pets to the cold only in small doses and always monitor for signs of distress.

Be Safe with Salt

The winter means icy sidewalks and driveways covered in rock salt and ice melt chemicals. Some ice-melt products are toxic for pets. Consider salt-safe booties or be sure to wash your pet’s feet after coming inside.

Be Ready for the Holidays

Winter means holidays, and holidays create unique concerns for your pets. Cats like to chew and eat light strings and ribbons. Poinsettias are poisonous for your cat, and your dog could easily choke on those leftover holiday dinner turkey bones. Monitor both your pets and guests to make sure everyone is having a safe holiday.   
Wintertime can be lot of fun for you and your pet, but with the cold weather, winter chemicals and holiday festivities, you must take extra precautions to keep everyone safe. Call Riverfront Animal Hospital at 517-487-3646 to learn more tips for how you can prepare your pet for winter.