Cold Weather Tips for Pets

Pensacola is known for its beautiful weather, but during winter, the temperatures can drop as low as the 40s. Cold weather can pose many health problems and risks to your furry animals’ health. Here are some essential tips on keeping pets safe during winter provided by our veterinarian at The Brentwood Animal Hospital.

5 Cold Weather Tips for Pets

  1. Stay Inside On Cold Days: Offer your animals warm places to snuggle up on colder days, especially when the temperatures fall below freezing. If your pets are going outside, supervise them and make sure they have their leash on so that they don’t wander off. 
  2. Check Your Pets’ Paws: Salt and chunks of ice can easily get stuck in their paw pads or cause an injury. Keep a towel by the door and wipe away any chemicals or ice from their feet, belly, legs, and fur. Use pet-friendly deicers for your walkways to prevent your animals from accidentally consuming the salt.
  3. Use Noise: Small animals like to snuggle under warm engine hoods. Before driving off, honk your horn, look at your tires, and gently bang on the hood to rouse away any nesting animals.
  4. Be Mindful Of Potential Holiday Hazards Around Your Home: Make sure carbon monoxide detectors and furnaces are working properly, supervise pets around fireplaces and heaters, and keep toxic holiday plants, foods, and decorations out of reach.
  5. Bring Your Pets For Their Annual Wellness Visit: Regular vet visits are vital for preventing and managing diseases and making sure your pets’ health needs are being met, especially for young, old, and chronically ill animals. Our veterinarian can make sure that your beloved companions are ready for the cold winter.

Are Your Pets Ready for the Cold?

Contact The Brentwood Animal Hospital at 850-434-2646 to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian, Dr. Todd Burnett, in Pensacola, FL. No matter how cold it gets outside, you’ll find warm hearts at our clinic.