Tips from Elmhurst Animal Care Center: Winter Pet Care and Health

Elmhurst Animal Care Center provides complete pet care services, including veterinary surgery, vaccinations, grooming, and boarding, to pet owners in Elmhurst, Illinois. With winter right around the corner, Elmhurst Animal Care Center would like to offer some tips on caring for your pet during the colder months of the year.

Animals are as susceptible to the hazards of cold, snow, and ice as people. During the winter months it is important to take extra precautions to ensure that your dog or cat is safe and comfortable. Try to keep your pet indoors as much as possible, especially cats, and provide your pet with a warm place to sleep on cold nights.

When you do take your dog out for a walk, do not let the dog off the leash in the snow or ice. Snow compromises the strong canine sense of smell, and more dogs become lost during the winter than at any other time of year. Take extra care with your dog near ice.

When animals go outside during the winter, ice, salt and chemicals can stick to their feet and bellies. To avoid paws and skin becoming irritated or damaged, clean your pet’s feet and belly thoroughly with a cloth when the pet comes indoors.