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Caring for Pets in Severe Cold Weather

Posted December 16, 2016

Nearly 80% of the US will see temperatures dip to below freezing, and wind-chill temperatures could reach 35 below zero in some states during the next few days. It’s vital that pet parents spread the word on how to care for pets during this severe weather.

With cats, including outdoor cats, bring them inside and do not let them wonder out. Although many people think of cats as resourceful animals who will find a warm place to curl up, that warm place could be under a car, or next to an engine block—which can get them into unforeseen trouble. Inside is the best place for your kitty.

For dogs, walks should be short to minimize the time spent outside. For all dogs regardless of size, sweaters and jackets are a good idea. However, it’s important to remember that for small dogs, a sweater is not enough protection and time outside should be severely limited.

After walks, bring your dog inside. Dry them off with a towel, and clean paw pads, including the area between the paw pads as salt and other roadway chemicals may be trapped there. Once your pet is dry, rub a little NHV Heal Care Ointment on joints and on paws to soothe aching muscles and keep paw pads from cracking. Cracked paw pads are extremely painful for your pet.  

If putting your pet in an indoor crate, make sure the crate is lined with warm blankets.

We know that some pet parents keep their dogs outside. We would like to strongly encourage any pet guardian to bring their pets inside. With the current temperatures plummeting, and the wind chill temperatures being so low, even the most sturdy outdoor shelter may be deadly for your dog.

If your dog’s shelter is outside, and you cannot bring them inside, make sure the shelter is raised and insulated with straw, not sweaters or blankets because when blankets get wet they will freeze and end up causing more cold within the shelter. Make sure the shelter has a flap away from winds. For outdoor dogs, you will need to feed them more, as they will need those extra calories to help produce body heat.

Pets get joint aches and pains too, so it is also a good idea to start them on a joint care supplement like NHV Old Timer or NHV Yucca.

Many local humane societies and charities may be able to help pet parents in need with extra blankets, crates, or shelters. 
We hope everyone, furry and non-furry, stays warm and safe during this winter season.

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