As the temperatures drop (especially at night) here in Oxford, it’s important to take extra precautions to keep your pet safe. We’ve given tips on cold weather safety before, but we have some more tips we think can benefit you and your furry family.

First and foremost, it’s always good to have a list of emergency hospitals on hand for anything that can happen. We have three nearby partners we recommend, and their contact information and location can be found by clicking here. We recommend bookmarking that page for future use as well.

Your dog’s grooming is quite important this time of year. It’s not a bad thing to let their hair get a little longer to provide extra protection from the elements, but we do recommend trimming the fur around their feet shorter to prevent snow and ice from building up there.

If your pet is outside, make sure to keep them away from chemicals that can be used to make your life easier this time of the year. A small amount of antifreeze can be deadly if your pup licks up the sweet-tasting chemical, and products used to melt ice on sidewalks and driveways can be dangerous, too. Always use pet-safe ice melts, and be sure to wipe your dog’s paws off after she comes inside.

For outdoor pets, it’s good to watch for signs of frostbite or hypothermia. Signs of frostbite include:

  • Pale, gray, or blue skin (early)
  • Red, puffy skin (after frostbite has progressed)
  • Pain in the ears, paws, or tail when touched
  • Skin that stays cold
  • Shriveled skin

And, a pet suffering from hypothermia may exhibit:

  • Violent shivering
  • Lethargy
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Rectal temperature below 98° F

Once hypothermia advances, coma, and cardiac arrest are possible.

The team at Oxford Veterinary Hospital wants to make sure your pet is protected during the winter months. Please be sure to contact us with any and all questions, we’re always happy to help make sure you’re prepared for the weather that’s on the way!

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