Call Whitworth Animal Clinic Today!

(256) 830-1503

View the Whitworth Animal Clinic Facebook Page! View the Whitworth Animal Clinic Blog View the Whitworth Onine Store
ePet Health Login
Winter Protection for Your Pets

photo of girl with her dog in the snow | Whitworth Animal ClinicUnless you live in a temperate warmer zone, you have regularly felt the cold chill of winter. Some regard winter as a fun filled playground of skiing or snowboarding, yet others experience winter as bone chilling and hard to tolerate. What is certain, winter can be difficult for people as well as most animals. In truth, your pets rely on you for their wellbeing. So keeping them safe and warm in the winter months is important to their health.

Inside or Outside

If your pet generally spends most of their time outdoors then you may want to take extra precautions during the coldest months of winter. If you reside in mild to cold zones, a small heater in the barn or where your pet sleeps will ensure that they stay warm. However, if you live in bitterly cold areas, it is recommended that you keep your pet indoors during freezing months.

Fresh Water and Food

If you have outdoors pets, they need to keep hydrated and well nourished, especially in the winter. In cold months, animals require more food to stay warm. This is because it takes more energy to stay warm when it is cold outside. Oftentimes food and water will freeze overnight. Just make sure that your animals have plenty of fresh water and food.

Diet for Indoor Animals

An indoor animal has different dietary needs than an outdoor animal. Oftentimes they are overfed and they will gain too much weight during cold months of the year. Plus a pet that is overweight is susceptible to health issues.

And like people, cats and dogs tend to get less exercise when it is cold outside. As well, indoor pets try to sustain their energy by sleeping more in the winter. Adjusting your pets’ diet accordingly, is the best preventative for gaining too much weight.

Avoiding Frostbite

Like people, animals can also get frostbite. For that reason, it is very important that you keep your pet warm, especially if they are an indoor animal. Pay particular attention to your pet’s ears, paws and the tips of the tail. Early warning signs of frostbite include waxy, firm skin and blisters. Moreover, some animals may require special booties, hats and coats for when their outdoor walks.

Special Care at Whitworth Animal Clinic

If you are not sure what type of diet your pets needs for the winter months or suspect frostbite, contact a specialist as soon as possible. And if you live in Madison or the surrounding areas of north Alabama, Whitworth Animal Clinic is highly recommended by many animal lovers. In fact, Dr. Charles Whitworth is a licensed veterinarian who has been treating cats and dogs since 1981. And at Whitworth Animal Clinic you can feel confident that your pet will receive the best of care possible.