Amherst Veterinary Hospital

313 Cty Rd KK
Amherst, WI 54406

(715)824-2545

amherstvet.com

WINTER SAFETY TIPS FOR PETS


1. Keep pets away from antifreeze.  Antifreeze tastes sweet to pets, but is poisonous if consumed.  Should your pet ingest any amount of antifreeze, contact your veterinarian immediately.

2.  Keep an eye on the temperature.  When it falls below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, it's best to keep your pet indoors.  Short-haired dogs and puppies should be kept indoors when the temperature falls below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

3.  Regularly check your pets water to make sure it is not frozen.  When your pet is outside, make sure there is plenty of fresh drinking water available.  Animals can't burn calories without a fresh supply of water, and if they can't burn calories, they'll get cold.

4. Consider the amount of exercise your dog receives
during colder weather.  If your dog stays indoors more, it's probably getting less exercise and may need less food, however, if  your pet is outside often it may need more food to burn the calories necessary to produce more body heat.

5.  Provide a dry, draft-free doghouse if you must keep your dog outside for any period of time.  It should be large enough to allow your dog to sit and lay down comfortably but small enough to hold in its body heat.  The floor should be raised a few inches off the ground and covered with cedar shavings or straw.  The doghouse should be turned to face away from the wind, and the doorway should be covered with waterproof burlap or heavy plastic.

6.  Use a damp towel to wipe your pet's feet and underside.  Ice-melting chemicals can irritate and burn the pads of your pet's feet and can cause serious injury if ingested.  Another way to protect your dog's feet is to spray the pads of its feet with cooking oil and purchase boots for your pet.

7.  Many dogs also need boots in cold weather, regardless of coat length.  If your dog frequently lifts his paws, whines, or stops during walks, it is demonstrating that it's feet are uncomfortably cold.  Be sure to get your dog used to wearing boots before the cold weather sets in.

8. Keep your pet's coat well groomed.  Matted fur won't properly protect your pet from the cold.

9. If you have an emergency during business hours(listed on home page) please call our office at (715) 824-2545.

If you have an after hours emergency please call one of the emergency clinics listed below:
Emergency Vets of Central Wisconsin in Mosinee @ 
(715)693-6934

Fox Valley Animal Referral Center in Appleton @
(920)993-9193



Winter Pet Tips-College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota