Winter weather has definitely arrived in northern Colorado, and at Loveland Veterinary Clinic, we want you and your pets to be safe and warm this season. As your local veterinarian, we can provide any care that your animal may need during the winter. As their owner, though, there are some things that you can do to make sure they’re ready for the colder months of the year. In this post, we’ll look at some tips that you can keep in mind as you get your pet prepared for winter!

Winter Apparel

Once cold, snowy days arrive, you break out the gloves, hats, and coats for you and your family, so why not do the same for your dog? Certain breeds can feel the chill in the air, and if you’re going to be taking your pooch for walks, you want to make sure they’re warm. A coat can be a great way to keep them protected, and you can also find boots or socks to put on your dog’s feet to prevent ice and snow melt from getting stuck between their toes or to the pads of their feet. Plus, with the right footwear, you won’t have to wipe their feet off after every walk!

Safety and Security

If your pet is going to be spending any time outside this winter, then it’s imperative that they have somewhere safe that they can get to when it gets cold outside. If your dog uses a doggie door, then make sure it’s in good working condition and won’t get stuck when there’s ice or snow. You’ll also want to knock down any icicles that form on your house so that they don’t fall and strike your animal.

As for keeping your pets in the yard, it’s good to double-check your gates to ensure that they won’t swing open when the wind picks up this winter. Wooden gates can expand and contract in the cold, so you’ll want to be sure that they close all the way and latch securely. The last thing you want is to come home from work during the winter and find that your back gate is wide open!

Travel Plans

Winter is also a time when people travel quite a bit. You might be going to see friends and family during the holidays, or you may have a work trip planned, but whatever the case may be, it’s important that you’ve made plans for your pet. Will you be boarding them with a local vet, or will you take them with you? Will you have a friend or neighbor come take care of your pet?

It’s important to make sure that your pet will be taken care of, no matter where they’ll be while you’re traveling. If they’re going with you, then you’ll need plenty of food, water, and any medications they take. If someone is going to be staying at your house and caring for your pet, then take the time to introduce your pet to this person, and go over any details with that person on how to best look after your animal.

Visit Us Today

If your pet needs a checkup before winter officially starts, or you’re concerned about their well-being during the season, then visit our vet clinic today. Our doctors and staff are always happy to help however they can, and your pet’s health is always our first priority. If your pet is getting older and you need to change their diet, or they’ve been exhibiting strange behavior, such as lethargy or a lack of appetite, then please contact us right away.

We’re always here to help!