01/18/2019- With the recent cold snap hovering over the region, it’s important to not only think about how to keep yourself safe and warm, but those four-legged friends, too. Pets, just like humans, are susceptible to serious conditions like frostbite and hypothermia during harsh winter weather. Dr. Kaytee Devroy, Veterinarian at Peshtigo Veterinary Clinic says even dogs that spend most or all of their time outside require extra bedding or insulation this time of year and pet owners should keep a close eye on indoor dogs who have a harder time adjusting to these frigid temps.
Dr. Devroy says another thing to be on the lookout for is injuries to the pads of your dog’s feet from overexposure to cold pavement or salt that isn’t pet-friendly.
And, like during the summer months, Dr. Devroy says it’s important not to leave your dog unattended in a vehicle for extended periods of time during the winter. Hypothermia symptoms in dogs include strong shivering, lethargy, decreased heart rate, and fur and skin that are cold to the touch. If you notice these or symptoms of frostbite or other injury after your dog has been exposed to the elements, it’s best to contact your veterinarian right away.