Cold weather safety tips

Winter is a great season but remember that dry, cold air and snow may be dangerous for your four-legged friends. To help prevent cold weather dangers from affecting your pet’s health, follow these advice:

  1. Keep your home humidified and towel dry your pet as soon as it comes inside, paying special attention to his feet and in-between the toes.
  2. Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter and consider getting him a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly.
  3. Bring a towel on long walks to clean off stinging, irritated paws. After each walk, wash and dry your pet’s feet and stomach to remove ice, salt and chemicals—and check for cracks in paw pads or redness between the toes. If some small wounds appear, rinse them with the Sanocyn forte Solution. The Solution removes unwanted bacteria, fungi and viruses, and, thus, create the best conditions for wound healing. After that, you can apply the Sanocyn forte Hydrogel, which keeps the wound moist and forms a protective film.
  4. Bathe your pets as little as possible during cold spells. Washing too often can remove essential oils and increase the chance of developing dry, flaky skin.
  5. Massaging paw protectants into paw pads before going outside can help protect from salt and chemical agents. Booties provide even more coverage. Use pet-friendly ice melts whenever possible.
  6. Pets burn extra energy by trying to stay warm in wintertime. Feeding your pet a little bit more during the cold weather months can provide much-needed calories, and making sure it has plenty of water to drink will help keep it well-hydrated and its skin less dry.
  7. Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep. A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.
  8. Remember, if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet, so keep your animals inside. If left outdoors, pets can freeze, become disoriented, lost, stolen or injured.

Itchy skin on your pet?

One of the most occurring reasons to visit a vet is itchy skin. It is an urgent problem that causes discomfort for the pet as well as for its owner. If you identify itchy skin in your pet, you should make an appointment with your veterinarian. Let’s discuss what you should expect from your appointment.

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