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How to Treat Pets in the Winter MonthsSubmitted: 01/17/2018
Story By Fitzgerald, Maggie

How to Treat Pets in the Winter Months
RHINELANDER - Local veterinarian, Dr. Alison French, actually sees a decrease in vet visits in the winter months due to less outdoor exercise and fewer injuries. But less time outside with pets is not necessarily a good thing.

French recommends you give your pets plenty of water and take walks outside even in the coldest temperatures.

Just like humans, animals dehydrate faster in the cold. Make sure you refill your pet's water bowls.

"Make sure they have fresh water. So if they're outside all the time make sure they have a heated water dish," said French.


French also recommends taking pets on walks but to beware of road salt.

"If they've got really sensitive feet for the cold try to get some booties to put on them," said French. "You'll want to make sure you wash those feet off when you get home because the salt build up can be bad and then they'll lick it and then they can get sick."

Indoor pets should be let outside often, but for short periods of time.

"Watch your dog. If they are starting to shiver, bring them in," said French.

Outdoor dogs, barn cats, and rabbits should have shelter blocked from the wind if they aren't being let inside in the lowest temperatures.

"But you don't want to bring them into your 68, 70 degree house if they are used to being outside all the time," said French.

Dr. French also recommends getting pets teeth checked in the winter months before business gets busy again.



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