Winter Safety 101

Winter is here and in Colorado, that can mean a variety of different weather changes. Most veterinarians recommend keeping your pets inside during the winter, but too much inside time can have a negative impact on your pets health. In fact, depending on the breed, age and health condition, your pet may require some extra special attention during these chilly months. Here at Evolution Veterinary Specialists, we have some tips on how to keep your pet healthy and cozy without compromising mental stimulation or exercise habits this winter.


Let’s start outside – 

  • Morning walks can be hard due to colder temperatures. If you can, try and take your furry friends on walks in the midday or afternoon when the temperature might be a little warmer.

  • If you have to take your pet out when the temperatures are extreme, try to make it as quick a journey as possible to avoid frostbite or hypothermia for your pet and yourself!

  • After taking your pet outside, be sure to wipe their paws off when they come in. Some ice melt and snow removal products may be unsafe for your pals’ paw pads and can cause irritation and skin conditions. 

  • Be sure to keep your pet’s nails trimmed during these winter months to avoid other paw-related issues.

  • Skin and coats can be impacted during winter. Be sure to brush your long-haired pets regularly. Some shorter-haired pets will benefit from a coat or jacket while outside.

  • Look out for signs of antifreeze ingestion and frostbite. Some common signs of antifreeze ingestion are: lethargy, lack of coordination or acting “drunk”, vomiting, seizures, and rapid breathing. Signs of frostbite are discolored skin, cold or brittle feeling skin, low body temperatures (which can be a sign of hypothermia), and blistering/painful skin.

Staying healthy and cozy inside – 

  • While you can’t control the temperatures outside, you can in your home. Most pets will benefit from a humidifier inside the home to keep their skin hydrated during the dry winter months. 

  • Their diet has a huge impact on their overall health. If you live in an area where the cold temperatures keep your pet indoors more often, consider a small dietary decrease to avoid them gaining winter weight.

  • Some pets may need extra stimulation while inside. Consider enrichment toys for your furry friends! Some can even be made at home with foods and items you already have around the house.

  • Sunbathing is a favorite pastime for most pets. If you can, try and make sure that your pet has access to a nice sunny spot for lounging. 

  • Limit baths in the winter. Excess water on the skin can cause dryness which can lead to cuts or rashes.

  • Always keep fresh water available for your pet to access. Hydration is key to health at all times but it makes a huge impact in the winter. 

  • Be careful with space heaters! All space heaters should be plugged directly into the wall and not a power strip and need to be in a stable place to avoid being knocked over and starting a fire. 

  • Keep a backup supply of food, medicines, or other important things for your pet. Winter storms can sometimes cause power outages and being prepared will help to keep your pet safe.

While the cold can be a damper on plans, it doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy time with your four-legged friends! Picture this: a cozy pet haven where the air is chilly but their spirits are high. It’s not just about tossing them a blanket; it’s about creating a winter wonderland of warmth and joy. So, whether it’s snuggling up with them, ensuring their hideout is winter-proof, or planning fun and stimulating activities for them, you can make this winter a tail-wagging adventure.

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