With more cold weather on the way, it could negatively impact the health and wellbeing of your pet. 

According to the experts, there are a few things you can do to keep your pet safe this winter.

Officials with the Animal Health Clinic of Funkstown’s say indoor pets should stay inside in a warm and dry place. 

One of the clinic’s veterinarians, Virginia Scrivener, DVM, says that “[pets] that live indoors, don’t develop a winter coat” like outdoor animals. 

Without a winter coat, indoor animals have a higher risk of getting frost bite than outdoor animals.  

Before you take your indoor pet out for a walk, local vets and pet stores recommend that pets should always be appropriately dressed for the weather before going outdoors.

Veterinarians also recommends that pet owners, “check [their pet’s] feet for frostbite.  Frostbite turns [an animal’s] skin… [to red,] white, or gray and it [could] be scaling or sloughing.”  

If that is the case, immediately call your local veterinarian.

After walking your pet, always wash off their paws to remove any ice, salt or mud.

Salts on the roadways and sidewalks are irritants to an animal’s paws. 

Local pet stores sell items like boots, ointments that prevent chapping, and deicer solutions that are pet friendly.

For more tips contact your local vet or pet store specialist.