Society

Time to prep pets for cooler weather

It’s a fall ritual to get our homes, cars and even ourselves ready for the colder weather. How many of us, though, consider the impact of the changing season on our pets?

Michele Dixon, a health and nutrition specialist, says there are simple things we can do to keep our pets healthy and safe through the fall and winter months.

Here are some that top the list:

• Cooler weather usually brings dry air, so using a humidifier will help to keep the nose and throat of our dogs and cats from drying out. It’s the same for their coat and skin. A dog or cat food with omega oils will help support a healthy coat and skin.

• Choose pet-friendly ice and snow melters that won’t irritate paws or stomachs, especially if your dog or cat licks its paws after being outside.

• Protect your dog’s paws with a wax product designed for this purpose by forming a dense, breathable bond, which helps prevent snow buildup during outdoor exercise. After walks, wipe away any snow or ice from your dog’s feet, legs and belly.

• Poor weather and decreased daylight may cause limited visibility for drivers at night, so take extra precautions, including using a leash, when walking your pets


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