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As the winter season unfolds, we’re here to guide you through the steps to ensure your furry companions remain snug and content. If you’re a pet owner in Michigan, you understand the particular challenges this time of year can bring. At Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates, we’re dedicated to keeping your pets comfortable and healthy, no matter the weather. 

Caring for Winter Coats: Keeping Warmth In

Your pets’ coats are their natural armor against the cold, warranting some extra care during the winter months. Here’s what you need to know to keep their coats in excellent condition:

Regular Brushing: Brushing your pets frequently aids in controlling shedding. It also enhances blood circulation, which contributes to the health of their skin and fur.

Diet’s Role: Optimal nutrition is a cornerstone of a healthy coat. Diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids can bolster skin and fur health, providing an added layer of defense against the cold. If dietary questions arise, our experts are ready with personalized recommendations.

Bathing Sensibly: While a warm bath might seem appealing, excessive bathing can strip your pet’s skin of natural oils, resulting in dryness and potential discomfort. Opt for a balanced bathing routine to maintain their skin’s natural moisture.

Protecting Winter Paws: Navigating Frosty Grounds

Walking on icy surfaces and snowy paths can take a toll on your pet’s paws. Here’s how you can ensure their paws remain comfortable and healthy:

Moisturizing Paw Pads: Just as our skin can become dry and cracked during the winter, so can your pet’s paw pads. Applying a pet-safe moisturizer creates a protective barrier against the cold to prevent discomfort and potential issues.

Trimming Paw Hair: Regularly trimming the hair around your pet’s paw pads helps prevent ice, snow, and debris from getting trapped. This simple step can prevent discomfort and injuries.

Introducing Paw Booties: If your pet is amenable, consider using paw booties to shield their paws from the cold ground. While it might take some time to get used to, booties provide extra protection and are worth exploring.

When Their Own Coat Isn’t Enough: Winter Garments for Pets

Consider adding a layer of protection and style to your pet’s winter routine with specialized garments. Sweaters, jackets, and booties can provide an extra shield against the cold. Not only do these garments offer practical benefits, but they also make for adorable winter fashion statements.

Limited Outdoor Exposure: Safety First

During extreme cold spells, limiting your pet’s exposure to the elements is crucial. Prolonged exposure to cold temperatures can be hazardous, leading to frostbite and hypothermia. Whenever possible, keep outdoor excursions short and supervised. If your pet shows signs of discomfort, such as lifting their paws off the ground or shivering, it’s time to head indoors and warm up.

Beyond Winter Comfort

The team at Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates is here to care for your pets all year long. If we can assist you with any questions or concerns regarding your pet’s health, wellness, and happiness, please give us a call.