Winter Hazards for Pets

Winters in Boston can be quite challenging! All that snow, ice, and cold can be just as dangerous and uncomfortable for pets as they are for us. Your pet may need a little extra TLC in order to stay safe and healthy in the cold months. A local Cambridge, MA vet lists discusses winter care for pets in this article.


We recommend getting booties for your pooch, if he will tolerate them. If your pup doesn’t care for footwear, use paw balm or wax to protect his furry feet. Walking on snow, sand, salt, and chemical de-icing agents can cause your canine buddy to develop painful abrasions on his delicate paw pads. Also, the snow can cover dangerous items, such as shards of glass. Wipe your pup’s paws down with a damp cloth after every walk. If Fido has thin fur, he may need a sweater to keep him warm on cold days. Last but not least, be sure to keep your dog’s nails trimmed. Overgrown nails are very uncomfortable, and can make it hard for dogs to walk on slippery surfaces. If you’re nervous about doing it yourself, just call us for a quick manicure appointment.


Kitties are always safer indoors, where they are protected from the dangers posed by cars, other animals, chemicals, and parasites. This is especially true in winter, when plows, snow, and cold also pose serious hazards. Keep Fluffy safe and cozy indoors, and give her lots of beds to snuggle up into. If your kitty does go out, or if you just want to offer shelter for strays, set out a plastic tote for an emergency shelter. Just cut a hole in the side, and line it with newspapers and/or blankets. We also advise checking your wheel wells and tapping on your hood before starting your car, as strays often huddle up to vehicles to stay warm.

General Care

Senior pets, baby animals, working dogs, pets that go outside, and those with compromised immune systems may need extra calories in cold weather. Check with your vet about your pet’s portion sizes. If you have a smaller pet, make sure your little pal’s habitat always stays at the correct temperature. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Please feel free to call us, your local Cambridge, MA animal hospital, anytime.

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