By Allison Jones, DVM – Mint Hill Animal Hospital
Many people are familiar with the risks posed to our pets during hot weather, but cold winter weather brings significant health risks as well. Though our winters are usually relatively mild compared to the blizzards and frigid temperatures seen in some parts of the country, our weather can be cold enough that certain precautions need to be made.
Health conditions. Certain health conditions, such as arthritis, can be aggravated by cold weather. If you notice your dog or cat limping, or just not being as active as usual on cold days, have them examined by your veterinarian. There are many treatments that can help ease arthritis pain and make your pet more comfortable. One of the most important things you as a pet owner can do is make sure your pet is at his or her ideal weight – even a few extra pounds can add stress to already painful joints and make getting around that much harder. […]