How to Protect Your Pet When Temperatures Start to Fall

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winter dogThere's nothing the residents of our Centennial, Colorado, apartments can do to stave off the cold when winter hits, but there are some things they can do to make their pets more comfortable. If you're concerned about how to keep Fido warm when blustery temperatures roll around, we've got some tips for you.

Invest in Coats

Yes, your dog is covered in a furry coat that's all his own, but when temperatures get super bitter, he needs an extra layer to keep him warm. If your dog doesn't have a lot of body fat or fur, double-up on coats when it gets cold.

Put Shoes on Your Pet

It may sound silly, but this is far from a fashion statement. Pets' footpads can be susceptible to chemical burns if they're exposed to the de-icing agents that are used to clear sidewalks in the winter. It's important to invest in high-quality shoes, even though they'll cost more than the cheaper options. Slip-on socks don't usually offer any tread, which can cause your pet to slip and fall on his regular walks. Good shoes are far more affordable than vet visits for contusions or broken bones.

Perform After-Walk Wipe-Downs

The de-icing chemicals that can harm your pup's paws are just as dangerous if he ingests them. Those agents can easily sneak into your home on his feet, legs and underbelly fur. Make sure you thoroughly wipe your pooch down after walks to prevent the ingestion of salt or unhealthy elements.

Don't Leave Your Pet in the Car

People often think about the dangers of leaving pets in the car when it's hot, but cold weather can be overlooked. Your car will act as a freezer when it gets super cold, which can cause death or significant injury to your pet.

Make Sure He's Always Wearing His Tags

Accidents happen, but if your dog runs off in frigid temperatures, you want to make it easy for people to find you. It's always best to make sure your pet is micro-chipped, too.

 

There's nothing quite like coming home to a great apartment where a friendly pet is waiting to greet you at the door. If you're looking for a pet-friendly apartment in the greater Denver area, look no further! Schedule a tour to see The Apartments at Greenwood Plaza today!

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