Lots of tips on keeping your pet healthy during winter! If you have questions or problems, you should come in to see us to ensure your pet is okay.

Special Holiday Tips

  • Increased activity levels and more visitors during the holidays can upset your pet's routine.  Try to keep your pet on a regular schedule for feeding / exercise and be sure there is plenty of fresh water available.
  • If you plan to take your pet with you to visit relatives or friends, make sure it a pet-friendly atmosphere. You may consider boarding your pet or hiring a pet sitter.

Snow Removal Salt

  • Be sure to remove salt from your pet's paws immediately after adventuring outside during winter.
  • Store salt in tight containers out of reach of pets and children.
  • Read the labels carefully and take all necessary precautions.
  • Some substances have low-to-moderate toxicity, depending on the ingredients and the amount ingested.


  • Even a small amount of antifreeze can be fatal. Read all warnings and labels carefully before use.
  • Thoroughly clean up spills, and keep containers tightly closed and out of reach.


  • Never place ribbons or yarn around your pet's neck. Do not allow them to play with plastic/foil wrappings or six-pack beverage holders.
  • Cover or tack down electrical cords.
  • Many holiday treats can be harmful or toxic to pets, so keep your pet a regular diet and caution visitors against giving your pet "special treats."


  • Remove ice and snow from your pet's paws immediately. Skin may turn reddish, white, or grey and may be scaly.
  • If you suspect frostbite, take your pet to a warm area and thaw by applying warm, moist towels to be frequently changed. Continue until infected area becomes flushed.
  • Contact us as soon as possible so we can evaluate the seriousness of the condition and consult on next steps.

Napping Cats

  • Cats sometimes climb onto vehicle engines for warmth during winter.
  • Before starting your vehicle, knock on the hood and honk the horn.


  • Some holiday toxicities include holly, mistletoe, fire salts, poinsettia leaves and stems, juniper, cedar, pine, and fir greenery, and Christmas tree preservation solution. Click here to see more toxins to avoid.


  • For indoor pets, keep beds and crates in a warm, draft-free area. Preferably position these off of the floor.
  • For outdoor pets, provide a warm, insulated pet house or shelter and keep it elevated to avoid accumulating moisture. Also provide a door or use hay bales if in a pen to keep out the cold winter winds and to cover the top as well. If weather conditions worsen, bring your pet inside. 

Food and Water

  • Staying warm requires extra calories, so adjust your pet's rations accordingly when the temperature drops.
  • Always have fresh, clean, and unfrozen water available.