Experts explain how to take care of pets in cold weather

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Even a simple walk in the cold, could have consequences when it comes to your pet’s health.

“If your dog is a terrier, that tends to have a lot of hair in between their paws, you may want to trim some of that hair between the toes because ice and other things like that can get caught there causing irritation and a little bit of frostbite on the toes,” said Dr. Jessica Tracy, Veterinarian.

Dr. Jessica Tracy has been practicing for 8 years and opened Blue Ridge Animal Hospital in Bedford.

“It’s the only thing I ever wanted to be,” said Dr. Jessica Tracy, Veterinarian.

She and the dog Bernie showed us how to check your dog’s paws after a walk in the cold.

“If they are a different colors, purple, if there is ice there, if they are cracking or bleeding then we’d want to pay attention to them and let them heal before going back out into the cold,” said Dr. Jessica Tracy, Veterinarian.

One way veterinarians say you can keep your dog’s paws warm on that walk is to buy these booties, but veterinarians say it’s really up to the dog’s preference if they want to wear them.

“Some dogs you can do that with, some dogs will tear them off right away,” said Dr. Jessica Tracy, Veterinarian. 

Dr. Tracy says another thing she sees a lot of her patients for when the weather gets cold is arthritis.

“You always want to watch for signs of leaning to one side or the other, difficulty rising or what we call a sloppy sit where they sit to one side or the other and just how slow or quickly they rise up or if they seem painful,” said Dr. Jessica Tracy, Veterinarian.

So after playing with your furry friend while they get some exercise, just a simple check of the paws can keep any pet a healthy pet in the winter months.

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