Pet Health Tips for the Colder Months

As the weather gets cooler, it is important to make sure that your pet is prepared for the wintry weather. Even in mild climates, there are seasonal hazards that you can help prevent and avoid. At Augusta Animal Clinic in Indianapolis, IN, our veterinarian will guide you on how to keep your pet safe and healthy during the winter. Here are some tips to get you started.

Preventative Care

It is critical to provide preventative care for your pet, including coat grooming and vaccinations from our Indianapolis vet, before cold weather strikes. Be especially cautious about your pet’s paws and protect them with a pair of pet booties, if possible. Always wipe down your pet’s paws after time outside to remove toxins, salt, and de-icing solutions that could be toxic if ingested.

Nutrition and Exercise

What your pet eats is especially important during cooler months, when it burns more calories to stay warm. Talk to our vet to see if you need to increase its food intake to accommodate the season. Make sure that you are providing your pet with mineral and vitamin-rich food regularly. Since activity may decrease during cooler months, keep an eye out for weight gain, which can bring a whole host of medical issues and complications. Figure out a happy-medium for your pet with the input of our vet.

Keep Your Pet Warm

It is important during cooler months to keep your pet from becoming chilled. You may need to increase the time between bathing your dog to prevent it from getting cold. Ask our vet about a coat freshening spray to keep it smelling nice between baths.

Keep a Kit Ready

If you live somewhere that is prone to wintry weather conditions, keep an emergency kit or bag ready for both you and your pet. This would include basics that you can grab on the go in case of a crisis or evacuation during storms. Remember to pack things like dog blankets, flashlights with batteries, food, water, your pet’s favorite toys, and any medications needed.

Visit Our Veterinarian in Indianapolis, IN for Winter Preventative Care

Part of pet care during the winter includes wellness exams. At Augusta Animal Clinic in Indianapolis, IN, our vet will ensure that your pet is healthy and up to date on vaccinations. We will provide tips on how to keep your animal safe during colder weather. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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I had a diabetic cat with allergies. I have gone to multiple vets over the years and have more experience than most do with vets because mine was... read more

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Lauren B.

I am beyond pleased with our experience at Augusta Animal Clinic. We made the decision to switch vets due to our German Shepherd's symptoms not subsiding after repeated visits. I called Augusta to inquire about availability and Lisa was able to promptly schedule an appointment. When we arrived, everyone was extremely friendly, professional, and courteous. Our dog gets highly anxious at the vet, but Dr. Dave was extremely patient and understanding and put him at ease. We knew immediately from the questions he asked that he was extremely knowledgable and highly experienced. He displayed genuine care for our concerns and was able to quickly provide a diagnosis and treatment plan. We couldn't be happier with our decision to switch vets and look forward to working with them again. I cannot recommend Augusta enough!

John H.

We have been very happy with Dr. Dave and his staff for both our small dogs for general care and for surgery.

Ellen G.

I had a diabetic cat with allergies. I have gone to multiple vets over the years and have more experience than most do with vets because mine was special needs. Dr Dave is the best. The reality of vet care is that it is expensive, but he never tried to push me to get procedures/medicines etc. Always gave various options and let me know his professional opinion and then we work together to figure out what was best for my cat. This clinic is the best because you always get consistent care (all the staff have been there for years and are very experienced), can always get an appt that day if you need, and Dr Dave understands not just the medical needs of your pet, but also how to talk to and work with the people who own the pets.

Jon H.

Doctor Dave and his staff are super friendly. My dog never likes going to the vet, but the people here are always super sweet and gentle. It really helps put him at ease. You can tell this is a place run by animal lovers.

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