Ask the Vet with Francisco DiPolo, DVM, CVA

Worth Street Veterinary Center

QuestionWe’re moving from Arizona to New York. Are there things we should do to prepare our 10 year old Chihuahua for the cold? Will she be prone to illness in the new climate? Are there symptoms we should be looking for?

AnswerAlthough the transition to a cold weather climate can create some challenges, most pets will adapt very well to the seasonal changes and all that is needed is some basic common sense. The extreme cold can be managed by using a sweater or other protective layer while outdoors and limiting the time of exposure. This is especially important when conditions are below 40F. Depending on your specific location, you may want to guard your pet’s paws against the effect of the salt used during snow storms; a pair of boots would do. I find that most of the challenges related with relocating pets have to do with adapting to the new lifestyle, urban versus suburban, play time, etc. There are some medical conditions such as Lyme, internal and external parasites, etc, that are endemic to some specific areas. You should find a referral to a reputable local veterinarian to help you with the preventive care specific to your location.

Dr. Francisco DiPoloAbout the Vet:

After obtaining his veterinary degree at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, Dr. DiPolo moved through his academic path by completing his post-graduate clinical rotations at Tufts University. Since 2000 he has been passionately and successfully integrating the best of cutting edge technology, medicine, and surgery with complementary therapies such as acupuncture, herbal, and nutritional treatments. Integrative medicine has truly become his way of life. He is currently the owner and medical director of the Worth Street Veterinary Center, an AAHA accredited veterinary hospital in TriBeca NYC.

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