Animal Medical Center of Watkins Park

60 Watkins Park Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774


Cold Weather Topics

Let it snow! With these cold weather tips from the ASPCA, we're ready for whatever winter can throw at us!

If the weather is too cold for you, it’s likely too cold for your pet as well. Help protect pets from cold weather dangers and keep them safe, happy and healthy this winter with these handy tips from our experts.

Rapid temperature changes caused by repeatedly coming out of the wet cold into the dry heat can often cause itchy and flaky skin. Make sure to keep your home humidified and towel dry your pet as soon as he comes inside—be sure to give feet and the space between toes extra attention!

During cold spells, bathing your pets too often can remove necessary oils from their skin and fur, and can increase the change of skin irritation. Bathe your pets as little as possible during cold snaps, and if your pup must be bathed, ask your vet to recommend a moisturizing shampoo or rinse.

Longer coats provide more warmth during the coldest months, so give your pets a good brushing! Regular brushing not only gets rid of dead hair, it stimulates blood circulation to improve skin’s overall condition.

Dress your pet in a sweater or coat when they head outdoors. This will help retain body heat and prevent skin from getting dry or inflamed during winter walks.

Pets burn extra energy by trying to stay warm during the winter. Feed your pet a little bit of extra food during the cold weather and make sure plenty of water is available to keep pets well-hydrated and prevent skin dryness.

Winter walks can turn dangerous quickly if chemicals from ice-melting agents are licked off legs and paws. Throughout wipe off your dog’s legs, paws and stomach when he first comes inside and be sure to clean up any spills from your vehicle. Consider using anti-freeze products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol, which can be fatal if ingested.

Remember, pets should stay indoors as much as possible during winter months and never leave your pup alone in the car!

Outdoor cats frequently curl up in car engine compartments. 
Be sure to bang on the hood before starting the engine

AMCWP Joins Forces with Pets for Patriots

Partners with charity to support shelter pet adoption by active military and veterans

Since 2011, The Animal Medical Center of Watkins Park (AMCWP) and Pets for Patriots, Inc., a nonprofit that connects loyal adult shelter pets with our country's loyal service men and women, have worked together to support the well-being of adult shelter pets. An estimated four million shelter dogs and cats are euthanized every year, in spite of numerous studies proving the emotional and physical benefits of companion pets. Working with Pets for Patriots, AMCWP gives our service members, veterans and their families the gift of unconditional friendship and love while providing millions of dogs and cats a second chance at life.

Military personnel from any branch of the United States military and at any stage of their careers—active, reserve, retired or veteran—are eligible to adopt a pet through the Pets for Patriots program.  Eligible pets include a dog or cat over two years old, and especially large dogs

Service men and women interested in the program must first apply through Pets for Patriots and provide proof of their military service. Upon approval, the service member can adopt through participating shelters in the community and take their new best friend to the AMCWP for care.

Pets for Patriots, Inc., is a registered 501(c)(3) charity that helps military members adopt adult shelter pets. Pets for Patriots is one of the only organizations in the country dedicated to both adult pets and military members. Visit for more information, follow on Twitter at and become a Facebook fan at

AMCWP offers all active military family pets a 15 percent discount on the cost of exams and treatments.