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Pet Winter Safety

We all know that hot weather can pose risks to our pets, but cold weather also poses serious threats to your pets' health!

Here are some tips to keep your pets safe during cold weather:

  • If You Feel Cold, Your Pets Feel Cold
    Bring your pets inside!  It's a common misconception that dogs and cats are more resistant than people to cold weather because of their fur. Just like people, cats and dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia. Cold weather can also cause pets to become disoriented and lost. Limit their time outside and keep walks short.
  • Coats and Sweaters are More Than Fashion Statements
    Yes, they look absolutely adorable when they're all dressed up in their new sweater, but they also provide warmth and protection, especially for smaller breeds
  • Wipe Their Paws!
    Cold weather can cause paw pads to crack and bleed. Ice melting products and antifreeze can be toxic and can be ingested if the animal licks their paws or bellies. Wipe your pet's paws, legs and bellies with a warm damp cloth as soon as they come in from a walk and dry them thoroughly. Make sure to keep the fur between their paw pads trim to prevent ice balls from forming between their toes.
  • Always Keep Them On a Leash
    More pets become lost in the winter than any other season because snowfall can disguise recognizable scents that would normally help them find their way home. Prevent your pets from becoming lost by keeping dogs leashed during walks and make sure their collars have up-to-date contact information. You should also consider having your pet microchipped.
  • Stay Off The Ice
    Never EVER walk on frozen lakes or ponds.
  • Keep Them Home
    Cold cars in the winter can cause as much of a risk as hot cars in the summer. Once the car is turned off, temperature drops quickly and the car can hold in the cold like a refrigerator. Only take your pet in the car if necessary, and take them with you when you leave your vehicle.
  • Be Prepared!
    Winter brings extreme weather that can cause power outages. Have an emergency plan and make sure they include your pets! Have an emergency kit with enough food, water, and medication to last your pets at least five days. Most likely you will never need it, but if you do, you will be thankful you planned ahead!

     

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