04 Feb

Cold Weather Pet Safety

Keep Your Pets Safe and Warm this Season

The weather outside is frightful! Make sure your pets stay safe and warm this winter! Here are some friendly tips and information on keeping your pets safe when the temperature drops.

Check the Hood! The wheel wells of cars are very appealing to cats in the winter, however, they can be burned, hurt or even killed by the moving engine parts. Always check your car before you drive and honk your horn to wake up any stow-away nappers.
Pets can get dry skin in the winter just like us! Have your pet wear booties on walks and towel dry them as soon as they come inside to make sure there is no snow stuck to them. Finally, limit baths during winter to allow the pet’s natural oils to keep them moisturized.
Sometimes your dog might need a sweater or coat in addition to their fur. Very young and elderly pets are most susceptible to the cold.

Be aware of salt, antifreeze, and de-icers both on walks and around your home. When an animal walks in ice melt it can cause raw, dry, peeling, itchy skin. Pet booties and pet-safe de-icers can protect your pets as well as your neighbor’s.
Collar and Chip your pets. Winter is the season when many pets become lost because the snow and ice can hide scents they normally use to find their way home. A microchip is a great permanent solution. Just make sure to keep your pets’ identification accurate and up to date.
Sometimes it’s better just to stay indoors. If it is too cold for you it’s probably too cold for your pet. Just like us, cats, dogs, and other animals are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia.

For more information and ways to keep your pet safe through the winter click the links below!
Sources:

https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Cold-weather-pet-safety.aspx
https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/cold-weather-safety-tips
https://www.greatplainsspca.org/top-10-winter-weather-tips-pets/

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