Seasonal Pet Tips - Winter Safety
Winter is on its way again, and we want to remind you to be mindful of your pet’s safety during these cold, blustery months. Despite their fur coats, our pets are still very vulnerable to the cold, and can develop frostbite if left outdoors for too long. To ensure that your pet stays warm and comfortable during the winter, we recommend the following:
- On especially harsh winter days, keep your pet inside as much as possible.
- Invest in sturdy dog shoes and a jacket for protection.
- If there’s snow on the ground, make sure to dry off your pet’s feet and belly before they come inside.
- If your pet needs to be outside for any reason, have a dry, sturdy shelter prepared for them. Make sure they have soft bedding to nestle into and access to fresh food and water.
The cold should not be your only concern this winter. Other hazards to avoid include:
- Leaving open antifreeze containers or spills where your pet can reach them – make sure all containers are tightly sealed and placed well out of your pet’s reach. Clean up spills and puddles in your garage or driveway.
- Sidewalk salt – while it helps clear away ice and snow, it can irritate your pet’s feet and get stuck in their fur. If your pet tries to lick the salt off their paws or from their fur, they can burn their mouths. Check your pet’s coat and feet for salt before bringing them inside.
- Starting your car without checking under the hood first – stray cats and other animals might curl up next to the engine of your car to stay warm. Knock on the hood or take a peek under it before starting your car; if an animal is next to the engine, they could get injured.