Winter Safety Tips for Pets

Winter Safety Tips for Pets

Even though it currently feels like the dead of spring outside, we all know the cold bite of winter is on its way. And if you have pets, it's even more reason to prepare for the coming nip in the air - if you're cold, they're cold too! 

Below are 6 tips for keeping your furry babies protected from the winter weather.

1. Does your beloved pet spend most of its time outdoors? Consider letting it stay warm indoors during the cold months, particularly at night. If your pet must stay outside, make sure it has a dry, warm and draft-free shelter to snuggle into. After all, that fur coat isn't enough to keep warm for hours on end in freezing temperatures!

2. Fresh drinking water is essential to your pet's health. But what happens at 32 degrees F? That's right...water freezes! Take extra measures to ensure your cuddly one has a bowl of fresh water to drink, and not ice cubes to chew.

3. Pets who stay outdoors during the winter months tend to burn more energy trying to stay warm, so more food will likely be required for their daily intake. Contrarily, indoor animals spend a lot of time sleeping to conserve their energy when it's cold outside (and when they do go out they exert less energy exercising than normal); thus, an adjustment to their daily menu may be the difference between a "just right" weight and an overweight fur baby.

4. Humans aren't the only ones susceptible to frostbite...your pet is too! When the ground is frozen (or covered in snow or ice), be careful to check your pet's paws, ears and tips of tails for signs of frostbite, such as blisters and firm, waxy skin. Take defense against this cold case of misery by having your pet wear booties, coats, and perhaps even a hat while taking them on walks.

5. Antifreeze is a friend to your car, not to your pet! This chemical often leaks from a vehicle's radiator in the cold months, and while it may taste good to your family animal, it is deadly for them to consume. Keep pets away from the garage and clean up any spills you notice. If your pet starts acting drunk or convulses, rush them to the vet right away!

6.  Cars say "warm" to cold animals - particularly cats - who often find their way under the hood to take a snooze by the warm motor. Before you start your car, make plenty of noise by tapping on the car hood to wake them from their slumber and to give them time to get away. Better to be cold and alive than not!

The weather so far has suggested an entirely different season, but the cold WILL be prepared. Your furry babies will thank you!

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