Feels like winter has been here for months already, although sadly, we still have a long way to go. Here is a list of our top safety tips to ensure you and your pet have a safe chilly season.
- Never leave your cat or dog in a cold car. Cars hold in the cold, acting as a refrigerator. Leave them home!
- Know when it’s too cold. If it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet.
- Wipe their paws! Salt and ice melt can irritate and burn paw pads.
- Keep animals away from winter puddles. They may contain a toxic chemical found in antifreeze which can be fatal if ingested.
- Keep your pets away from bodies of water. With melting ice and rising water levels, lakes can be extremely dangerous for you and your pets.
- Check the hood. Be aware of cats seeking shelter under vehicle hoods. Try knocking on the hood of your car to scare any cats seeking them away before starting the engine.
- Keep them leashed especially during a snowstorm. They can lose their scent and get lost.
- Extra blankets and a cozy bed. Provide a thick, cozy bed and/or extra blankets away from any drafts and off the cold floors.
- Dress for the weather. If your dog is prone to getting cold, use booties and winter coats to help keep them warm while outdoors.
- Prepare an emergency pet survival kit. You never know when a snowstorm might keep you from leaving the house for an extended period of time. Having an emergency pet survival kit could save a life.
Written by: Monica Blanchard, RVT