Winter is a magical season for many of us and we want to make sure pets are enjoying themselves as much as their owners.
Follow these tips to ensure you pet warms up to winter adventures.
- Sweaters and coats are fine for most dogs and cats. Your pet should be not left unattended while wearing a garment. Clothing can become caught/ tangled and cause possible injury. If the clothing gets wet, it should be removed, as this can make your pet even colder.
- Keeping your kitty indoors is your best bet for safety. Outdoor cats are attracted to the warmth and shelter of cars. Tap the hood to alert any sleeping animals who could be injured when the car starts.
- Let your pup keep their long hair during the winter. Small trims instead of shaving might be best during this season.
- Using a paw protectant or booties can help keep your furry friend’s feet safe if you are out for an extended time in cold temperatures.
- Leashing your pet is always the best option. More pets are lost during the winter than any other season. Make sure your pets are chipped, just in case.
- Use reflective gear while walking your pet. Daylights savings time brings the darkness earlier and visibility can be impacted due to poor weather. Make sure you are seen while out walking your fur baby.
- Bring your pets indoors on exceptionally cold nights. Like people, cats and dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and generally should be kept inside. If your pet must be outdoors, provide them with a warm, insulated shelter.
- Use a pet friendly salt if you need to remove ice on your property. Ice-melt salt can burn the pads of our pets’ feet.
- Use a pet-friendly, nontoxic antifreeze. Our pets are attracted to the sweet taste of antifreeze and it is extremely toxic if ingested.