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7 Tips for Winter Pet Safety

7 Tips for Winter Pet Safety
January 9, 2024

Winter is here and while it brings a snowy spectacle that warms the hearts of many, it also ushers in a set of chilly challenges for our beloved four-legged companions. As the temperature drops and Jack Frost starts nipping at our noses, it's crucial to ensure that our pets are snug as a pug in a rug and safe from the frosty hazards that come with the season.

1. If It’s Too Cold for You, It’s Too Cold For Your Pet

Remember, if it’s too cold outside for you, it is likely too cold for your pet. With the exception of supervised play time and walks, keep pets indoors and warm. Pets can be injured, lost, and even subject to life-threatening conditions when it is too cold out. It’s also important to note that pets should not be left in cars under any circumstance. When it is cold, the car can act like a refrigerator and can lead to serious health complications or death. 

2. Cold Paws, Warm Hearts: Protecting Those Precious Pads

Winter walks can be delightful, but the salt and ice can be harsh and frightful on your pet's precious paws. Invest in some booties to keep their tootsies toasty and protected. If your dog won't tolerate booties, remember to wipe their paws off, once inside, after walking on salted areas.

3. Paws and Clean Up the Antifreeze

Antifreeze is toxic and can be lethal for dogs and cats. Unfortunately, it is an enticing substance because it has a sweet taste. Consider using products containing propylene glycol instead of ethylene glycol. Always be mindful to keep chemicals out of reach.

4. Snow Day Safety: Frosty Fun with Caution

Snow days are the highlight of winter for many, but they come with their own set of challenges for pet safety. When playing in the snow, keep an eye on your pets to make sure they don't get too chilled. If your dog loves to play fetch, toss a snowball instead of a tennis ball – it's a win-win situation for a fur-bulous time.

5. Ice, Ice Baby: Caution on Frozen Waters

As tempting as it might be to let your dog try their hand (or paw) at figure skating on frozen ponds, it's crucial to remember that not all ice is created equal. Keep your pets away from frozen bodies of water, as thin ice can lead to a chilly catastrophe. 

6. Wintertime Wonderland: Grooming for the Cold Spell

Avoid shaving your pet’s hair down too much during winter. Their fur acts like a warm winter coat that will keep them warm when they are outside for their daily walks. Be sure to trim long-haired dogs to remove any ice crystals, salt, or other wintery substances that may build up.

7. Snuggle and Snooze

While you’re out shoveling, pets should be inside snuggling! Make sure your pet has a warm place to sleep in your home, away from drafts. Providing a cozy bed with a warm blanket will be the perfect snoozing sanctuary for your pet.

If you have any questions about how to keep your pet safe this winter, call us at (804) 776-9219 today and we’ll be happy to help. Stay safe and stay warm!