Winter Pet Safety
It may be a beautiful winter wonderland outside, but when the weather is frightful, it’s important to keep your pets safe, warm, and feeling delightful. We’ve put together a list of winter safety tips—be it a snowstorm or a small flurry, these tips will help you avoid worry.
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 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.
Protect the Paws
Salt and other solutions that melt snow can damage your pet’s precious paws. They can also be toxic if ingested, so be sure to clean them before they have a chance to lick them off. While on a walk, your pet may step in ice, salt, or other chemicals which can be very painful. A thin layer of petroleum jelly can be used to help protect your pet’s paw pads. Booties work even better if your pet is comfortable with them. Be sure to check for cracks in paw pads or redness between the toes!
Keep the Floof
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.
Clean Up Anti-freeze
Antifreeze is toxic and can be lethal for dogs and cats. Consider using products containing propylene glycol instead of ethylene glycol. Always be mindful to keep chemicals out of reach.
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 (616) 241-6369 today and we’ll be happy to help. Stay safe and stay warm!