Winter is coming, and we’re not looking forward to it. However, there are a number of things you need to keep in mind to ensure your pet’s safety during this unforgiving season.
Below-freezing temperatures are just as dangerous for our pets as they are for us. Pay attention to your local weather reports and be mindful of how much time your pet is spending outdoors; even a few minutes can be too much! Never leave them outside unattended, and be sure to have a pet-safe warming pad or heated bed in your home to give them extra comfort on unusually cold days.
Our pets can get frostbite and hypothermia just like we can, and their coats do not guarantee protection. When taking your pet on walks, invest in a coat in their size and a set of protective booties for their feet. On especially frigid days, take your pet outside to do their business and then bring them back in right away.
Like us, our pets can get hurt if they step or run across a patch of ice. Keep your property free of ice, and don’t walk your pet over ice sheets. When de-icing, opt for a pet-friendly product. Regular rock salt can burn your pet’s paw pads, and also cause mouth burns if they attempt to lick the salt off of their paws and fur.
For added protection on walks, we recommend special booties. They might look a bit silly, but your pet’s comfort is much more important!
Antifreeze both smells and tastes sweet (you may be familiar with that syrupy odor), which is tempting for curious pets. Many antifreeze products contain ethylene glycol, which gives the antifreeze its sweet taste. However, this substance is also highly toxic, and can be fatal if ingested. Look for a pet-safe antifreeze containing propylene glycol instead, which tastes far less pleasant and has a much lower toxicity. Secure any and all fluid containers in your garage and store them well out of your pet’s reach.
If you’ll be traveling down south with your pet to escape the cold, make sure they’ve been vaccinated, are current on their parasite preventatives, are microchipped, and have updated ID tags. Consult with your veterinarian to find out if you need any special documents to take on your travels.