Winter Pet Safety

Updated: 2/4/24

When the temperature drops, our pets rely on us more than ever to help them navigate the challenges of winter. Here are some tips to ensure your pets stay warm, healthy, and happy during the cold months:

8 Winter Tips for Your Pet Beep the horn before Keep antifreeze out starting your car in case of reach and clean a cat is napping in a up spills right away. wheel well or the engine. Don't over-bathe or shave your pet in the winter. If your dog has a thin coat, try a dog jacket or sweater. Make sure your pet has a cozy place to sleep that is away from all drafts. Ensure your pet has plenty of water that won't freeze. Only use a space heater with a heavy base and an exterior that stays cool. Supervise pets when the heater is on. Protect paws from ice and salt with booties or paw wax.

Weathering Winter Walks. Keep Your Dog on a Leash. Ice and snow can mask familiar smells, and dogs can easily lose their way. Make sure your pup is microchipped and wearing an up-to-date ID tag. Know Your Dog’s Limit. Watch for signs that your dog may be too cold. If your dog is slowing down, shivering, whining, or holding up one or more paws, cut the walk short and head inside. Bundle Up. If you feel cold in your coat, it may be too cold for your dog without one! If the air is cold but dry, opt for a sweater. If it’s snowing, a water-resistant coat is a better choice. Keep Your Hound Hydrated. Bring water and a portable bowl with you. Eating snow is not a good option since it may be contaminated with antifreeze, deicers, or other harmful chemicals. Paw Protection. Invest in a good set of waterproof boots that fit. Along with keeping feet warm and dry, they will protect paw pads against irritating deicers. For dogs who won’t wear boots, paw wax can provide a protective barrier. Post-Walk Care. Deicers aren’t just irritating to paws, they’re toxic if ingested. When you get home from a walk, clean your dog’s paws, belly, legs, and any other areas that may have come in contact with poisonous-to-pets chemicals.