Every animal has a different tolerance for the frost and flurries of winter. As a general rule, remember if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for Fido. Follow these tips to keep your pets safe, happy and warm during the most frigid months of the year.
Brrr-ing it on winter!
Keep your pets inside
Well, this should be a no brainer. Bring your pets indoors for the cold season. They can enjoy a short frolic in the snow or walk around the block, but just like people, they can get too cold fast. Watch for signs of freezing: shivering, tail tucked between legs and lifting paws. That’s when you know it’s time to go inside and dry off.
Give them extra food
Keeping their bodies warm during potty breaks and on walks burns extra energy. You can adjust their serving sizes during the winter to give them a boost of calories.
Short hair? Not during cold months
Now is not the time for a new do for your dog. Let your pet’s coat grow out during winter, it’s there to keep them warm. Plus, excessive bathing during winter can dry their skin and make them shiver.
Avoid chapped paws
Winter weather means dry air and wet snow. This combination can cause your pets paws to become sore and cracked. Avoid long walks on snow or ice. Always dry off our pet’s paws when they come in from outdoors.Treat any irritation with petroleum jelly.
Beware of antifreeze
Did you know one tablespoon of glycol-based antifreeze is enough to kill your pet? You can switch to a pet-safe propylene-based antifreeze or stay extra vigilant about possible spills in areas where your pet may go such as the garage or driveaway.
Look under your car
Cats are attracted to the warmth of recently parked cars during the cold months. Before you drive off, make sure to check under your car – especially if you have outdoor cats in your neighborhood.