Keep your pets safe this winter

6 tips for a safe, pet-friendly winter

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, people across the globe and right here in Omaha are taking precautions. Health officials worldwide have recommended social distancing efforts such as working from home, staying inside as much as possible and limiting public activities. You can learn more about how to protect yourself on the Centers for Disease Control’s website.

Chances are you and your furry friends will be seeing a whole lot more of each other over the coming weeks. We’ve put together a few tips for keeping your pets happy and healthy as you take measures to safeguard your own health.

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.

Looking for more cold weather tips? Schedule a visit with your vet. Winter weather can exacerbate health issues, so it’s always a good time to get checked out.