Winter can be rough on our pets! The cold temperatures, ice, snow, and risks of cold weather are real and can be fatal. Here are some thoughts on how to best care for our furry, hairy, and special friends.
Know Your Limits!
Be aware of your pet’s tolerance for cold weather. Adjust accordingly.
If your dog has a short coat or seems bothered by the cold, consider a sweater, vest, or a dog coat.
Consider using booties on your dog’s feet. Make sure that they fit properly. This is especially important when ice fishing or around water.
Shorten the dogs walks in very cold weather.
Avoid frozen waters unless you know they are safe.
Prevent Injuries and Poisoning!
Transport pets in a protective kennel that is strapped or secured properly.
Check underneath the engine hood of your trucks, cars, and equipment before starting the engine.
Clean up any antifreeze, fuel, or oil spills. Ice melt chemicals can also impact pets.
Check your dog’s paws, pads, legs, and belly frequently. Look for blood in the snow and identify the source.
Wash or wipe down your pet’s feet after being exposed to de-icing chemicals.
Enjoy and love your pets so that they will stay safe and healthy in the winter!
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