Pet Safety During the Winter Months

Winter season is fast approaching. When the temperature drops and the weather becomes unbearable, remember that pets, just like their owners, want to feel warm at all times.  Owners should be responsible for taking care of their pets and making sure they do not suffer the effects of the cold weather.

Ensuring the health and well-being of your pet should be a pet guardian’s top priority, especially during winter. Here are four tips on how to properly take care of your own pet!

It is important to keep your dog safe during the cold winter months.

Tip #1 Keep your pets warm by providing them shelter, especially if they are living outside of your house. In fact, it is mandated by law that pet owners should provide their pets with appropriate shelter. A shelter that is the correct size, and with proper bedding, can make your pet comfortable and properly insulated; a heated dog bed or shelter is even better.  Of course, it is always safest to keep your cat or dog inside with you.

Tip #2 Know the signs of frostbite such as skin that appears pale or grey, and skin which is cool and sometimes hard to the touch. The commonly affected areas are toes, ear tips and tails. When you suspect that your pet has these signs, warm the affected area and bring your pet to the veterinarian as soon as possible.

Tip #3 Treat hypothermia, if present. Pets are susceptible to this condition especially during the cold season. When you see that your pet shivers excessively or its muscles become stiff, you should suspect hypothermia. Hypothermia can be treated by keeping your pet warm. If this condition is severe, you should consult a vet to properly treat your pet.

Tip #4 Protect your pet from ice, salt and snow. Your pet’s footpads may be injured or irritated with ice or rock salt. To prevent this from happening, make sure that you wipe off your pet’s foot pads with a damp towel.   If your dog will tolerate them, consider pet booties to help protect your dog’s feet.

Take the necessary precautions and employ these tips to help ensure that winter is the perfect holiday season for you and your pet!

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