Baby, it’s cold outside! As the temperatures drop, don’t forget to watch out for our furry friends. Despite their winter fur coats, winter can be challenging for dogs and cats.
Here are a few tips to protect your pets from extreme winter weather…
- Keep pets inside when the temperature is below freezing.
- For outdoor pets, be sure they have proper shelter and that their water is not frozen.
- After walks in the snow or anywhere that rock salt or other chemical de-icers are in use, be sure to wipe off your dog’s legs and belly to prevent them from licking and ingesting those potentially dangerous substances.
- Don’t leave your cat or dog in the car during cold weather.
- If your pets get stuck outside in freezing weather for a long time they may get hypothermia. Signs include a slow pulse, shallow breathing, disorientation, collapsing and unconsciousness. If wet, dry your pet thoroughly, and then place warm (not hot) water bottles wrapped in towels around your pet. The ears, paws and other poorly insulated parts of the body may have frostbite; DO NOT RUB OR APPLY SNOW OR WATER TO THESE PARTS. Thaw the area slowly and get your pet to the vet as soon as possible.
- Antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Clean up any spills and consider using products that contain propylene glycol instead of ethylene glycol.