For some of us, our furry friends are a part of our families. As the temperature drops, it’s important to keep them hydrated, warm, comfortable, and most importantly–safe–during the winter weather season. Here are a few cold weather safety tips for pets:
Keep them hydrated
Just like humans, animals require a lot of water! This is especially true during the winter months when the humidity is low and can cause dehydration in animals. Additionally, because exercising in colder temperatures increases heart rate, we need to be sure our furry friends are staying hydrated.
Keep them safe
There are many dangers in the winter that can be harmful to our pets. Try using a pet-friendly de-icer or salt, as some types may be harmful to their paws! Be sure that if you walk your pets outside you avoid ponds or frozen lakes as your pet (as well as you) could be in danger if the ice breaks! Also, when pets are outside, keep them leashed. Snow can mask familiar scents which would normally guide them home in case they get lost. Lastly, after being outside, wipe down their paws and check for injuries or bleeding.
Keep them warm
If it’s too cold for you, it’s usually too cold for your pet, too! Short-haired, young, and older animals are much more susceptible to the cold and are at a greater risk of hypothermia or frostbite. If you plan on being outside for more than a few minutes, consider dressing your pet in an animal sweater or coat.
Keep them comfortable
While coats and sweaters are a great way to keep your pet’s body temperature up, try pet booties to keep their feet warm and comfortable. Additionally, just as hot cars are a danger for animals in the summer months, cold cars are just as dangerous! Keep your pets in the comfort of your home as much as possible and only take them on car rides when necessary.
Keeping your furry friends safe is a top priority. The last thing you’d want is to have something happen to your pet. Use the safety tips to keep your pets safe and warm all winter long.
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