Your Pets and Winter: What You Can Do to Keep Them Safe

As winter carries on and continue to drop, we want to ensure the health and happiness of our four-legged family members. Check out the list below to learn more about how you can take extra care of your pets during the colder months.

1. Keep pets sheltered and limit outdoor time.

With increasingly colder temperatures, it is important to keep pets indoors when possible, and limit outdoor time as needed. Wind chills and icy weather can lead to discomfort, or even hypothermia. Avoid keeping pets outside for extended periods of time, and ensure everyone is indoors before going to bed so no one is left out in the cold.

2. Add an extra layer of protection with a sweater or coat for short-haired pups during walks.

Dogs with short hair tend to get cold more quickly, making outdoor time and walks in cooler temperatures less comfortable. A coat or a sweater can add an extra layer of protection and warmth for pets with less fur. As an added bonus, they also look absolutely adorable.

3. Wipe their paws after being outside to clean off any salt. You can follow this with a moisturizing balm, like Pet Wants Paw Wax, to help avoid cracking.

The salt we typically use to clear ice from sidewalks and driveways can irritate our pets’ feet. This can cause them to lick their paws excessively, and leave their pads raw. To prevent this, wipe their paws with a warm washcloth when returning home from winter walks. For added comfort, you can follow this with a light coat of moisturizing balm, such as Pet Wants Paw Wax. This can aid in the prevention of cracked paws and irritation from dryness.

4. Keep chemicals such as antifreeze out of your pet’s reach.

Antifreeze and other similar chemicals are commonplace in many homes during icy months. Though they may be easily overlooked, it is vital to keep these out of reach of pets. These chemicals are poisonous, but can taste sweet, increasing the possibility of execessive accidental consumption. Removing these chemicals from any place a pet may find them is vital in keeping animals safe.

5. Lend a helping hand to community pets in need.

While they aren’t technically yours, community pets are often in need of a helping hand when it comes to winter safety. Providing them with food, or offering shelter such as a DIY cat shelter, could save their lives. Through our Community Cats program, you could also have them trapped, neutered, and returned to their locality. Regardless of how you choose to help, the pets in your community will be grateful!

By following these tips, you can help ensure the safety of your pets (and those in your community) this winter!

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