Tips to keep your pet safe in winter

In light of the wonderful weather we’re having around here (snow, then ice, then more snow). Here are some winter pet care tips I’ve gathered from around the ‘net.

  1. Keep your pets indoors as much as possible. Even pets can suffer from hypothermia. If you can’t keep your pet indoors provide ample shelter that is well insulated and if possible, heated.
  2. Keep water from freezing with a heated bowl and make sure that fresh water is always available.
  3. Stray animals may use your car motor for heat and crawl up under the hood. Bang on your hood or honk your horn before starting your car.
  4. Keep your pets on a leash. They can easily lose their scent in a snowstorm and become lost.
  5. Wipe your pet’s paws and belly off when they do come inside to get rid of any ice melt or salt that may be on his paws or coat.
  6. Just like in hot weather, don’t leave your pet alone in a locked car.
  7. Beware of antifreeze, it is toxic to pets.
  8. If you have a short-haired dog or a cat, don’t be afraid to put a sweater on him. It will help keep him warm.
  9. Don’t forget to protect those paws! Using paw wax or dog booties can help prevent cracked paw pads.
  10. Staying warm burns extra calories, so you might want to increase the amount of food your pet is getting each day.
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