The weather is getting colder and winter is just around the corner. For some of our furry friends, this is the best part of the year, and for others they are just as cold, if not colder, than we are. For all our pets, big or small, this season can pose major health risks in quite a few ways. Whether it’s ice melts, chapped paws or flaking skin, it’s important to stay aware of what winter brings our four-legged friends.
Check out these top 10 cold weather safety tips from the ASPCA to know what to watch out for and how you can keep your pets safe, happy and healthy through the winter months.
- If it is too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pets.
- After each walk, make sure to wash and dry your pet’s feet and stomach.
- Massage petroleum jelly into your pet’s paw pads before going outside to help protect from salt and chemical agents.
- Keep your home humidified and be sure to towel dry your pet as soon as they come inside to avoid itchy, flaking skin.
- Never shave your dog down to their skin during winter.
- Try not to bathe your pet as often during cold spells.
- Thoroughly clean up any antifreeze spills.
- Feed your pet a little extra in the winter months.
- Ensure your furry companion has a warm place to sleep that’s off the floor and away from drafts.
- Never let your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm.
Be sure to keep these tips top of mind this winter so that you and your furry friends can stay warm, cozy and safe.