Cold Weather and Pets

12/1/2016

Cold Weather and Pets – Safety Tips

Protect your fur friend with these winter safety tips

With November officially over and December here, temperatures start to drop and it's more important than ever to take special care of our beloved fur friends.


Know your dog's limits

Elderly, thin, very young and short-coated dogs get cold much quicker. If your dog falls into one of these categories but loves to be outside, consider putting a sweater or coat on them to keep warm. If it is too cold for you, it may be too cold for your dog – frostbite and hypothermia can happen to dogs too!

Check the hood

During the cold winter months, cats sometimes sleep in the wheel wells of cars to keep warm. Before starting your car, bang loudly on the hood or honk your horn to give any cats the chance to wake up and escape.

Cold cars are dangerous too

We hear a lot about the dangers of leaving your pet in a hot car during the summer months, but we need to take the same precaution in the winter with cold cars. When it's extremely cold, only take them in the car if it is necessary and don't leave them unattended.

Wipe their paws

The cold weather brings ice and the chemicals to melt it. While outdoors, pets can collect various toxic chemicals like salt, antifreeze or de-icers in their paws. Be sure to wipe your pet's paws clean to avoid them licking these chemicals and getting sick.

Wear reflective gear

Now that the days are shorter, many of us walk our pets in the dark. Keep yourself and your pet safe by wearing reflective gear such as clothing, leash and collar. It's also important to keep your dog close when walking in the street.

Avoid antifreeze

Antifreeze is very attractive to cats and dogs because it has a very sweet taste. Keep the bottle somewhere that your pet cannot access and if you accidentally have any spills be sure to clean up properly.

Have an emergency plan

Winter may bring extreme weather that can cause power outages. Be sure you have a plan that will include your pet as well. Don't forget they too will need enough food and water to last through any power outage.

We hope these quick cold weather tips will help you keep your pets safe this winter.

The staff at Abby Glen maintains a long-standing commitment to compassionate care for all animals. Winter care for our pets is mostly common sense but sometimes we need a reminder. Snuggle up with your furry friend and before you know it we will be hitting the beach again!