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Walking in a Winter Wonderland

  •  Make sure your pet has a warm place to sleep.  Give them an extra blanket or get a new winter bed for them. 
  • Be sure your pet keeps a safe distance from fireplaces and space heaters.  These can severely burn them.

  • If you have a short-haired dog, provide them with a sweater or coat when taking them outside. 

  • When bathing your pet in the winter, completely dry them before taking them outside. 

  • Outdoor cats will sometimes hide under the hood of cars.  Check for them before starting your vehicle.

  • Does your dog love to play in the snow?  If possible, keep them away from slippery surfaces.  If this is unavoidable, make sure they are on a short leash and you are walking them slowly. 

  • If your dog spends a lot of time engaged in outdoor activities, even in the winter, increase their food supply.  Particularly high protein foods to keep them and their coat in the best shape possible.

  • Road salt can get stuck in your pet’s paws and can not only cause irritation but your pet could ingest this.  These are potentially dangerous chemicals that should be avoided.  Wipe your pet’s paws down when coming in from outside. 

  • Antifreeze is another chemical your pet needs to avoid.  Check for vehicle leaks as often as possible.  If you are concerned your pet has ingested antifreeze or any other harmful chemicals, call Animal Poison Control immediately!

    • ASPCA Animal Poison Control: 1-888-426-4435

  • Sometimes we forget that our furry friends need to be sheltered from the cold chill of winter as much as we do.  Just because they have fur, does not mean they can’t feel the chill.  Try to keep your pet sheltered as much as you can.