Most pet owners are aware of the health risks that come with hot weather, but what about cold weather? Winter brings a new set of environmental challenges for pets. As a responsible pet owner, you should know these essential winter pet safety tips.
Protect Dog Paws From Salt
Salting sidewalks, driveways, and roads prevents slipping and sliding for humans. However, prolonged contact with road salt wreaks havoc on paws. The salt causes irritation, discomfort, and even burns unless quickly washed off the skin. Pet owners can avoid this problem by applying a balm or putting booties on their dog’s paws. This winter safety tip will keep your pup happy and allow you both to enjoy the winter weather!
Bring Your Pets Inside
If it’s too cold for you to be outside, it’s definitely too cold for your pets! Despite the fact that dogs and cats have fur, they are as susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia as humans. No pet should be left outside for long periods of time in below-freezing weather. On a chilly day, your pet is happiest snuggled up right next to you!
Check Under The Hood
Before starting your engine in the morning, remember this winter pet safety tip! A warm vehicle engine attracts cats looking for a heated place to rest. To avoid causing potential harm, be sure to bang on the hood of your car to discourage any roosting kitties.
Avoid Any Spillage
This is our most important winter pet safety tip! Be sure to clean up any antifreeze that has spilled from your vehicle. Cats and dogs are attracted to antifreeze because it is sweet to the taste, but it is extremely poisonous. Consider switching to propylene glycol, which is less toxic than ethylene glycol. Additionally, knowing the symptoms of antifreeze poisoning may save your pet’s life.
A Stylish Winter Pet Tip
Dressing your pet in a cute outfit is not only adorable but also functional! Pets with shorter hair can lose warmth faster when exposed to cold weather. Dog sweaters and coats provide warmth and fight off the winter chill. Dress your pet in a dry coat or sweater each time you take them out to prevent them from catching a chill!
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