With winter in full swing we need to be aware of how our for legged friends are handling the weather. Below are some guidelines for insuring your pet enjoys this winter.
- If at all possible, bring your outdoor pets inside. As a good rule-of-thumb, bring them indoors when the water outside freezes. If it is absolutely necessary to keep them outside, make sure you provide a warm shelter, plenty of fresh water, and a heated water dish.
- Younger animals along with senior pets may be less tolerant of the cold, and are more susceptible to hypothermia (low body temperature) and freezing.
- Many chemicals and products used for melting ice are toxic to pets. Salt and other chemicals used on roads can cause serious stomach upset, and antifreeze even in small amounts can be deadly. Be aware of any toxic products you have around your home and be sure to keep them away from your pet. Promptly clean up any leaks or spills in your garage or driveway.
- Frostbite is a serious concern. Skin that is frostbitten appears reddened or gray, however can be difficult to detect at first. Pay close attention to your pet’s skin after being outside and seek medical attention immediately if you suspect frostbite.
- If your dog has a short coat, it may be a good idea to keep a sweater or coat on them when it is cold outside. Even some long-haired breeds are susceptible to getting cold in the winter.
Remember... if it too cold for you, it's too cold for your pet!