Pet Safety Tips for Cold Weather

egavin By egavin, 10th Sep 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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10 safety tips for pet safety as the cold weather approaches.

Cold Weather Pet Safety Tips

Brrrr—it's cold outside! The following guidelines will help you protect your companion animals when the mercury dips.

1. Keep your cat inside your home. Felines left outside can become ill or freeze from the cold, become lost or be stolen, injured or killed. Cats that are permitted to stray outside the home are exposed to infectious diseases, including rabies, from other cats, dogs and even wildlife.
2. During the winter, outdoor cats frequently sleep under the hoods of cars to keep warm. Then when the motor is started, the cat could be injured or even killed by the fan belt. If your neighborhood has outdoor cats, or cats that like to wander, for safety sake, bang loudly on your car’s hood before starting the engine to give any cat who might be inside, a chance to escape.
3. Statistically more dogs are lost during the winter than during any other season; always make sure your pet(s) wear a current and readable ID tag. And make sure to never let your dog off the leash in snow or on ice, this is especially important during a snow or hail storm. Dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost due to more than just low visibility.
4. Carefully wipe off your dog's legs and stomach when he comes in out of the sleet, snow or ice. He or she can accidentally ingest driveway salt, antifreeze or other potentially deadly chemicals while licking his or her paws. His or her paw pads may also incur cuts and scrapes from snow or encrusted ice.
5. No matter what your pet’s breed, it is never a good idea to shave your dog down to the skin in winter; a longer coat will provide more warmth and protection from the elements. When bathing your dog in colder months, be diligent when drying him or her. A completely dry dog is a safe and happy dog. If you own a short-haired breed, consider getting a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck, one with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly is the best choice. For many dogs, this is standard winter wear; sweaters and coats aren’t for fashion in the winter but for safety.
6. Just as you should never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during the summer, the same is true in cold weather. A car can act as freezer in the winter, holding in the cold, most likely allowing your pet to freeze to death.
7. Puppies are not just smaller dogs, they do not have the same tolerance or physical stamina to withstand bad weather like adult dogs can. It’s never a good idea to house train a new puppy during the winter. If you adopt a puppy when it’s freezing outside it’s advisable to paper-train him inside. If your dog is sensitive to the cold due to advanced age, illness or even breed type, take him outdoors only to relieve himself and keep him in eye sight at all times.
8. As far as sleeping arrangements go, make sure your companion has a warm, draft free place to rest his head. A cozy dog or cat bed made of durable, sufficiently supportive material with a blanket and pillow even is the best way to keep your pet happy and healthy.


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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
11th Sep 2013 (#)

Very intersting piece and nice tips to take care of our pets. They are a part of us and they should be taken care and get pampered as the way we do. If not, dont have pets if youre not commited to tehm. Great piece and thanks for all of thosew points, especially for cats that are an easy target to coyotes, cougars, wolves and even racoons hungry!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Sep 2013 (#)

Though I don't have a pet, I enjoyed your useful tips to keep pets safe and healthy. I recall a cat getting caught in the fan belt of my car and fell guilty for days - siva

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