Temperatures are rapidly dropping, but your pets could be in just as much trouble as they were in the heat of summer if the proper precautions aren’t taken. In a continuation of our series on pet safety, we’re honing in on keeping your pets nice and cozy, no matter what the temperature is. Check out these tips on winter pet safety:
A good rule of thumb is that if it’s too cold for you to be outside, it’s too cold for your cat or dog. This is especially true for short-haired pets, who simply can’t be kept warm enough by their coats to be outside for long. Obviously, being cooped up all winter isn’t a possibility for high-energy, active pets. There are some precautions that you can take.
For animals that aren’t meant for the cold weather, finding a sweater or coat that fits well is one of the easiest ways to keep your four-legged friend warm. The proper fit is vitally important. If the clothes is uncomfortable, it can cause your pet anxiety and discomfort.
If you’re walking your pets on cold sidewalks, be sure to use booties or gauze bandages to wrap their delicate toe pads. Just as the hot concrete of summer can cause them to blister and burn, the winter’s chill can make walking on cold concrete very painful. Even a pair of socks can work in a pinch!
Of course, make sure that your pet has access to a warm place to sleep at night. Insulated dog houses are an option for pets that are outside year round, but even these can be penetrated by harsh winds and extreme chill. If the inside of the house is cold, it’s time to bring your pet indoors. It can be miserable for a furry friend to suffer through a winter night.
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