Fur coats don’t protect pets from hypothermia and frostbite.
Keep your furry friends safe, warm, and happy in cold weather.
Did you know?
- Fur loses its insulating ability when wet
- Paw pads, ears, and noses are more vulnerable to frostbite
- Antifreeze is lethal to dogs and cats, even in small doses — be vigilant
- Vehicles act like refrigerators in the winter, holding in cold
- Cars left running are a carbon monoxide risk to animals inside
- Pets can be stolen from vehicles
- DON’T LEAVE YOUR PET UNATTENDED IN A VEHICLE
Make sure to
- Provide pets a warm, insulated place to sleep, free from drafts
- Make sure fireplaces have screens, and portable heaters are out of pets’ reach
- Limit outdoor time for puppies, senior dogs, small and short-haired dog breeds in cold or wet weather – consider boots and a sweater/coat if your dog doesn’t mind being bundled!
- Thoroughly dry feet, legs, and stomach when your dog comes in from the snow
- Keep an eye on sensitive paw pads, which can be injured from snow, ice, and salt spread on sidewalks
- Do not allow dogs off-leash in a snowstorm — they can easily lose their scent and become disoriented and lost
- Provide outdoor dogs with an insulated doghouse with straw bedding (NOT blankets)
- Feed outdoor dogs an increased protein-heavy diet to provide energy for warmth
- Provide outdoor dogs fresh water in a non-metal dish
SIGNS OF DISTRESS – bring them inside!
- Excessive shivering
- Lifting paws
- Licking/biting paws
- Refusing to play
- Cats’ bodies are not meant to withstand low temperatures – keep your cat indoors
- Outdoor cats will seek warmth in winter — like the engine of a parked vehicle. Before starting your car, check surroundings for paw prints, bang on the hood, or honk the horn to allow cats a chance to escape.