13 Winter Weather Tips:
1) Keep your pets inside – They can freeze, become lost, stolen, or injured.
2) During the winter, outdoor cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars. If there are outdoor cats in your neighborhood, loudly bang on the car hood before starting the engine – this will give the cat a chance to escape before being injured by the fan belt.
3) Keep your dog on a leash! You must keep your dog leashed at all times, especially during a snowstorm. Dogs can lose their sense of smell and easily become lost. More dogs are lost during the winter than any other season, so make sure you dog is properly identified with a collar.
4) Wipe off your dogs legs and stomach when he comes out of sleet, snow or ice. If he ingests salt, antifreeze or other chemicals when licking his paws, he can be poisoned. Also, his paw pads may bleed from the encrusted ice.
5) Never shave your dog down to the skin during the winter months. A longer coat will provide more warmth. Rather, lightly trim longer haired dogs to minimize the clinging of ice balls, salt crystals and de-icing chemicals.
6) When you bathe your dog in the winter, be sure to completely dry him off before taking him for a walk or putting him outside. When you go for a walk, be sure to bring a towel to clean off irritated paws, or put booties on your dog to minimize contact with chemicals.
7) If you have a short-haired dog, then get him a coat or sweater to keep him warm and retain body heat.
8) Never leave your pet alone in a car during cold weather – it traps in the cold air, acting as a refrigerator, and your pet can freeze to death.
9) Clean up any and all antifreeze. Opt for a product containing propylene glycol, rather than ethylene glycol.
10) Massage petroleum jelly into paw pads before going outside will help to protect the paw from salts. This also helps to heal chapped paws.
11) Brush your pet regularly to get rid of dead hair and to stimulate blood circulation. This will improve the skin’s overall condition.
12) Pets burn extra energy while trying to stay warm in the winter. Be sure to give your pet a little extra food and water to keep him feed and well-hydrated, but be sure not to overfeed.
13) If the weather is too cold for you, then it is too cold for your pet.