In the winter, many people have visions of grabbing a warm blanket, making a hot beverage, and sitting down by a fireplace to keep warm. But we can't forget about our pets! When left outdoors or in a car during cold weather, pets can suffer from frostbite, hypothermia, and even death. When faced with cold weather, pets can also begin to feel disoriented which can make it harder for them to remember where they are. With so much at stake, here are some tips from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) for caring for your animals during the winter season.
- Keep your dog warm: If your dog has longer hair, don't shave it down very far in the winter. The longer the hair, the warmer it will keep their body temperature. If you have a short-haired dog, invest in a doggie coat or sweater for their outdoor adventures!
- Be aware of chemicals on the road: During the winter months, most towns will use salt and chemicals to reduce the amount of ice and snow on roadways and sidewalks. These chemicals can be dangerous if ingested by your pet. Wipe off their paws and bellies after going outside.
- Check for cracks and irritation on paws: If you notice your pet is having pain on their paws, consider using petroleum jelly on their paws before going outside to protect them from chemicals and salt. Investing in little shoes for winter walks is also an option!
- Limit time spent outdoors: If you are cold, your pet probably is too!! Bring them inside.
- Create a cozy sleep environment: The floor can become chilly, especially at night. Make sure your pet has a nice rug or pet bed to curl up in. Also consider adding a blanket for extra warmth during the winter season.
Thanks for reading!