You already know that the easiest way to keep your pets warm during the winter is to keep them inside…
…and we also know that is not possible.
With winter in full swing it can be easy to overlook the dangers of cold weather for our pets and forget about the importance of pet safety.
But, since our dogs and cats skin is just as sensitive as our own, we put together 5 simple winter dangers and related pet safety tips that you should keep in mind.
- Sweaters. I know a lot of people who refuse to put a sweater on their dog just because “a dog isn’t meant to wear clothing.” If you’re one of these people, please take a moment to realize that this is an old school of thought and it’s time to get with the times. For one, sweaters hug the body which actually prove to comfort and calm your dog. And two, they really do help to keep them warm!
- Outdoor Chemicals. Make sure you are cleaning your pet’s paws and stomach after every single walk or outdoor activity. Chemicals such as salt, antifreeze, and others are common during the winter and you don’t want your dog licking these things off of themselves. Another option is to cover their feet with booties or dog socks and their bodies with sweaters (see above). It’s also important to make sure that you are using pet safe “salt” around your house such as cat litter and don’t let them drink out of puddles.
- Diet. Dogs and cats tend to burn more calories at a much faster rate in the winter due to their bodies constantly working to keep them warm. Make sure you are supplementing their diet and feeding them more if and when necessary.
- Time Spent Outside. When the temperature drops below 40 for most dogs, limit the time spent outside to 30 minutes or less. Even this amount of time is probably way too much for some dogs. For example, my dog is a 6lb Chihuahua poodle and when I bring her outside in low temperatures she is almost instantly uncomfortable… which brings me to the next pet safety tip.
- Pay Attention. This one may seem obvious but if you’re not paying attention to how your dog is acting outdoors you may be putting them at risk. Behaviors such as shivering, dancing around, or lifting up their paws are all signs that your dog (or cat) is too cold. Bring them inside!
What other winter pet safety tips would you add to this list? Is there anything that we missed? Share with us in the comments!