5 Essential Tips to Protect your Pet from Harsh Winter Weather

Jan 23, 2023

Originally published by Trupanion.

When it comes to winter and your pets, one key safety tip is often overlooked, and it can often be found right on your garage floor – keep your pets clear of leaked antifreeze!

Dr. Caroline Wilde, staff veterinary for Trupanion – a leader in medical insurance for cats and dogs – offers the following 5 tips to keep your furry friend warm and protected all winter long.

  1. Antifreeze – A common chemical for our vehicles – antifreeze is toxic to your pet. Make sure to monitor your garage floors for any possible leaks that your pet might find tempting (antifreeze is sweet tasting to pets).
  2. Frigid Cold Temperatures – Many people may see their pet’s fur coat and assume that it’s perfect protection from the winter weather. But given the severe drop in temperature and windy conditions, your pet may be in danger of hypothermia if their body temperature falls below normal at this time. This drop in body temperature has the potential to lead to frostbite on your pet’s ears, paws, and tail. Consider a sweater for your pet, especially if they are small or have short hair.
  3. Blizzard Conditions – Your pet should not be left outside alone if your area is experiencing blizzard conditions. Blizzards can be scary and dangerous for pets as their senses can be overwhelmed – leading to disorientation. Make sure your pet has the proper ID (tags or microchip) in case they become lost.
  4. Shelter – If possible, keep your pets indoors during extreme winter weather. If they are in an outside shelter, make sure that it is free of drafts. Also, keep the shelter well insulated with thick blankets and bedding for the comfort and safety of your pet.
  5. Undernourishment/Dehydration – Colder weather means expending more energy to keep warm. Make sure to keep your pet on a balanced and healthy diet. Also, provide plenty of water for proper hydration.

 

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