How To Keep Your Furry Friends Safe In The Winter
With freezing (and sometimes below freezing) temperatures outside and the threat of snowstorms overhead, keeping warm and dry is at the forefront of most people’s minds in western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio. But what about our furry friends — our “fur-babies”? Cold weather and winter storms can be unsafe for our pets leading to a bevy of health issues.
Here are some tips on how to keep your four-legged friend safe all winter long.
1. Don’t cut your pet’s fur in the wintertime.
Pets naturally develop winter coats to protect them from the cold elements.
2. Reduce outdoor activities when the temperatures dip low.
When the temperature dips low or the weather is severe, keep your pet indoors even if they typically stay outside. They can develop frostbite or hypothermia just like humans.
3. Frostbite check.
After bathroom breaks or walks, check your pet’s paws, ears, and tail for any signs of frostbite.
4. Keep a clean, dry towel handy.
Keep a towel handy to wipe down your pet’s legs, belly, and paws after each outdoor excursion. Ice-Melt chemicals can irritate their skin and cause serious illness if ingested.
5. Clean up any antifreeze spills.
Antifreeze smells and tastes sweet to pets, but it is toxic to them.
6. Keep out plenty of fresh, clean water to drink.
Winter air is dry so keep out plenty of fresh, clean water for your pet to drink.
7. Offer a warm, dry resting place.
Offer your pet a warm, dry place for them to rest and sleep. A pet bed will work nicely.