During cold weather months, it’s always a good idea to take extra precautions when it comes to the well-being of your pets. Below are some guidelines for when the temperature drops:
- Make sure all pets have a warm place to sleep in the house, off the floor and away from drafts.
- Don’t leave tiny, short-haired, or very young or old dogs outside without supervision. Warm sweaters or doggy coats will keep them warm on walks. Long haired, larger dogs may enjoy the cold and snow but they too should live primarily indoors with the family.
- Dogs that spend time outdoors need plenty of fresh water available. Use a tip-resistant, ceramic or hard plastic water bowl rather than a metal one; when the temperature is low a dog’s tongue can stick and freeze to metal. The new heated water bowls great.
- Keep you dog’s coat well groomed. Matted fur won’t protect them from the cold.
- After a walk, wipe their feet, legs and stomach area to prevent ingestion of salt or chemicals. For your own walkways, use a pet-friendly ice-melt product.
- Never let dogs off leash on ice or during a snow storm. Make sure they are always wearing ID tags and are microchipped for an extra measure of protection.
- Check your garage and driveway for antifreeze and other chemicals. Antifreeze is a deadly poison, but has a sweet taste that attracts animals. Wipe up spills right away.
- Keep snow from piling up high next to your fence. A packed snowdrift will provide a boost for dogs to escape the confines of your yard.