Winter is here! Cold weather can be just as dangerous as hot weather and can pose very serious threats to your pets’ well-being.
Here are five BFF Urns tips to keep your pets safe during cold weather:
Know your pets’ limits. Playing in the snow is fun, but don’t overdo it! Too much time in the snow can lead to hypothermia, frostbite, injury, or even death. If your pet suffers from arthritis or is elderly, they may have a hard time walking in snow and could easily slip or fall in icy conditions. Dogs with thicker coats are usually more tolerant of chillier temperatures, like the Husky, but our short-haired and short-legged companions, like the Chihuahua, are less-tolerant and need more protection on their skin, paws, and bellies. Pets who suffer from diabetes, kidney disease, and other ailments may have a hard time regulating their temperature. If you have questions regarding your pet’s temperature limits, please give your veterinarian a call.
Keep your pets inside and limit outside activity. Just because your dog is full of fluff doesn’t mean that they’re more resilient. Like humans, our pet companions can also suffer from hypothermia and frostbite. Your pets’ tail, paws, and ears are most vulnerable. No pet should be left outside, ever!
Paw Check! After spending time outside, check your pets’ paws to make sure there are no signs of cracking or bleeding. Before and after spending time outside, apply specially formulated balm, like Musher’s Secret, to moisturize and protect your pets’ paw pads from the elements. To reduce snow and ice accumulation, keep paw hair and nails trimmed. Deicers, antifreeze, and other chemicals used on the roadway can be toxic, so make sure you give your pets a good wipe down with a warm washcloth when they come back inside. Try to encourage your neighbors to use pet-safe deicers!
Stay away from the ice and watch your step! Not only can you and your pet companion slip and fall, but you could also end up in a deadly situation if you fall through a pond, lake, or another water source.
Bang on the hood. Warm vehicle engines are a deadly heat source for feral or outdoor cats. Bang the hood to make sure a friendly feline isn’t taking a nap on your engine.
Stay warm and safe everyone! – the BFF Urns team