Keeping Pets Safe in Winter

KEEPING PETS SAFE IN WINTER CONSISTS OF THE FOLLOWING:

1. Warm Coats for Outdoors a Must

A dog’s fur alone isn’t enough protection from frigid temperatures, especially as a puppy or senior. Be sure to slip a winter coat or raincoat on your furry friend before you allow him outdoors.

2. Encourage Potty Breaks

You may find your dog reluctant to take potty breaks in rain and snow. Some dogs hate snow and it can be quite a chore getting him out of the house. Early training is the key to success. Bring an umbrella for both of you and/or slip a rain coat on him before heading out. Of course, small dogs can be wee wee pad trained. A blessing for some owners.

3. Always Leash Your Dog

If you’re out in the cold with your dog, be sure to keep him on a leash. Even the most obedient pet is safer when on‐leash in the snow and rain. Winter weather can wipe away familiar scents and leave your dog lost or confused.

4. Keep Pets Dry

After playing in the snow, dry your dog immediately with a towel. Don’t forget to wipe his legs, paws and stomach. Salt from the ice and antifreeze can be hazardous if left on paws.

5. Check for Hiding Cats

In the winter months, it’s not uncommon to find outdoor cats seeking shelter underneath your car. Starting your car while a cat lies beneath it can be dangerous. Bang on the hood of your car loudly a few times before you enter. The noise will scare away any cats trying to keep warm.

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