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Cold Weather Tips

You're probably already aware of the risks posed by warm weather and leaving pets in Hot Cars, but did you know that cold weather also poses serious threats to your pets' health?

Here are some tips to keep your pets safe during cold weather:

Provide Shelter and Water: Provide your dog with a shelter which will keep an animal dry, out of the direct path of winds, well insulated and ventilated to keep the temperature at a healthful for the animal. The floor of the shelter should be off of the ground (to minimize heat loss into the ground) and the bedding should be thick, dry an changed regularly to provide a warm, dry environment. The door to the shelter should be facing away from prevailing winds. Space heaters and heat lamps should be avoided because of the risk of burns or fire. Heated pet mats should be used with caution because they are still capable of causing burns. Make sure that they have unlimited access to fresh, non-frozen water (by changing the water frequently or using a pet-safe, heated water bowl.)

Prevent Poisoning: Clean up any antifreeze spills quickly, as even small amounts of antifreeze can be deadly.

Wipe down: During walks, your dog's feet, legs and bell may pick up deicers, antifreeze, or other chemicals that could be toxic. When you get back inside, wipe down (or wash) your pet's feet, legs and belly to remove the chemicals and reduce the risk that you dog will be poisoned after (s)he licks them off of his/her feet or fur. Consider using pet-safe deicers on your property to protect your pets and the others in your neighborhood.


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