Cold Weather Safety Tips For Pets

With the cold weather upon us, we want to remind everyone about keeping our pets safe. Cold weather can pose serious threats to pets if not careful. Here are some tips to help keep your pet(s) healthy and safe this winter.

Limit time outdoors – Know your pet’s limits. A pets’ tolerance for the cold weather can vary from pet to pet based on their age, coat, activity level and health.

Make Some Noise – Outdoor and feral cats often seek shelter underneath cars. Don’t forget to bang on the hood or honk the horn before starting your car.

Check the Paws – Be sure to check your pet’s paws regularly, especially after a walk. Lameness, cracked paw pads and bleeding could be caused by cold weather or snow/ice build-up in-between toes. Wipe your pets’ paws and legs down to get rid of any ice, deicers, antifreeze or other toxic chemicals that could get picked up in the fur.

Prevent Poisoning – Even the smallest amount of antifreeze can be deadly. Make sure you clean up any spills quickly and always be sure that your pet(s) don’t have access to any toxic chemicals.

If you notice or suspect that your pet has an injuries or if you are concerned that your pet has hypothermia or frostbite, call us immediately at 215-233-3958.