Cold weather poses special risks for pets, such as running out of water (frozen over or power outages) and increased pain from arthritis. Winter dangers aren't just about the cold temperatures.
Power outages often happen during storms, but can happen at any time, during any season. Sometimes not related to weather at all. Flashlights, batteries, food, a source of water and heat during the winter are basic necessities. Are your pets covered in your preparedness plan? Here are some power outage preparedness tips.
Antifreeze is a syrupy liquid that is usually brightly colored; neon green or neon pink, and is very deadly for pets. Antifreeze is used to prevent car radiators from freezing (or overheating). Spills of antifreeze are also common in winter months as car owners perform seasonal engine maintenance.
Antifreeze is used in the plumbing systems of cabins and other vacation homes in extreme climates to prevent broken pipes in winter. And, as noted in this forum post, antifreeze may also be used to weigh down portable basketball hoops and be a a source of antifreeze for curious pets.
Many dogs (and a few cats, too) like to play in the snow and enjoy winter time activities with the family. The beauty and fun of winter snow and ice may become dangerous quickly, though.
What do you do to keep your YOUR pet safe in winter? Please share your tips.