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Winter Pet Safety Tips

Keep your dog and cat safe from winter and cold weather health hazards


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.

Learn about other potential hazards seen in winter such as antifreeze and deicer toxicity, and get tips on how to be pet-prepared for winter storms and power outages.

1. Winter Weather Hazards

Spadge in the snow © The Silver Penguin on Flickr
© The Silver Penguin on Flickr

As winter settles in, here are a few tips to remember to ensure a healthy season. As most pet lovers know, winter can be a challenge for our pets. This article will explore some common dangers to watch for, and what to do to avoid problems.

2. Prepare for Power Outages

Power Outage by edkohler on Flickr
by edkohler on Flickr

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.

3. Cold Weather Checklist For Pets

Oola Snow Sit © Laertes on Flickr
© Laertes on Flickr

You are prepared for winter. Is your pet? Check out the basic supply list and learn about winter-specific hazards for outdoor and indoor pets.

4. Paws to Protect - Winter Foot Care Tips for Pets

Dog Boots - courtesy of PriceGrabber
courtesy of PriceGrabber

Winter boots are essential wear for humans to provide traction and protection on snow and ice. Our pets need special care and attention for their feet during harsh weather, too. Learn how to minimize injury and discomfort for your pet's paws and be aware of other winter dangers.

5. Antifreeze Poisoning

Radiator Antifreeze by evelynishere on Flickr
by evelynishere on Flickr

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.

6. Top 6 Winter Items for Pets

Heated pet water bowl © Pricegrabber.com
© Pricegrabber.com

Pets in harsh winter climates need extra protection during the snowy, icy winter months. These items will help keep snow and ice at bay and ensure your pet's comfort and safety.

7. Share Your Winter Pet Safety Tips

Snow Dog - ktylerconk/Flickr

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.

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