Cold Weather Care For Your Pet

We are experiencing record low temperatures in our area! Here are some things to keep in mind for your furry friends to help keep them safe and comfortable over the winter.

  1. When temperatures drop below 40 degrees, pets should be kept indoors to prevent hypothermia. Pets that are very young, very old, or have health problems are at increased risk and may not be able to tolerate temperatures below 60 degrees. Even healthy pets can be affected by freezing temperatures. If pets must be kept outdoors, they should be provided with insulated and heated housing.  Keep in mind that outdoor water sources can become frozen which could lead to dehydration.
  2. When walking your dog in icy conditions, keep walks short to prevent injury or frostbite to the toes and feet. Salt used to melt ice is toxic to your pet. Rinse the feet with warm water if your pet has walked over an area that has been salted. You can also try using boots to help protect their feet. These are available at pet supply stores.
  3. Remember that antifreeze is very toxic to cats and dogs and clean up any leakage or spills immediately.
  4. Pets should be kept on flea, tick, and heartworm prevention year round. Fleas easily survive the winter indoors, and mosquitos that are responsible for transmitting heartworm disease can emerge when the temperatures rise.