KEEPING PETS WARM AND SAFE IN THE WINTER
Winters in Charlotte are relatively mild. However, cold spells do happen. It’s important to be prepared and know how you can keep your fur baby warm, cozy and SAFE!
Thankfully, the ASPCA has provided a list of tips for keeping pets safe during cold weather!
- Dry your pet with a towel as soon as he comes in from the cold
- Try not to shave your pup in the winter
- Petroleum jelly is a great protectant for your pup’s paws as they venture outdoors (booties or socks will also work)
- Feed your pet a bit more during the winter months and be sure they have plenty of water (pets burn more energy during the winter trying to stay warm and the extra water can keep them hydrated)
- Provide your pets with a warm place to nap/sleep
- Always remember, if it’s too cold for you to sleep outside, it’s also too cold for your pets!
WINTER WEATHER CHECKLIST
A major winter storm is on the way. Aside from preparing your home, children, your vehicle and the elderly, your pet(s) will also need a little extra attention and tender loving care.
Prepare for plunging temperatures, the possibility of power outages and the inability to make it out to your local grocery or pet store.
Hypothermia and frostbite in dogs can occur when temperatures drop below 20°F. It’s important to limit your pet’s exposure to the elements.
Here are a few things to also consider when protecting your pet from the cold:
- Keep pets inside as much as possible (this includes bringing outdoor pets, inside)
- Have plenty of pet food and pet medications on hand (at least enough for five days)
- Keep at least five days of water on hand for your pups just in case pipes burst from the cold
- Have a pet emergency kit and emergency plan in place
- Wipe your pet’s paws from salt or other chemicals used to treat ice (use Safe Paws Ice Melt as a non-toxic alternative)
- ID tags and/or microchip information should be up to date (can also invest in a pet tracker)
- Keep pets warm and cozy with a sweater and/or coat (be sure the apparel is also safe and comfortable)
- Consider a heated dog/cat bed or pad
- Keep antifreeze out of your pet’s reach (it’s highly TOXIC)
- Never leave your pet alone in a cold car
- Limit outdoor activities as you would in high temperature conditions
- Watch for any signs that your pet may be in distress (behavior changes, shivering)
TALK TO YOUR VETERINARIAN
It’s wise to have a discussion with your veterinarian before offering additional food, or increasing the amount of protein into your pet’s diet.
Additionally, consult your veterinarian to ensure a heated bed or pad is safe for your pet.
STAY SAFE OUT THERE!