It’s Getting Cold Outside!



With the cold weather here, there are certain things that you should be aware of in order to keep your pet safe and happy this winter season!



Outside Housing for Outdoor Pets: Make sure doghouses are not too large.  A correctly sized house will allow your dog to comfortably lie down, stand up, and turnaround.  If it is too large it will not provide proper insulation to keep him warm and frostbite on tails and the tips of ears can occur in severely cold weather.  Ideally the house would be placed on top of styrofoam and the dog will have a mat or bed inside to lay on.

Cats should have a warm area, protected from predators, to retreat too as well. A pet door in a garage or shed should do the trick.

Outside pets will need extra calories in cold weather to keep warm, so be aware of their diet and always have fresh, unfrozen water available.  Avoid stainless steel or metal bowls – we don’t want their tongues getting stuck!

Walking:  Sidewalk ice-melting salt can cause irritation to paws, and can cause stomach upset if ingested.  We recommend wiping off your pet’s paws with a damp towel after a walk and using non-toxic de-icers on your sidewalk  such as sawdust, sand or cat litter.  Dog boots can help as well, and they also prevent the snow from building up between the toes creating the snowball feet!

Take special care when walking your senior dog on icy surfaces.  Their joints may already be stiff due tosanta's helpers arthritis, so slipping on an icy surface could easily add to their discomfort.

Antifreeze:  Antifreeze is highly toxic, and a few teaspoons can be lethal or cause permanent organ damage.  Pets are attracted to its sweet taste so be mindful when using antifreeze and wipe up any drips that may occur.  There are products that are considered pet friendly made with propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol, such as Prestone Low Tox.

Christmas Hazards: This wonderful time of year brings quite a variety of fun and interesting things that can get pets in trouble. Be aware of wrapped chocolates, candy, and treats in reach of hungry pets. Chocolate toxicity can occur if enough cocoa is eaten. Also, rich and fatty foods make poor treats for our furry friends. Pancreatitis can occur after one high-fat meal, so resist the urge to share a turkey dinner with Fido or Fluffy. Beware of ribbons and tinsel around our feline friends, too – they often can’t resist taking a little taste, which can lead to serious digestive problems.

Winter is a wonderful season and enjoy all it has to offer while keeping your pet safe and healthy!