10  Ways to Keep Your Pets Safe this Winter

Bring your pets inside during cold weather 

Keep pets indoors. The ASPCA® warns that pets left outside might freeze, become disoriented, lost, stolen, wounded, or killed. In addition, don't leave pets in cars during cold weather because they can freeze to death.

Protect their paws 

Salt and other snow-and-ice-melting agents can irritate pet paws. Before your pet licks and irritates their mouth, wipe their paws with a moist towel.

Take care of their coat and skin 

The ASPCA recommends humidifying your home and towel-drying your pet when they come inside to avoid itching, flaky skin. Paws and between toes need special attention. Remove snow between foot pads. 

Antifreeze is a deadly poison 

Clean up any spills and put antifreeze somewhere that is out of reach.

Know your pet’s limits outdoors 

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) says you should know how your pet handles cold weather and make changes as needed. You should talk to your doctor if you need help.

Check your engine 

Outdoor and feral cats may find a heated car engine enticing, but it's fatal. Check underneath your car, beat on the hood, and honk the horn before starting the engine to make sure no cats are hiding there.

Use space heaters with caution 

It is possible for the heater to spark a fire in your home if it is pushed over or if it is burned by your pet.

Watch for hypothermia 

If your pet is whining, shivering, anxious, slower than usual, stops moving, seems weak, or starts hunting for warm burrows, they may be hypothermic. 

Be prepared 

Blizzards and power disruptions occur in winter. Plan ahead with your pet and an emergency kit. Bring enough food, water, and medicine (including prescriptions, heartworm, and flea/tick preventives) for five days.

Avoid walking on frozen water 

Do not go near frozen lakes, ponds, or other bodies of water. It's not clear if the ice can hold your pet's weight, and if they fall through, they could die.

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