Take steps to ensure your pets’ health during cold weather.

BE PREPARED:
• Talk to your veterinarian about your pet’s risks in cold weather
• Have an emergency kit that includes your pet’s needs in case of severe weather or prolonged power outage
• If your dog has a short coat or seems bothered by cold, consider a sweater or dog coat
• Consider booties for your dog’s feet; make sure they fit!
• Ensure outdoor pets have insulated shelter and unfrozen drinking water.  In extreme cold, even outdoor pets should stay inside

KNOW YOUR PET’S LIMITS:
• Know your pet’s tolerance for the cold; adjust accordingly
• Shorten walks in very cold weather
• Contact your veterinarian if your pet is shivering or extremely lethargic after being out in the cold

AVOID INJURY/POISONING:
• Check under your car, bang the hood, and honk the horn before starting the engine
• Use pet-safe de-icing products
• Clean up any antifreeze spills quickly
• Stay away from frozen ponds, lakes and streams
• Only take your pet in the car when absolutely necessary. Never leave your pet unattended in a vehicle
• Check your dog’s paws frequently for signs of irritation or injury
• Wipe down or wash your pet’s feet, legs and belly to remove packed snow, ice, salt and de-icing chemicals after walks

When in doubt keep pet indoors

Questions or Concerns?
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courtesy of AVMA.org/PetHealth

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