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
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