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How To Keep Your Pets Safe This Winter

Five tips to keep your pet safe during the cold winter months.

Winter is here, and it seems like it's getting colder every day. Here are five tips to keep your pet safe throughout the next few months:

1. Temperatures drop quickly. Winter temperatures can decrease hourly. Even if it feels warm enough to let your pet outside, it may not be. If you do let your dog out or take him for a walk, make sure it is in short intervals. If you have a shorthaired dog such as a Chihuahua, be sure to put him in protective clothing. Cats should be kept indoors at all times.

2. Small spaces. Animals find small, warm spots for shelter when it is cold. Hit your hood a few times before starting you car to ensure cats or other small animals are not still sleeping in your car wheel wells or under your hood.

3. Antifreeze and ice melt. Antifreeze products contain ethylene glycol and are highly toxic. Ice melt can harm the skin and gastrointestinal tract. Be sure to keep your cats away from both antifreeze and ice melt and check their paws for it after they have been outside.

4. Outdoor shelters. Outdoor shelters are not safe for pets in the winter. Most doghouses are not completely draft-free and closing them off completely can limit the oxygen inside.

5. Pets in cars. Do not leave your pet in a car. Cars hold in cold air and can put your pet at risk.

These tips were provided by the MSPCA.

Francine (DiChiara) Coughlin January 22, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Salt/sand can dry out and irritate your pet's paws! It's important to clean them off gently with warm water after a walk on treated roads and sidewalks. ~Francine www.bark-n-roll.com

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