Pet Winter Preparation

Now that you have spent all summer brushing off your pet’s extra fur, it’s time to let them grow it out! Find out how to ensure your pet has a comfortable winter. Where I am, it seems that summer just ended yesterday, but we are almost halfway through October! As the holiday season grows closer and closer, that means that the temperatures will only get colder in most areas of the country. If your area experiences colder temperatures with this change of seasons, you and your pet can start taking steps for pet safety from the elements.

Don’t be alarmed if the intense shedding that you saw in the summer stops around this time of year. It just means that your dog or cat’s “winter coat” is growing in. That’s how they prepare for winter. If your dog is a longhaired breed or has a thick coat, that should be enough protection for the winter temperatures. However, if your pooch is shorthaired, you might want to consider buying it a pet sweater. The best sweaters for dogs cover the entire body from the base of the neck to the tail. Sweaters should comfortably fit your pooch, and it should not restrict any movements.

The final thing to make note of is that animals can suffer from hypothermia and frostbite too. The car can act like a refrigerator and hold in the coldness. If the temperature is cold enough, it could be fatal to your pooch. During winter storms, icy days or just plain bad weather, allow your pet to remain inside. Once the weather calms down, let your pet outside to play in the snow!

Another potentially dangerous item to be aware of is antifreeze that we use to protect our cars. Even small amounts of antifreeze is lethal to pets, including cats. If you have a spill of antifreeze, clean it up immediately and keep your pet away until the area is clean and dry. If you suspect that your pet has ingested antifreeze, call your veterinarian or an animal hospital immediately. And while you’re thinking about it, put emergency phone numbers for the vet or animal hospital in your cell phone, and post it where you can quickly find it.

What steps do you take for pet safety in cold weather?

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