Keep Dogs Safe in Freezing Temperatures

Remember if it is too cold for you, it is probably too cold for your pet. Be prepared and know what to do to keep your dogs safe!

Keep Dogs Inside

Dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia. Please keep them inside where it is warm and safe. No dog should be left outside in freezing temperatures.

Ears & Paws

Your dog's ears and paws are susceptible to getting frostbite. Check your dog for signs of cold weather injury, damage, or bleeding on their paw pads and ears. Salt can also harm your dog's paws. Wipe them off with warm water after coming inside to prevent injury or harm.

Prevent Poisoning

Antifreeze ingredients are sweet and enticing for pets to lick up. Antifreeze is toxic and lethal to pets. It is important to thoroughly clean up any spills as quickly as possible. Many stores offer pet friendly products which are much safer to use.

Pet Proof House

With everyone spending more time indoors together, it is a perfect time to ensure you have a pet-proof house.

  • Have a dedicated 'quiet' place for your pets to go if they need a nap or a break.
  • Keep an eye on young children around pets, especially when toys or chew bones are involved to help prevent accidents from happening.
  • Kongs, nylabones and benebones are perfect activities to help keep your pets minds busy and engaged when they cannot go outside to play.

Recognize Problems

If your pet is whining, shivering, seems anxious, is unusually slow or stops moving, or seems weak, get them back inside quickly because they are showing signs of hypothermia. Have them examined by a veterinarian immediately.

Play Dress Up

If your dog has a short coat or seems bothered by the cold, dress them up in a sweater or coat to help keep them warm and cozy!

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