8 Winter Pet Care Tips

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Winter is a tough time for us all, but it can be especially hard on
pets. Here are a few tips for protecting your pets this
winter:

  • Keep pets indoors as much as possible during cold weather. Like
    humans, animals can get frostbite.
  • If a dog stays outside for the winter, it is important to
    provide an insulated home. Line the floor with cedar shavings or
    straw to ensure warmth. Check water often to make sure it has not
    frozen.
  • If your dog begins to shiver when you’re out for a walk, bring
    it inside immediately.
  • Trim the long hair on the bottom of pets’ feet to prevent ice
    balls from forming.
  • Road salt and other de-icing chemicals are damaging to pets’
    paws, and can be hazardous if ingested; wash your pets’ paws after
    being outdoors. Use sand or a nontoxic alternative to salt when
    dealing with icy sidewalks.
  • Antifreeze is a poison, yet its sweet taste unfortunately
    attracts curious animals. Always clean any spills thoroughly. Or
    try a safer alternative, such as antifreeze made with propylene
    glycol.
  • Cats and wildlife seek shelter from warmth by crawling into
    available covered spaces, including vehicles. Banging on the hood
    of your car before starting the engine should scare out any
    stowaways.
  • Our smaller friends, such as birds, hamsters and guinea pigs,
    can be chilled if their cages are kept in drafty areas. Keep cages
    away from doors and windows in winter.