Keep your furry friends comfortable and safe during wintry weather with these quick tips:
- Keep your pets indoors.
- If your pet goes outside, limit the time that your pet stays outside, especially if they have a short coat and are sensitive to the cold weather.
- Young and senior pets can be especially vulnerable to cold temperatures. So keep them cozy and warm inside your home.
- Even though it’s cold, pets can still become dehydrated if they are getting a lot of exercise. Provide access to fresh clean water and for any animals who are outside like horses and goats. Make sure outdoor water bowls don’t freeze over
- Wipe your dog’s paws after a walk to remove any potential irritants like salt or ice-melt products. Dog Booties can really help with traction and warmth but can take time to get used to.
- Use non-scented cat litter to help increase traction on sidewalks for people and pets in icy conditions.
- Watch for anti-freeze or other chemical in run off under cars or in garages. This toxic liquid has a sweet taste, but can be deadly for pets. Quickly remove puddles or possible contamination by wiping down and rinsing appropriately. If your pet is exposed to anti-freeze, make note of the type and volume and seek immediate veterinary attention.
Additional information can be found here.
At OHS, we use a safe non-toxic ice melt on our sidewalks and driveways to melt the ice and keep our pets safe. We also have a great “snow crew” made up of volunteers who help care for the pets at OHS during bad weather.