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Tips to keep pets safe in cold weather

American Veterinary Medical Association

Cold weather creates serious health threats to pets. The American Veterinary Medical AssociationAmerican Veterinary Medical Association offers these tips for keeping pets safe this winter. offers these tips for keeping pets safe this winter.

American Veterinary Medical Association offers these tips for keeping pets safe this winter.

Stay inside:Stay inside: Keep pets inside during cold weather. Dogs and cats are not more resistant than people to cold weather because of their fur. Like people, cats and dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia. No pet should be left outside for long periods of time in below-freezing weather. Keep pets inside during cold weather. Dogs and cats are not more resistant than people to cold weather because of their fur. Like people, cats and dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia. No pet should be left outside for long periods of time in below-freezing weather.

Stay inside: Keep pets inside during cold weather. Dogs and cats are not more resistant than people to cold weather because of their fur. Like people, cats and dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia. No pet should be left outside for long periods of time in below-freezing weather.

Make some noise:Make some noise: A warm vehicle engine can be an appealing heat source for outdoor and feral cats, but it’s deadly. Check underneath your car, bang on the hood, and honk the horn before starting the engine to encourage feline hitchhikers to abandon their roost under the hood. A warm vehicle engine can be an appealing heat source for outdoor and feral cats, but it’s deadly. Check underneath your car, bang on the hood, and honk the horn before starting the engine to encourage feline hitchhikers to abandon their roost under the hood.

Make some noise: A warm vehicle engine can be an appealing heat source for outdoor and feral cats, but it’s deadly. Check underneath your car, bang on the hood, and honk the horn before starting the engine to encourage feline hitchhikers to abandon their roost under the hood.

Check the paws:Check the paws: Check your dog’s paws frequently for signs of cold-weather injury or damage, such as cracked paw pads or bleeding. Check your dog’s paws frequently for signs of cold-weather injury or damage, such as cracked paw pads or bleeding.

Check the paws: Check your dog’s paws frequently for signs of cold-weather injury or damage, such as cracked paw pads or bleeding.

Play dress-up:Play dress-up: If your dog has a short coat or seems bothered by the cold weather, consider a sweater or dog coat, but make sure to remove wet pet cloths as wet sweaters or coats can actually make your dog colder. If your dog has a short coat or seems bothered by the cold weather, consider a sweater or dog coat, but make sure to remove wet pet cloths as wet sweaters or coats can actually make your dog colder.

Play dress-up: If your dog has a short coat or seems bothered by the cold weather, consider a sweater or dog coat, but make sure to remove wet pet cloths as wet sweaters or coats can actually make your dog colder.

Wipe down:Wipe down: During walks, your dog’s feet, legs and belly may pick up deicers, antifreeze, or other chemicals that could be toxic. Wipe down or wash your pet’s feet, legs and belly to remove these chemicals and reduce the risk that your dog will be poisoned by licking them off. During walks, your dog’s feet, legs and belly may pick up deicers, antifreeze, or other chemicals that could be toxic. Wipe down or wash your pet’s feet, legs and belly to remove these chemicals and reduce the risk that your dog will be poisoned by licking them off.

Wipe down: During walks, your dog’s feet, legs and belly may pick up deicers, antifreeze, or other chemicals that could be toxic. Wipe down or wash your pet’s feet, legs and belly to remove these chemicals and reduce the risk that your dog will be poisoned by licking them off.

Keep them home:Keep them home: Limit car travel to only that which is necessary, and don’t leave your pet unattended in the vehicle. Limit car travel to only that which is necessary, and don’t leave your pet unattended in the vehicle.

Keep them home: Limit car travel to only that which is necessary, and don’t leave your pet unattended in the vehicle.

Avoid ice:Avoid ice: When walking your dog, stay away from frozen ponds, lakes and other water. iIf your dog breaks through the ice it could be deadly. And if this happens and you instinctively try to save your dog, both of your lives could be in jeopardy When walking your dog, stay away from frozen ponds, lakes and other water. iIf your dog breaks through the ice it could be deadly. And if this happens and you instinctively try to save your dog, both of your lives could be in jeopardy

Avoid ice: When walking your dog, stay away from frozen ponds, lakes and other water. iIf your dog breaks through the ice it could be deadly. And if this happens and you instinctively try to save your dog, both of your lives could be in jeopardy

Provide shelter:Provide shelter: If you are unable to keep your dog inside during cold weather, provide him/her with a warm, solid shelter against wind, unlimited access to fresh, non-frozen water and bedding that is thick, dry and changed regularly to provide a warm, dry environment. If you are unable to keep your dog inside during cold weather, provide him/her with a warm, solid shelter against wind, unlimited access to fresh, non-frozen water and bedding that is thick, dry and changed regularly to provide a warm, dry environment.

Provide shelter: If you are unable to keep your dog inside during cold weather, provide him/her with a warm, solid shelter against wind, unlimited access to fresh, non-frozen water and bedding that is thick, dry and changed regularly to provide a warm, dry environment.

Recognize problems:Recognize problems: If your pet is whining, shivering, seems anxious, slows down or stops moving, seems weak, or starts looking for warm places to burrow, get them back inside quickly because they are showing signs of hypothermia. Frostbite is harder to detect. If you suspect your pet has hypothermia or frostbite, consult your veterinarian immediately. If your pet is whining, shivering, seems anxious, slows down or stops moving, seems weak, or starts looking for warm places to burrow, get them back inside quickly because they are showing signs of hypothermia. Frostbite is harder to detect. If you suspect your pet has hypothermia or frostbite, consult your veterinarian immediately.

Recognize problems: If your pet is whining, shivering, seems anxious, slows down or stops moving, seems weak, or starts looking for warm places to burrow, get them back inside quickly because they are showing signs of hypothermia. Frostbite is harder to detect. If you suspect your pet has hypothermia or frostbite, consult your veterinarian immediately.

For more information visit the website of the American Veterinary Medical Association.website of the American Veterinary Medical Association.website of the American Veterinary Medical Association.


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