Winter Weather Pet Safety Tips - Keep Them Safe & Warm

Dress for the Weather

Yes, technically, your pet already has a coat; however, that doesn’t mean he or she does not need additional protection from the cold. Small, short-haired, and short-legged breeds may need a jacket or sweater to help ward off the winter chill. Young, older, and sick pets should also wear an extra layer as they may not be able to regulate their body temperature effectively. Also, be careful not to OVER dress your pet or pets. Their body temperature is still a fair amount more than ours so don't over bundle either.

Also, if your plans include extended hours out of doors with your pet bring with you extra food, water, blankets and jackets to put on them later when the sun starts to go down.

Additionally, winter walks can cause damage on your pet’s paws. Protective booties and balms can keep paw pads safe from ice, salt, and other harmful chemicals, but you should always be sure to wipe your pet’s feet and fur thoroughly with a clean, dry towel before coming back inside.

Cold Signs

Not sure how cold is too cold? Watch for these signs your pet needs to bundle up:

  • Shivering
  • Hunching or curling up
  • Moving slowly
  • Lifting paws off the ground
  • Whining
  • Seeking shelter

The Cold Pains

Just like in humans, the onset of colder weather can make some medical conditions, like arthritis, worse. Keep time outdoors to a minimum and make sure your pet has plenty of places to get cozy away from drafty windows or doors and off the floor (but not too high or difficult to access). Try moving your pet’s bed to a sunny area of the house or adding a few extra blankets as well.

If your pet hasn’t been diagnosed with arthritis or other joint issues, but is showing signs such as limping, stiffness, reluctance to climb or jump, repeated licking over a joint, or changes in personality, particularly during cold weather, schedule an appointment with us #770-889-2521.

Inside Safe and Warm

The best way to protect your pet or pets from the elements is to keep them inside as much as possible, especially if the temperature is below freezing. Keep in mind that leaving your pet in a car is just as dangerous in winter as it is in summer. Parked cars cool down rapidly and hold in the cold like a refrigerator, putting your pet at risk for hypothermia (dangerously decreased body temperature), frostbite, and even death. Remember, if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your pet!


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