Cold Weather Pet Safety

At the beginning of the Summer, we posted some tips on keeping your pet safe in the Summer heat. As one can imagine, although different, the Winter climate presents a completely different set of risks to our pets. The following suggestions come from the American Veterinarian Medical Association (AVMA):

-As always, make sure your pet is up to date on all her immunizations
-Limit exposure to cold temperatures; despite having fur, pets are also sensitive to cold weather.
-Provide your pet with choices for where it sleeps so that any cold spots or drafty areas can be avoided.
-Always check below your vehicle before moving it as cold pets will often seek out the warmth of a recently running engine.
-Consider clothing to keep pets warm.
-Familiar scents often become lost when frosts and/or snowfall occurs which creates the danger of pets more frequently becoming lost. These conditions make it important to keep all pets identifiers and registrations up to date.
-Some pet owners believe that it is good for a pet to put on excess weight in order to stay warm in the winter. This is never a good idea. The adverse health complications of obesity more than offset the heat gains.
-Although lakes and ponds provide vast open spaces, the risk of a pet falling through the ice makes it a risky area for them to spend time.
-Watch for antifreeze spills on garage floors and be careful where antifreeze is stored. Antifreeze's taste is appealing to pets, but it can be lethal when ingested.