Cold weather safety tips for pet owners

Cold weather can pose some dangers to your pet. Follow these tips to keep your pet safe.

Limit Exposure

Some pets are more tolerant to colder weather than others. If your pet is elderly or arthritic, you may want to limit walking in the snow, to prevent falls. Very young and elderly pets are more susceptible to extreme coldd weather. Pets with diseases like diabetes, heart disease , kidney disease and cushings disease have a harder time regulating their body temperature. So avoid prolonged exposure to the elements if your pet has any of the conditions. Wipe your pets paws and fur after walking outside to remove antifreeze, de-icer and other debris they may have collected on the walk .


Provide shelter

If you pet spends some time outdoors, it is important to provide some shelter and also an access to the home . Your pet is likely to seek shelter when they become uncomfortable if they have that option available.  You should bring your pet indoors on very cold days.


Provide good nutrition

Provide your pet with healthy, nutritious diet to help them cope with the colder weather. A malnourished pet is less likely to be able to regulate their body temperature.

Preventive care

Pet owners should ensure their pets have received all recommended vaccinations and have been examined by the veterinarian.  Make sure your pet is as healthy as possible and is ready to handle the colder weather.