Looks like this winter isn’t going to pull any punches—so here are a few suggestions for keeping your animal companions healthy and happy during the icy months to come.
- Dry off after being outside. Remove ice, moisture, salt, and chemicals from your pet with a towel after every walk or outdoor excursion. Pay special attention to paws and between toes—frostbite is a real danger. Try protecting your pet’s paws and pads with a thin coating of petroleum jelly before heading out.
- Beware antifreeze. Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol.
- More food and plenty of water. Pets burn extra energy trying to stay warm, so feeding your pet a bit more in winter can provide supplemental calories. Hydration is also extremely important, and pets need several unfrozen sources of water.
- Avoid de-icing dangers. Most de-icers are full of chemicals that are dangerous to pets. Even those labeled “pet-safe” are made with urea, and while they cause less irritation, they’re also less effective at melting ice.
- Don’t leave pets in cars! Just as vehicles can quickly become ovens in summer, they can also become refrigerators in very cold weather, and pets could freeze to death inside.
If you have questions about winter safety for your pet, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (307) 462-0138.