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With winter comes colder temperatures and other hazards for pets. See our tips on how to protect your pet from the cold, darkness, and other seasonal dangers.PDF version of this graphic | Text is below graphic
All pets need extra care in particularly cold weather, but older pets and those with thin coats are especially vulnerable.
Signs your pet is too cold:
- Shaking or shivering
- Reluctance to walk
- Hunched posture
- Lifting paws off the ground
Keep them warm:
- Jackets, sweaters, and booties
- Bring outdoor pets inside
- Shorten walks for vulnerable pets
- Don’t leave pets in cars
Keep winter hazards out of paws’ reach
- Heaters that can be knocked over
- Rodent poisons
- Holiday décor
- Toxic houseplants
- Holiday foods
- Wipe paws before coming inside to remove salt and chemicals
- Ice melt chemicals and salt
With fewer hours of daylight, make sure pets can be seen in the dark with reflective collars/harnesses or flashing lights.
Watch out for warmth-seeking animals
Check under your car, and bang on the hood or honk the horn to awaken any animals that may have sought shelter there.