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Seasonal Tips

Keeping warm in the winter

Despite their “fur” coats, domesticated animals like cats and dogs depend on humans for protection from elements such as freezing temperatures. Here are some quick tips to ensure a warm and toasty winter season.

  1. Limit your pet’s time outside only for bathroom breaks if it is too cold.
  2. Provide outdoor pets with a dry, warm secure shelter out of the wind, such as a garage or insulated pet house.
  3. Even dogs that normally spend most of their time outside need good shelter in cold weather, even if it is only a garage.
  4. Keep your pet away from antifreeze. Poisoning takes only a couple of licks. Antifreeze may lurk in your garage or on your driveway so clean up spills immediately. Pet safe antifreeze is available for purchase at most stores.
  5. De-icing chemicals can be hazardous to pets. The salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate the pads of your pet's feet. Pet-safe ice melt is now available in our store Whiskers & Wags.  Also, be sure to wipe your pet’s feet every time after being on sidewalks.
  6. Cats and kittens often nap on warm car engines and hoods. If your car was recently used, knock on the hood or honk the car horn before starting the engine.

Winterizing your dog house

  1. The dog house floor should be raised a few inches off the ground and covered with cedar shavings or straw.
  2. The dog house should be turned to face away from the wind, and the doorway should be covered with a flap of heavy waterproof fabric or heavy plastic.
  3. Heated water dishes help keep water warm from freezing and are available at your local supply store