Ice melt and chemicals like antifreeze can be harmful to your pet's paws. Immediately after they come inside, whether from a walk or from playing in the yard, be sure to thoroughly wipe down and dry all four paws. Don't forget to get between the toes!
One way to prevent this problem, of course, is with booties. Not all pets particularly like them, so be sure the booties fit properly so they won't fall off with fidgeting or in the snow.
Keep Them Nourished
Just like wild animals fatten up in the winter, so should your pet. Ask your vet for the best, healthiest way to go about increasing your cat or dog's diet to give them the added warmth and insulation they need for the cold weather.
Watch Your Car
Cats and other small, agile animals like to warm up by the heat of the car engine so be certain to heed these cold weather safety tips before taking off. Check under the hood of your car and give it a good knock in addition to honking the horn to startle anything out. It may seem a bit excessive, but we know you'd rather have a safe pet than be sorry!
If you have a shorthaired pet that requires a sweater or jacket, or if your pet wears booties during the cold weather, be sure each article of clothing is completely dry before putting it on them. Damp clothing completely won't keep your pet warm!
Want More Cold Weather Safety Tips?
Call Petland Overland Park today at (913) 498-9814 to speak with one of our Pet Counselors and be sure to stay warm this season!