As the weather gets cooler and we head into winter, there are a few pet safety tips to keep in mind so you and your pet can enjoy a wonderful winter together.

  1. If it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet

If possible, it’s best for pets to stay inside during the cold winter months. If that’s not possible, make sure your pet has a dry shelter that is sized adequately for them to be able to lay comfortably. The door should be faced away from the wind. Use plastic water and food bowls as a pet’s tongue can become stuck to metal.

  1. Avoid toxic treats

Many of the foods we enjoy during the holiday season can be harmful to your pet. Be especially careful with the following:

  • Chocolate desserts
  • Leftover meat scraps, drippings or bones
  • Grapes or raisins
  • Garlic, onion, leeks, scallions or chives
  • Caffeine
  1. Practice safe winter walks

Your pet can pick up several toxic chemicals during a winter walk that might not be present in warmer months including salt, antifreeze or de-icers. Be sure to wipe your pet’s paws after coming in from a walk and check for any cracks or redness on their paws. Just as it’s not safe for humans to do so, never let your dog walk on frozen ponds or lakes.

  1. Check under the hood

A warm car engine can be an inviting place for an outdoor or feral cat. If you start your car with a cat roosting under the wheel well, the cat can become seriously injured. You can prevent injury by lightly banging on your hood or honking your horn before starting your car.

  1. Be Mindful of Plants

Several plants that are popular around the holiday season can be toxic to your pets. Avoid lilies, poinsettias, holly, Christmas berry and mistletoe in your home to ensure your pet doesn’t accidentally get into any of these plants.

 

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