Yes, during cold weather when the outdoor temperature significantly drops, dogs and cats are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia. The best place for your pets is inside.
Please don’t leave puppies outside for any extended period of time. They cannot make themselves warmer like the older dogs do. Also, your older animals may experience more severe arthritis during the cold season. With that in mind, keep their outdoor exposure to a minimum.
If you see your pet curling themselves up and covering their nose with their tail, that is a sign they are trying to warm themselves up.
If you keep your cats’ litter box in an unheated basement or garage, think about relocating it into a warmer area during the winter months.
Remember, when your pets come inside after a walk or play, to check their paws … you want to wipe off any salt or chemicals they may have picked up on their pads while outside. Don’t forget their legs and bellies too, especially if you have a small pet.
Antifreeze has a sweet taste so be certain that it is put up where children and pets cannot get into it. Also, clean up any spills of antifreeze as well as other household cleaners as they can be deadly poisonous to our pets.
During the winter, have you ever gotten up from your seat to return to find your pet has taken over that warm spot!? Well, they like to be warm and comfortable too!
We think about it in the summer, but also in the winter, don’t leave your pets unattended in a vehicle. Limit their travel in a vehicle. It’s much better for them to stay home under some warm blankets! You might want to try out the Beautiful Bella Mae Blankets which are hand sewn in Connecticut. These super plush and soft blankets are reversible double layered, prewashed/preshrunk and are available in Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large. Extra bonus is that they are handmade in the USA!
Disclaimer: This article is for informational only. It does not replace a consultation with a veterinarian and may not be used to diagnose or treat any conditions in your dog or cat.