Cold Weather Pet Safety Tips

Dec 26, 2019

We love pets! That's why we want to help you keep your pooch safe and warm this winter season. Here are five safety tips from Timbercreek Communities to keep your pets happy and comfortable all winter long.

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Never leave your cat or dog alone in a cold car 

To keep your pets safe, never leave them alone in a cold car. Winter conditions might not be as harsh as they are during the summer, but it’s still a good idea to take your pets with you. Leaving them unattended might leave them feeling cold and in panic. Plus, sometimes you might be away from the car for only a few minutes, but that could easily turn into an hour and that is bad news for your pets who are locked in the car!

Wipe your pet’s paws and underside after being outside

The next time you come back from a winter walk, be sure to wipe your pets’ paws. If you live in the city, the streets are usually covered in salt which can be extremely irritating for dogs. Not only does it burn their little paws, but it can make them sick if they ingest it. Remember to wipe their underside well, especially if they have long fur, since salt and ice can get in there too.

Don’t let your dog off leash -- especially during a snowstorm

Your dog probably loves to run off-leash, but during a snowstorm, keep them on a tight leash. You don’t want your dog to panic and get lost. Keep walks short and get back inside as soon as your pooch has finished their business.

Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter

Keep your dog's hair long during the winter months -- it’s their winter coat after all! Depending on the kind of breed you have, it might be necessary to brush them every day to get the knots out and get rid of the salt. Also, keep their paw pads clean by trimming the hair. This is where salt, ice and mud build up and create discomfort for your dog.

Dress for the weather

Keep your pets warm this winter season with a cozy sweater! If your dog has a short coat or very low body fat, they will need some clothes -- especially if you plan on taking them outside. There are many options out there, so make sure to get something your dog is comfortable in. Also, don’t forget to buy some booties to keep their paws warm. You can also use something as simple as balloons, which will protect their paws from salt.

Timbercreek hopes you enjoy the winter with your pets. Stay warm! 

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