Keep pets indoors. The ASPCA® warns that pets left outside might freeze, become disoriented, lost, stolen, wounded, or killed. In addition, don't leave pets in cars during cold weather because they can freeze to death.
Protect their paws
Salt and other snow-and-ice-melting agents can irritate pet paws. Before your pet licks and irritates their mouth, wipe their paws with a moist towel.
Take care of their coat and skin
The ASPCA recommends humidifying your home and towel-drying your pet when they come inside to avoid itching, flaky skin. Paws and between toes need special attention.
Antifreeze is a deadly poison
Clean up any spills and put antifreeze somewhere that is out of reach.
Know your pet’s limits outdoors
You should know how your pet handles cold weather and adjust as needed, according to the AVMA. Ask your vet for advice.
Check your engine
A warm car engine may attract feral cats, but it's fatal. Check beneath your car, pound the hood, and honk the horn before starting the engine for cats.
Use space heaters with caution
It is possible for the heater to spark a fire in your home if it is pushed over or if it is burned by your pet.
Watch for hypothermia
If your pet is whining, shivering, anxious, slower than usual, stops moving, seems weak, or starts hunting for warm burrows, they may be hypothermic. Bring them inside immediately.
Blizzards and power disruptions occur in winter. Plan ahead with your pet and an emergency kit. Bring enough food, water, and medicine (including prescriptions, heartworm, and flea/tick preventives) for five days.
Avoid walking on frozen water
Do not go near frozen lakes, ponds, or other bodies of water. It's not clear if the ice can hold your pet's weight, and if they fall through, they could die.
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