Remember that, while your pet has fur, once the weather drops to a certain point, that is no longer enough to keep your furry family member safe from the elements. Cold weather can cause hypothermia, respiratory issues, frostbite, and even death.
The stories and warnings you hear each winter are not rare or overly cautious. Each cold season, pets are affected by the harsh elements, and (if left out too long) die. You don't want to find out the hard way what could happen when pets are exposed to cold weather too long.
While your pet may seem okay outdoors on a cold day, don’t take that as an indicator that he can stay out for long periods of time. Of course, animals like dogs should be let out for potty breaks. They may also be able to play outdoors some and should take walks, depending on how cold it is. But take caution and don’t leave them in cold weather for too long.
You may want to keep your cat inside during the entirety of the cold patch, due to the fact that cats can quickly run off. If you can’t find your cat to bring him or her inside on time, freezing to death is a possibility.
Smaller animals, animals with coarse fur, or animals with short hair are more prone to getting cold than others. If they must go out, be sure to make use of a sweater and booties to keep in the heat, as well as to help prevent frostbite. This won’t allow your pet to stay out for extended periods of time in weather that is too cold. However, it will be helpful during exercise or bathroom breaks.
We’ve all seen those ads and commercials on how quickly animals and babies can die in a heated car. The same is true in an environment that is too cold.
Other things to watch for in the cold weather:
- Protect your pet’s toe pads with booties to prevent frostbite. Wipe with a warm cloth, towel dry gently, and apply petroleum jelly after walks.
- Be on the lookout for antifreeze, which is used commonly in cold weather. It has a sweet smell and is tempting to your pet but could kill him or her.
- Salts for keeping streets and walks clear can damage your pet’s toepads. Use the same techniques as for frostbite protection.
- Always use a pet coat or sweater on cold days if your pet needs to go outside.
- On extremely cold days, keep your pet indoors and use puppy pads, a puppy patch, or a litter box.
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