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Winter Pet Safety

There’s nothing like watching a dog experience snow for the very first time. While some pets may love the cold, not all animals are well-suited for winter weather. As a pet owner, it’s up to you to ensure that your furry friend is healthy and happy all year round, so here are a few tips to keep them safe this winter.

Keep Them Leashed

Many New Year's resolutions are to get out and exercise more, and why not take your furry friend along with you? Just make sure to keep them leashed when you go out — a fresh snowfall can cover familiar scents and limit their ability to find their way back home.

Know Their Limits

While some dogs may enjoy being out in the cold and snow, other dogs may not be well suited for colder temperatures. Keep an eye on your pets and adjust the time spent outdoors accordingly — older pets, puppies, and short coated dogs may get cold more quickly!

Check Their Paws

Your dog’s paws can pick up all sorts of toxic chemicals on your winter walks, like salt or other chemical agents used to treat sidewalks and roads, making it imperative to regularly check their paws. After going for a walk, wipe their paws and check for signs of injury — like cracked or bleeding paws. By doing this, you will also keep them from ingesting potentially harmful chemicals.

Plan For The Cold

Just as hot cars are dangerous for pets in the summer, cold cars pose a threat as well. Never leave your pet outside for extended periods of time in the cold winter months. Bring your pets inside on cold nights and avoid taking them on errands with you if you plan to leave them in the car. Remember — if you’re feeling cold outside, your dog likely is as well!

Check Under The Hood

Animals like cats and squirrels may try to find shelter in the hood or wheel wells of your car during the cold winter months. Avoid an accident by banging on your hood before you start your car — this can wake any sleeping animals so they have a chance to move before your engine starts.

Be Wary Of Ice

If you walk by any frozen lakes, rivers, ponds, or other bodies of water during your winter walks, keep a close eye on your pet. Avoid letting them run over the ice to minimize their risk of falling through.

Have A Plan

Everyone should have an emergency kit and plan in place for potential winter storms. Make sure to include your pet in the planning process. Have supplies like food, water, and any necessary medications so you are prepared for anything.

By following the above tips, your pets can safely enjoy the winter weather. For more advice on protecting your entire family, contact a Cushman Insurance Group agent today at 800-356-5151 or visit us online:


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